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101 BAPTISM OF HENRY LOFTUS
Baptized by Father J Nolan
Sponsors Patrick Kennedy and Margaret Slevin
Henry emigrated to New York in 1927. He sailed from Cobh Cork on 24th April 1927 on the passenger ship the Cedric and arrived in New York on the 2nd of May 1927 at 6:15pm. His wife Mabel and young son James Henry joined him the following year. Mabel and James sailed from Liverpool also on the Cedric. They arrived on the 17th September 1928.
1930 CENSUS FOR NEW YORK
149 Welister Avenue, New Rochelle, Westchester, New York
Household Members:
Name Age Relationship Occupation Place of birth
Henry Loftus 36 Head Fireman Ireland
Mabel Loftus 31 Wife Housemaid Ireland
James H Loftus 4 Son None Ireland
William Newman 25 Lodger Gardener Ireland
Thomas Harlihan 30 Lodger Garbage Man Ireland


 
Loftus, Henry James (P17)
 
102 BAPTISM OF JOSEPH LOFTUS
Baptized by Father J F Maguire
Sponsors were John Donohoe and Anne Hogan

The Soldiers last letter.
10249 Private J. Loftus,
c/o Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,
Officers Servant, C Boy,
British Expeditionary Forces,
France.
Dear Jack,
Just a line to let you know I am still alive and in the best of health. Glad to see by your letter you are the same. It was so kind of you to send me the cigs but I am sorry to inform you that I have not received them yet. Dear Jack do not write to the base again, use the address above.
Dear Jack tell Jim and Lizzie also Mary, I send them my best regards. Write soon. You must excuse this short note as I am in a great hurry.
Yours fondly
Brother Joe.
The above letter was written on the thirteenth of January 1917 by my grandfathers brother Joe Loftus. It was to be the last letter he would write before being killed on the battlefield in Arras, France in May of the same year. Arras is a town in northern France bordering the Netherlands. During the First World War, Arras was near the front line and a long series of battles fought nearby are known as the Battle of Arras in which a series of medieval tunnels beneath the city, unknown to the Germans, became a decisive factor in the French holding the city. The city, however, was heaviliy damaged and had to be rebuilt after the war.
The letter was found in the pocket of Joe's army tunic, and it was used to identify his body. For his sacrifice at the age of 23 he was awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal.
When I think of Joe the song "Willie McBride" often comes to mind. " and did they believe when they answered the call did they really believe that this war would end wars. The sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain, the killing and dying were all done in vein. For young Willie McBride it all happens again and again, and again and again". My hope is that unlike the young man in the song my grand uncle Joe's spirit will have found peace in the green fields of France.[CASSID~2.FTW]
 
Loftus, Joseph (P20)
 
103 Baptism of Thomas Loftus
Child of Patrick Loftus and Elleanora Grady
Godparents Patrick Loftus and Bridget Comyns
Volume: 2
Page: 36 
Loftus, Thomas (P126)
 
104 Baptism sponsers Daniel Kell and Margarita Cormick Rourke, John (P1309)
 
105 Baptism Sponsers Joseph Egan and Anne Rourke Rourke, Timothy (P281)
 
106 Baptism Sponsers Martin and Anne McCormack Rourke, Bridget (P284)
 
107 Baptism sponsers Martin and Michael Kelly Rourke, Martin (P283)
 
108 Baptism sponsers Patrick and Anne Kelly Rourke, Mary (P12)
 
109 Baptism sponsors John Donohoe and Bridget Keating Cunningham, Patrick (P447)
 
110 Baptismal Record
Child: Patrick Loftus
Date of Baptism: 13 October 1860
Parish: Tynagh
Sponsor 1: John Keating
Sponsor 2: Bridget Loftus
Volume: 2
Page: 77
Patrick Loftus married Eleanor Grady who was the sister of his brother's wife Mary Grady. Patrick seemed to have a variety of different jobs including telegraphist and farmer. He was also an army pensioner.
During the first world war Patrick and Eleanor were living in Belfast at 10 Panton Street. Eleanor died sometime before 1919 and Patrick married Mary Shannon. 
Loftus, Patrick (P87)
 
