Mr George Henry Hunt was born in Leatherhead, Surrey, England on 21 January 1878 and was baptised on 3 March that same year in St Giles' Church, Ashtead where his parents had married just over a year previously.
He was the eldest child of George John Hunt (1850-1937), a gardener, and Sarah Holloway (1843-1927). His father was a native of Hampshire whilst his mother was originally from Worcestershire and they had married in Surrey on 20 December 1876. He had four siblings: Albert Alfred (b. 1879), Lewis Walter (b. 1880), Thomas Harvey (b. 1882) and Ruth Frances (b. 1884).
He first appears on the 1881 census living at an unspecified address in Ashtead, Surrey. The 1891 census shows the family still living in Ashtead, now at the Gardener's House, Ashtead Park and they would be at the same address on the 1901 census. By the time of the latter record George was described as an "under gardener," perhaps to his father who was described as a head gardener.
George left Britain on 17 March 1906 aboard the New York (the ship that had a near collision with Titanic whilst still in Southampton docks) and he settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he worked on a large estate, earning $80 per month by 1912. He was married to Elizabeth Maud Holder (b. 21 April 1879), a native of Epsom, and they had two children: Marjory (b. 26 April 1907) and Wilfred (b. 3 January 1912) who were born in New Jersey and Pennsylvania respectively.
George returned to Britain in early 1912 to visit family, including his parents who by the time of the 1911 census were living in The Gardens in Ashtead Park, Epsom. He was scheduled to return to the USA aboard Oceanic but the coal strikes forced his passage to Titanic. He boarded that ship in Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a second class passenger (ticket number 1585 which cost £12, 5, 6d).
George Hunt died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The Emergency and Relief booklet by the American Red Cross, 1913 #199. (English).
The husband, returning from a visit to his mother in England, was drowned. He had lived in this country six years and was a florist, earning $80 a month. There are two children aged respectively four years and three months. The widow, an experienced cook, is an unusually competent woman. Both she and her husband have relatives in England and in this country, none of whom, however, are able to support her. Since her bereavement her great anxiety has been that she may not be able to provide for her children the education which her husband had planned. She lives near a University and, through the local Charity organisation Society, a house has been rented in which she will sublet rooms to students. In this way, she is able to make a living for herself and her children. Of the money appropriated by this Committee, $1,000 has been used to furnish the house and get the plan started. The remainder of the money has been placed in trust with the Charity Organisation Society for the education of the children. In addition, the widow has received $1,000 life insurance and $2,650.84 from other American relief funds. ($2,500).
His widow Elizabeth never remarried and continued to live in Philadelphia where she took in boarders to make ends meet. She later moved sometime after the 1940s to Delaware, Pennsylvania where she died on 6 October 1967 aged 88.
His daughter Marjory was later married to Pennsylvania-born Herman Barthel (1897-1982) and had two daughters, Katherine and Linda. She died in Montgomery, Pennsylvania in 1997.
His son Wilfred was later married to Pennsylvania-born Florence Lynch (1910-1955) and they had a daughter named Carolyn (b. 1940). He died in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1996.
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Surrey Advertiser and County Times (1912)
- Insurance claim 25. Life: $100,000 filed by wife. Earned $80 monthly. Life insurance totalled $1,000.
References and SourcesThe Surrey Advertiser, April/May 1912
American Red Cross (1913) Emergency and Relief Booklet (#199)