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Richard Cater Nosworthy

Mr Richard Cater Nosworthy 1 was born in March 1891 2 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England.

He was the son of George Henry Nosworthy (b. 1865), a tanner's labourer, and Lavinia Ann Rowe (b. 1866). His parents hailed from Devon and Cornwall respectively and had married in the latter months of 1889.

He had three siblings: George Henry (b. 1890), John Rowe (b. 1893) and Florence Annie (1898-1958, later Mrs Richard Henry Squires Lander), and a half-sibling belonging to his mother from a previous relationship, Albert (b. 1887).

Richard first appears on the 1891 census when he was just one month old, living at 7 Shapley's Court, Highweek, Newton Abbot, the place of his birth. The 1901 census shows the family living at Cottage Bradley (?), Newton Abbot and by the time of the 1911 census Richard was still living with his family, then at 21 Highweek Road, Newton Abbot and he was by then described as a farm labourer.

He booked passage on the Olympic but due to rail disruption his original journey to Southampton was halted at Exeter. He returned to Newton Abbot and transferred his passage to the Titanic which he boarded at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 39886 which cost £7, 16s). Where he was travelling is not certain; one report (Totnes Times and Devon News, 20 April 1912) states that he was travelling to Buffalo, New York where he had an uncle.3 Another report (Western Morning News, 17 April 1912) suggests that he was headed for Canada where he had friends.

Nosworthy was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Richard's parents later moved to 62 East Street (off Lemon Road) Newton Abbot and it was here that Richard's father died in 8 August 1936. Richard's mother then moved to 43 Highweek Road and she was to die there 8 February 1942. His sister Florence died in Newton Abbot in 1958.

Richard is remembered on the family gravestone in the graveyard at Highweek north of Newton Abbott, Devon.

Courtesy Steve Coombes, UK
In Loving Memory
George H.Norsworthy
Died August 8th 1936
Aged 70
Richard C. Norsworthy
Son Of The Above
Who Lost His Life
In The 'Titanic' Disaster April 15th 1912
Aged 21
'Nearer My God To Thee'
And Of Lavinia Ann
Wife of George Norsworthy
Died Feb 8th 1942 Aged 77
'Peace Perfect Peace'



  1. Name spelled as "Norsworthy" on the family headstone in Newton Abbott.
  2. Birth registered in second quarter of 1891 in Newton Abbot. When he appeared on the 1891 census (taken 5/6 April 1891) he was one month old.
  3. An Arthur Nosworthy (b. 1864) lived in Buffalo as per 1905 census records through to 1920 records although it appears he was not an uncle but perhaps a cousin.

Newspaper Articles

Western Morning News (17 April 1912) Titanic Disaster, Westcountry Passengers and Crew (5)
Totnes Times & Devon News (20 April 1912) The Local Passengers
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Gavin Bell, UK
Steve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Sue Nicholson, UK
Gerald Quinn, UK
Brian J. Ticehurst, UK

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  1. D Fiocca

    Hi! I am looking for anyone who might know something about passenger Richard Cater Norsworthy. Is he related to Richard Cater of Devon who emigrated to Bloody Point, New Hampshire around 1635? Richard Cater married Agnes Fugg in Devon before emigrating. Edward Cater, s/o Richard and Agnes Fugg, christened in 1635, Berry Pomeroy, died off the Isle of Shoals in Portmaouth, N.H. in 1670. He left a wife, Grace and 2 daughters in England. I know we have family connections in Northern New York but have not been able to make the connection to date. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

  2. Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson

    Hello and welcome to Encyclopedia Titanica, I did a search on this website and found out that Richard Cater Norsworthy was indeed a passenger on the Titanic. Travelling in 3rd class, he lost his life as did so many other lower-class men. It's very easy to find out information about him or any other passenger; simply type their name into the search box and you will be taken to a biography with much information on them. I do not know if he is related to this Richard Carter you speak of, but his biography says that the Richard Carter of the Titanic did indeed live in Devon (Newton Abbot, too... Read full post

  3. D Fiocca

    Thanks Holly! I found the biography very informative and now I need to find the connection to my family. My Richard Cater emigrated from Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England in 1635 to Bloody Point, New Hampshire. So I am wondering where Mr. Norsworthy might fit into our family tree. I am thinking it is on his mother's side, that perhaps she was a descendant of Richard Cater. I noticed that a Mr. Steve Coombes provided a good bit of the information and grave site picture, and hope that he reads this post. Do you know how I might track him down?

  4. Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson

    I'm very glad that you found the biography helpful, and wish you luck on your further probing of your family tree, but I'm afraid I haven't the faintest idea of how to track down Steve Coombes. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to be a member of the E.T. boards here, and there isn't any way to contact him provided on the biography, so I'm sorry to say that I'm at a loss. Perhaps one of the other members of the thread will know how to contact Mr. Coombes? If that fails, then maybe you could try searching up your Richard Caters and other members of the family tree into a geneaology website or... Read full post

  5. Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson

    I ran a search on Ancestry.com. I wasn't able to find anything about Richard Cater-Norsworthy, but I did find: Edward Cater, b. Sep 27 1632 in Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England, to Richard Cater and Christian Anges Ann Fug. Apparently he married Joan Diamond before December 22nd 1691. Another Edward Cater, born 1632 in Madbury, Devon, Engalnd, is listed as having married Grace Hale in 1657. Hope this helps, Holly Alzbeta Peterson

  6. D Fiocca

    Many thanks Holly! I will have to check on the names of both Joan Diamond and Grace Hale. Thanks so much for looking up the info for me! Donna

  7. Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson

    You're very welcome, Donna! While I was at it, I searched up some of the names of my own ancestors, and discovered their parents.

  8. Julia Lewis

    Hi D Fiocca, We think that Richard may have been our grandfathers counsin. We are currently looking into this. When our grandfather was alive, he used to tell us a story that one of his cousins died on the titanic. We never took this seriously until we started to research our family tree. It has come to light that our great grandmother was called Susan Norsworthy possible spelt Nosworthy, who was from Highweek in Devon born 1862. It is possible that she could either have been Richard's father George's sister or he could have been her uncle. We are trying to look into this at the... Read full post

  9. Mark Baber

    Hello, Julia--- If you click on D Fiocca's name, you'll see that she has not visited this board since last May, and therefore may not see this message. You may want to try sending her a PM instead.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Richard Cater Nosworthy
Age: 21 years 1 month (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 39886, £7 16s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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