Mr William Henry Worthman

William Henry Worthman (boarded the Titanic under the name William Jarvis), 37, was born in Dartmouth, Devon the son of William Worthman and Mary Jane Jackson.

On 24 April 1883 he was convicted - at Dartmouth petty sessions - of 'damaging milk of cows while driving them' and sentenced to 14 days hard labour. Less than a month later on 16 May 1883 he was convicted of stealing a brass cap and pice of rope and sentenced to 5 days and 5 years reformatory [school?].  Furthur convictions for petty crime in 1888, 1889, 1890 and 1891 were also recorded and a 1913 newspaper report indicated a further history of housebreaking and theft.

In 1906 he married Mary Jane Jackson who had an equally troubled life having been charged with drunkeness, prostitution and bad language before and after the Titanic disaster. A newspaper report indicated they may have had a child that was taken into care.

In the 1911 census he was listed at a boarding house at 44 College Street, Southampton. 

His mother had remarried to a Thomas Jarvis in 1886 and it may be this connection that prompted him to use the pseudonym William Javis when he signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912.

He gave his address as 29 Canal Walk, Southampon. Jarvis died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His wife received relief from the Titanic relief fund but it was stopped on more than one occasion on account of her chaotic lifestyle.


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United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
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