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Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling

Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling
Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling

Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling (nee Bone), 34, was born in the Isle of Wight on 9 September 1877 the daughter of William Bone (1847-) and Julia Sarah (nee Whittingstall, 1852-1936).

In 1898 she married John Thomas Doling.  He managed the Atlantic Hotel, 151 Albert Road, Southampton. and they lived at 33 Canute Road, Southampton.1

She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with John's sister Elsie Doling.

Mrs Doling was travelling to New York to visit her mother Julia Bone at 144 East 52th Street, her mother having moved to New York in 1905 with other members of the family.  Ada and Elsie held ticket number 231919, price: £23.  Ada may have been pregnant at the time.2

Titanic Promenade Deck Doling
Elsie, Ada and unidentified male passenger on the Titanic.
Courtesy of Gunter Babler

Mrs Doling and her relative were rescued by the Carpathia. On board, she tried to send a telegram to Southampton, but it was not transmitted, because of the operators' workload.

Express, Southampton, England Ada Elsie safe

They returned to England on board the Philadelphia on 11 May 1912.

Ada had five children John Thomas P. Doling (1899-1955), William Doling (1902-2003), Reginald S E A Doling (1903-1925), Victor Doling (born 1906) and Ida Julia Augusta Doling (30 Jan 1913 - 9 Oct 1981).

Ada's husband John Thomas died 1st April 1938.

Ada died in Southampton on 11 April 1962 she was cremated and her ashes were scattered at South Stoneham Cemetery in the Garden of Rest (section 7).


  1. The emigrant's home, Albert Road, Southampton was built in 1894-5 by Elsie's Doling's father John Doling; in 1901 it was managed by the father of Titanic survivor Bentley harold Neal at which time it was called the Soldier's and Sailors Institute.  John Thomas (Ada's husband) was the manager in 1912, living round the corner at 33 Canute Road. (source: directories, newspapers)
    The First World War closed the port of Southampton to Commercial shipping, and the Hotel closed in 1916, when the building became offices for British American Tobacco. It is now flats and known as Atlantic mansions.
  2. Her daughter Ida was born 30 January 1913, 9 months and 15 days after the sinking.  Given that John T. Doling did not travel with them to America, and assuming he was the father, it can be speculated that either Ada was pregnant on the Titanic and Ida was overdue, or she conceived after Ada's return and the baby was premature.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling (née Bone)
Age: 34 years 7 months and 6 days (Female)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to John Thomas Doling
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 231919, £23
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Wednesday 11th April 1962 aged 84 years
Ashes Scattered: South Stoneham Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York;
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer
At Port of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National
Archives, NWCTB-85-T715-Vol. 4183.
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912.
John Booth & Sean Coughlan (1993) Titanic Signals of Disaster. White Star Publicatons, Westbury, Wiltshire. ISBN 0-9518190-11
Dave Bryceson (1997) The Titanic Disaster: As Reported in the British National Press April-July 1912. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN-1-85260-579-0
Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436


Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling
(1912) Titanic Passengers Promenading on the Boat Deck
Survivors Ada and Elsie Doling are accompanied by an male passenger, sometimes identified as Fred Wheeler.
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  1. Natalie Huppee

    Natalie Huppee said:

    Ada Doling was my grandfather's sister. We always thought that Elsie was her daughter but your site lists them as sister-in-laws. My grandfather died before I was born so we don't have any other information on Ada, except that I do have a picture of Mrs. Doling, Ada, Reggie, Willie, and Ida, but with no date on it. Does anyone have any other particulars on the family?

  2. Don Tweed

    Don Tweed said:

    It was 1965 and I was at my grandmothers house and we were watching ANTR. She told me her friend "Elsie" was on the Titanic. Does anyone know what happened to Elsie Doling after the sinking? Is this the Elsie she was talking about?

  3. Deleted member 173198

    Deleted member 173198 said:

    Hello Don! I would love to know your grandmothers name and the exact whereabouts of her place of residences during that period of time? Elsie Doling "later Hendricks" is actually buried in St Marys Cemetery in my home town of Romsey, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Hope this gives you a clue and answers your question! Andrew W.

  4. Don Tweed

    Don Tweed said:

    Hello Andrew! Thank you for the response. I finally did a little research and found that Elsie did return to her native U.K. In answer to your question my grandmothers name was Elvira Tweed. She lived in Des Moines,Ia on Watson St. in S.W. Des Moines. She was born in 1906 and passed away in 1979. I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure she said her friends name was Elsie and she was pretty adament about her being on the Titanic. Take care, Don

  5. Deleted member 173198

    Deleted member 173198 said:

    Hello Don! I would strongly advise to dig deep into your pocket and invest your menoy in one of Brian Ticehurst's Papers, which deals mainly with a lot of Memorial's World-wide. Number six in the occasionals papers:- Titanic's Memorials World-wide, Where they are Located by Brian Ticehurst, at a price of £4-50p Pound Sterling. If you need to obtain his home address and e-mail Don, then send me a private message and I shall forward you the details. Best wishes Andrew W.

  6. Don Tweed

    Don Tweed said:

    I could be wrong about the name Elsie Doling. Just read where she sailed back to England after the tragedy. My grandma was not the type of lady to pull my leg and so I did alittle more research and came up with the name Anna Sofia Nysten. A 3rd class passenger who survived the sinking. She later married a Mr. Gustaffson and lived and died in Des Moines. Grandma,Grandpa,and my mother are all deceased, and my father recently had a stroke, so I have no family to confirm this with! Does anyone have any info on Anna Sofia Nysten? - Don

  7. Andrew Maheux

    Andrew Maheux said:

    Don, Im sorry to hear about your family, It must be hard. I hope you find the information you are looking for. Sincerily, Andrew Maheux

  8. Gianni Yrois

    Gianni Yrois said:

    hi everybody After Miss Doling survived the Titanic she returned to England. There she married a Mr. Hendricks(?). Did Elsie have any children? thanks Gianni

  9. Sue Seagrave

    Sue Seagrave said:

    I see there are several questions regarding Elsie Doling (later Hendricks). I am Elsie Hendricks' granddaughter and would like to correct some information published on this forum and add to it. Elsie Hendricks (nee Doling) is NOT buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Romsey. She is buried in the graveyard at St. John's church, Lockerley, Hampshire, the village in which she spent her final happy years with her daughter, Clara, and myself. Clara was a school teacher in Romsey and as an adult, I lived there for some years.

  10. Sue Seagrave

    Sue Seagrave said:

    Hi Gianni (Yassas), I've just seen your post. I'm Elsie Hendricks' (nee Doling) granddaughter and in answer to your question, Elsie Doling married an Anglo-Indian doctor, Dr William Hendricks. I believe he was living in the UK, furthering his studies, when they met. They went to India, where he worked as doctor in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Gangtok region. They returned to the UK several times, before returning permanently and William Hendricks started a practice as a GP in Southampton. They had had four children, John, Clara, Gerald and Elizabeth. I am Clara's daughter.... Read full post

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