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Thomas Leonard Theobald

Mr Thomas Leonard Theobald was born in Ashford, Kent, England in early 1878.

He was the son of Charles Theobald (b. 1845), a bricklayer, and Louisa Marshall (b. 1851), both Kent natives who had married in 1871. One of seven children, Thomas' siblings were: George (b. 1867), Annie Louisa (b. 1872), Ellen Jane (b. 1874), Harriet Elizabeth (b. 1880), Charles James (b. 1881) and Mary Isabella (b. 1885).

Thomas first appears on the 1881 census when the family were living at 14 Millbank Place, Ashford. By the time of the 1891 census Thomas was aged 13 and had already left school, working as a confectioner's assistant. The family address at this time was Beaver House in Ashford.

Thomas was married in his hometown in 1900 to Mary Annie Ada Brunger (b. 1877 in Wouldham, Kent). The recently married pair, who would remain childless, appear on the 1901 census living in Ashford and Thomas was by now described as a groom. They later moved to Strood, Kent, appearing there on the 1911 census living at 8 Cromer Road, and they would be acquainted with Frank Goldsmith and his family.

Thomas boarded the Titanic in Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 363294 which cost £8, 1s) and he was travelling to Detroit, Michigan with the Goldsmiths and Alfred Rush.

During the evacuation young Frank Goldsmith later recounted that Thomas handed his wedding ring to his mother Emily, asking him to give it to his wife who was already waiting in Detroit.

Thomas Theobald died in the sinking and his body (#176) was later recovered and buried at sea. His effects, which included a silver watch and chain, smoking pipes, a gold pin and ring and 4s in cash, among other items, were forward to his widow.


CLOTHING - Pepper and salt suit; brown knitted waistcoat; purple knitted tie; green striped flannel shirt; grey socks; no boots.

EFFECTS - Silver watch and chain; tobacco pouch; pipe; razor; memo book; gold pin; comb; gold ring, marked, "C. T."; knife; three studs; 4s. in purse.



His widow Annie never remarried and returned to England. She died in Dartford, Kent in 1961.


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  1. Michael (479)

    My mother's cousin married a woman by the name of Theobald. I don't know the relationship, but she insisted she had been closely related to Thomas Theobald.

  2. Margaret Copeland Gain

    Thomas Leonard Theobald was my husband's first cousin, twice removed. Son of Charles Theobald and Louisa Marshall

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Thomas Leonard Theobald
Age: 34 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Mary Annie Ada Brunger
Last Residence: in Strood, Kent, England
Occupation: Groom
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 363294, £8 1s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 176)
Buried at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912

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