Fredrick Joseph Goodwin (February 1st, 1870 - April 15th 1912) was a third class passenger and the father of the Goodwin family who were lost during the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
He was the second son of Charles Goodwin (1842 - 1892) and Mary Ann Tyler (b. 1840). His father, a printer and later a school caretaker, hailed from Newington, Middlesex and his mother was born in Good Easter, Essex and they were married in 1867. Frederick's known siblings were: Thomas Charles (b. 1868), Florence Emmeline Mary (b. 1872), Sidney Tyler (b. 1873), Lydia Amy (b. 1875) and Frank Osborne (b. 1877).
He appears on the 1871 census living at Swan Street, St Mary's, Bermondsey but the family appear on the 1881 census living at 11 Rodney Street, Newington, Southwark and on the 1891 census at 3 Draco Street, Newington. By this time Fred was described, like his father, as a printer and compositor.
Fred was married on Christmas Day 1894 to Augusta Tyler (b. 1868), a Middlesex native and former domestic servant. Together they would have six children: Lillian Augusta (b. 1896), Charles Edward (b. 1897), William Frederick (b. 1898), Jessie Allis Mary (b. 1900), Harold Victor (b. 1901) and Sidney Leslie (b. 1910).
The family are shown on the 1901 census living at 4 Exeter Road, Edmonton, Middlesex where they would remain for several years. The family latter resettled in Melksham, Wiltshire sometime before 1910 and they appeared there on the 1911 census living at Watson's Court on High Street, Melksham. Fred was no longer a printer at this point and was described as a general labourer in a foundry. By 1912 it seems they were back living, at least temporarily in London at 10 Vernon Street, Fulham.
Several of Fred's siblings had emigrated to the USA and settled in Niagara, New York. His elder brother Thomas had emigrated to the USA in the late 1880s or early 1890s, initially to Indiana. By 1912 he had been living in Niagara Falls, New York for several years with his wife Charlotte and two daughters, Florence (b. 1898) and Helen (b. 1900). His sister Florence (Mrs. William Rottger) also lived in Niagara with her German husband and four children: Gladys (b. 1905), Kenneth (b. 1907) and twins Duane and Carl (b. 1910). Another sibling, Lydia (Mrs Joseph Grey), who had recently been widowed lived in Niagara with her son Gilbert Goodwin (1901 - 1979).
Thomas Goodwin notified Fred of an opportunity for work at the big power station at Niagara and plans were made for Fred and his family to settle there also. Funds were borrowed from his sister Florence Rottger and her husband William, and his sister Lydia also sent monetary help.
The family had originally planned to cross on another steamer but the coal strike changed their plans and they were transferred to the Titanic. They boarded Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number 2144 which cost £46, 18s).
Like most large families travelling in third class, especially those with teenage boys, the entire family was lost in the sinking. Only the body of baby Sidney was recovered (remaining unidentified for many years).