Mr Charles Essex Edwards

Charles Essex Edwards was born in St Martin, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales over the summer months of 1862.

He was the son of John Edwards (b. 1829), a grocer, and Harriet Devonald (b. 1823), both Pembrokeshire-natives of Haverfordwest and Letterston, respectively, who had married in Haverfordwest in 1851.

Charles had six known siblings: Mary Jane (b. 1854), William Devonald (b. 1855), George Phillips (b. 1857), John Arthur (b. 1859), Harry Owen (b. 1864) and Frederick Howard (b. 1867).

Charles grew up in St Martin's Place in Haverfordwest and would be listed there on the 1871 to 1881 census records with his family and by the time of the latter census he was described as a carpenter. When he went to sea is not certain.

He was married in Berkshire in 1892 to Lavinia Ann Poulter (b. 1864), who was born in Llanstadwell, Pembrokeshire, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Poulter. Lavinia's father was formerly a railway passenger guard and she seemingly continued to live with him at Railway Terrace in Neyland, Pembrokeshire throughout her marriage and was listed at that street on both the 1901 and 1911 census returns. Charles was absent from both records, perhaps at sea. Both Charles and Lavinia would have no children of their own.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Charles gave his local address as 7 Brunswick Square, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Zeeland and as an assistant pantry steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Charles Edwards died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

What became of his widow Lavinia in later years is unknown.

Gavin Bell, UK

References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
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