Mr Charles James Cullen

Charles James Cullen

Charles James Cullen was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 11 January 1863 and was baptised on 22 February in Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. He was the son of John Cullen (1831-1898), a book-keeper, and Mary McDonald (1831-1871), both Irish immigrants.

He had eight known siblings: Elizabeth Jane (b. 1855), John W. (b. 1856), Thomas Joseph (b. 1857), Mary Anne (b. 1859), Reuben (b. 1861), Minnie (b. 1865), George James (b. 1867) and Harry Roberto (b. 1869).

Charles first appears on the 1871 census whilst living at 22 St Anne Street, Liverpool. His mother passed away not long after and his father was remarried in 1874 to Eleanor Morris (b. 1838 in Liverpool), going on to have a son, William. The 1881 census shows Charles still living at home at 30 Fitzclarence Street, Everton and he was now described as an office clerk.

Charles was married on 23 May 1882 to Mary Taylor Smith (b. 1854 in South Shields, Durham). They are not believed to have had any children and Mary passed away in 1886 aged 32. Charles remarried in 1888 to Alice Cookson (b. 1867 in Great Crosby, Lancashire). The couple would have four children and lost one in infancy. Their surviving children were: Mary Susanna (b. 1889), Alice Angela (b. 1892) and Charles James (b. 1904).

Charles and his family appear on the 1891 census living at 8 Sandhill Lane, Kirkdale, Liverpool, he being described as a barman. They are listed at 23 Corona Road, Waterloo on the 1901 census and Charles is now listed as a ship' steward. The 1911 census sees Charles absent, perhaps at sea, but his wife and children are living at 8 Argo Road, Waterloo, Liverpool.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4th April, 1912, Charles gave his address as 21 Warburton Road, (Southampton). He had transferred from the Celtic. As a first-class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. He worked as Bedroom Steward to Archibald Gracie amongst others.

Cullen was rescued in Lifeboat 11.

He returned to England and continued to work at sea, remaining in Lancashire and settling in Crosby. He was widowed in 1937 and Charles himself passed away in 1939. He is buried in St. Peter & St. Paul Churchyard, Crosby, Merseyside, Liverpool.


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  1. anthony mccann said:

    My first venture in tracing him...... originally from Liverpool. Is there any system for placing him in his family structure? (I think he's my Great-Uncle) Thanks Anthony

  2. Ian Bland said:

    Not sure what you mean by 'is there any system'. If you have some basic info about your family, it should be possible to determine whether he is related by using public records. Unless someone else has already researched him and will share their findings? If you are new to family history research, I can recommend some books to get you started!!!

  3. Matteo Eyre said:

    Now i don't know anything about his family background or anything like that but i do know that he was Archibald Gracie's bed room steward for the journey, just an interesting fact i thought i'd tell you Matteo :)

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) Charles James Cullen (ref: #1827, last updated: 6th April 2020, accessed 3rd June 2020 20:19:56 PM)