111 Baptismal Record
John Joseph Loftus child of Patrick Loftus and Elleanora Grady
Baptized in the parish of Portumna, County Galway
Godparents: Peter Loftus and Elizabeth Walsh
Officiating Priest: Rev Father Joseph Corcoran
Volume: 2
Page: 42 
Loftus, John Joseph (P127)
 
112 Baptismal Record
Mary Mackey daughter of Patrick Mackey and Mary Rourke
Baptized in St John's RC Church, Tralee, County Kerry , Ireland
Godparents: Timothy King and Helen Murphy
Officiating Priest Rev Father B. M. O'Kane
My maternal grandmother Mary Mackey was born in County Kerry Ireland but when she was only five years old she and her younger sister Bridget were admitted to St Johns Industrial and Boarding school (orphanage). Their father Patrick Mackey had died the previous year. It is uncertain what happened to the girls mother but one of their older brothers, Martin, went to live with their maternal grandparents at their farm in Park, Shannonharbour, County Offaly.
The school reports for my grandmother were good from year to year. "A very bright child, docile, obedient, willing and anxious, very industrious. She remained in the orphanage until her discharge in 1906. She then went to work for the sisters of mercy at their convent in Borrisokane, where she remained up until her marriage to my grandfather Jack Loftus in May of 1911.
Mary was a devout catholic and brought her children up to be good catholics too. She said her prayers every night and kept all her prayer books by her bedside. She did not like vanity and as a child I remember being scolded by her for posing at the mirror. She had funny little sayings such as, "God made man, man made money, God made the bees and the bees made honey. God made the devil, the devil made sin, so God made a hole and pushed the devil in." The other little saying I remember her most for was "God bless us and save us cried Big Mrs Davis I never thought herring was fish!" She had a beautiful singing voice and her favourite place for singing was in the kitchen when she was cooking or cleaning. The song that sticks in my memory was "I don't want to play in your yard".
After their marriage Jack and Mary moved to the Ardoyne area of Belfast and their first child my uncle James (Jamsie) was born there. Mary worked in the textile mills in Belfast and there is a family story about that period. The story goes that a gun was held to her head by a member of the predominantly protestant work force. My grandmother was heavily pregnant at the time but she stood her ground and they backed down.
The family moved to Scotland during the First World War and Jack went to work in the shipyards on the Clyde. My grandmother never returned to Ireland, not even for a holiday. She had seven children in all including my mother Winnie. Two of her children died in infancy, Bridget and Joseph.[CASSID~2.FTW] 
Mackey, Mary (P2)
 
113 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (P33)
 
114 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (P32)
 
115 Baptized by Father Joseph Marshall and godparents were John Brennan and Catherine McCourt Brennan, Hester Maria (P907)
 
116 Batismal Register, St Bridget's RC Church, Baillieston, Glasgow
Official Document 
Source (S-2128415714)
 
117 Beard, William Egon Halman, son of His Honour Mr. Justice C. Halman Beard and Mrs. Beard. Entered the Public Service 1912. District Medical Officer for Grange Hill district of Westmoreland. Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
[CASSID~2.FTW]
Beard, William Egon Halman, son of His Honour Mr. Justice C. Halman Beard and Mrs. Beard. Entered the Public Service 1912. District Medical Officer for Grange Hill district of Westmoreland. Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. 
Beard, William Egon Halman (P809)
 
118 Before she married James Cassidy, Ellen was working as a piecer in a cotton mill. It was the piecers job to join broken threads in the looms. This was a dangerous occupation for the most part done by very young girls who would literally risk life and limb to earn a few shillings for their families. Rice, Ellen (P58)
 
