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William Carbines

William Carbines

Mr William Carbines was born in early 1893 in Nanjivey near St Ives, Cornwall, England.

He was the son of Nicholas Wallis Carbines (b. 1857), a farm labourer, and Jane Wedge Paynter (b. 1864, St Ives natives who were married in 1884. and went on to have fifteen children, twelve of whom survived infancy.

William's surviving siblings were: Nicholas Wallis (1886-1944), John Paynter (1887-1923), Robert Richards (1889-1938), Elizabeth Humphrys (1891-1984, later Mrs Thomas Curnow), Jane Paynter (1895-1995, later Mrs John Couch), Annie Richards (1897-1975, later Mrs William Stevens), Thomas (1900-1990), Lily (1902-1969), Richard Paynter (1907-1944) and George Bryant (1909-1912).

William, known as Willie, was shown on both the 1901 and 1911 census records living with his family at Nanjivey, St Ives and he was described as an unmarried general labourer. His two brothers Robert and John had previously moved to Calumet, Houghton, Michigan and worked there as miners.; another brother, Nicholas, lived and worked in Akron, Ohio.

Willie boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 28424 which cost £13) with his friend William John Berriman and they were planning to join Carbines' brothers in Calumet, Michigan.

Willie died in the sinking and his body was recovered from the sea by the cable ship Mackay-Bennett (#18). 


CLOTHING - Dark suit; white shirt with green stripe; knitted socks; black boots.

EFFECTS - Watch; silver chain and charm; photographs; 8s 1d. in coins; pipe; knife.


Higher Stennack, St. Ives.

His two brothers identified him and on 10 May the body was taken aboard the Oceanic for transport to Southampton and then by train to St Ives on 27 May 1912 where a long concourse of people lined the terrace overlooking the railway. He was interred in his grandparents' (William and Anne Carbines) grave, in the Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives on 30 May 1912 where over 500 mourners paid their respects. His parents suffered further heartache when their youngest child George died on 24 June 1912. He was buried close to William.

Both William's parents continued to reside in St Ives; his father passed away in 1938 and his mother in 1955.

His brother John died in Michigan in 1923 and his other brothers living in America, Robert and Nicholas, both returned to England. Robert died in 1938 and Nicholas in 1944. Another brother, Richard, later joined the RAF during WWII and was killed in action on 17 April 1944. 

Another three siblings would later cross the Atlantic, all settling in Detroit, Michigan. His sister Annie arrived in New York on 21 June 1922 aboard Olympic and in July of that year married William Henry Jenkins Stevens (b. 1898), a painter originally from St Ives, and had two sons. She died in 1975 in Detroit.

His brother Thomas emigrated in 1920 and also settled in Detroit where he married and had two children. He later moved to Florida and died there in 1990 aged 89.

Sister Jane was married in Cornwall in 1920 to John Couch (b. 1896) and emigrated in 1926 and had three children. She died in Naples, Florida on 1 January 1995 aged 99.


William's brothers were also able to identify Joseph C Nicholls from the possessions recovered from his body.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr William Carbines
Age: 19 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in St. Ives, Cornwall, England
Occupation: Miner
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 28424, £13
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 18)
Buried: Barnoon Cemetery, St. Ives, Cornwall, England on Thursday 30th May 1912

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, 76 pp., unpaged.
Tim Pascoe (1998) The Cornish of the Titanic in Journal, Cornwall Family History Society. June 1998
Daily Mirror, May 1912
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Newspaper Articles

St. Ives Times & Express (19 April 1912) Mr. William Carbines
St. Ives Times & Express (10 May 1912) MR. CARBINES INTERRED
St. Ives Times & Express (31 May 1912) ST. IVES TITANIC VICTIM


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  1. Andrew Maheux

    Andrew Maheux said:

    The picture of William Carbines in his biography looks water stained, is it the photograph found on his body? Regards, Andrew

  2. Philip Hind

    Philip Hind said:

    The picture was found on his body but there is some doubt about the identity. I have a load more information on Carbines - including a confirmed picture of him - to put up when I have time.

  3. Andrew Maheux

    Andrew Maheux said:

    Thanks for the information Phil - Andrew

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