Miss Robina Maggie Ford was born in Rotherfield, Sussex, England on 25 April 1904.
She was the youngest child of Edward Ford (b. 1858), a farm worker originally from Fletching, Sussex, and Margaret Ann Watson (b. 1857), who hailed from Bracadale on the Isle of Skye in the inner Hebrides in northern Scotland. Her parents were married in Hadlow Down, Wealden, Sussex, England on 17 June 1890 and besides Robina had four other children: Dollina Margaret (b. 1891), Frances Mary (b. 1893), Edward Watson (b. 1895) and William Neal Thomas (b. 1897).
Robina appears on the 1911 census as the only child living at the family home in Rotherfield, her siblings scattered at other addresses already adjoined to professions. Her father Edward later reportedly deserted the family leaving her mother to eke out an existence as a poultry farmer. Her sister Frances had emigrated to the USA in 1911 and worked as a domestic servant with a wealthy Long Island family, and so impressed her family back home with tales of a better life that the family decided to leave their home in Rotherfield and settle in America. Travelling with them was her aunt Elizabeth Johnston and her family and a family friend, Alice Harknett. The Fords bought ticket W./C. 6608 (which cost £34 7s 6d) and they boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers and were destined for New London, Connecticut where her uncle Thomas Watson lived.
The entire party of ten were lost in the sinking. None of their bodies were identified amongst those recovered after the sinking. Her father Edward later filed a claim for the loss of his family and was awarded five shillings per week. What became of her father is not known but it is possible he remained in Rotherfield and died in 1933.