Margaret "Molly" Brown
Adopted by Marcia Sky
Molly Brown was born Margaret Tobin on July 18, 1867, in Hannibal,
Missouri. When she was 18 she followed her older brother to Leadville
where she met her future husband, James Joseph Brown. They were
married at the Church of the Annunication on September 1, 1886.
During their stay in Leadville, J. J. Brown struck rich veins
of gold and copper in the "Little Jonny" mine. He and his wife were
suddenly very wealthy. In 1894 Molly persuaded her husband to move
to Denver. The Browns legally separated in 1909 and Brown began
traveling. She became a national heroine in 1912, after surviving
the sinking of the Titanic and performing several heroic acts of
courage and leadership. It was at this time that she was given
the name "Molly" by the media. She referred to herself as "Margaret" or "Maggie."