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Frederick Sutton

Frederick Sutton

Mr Frederick Sutton was born in Wangford, Suffolk, England on 15 June 1850.

He was the son of George Sutton (b. 1822), a shoemaker, and Elizabeth Breeze (b. 1818), both Suffolk natives who had married in 1842. He had four known siblings: Mary Ann (b. 1840), George (b. 1843), Jane (b. 1846) and a brother who was also named Frederick (1845-1846).

Frederick first appears on the 1851 census as a nine month-old infant living with his family at an unspecified address in Wangford, followed by the 1861 census where he was described as a 10-year-old scholar and then living with his parents at George Street in Walsoken, Norwich, Norfolk. Other details about Frederick's early life remain vague and what became of his family is unclear.

Reportedly an alumnus of Cambridge University, Frederick emigrated to the USA in 1870, settling in Philadelphia and commenced his career with a coffee import company, White Brothers & Co, before founding his own coffee import company in 1877, Sutton & Vansant at 37 South Water Street. That same year Frederick was married to Ellen Craswell Underdown (b. 27 May 1852). Ellen was born in London, the daughter of William Underdown, a bank cashier of Mechanics National Bank, and Elizabeth Aldridge and had come to the USA with her family in 1855, settling in Philadelphia.

Frederick and Ellen, or Ella as she was better known, had three daughters: Elizabeth Ashburner (1880-1892), Florence (1881-1969, later Mrs Francis Henry Tomlin) and Jennie Banham (1883-1894) and the family settled in Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey where Frederick would make his home for the rest of his life, building his own home there in 1886. He became realtor, interested mainly in seashore property, and made a sizeable fortune developing the fishing village of Wildwood at the beginning of the century. He was also president of the First National Bank, of Collingswood, and the Marine National Bank, of Wildwood. He held the office of treasurer in various corporations: Wildwood Hotel Company, Five Mile Beach Electric Company, West Jersey Electric Company and North Wildwood Electric Company.

Mr Sutton made the voyage to England in March 1912 on the advice of his physician for an undisclosed illness. He was also reportedly having a large house built for himself on 26th Street.1

For his return to the USA Mr Sutton boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 36963, which cost £32, 6s, 5d). He occupied cabin D-50.

Sutton died in the sinking and his body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#46). 


CLOTHING - Black coat, vest and trousers; black boots.

EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; tie clip; pocket book; knife; three silver spons with Norwich enamel crest; watch fob; gold seal ring with "F. S."; Freeman Medal; $60.00 in travellers' cheques; £2. 10s. in gold, 16s. in silver, $13 loose coins in purse; circular letter of credit for £100, Kountz Bros., N. Y., No. D. 18331; two silver thimbles; eyeglasses in case; silver whistle.



His son-in-law, Dr Francis Henry Tomlin, was authorised to receive the body which was taken from Halifax to Haddonfield for internment at Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery. He was buried with his infant grandson, Frederick Sutton Tomlin, who had passed away aged twenty months towards the end of 1911.

Sutton's estate, valued in excess of $50,000, was administered to his widow and surviving daughter. His widow Ella was never remarried and continued to live in Haddonfield. She died on 2 April 1931 and was buried with her husband.  

His only surviving child, Florence (b. 1881) had been married to a New Jersey physician, Dr Francis Henry Tomlin (1878-1948) and had five children: Antoinette Ellen (b. 1907), twin boys Francis Henry and Frederick Sutton (b. 1910), Florence Sutton (b. 1916) and Henry Hurlburt II (b. 1919). The family resided in Haddonfield and Florence died there in 1969.


  1. The house Sutton was having built was eventually purchased and turned into a medical clinic by a woman named Dr. Mace who was one of the first woman to obtain a medical degree in the U.S.. The house is no longer standing.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Frederick Sutton
Age: 61 years 10 months (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Ellen Craswell Underdown
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 36963, £32 6s 5d
Cabin No. D50
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 46)
Buried: Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery, Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States

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References and Sources

Atlantic City Daily Press, 20 April 1912, Friend of Rev. Hudson's Perished in Wreck
Atlantic City Daily Press, 30 April 1912, Probate Will of Titanic Victim
Record of Bodies and Effects (#46)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia)
Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 April 1912

Newspaper Articles

Haddonfield News (10 June 1893) Haddonfield Homes: Residence of Frederick Sutton
Camden Post-Telegram (17 April 1912) HADDONFIELD MAN ON BOARD TITANIC
Camden Post-Telegram (18 April 1912) FEAR FRED. SUTTON SANK WITH TITANIC
Camden Daily Courier (18 April 1912) NOTHING HEARD OF FREDERICK SUTTON
Philadelphia Inquirer (18 April 1912) WILDWOOD BUSINESS MAN AMONG MISSING
Newark Evening News (18 April 1912) WILDWOOD MAN THOUGHT LOST
Elmer Times (19 April 1912) Marine Disaster
Atlantic City Daily Press (20 April 1912) FRIEND OF REV. HUDSON'S PERISHED IN WRECK
Camden Post-Telegram (20 April 1912) MANY MOURN FOR MR. FRED. SUTTON
Camden Daily Courier (20 April 1912) SURE SUTTON HAS PERISHED AT SEA
Camden Post-Telegram (25 April 1912) DIRECTORS OF BANK MOURN FOR SUTTON
Camden Post-Telegram (27 April 1912) MR. SUTTON'S BODY TO BE SENT HOME
Camden Post-Telegram (29 April 1912) MR. SUTTON'S BODY SURELY ON THE MORGUE SHIP
Camden Post-Telegram (29 April 1912) MR. SUTTON'S WILL PROBATED TO-DAY
Atlantic City Daily Press (30 April 1912) PROBATE WILL OF TITANIC VICTIM
New York Times (9 February 1913) Obituary Notes


