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Thomas Casey

Mr Thomas Casey was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England 1 on 29 July 1867, being baptised the same day in Holy Cross Church, Liverpool.

He was the son of Irish immigrants from Co Sligo, Thomas Casey (b. 1837), a dock labourer, and Margaret Byrne (b. 1837); and was brother to: Michael (b. 1859), Mary (b. 1862), Honor "Annie" (b. 1863) and Bridget (1869-1870). His two elder siblings had been born in Co Sligo.

The family appear on the 1881 census living at 18 Lace Street, Liverpool with the 13-year old Thomas being described as a school boy. Further census records for the family cannot be traced. His father died in 1889 and his mother in 1907.

His sister Anna was married in 1889 to Dennis Carroll (b. circa 1864), a dock labourer originally from Ireland, and she raised a family of nine children before she was widowed in 1905. By 1911 she and her children were living at 66 Ashfield Cottages, Liverpool and it is possible that Thomas also resided there whilst not at sea. He was unmarried.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Casey gave his local address as the Sailors' Home, Southampton, his previous ship as the St Paul and his age as 38. As a trimmer he could expect monthly wages of £5, 10s.

Thomas Casey died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His sister Annie Carroll benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund as a dependent. Annie remained in Liverpool for the rest of her life and died in 1935.


  1. Molony (2000) gives his place of birth as Co Cork, Ireland.

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  1. Marty quinn

    Marty quinn

    Tom Casey was my great uncle,He was a trimmer/fireman and died in the sinking,if anyone knows if there is a photo available of him anywhere i would love to know as we dont have any,Thanks

  2. Jamie Capildeo

    Jamie Capildeo

    I have just signed up to the site (a great site) in order to relay the following fascinating old family story that resurfaced recently. Mr T. Casey (see crew lists) was a trimmer on board the Titanic who died when the ship sank, his body never recovered. This man, Casey, was my great, great uncle and we know that he did not die on the Titanic. He was due to sail but, after a few beers too many the night before the Titanic sailed, he fell asleep in his lodgings in Southampton only to wake up and find that everything he owned had been stolen, including his Titanic documentation. We... Read full post

  3. Dave Gittins

    Jamie, while I always take these family tales with a grain of salt, your story is at least possible. There is a verified similar story about a fireman named Thomas Hart. Hart's seaman's record book was stolen and it was evidently used by somebody to join Titanic. Hart was thought to be lost, but he turned up at home a few days after the sinking, feeling ashamed of his carelessness. I find the long gap between the sinking and the reappearance a bit suspicious. Would the man really have been so unkind to his relatives? Have you a signature from your man, for comparison with the one... Read full post

  4. Bob Godfrey

    Jamie, I suggest you compare notes with Marty Quinn, who posted recently (March 22) on this page: Click on the poster's name in the left-hand column to send an email.

  5. Damian Quinn

    Re:First posting on this page concerning T.(Thomas)Casey-Trimmer-Titanic THERE IS NO MYSTERY SURROUNDING THE FATE OF THOMAS CASEY. HE DIED IN THE DISASTER. I am the great great nephew (as is Marty Quinn, see earlier postings) of trimmer Thomas Casey and I can prove our relationship to Thomas with genealogical documents. I also have information on his family members. His sister(my great grandmother, Mrs Annie Carroll) collected the amount of £1-8s-2d per month from the Titanic Relief Fund, returning home on each occasion saying "Not much for a life, is it"? I would welcome a... Read full post

  6. hyoung

    I am new to the site. I believe I am related to Thomas Casey, a trimmer. His bio only lists his age, 28, that he was single and embarked at South Hampton. Does anyone have any more info?

  7. Jake Peterson

    I did find this, but the odds that the email address is still usable after 14 years is slim. This person does seem to give information about Thomas's parents and siblings, though. What other resources have you looked at so far?

  8. Deleted member 173198

    Deleted member 173198

    I am hoping that Phil Hind can post the previoues enquiries into this case as I need to ask Damian Quinn some questions relating to his claim of the 21st August 2011. Otherwise this case into Thomas Casey remains open for all too debate.

  9. Dave Fredericks

    I am in contact with the Quinn family, Andrew if you need an email address. Tom Casey was a Trimmer on the 12-4 watch and as such would have been a room mate of my G-Grandfather Walter Fredericks. I wonder if Tom was one of those who promised to buy Walt a beer in New York as they played cards at the mess table. (Walt turned 21 on 14th April 1912) It is certainly a possibility. The 12-4 Trimmers were housed on E-deck on the Starboard side of the ship in the bow

  10. Deleted member 173198

    Deleted member 173198

    Caught your message in time Dave as I was about to retire for the night. Answer -- Yes please and thank you for your respsonse. A.W.

  11. J Burdette

    @hyoung: You might be interested in this: If you sign up for a free account on ancestry.com you can search the Titanic records free until tomorrow midnight. The T. Casey in the link was a trimmer. However these records says he was 38 and last ship before Titanic that he served on was the St. Paul. This Casey was born in Liverpool and died in the sinking.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Thomas Casey
Age: 44 years 8 months and 17 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Trimmer
Last Ship: St. Paul
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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