James Kelly was born in Co Meath, Ireland around 1868 1.
He was married around 1900 to Mary Conlan 2 (born circa 1874 (3) in Co Monaghan, Ireland). They settled in Lancashire, England, possibly the Bootle area, and went on to have four children, with one dying in infancy: James (b. 1900), Francis Richard (b. 1902) and John (b. 1908).
He, his wife and son James appear on the 1901 English census living at 66 Verdi (?) Street, Seaforth, Lancashire and James was described as a marine fireman. Around 1909 James moved his family southward to Southampton, the White Star Line having changed their port of departure to that city from Liverpool. The 1911 census shows the family living at 12 Woodley Road, Woolston, Southampton. James is still described as a marine fireman and his two elder boys are at school.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Woodleigh Road, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the St Paul. As a greaser James would earn monthly wages of £6, 10s.
James Kelly died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
What became of James' wife is not certain, but she may have returned to Ireland.
- He gave his age as 44 when signing on to the Titanic and age was listed as 34 on the 1901 census. His age is given in the 1911 census as 41.
- Age given as 27 on 1901 census; by the time of the 1911 census she was listed as 33.
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