Mr John Foley
John Foley was born in Youghal, Co Cork, Ireland 1 on 14 September 1865. He was the son of Nicholas Foley and Nora Broderick and he was raised in a Roman Catholic household. He had two known siblings: Kate (b. 1868) and Michael (b. 1872).
John was married in Cork in 1895 to Mary Mulcahy 2 (b. 1870 in Cork) and they had seven children: Maurice (b. 1895), Norah (b. 1896), Mary (b. 1899), Nicholas (b. 1901), Kathleen (b. 1905) Margaret (b. 1910) and John (b. 1913).
John, his wife and first three children appear on the 1901 census of Ireland living in 9 Cork Street, Kinsale, Co Cork and he is described as a merchant sailor. Their first five children were born in Cork and they moved to Southampton, Hampshire, England sometime after 1905. The family appear on the 1911 census of England living at 2 Queens Road, Shirley, Southampton and John is described as a mariner.
John signed-on to the Titanic initially in Belfast for her delivery trip on 25 March 1912 as a quartermaster. When he signed on to the Titanic again in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 2 Queen's Road (Southampton). His previous ship was the Olympic. His wages were £5 per month.
Foley claimed to have helped Seaman "Sam Parks" search for an axe to chop away the sounding spar protruding directly below lifeboat 4 3. Foley himself was rescued in lifeboat 4.
Foley signed-on to the Oceanic on 10 July 1912 but failed to join the ship when it sailed.
John continued to live in Southampton with his family. His wife passed away in 1922 aged 52. John himself later lived at 2 Oriental Terrace in Southampton and passed away on 18 September 1934 4. His estate, worth £180, 14s, 5d was left to his unmarried daughter Mary
Articles and Stories
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
CreditsGavin Bell, UK
Inger Sheil, UK
Kerri Sundberg, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Bill Wormstedt, USA
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr John Foley
Born: Thursday 14th September 1865 in Youghal Cork Ireland
Age: 46 years 7 months and 1 days. (Male)
Marital Status: Married.
Last Residence: at 2 Queens Road Southampton Hampshire England
Occupation: Deck storekeeper
Last Ship: Olympic
First Embarked: Belfast on Monday 25th March 1912
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 18th September 1934