Biography[edit | edit source]
Miss Marie Grice Young was born on January 5, 1876, the daughter of Samuel Grice Young and Margaret Brown (Wilson) Young. She belonged to a political upper-class family in Washington, and was the niece-in-law of Alexander Robey Shepherd, who had married her aunt, Mary Grice Young. The Young Family was originally from Virginia.
In 1897 she studied music under John Porter Lawrence. In 1904 she toured with a musical reading, "Enoch Arden", Young at the piano and Helen Weil reading the poem. The Young family was very involved in music. Young's brother, Wilson Young, was himself involved as his wife was a known soprano in New York, and his daughter Hildreth Young also eventually became a singer. Young herself also sang as soprano occasionally at their local St. Matthew's Catholic Church.
In the middle of the decade of the 1900s, Young was a piano teacher who numbered among her pupils Ethel Roosevelt, Archibald Roosevelt, and Quentin Roosevelt, the children of President Theodore Roosevelt. Her extensive involvement with the Roosevelt family allowed her in 1907 to provide information regarding management of their household. She remained in the Washington, D.C. area until around 1911.
For a long time she shared her house with Ella Holmes White; already in 1911 there are reports of the two of them travelling together by car in France. Young was a close personal friend of Thomas Nelson Page and his wife, Florence Lathrop Field.
On the Titanic[edit | edit source]
Marie Grice Young boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with White, traveling as a First Class passenger. (Ticket 17760, which she purchased for a price of £135 12s 8d). Among with them were Mrs. White's maid Nellie Bessette and manservant Sante Righini. They also brought along some exotic French-bred chickens, intending to keep them at their New York country home. Each day Miss Young, accompanoed by ship's carpenter John Hall Hutchinson, went below decks to check on her purchases and as a reward for his service, Miss Young tipped Hutchinson with some gold coins to which he exclaimed "it's such good luck to receive gold on a first voyage".
During the sinking, their party went up to A deck of their own volition, waiting inside the lobby to wait the instructions. Mrs. White, Young and Nellie Bessette departed in Lifeboat 8. However, Sante Righini did not survived the sinking.
She was covered by The Washington Post as one of the several women on the lifeboats that took charge to ensure more lives were saved by taking more passengers from the waters into the lifeboats.
After their arrival in New York aboard the Carpathia, she wrote at account of her experiences that was printed in the National Magazine.
Later Life and Death[edit | edit source]
Maria Young and Ella White remained close until White died in 1942. She was living at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan with Young. White's will bequeathed to Young "personal effects and life estate in a trust to yield $250 per month for life" ($3,912 in 2019 dollars).Young died on July 27, 1959 and was buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Westschester, New York.