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Ernest Cann

Mr Ernest Cann 1 was born in the early months of 1883 2 in Amble, St Kew, Cornwall, England and was baptised a year later on 27 February.

He was the son of William Cann (b. 1826), a farm labourer, and Sarah Jane Teague (b. 1846), both Cornish natives who had married in 1880. He had four known siblings: Mary Ann (b. 1878), Albert (b. 1881), Edward (b. 1884) and Frederick (b. 1898).

Ernest first appears on the 1891 census living at Tregilders (?) in St Kew. His father apparently died in 1899 aged 73 and the family moved to Gloucestershire, settling in Frampton Cotterell where Ernest's mother ran a boarding house. The family are listed here on the 1901 census and Ernest was described as a railway navvy. What became of Ernest's mother is unknown and by the time of the 1911 census he had returned to Cornwall and was boarding at Rosevear, Bugle, St Austell and was described as an unmarried clay miner.

On 4 November 1911 in Treverbyn Parish church, Ernest was married to Emma "Emmie" Johns (b. 1878), a dressmaker who hailed from St Stythians, Cornwall. They would have no children.

Mr Cann boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger along with his friend William Saundercock. They may have also been acquainted with William Nancarrow, another clay labourer from St Austell. Ernest's ticket (number 2152) cost £8, 1s but his destination in the USA is not known.

Ernest Cann died in the sinking, his body was not recovered.

His wife Emmie never remarried and continued to live in Cornwall. She lived less than two years following the death of her husband.


  1. Name frequently given as Ernest Charles Cann; this is not correct and the inclusion of the name Charles apparently arises from several newspaper reports regarding Channel Island passengers the Renoufs who had a cousin named Charles Cann who was travelling at the same time as them, albeit not on Titanic.
  2. Age given as 21 in passenger manifest

References and Sources

Marriage Certificate
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])

Newspaper Articles

Elizabeth Daily Journal (18 April 1912) AWAIT COMING OF CARPATHIA WITH RESCUED
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) JERSEY DEATH ROLL DETAILS
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) TELLS OF SEEING MEN SHOT DOWN ON TITANIC

Documents and Certificates

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  1. Nick .W. Cann

    Nick .W. Cann

    Hi, If anyone has any info on third class passenger who did not survive the sinking could they please send it to my email address please. regards Nick Cann

  2. Michael H. Standart

    If you haven't checked it out yet, what ET has on Mr. Cann may be found here: You might want to follow some of the links in these articles.

  3. Nick .W. Cann

    Nick .W. Cann

    Thanks Micheal..Unfortunitlly i have already attaned this info.thanks anyway.... Regards Nick

  4. David Huffaker

    His wife, Emma Johns, was from Cornwall and had at least 6 brothers and sisters.

  5. Nick .W. Cann

    Nick .W. Cann

    Thanks i wasn't aware if that. Do you know what any of there names were?Did Ernest and Emma ever have a child before he died?

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Ernest Cann
Age: 29 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Emma
Last Residence: in Penwithick, Cornwall, England
Occupation: Miner
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2152, £8 1s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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