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John Patrick Keenan

Mr John Patrick Keenan was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1853. Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, he was the son of John Keenan, a sawyer, and Eliza Toner. He was baptised in St Patrick’s Church on 28 October 1853. 

Keenan is identifiable in numerous records from the mid-1870s to early 1890s serving as a fireman or trimmer on ships usually operating out of Liverpool. 

He was married in St Patrick’s Church in Belfast on 17 February 1874 to Elizabeth Davey (b. circa 1853), a “book folder”. They had five children, with three surviving infancy: John, Thomas and Vincent. The family appears on the 1911 census living at 37 Arnon Street, Belfast and Keenan was described as a shipyard labourer. 

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

References and Sources

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

Name: Mr John Patrick Keenan
Age: 58 years (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Married to Elizabeth Davey
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Lantian
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton

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