Miss Bridget Donohoe

Bridget Donohoe1 was born in Cum, Addergoole, Co Mayo, Ireland on 15 January 18912.

She was the daughter of David Donohoe (b. circa 1861), a farmer, and Catherine Moyles (b. circa 1858) who were married in Lahardane on 27 October 1883.

Bridget grew up in a Roman Catholic household which spoke both the Irish and English languages. She had four known siblings: Michael (b. 30 July 1887), Mary (b. 13 April 18893), David (b. 23 February 1893)4 and John (b. 20 June 1894).  

Bridget's mother died at age 40 on 7 January 1898 following a fever. Her father remarried soon after to a woman named Ellen Cawley (b. circa 18615) and from that relationship Bridget had three half-sisters and a half-brother: Oona "Norah" (b. 8 July 1899), Ellen (b. 18 January 1902), Catherine (b. 22 June 1903) and Thomas (b. 29 March 1906)6.

Bridget first appears on the 1901 census when she was living with her family at house 6 in An Com, Addergoole and on the 1911 census living at house 7 in Cum. By the time of the latter record she had no stated profession. 

Bridget was travelling to Chicago, Illinois where she had family; she boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 364856 which cost £7, 15s) and was part of a large group of passengers travelling from the same district in Mayo. The group included John and Catherine McHugh Bourke and John's sister Mary Bourke; Nora Fleming, Mary Mangan, Delia Mahon, cousins Patrick and Mary Canavan, James Flynn, Catherine and Annie McGowan, Annie Kelly and Bridget McDermott. Also in that crowd was an in-law, Bridget Mahon, whose mother was related to Bridget's stepmother.

Bridget Donohoe died in the sinking and her body, if recovered, was never identified.

Her family remained in Cum, Co Mayo and her father died on 28 August 1920. Her last surviving sibling John died in Bofeenaun, Co Mayo on 19 March 1962.

 

Pictures

Addergoole Titanic Memorial
 

Articles and Stories

(2011) 
Titanica! (2011) 
(2011) 
Western People (1912) 
Connaught Telegraph (1912) 
 

Credits

Gavin Bell, UK

Notes

  1. Spelling of name alternates across records between Donohue, Donoughoe and Donohoe. The 1901 and 1911 census records give the name as Donohoe.
  2. Date as per birth record; sometimes cited as 11 January 1891. 
  3. Mary died from tuberculosis on 8 November 1905.
  4. David died from influenza on 22 February 1894, one day short of his first birthday.
  5. On the 1901 census Ellen declared her age as 30. When the 1911 census was taken she claimed she was 51. When she died on 26 October 1955 her age was stated as 94 years.
  6. Thomas died from bronchitis aged six months on 7 December 1906

Link and cite this biography

(2018) Bridget Donohoe Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #781, updated 21st September 2018 02:54:27 AM)
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