Miss Bridget Mary O'Sullivan

Miss Bridget O'Sullivan1 was born in Dromdeveen, Glenduff, Co Limerick, Ireland on 18 May 1890.

She was the daughter of John O'Sullivan (b. circa 1848), a labourer, and Mary Barry (b. circa 1852) who were married on 28 February 1876.

Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, Bridget's siblings were: John (b. 4 July 1878), William (b. 1 December 1879), Robert (b. 25 November 1884), Johanna (b. 20 May 1887), Ellen (b. 1  September 1888) and Mary (b. 9 September 1893).

Bridget's father died sometime prior to 1901, perhaps around 1896, and she appears on the 1901 census living in house 14, Dromdeveen with her widowed mother and four of her siblings. The family are not identifiable on the 1911 census but it is possible that the Bridget O'Sullivan, aged 20 and working as a servant in Colooney Street, Limerick City is the same person.

Her brother Robert "Bob" left Ireland in the early 1900s and settled in Manhattan where he worked as a guard at the subway; he was married to a woman named Ellen Walsh (b. 1888) on 18 June 1911 and raised a family. Her sisters Ellen "Nellie" and Johanna "Hanna" followed him to New York a few years later, around 1908, and carved out domestic careers in their adopted home. They soon sent for Bridget and it was reportedly sister Johanna who sent her the money for the fare.

Bridget boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 330909 which cost £7, 12s, 7d) and she was destined for Manhattan. Travelling with her was her sweetheart Joseph Foley from nearby Mountplummer who was travelling to an uncle in Larchmont, New York.

Bridget O'Sullivan died in the sinking and her body, if recovered, was never identified.

Her sister Ellen was married on 4 April 1915 to John Finn (b. 1883) and they had a daughter, Mary. She died in Manhattan on 23 March 1922 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery.

Her sister Johanna (later Mrs John Ryan) died in Manhattan on 31 January 1932.

Her brother Robert died in Manhattan on 23 December 1933.


  1. Family name O'Sullivan shown in many records to have dropped the "O" prefix. Her name is often written as Bridget Mary O'Sullivan but no middle name appears on her birth record; it may be the case that if she did have a middle name that it was a confirmation name added at a later date.

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