Captain Edward John Smith

Captain Edward John Smith

Male 1850 - 1912  (62 years)

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  • Name Edward John Smith 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 27 Jan 1850  Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Ted (WIfe's nickname for him) 
    Old Address Woodhead on Winn Road, Portswood, Southampton, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Old Address 1851  Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1851 Image Shows 51 Well Street 
    Old Address 1861  Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1861 Image shows 17 Grocers Shop Well St 
    Old Address 1871  30 Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1871 Images Shows 30 Well St 
    Old Address 1881  20 Berkeley St, Brierfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Image shows 20 Berkley St. Lancashire, England 
    Old Address 1901  Runcorn, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Listing as Vistor with Sarah E Smith and Helen M Smith at the Jones Residence 
    Occupation Captian 
    • He went to sea at age 13 as an apprentice and later joined the White Star Line in 1886 as 4 officer on the Celtic. He rose in rank to captain of the Adriatic.
      He was then transferred as captain of the Majestic where he was for 9 years. He was considered a millionaire's captain because he was one of the most successful captains
    Occupation Mariner  [5
    Died 15 Apr 1912  , , , Atlantic Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Captain Edward John Smith died at Sea on the Titanic, when it sunk at the location 41.731944, -49.945833

      The Titanic lies in 13,000 feet of water on a gently sloping alpine-like countryside overlooking a small canyon below. Its bow faces north and the ship sits upright on the bottom.

      Titanic's final reported position on the night of the sinking was 41 degrees 46' N, 50 degrees 14' W , however, once the wreck had been discovered this position was proven to be out by a margin of approximately 13.5 miles
    Person ID I125  Enchanted Family Tree
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2012 

    Father Edward Smith, II,   b. 11 Nov 1804, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1864, 30 Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Catherine Marsh,   b. 1808, Stoke, Devon, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1893, Runcorn, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 1847  Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Eleanor Pennington,   b. 6 Jun 1861, Parish of Winwick, Winwick, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1931  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 13 Jan 1887  Parish of Winwick, Winwick, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Helen Melville Smith,   b. 1898, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1973, Pratts, Leafield, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jan 1850 - Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - - Woodhead on Winn Road, Portswood, Southampton, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - 1851 Image Shows 51 Well Street - 1851 - Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - 1861 Image shows 17 Grocers Shop Well St - 1861 - Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - 1871 Images Shows 30 Well St - 1871 - 30 Well Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - Image shows 20 Berkley St. Lancashire, England - 1881 - 20 Berkeley St, Brierfield, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Jan 1887 - Parish of Winwick, Winwick, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOld Address - Listing as Vistor with Sarah E Smith and Helen M Smith at the Jones Residence - 1901 - Runcorn, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Apr 1912 - , , , Atlantic Ocean Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Captain Edward John Smith
    Captain Edward John Smith

    Documents
    Marriage Index
    Marriage Index
    of Edward John Smith and Catherine

    Histories
    Captain Edward John Smith of the Titanic Collection of Info
    Captain Edward John Smith of the Titanic Collection of Info
    This is my personal collection of facts, tid bits, stories and such about the Captain or relating to the Captain.
    In case of viewer issues the PDF can be found at Captain Edward John Smith of the Titanic

  • Notes 
    • (Research):Smith had a half brother and half sister, Joseph Hancock and Thyrza Hancock, but he was the only child of the union of Edward Smith and Catherine Hancock, nee Marsh. Thomas Jones of Runcorn was no relation to Captain Smith, so far as I'm aware, but he does seem to have been a very good friend. He was the best man at Smith's wedding in 1887 and was later a witness to his will. Smith and his family were staying with the Jones when the 1901 census was taken and Smith's widow Eleanor was lodging with the Jones's in the early years of World War One.
      Thomas Jones was one of five witnesses at Smith's wedding in 1887. They were Thomas Jones, Joseph Hancock (Smith's half brother), John William Pennington, Maria Annie Pennington, Mary Privett Rooker. It may be an assumption on my part that Jones was Smith's best man, but he seems the likeliest candidate.
      As to Eleanor living with the Jones's. In 1903 when he witnessed Smith's will, Thomas Jones gave his address as The Nook, Runcorn, Cheshire. In 1915, Eleanor is corresponding from that address.

