Wonnacott and the Titanic


Arscott's Daughter - Dorothy Ann Wonnacott


Arscott Wonnacott ( a carpenter) and his wife Mary Jane (nee Rees) were married April 11th 1879 in Holsworthy Devon and moved to 6 Hollywood Terrace, Plymouth, Devon in 1885 and later to 1, Caprera Place, Plymouth Devon, England, where they had four children . In 1886 a daughter Dorothy Ann was born. In 1901 Census she was 15 years of age and she worked as a Stationers Shop Assistant in Plymouth. Dorothy later married William John Robert Turpin ( also a carpenter). He was born at Stert Farm, Cornwood, Devon in 1882, the son of Mr Robert Turpin (Clay Labourer) and Mrs Kate Turpin.
After marriage they lived at 59 Chaddlewood Avenue, Lipson, Plymouth, Devon. They decided to emigrate to Salt Lake City Utah , the home of the Mormon Church in the USA and were Robert had found himself emplyment as a carpenter.


There is some discussion if William and Dorothy had previously immigrated and after a return visit to England were on the way back to Salt Lake City Utah, or if this voyage was their initial journey. They agreed to take passage in the RMS Titanic on it's maiden voyage as the original boat they were scheduled to travel was cancelled due to a coal strike. The Ticket Number 11668, which cost them twenty one pounds.
The Titanic was on her maiden voyage which commenced Wednesday 10th April 1912 . On Sunday night 14th April 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. Both William and Dorothy were lost at sea and their bodies never recovered.


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