Kate and Alice Weir

Kate and Alice Weir

In 1912, recently widowed Kate Weir took her young daughter on a journey to a new life. Find out their story here.

Kate and Alice Weir

Kate and Alice Weir
Pallaskenry Church (Image: Ross Davies)

On April 4, 1912 (just 11 days before the sinking of the Titanic, RMS Olympic's sister ship), Kate and Alice Weir departed Queenstown, Ireland aboard Olympic.  

Recently widowed, Kate was taking three year old Alice with her to a new life across the Atlantic. We see in this passenger list that the contracted port of arrival was New York.  

In our New York Passenger Lists and Arrivals, the Weirs are registered as arriving, having originated in 'Pallasheney, Ireland', a place that doesn't exist. A place that does exist is Pallaskenry, Ireland. Here we can find Kate in the 1901 Irish census and Kate's birth in 1877 in Ireland Births 1864-1958 

In December of 1912, the Weirs' journey went even further. In our United States, Canadian Border Crossings record set, we can see both Kate and Alice crossing the border into Canada. Neither would return to the US. 

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