Miss Bridget Delia Henry was born in Cloonown, Co Roscommon 1, Ireland around 1890 2.
She was the daughter of Patrick Henry (b. 1871), a farmer, and Margaret Curley (b. 1871) who were married in 1885 before going on to have eight children. Delia's siblings were: Eliza (b. 1886), Edward (b. 1887), Mary (b, 1889), Margaret (b, 1892), Thomas (b, 1893), Nannie (b. 1896) and Patrick (b. 1899). The family were Roman Catholic.
The family appears on the 1901 census living at house 73 in Cloonown, Co Roscommon and on the 1911 census at house 45. By the time of the 1911 census her father had passed away, he having drowned in the Shannon River around 1909.
Delia decided to emigrate to Boston where she already had family; a maternal aunt, Mary Curley lived there as did her eldest sibling Eliza. She was due to travel with a friend who later cancelled but she knew others from Athlone who would be travelling also. She boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 382649 which cost £7, 15s). Whilst aboard she was acquainted with several travellers from Athlone: Bertha Mulvihill; Eugene and Margaret Daly and Michael Connaughton.
Bridget Delia Henry was lost in the sinking and her body, if recovered, was never identified.
- Often listed as coming from Co Westmeath. Cloonown sits close to the border between Counties Roscommon and Westmeath and the nearest large town would be Athlone in Co Westmeath.
- Exact age unclear. She appears on the 1891 census as a ten-year-old and when she reappears on the 1911 census she is 18, later giving her age as 23 when she boarded Titanic. It is possible she was in fact 22 years of age; a birth registration exists, taken in Athlone, Co Westmeath in the first quarter of 1890 for a Bridget Henry.
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