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Thomas Parnham Franklin

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Thomas Parnham Franklin
Thomas Parnham Franklin
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Thomas Parnham Franklin was born in Walthamstow, Essex, England on 9 May 1874 the eldest child and only son of Thomas Franklin (b. 1842), a warehouseman in a silk factory, and Jane Amelia Greaves (b. 1847), both natives of Stepney, Middlesex who had married in 1872.  He was christened on 14 June 1874 in St. Saviour Church in Walthamstow, Essex (his middle name was listed ''Parnhaus'').  He had four sisters: Jenny Martha (b. 1877), Edith Maud (1881-1938), Marian Ruby (1887-1928) and Grace Minnie (1890-1959, later Jennings). 

He first appears on the 1881 census living at 27 Black Horse Lane in Walthamstow and at 51 Black Horse Road on the following census. By the time of the 1901 census his father had passed away (possibly in 1895) and the family were still living at 51 Black Horse Road, Thomas, like his father, working as a silk warehouseman and his sister Edith as a tea packer. Thomas had moved up in the world when he was recorded on the 1911 census, now described as a commercial traveller in the silk trade and by now living at 17 Ceylon Road, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex. He was unmarried and still living with his widowed mother and his three youngest sisters.

Thomas boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a first class passenger (ticket number 113778 which cost £26, 11s), occupying cabin D-34, and he was en route to Manhattan. He sent two postcards during the voyage, postmarked at Queenstown, one of which was to his mother where he described having spoken to Bruce Ismay regarding the ship. Both postcards survive.

Thomas died in the sinking. His estate, worth £1826, 17s, 9d, was administered to his accountant Alfred James Batley on 18 July 1912.

His mother remained in Essex for the rest of her life and died on 21 June 1943 aged 96.

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  1. R. Parham

    R. Parham

    Back in sept 99 my family and I went on holiday to Florida. I took my family to see the Titanic exhibition in Orlando. At the end of the exhibition is a large name board with all names of the passengers who were on the i'llfated Titanic. Much to my amazement, there in bold letters was the name Thomas Parham. As this was not a common name in the south of England my mind began to wonder. My fathers name was Thomas Parham, my eldest brothers name Thomas and so on. So far all i have found on the net is a chap called Thomas Parnham Franklin. Is the name on the name board wrong or on the... Read full post

  2. Jeffrey M. Kern

    I believe that, according to the passenger list in Judith B. Geller's book, Titanic: Women and Children First (composed by the extensive work of Mr Michael Findlay) lists the name as Thomas Parnham Franklin, First Class. If your name is Parham, there is a somewhat slight difference with that extra "N", and the fact that the gentleman's last name was Franklin adds on, but in that case probably you came from his maternal side, but still, noting on the name. I wish you luck on trying to find more information! :In reply to "Thomas Parham" posted by R. Parham on 11/30/99:

  3. David Dollemore

    David Dollemore

    Please could tell me how to get more information on Franklin, Thomas Parnham as my my mothers maiden name is Franklin and i am interested in our family history

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Thomas Parnham Franklin
Age: 37 years 11 months and 6 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in London, England
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 113778, £26 11s
Cabin No. D34
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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