About Mary McGovern as told by a relative

Date of Birth: April 1890

Place of Birth  Clarbally, Corlough Co. Cavan, Ireland

Mary was making the trip to New York alone, travelling by train from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim to Queenstown to board the Titanic. Her ticket cost 7 pounds and her passenger number was 330931.

It is believed that she was on one of the last three lifeboats to leave the ship. approximately 15 minutes before the ship sank.  Apparently the group of Irish women stayed together and were saved at the same time.

Father Grogan from Saint Vincent's Hospital met the survivors from the Carpathia unpon arrival at Pier 54 in New York.  From there they were taken in a Gimbels truck to Saint Vincent's Hospital.

On leaving the hospital Mary went to stay with her brother Pat McGovern.  Eight months after the incident Mary filed her first claim for $50 against the White Star Line.  One month later she filed an amended claim for an additional $20.  The additional amount was for two crocheted collars she had gotten from her mother.

She stayed in New York for a total of eight years, working as a housekeeper.

She returned to Ireland in 1920 and married Peter McGovern in 1921. They had two children, a son named Hugh and a daughter named Mary Kate.  Mary died on August 24, 1957.

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Acknowledgements

Titanic International Archives courtesy of Diana Rheay

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  1. MATD said:

    Mary Kathryn, "Mary Kate" was Hugh's wife, not his sister. I am Mary McGovern's grandniece.

  2. MegMichelle2121 said:

    I recently just discovered that Mary was a passenger. I am the great granddaughter of A Mary McGovern, however due to my grandfather being an orphan (left with the name McGovern and his mother's name, Mary) at a Catholic orphanage that later burnt to the ground along with records. Is there any possibility before Mary left for Ireland in 1920 that she could have given birth to a boy that she gave up in New York? I would appreciate any information you have - it'd be great to tie up many loose ends on my father's side. - Meghan

  3. MATD said:

    I'm not sure about the spelling of her name. It could be Katherine.

  4. Maureen (3569) said:

    Hello Mary, My name is Maureen . My Grandmother was from County Cavan, in Corlough. My grandmother's maiden name was Ellen McGovern. Who married a Philip McTeigue from same place. Came to USA. We have other relatives there 2nd cousin James Joseph McGovern. To let you know Mary McGovern on Titanic Think was my grandmothers cousin can remember her telling us stories of that. If you get this please email me. My great uncles Tommy and James Mcgovern. Let me know ? Maureen.

  5. Patricia great grand Maggie McGovern daughter Mary said:

    Michael and Maggie McGovern lived in Carrikallen Cavan Laurah Parish and had daughters Mary McGovern , Annie, Kate, Margaret and Bridget . They were a part of the Carrikallen Creamery on Mountain Lodge Rd. Mary left for New York and worked as a private teacher around the time of the italic. Michael McGoverns brother was I believe James.

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