Mr Daniel J. Moran

Mr Daniel Moran1 was born in Toomdeely, Askeaton, Co Limerick, Ireland on 7 July 1883.

He was the son of Patrick Moran (b. circa 1837), a labourer, boatman and former lighthouse keeper, and Bridget Nestor (b. circa 1845) who had married in 1867.

Daniel was the brother of ten siblings: Catherine (b. 1 April 1868), Ellen (b. 21 December 1869), Alice (b. 1 July 1872), Michael (b. 19 December 1874), John (b. 24 December 1875), Mary (b. 18 April 1878), Bridget (b. 1 October 1879), Frances (b. 15 February 1882), Patrick (b. 20 December 1885) and Thomas (b. 20 May 1888). 

His mother died on 20 July 1891 from tuberculosis and his widowed father never remarried. Daniel appeared on the 1901 census living with his father and numerous siblings at house 8 in Toomdeely North and he was described as an unmarried domestic boatman. 

Later that year Daniel departed Irish shores and arrived in New York aboard Etruria on 2 June 1901, destined to the home of a sister in Troy, Rensselaer, New York. Other siblings followed, including Thomas and Bridget. On the 1910 census he was residing with maternal uncle John Nestor and his family at Ogden Avenue in Bronx, New York and he was described as a city policeman. 

Daniel's father died in on 8 October 1909 aged 72 and he and his sister Bridget ("Bertha") decided to return to Ireland in November 1911 to claim an inheritance, reportedly estimated at between $12,000 and $15,000.

For their return to New York they boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as third class passengers (joint ticket number 371110 which cost £24, 3s). Travelling on their ticket was a friend, Patrick Ryan and they were also acquainted with another passenger from Askeaton, Margaret Madigan.

On the night of the sinking Daniel went to the cabin of his sister and told her that she ship had struck an iceberg and to come to the upper decks. Their access to the lifeboats was hampered by crewmen who were determined to keep them in their own quarters.

Daniel Moran was lost in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. A claim was later made for the loss of his life (see Ryan v. OSNC research article).

His sister Bridget, who survived, later married and named her firstborn Daniel, perhaps in honour of his lost uncle.


  1. Often listed as Daniel James Moran; no such middle name appears on his birth record. US census records do, however, record his middle initial as "J" and it is possible that this was a confirmation name added later.


Daniel Moran in uniform

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  1. Michael Doyle (2513) said:

    The Morans were brother and sister, not husband and wife.

  2. Stephen moran said:

    We're they related to Francis basil moran or the gillicks troy ny 1899

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    JJAstorII said:

    This is my step dads relative. All they ever found was his hat which hangs in their house. How very interesting to see this.

  4. Mary Dyson said:

    Related by birth to Daniel Moran and his sister Bertha Moran they were my Great Aunt and uncle.

  5. Mary Dyson said:

    That's correct Michael. thank you.

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References and Sources

The Chronicle Herald, 6 May 1912: Went Down on Titanic, Money With Him
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