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Frank Painter

Frank Painter
Frank Painter

Mr Frank Painter was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 16 May 1883.

He was the youngest son of Henry Painter (b. 1841), a bricklayer, and Fanny Diaper (b. 1842), Southampton natives who were married in 1869, and he was brother to Henry David (b. 1870), William James (b. 1877) and twins Thomas John and Edwin Mark (b. 1880).

He first appears on the 1891 census living at 20 Cross Street, St Mary, Southampton and by the time of the 1901 census he and his family are residing at 9 Popes Buildings, Southampton and Frank is described as a general labourer.

He was married to Elizabeth Jane Grant (b. 1881 in Totton) in 1906 and they had two children: Elsie Doris (b. 1907)  and Frederick Frank (b. 1909). Although absent from the 1911 census, Frank's wife and children were shown living at 27 Morpeth Terrace, Mortimer Road, Itchen.

When Frank signed on to the Titanic, on 10 April 1912, he gave his address as 10 Bridge Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Olympic. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6, 10s.  It is speculated that he and fellow fireman Charles Painter were related.

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

His widow Elizabeth never remarried and remained living in Southampton. In 1926, she lost her daughter Elsie aged just 19. Elizabeth herself died in 1969 aged 88. Her son Frederick died in Crosby, Liverpool in 1974.


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  1. Mary

    In the request for a source for information about two firemen - Charles Painter and F. (Frank) Painter, I neglected to give my e-mail address - [email protected] If you know any information or a source for such, please e-mail me. Mary Mary
  2. Mary

    I am looking for more information about two firemen - Charles Painter and F. (Frank) Painter. Neither survived the disaster. If you know of any source that I could use to find this information, please e-mail me. Mary Mary
  3. heidi

    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
  4. Barbara Painter Kemery

    Barbara Painter Kemery

    I went to the exibit in Atlantic City and found it to be very interesing. (an excellent display and very well done and informative) Also interested in finding out anything about two passengers that were on the Titanic Charles and Frank Painter. Barbara Painter Kemery New Jersey
  5. Dennis Lovett

    Very interesting discovery - Frank Painter was my 1st cousin 3 times removed.
  6. karen preston

    Twins Thomas and Edwin drowned in 1907. Very sad story.Edwin was my great grandfather. We still live in southampton
  7. karen preston

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

    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.
  9. Steven Christian

    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 Painter is in England but both families seem to be long time residents of Southampton so I would bet there is a connection.
  10. karen preston

    Due to the Covid situation I have had some time to reasurch some more history. Sadly I have to admit to handing over to someone else in the family who is much better at the reasurch than me. lol. If theres a link she'll find it. She is waiting for the reading rooms and libraries to open. It does however turn out that I have two other relatives on board. One drowned and one survived.
  11. karen preston

    Having done lots of research. I find that Frank had at leased 7 other relatives on the titanic, still not found a link to Frank but I still cant get into the reading rooms for the parish records. Most of the fireman came from the same area and in those days they married locally. Lots of them worked together and came from large sea faring families. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more links but I'm running out of umph!
  12. karen preston

    1st march 2021 still in covid situation and his question is still driving me nuts!!!!!!
  13. karen preston

    I've been looking for crew info for Olympic. For frank Painter and Charles Painter. They both listed the Olympic as previous posts. I can find them. Is it possible they were telling porkie pies???? Doe anyone have experience of this. I have to admit I HATE the national archives I really struggle to find what I'm looing for.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Frank Painter
Age: 28 years 10 months and 30 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Elizabeth Jane Grant
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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