Mr John Bourke

Mr John Bourke was born in Carrowskeheen, Addergoole, Co Mayo, Ireland on 23 May 1869.

He was the son of William Bourke (b. 1840), a farmer, and Mary O'Boyle (b. 1848) who had married on 5 March 1867. His only known sibling was his sister Mary (b. 1871). His mother died at a young age and his father was remarried to another Mayo woman named Margaret (b. 1837) who was destined to outlive him.

John and his sister appear on the 1901 census of Ireland living in at house 11 in Carrowskeheen living with his stepmother Margaret and he was described as a farmer. His stepmother died sometime later.

John was married on 17 January 1911 to Catherine McHugh (b. 1879), a native of Tawnagh, Co Mayo and a childhood acquaintance who had emigrated to the USA, spending time in Chicago, Illinois before returning to Ireland in 1910. John, his new bride and his sister Mary appeared on the 1911 census living at the same address as they appeared on the previous census.

His wife's close friend Catherine McGowan had returned to her native Mayo in late 1911 with the intention of returning to Chicago in the following Spring. This perhaps prompted John to follow suit and he, his wife and sister made plans to emigrate to Chicago where his wife's sister Ellen lived at 66 Ruby Street in Chicago.

He joined a large group of over a dozen people from his locality who would all be travelling third class aboard Titanic and John and his wife boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 (ticket number 364849 which cost £15, 10s).

On the night of the sinking John, his wife and sister were all reportedly asleep at the time of the collision but were awakened by a steward who told them to get up and dressed. John and his wife with his sister Mary in tow (perhaps with the others whom they were travelling with) all made the upper decks with his wife and sister having ample opportunity to escape. Both his wife and sister refused to be parted from him under the women and children first edict and the three of them were lost in the sinking.

John's body, if recovered, was never identified.

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK
Noel Ray, Ireland

Pictures

John Bourke - School Register Entry

(1878) 

JOHN BOURKE - SCHOOL REGISTER ENTRY

 
Addergoole Titanic Memorial

ADDERGOOLE TITANIC MEMORIAL

 

Articles and Stories

Chicago Girl In Last Lifeboat

Chicago American  (1912) 

CHICAGO GIRL IN LAST LIFEBOAT

 
The Rossendale Bard from Addergoole

THE ROSSENDALE BARD FROM ADDERGOOLE

 
MISS ANNIE KELLY IN HOSPITAL

Chicago Examiner  (1912) 

MISS ANNIE KELLY IN HOSPITAL

 
Addergoole's Annual Ringing Of The Timoney Bell

ADDERGOOLE'S ANNUAL RINGING OF THE TIMONEY BELL

 
Girl Titanic Survivor Is Here

Chicago Daily News  (1912) 

GIRL TITANIC SURVIVOR IS HERE

 
Loss of the Titanic.

Connaught Telegraph  (1912) 

LOSS OF THE TITANIC.

 
Wreck of the Titanic (Lahardane Passengers)

Connaught Telegraph  (1912) 

WRECK OF THE TITANIC (LAHARDANE PASSENGERS)

 
Only One of Irish Party Bound for Chicago Lives

Chicago Daily Journal  (1912) 

ONLY ONE OF IRISH PARTY BOUND FOR CHICAGO LIVES

 
Awful shipping Disaster. Loss of the Titanic with over 1200 Souls

Western People  (1912) 

AWFUL SHIPPING DISASTER. LOSS OF THE TITANIC WITH OVER 1200 SOULS

 
The Addergoole Parish Loss

THE ADDERGOOLE PARISH LOSS

 
New Titanic Themed Church Stained Glass Window for Lahardane, Ireland's Titanic Village

(2011) 

NEW TITANIC THEMED CHURCH STAINED GLASS WINDOW FOR LAHARDANE, IRELAND'S TITANIC VILLAGE

 
Addergoole Parish 2008

ADDERGOOLE PARISH 2008

 
Titanic Passengers from County Mayo, Ireland and their Relationships

(2011) 

TITANIC PASSENGERS FROM COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS

 
Anna Katherine Kelly 1892 - 1969

Titanica!  (2011) 

ANNA KATHERINE KELLY 1892 - 1969

 
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