Mrs Charity Robins, née Lawry 1, was born in St Mewan, Cornwall, England in late 1863/early 1864 2.
She was the daughter of James Lawry (1825-1899), a miner, and Susanna Nancarrow (1824-1891). Her father failed from St Ewe, Cornwall and her mother from St Austell and they were married in 1847. She had eight known siblings: William (b. 1849), Thomas (b. 1850), Hannah (b. 1852), James (b. 1854), Jane (b. 1858), John (b. 1859), Walter (b. 1862) and Mary Ann (b. 1868).
She appears on the 1871 census living at Union Road in St Austell with her family.
In late 1880, aged just 16, she was married to Alexander Robins (b. 1861), a stonemason from 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 and were returning to the USA travelling third class on the Titanic under ticket number 3337 which had cost them £14, 10s. Also returning with them was Charity's nephew William Henry Nancarrow.
Mrs Robins died in the sinking, her body, and that of her husband was subsequently recovered by the MacKay Bennett.
NO. 7. - FEMALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 6O. - HAIR, GREY.
CLOTHING - Blue waterproof; black skirt and undershirt; white undervest and Chemise; black lawn shoes and black stockings; set false upper teeth.
EFFECTS - 1 gold ring; 1 wedding ring, and 1 diamond ring; purse "A. Robins" 2nd class ticket Olympic, 145; gold watch and chain; 2 receipted accounts and excess luggage ticket Plymouth, Great Western docks; £60 in 5 notes and other coins.
THIRD CLASS PASSENGER.
NAME - Mrs A. ROBINS.
The remains were taken to her daughter who was living at 24 Garfield Street, Yonkers. She and her husband were interred at Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers.
Her 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.
Her 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.
Articles and Stories
Western Morning News (1912)
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser (1912)
Steve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Simon Hoad, UK
Brian Ticehurst, UK
- Frequently misidentified as Grace Charity Laury/Lawry, a Penzance native who was not the same woman who was on Titanic.
- Birth registered in St Austell in first quarter of 1864.
References and Sources1871 Census
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#7)