James Colston Hill (known as Jimmie) was born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England in 1869. He was the son of George Rowland Hill (b. 1838) and Hannah Thomas (b. 1838). His father was from Bristol and his mother from Swansea, Wales and they had married in Bristol in 1857.
James first appears on the 1871 census living at 19 Albert Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight and his father is described as an engine fitter. Listed also are his siblings: George (b. 1859), William (b. 1862), Amelia (b. 1866) and Arthur (b. 1868). By the time of the 1881 census the family have moved to Delhi Cottage, Mill Hill Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight and have welcomed three more children: Sydney (b. 1872), Isabel (b. 1875) and David (b. 1877). James is not present for the 1891 census but his family are living at 121 Northam Road, Southampton.
James was married in mid-1892 to Annie Elizabeth Stephens (b. 1873 in Poole, Dorset). Together they would have four children, though one died in infancy: May Irene (b. 1893), Isabel Christina (b. 1898) and James Norman Colston (b. 1903).
James, his wife and daughters appears on the 1901 census living at 68 Lodge Road, Portswood, Hampshire. By the time of the 1911 census James is absent, apparently at sea, but his family are listed at 64 Cromwell Road, Southampton.
James was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 64 Cromwell Road, Southampton. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Hill died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#152) and buried at sea on 24 April 1912.
NO. 152. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 38. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Steward's uniform.
EFFECTS - 1 pipe; 1 stud; 2 ship keys.
NAME - J. C. HELL.
His effects worth £146, 8s, 6d, were released to his widow Annie on 28 June 1912.
Death announcement in an unidentified newspaper:
Hill, James Colston (Jimmie), of 64 Cromwell Road, S-n., Beloved husband of Annie Hill (Children).
What became of his wife and family is not certain.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden