Mr Alexander Robins

Mr Alexander Robins 1 was born 1 July 1861 in St Austell, Cornwall, England.

He was the son of Samuel Robins (1835-1897), a copper miner, and his wife Grace 2 (1836-1895). Both his parents also hailed from St Austell and were married there around 1860.  He had four known siblings: Charles (b. 1868), Samuel (b. 1870), William (b. 1872) and Ellen Jane (b. 1876).

On the 1861 census, just months before Alexander's birth, his parents were listed living at Nursling (?) Downs in St Austell. When he appears on the 1871 census he and his family were living in Brixham, Devon but later returned to St Austell, appearing there on the 1881 census.

Alexander, who worked as a stonemason, was married in late 1880 to Charity Lawry (b. 1865), also of St Austell. Their first child, Alice Ann, was born early the following year and the couple were living with Alexander's parents in St Austell by the time of the 1881 census.

The couple would have nine children in total, only two living past infancy. Their firstborn, Alice, died in 1883 and their two surviving children were Beatrice Annie (b. 1886) and Alexander (b. 1890).

The couple later left British shores around 1886, and settled in Yonkers, New York where they would appear on census records from 1900 through to 1910 although it seems they made several trips back to England. Alexander continued to work as a stonemason whilst in Yonkers.

Alexander and Charity returned to Cornwall for a family visit in early 1912, staying with friends in Mount Charles, and were returning to the USA, travelling third class on the Titanic under ticket number 3337 which had cost them £14, 10s. Also travelling with them his wife's cousin William Henry Nancarrow. It was reported that when Mr Robins learned that he was to travel back to America aboard Titanic that he became troubled by this, having an objection to going aboard a maiden voyage.

Alexander Robins, along with his wife, was lost in the sinking. His body was subsequently recovered by the MacKay Bennett along with that of his wife.


CLOTHING - Black overcoat; grey trousers and vest; blue vest; black boots.

EFFECTS - One gold watch, chain and seal; one gold watch, chain and locket; one silver watch; works of one Waltham watch; three knives; two pipes; one cigarette holder; cigar ditto; keys; gold ring marked "R"; hair comb; two pocket diaries; papers; Intl. Mercantile Marine Co. cheques $2500; £41 in gold; 37s. 6d. in purse.


NAME - A. ROBINS. (Mrs Robins, No. 7)

The remains were taken to his daughter who was living at 24 Garfield Street, Yonkers. He and his wife were interred at Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers.

His daughter Beatrice, known as Annie, was married to Patrick Curtin of Pennsylvania and remained in Yonkers where she raised a family. She died in Yonkers in 1965.

His son Alexander had been married on 7 January 1912 in Yonkers to Julia Lee (b. 1890), a native of Ireland, raising a family and remaining in Yonkers where he worked as a steam fitter. He died in 1966.


© Michael A. Findlay, USA


  1. Frequently listed as Alexander A. Robins. No middle name is listed on birth records.
  2. Née Parsons? No identifiable marriage record between his parents has been located.


Grave of Alexander and Charity Robins

Articles and Stories

Guardian (1912) 
Western Morning News (1912) 
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser (1912) 

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Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia)
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