Courtesy of Chris Dohany, USA
Samuel Solomon Williams was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in late 1884. He was the son of Richard John Williams (b. 1851) and Rebecca Boylett (b. 1850).
His father Richard was a general labourer and later a stevedore, originally from Wiltshire. He was married to Rebecca Boyley, a native of Southampton, in her home city in 1873 and the couple would have nine children (as per the 1911 census): Richard (b. 1873), William (b. 1875), Elizabeth (b. 1878), Emma (b. 1880), Albert (b. 1882), Edward (b. 1883), Samuel (b. 1884), Bertram (b. 1888) and Harold (b. 1889).
Samuel first appears on the 1891 census living at 4 Cement Terrace, All Saints, Southampton and would have moved to 1 St George's Place in that city by the time of the 1901 census. At the time, he had already left school and was working as a boiler sealer. Samuel would be absent from the 1911 census but his parents and several siblings were listed as living at 5 Charlotte Court, Charlotte Street, Southampton.
When he signed-on to the Titanic at Southampton on 6 April 1912 he used his brother's pay book (he had been banned from sailing due to an altercation while on board ship). Williams last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.
Samuel Williams died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His parents received financial aid from the Titanic relief fund, case number 265, as class G dependents. Sam Williams was not married but he had a young son, also called Sam. The child's mother went to court and produced affidavits from other Titanic surviving crew members saying that 'Sam Williams had been on board'; the Mansion House Fund accepted the Courts decision and paid out the appropriate pensions to the girl and the child.
References and Sources
Crew Particulars of Engagement
The Hampshire Independent, 17 April 1915, In Memoriam
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books