Mr Charles Painter

Charles Painter

Charles Painter was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1880.

He was the son of Frederick Painter, a seaman, and Caroline Bagley (b. 1861), both Southampton natives who were married in early 1880. His known siblings were: Frederick (b. 1882), William (b. 1884), Caroline (b. 1886) and Henry (b. 1889).

He first appears on the 1880 census as an infant living with his mother at 3 Golden Grove, Southampton and on the 1891 census at 39 Cumberland Street. His mother died in 1894 and he and his siblings were forced into work at an early age. Charles is absent from the 1901 census, indicating perhaps that he was already at sea by this point.

Charles was married in 1903 to Mary Ann Edith Houghton (b. 1881), also from Southampton, and they had four children: Lillian Edith May (1904-1941, later Mrs Frank Joyce), Charles James (1905-1977), Frederick George  (1908-1911) and Dorothy Alice (1910-1915).  The family appear on the 1911 census living at 60 North East Road, Sholing, Southampton and Charles is described as a ship's fireman. Towards the close of the year they lost their younger son Frederick, aged just 3.

When Charles signed on to the Titanic, on 10 April 1912, he gave his address as 172 Mortimer Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Olympic. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6, 10s.

Charles Painter was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow was remarried in 1914, becoming Mrs William H. Turner, and she had several more children. Just one year after her remarriage Mary lost her youngest child Dorothy aged 4.  Mary died in Hampshire in 1956.


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  1. Heidi said:

    if any one has info on charles painter or frank painter they where both firemen on the titanic they may have been related to me Heidi mi

  2. karen preston said:

    Frank is my great great grandfathers uncle not found any links to charles but I 'm hopin gto find an answer here.

  3. karen preston said:

    Do you know if they could have been related? They served on the Olympic prior to Titanic and lived less that half a mile from each other at one point.

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    Steven Christian said:

    I couldn't say for sure. I have looked around but found nothing conclusive. I know they were not brothers. Different fathers whose age differance appears to be about 20 years so I doubt the fathers were brothers themselves. They could have been cousins or uncle/nephew. You would have to use one of those geneoligical websets or check local records. I don't know how common the name... Read full post

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Charles Painter (ref: #1614, last updated: 22nd October 2015, accessed 2nd June 2020 22:10:17 PM)