Mr John Meehan 1 was born in Curraghbonaun 2, Achonry, Co. Sligo, Ireland in 1890.
He was the son of Thomas Meehan, a farmer, and Honoria Costello 3 who had married around 1881 and who were illiterate. One of nine children (three of whom died in infancy), his known siblings were: Margaret (b.1883) Bridget (b. 1887), Honoria (b. 1892), Ellen (b. 1895) and Thomas (b. 1898). He grew up in a Roman Catholic household and the entire family was bilingual, speaking both the Irish and English languages.
He appears with his family on the 1901 and 1911 census records at house 34 and 9, respectively, in Curraghbonaun, Achonry West. On the latter record John is described as a farmer's son.
He boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number AQ/4 3130, £7, 15s) and he was destined for Paterson, New Jersey.
John Meehan died in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His parents were later financially assisted following his loss.
- He is sometimes listed as "Mechan" or "Meehon".
- Various different spellings for the townland, including Currowhunane; in Irish Currach Bhunáin.
- On the 1901 census Thomas and Honoria gave their ages as 42 and 39 respectively. The 1911 census shows ages at odds with the previous records, with their ages now recorded as 69 and 67 respectively.
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Gavin Bell, UK
Articles and Stories
Chicago Daily News (1912)
Newark Evening News (1912)
Chicago Record-Herald (1912)