William Logan Gwinn

Ted Robinson

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Hi all...

I'm a newbie to this forum. I have come into possession of a lot of memorabilia including a pile (about 60) of love letters from William Gwinn (one of the Sea Postal Clerks lost on Titanic) to his wife Florence. The letters begin with their meeting in 1904, and continue for many years. They chronicle their courtship, marriage and birth of their 2 children. Also I have several photos of what I take to be them and their family members. There is also an official letter from the Commerce Dept. awarding Florence $2,000 for the loss of Will’s life while on duty aboard Titanic.I have tried unsuccessfully to find surviving kin to whom I can return the material, but no luck so far. I know that their son, William Thurston Gwynne (note spelling change) was born 4/18/09, and died 9/20/96. I believe that he never married and thus had no heirs. There was also a daughter, born only months before Will died, but I don't know her name. Anybody out there have an interest or can enlighten me?? I'm thankful for all correspondence.
 
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William Logan Gwinn [Gwynn] was my great uncle and a mail clerk aboard Titanic. He did not survive. I had a photo of him , in uniform, taken on deck, in Southhampton, before the ship sailed. Sadly, I have lost this pic. The photo appeared to have been taken by someone associated with the White Star Line. Does anyone know of a repository of photos taken along these lines? I would much appreciate any info that is available. Thanks, Alan Gwinn
 
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Hi Ted, My name is Alan James Gwinn and Will Gwinn was my great uncle. I'm new to the site and have been looking for info on him. I had a photo of him, in uniform, taken on deck, at Southhampton, before sailing. In a move, I lost this treasured family heirloom. I am so glad to have read your message and I would love to have access to his letters and any photos. My grandfather, Corneilus Gwinn was an inveterate letter writer and I sure some of your correspondence would include missives between these two brothers. I have a picture taken at Christmas, 1911 in the home of their father, my great -grandfather, at Kingston NY. Will's two children were Marjorie and Thurston. Marjorie was born in '09 and Thurston in 1912, at just about the time of Titanic's sinking. Will "bumped" a co-worker to get the Titanic assignment in order to get home earlier- due to his wife- Florence's difficult pregnancy. No one in the family has ever been in contact with either Marjorie or Thurston and your mention of his death in 1996 is the first time I have ever had word of him. My uncle Charles had once told me that he thought that Thurston had become a sculptor and was living somewhere on Long Island. There is so much more that I
would like to share. If you would like to talk directly, PLEASE write to me at ajgwinn@hotmail.com.
Kind regards,
Alan Gwinn
 

Jason D. Tiller

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Hello Alan,

Please note that Ted has not accessed the board for just over a year, so he may or may not see your message. This information can be obtained by clicking on his name.

However, you can send him an e-mail through his profile.
 
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Jason-
I did sent Ted a copy of my posting by clicking on his name and forwarding my scribbling. I am on pins and needles in anticipation of a response from him. No one in my family has ever come this close to getting more information about Uncle Will!
 
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To All-

Member Ted Robinson contacted me regarding info relating to my uncle, William Gwinn, a postal clerk aboard Titanic, who did not survive.

Ted had purchased, at a private estate sale on Long Island, books and memorabilia that included letters and photos belonging to William Gwinn's widow, Florence Rohde Gwinn- covering the time period 1904 to 1912.

Ted, while sensing the private nature of this material, went forward with a genealogical search of the Gwinn/Rohde families that resulted in an exchange of E-Mails and phone conversations between us- resulting in his sending me a CD of this info.

The extent of his work is truly remarkable. He generated 347 files within 88 separate folders- totaling 68 MEG of data- in the form of notes, findings and pictures and speculations about the families. The CD included an eight page synopsis- all annotated.

This was all done by a man who had no personal interest in his subjects other than that of a researcher. His desire was to gain insight into the lives of a family touched by tragedy, and perhaps- additionally, enlighten family members of this star-crossed husband and wife. He succeeded in this with me. I will always remain in his debt for what he has accomplished.

Of course the mid-wife in all of this is the Encyclopedia Titanica
web-site.I never expected this kind of resource- so focused on the nuts and bolts of the sinking-to yield this kind of personal information. Bravo and Kudos!!

Ted, My entire family is in your debt for this fantastic work on their behalf. THANK YOU.

Alan Gwinn
 

Jason D. Tiller

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That's terrific news, Alan! I'm so glad to hear that you received an e-mail from Ted and that he was extremely generous enough to compile the information on your uncle, and send it to you.
 

Ted Robinson

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To all...
I'm grateful to Alan Gwinn for all his kind words regarding my research into his family (Will Gwinn, sea-post clerk lost on Titanic). If anyone else has an interest in the material, please contact me.

