Miss Bridget Driscoll

Miss Bridget Driscoll was born in Letter, Ballydehob, Co Cork, Ireland on 17 January 1885, arriving several hours behind her twin brother.1

She was the daughter of John Driscoll (b. 1847), a farmer, and Catherine Burke (b. 1849), Cork natives who had married in Skibbereen on 9 February 1875. 

She was one of seven children and her known siblings were: Eugene (b. 26 November 1875), Mary (b. 19 July 1887), John (b. 29 December 1894) and her twin brother Timothy (b. 17 January 1885).

Bridget 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 just the previous year to New York, but had returned home in late 1911 to help nurse her mother who was dying of breast cancer. Alas her mother would die on 1 November 1911 before Bridget reached home. She remained in Ireland for a few months with her family before making plans to return home. Her father eventually died in Letter on 11 August 1918 aged 71.

For her return to New York Miss Driscoll booked passage aboard Titanic as a third class passenger (ticket number 14311 which cost £7, 15s) and was bound for the home of her cousin Mrs Finn at 522 Grove Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. Travelling alongside her was another Ballydehob native Annie Jermyn and the pair shared a cabin with another Irish girl, Mary Kelly from Co Westmeath.

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 settled in New York and was married to an Irishman originally from Co Roscommon, Dominick Joseph Carney (b. 20 August 1885), who had emigrated around 1908. They welcomed four children: Catherine, Francis Joseph, Patsy and William.

The family appear on the 1920 census as residents of Delman Street in Bronx, New York and on the 1930 census living at 40 Fordham Street in Bronx. The couple managed a grocery store in their area and by 1942, at the time of Dominick's military draft, they were living at 268 City Island Avenue, Bronx. Both she and her husband were fated to outlive their son Francis who died in 1955.

Following her husband's death on 12 February 1964 Bridget moved to Houston, Texas where her eldest daughter Catherine lived. She remained in Houston for the rest of her life and died there on 28 December 1976 aged 91 and was buried with her husband in St Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx and under an elaborate headstone.

 

Credits

Gavin Bell, UK

Notes

  1. The birth records for Bridget and Timothy state that they were born hours apart, Timothy arriving first at 12 am and Bridget six hours later at 6 am. 

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(2018) Bridget Driscoll Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1090, updated 12th October 2018 15:21:49 PM)
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