Steward James Thomas Wood

Andrew Twynam

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Hi - I don't see a thread about this man, but please inform me if there is one.

James Thomas Wood born 1863, steward.

steward Wood has turned up in my extended family tree and I agree with all the details about him and his family as written up in the Encylopedia Titanica. However there are two small discrepancies which make me wonder whether this is actually the correct man.

The encyclopedia correctly gives his year of birth as 1863 but in the Titanic death records on the genealogy website Ancestry his estimated death age is 40 which is 9 years astray. Secondly the encyclopedia links to a Folkestone newspaper article which refers to a brother of James called "Mr W R Wood" but I'm not aware that he had a brother with those initials and no brother with those initials is listed amongst his siblings in the Encyclopedia.

any thoughts on this please ?

the Titanic deaths file on Ancestry is

Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Agreements and Crew Lists, Series III: Titanic. BT 100/259 and 100/260. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.
 

Andrew Twynam

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I've just noticed that the Folkestone newspaper article does give J T Wood's age as 49 which would be correct for an 1863 birth, but I'm no nearer discovering who "W R Wood" is.

As far as I am aware James Thomas Wood was one of 7 brothers, the other's initials are AH, JW, JE, GT, EB and OJ. Their mother's maiden name was Thorn.
 

Andrew Twynam

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I think I've now worked this out. James Thomas Wood was 49 years old not 40 when he died, so that is a mistake in the Titanic death records. Secondly he did have a brother who was a postmaster in Hythe, Kent, as referred to in the newspaper article, but his name was John William Wood, so "Mr W R Wood" is a mistake by the newspaper.
 

Lavender136

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Hi Andrew....I've just been reading the entry for James Thomas Wood...fascinating stuff! He was my Great great grandfather through his daughter Grace...who was training to be a teacher at the time of the disaster. We must be distant relatives! : )
 

Andrew Twynam

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Hi Lavender

well the genealogical website Ancestry says that James Thomas Wood was a first cousin three times removed from me. His mother Ruth Thorn was an older sister of my great-grandmother Rebekah Thorn (or Thorne).
 

Lavender136

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Does that make us 7 times removed? I'm not very knowledgeable about genealogy but love the history of it.