Mr Edward Henry Wheadon

Mr Edward Henry Wheadon was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey in the Channel Islands on 11 October 1846.

He was the son of Edward Wheadon (b. 1816), a master mariner, and Elizabeth Le Pelley (b. 1813), both natives of St Peter Port. He had two known siblings: William Henry (b. 1848) and George Samuel (b. 1849).

Edward first appears on the 1851 census when he and his family were living at Normanville Road in St Peter Port; his mother was described as the wife of a captain and ship owner. The family appeared at Granada House, Coideire (?) Road on the 1861 census and at a different address on the 1871 census where Edward was described as a farmer.

He was married to Caroline Cohu (b. 4 May 1849 in Guernsey) and they had five children: Edward (b. 1876), George (b. 1877), Hebert (B. 1878), Annette Le Pelley (b. 1880) and Carrie (b. 1881). Caroline died on 23 February 1881 not long after giving birth to their youngest child.

The remaining family appears on the 1881 census living at Granada House, St Peter Port and he is described as a farmer of 12 acres. The census also shows that he is surrounded by his parents and extended family who all lived close by and he would still be at the same address by the time of the 1891 through to the 1911 census returns. At the time of the latter record he was described as a grower and manure merchant and still had two children living with him, Herbert and Carrie. He was a member of the Central Donzaine of St. Peter Port and was for many years on the Committee of the R.G.A. and H.S., and the Committee of the Growers' Association. He was intimately connected with the activities of Ebenezer Wesleyan Chapel, of which he was a Trustee.

Originally booked on the Philadelphia, Edward boarded the Titanic in Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 24579 which cost £10, 10s) and he was travelling with fellow-Guernsey man Henry Mitchell. His destination was Edgewood, Rhode Island to the home of his married daughter Carrie Bourgaize and her family.

Both Edward Wheadon and Henry Mitchell were lost in the sinking. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.


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Guernsey Weekly Press (1912) 
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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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