Thomas Hewitt was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England in 1875 and his birth was registered in the June quarter of that year. He was the son of John Hewitt (b. 1841) and Jane Peate (b. 1834). His father was Scottish and his mother from Wigton, Cumbria and they had married in Liverpool in late 1863.
Thomas first appears on the 1881 census with his family living at 40 Adelaide Street, Everton. Present also are his siblings: John H. (b. 1867), William (b. 1871), Joseph (b. 1872) and Jane (b. 1878). His father is described as a dock labourer. They are still at the same address by the time of the 1891 census and Thomas, aged 15, is described as a railway porter. Thomas is not present for the 1901 census, perhaps already having commenced a career at sea.
Thomas was married in Everton, Liverpool on September 16, 1902 to Ada Emily Jones (b. 1876 in Liverpool). The couple had two children: Edna (b. June 12, 1903) and Leslie (b. September 8, 1905). By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 96 Devonfield Road, Walton, Liverpool but Thomas is absent.
Thomas 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 96 Devonfield Road, Liverpool. His last ship had been the Vandyke. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
Hewitt died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#168) and buried at sea on 24 April 1912.
NO. 168. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 35. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Black suit.
EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; keys; gold signet ring.
NAME - H. HEWETT.
His widow Ada never remarried. She remained in Liverpool for the rest of her life and died in 1966. His daughter Edna never married and died in Liverpool in 1989. His son Leslie was married in 1934 to Elizabeth Ledson. He died in 1981 in Liverpool.
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
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