      Smith may have had a number of aunts and uncles, though there are only two definates.Between 1807 and 1822, at least seven children were born in Hanley, whose parents were named Edward and Elizabeth Smith. The eldest of these, Edward, was baptised on 10 May 1807, while Mary Ann (or Mary Anne) is listed as being baptised twice, on either 10 or 28 May 1809. One Thomas Smith was baptised on 30 October 1814, Jane on 11 September 1816, William on 1 June 1818, and Phyllis was baptised on 16 September 1821. All of these children had been christened at St John's, the town's Anglican church the records for which were unfortunately destroyed by fire during the Potteries Riots of 1842. But the last child, George, was baptised at the Charles Street Wesleyan Chapel. His details are more complete, he was born on 28 October 1822 and baptised on 1 December 1822.
      The chances are very good that this is a full list of Edward and Elizabeth Smith's children. There is supporting evidence that Edward and George, the eldest and the youngest were related, as they were both still living with their mother in 1841 when the census was taken. It's also know that Jane Smith was their sister, as Edward would be a witness at her wedding and her daughter was lodging with his family in 1861. As to the others, it's anyone's guess.
      As I have said, I've no evidence myself that the Jones's and Smith's were related, though I have never gone looking for any evidence as regards that, so they may well be. I'd be interested to hear about anything you come across in this respect.
      I can however, tell you a little about the Penningtons, having a copy of the 1881 census.
      In 1881, William Pennington farmed 147 acres of land at Woodhead Farm in Parkside Road, Newton in Makerfield (modern day Newton-le-Willows)and employed five labourers. William Pennington was 58 and was Born in Newton in Makerfield as were his wife and children. His wife Sarah was 53, daughter Mary J Pennington was 22, son John W Pennington was 21, Sarah E Pennington (Smith's future wife) was 19 and Martha E Pennington was 12 and listed as a scholar - a schoolgirl. They had three indoor servants living with them: Ada A Burtonshaw, 17, a general servant from London; John Hall, 60, a farm servant (indoors) from nearby Winwick; and Edward Kennedy, 56, farm servant (indoors) from Dublin, Ireland.
      I imagine that the Maria A Pennington listed as a witness at Smith's wedding was either a sister not listed on the census, or (more likely) John W Pennington's wife. I also know that Eleanor's father William Pennington was dead when she married Smith six years later.

  • Sources 
    1. [S208] Encyclopedia Titanica, Webmaster, (http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org), http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/edward-john-smith.html (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S255] England Census, (Census Returns of England and Wales. The National Archives), England Census 1851, Page 14 (Reliability: 3).
      Name: Edward John [Edward John Smith]
      Age: 1
      Estimated birth year: abt 1850
      Relation: Son
      Father's Name: Edward
      Mother's Name: Catherine
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Hanley, Staffordshire, England
      Civil parish: Stoke Upon Trent
      Ecclesiastical parish: Wellington
      Town: Hanley
      County/Island: Staffordshire
      Country: England
      Street Address: Well Street
      Registration district: Stoke Upon Trent
      Sub-registration district: Hanley
      ED, institution, or vessel: 1f
      Household schedule number: 51
      Household Members: Name Age
      Edward Smith 46
      Catherine Smith 42
      Edward John 1
      Thurza Hancock 16

    3. [S255] England Census, (Census Returns of England and Wales. The National Archives), England Census 1861, Page 7 (Reliability: 3).
      Name: Edward S Smith [Edward J Smith]
      Age: 10
      Estimated birth year: abt 1851
      Relation: Son
      Father's Name: Edward
      Mother's Name: Catherine
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Hanley, Staffordshire, England
      Civil parish: Hanley
      Ecclesiastical parish: Wellington
      County/Island: Staffordshire
      Country: England
      Street Address: Well Street
      Registration district: Stoke Upon Trent
      Sub-registration district: Hanley
      ED, institution, or vessel: 7
      Household schedule number: 33
      Household Members: Name Age
      Edward Smith 56
      Catherine Smith 51
      Edward S Smith 10
      Georg J Hancock 2
      Ellen Pivat 22

    4. [S255] England Census, (Census Returns of England and Wales. The National Archives), England Census 1871, Page 11 (Reliability: 3).
      Name: Edward J Smith
      Age: 21
      Estimated birth year: abt 1850
      Relation: Son
      Mother's Name: Catherine
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Hanley, Staffordshire, England
      Civil parish: Hanley
      Ecclesiastical parish: Wellington
      Town: Hanley
      County/Island: Staffordshire
      Country: England
      Registration district: Stoke Upon Trent
      Sub-registration district: Hanley
      ED, institution, or vessel: 7
      Household schedule number: 50
      Household Members: Name Age
      Catherine Smith 62
      Joseph Hancock 38
      Thyrza Hassington 32
      James W S Hassington 9
      Anne M C Hassington 4
      Edward J Smith 21

    5. [S255] England Census, (Census Returns of England and Wales. The National Archives), England Census 1881 (Reliability: 3).
      Name: Edward J. Smith
      Age: 31
      Estimated birth year: abt 1850
      Relation: Lodger
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Hanley
      Civil parish: Toxteth Park
      County/Island: Lancashire
      Country: England
      Street Address: 20 Berkley St
      Occupation: Mariner
      Registration district: Toxteth Park
      Sub-registration district: Toxteth Park
      ED, institution, or vessel: 9
      Household Members: Name Age
      Georgina Bradshaw 41
      Laura Bradshaw 16
      Agnes M. Williamson 26
      Edward J. Smith 31
      Arthur H. Speck 19
      Frank A. Hancock 18
      George J. Hancock 22
      Elizabeth Hart 18

    6. [S255] England Census, (Census Returns of England and Wales. The National Archives), England Census 1901 (Reliability: 3), 22 Mar 2012.
      Name: Edward J Smith
      Age: 50
      Estimated birth year: abt 1851
      Relation: Visitor
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Hanley, Staffordshire, England
      Civil parish: Runcorn
      Ecclesiastical parish: Runcorn All Saints
      Town: Runcorn
      County/Island: Cheshire
      Country: England
      Registration district: Runcorn
      Sub-registration district: Runcorn
      ED, institution, or vessel: 15
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household schedule number: 181
      Household Members: Name Age
      Thomas Jones 47
      Ada Jones 37
      Nora Jones 11
      Edward J Smith 50
      Sarah E Smith 39
      Helen M Smith 2
      Eliza A Carroll 18