Mr Arthur Ford

Mr Arthur Ford was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, England in the early months of 1889.

He was the son of Arthur Ford (b. 1857), a plasterer, and Sarah Lewis (b. 1861). Whilst his father was also a native of Bridgwater, his mother hailed from Plymouth, Devon and they were married in Bridgwater in 1880 and had a total of eight children, with six surviving infancy.

His surviving siblings were: Willie (b. 1881), Florence Kate (1885-1936, later Mrs Henry Duddridge), Rose (b. 1886), Lena (1895-1968) and Beatrice (b. 1898).

Arthur first appears on the 1891 census living at 54 West Street in Bridgwater and on the following 1901 census at 9 Lyndale Avenue, also in Bridgwater. He was still living with his family by the time of the 1911 census when they were recorded at 9 Victoria Road, Bridgwater and Arthur was described as an unmarried carpenter aged 22. He was engaged to be married to a woman named Elizabeth Grimes who, in 1912, reportedly lived in Newark, New Jersey.

Arthur boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 1478 which cost £8, 1s). He was destined for Elmira, New York to the home of his brother Willie, who had emigrated there in April 1902 aboard the Majestic, then commanded by Captain Edward Smith. Willie was a graduate of the London Polytechnic and worked in Elmira as a carpenter for a large contracting firm. In 1912 he lived at 464 Lyon Street, Elmira with his American wife Ethel and persuaded his younger brother Arthur to join him in America.

Arthur Ford died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His parents remained at 9 Victoria Road for the rest of their lives. His mother Sarah died in 1926 aged 67 whilst his father died on 20 October 1932. What became of his fiancée is unknown. His brother Willie was still living in Elmira as of the 1940 census but what became of him thereafter is not known.


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Newark Evening News (1912) 

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Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Elmira Advertiser, 17 April 1912, 18 April 1912
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(2019) Arthur Ford Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #812, updated 16th December 2019 12:43:17 PM)