"Mrs Harry Faunthorpe" (Mrs Elizabeth "Lizzie" Anne Wilkinson) 1, 29, was born in Manchester, England 2 on 3rd February 1882, the daughter of William H. Wilkinson and Mary Wilkinson3, they lived at Moorfield House, Pendlebury, Manchester. She was baptized on 13 Nov 1884 at St. Andrews, Manchester.
On 20th May 1907 she married a man named Samuel Wilkinson (born 4th July 1882) in Salford, Manchester. In 1911 they lived 47 Oldham Road Failsworth (between Oldham and Manchester).
Lizzie boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger and the "wife" of Harry Faunthorpe; however, she was in fact his mistress. They told fellow passengers they planned to honeymoon in California. They bought ticket number 2926 for £26.
'She was asleep, she says, at the time of the collision, but awakened by the shock. When she rushed upon deck she was ordered into a lifeboat, but feared to trust herself in one of the frail craft. While officers with drawn revolvers issued their orders, one of the men, she says, forced her bodily into the second boat....'' (The Evening Telegraph, April 26, 1912)
Mrs Wilkinson survived the sinking. She was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 16. After arriving in New York, she went to her 'uncle' John M. Devine at 669 Brooklyn Street, Philadelphia.
Failsworth Woman Saved
Elizabeth Ann Wilkinson, wife of Mr Samuel Wilkinson of 47 Oldham Road Failsworth, was a second cabin passenger on the Titanic. She has telegraphed from New York: ‘Am safe. – Lizzie’
[Unidentified Oldham newspaper 1912]
According to the Red Cross Mr Faunthorpe's body was sent to her after it was recovered and he was buried at Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia on 11 May.4 Mrs Wilkinson subsequently returned to England and her real husband.
Articles and Stories
Toronto Daily Star (1912)
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Andrew Williams, UK
- Her maiden name was also Wilkinson. She was listed as 35 on the Titanic passenger list but 29 in the 1911 census.
- The 1911 census gives her birthplace as Platting, which may mean Miles Platting, Manchester, though this is crossed out. It may have referred to either her or her husband's birthplace.
- Her mother may have been Mary Elizabeth or Mary Anne Wilkinson.
- The body was sent care of William M. Springfield of 3001 Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia who was possibly a relative but more likely an undertaker.
References and SourcesThe Evening Telegraph (Philadelphia), April 26, 1912, Miss Faunthorp Ill in Uncle's Home from Strain of Experience
Oldham Evening Chronicle (2012) Titanic Mystery of Survivor Lizzie, www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news/69079/titanic-mystery-of-survivor-lizzie, 27 April 2012
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55).
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.
GRO Marriage Index
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975