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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.

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)

Newspaper Articles

Guernsey Weekly Press (22 April 1912) Mr. H. Mitchell
Guernsey Weekly Press (22 April 1912) Reported Missing: E. H. Wheadon
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  1. Cos Mord

    Cos Mord

    Greetings, Having recently discovered my great great grandfather, Edward H Wheadon died during the Titanic tragedy, (thankfully after he had bred) my interest has been somewhat stirred up. If anyone has any further information regarding this second class passenger I would be most interested. Mr Edward H. Wheadon, 66, a farmer from La Couture, Guernsey, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger. He held ticket number C.A. 24579, price: £10 10s. Mr Wheadon, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. My father is the youngest grandson of... Read full post

  2. Craig Stringer

    Edward Wheadon had been born at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, on October 11th 1843, and was 68 years old in April 1912. He was the son of Edward, a master mariner, and Elizabeth Wheadon, and brother to George S. and William Henry. Edward married before 1875, Caroline Cohr, and the couple had five children, Edward T, born on April 23rd 1875, George C, born on November 9th 1876, Herbert H, born on February 10th 1878, Annette Le Paige, born on August 23rd 1879, and Carrie, born on February 15th 1881. Sadly the birth of Carrie Wheadon was tainted with tragedy, as Caroline Wheadon died as a result of... Read full post

  3. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Dear Cos, Here is a bit more: (Reprinted from the ''Guernsey Weekly Press'' of Saturday.) Mr. E. H. Wheadon. Mr. E. H. Wheadon was in his 67th year. He was the head of the agricultural firm of E. H. Wheadon and Sons, Couture. He was a man of most kindly nature and charitable disposition. Among the members of the family and their very wide circle of friends his loss has come as a tremendous blow, which is also felt in a very real sense by the large staff of workmen and women. Mr. Wheadon was a member of the Central Douzaine of St. Peter Port and was for many years on the Committee... Read full post

  4. Megan Lim

    Edward Wheadon was also my great great grandfather. The reason for his journey was the birth of his first grandchild, my grandmother, Edith Bourgaize Dennis.

  5. Marilyn

    Edward Henry Wheadon, St. Peter Port, Guernsey - passenger on the Titanic Thank you for accepting me on this site. Recently I read the story on here about two men who were passengers on the Titanic that were from St. Peter Port, Guernsey. One of these men was Edward Henry Wheadon, born October 11, 1846. He was on his way to visit his daughter, Carrie Bourgaize in Edgeward, Rhode Island, USA. We have been researching my husband's family for some time now and we can't seem to get back any further than his gg grandfather, Henry Wheadon (also spelled as Whedon on some records). He died in... Read full post

  6. Jason D. Tiller

    Hi Marilyn, Welcome aboard. Have you tried ancestry.ca?

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Edward Henry Wheadon
Age: 65 years 6 months and 3 days (Male)
Nationality: Channel Islander
Marital Status: Widowed
Last Residence: at Granada House St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Occupation: Farmer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 24579, £10 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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