Miss Elizabeth Doyle

Miss Elizabeth Doyle was born in Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland around 1884.1

She was the daughter of Martin Doyle (b. circa 1851), a farmer, and Kate Cogly (b. circa 1848), who had married on 5 February 1875. 

She had three known siblings: James (b. 11 May 1877), Margaret (b. 3 January 1879) and Jeremiah (b. 15 March 1885). 

Her mother died on 26 March 1887 from heart disease; she was aged 39 and her widower never remarried.

The Doyle family appear on the 1901 census living at house 15 in Bree and Elizabeth was described as a farmer's daughter. Her remaining family appear on the 1911 census living at house 8, Bree.

Elizabeth had emigrated around 1909, settling in Philadelphia but returned home around June 1911 to be with her dying father who had been battling severe asthma for several months; the return was timely and she spent a few precious weeks with him before he died aged 60 on 5 July 1911.

For her return to the USA Elizabeth would be travelling to Chicago, Illinois with her cousin Robert Mernagh, a native of New Ross, Co Wexford, who had also previously spent time in the USA.

She boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 368702, £7, 15s).

Elizabeth Doyle died in the disaster and her body, if recovered, was never identified.

Her estate, valued at a meagre £10, was administered to her brother Jeremiah, a postman, on 10 April 1913. Jeremiah remained in Bree where he died on 23 September 1963 aged 78.

 

Credits

Gavin Bell, UK

Notes

  1. Age disputed. She gave her age in 1912 as 26. The 1901 census describes her as a 17-year-old, suggesting she should have been 28 in 1912. Whilst no birth record has been identified for her it appears likely that she was born in 1884. A birth registration document, from 1884, which may be for her was, unfortunately, spoiled and her exact birth date remains uncertain. 

References and Sources

Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])

Link and cite this biography

(2018) Elizabeth Doyle Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #786, updated 16th June 2018 08:09:29 AM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/elizabeth-doyle.html

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