Miss Bridget Driscoll

Miss Bridget Driscoll was born in Letter, Ballydehob, Co Cork, Ireland on 17 January 1885.

She was the daughter of John Driscoll (b. 1847), a farmer, and Catherine Burke (b. 1849), Cork natives who had married in 1875. She was one of seven children and her known siblings were her twin brother Timothy (b. 1885), Eugene (b. 1877), Mary (b. 1887) and John (b. 1895).

She appears on the 1901 census living with her family in house 4 in Letter, Ballydehob and her family were resident at the same address on the 1911 census although Bridget was absent. Bridget had emigrated in years previously to New York but had returned home in late 1911 to help nurse her dying mother. Alas her mother would die before Bridget reached home.

For her return to New York she booked passage aboard Titanic as a third class passenger (ticket number 14311 which cost £7, 15s) and she was travelling with fellow Ballydehob girl Annie Jermyn. The two Cork girls apparently roomed with Westmeath native Mary Kelly.

Bridget and her two friends Mary and Annie all escaped the sinking the in the last lifeboat to be successfully launched from Titanic, collapsible D.

Bridget resettled in New York and was married to an Irishman originally from Co Roscommon, Dominick Joseph Carney (b. 20 August 1885) who had emigrated in 1905. The couple ran a grocery store in New York and welcomed four children: Catherine, Francis Joseph, Patsy and William. Following her husband's death in 1964 Bridget moved to Houston, Texas where her eldest daughter Catherine lived.

Bridget remained in Houston for the rest of her life and died there on 28 December 1976 aged 91. She was buried in St Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx.

 

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Gavin Bell, UK

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(2017) Bridget Driscoll Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1090, updated 26th August 2017 12:51:01 PM)
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