Mr Edward Joseph McGarvey

Edward Joseph McGarvey was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 20 January 1878 and he was baptised on 18 February in St Albans Roman Catholic Church, Liverpool.

He was the son of Edward McGarvey (1828-1883) and Teresa Deery (1839-1897). Both Edward's parents hailed from Ireland and had married in St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Highfield Street, Liverpool on 14 July 1863.

Edward had seven known siblings: Mary (b. 1864), Teresa (b. 1865), Patrick (b. 1866), Margaret (b. 1868), Michael (b. 1870), Bridget (b. 1874) and William (b. 1880).

On the 1881 census the family are living at 13 Hankin Street, Liverpool and his father is described as a coal heaver.

Edward was married in West Derby, Lancashire in 1901 to Ellen Owens (b. 1881 in Bootle, Lancashire). The couple would have a total of six children, only two of whom lived past infancy, Margaret (b. 1902) and Henry Michael (b. 1911). The family initially settled in Liverpool but perhaps moved to Southampton around 1907 to coincide with the White Star Line's decision to shift its main terminus to that city.

The 1911 census shows Edward and his family living at 54 College Street, St Mary, Southampton and he was described as a ship's fireman.

When Edward signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 54 College Street, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the New York, the very liner with whom Titanic had a near collision whilst leaving Southampton. As a fireman Edward could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

Edward died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Ellen was remarried towards the end of 1913 to James J. Jamieson and returned to her native Liverpool where she had several more children. What became of her is unknown.

His daughter Margaret later became Mrs John Penlington and had two children. She died in Liverpool in 1981.

His son Henry later married Mary O'Grady and had two children. He died in Liverpool in 1978.


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  1. Steven Hartley said:

    Edward JosephMcGarvie was my great-great uncle; my mother's great uncle. My mum was born as Louise McGarvey, and this is on her side, and not on my side since I'm a Hartley! But, it is true; I only found that out less than a year ago.

  2. Juliemcgarvey said:

    Steven - how interesting. Do you have any more info on the birth or marriage details of Edward Joseph?  I heard recently that my father's (Robert McGarvey) uncle had died on the Titanic but unfortunately have no further details. Do you know the parentage - the first name Edward has transcended my father's side of the family. I heard there was a "barber" occupation but note he was a fireman/stoker on board Titanic.   Regards, Julie McGarvey

  3. Patrick McGarvey said:

    Edward McGarvey was my great uncle. He was a brother to my grandfather and uncle to my father. My father did not have a brother named Robert so maybe he was a cousin I'm not aware of. I found that Edward had two brothers named Michael (my grandfather) and William. Julie, could your grandfather be William?

  4. Trudy Penlington said:

    Edward Joseph Mcgarvey was my great grandfather ,his daughter Margaret was my grandmother.Margaret married John Penlington and had 3 children not 2,her eldest child (also called John ) was my father,followed by June Rose and finally Lena.Lena died aged 22 in 1963 and John (my dad) was killed in 1968 aged 37 .June Rose (who liked to be known as Rose ) emigrated to Canada in 1969 with her husband John Ainsworth .Rose and John are now deceased ,they had 3 children ,2 still live in Canada but 1 now lives in Louisiana .It was only a few years ago we connected and are swapping family photos.

  5. Trudy Penlington said:

    Forgot to add i am now married and am known as Trudy Wheat

  6. Elizabeth Dolan said:

    William McGarvey born 1880 died March 1900 aged 19 yrs in Liverpool.He is buried in Old Ford Burial ground where his father and grandfather are buried. His address was given as 22 Connell Street. Patrick died aged 2 so that only leaves children of Michael and Edward if July is connected to the family. I do not have a Robert in the family groupings I have.

  7. Jerry McGarvey said:

    He was my great great uncle also... My grand father Patrick was his brothers son. Patrick above is my uncle!

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Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2014) Edward Joseph McGarvey (ref: #1579, last updated: 31st March 2014, accessed 11th August 2020 04:48:15 AM)