Mr William Foley was born in Commeenaplaw 1, Gowlane, Donoughmore, Co Cork, Ireland in the early months of 1892.
He came from a Roman Catholic family of farmers and he was the son of John Foley (b. 1836) and Ellen Cremin (b. 1845), both Co Cork natives who had married around 1876.
William was the youngest of seven children and his siblings were: Mary (b. 1877), Jeremiah (b. 1878), Julia (b. 1881), John (b. 1884), Michael (b. 1886) and Denis (b. 1890).
He first appears on the 1901 census living at house 1 in Commeenaplaw and on the 1911 census living at house 5 in the same locale. By the time of the latter census William is described as a farmer's son and still living with his parents and several siblings in a household which spoke both Irish and English.
He decided to join his siblings Jeremiah and Julia in New York, the latter of whom had saved the money for his passage. His travelling companion would be another Donoughmore resident Hannah Naughton.
William boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 (ticket number 365235 which cost £7, 15s) and he was destined for Manhattan.
William Foley died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Robert L. Bracken, USA
Noel Ray, Ireland
References and SourcesRobert L. Bracken (2000) Irish Titanic Passengers
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Queenstown, 11 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/776/2).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society