Miss Margaret Marcella "Maggie" Daly 1 was born on 1 July 1878 2 in Irishtown, Westmeath, the daughter of Patrick Daly and Bridget (née Egan).
She had been living in the United States for some time having been working as a domestic servant, she declared herself to be a US Citizen. She had returned home to be with her mother in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.3
She boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 382650, £6, 19s) along with Bertha E. Mulvihill, also of Athlone. Maggie was travelling to her brother John Daly, a policeman who resided at 356, East 157th Street, New York City.
Miss Daly and Miss Mulvihill shared a cabin somewhere near one of the ship's boiler rooms. She and Miss Mulvihill were put under the care of Eugene Patrick Daly.4
After the collision with the iceberg, Eugene Daly woke the two women and saw them safely into a lifeboat 5 just as it was being lowered. Somehow Miss Mulvihill suffered a broken rib while boarding this lifeboat, but Miss Daly boarded safely. It is unclear what happened to Eugene Daly at this point, as he was not saved along with Miss Daly and Mulvihill. Daly later claimed that the officer in charge would not allow him to board the boat, and that he saved himself by diving overboard and swimming to Collapsible B just before the ship sank.
On 15 April 1920 Margaret married Irish-born widower Bartholomew C. Griffin (b.1874) in Manhattan, New York. Her husband died 15 April 1934 in New York.6
Margaret herself passed away on 7 April 1939.
- Her name is sometimes mistaken as just Marcella.
- The date 13 January 1886 was given at the time of her death.
- Her residence is sometimes listed as Co. Athlone, Ireland. This is a misconception due to her residence of the town of Athlone in Co. Westmeath.
- She is sometimes quoted as a relative of Eugene Daly. No evidence to support this has been found, though she may have been a distant cousin. He also came from Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
- It may have been lifeboat 15 but there is some doubt.
- Both their marriage and his death coincided with an anniversary of the Titanic sinking.
References and Sources
New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1866-1938
George Behe On Board RMS Titanic: Memories of the Maiden Voyage
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Gavin Bell, UK
Tad Fitch, USA
Noel Ray, Ireland