Mr James Heslin 1 was born in Co Armagh, Ireland 2 around 1867.
He was the son of Owen Heslin (b. 1831), a farmer, and his wife Margaret (b. 1833) and he was born into a Roman Catholic family and apparently grew up in Jonesborough, Co Armagh. Other details about his early life are vague.
He was married in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in the latter half of 1891 to Bridget "Biddy" Burns (b. circa 1876) (3) who was also a native of Jonesborough, Co Armagh. The couple had four children in total, all born in Bootle, but would lose one in infancy. Their surviving children by the time of the 1911 census were: Peter (b. 1902), Thomas (b. 1904) and May (b. 1905).
The 1911 census shows Bridget Heslin and her three children residing at 5 Paton Street, Kirkdale, Lancashire along with her widowed mother Ann Burns (b. 1841 in Armagh). James is absent and likely at sea.
When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, James gave his local address as the Sailors' Home, (Southampton) and his previous ship as the Olympic. As a trimmer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £5, 10s.
James Heslin died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow seemingly never remarried and returned to Ireland, spending her last days in a nursing home in Newry, Co Down where she died in 1967.