William Ford Kingscote was born in the second-half of 1864 in Slimbridge, Durlsey, Gloucestershire, England. He was the son of James Kingscote (1830-1910) and Sarah Ford (1828-1866). His father was from Berkeley, Gloucestershire and his mother from Chewton Mendip, Somerset and they married in 1857 in Gloucestershire and had at least three children: Harriet (b. 1858) and Amelia (b. 1860) and William. His mother died before his second birthday and his father was remarried to his wife's sister Harriet (1830-1909).
William first appears on the 1871 census with his father and stepmother living at Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge, Durlsey, Gloucestershire. His father was here described as a waterman and his stepmother as a shopkeeper. William doesn't appear on the 1881 census, but his father and step-mother are listed as residing at 6 Church Street, South Hamlet, Gloucestershire. On the 1891 census William is listed as an employee at the Grand Hotel, Manchester.
William Ford Kingscote married Mary Willis (b. 1865 in Wiltshire) on 30 April 1892, in St. Mary Kirkdale, Walton on the Hill, Lancaster, Lancashire. They would have five children: Elsie (b. 1893), Lilian May (b. 1896), Robert William (b. March 20, 1898), Winifred (b. 1899) and Ethel Emily (b. June 26, 1910). William is absent from both the 1901 and 1911 censuses, but his family are living at Purbeck Cottage, Elgin Road, Freemantle and 24 Elgin Road, Freemantle respectively at these times.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 24 Elgin Road, Freemantle, (Southampton). As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His last ship had been the New York.
Kingscote died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
He is remembered on the family headstone in Southampton Old Cemetery.
His widow Mary did not remarry and remained in Southampton where she died in 1939 aged 74.
William's daughter Winifred died two years later aged 14. His daughter Elsie was married in 1936 to Thomas J. Dulley but is thought to have had no children. She died in Fareham, Hampshire on September 7, 1961. Lilian May never married and remained in Southampton where she died on August 29, 1966. Robert William married Daisy Carson in 1940; he died in Southampton in 1972. His daughter Ethel Emily married a man named Blackman and had two daughters. She died in Southampton in 1993.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
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