Mr 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 Jane (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 was then described as a coal heaver.
Edward was married in West Derby, Lancashire in 1901 to Ellen Owens (b. 10 June 1881 in Bootle, Lancashire). The couple would have six children by 1911, with two surviving infancy: Margaret (b. 1902), Edward Joseph (1905-1906), George Henry (1906-1910), Ellen (1908-1909), 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 McGarvey 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 which Titanic had a near collision whilst leaving Southampton. As a fireman Edward could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.
Edward McGarvey died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Ellen McGarvey, his widow, was in the early stages of pregnancy at the time of the Titanic disaster; she gave birth to a daughter on 21 December 1912 and named her Frances Louise. Assisted financially by the Titanic Relief Fund, she was remarried towards the end of 1913 to James John Jamieson, another mariner, and returned to her native Liverpool where she had four more children. What became of her is unknown.
His daughter Margaret later married dock labourer John Penlington and had three children. She died in Liverpool in 1981.
His son Henry later worked as a ship’s steward and married Mary O'Grady and had two children. He died in Liverpool in 1978.
His posthumously born-daughter Frances married William Garland and had six children.