Miss Kate Hargadon 1 was born in Carrownamaddoo, Ballintogher, Ballysadare, Co Sligo, Ireland on 15 June 1894.2
Her parents, who were illiterate, were Patrick Hargadon (b. circa 1864), a labourer, and his wife Mary, née Creighan (b. circa 1855) and had married in their native Sligo in on 13 February 1888.
Born into a Roman Catholic household, Kate had four siblings, all sisters: twins Mary Anne and Bridget "Bee" (b. 28 May 1889), Kate (b. 1890) and Margaret (b. 29 February 1892). Her namesake sister Kate died at three months old on 26 March 1891.
Kate and her family appear on the 1901 census living at 12 Carrownamaddoo, Ballintogher, and her father is described as a farmer. The 1911 census shows the family by now living at 6 Carrownamaddoo and Kate has already left school and is working as a domestic cook.
Kate boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, Co Cork as a third class passenger (ticket number 30631, which cost her £7, 14s, 8d) and she was travelling to 133 West 126th Street, Manhattan, the home of a sister who had paid for her journey. Kate appears to have roomed with two other Sligo girls, Margaret Devaney and Mary Delia Burns.
Margaret Devaney, the only survivor from the three girls, gives two different versions as to what became of her friends. In one, printed in the Irish World on 4 May 1912, Miss Devaney related:
We were all on deck, not thinking it was serious, when the boy comes along and said " You girls had better get into a boat." Then he held out his hand, saying " I hope we'll meet again."... I got into the boat, but Mary Burns and Kitty Hargadon held back, thinking it was safer to remain on the ship, I never saw them again...
In another version Margaret related that Kate Hargadon was afflicted with sea sickness and fear and could not face climbing a ladder to the higher decks; she remained in communal third class areas, perhaps the aft well deck, and was tended to Mary Burns who chose to remain with her. Whatever happened will forever remain a mystery.
Kate Hargadon died in the sinking and her body, if recovered, was never identified.
Her sister Margaret later migrated to New York a decade later in May 1922 but it is uncertain if she remained there. Her sister Bridget was married on 8 June 1913 to tailor Patrick Henry.
Her mother later suffered from Bright's disease and died on 11 December 1921; father Patrick died on 18 August 1924 from heart failure.