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Augusta Goodwin

Augusta Goodwin
Augusta Goodwin

Mrs Frederick Joseph Goodwin (Augusta Tyler) was born in Brompton, Kensington, Middlesex, England on 14 July 1868.

She was the daughter of Charles Tyler (1838-1897), a waiter, and Clara Ann Cook (1837-1908). Her father hailed from Chingford, Essex and her mother from Chelsea, London and they were married in 1865.

She had four known siblings: Harriet Maria (b. 1866), Clara Ann (1872-1951, later Mrs Ernest Albert Berry), Arthur William (b. 1874) and Charles Edward (1880-1971).

Augusta first appears on the 1871 census living at North Row in Brompton, Kensington but would appear at 2 Dukes Lane, Kensington by the time of the 1881 census. Her family were living at 10 Vernon Street, Fulham, London at the time of the 1891 census but Augusta was listed elsewhere at Pockeridge House, Corsham, Wiltshire where she was described as a domestic servant.

Augusta was married on Christmas Day 1894 to Frederick Joseph Goodwin (b. 18708), a Surrey native who worked as a printer. Together they would have six children: Lillian Augusta (b. 1896), Charles Edward (b. 1897), William Frederick (b. 1898), Jessie Allis Mary (b. 1900), Harold Victor (b. 1901) and Sidney Leslie (b. 1910).

The Goodwin Family
The Goodwin Family

The family are shown on the 1901 census living at 4 Exeter Road, Edmonton, Middlesex where they would remain for several years. The family latter resettled in Melksham, Wiltshire sometime before 1910 and they appeared there on the 1911 census living at Watson's Court on High Street, Melksham. Her husband was no longer a printer at this point and was described as a general labourer in a foundry. By 1912 it seems they were back living, at least temporarily in London at 10 Vernon Street, Fulham.

Several of her husband's siblings had emigrated to the USA and settled in Niagara, New York and his brother who lived there, Thomas Goodwin notified Fred of an opportunity for work at the big power station at Niagara and plans were made for Fred and his family to settle there also. Funds were borrowed from Fred's sister Florence Rottger and her husband William, and his sister Lydia also sent monetary help.

The family had originally planned to cross on another steamer but the coal strike changed their plans and they were transferred to the Titanic. They boarded Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number 2144 which cost £46, 18s).

Like most large families travelling in third class, especially those with teenage boys, the entire family was lost in the sinking. Only the body of baby Sidney was recovered (remaining unidentified for many years).

Augusta's estate, valued at £26, 11s, was administered to her sister Clara Berry on 19 September 1912.

There is a memorial to the family in the Church at Melksham, Wiltshire.

Newspaper Articles

Chicago Daily Tribune (17 April 1912) Family of Eight Missing
Bridgwater Mercury (20 April 1912) West Country People In The Titanic : Melksham

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Augusta Goodwin (née Tyler)
Age: 43 years 9 months and 1 day (Female)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Frederick Goodwin
Last Residence: in Melksham, Wiltshire, England
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2144, £46 18s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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