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James Robert Wyeth

Mr James Robert Wyeth was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 7 November 1886.

He was the son of James Wyeth (1847-1923), a labourer, and Kezia Barrett (1858-1894), natives of Basingstoke and Southampton, respectively who had married in 1879.

He had eight known siblings: Beatrice (1879-1957), Mathilda (b. 1880), Frederick (b. 1881), Arthur (b. 1883), Elizabeth Harriet (b. 1884), Richard William (b. 1889), Edith Maud (b. 1890) and Edward Charles (1892-1919).

On the 1891 census James is listed with his family at 59 Adelaide Road, South Stoneham. His mother died in 1894 and by the time of the 1901 census the remaining family are residing at 84 Princes Street, St Mary, Southampton with James already working at the docks. His father never remarried.

He first went to sea in 1907 and served for several voyages aboard Majestic, operating out of Liverpool. He also served aboard Caronia and by 1908 was working aboard Oriana. He later returned southward, perhaps to coincide with the White Star Line's movement of its main terminal to Southampton from Liverpool.

James was married in late 1910 to Isabella Annie Cox (b. 1883), a native of Yeovil, Somerset. The couple were shown on the 1911 census living at 14 Milbank Street, Southampton and James was described as a steamship fireman. They would welcome their only child, daughter Gladys Lily Beryl in early 1912.

Having previously served on the Olympic, James signed onto the Titanic on 6 April 1912, his address being mistakenly transcribed as 40 Millbank Street. As a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.

Wyeth was lost in the disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

A death notice for him appeared in the Daily Echo on 1 May 1912:

Wyeth, James--Fireman, Aged 25, Beloved Husband of Isabella Annie Wyeth, of 14 Millbank Street, Northam.

His widow and daughter benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund; Isabella never remarried and remained in Southampton, later living at 33 Millbank Street. On 31 October 1923 she was to suffer the loss of her daughter Gladys, aged just 11. Isabella died on 22 September 1950.

James Wyeth is remembered on the St Augustine's Church memorial and on his family grave in Southampton's Old Cemetery.

Newspaper Articles

Southern Daily Echo (1 May 1912) Death Notice (5)
Hampshire Independent (17 April 1915) In memoriam

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  1. Miranda Carol Wyeth

    Miranda Carol Wyeth said:

    I am wondering if anyone has any information on James Robert Wyeth who was a stoker/fireman on Titanic?

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Miranda - here is my print out on Mr. W; Wyeth, James. Lived at 14 Millbank Street, Northam, Southampton. Occupation - Fireman. 25 years old. (Born in Hampshire). Death Notice - Southern Daily Echo 1st May 1912 and Hampshire Independent 4th May 1912 and Southampton Times 11th May 1912). Wyeth, James. Fireman, Aged 25, Beloved Husband of Isabella Annie Wyeth, of 14 Millbank Street, Northam. From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913). Case number 275. Wyeth, Isabel Anne, widow. Wyeth, Gladys, child. Both class G dependants. Wife: Isabella Annie). In memoriam, The... Read full post

  3. Miranda Carol Wyeth

    Miranda Carol Wyeth said:

    Thank you so much, Brian. That is really helpful. Thanks for finding out the information for me.

  4. Jennifer moorey

    Jennifer moorey said:

    Hello Miranda, I'm Jennifer Moorey the great neice of James Wyeth a fireman who went down on the titanic , to the best of my knowledge his body was not recovered. Yes I do have some family history and a lot of the family still live in Southampton. 4 of his neices just past away between November 2009 and January 2011

  5. andyeddiebonner

    andyeddiebonner said:

    Im his great nepew geoffery wyeth my father was arthur alfred frederick wyeth

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr James Robert Wyeth
Age: 25 years 5 months and 8 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Isabella Annie Cox
Last Residence: at 40 Millbank Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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