Mr Frederick William Blainey Shellard was born in St Nichols, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England on 3 April 1857.
He was the son of Stephen Shellard (1820-1886), a pattern maker, and Martha Blainey (1819-1863), Bristol natives who had married in 1843. His known siblings were: Eliza Ann (b. 1843), Maria (b. 1845), Martha (b. 1847), William (b. 1850), Louisa Mary (b. 1852), Stephen (b. 1854), Annie Elizabeth (b. 1855), Emily Jane (b. 1859) and Walter (b. 1860).
He first appears on the 1861 census living at 8 Oxford Street in Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire. His mother died two years later in 1863 and his father was remarried in 1865 to Bristol-born Sarah Ann Toomer (1829-1917). From that union Frederick gained four half-siblings: Henry (b. 1866), Arthur (b. 1869), Edward Josiah (b. 1871) and Thomas Henry (b. 1875).
By the time of the 1871 census Fredrick was aged 14 and described as a carpenter, still living with his family at 8 Oxford Street. The family were living at 94 Egerton Road, Horfield, Barton Regis, Gloucestershire at the time of the 1881 census and Frederick was described, like his father, as a pattern maker.
Frederick was married on 25 December 1882 to Harriet Mary Greenham (b. 1853), a native of Bridport, Dorset. The couple went on to have five children: Edith Emily (b. 1884), Gertrude Maud (1886-1969, later Mrs John Michael Dudden), Frederick William (1890-1962), Ernest (1892-1967) and Reginald John (1896-1969).
The family appeared on the 1891 census living at Sherbourne Cottage, Thomas Street, Bristol and Frederick was again described as a carpenter, later becoming a painter. They appeared on the 1901 census living at 22 Nanaway (?) Road, Bristol.
Frederick left Britain aboard Cymric on 12 April 1907. His wife and children (excluding his daughter Emily) crossed the Atlantic aboard Philadelphia, leaving Britain on 10 August 1907. The family settled in Troy, Rensselaer, New York but Frederick would return home in the second half of 1911 to visit family and friends.
For his return to America Shellard travelled on Titanic which he embarked at Southampton with his friend, Thomas James Everett, also originally of Bristol. The men travelled in third class under ticket number 6212 which cost £15, 2s. They had been due to travel on the Philadelphia but were transferred because of the coal strikes.
Shellard was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His family received a payment from American sources of $987.69. His widow Harriet was never remarried and continued to live in Troy, New York. She died in 1922 and was buried in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy with her husband being commemorated on her headstone. His four children who came to America all married and raised families and remained living in New York. They are also buried in Elmwood Hill Cemetery.
Steve Coombes, UK