Ted Robinson
 
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Dear Alan,

I recently discovered this site and found your posting. My grandfather was William Gwinn! I have some original papers and letters and would like to hear more about your connection.

Hope to hear from you,

Bonnie Stephenson
 
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Hi Bonnie-
Marjorie's daughter! Wonderful to hear from you! I'm the grandson of Corneilius, Will's brother. MY father, Alexander, was named after our great-grandfather. I'v posted on a number of these ET sub-sections about Will. Look below this segment on crew research to "William Logan Gwinn-Sea postal clerk". See postings between June 3rd and August 2nd, 2006.
Also, in the introduce yourself section see my posts from June 3rd thru June 11th, 2006. This represents my family's recollections of Will and the family through the years.
On this site I have posted a family picture taken at Christmas 1911, in our great-grandfathers home in Kingston. Pic is located in the Gilded Age section, then look under "Social Graces,customs and etiquette"- then to the sub-head "misrepresented in the movie", where the photo is posted on Sept. 5th, 2007.
I have a CD of letters and pics relating to Will and Florence Rohde Gwinn from the period 1904- until the tragedy.
If you would like to exchange info, please E-mail me directly at ajgwinn@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards,
Alan Gwinn
 
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GwinnAnne

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Hello.
My name is Gwinn. My mothers' family, though my grandmothers' side of the family, is related to William Logan Gwinn [Gwynn], and I'm looking to find more information about him and his family (his wife, children and his wife's mother) who all left their home in New Jersey after learning of my [great-great?] uncles death on the Titanic...this is a missing piece of my story and history I hope to fill in. Can either of you help me? I was very excited when I read your posts! Corneilius and Alexander are family too, so please, I'm axious to know if you have any infomation on my family!

Gwinn
 

Ted Robinson

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I have done extensive research on the life of Gwinn and his wife Florence, based on several dozen letters in my possession between them in the decade leading up to the Titanic sinking. I tried to post the white paper on this forum, but it was not accepted due to the fact that it was much too long. If anyone is interested in seeing it, please contact me at tedrobinson2000@yahoo.com.

Regards,
Ted Robinson

 
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I've been invited to participate in a wreath laying memorial service honoring my great uncle William Logan Gwinn.

The service is taking place at the 71st Inf. Regt., New York State Natl. Guard Veterans Cemetery in Hastings-on Hudson, NY

The Veterans Assocation is hosting this event on April 14th at Mount Hope Cemetry. William Gwinn was a member of the Regiment and served with it in Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Every year, in May, the Regiment holds a memorial service for those who served in this war. This year the event has been moved up to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15th, 1912. William Gwinn was a U.S. Postal Clerk aboard Titanic. He did not survive the sinking. The regiment is honoring William this year for his service both with the Regiment and aboard Titanic.

A quote on this event from the regiment reads as follows: Shortly after the Titanic tragedy, a monument, commemorating Private Gwinn's service to his country was placed alongside the graves of ten of his fellow veterans from the Spanish-American War. While his remains were forever lost to the sea, it was felt that his spirit would live on in the presence of his companions. The monument, containing his name, rank and regimental company along with the simple phrase "died at his post" exemplifies the respect and admiration his fellow veterans had for his service and the bravery he displayed in the face of peril. His marker lies in the shadow of our Spanish-American War monument that, only recently, received both state and national historic site designation.

Attached is a picture of Will Gwinn,his headstone at the cemetery and the regiment's plaque at the cemetery.

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Hello, Alan---

1. Great pictures! You should considering adding them to the ET bio page, Mr William Logan Gwynn - Titanic Victim.

2. On that page, there are transcriptions of articles from the Asbury Park Press about his wife, who was living in Asbury Park at the time and then left for parts unknown (at least to the Press). Would you happen to know what became of her.
 
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Mark- Will Gwinn's widow, Florence, lived with her parents after the Titanic disaster, first in Brooklyn, then on to Brookhaven Hamlet on Long Island. She raised her children there and died in 1952. Her son Thurston died in 1996 and her daughter Marjorie in 1992. Will Gwinn's only grandchild- Marjorie's daughter Bonnie Stephenson, who lives in Florida, is attending the ceremony on the 14th. Bonnie and I first corresponded on the Titanica sight about five years ago, but have never met. We are related only distantly- her mother and my father were cousins. Really looking forward to our meeting!!
 
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Text, pictures and a newspaper article depicting the memorial honoring Will Gwinn this past April are included here for those who have expressed interest in this event. It was a simple service but meaningful to those who participated. Scroll down through text, the memorial's program and pics to a three page newspaper article at the end that sums up very well the events of the day.
 

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