Mr Michael Joseph Rogers (Saloon Steward) was born at 41 York Street, close to St Stephen's Green in Dublin, Ireland on 2 July 1885, being baptised eight days later in St Andrew's Church.
He was the son of Michael Rogers (b. 1857), a bath attendant, and Mary Ann Delaney (b. 1859) who were married in early 1882.
He had two siblings: John (b. 1883) and Martha Florence Mary (b. 1897).
Hailing from a Roman Catholic family that were fluent in both Irish and English, Michael appears on the 1901 Census of Ireland as a 15-year-old living at 39 Clarendon Street in Dublin's south side, living with his siblings and by-now widowed father, his mother having passed away in 1899 aged 40.
His father died around 1905 and Michael would later move to Winchester, Hampshire, England where a close friend of his mother's lived, Mrs Thomas Harris, née Ann Carroll, a Dublin-born lady who had married an Englishman and settled in Hampshire where she raised her family. He was engaged to be married to the Harris' eldest daughter, Mary Agnes (b. 1893), a seamstress.
Michael is shown on the 1911 census as a resident of the Harris household, 13 Greenhill Avenue, Winchester and at the time gave his age as 23 and profession as a ship's steward. His brother John was still living in Dublin, shown on the census as a resident of 39 Stephen's Street where he was described as a commercial traveller. It is understood that Michael brought his sister Martha across to England and she was shown on the 1911 census residing at 12 Greenhill Avenue, Winchester, a house neighbouring the Harris household and belonging to an elderly Canadian widow, Mrs Mary Cuell. Michael would continue to send his siblings a stipend and his sister later entered a convent in Wichester.
When Michael signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 13 Greenhill Avenue, Winchester. His last ship had been the Olympic and as a saloon steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. Also serving on the Titanic with him was his fiancée's younger brother Edward Mathew Harris.
Michael Rogers and Edward Harris both died in the sinking. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.
Michael's brother John later sued the White Star Line for the loss of his brother. He and his sister Martha were awarded £80 a piece on top of their £20 each from various Titanic relief funds.
The eventual fate of Michael's siblings is not clear; Martha is known to have entered a convent in Winchester and is believed to have remained in England, possibly taking Holy Orders before her death in Bath in 1948 aged 50. John is believed to have remained in Dublin where he died in the 1950s.
Likewise, the eventual fate of Michael's fiancée Mary is uncertain.
The Irish Independent, unknown date, 1912, A Titanic Disaster Claim
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