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Alexander Taylor jr Compton

Mr Alexander Taylor Compton was born in Manhattan, New York on 16 August 1874.

He was the son of Alexander Taylor Compton (b. 1842) and Mary Eliza Ingersoll (b. 1847). His father, a lawyer, was a native of Newark, New Jersey whilst his mother hailed from Westchester, New York. He had two siblings but lost one in infancy, his brother Lorin Ingersoll (1870-1872). His surviving sibling was his elder sister Sara Rebecca (b. 1872). The family would appear on the 1880 census living in New York and on the 1885 census living in East Orange, New Jersey. His father Alexander died on 30 January 1902 and the remaining family later settled in Lakewood, New Jersey.

A bachelor, Mr Compton and his family travelled extensively and owned various hotels in New Hampshire, Louisiana, and maintained a summer residence at the Laurel House in Lakewood, New Jersey. He was a keen golfer.

Together with his mother and sister Sara, he boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (joint ticket number PC 17756, £83, 3s, 2d). He occupied cabin E-52.

When the Titanic was sinking Compton calmly reassured his mother and sister that he would follow them in another lifeboat. Mrs Compton desired to remain with her son rather than leave him. "Don't be foolish, mother. You and sister go ahead. I'll look out for myself."

Alexander Compton did not survive the sinking but his mother and sister survived. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

He was memorialised on the family monument in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, New Jersey.

Compton Grave
Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])

Newspaper Articles

Newark Evening News (16 April 1912) LAKEWOOD INQUIRIES
No word received as to their fate.
Asbury Park Evening Press (19 April 1912) LAKEWOOD WOMEN ARE AMONG SAVED
Compton's prominent in the winter colony at Lakewood
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) MRS. COMPTON TELLS OF TITANIC DISASTER
Completely prostrated over the loss of son.
Asbury Park Evening Press (20 April 1912) COMPTONS TELL OF TITANIC DISASTER
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Alexander Taylor jr Compton
Age: 37 years 7 months and 30 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17756, £83 3s 2d
Cabin No. E52
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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