James Henry

Mr James Henry was born in Co Armagh, Ireland around 1856.1 Coming from a Presbyterian family, he was the son of James Henry, a farmer. 

Described as a steamship fireman and giving his address as 134 Cullington Road, James was first married in St Stephen’s Free Church on 9 October 1883 to Elizabeth Mann2 of 59 Devonshire Street. A son named William James was born in November 1888 and there is a possibility more children arrived, but details about this part of James’ life are obscure. His wife Elizabeth died sometime around 1890. 

Giving their addresses as 16 Devonshire Street, Belfast, James Henry was remarried in St Stephen’s Free Church on 5 June 1894 to Martha Prenter (b. circa 1870), the daughter of James Prenter, a carman. They would have no children together.

Both the 1901 and 1911 censuses show James Henry living at 16 Devonshire Street in Belfast and he was described as a sailor in both records.
Henry’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Lagan. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked. 

James Henry’s final whereabouts remain unclear.


  1. On the 1901 census his age was given as 45. On the 1911 census his age was given as 46 and when he joined Titanic a year later he stated he was 47.
  2. Elizabeth’s origins are unclear but she may have been born in Newry on 28 August 1866 to William Mann and Susan Smith. 

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
1901, 1911 Census
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