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Mary Mangan

Mary Mangan
Mary Mangan

Maria "Mary" Mangan was born in Carrowskeheen, Addergoole, Co Mayo, Ireland on 8 September 1879.1

She was the daughter of John Mangan (b. circa 1849), a farmer, and Bridget Bourke (b. circa 1846), Mayo natives who had married on 18 February 1874.

She had four known siblings: Michael (b. 4 March 1874), Patrick (b. 14 April 1875), Edward (b. 1 September 1881) and Ellen (b. 16 July 1883). 

Mary's father died when she was still very young, succumbing to pulmonary tuberculosis on 19 May 1884; her mother never remarried. The remaining family appear on the 1901 census living at house 5, Carrowskeheen and Mary, 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 in August 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. Brother Michael would also make the leap. 

By 1911 Mary's mother was living at 4 Carrowskeheen, Addergoole, being joined by her spinster sister-in-law, also named Bridget (1850-1918). Mary and her sister Ellen were to pay a visit to their family back in Ireland in early 1912, possibly also an occasion to announce the former's engagement although the identity of her suitor remains unknown.2

With her sister Ellen opting to remain in Ireland, Mary 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. Whether Mary made it to the upper decks remains uncertain.

Mary died in the sinking; her body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#61) and was buried at sea on 22 April 1912.


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.




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. The solitaire ring, however, mysteriously never made it back to the family and its eventual whereabouts remain unknown.

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.

Her brother Michael died in Chicago, Illinois on 21 September 1960.

Mary's mother remained in Carrowskeheen and outlived her by over two decades before her passing on 30 November 1935 aged in her late 80s. 
Mary's sister Ellen who remained in Ireland was married in 1918 to Patrick J. Walsh, a farmer from Ludbridge. She died in Carrowskeheen on 9 August 1960.


  1. Date as per baptismal record. Molony (2000) gives the date as 7 November 1879
  2. Identity of fiancé is not certain; some sources state his name was Pat Walsh. 

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#61)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Irish Independent, 16 April 2012
Western People, 10 April 2012

Research Articles

John Kelly Titanica! (2011) Anna Katherine Kelly 1892 - 1969

Newspaper Articles


Three members ring the Timoney Bell in daylight
by a great-nephew of Anna Katherine Kelly
Addergoole Titanic Society (2011) New Titanic Themed Church Stained Glass Window
New window for Church in Lahardane; Ireland's Titanic Village
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  1. Helen (229)

    Hello my name is Helen, I live in Australia but was born in England to Neil (Edward Neil Mangan and Joan Mangan) I was fascinated when my Aunty Maureen showed me a photograph of Mary taken of a portrait, from a relatives house, from a family visit to relatives in Co Mayo. When the Titanic movie came out I was fascinated and still am with the whole sorry, sad story of Titanic. My dad does not know much of his Irish family history but the picture of Mary's nephew Anthony looks like my grand father.

  2. Owen Hyde

    hi I’m trying to trade my uncles descendants and I believ we may be related as my grandpa used to visit family in Australia can you help at all iv been mad on titanic for years so to find I have possible got a relative on that ship would mean the world

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Mary Mangan
Age: 32 years 7 months and 7 days (Female)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Christian,Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Engaged
Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
Ticket No. 364850, £7 15s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 61)
Buried at Sea on Monday 22nd April 1912

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