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Patrick Colbert

Mr Patrick Colbert, known as Pat, was born in Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Ireland on 5 November 1887.

He was the son of John W. Colbert (b. circa 1843), a farmer, and Catherine "Kate" Connors (b. circa 1846) who had married in Abbeyfeale on 29 January 1870. 

The Colbert family was Roman Catholic and spoke both Irish and English and Pat was one of eight surviving children from a total of ten. His siblings were: William (b. 14 February 1871), John (b. 13 August 1872), Michael (b. 29 April 1874), Hanora (b. 22 April 1876(1)), John (b. 10 June 1878), Denis (b. 11 June 1880), Tim (b. 4 October 1881), Margaret (b. 25 October 1883(2)) and Daniel (b. 28 December 1885).

Pat and his family appear on both the 1901 and 1911 censuses living in Kilconlea Lower in Abbeyfeale. By the time of the latter record Pat was described as a railway porter whilst his brothers were all described as cattle buyers. He celebrated the marriage of his sister Hanora on 15 February 1912 in Abbeyfeale Church.

Pat, a very religious man, had decided to join a holy order in Sherbrooke, Québec and one of his brothers, by then known as Brother Christopher, was already there. He therefore boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 371109 which cost £7, 5s). He is not known to have been travelling with anyone from his locality.

Patrick Colbert died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His parents remained in Kilconlea but survived less than a decade and died just over a year apart; his mother Catherine died 13 August 1919 and his father on 14 November 1920. His brother Michael married and raised a family before in death in Kilconlea on 10 June 1965 aged 91.


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  1. Mary E. Gaul

    Mary E. Gaul

    I am seeking information on Patrick Colbert, third class passenger who may be related to me through my maternal grandfather. Any information on this Mr. Colbert or his family would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Dear Mary, From my data base I have the following: Third Class passenger: Colbert, Patrick. Missing. Father:- John Colbert, Kilconlea, Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, Ireland. En route to Canada - c/o Daniel Gallery's Office, Montreal, Canada. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number 451. Colbert, parents. Grant £20. Was a porter at Abbeyfeale Railway Station, Co. Limerick. I hope that helps? Regards Brian

  3. Inger Sheil

    G'day Mary - In addition to the data Brian has been able to provide you with, and Colbert's entry in the ET site, Senan Molony's excellent and groundbreaking work The Irish Aboard Titanic (Wolfhound Press, Dublin, 2000 ISBN: 0-86327-805-1) has a full page entry on this third class passenger. If you would like to email me privately, I can give you Sen's email address (might have trouble getting an immediate response, though - as of Easter Sunday, the inimitable Molony is a father again for the second time and has his mind occupied with more immediate things, although he's still talking... Read full post

  4. Jen L Colbert

    Hello, I am currently pursuing the Colbert one name study and I am registered with the guild of one name studies. If any one is interested please contact me through my website (within profile) I also have Irish Colbert's but unsure of the region due to unspecific records. I do have a contact on file who has Abbeyfeale Colbert's & can put you in contact if you should wish. Kindest Regards Jen

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Patrick Colbert
Age: 24 years 5 months and 10 days (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Railway Porter
Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
Ticket No. 371109, £7 5s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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