Mr Charles Decker was born in Bremen, Germany around 1865. He was the son of Jacob Decker, a foreman.
Described as a seaman aged 26, Charles was married in Belfast’s St Anne’s Church on 1 April 1891. His bride was Isabella Jane McKee (b. circa 1871), a millworker and daughter of a British soldier who had been born in China during her father’s tenure. Both Charles and Isabella stated their address as 24 Park View Street in Belfast.
Charles and Isabella would become parents to thirteen children: Charles, John, Isabella, Margaret, Eleanor, May, Martha, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, Stephen, Percy and George.
Charles and his family appear on the 1901 census living at 114 Manor Street in Clifton, north Belfast and he was described as a marine fireman. By the time of the 1911 census they were living at 6 Oldpark Place in north Belfast. The family were described as Presbyterians in both records.
Decker’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Rion. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
In September 1912 Charles Decker was a signatory of the Ulster Covenant, a petition signed by nearly 500,000 citizens opposing Irish Home Rule.
In 1921, with Ireland becoming increasingly volatile in the run-up to and the ensuing partition of the island, Charles and his family migrated to the USA, setting up home in Jersey City, New Jersey where Charles later worked as an elevator operator.
Charles Decker died in Jersey City, New Jersey on 7 January 1955.