Mr Thomas Peter O'Connor

Mr Thomas Peter O'Connor was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England around 1868, the son of Peter O'Connor and his wife Sarah (?) McDade (?). His parents are believed to have been Irish immigrants (possibly from Co Donegal) but no further information about Thomas' early life is available.

He was married on 12 February 1892 in St Anne's Church, Liverpool to Emily Alice Woods (b. 1869 in St Helens, Lancashire). At the time their residence was listed as 74 Smithdown Lane, Liverpool. The couple had a total of eight children, with four living past infancy: Edith (b. 1895), Eleanor Elizabeth (1896-1974), John Joseph (b. 1898), Thomas Edward (1900-2004), Christopher (b. 1901), Daniel Peter (b. 1906) and Emily Edith (1911-1916).

Thomas was absent from the 1901 census when his wife, described as a greengrocer, and his two children Eleanor and Thomas were living at 1 March Road, West Derby, Lancashire. They would move to 12 Linacre Lane, Bootle by the time of the 1911 census and Thomas was described as a ship's steward. Although not stated on the census, it is likely his wife was still working in the greengrocer's trade and his eldest daughter Eleanor was described as a greengrocer's assistant.

Thomas was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Linacre Lane, Liverpool. His previous ship had been the Celtic and as a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Thomas O'Connor died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His family placed the following memorial in the Liverpool Echo on 15 April 1939:

O'CONNOR--In sad but loving memory of my dear husband, Thomas O'Connor (Tom), who lost his life in the Titanic disaster, April 15, 1912. R.I.P. (Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and children)--49, Linacre-lane, Bootle.

His widow Emily never remarried and continued to live in Liverpool, later living at 49 Caldwell Road, Allerton where she died on 28 October 1962 aged 93.

 

 

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  1. jennifer moser said:

    I am researching my gg uncle Thomas Peter O Connor Cabin steward some of the information on line seems to be incorrect I would like to put forward my findings . I am new to this whole sight so would appreciate help in this.I also have some questions for the future. Thank you.Jenny

  2. jennifer moser said:

    Thomas was 43/44 when he died(census 1871 81 91) He lived at 12 Linacre lane L'pool Have photo of property. Looking for a photo of him. What is a "victualling" steward? Jenny

  3. Bob Godfrey said:

    Jenny, the 'victualling' department included all the crew members who were on board to look after the passengers rather than the ship - in other words, the hotel and catering staff.

  4. jennifer moser said:

    are there any lists of "next of kin" or dependants for crew members who lost their lives? Jenny

  5. Bob Godfrey said:

    Jenny, the names of victims' dependents and other details can be found in the records of the Titanic Relief Fund. If you don't get a response here, try asking in this thread:

  6. jennifer moser said:

    Bob thank you for putting me in touch with the relief fund message board it produced surprising results I hope for more Jenny

  7. jennifer moser said:

    Does anyone know of the "duties" of the crew who took the Titanic from Belfast to Southampton?

  8. jennifer moser said:

    I now have his MC and BC for 2 of his 5 children Sadly the names do not appear on the relief fund I am still hoping to find names for the 3 younger ones especially as we always thought he hadnt married.

  9. jennifer moser said:

    the reason I thought he was on the Olympic was the list of crew signing the on the Titanic in Belfast says this. His signing on papers in Southampton (have a copy) list the Celtic are there records of this Belfast signing on at Kew that I could look at? jenny

  10. jennifer moser said:

    recent research at Kew I found from 11/12 1911 -09 03 1912 Thomas signed up on the Celtic.- viewed his signing on papers. On the 11/12 1911 papers he is given as comimg from the Mauretania. I understand these papers are with L'pool University archive will try to get access. Jenny

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    Inger Sheil said:

    Congrats on the work you've done, Jennifer! Which papers are you looking for - the crew agreements for the Mauretania? I don't imagine they'd be with the Cunard archives in Liverpool. She's listed as a 'Celebrated Ship', and all her agreements are held at Kew. Pre December 1911, these are: BT100/208 through to BT 100/230. BT 100/230 would be a good place to start working from - these cover the period September - November 1911. Work backwards from there.

  12. Nick Regan said:

    My sincere thanks to Dave Fredericks and Brian Ticehurst over recent months in helping me with my, for me, new research into my g-grandfather Thomas Peter O'Connor. It is still on-going. So far I have the following, much it from Dave Fredericks himself. I would be very glad of any further information: Thomas Peter O’Connor, First Class Bedroom Steward was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, in 1868. He married Emily Edith Woods ('Nell') on 12th February 1892, and they had five children when he joined RMS Titanic. When signing on to Titanic, Thomas gave his age as 39 (although he was actually... Read full post

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    Dave Fredericks said:

    You are very welcome Nick :)

  14. Jenny Moser said:

    Thomas peter o connor was my Gt.Uncle have been doing research on him for some time.have similar info to Nick Regans would love to get in touch with him . My Gt.grandmother was Thomas elder sister . jenlaw

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    Dave Fredericks said:

    Just one thing Nick regarding the addresses - My money is on the census. In 1911, the residents filled out the paperwork themselves so it unlikely that he would have written his own address incorrectly, or whoever the head of the household was. There are a monstrous amount of errors on the signing on particulars so this is probably yet another occasion.

  16. Jenny Moser said:

    would like to contact Nick Regan. we are related have been working on the same problem . My Gt.grandmother was Thomas Peters elder sister. I have been looking into this for quite a few years and have collected the same amount of info. However it would be wonderful to contact a decendant . jenlaw

  17. Brian Cook said:

    Jenlaw and I are cousins, both descendants of Tom's oldest sister. We have been co-operating in investigating our great uncle's family. The correct address is 12 Linacre Lane. That is the address given on the birth certificate of Tom's youngest child born on August 24, 1911. Gore's street directory for 1911 records that 12 was a fruiterer's the proprietor of which was James O'Malley. I think he had at least one other shop and maybe Edith managed number 12 for him. I have photocopies of documents concerning her from the Titanic Relief Fund. By January, 1914 the family had moved across the... Read full post

  18. Margaret17 said:

    Hi, I had just been doing another general search under the name of Thomas P O'Connor when I saw this new thread, I can't believe my luck at finding this! He was my father's great-uncle. Apparently there had been a photograph of him but no-one knows where it is now. My father knows almost nothing about him, and was puzzled when I showed him the information I had already got from the website stating that he had been born in England. My family are all Irish... I would be really grateful to find out any more information. Thank you in anticipation!!

  19. Nick Regan said:

    Thanks Dave, that's reassuring!

  20. Brian Cook said:

    Hi Margaret, We have details of Tom's siblings and parents. We know about his wife and children, but nothing after about 1916. Please get in touch. I have sent you a private message.

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Thomas Peter O'Connor (ref: #2023, last updated: 19th September 2017, accessed 3rd June 2020 19:10:05 PM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/thomas-peter-oconnor.html