Mrs Edith Peacock (née Nile) was born at Carnkie in Illogan, Cornwall, England on 20 January 1885.
She was the daughter of Richard Nile (b. 1845) and Mary Ann Wilkinson (b. 1847). Her father, a tin miner, was also born in Illogan whilst her mother hailed from Gloucestershire and they were married in 1868. Her known siblings were: William James (b. 1870), Sarah Jane (b. 1872), Richard (b. 1873), Samuel Charles (b. 1876), Philip (b. 1879), Alfred (b. 1881), Beatrice (b. 1883), Frederick (b. 1886) and Harry Foster (b. 1890).
Edith appears on both the 1891 and 1901 censuses living at Carnkie. By the time of the latter record her mother was a widower, her father having passed away in 1895, and Edith was described as a tin dresser.
Edith was married around 1907 to Benjamin Peacock (b. 17 July 1886), an engineer who hailed from Dulwich, London. The couple latterly settled in Southampton, Hampshire and their first child, a daughter named Treasteall, was born there in 1908. Their son, Albert Edward, was born in 1911 and another child died in infancy. Edith and her daughter appear on the 1911 census living at 17 Orchard Place, Southampton.
Benajamin Peacock left England in 1911 and settled in Newark, New Jersey where he worked at the power house of the Public Service Corporation and lived at 609 South Broad Street. He had never met his son and soon sent funds over to have his wife and children join him in America. To welcome his children he purchased a baby carriage for his newborn and toys for his daughter and was overjoyed that he would soon be reunited with them.
Edith and her children boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number 3101315 which cost £13, 15s, 6d).
On the night of the sinking and at a point when all functional lifeboats had already left the ship, young Belfast crewman, scullion John Collins, encountered a steward trying to assist an lady with two small children. The steward had one of the children in his arms and the woman, holding the other child, was crying. Collins took the child off of the woman and the group set off in search for a lifeboat. They spied a collapsible boat taken off of the saloon deck and made for it but then the men up forward began shouting to go aft. Just as they were turning around and making for the stern a wave washed them off the deck and the child that Collins was carrying was washed from his arms. It is widely believed that the crying woman with the two small children were the Peacocks.
Mrs Peacock and her two children were lost in the sinking. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified. Her mother Mrs Nile and aunt Mrs Goldsworthy were quoted in the press as saying '..it seemed uncertain if they died in their berths or if she preferred to remain on board rather than risking her children in the frail lifeboats...'
Her mother later died in 1919.
Her husband Benjamin was despondent over the loss of his family and travelled to New York in the hope of finding them or at least speak to someone who had met them or seen them during the voyage. At the time he was also of the mistaken belief two brothers had also been travelling on Titanic. He soon learned that they had delayed their journey to America.
Benjamin was later remarried to a German lady named Freda (b. 1884) and the couple had three children: Emelia (b. 1916) and twins Benjamin and Elsie (b. 1918). The family lived in New Jersey for many years before relocating to Richmond, New York and Benjamin worked as an engineer in the shipyards. He was still alive as of the early 1940s but his final whereabouts are unclear.
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