John Denver

Mr John Denver 1 was born in an unnamed hospital (but most likely the Mater Infirmorum Hospital) in Belfast, Ireland on 2 September 1877.2 

Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, he was the son of John Denver, a carpenter, and Mary Ann McLoughlin. His father had apparently died just prior to his birth. The younger John was baptised in St Joseph’s Church on 9 September and his address was listed as Andrew Street.

He was married to Sarah Ann Bosworth (b. 1879) sometime around 1897 and the couple went on to have seventeen children born between 1898 and 1922.3 Several of those children did not survive infancy.

By the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 12 New Andrew Street in north Belfast and John was described as a general labourer. 

Denver’s ship prior to Titanic had been the White Head. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

What became of John and his family in later years is uncertain although there is a possibility that John died in Belfast on 15 April 1939.


  1. Surname spelt Denvir in several records. 
  2. Birthdate as per birth record. His baptismal record gives the date as 3 September 1877.
  3. Their children were: Margaret (b. 1898), Sarah (b. 1900), John (b. 1902), Thomas (b. 1903), Mary (b. 1904), James (b. 1905), Patrick (b. 1906), Henrietta (b. 1907), William (b. 1909), Bridget (b. 1910), Gerard (b. 1912), Rose Ann (b. 1913), Francis (b. 1914), Bernadette (b. 1917), Patrick (b. 1918), Josephine (b. 1920) and Winifred (b. 1922). 

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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