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Frank Thomas Andrew

Frank Thomas Andrew

Frank Thomas Andrew 1 was born as Thomas Francis Gribble in Perranarworthal, Falmouth,  Cornwall, England in the closing months of 1885.

He was the son of James Andrew (1841-1913), a butcher and farmer, and Joanna Eslick (1847-1893), both Cornwall natives. His mother had been married in 1869 to Tobias Gribble (b. 1846), a miner, and had a son named William Henry early the following year. Tobias worked in South Africa in the Cape of Good Hope and the marriage between he and his wife later dissolved but they were not divorced (2). Joanna later began a relationship with James Andrew, although the two were never married, and had nine children (that are known of). Frank's siblings were: Laura (b. 1876), Clara (b. 1877), Sarah (b. 1878), Arthur (b. 1879), Jessie (b. 1880), Florence Lucy (b. 1884), Robert Ernest (b. 1886) and William John (b. 1893).

Frank grew up on his father's 25 acre farm, Gilly Tresamble, in Perranarworthal and appears there on both the 1891 and 1901 census records. His mother passed away on 26 October 1893 and his father was remarried in 1910 to Christiana E. Bulla (b. 1846).

Frank was married on 4 July 1908 at the register office in Helston, Cornwall. His bride was Rhoda Tripp (b. 11 December 1887). Rhoda hailed from Redruth, Cornwall and was the daughter of Henry Tripp, a farmer, and his wife Emily. Frank and Rhoda settled in Illogan, Cornwall and lived at Forest Gate, Four Lanes in that village, appearing there on the 1911 census. At that time they had one daughter, Lucy (b. 30 November 1908). Frank worked as a tin miner.

Andrew boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 34050, which cost £10, 10s) and was bound for the mining region of Houghton, Michigan. During the voyage he shared a dining table with Edwina Troutt, Edgar Andrew, Charles and Alice Louch, Jacob Milling and Bertha Ilett.

Frank Andrew died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His father James died less than two years after him in 1913. Frank's widow Rhoda had been pregnant at the time of the Titanic disaster and she gave birth to a daughter before the close of the year whom she named Clara (b. 11 October 1912). She was remarried in 1913 to Thomas James Penaluna (1883-1955), a stonemason, and had had seven more children: Edwin, Florence, Elizabeth, James, Gwendoline, Mavis and Ronald. Rhoda continued to live in Cornwall and died on 26 April 1967.

His daughter Lucy was married in 1928 to Leslie Hitchens (1906-1935) and had two sons, Leslie and Roy. She was widowed in 1935 and was remarried in 1940 to Robert Cecil Freeman (1900-1969). She died in Penzance in 2001.

What became of Frank's daughter Clara is not clear although it is believed she married in the late 1930s.


  1. Birth registered as Thomas Francis Gribble in Falmouth in last quarter of 1885. He and his siblings were born under the surname Gribble (in some cases with their middle name given as Andrew) as their parents had never married.
  2. Tobias Gribble later co-habited with a woman named Catherine Moyle and had several children. The family later settled in the USA, leaving England in 1879, before moving to Peru where he continued to work in the mines before his death in 1891.

References and Sources

Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage General Register Office
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

Relatives at Hurontown eagerly await some news
Western Morning News (17 April 1912) Westcountry Passengers
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser (18 April 1912) Camborne and Redruth Passengers
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser (18 April 1912) Frank Andrew of Pencoys, Redruth
Western Daily Mercury (19 April 1912) NO NEWS OF MR F. ANDREW, OF REDRUTH
Cornubian (25 April 1912) The late Mr Frank Andrew
MR. FRANK ANDREW, of Pencoys, formerly of Lanner, who is missing. There is now no hope that he was saved.
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  1. Steve Coombes

    Hello, I'm wondering if any readers live in or near Wendron, Cornwall. If you do, and you'd be keen to undertake a trip to the parish churchyard I have a hunch that the grave of Frank Andrew's parents (James & Susan Andrew) will be located there. If a gravestone exists for them it may well have a memorial to Frank included on it?

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Frank Thomas Andrew (Thomas Francis Gribble)
Age: 26 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Rhoda Tripp
Last Residence: in Redruth, Cornwall, England
Occupation: Miner
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 34050, £10 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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