Mary Mangan was born in Carrowskeheen, Addergoole, Co Mayo, Ireland on 8 September 1879.1
She was the daughter of John Mangan, a farmer, and Bridget Bourke (b. 1846). She had four known siblings: Patrick (b. 1875), John (b. 1877), Edward (b. 1881) and Ellen (b. 1883). Her father is believed to have died whilst she was still very young.
Mary and her family appear on the 1901 census living at house 5, Carrowskeheen and she, like the rest of her family, was described as a farmer.
Mary and her sister Ellen would later leave Irish shores bound for the USA, although exactly when is not clear, possibly around 1906. Her brother Edward had emigrated to the USA sometime around 1905, initially living in St Louis, Missouri but later settling in Chicago at 1843 Lincoln Avenue where he lived with his wife, the former Margaret Timoney.
By 1911 Mary's mother was living at 4 Carrowskeheen, Addergoole, being joined by her spinster sister-in-law, also named Bridget. Mary was to pay a visit to her family back in Ireland in early 1912, possibly also an occasion to announce her engagement.2
For her return to America, he boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 364850 which cost £7, 15s). She was travelling with a large group of Mayo passengers now referred to as the Addergoole fourteen. Among the group, led by Catherine McGowan, were the Bourkes, siblings John and Mary and the former's wife Catherine and who were possibly cousins. They were also destined for Chicago.
The only known mention of Mary during the sinking comes from Mayo survivor Annie Kelly who described being accompanied by Mary and the Bourkes as they rushed toward a ladder that would have taken them up to second class. Mary died in the sinking. Her body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#61) and was buried at sea on 22 April 1912.
NO. 61. - FEMALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. - HAIR, LIGHT.
CLOTHING - Green waterproof; black coat; skirt; blouse; red cardigan jacket; black button boots with cloth uppers.
EFFECTS - One gold watch, engraved inside "M. Mangan" and photo, and outside "M. Mangan"; gold locket with hair and photo as in watch, engraved "Mary"; gold chain; beads in pocket; brass belt buckle; medallion round neck; diamond solitaire ring; gold bracelet "M. M."; wire gold brooch.
NO MARKS ON CLOTHING.
PROBABLY THIRD CLASS.
NAME - MARY MANGAN.
Her possessions were later sent back to her family in Ireland and for many years her gold watch remained in the possession of her nephew Anthony Mangan.
Her brother Edward later attempted to sue the White Star Line for the loss of his sister. In later life he lived at 6340 Addison Street, Chicago and died on 25 April 1933; he is buried in River Grove Cemetery. His widow Margaret later passed away in 1982 aged 96.