Mr Benjamin HOWARD & Mrs Ellen HOWARD

Mr & Mrs Benjamin HOWARD

On researching Benjamin Howard and his wife Ellen Howard who bothperished, their bodies were never found. I have been able to locatesome details about them and their family members.

Benjamin Howard is shown being born 10th May 1848 and was Christenedon 3rd December 1848 at Ashton under Lyne Lancashire. His father isJoseph Howard and his mother is Ann Howard

On 16th May 1872 Ellen Truelove Arman married Benjamin Howard in Highworth Swindon Wiltshire.

In 1851 Benjamin is 2yrs old born Ashton-Under-LyneLancashire residing with his parents and siblings. Joseph 44yrs oldborn Glossop Derbyshire a Spinner, Ann 36yrs old born Sandle Yorkshire,Sarah 25yrs old born Glossop Derbyshire a Cotton Winds, Mary Ann 15yrsborn Ashton -Under-Lyne a Cotton Winds, Elizabeth 9yrs old bornAshton-Under-Lyne, James 6yrs old born Ashton-Under-Lyne. All residingat 137 Cotton Street Ashton-Under-Lyne Lancashire.

In 1851 Ann Arman is 18yrs old born Chisledon Wiltshire is a servant visiting the family (this may be Ellen's mother)Henry Wheeler 34yrs old born Chisledon Wiltshire a Tailor, Mary Wheeler30yrs old born Chisledon Wiltshire, Richard Titcomb 12yrs old bornPreshott Wiltshire. All residing at Moredon Rodborne Cheney Wiltshire.

John Titcomb married Mary Arman on 13/05/1838 MildenhallWiltshire, John Titcombe died in 1840 Swindon, Henry Wheeler marriedMary Titcomb in 1848 Swindon.

In 1861 Benjamin is 13yrs old born Ashton Under LyneLancashire a Farmers Boy he is shown as brother-in-law residing withhis sister and her husband. Samuel Kenworthy 30yrs born SaddleworthYorkshire a Farmer of 14 acres and Mary Ann Kenworthy 25yrs old bornAshton-Under-Lyne Lancashire. All residing at Mill Barn SaddleworthYorkshire.

In 1861 Ellen T Arman is 10yrs old born Rodbourne Wiltshireshown as a niece to the family. Henry Wheeler 44yrs old born ChisledonWiltshire a Tailor, Mary Wheeler 40yrs old born Chisledon Wiltshire,Richard Titcomb 22yrs old born Preshott Wiltshire Stepson a Tailor,Robert Titcomb 20yrs old born Mildenhall Wiltshire Stepson a Tailor.All residing at 21 Bridge Street Swindon Wiltshire.

In 1871 Benjamin is 22yrs old born Ashton Under LyneLancashire working as a Bolt Maker Railway Works he is shown as ason-in-law but there is no wife recorded.  Also at the homeaddress is William Scholfield 37yrs old born Saddleworth Yorkshire aBolt Maker Railway Works and his wife Sarah Scholfield 44yrs old BornGlossop. All residing at 4 Bridge Street Swindon Wiltshire.

In 1871 Ellen Arman is 20yrs old born Rodburgh Wiltshireshown as a niece to the family. Henry Wheeler 54yrs old born ChiseldonWiltshire a Tailor, Mary Wheeler 50yrs old born Chisledon Wiltshire,Richard Titcombe 32yrs old born Preshott Wiltshire Stepson a Tailor andWilliam Gregory 15yrs old born Bristol Somerset a Tailor. Allresiding at 22 Bridge Street Swindon Wiltshire.

In 1881 Benjamin is 32yrs old born Ashton Under LyneLancashire working as a Bolt Maker in a Factory and Ellen is 30yrs oldborn Mardon Wiltshire. They have three children William H. 7yrs oldborn Swindon, Frederick C. 3yrs born in Swindon and Ethel L. 1yrs oldborn Swindon. All the family were residing at 84 Cheltenham StreetSwindon Wiltshire.  Also the family were quite well off as theyhad a housemaid servant who lived with them Selina Cooke 16yrs bornWroughton Wiltshire.

In 1891 Benjamin is 42yrs old born Ashton Under LyneLancashire working as an Assistant Foreman for Bolt Maker Factory andEllen is 40yrs old born Moredon Wiltshire (birth place speltdifferent). They have four children William H.17yrs is an ApprenticePiano Tuner, Frederick C. 13yrs old, Ethel L. 11yrs old and Herbert B.Also they have a boarder Edward Albert Bonard 28yrs old who is a PianoTuner from Hackney London. All the family were residing at 85Cheltenham Street Swindon Wiltshire (the door number is slightlydifferent from 1881 census)

In 1901 Benjamin is 52yrs old born Ashton Under LyneLancashire working as a Foreman Bolt Maker Railway Works and Ellenis 50yrs old born Mooredon Wiltshire (birth place spelt different).They have three children still residing with them Frederick C. 23yrsold born Swindon Wiltshire employed as a Engine Fitter at Railway,Ethel L. 21yrs old no employment born Swindon Wiltshire and Herbert B.14yrs old employed as an Office Boy at Railway Works born SwindonWiltshire. They are all residing at 85 Cheltenham Street SwindonWiltshire. (the door number is slightly different from 1881census)

William Henry Howard (Son) Information

Their son William Henry Howard married Mary Jane Brew in 1895 atBarrow-In-Furness Lancashire. In 1901 William and Mary were residing at70 Duke Street Barrow-In-Furness, William was 27yrs old and a PianoTuner Repairman, Mary was 25yrs old born Carmarthen South Wales andthey had Lily Brew 12yrs old born Swindon who was Mary's sisterresiding with them.

Frederick Charles Howard (Son) Information

Their son Frederick Charles Howard arrived in New York on the22nd February 1911 having travelled on the Oceanic from SouthamptonEngland it has been recorded that he was 25yrs old Single six foot andone and half inches tall and had tattoos on his left arm.  WhenFrederick arrived in New York he had $25 cash and stated that he wasvisiting his brother in New York.

Ethel Louise Howard (Daughter) Information

Their daughter Ethel Louise Howard married in 1901 at Swindon toeither an Edward Small or Opie Smith groom needs to be confirmed.

Herbert Benjamin Howard (Son) Information

Their son Herbert Benjamin Howard was born 16th February 1887 inEngland and is recorded as having died on 19th August 1963 in LA USA.This may have been the reason why Benjamin & Ellen were travellingto the USA at the time of the Titanic as Herbert appears to haveresided in the USA prior to 1912.

Herbert Benjamin Howard has a Social Security No. 546-22-2022.


UK 1851 Census HO107/2233/30 Page 29
UK 1851 Census HO107/1833/212 Page 4
UK 1861 Census RG9/3241/69 Page 23
UK 1861 Census RG9/1272/100 Page 31
UK 1871 Census RG10/1883/20 Page 32
UK 1871 Census RG10/1883/58 Page 40
UK 1881 Census RG11/2019/101 Page 53
UK 1891 Census RG12/1584/35 Page 16
UK 1901 Census RG13/1907/33 Page 16
UK 1901 Census RG13/4012/31 Page 2
IGI family search
US Social Security Index

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  1. Awwwthatssosweet said:

    Poor things! it would have been cuter if they went on the titanic for an anniversary! :)

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