Mr Daniel Coxon

Mr Daniel Coxon was born in St Pancras, Middlesex, England on 27 August 1853, later being baptised on 18 September that same year in Old Church, St Pancras.

He was the son of Daniel Coxon (b. 1818), a carpenter, and Ann Myall (b. 1823), natives of Derbyshire and Somerset respectively.

Daniel Coxon senior had first been married in London on 10 February 1846 to Elizabeth Myall (b. circa 1821) and with her had a daughter named Elizabeth Sarah (1846-1849) who died in infancy. His wife Elizabeth appears to have died in late 1850 or early 1851. He was remarried on 13 May 1853 to Ann Myall, Elizabeth's sister, and with her had eight children: Edwin (b. 1851), Daniel (b. 1853), Elizabeth Sarah (b. 1855), John Myall (1857-1940), Henry (1859-1899), Alfred (1861-1949), David William (1863-1950), Arthur (1867-1891) and Mary Ann Myall (1869-1953).

Daniel appears on the 1861 census living with his family at 25 Oak Village, Kentish Town, Middlesex. The family were shown at different addresses in Kentish Town for the 1871 through 1891 census records but Daniel was not listed with them. He had emigrated to the USA in the early 1880s (although family sources indicate he had emigrated to Canada in the early 1870s before crossing into the USA) settling in Merrill, Wisconsin. He was never married, apparently always living alone, and the 1900 census describes him as a labourer; by the time of the 1910 census he was described as a street popcorn vendor. Contemporary news reports also describe him as a "cripple" and also show that he was well-known in his community by the moniker "Popcorn Dan."

Back in England his mother had passed away on 14 July 1895 in a fire whilst she was a resident of 10 Gospel Oak Grove, Kentish Town. She had reportedly fallen down stairs whilst carrying a paraffin lamp, setting herself alight and being burned so severely that she died within hours. His father died on 19 February 1900 and Daniel's siblings continued to live in the Greater London area.

Whilst it is believed Daniel had made a previous return to England in previous years 1, he returned to Britain aboard the New York on 22 December 1911, travelling in third class aboard the same steamer that almost collided with Titanic in Southampton docks four months later. Whilst in England he resided at 38 Rockford, Kentish Town, London, presumably the address of one of his siblings.

Reportedly delaying his return to the US so that he could travel aboard the new steamer Titanic, he boarded that vessel at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 364500 which cost  £7, 5s).

Mr Coxon lost his life in the disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK

Notes
  1. A Daniel Coxon, aged 35, arrived in Southampton aboard the American Line's Philadelphia on 15 October 1904. Whilst the ages are wildly conflicting, Daniel was shown on US census records to have been shaving up to two decades off his age and it is likely that this is the same person.
References and Sources
Milwaukee Sentinel, 19 April 1912: Merrill Man Aboard
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