Mr Thomas Henry Porteus

Thomas Henry Porteus was born in West Hartlepool, Durham on 21 May 1878 and was christened on 16 June the same year in St. James' Church in West Hartlepool. He was the son of Sunley Porteus (b. 1838 in Kirby Moorside, near Helmsley) and Elizabeth Betsy Moody (b. 1840 in South Otterington, near Thirsk), both of North Yorkshire who had married in York in 1860, living in Stokesley, Yorkshire for a while before settling in West Hartlepool around 1864 where most of their children were born.

Sunley and Elizabeth Porteus had at least nine children: James (b. 1863), Robert (b. 1865), George Simley (b. 1867), Ada (b. 1870), Ann Elizabeth (b. 1872), Edward (b. 1876), Annie May (b. 1881), Clara Ellen (b. 1885) and Thomas.

On the 1881 census Thomas and his family are living at Burbank Street in Stranton, West Hartlepool and his father is described as a wood turner. The entire family appear to be absent by the time of the 1891 census but return for the 1901 census living at an address in Rochdale, Lancashire, with Thomas now described as a butcher. The family seem to disappear again for the 1911 census.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Thomas gave his address as 20 Upper Bugle Street, Southampton1. His last ship had been the Oceanic. As assistant butcher he received monthly wages of £4 10s. For reasons unknown he signed on as "T. Parker".

Porteus, who was unmarried, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His parents continued to live in Rochdale. His mother died in 1916 followed by his father in 1920.

Notes

  1. As per the 1911 census and 1912 street directory this address belonged to a Mr Herbert Long and his family, so Thomas was obviously a boarder.
 

Comment and discuss

  1. john pearcy said:

    My grandmothers brother,Thomas Parker , was a butcher on board the Romanic and later the Oceanic,looking through this site on the third class victualling manifest for southampton a T.Parker,asst.butcher,last ship Oceanic is listed but it seems a thomas porteus signed on in his place,it also confirms this in t porteus's biography on the site.just wondering is there anyway to find out if the T Parker was my grandmother's brother and was he replaced by Porteus at the last minute?,hope someone can help,many thanks, John.

  2. john pearcy said:

    My grandmothers brother,Thomas Parker , was a butcher on board the Romanic and later the Oceanic,looking through this site on the third class victualling manifest for southampton a T.Parker,asst.butcher,last ship Oceanic is listed but it seems a thomas porteus signed on in his place,it also confirms this in t porteus's biography on the site.just wondering is there anyway to find out if the T Parker was my grandmother's brother and was he replaced by Porteus at the last minute?,hope someone can help,many thanks, John.

  3. Pauline Perry said:

    Hello John My name is Pauline Perry (nee Helm). You probably won`t remember me but we have met twice, once at your Grandmother`s 90th birthday party and then sadly at her funeral in Hellifield. Your Grandmother Jane Pearcy (nee Parker) was my Great Aunt. Her elder brother Thomas Parker was my Grandfather. His daughter Florence Evelyn Helm (nee Parker) is my Mother. She is now 97 and quite frail physically but mentally is very strong and has the most amazing memory!(She was 2 months old when Titanic set sail!) Mum would really appreciate it if we could arrange for you to come and talk to... Read full post

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    Jason D. Tiller said:

    Hello Pauline, Welcome aboard. According to John's profile, he has not logged into the board since July 16, 2008. But you can send him a message through his profile, by clicking on his name.

  5. Pauline Perry said:

    Hello Jason Thank you very much, I appreciate your help. Regards Pauline

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    Jason D. Tiller said:

    You're welcome, Pauline.

  7. john pearcy said:

    hello pauline, have sent you a message and e-mail,hope you get this as i think i may be an inactive member after all this time ! john.

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Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Casualty List, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2016) Thomas Henry Porteus (ref: #2056, last updated: 14th May 2016, accessed 29th July 2020 08:31:15 AM)
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