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  1. Leo White

    Leo White said:

    Recently visited North Wildwood NJ and found reference made to one of the victims. A Mr. Frederick Sutton, 1'st Class...a banker in that community after the turn of the century...took a trip to British Isles and selected TITANIC for 'return' voyage. Great Site ! Leo White Philadelphia, Pa. USA

  2. Katie

    Katie said:

    I was wondering if you had any info on Mr.Frederick Sutton-a first class passanger in the Titanic. Please help me out. Thankyou,Katie Katie NY

  3. linda townsend

    linda townsend said:

    Do you know anything at all about Frederick Sutton, 1st class passenger who died? linda townsend washington, DC

  4. emma sutton

    emma sutton said:

    Re: I have finally found out about mr frederick sutton who was my great x6 grand father. from reading the information i have found what he looked like and where he was born and lived and what he did for a living as well. i am glad that i looked on this website and discovered where is buried and that sadly he died when the ship sank.

  5. Emma harding/sutton

    Emma harding/sutton said:

    I was always told that my great great grandfather fredrick Sutton was buried at sea, his body was found but buried at sea, now reading this, only to find that he body was not only recovered but he is buried at Haddonfield cemetery. I must do a family tree to find out about other relatives that, belong to the Sutton side of the family.

  6. Jacqueline O'Neill

    Jacqueline O'Neill said:

    Hello, I am the granddaughter of Gladys Sutton, Frederick Sutton was her uncle. My grandmother married Basil Ashby. She used to tell me about Frederick who died on the titanic when I was a child. I need to do some research about her mother and father, but as she was a Sutton her father must have been one of Frederick's brothers. my grandmother was ostracized from her family when she married my grandfather. My father is still alive at the age of 92. I would like to hear from you. Jacqui

  7. Jacqueline O'Neill

    Jacqueline O'Neill said:

    Trying to contact Emma Harding/Sutton regarding Frederick Sutton as we are related. Many thanks. Jacqui O'Neill

  8. Emma harding/sutton

    Emma harding/sutton said:

    Hi, my name is Emma Harding/Sutton. My grandfather was called Victor Sutton and my grandmother was called Vera Sutton. We must speak some more, I do remember my grandfather briefly talk about a Gladys Sutton. My grandfather was the one that told me about fredrick Sutton

  9. Jacqueline O'Neill

    Jacqueline O'Neill said:

    Hi Emma, so glad you have contacted me, I have always been very interested in Frederick Sutton's story and long lost relatives. I spoke with my father yesterday to ask if he had my grandmothers birth certificate, unfortunately he doesn't have any paperwork, but discovered he has one cousin still alive also that lives in a care home. She is the daughter of one of my grandmothers 3 brothers so he is going to give me her details as she may be able to shed some light on her grandparents. Where do you live? I live in the south of the UK. Frederick would be my great, great uncle. Look forward to... Read full post

  10. Emma harding/sutton

    Emma harding/sutton said:

    Hi, jacqui, I'm trying to find out the birth father and mother of my grandfather, they are buried in Chelmsford, I live in the south of the UK Chelmsford, I would ask my grandparents but unfortunately they have passed away Hi, jacqui it's so good to hopefully find relatives that I never knew about, I'm trying to find out the birth parents of my grandfather but unfortunately he is no longer with us, I know that they are buried in Chelmsford cemetery, I have been but the tombstone is so worn down that I can't quite make out their names, but I do know that all the males on my grandfather's side... Read full post

  11. Jacqueline O'Neill

    Jacqueline O'Neill said:

    Hi Emma, I assumed you lived in America, I am down in West Sussex, near Horsham. My Dad's name is Michael John Ashby and he is the last remaining of 3 brothers. His memory is not so good, but hopefully his remaining cousin may be better. I have traced my grandmothers birth certificate on the GRO website and now know the maiden name of her mother, so interesting. Definitely worth a go. Speak soon.

  12. Jacqueline O'Neill

    Jacqueline O'Neill said:

    I have just tried to access Frederick Sutton's details on the website but it isn't loading. I want to print the details to show my dad.

  13. Jacqueline O'Neill

    Jacqueline O'Neill said:

    Hi Emma, after exhaustive research from a friend of mine I have found my connection with Frederick Sutton. My grandmothers father was William Sutton. His father was Robert Sutton, who's brother was Frederick's father George Sutton, making my great grandfather William and Frederick cousins. She has sent me the family tree, going back to my great x4 grandparents. There were so many Sutton children that I am sure we are related somewhere down the line.

  14. Emma harding/sutton

    Emma harding/sutton said:

    Hi sorry haven't spoken for a while, my dad has given to me a load of documents regarding, the Sutton family, like Thomas Sutton and ada Fisher, marriage, and Thomas Sutton death certificate, could I have your mobile number or email address so I can make copies and pass them on to you, and there are two pictures of 2 women that we don't know who they are, was wondering if you might know who these women are, I got a load of medals from the war and do uments from the war as well, would be good if you could see them Emma

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