Mr Thomas Cupper Mudd was born in Huntingfield, Suffolk, England over the summer months of 1895.
He was the son of Thomas Mudd (b. 1855), a carrier (a carter or carman), and Elizabeth Coe (b. 1864), both Suffolk natives of Huntingfield and Spexhall, respectively who had married in 1881.
Thomas was one of thirteen children, ten surviving past infancy. His known siblings were: James (1882-1953), Clara (b. 1884), George Thomas (1887-1966), Henry Edward (1889-1895), Walter (1892-1895), Millicent Mary (1897-1978), Maurice Jarrold (1899-1957), Daisy Elizabeth (1901-1978, later Mrs Edwin Albert Candler), Percy Henry (1903-1981), Laurence (1905-1908) and Dorothy Annie (b. 1908).
Thomas first appears on the 1901 census when he and his family were residing at a cottage on The Street in Huntingfield, with the family at the same household by the time of the 1911 census. By the time of the latter record Thomas, aged 15, is described as a bookkeeper.
By 1912 two of Thomas' elder brothers had emigrated and settled in America. James was the first to leave, sometime around 1907, settling in Radnor, Pennsylvania where he worked as a gardener. He would be joined in 1911 by George and by early 1912 Thomas was also making plans to settle in there.
Thomas boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger, ticket number S.O./P.P. 3 which had cost £10, 10s.
He wrote to his mother from Titanic:
Mrs. Thomas Mudd, The Street, Hunting Field, Halesworth, Suffolk.
Arrived at Southampton safe - The Titanic is a splendid boat and you hardly know you are moving. Will write more fully later
Your loving Son Tom.
Thomas Mudd died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Tom's mother and father received financial support from the Titanic relief fund after the disaster. His father died in 1926 but what became of his mother is not certain.
His brother George remained in Pennsylvania and settled in Philadelphia where he worked in the shipyards. He married an Irish woman named Sarah Hallaren (1889-1951) and raised a family; his first born, a son, was named Thomas, perhaps in honour of his lost brother. George died in Philadelphia in 1966.
His brother James also remained in Pennsylvania, settling in Abington, Montgomery County where he continued to work as a gardener. He was married to an English woman, Gertrude Alberta Mulley (b. 1882) and raised a family. He died in Abington on 2 May 1953.
Thomas' last known surviving sibling back in Britain was his brother Percy who died in 1981.