119 Bernard appears twice in the 1826 Tithe Applotment books for leasing land in Drinn and Moneynabane.
He also appears in the Griffiths Valuation for 1863/4 
Marmion, Bernard (P739)
 
120 Bill was a soldier during the first world war and was decorated for bravery for rescuing an officer from no man's land.
He never married and was an eccentric character who liked to collect antiques. While visiting his brothers in Glasgow he would browse the flea markets and would often return home to Ireland with all sorts of oddities dear heads stuffed sharks etc.
He was a keen amateur photographer and took many pictures of his native Borrisokane. He lived with his brother Tom and the two were often heard quarrelling by the neighbours as Tom was a former IRA man and of course Bill was a retired British Army soldier. The rows would often end with Tom accusing Bill of taking the Kings shilling.[CASSID~2.FTW]
Bill was a soldier during the first world war and was decorated for bravery for rescuing an officer from no man's land.
He never married and was an eccentric character who liked to collect antiques. While visiting his brothers in Glasgow he would browse the flea markets and would often return home to Ireland with all sorts of oddities dear heads stuffed sharks etc.
He was a keen amateur photographer and took many pictures of his native Borrisokane. He lived with his brother Tom and the two were often heard quarrelling by the neighbours as Tom was a former IRA man and of course Bill was a retired British Army soldier. The rows would often end with Tom accusing Bill of taking the Kings shilling.[CASSIDYZ1.FTW] 
Loftus, William (P14)
 
121 birth 10b 393 oct nov dec 1863
death 10b 22 july augst sept 1864 
Brennan, Thomas (P1342)
 
122 Birth in the Sub District of St Cuthbert, Carlisle
Father Edward Brannen Occupation Dyer
Mother Alice Brannen formally Rogan
Informant : The Mark of X Robert Brannen of Robert Street (Father) 
Brennan, Lewis (P1254)
 
123 Bowel cancer, liver metastisis. Mackey, Mary (P2)
 
124 Brain abcess, meningitis. Loftus, John (P6)
 
125 Bridget Loftus child of Patrick Loftus and Elleanora Grady
Baptized in the Parish of Tynagh
Godparents were Joseph McDonagh and Honora Mullin
Volume: 3
Page: 8 
Loftus, Bridget (P125)
 
126 Bridget Mackey was admitted to the orphanage at St Johns Convent of Mercy, Birr, on the 10th of February 1896. She remained in the orphanage until January 31st 1907, when she was discharged. She then went to work as a servant for Mrs Ryan of Wimer Road Birr.
The reports of her progress at school improved from year to year. She had a great love for manual work but was not that interested in school work. She married Thomas J Riordan of Ashkeaton Co Limerick around 1917. Bridget and Tom emigrated to the USA on the 21st November 1921 on the S.S Baltic from Queenstown. In the 1930 census for New York they were living at 2105 Amsterdam Avenue, New York Tom was working as a janitor and Bridget was a hospital cleaner. They had a border living with them James Jordan from England who was also working at the hospital. At some point they moved to Miami Florida. Bridget worked for many years as a nanny, she never had any children of her own.
In 1965 she and Tom came to Scotland to visit my grandparents, Mary and Jack Loftus. It was the first time the sisters had met in almost sixty years, they even made the newspapers. The Daily Record did an article on them and took some lovely photographs of the sisters and their respective husbands. They had corresponded by letter over the years but this was to be the first and indeed the last time they would meet. My grandmother died five years later and her sister Bridget two years after that. 
Mackey, Bridget Cecelia (P49)
 
127 Bridget's godparents were Martin and Ann McCormack Rourke, Bridget (P284)
 
128 Bridget's parents were Michael O'Hara farm labourer and Catherine Bernard. O'Hara, Bridget (P213)
 
129 Bronchial Carcinoma Buchanan, James (P346)
 
130 Bronchial Pneumonia Loftus, James (P19)
 
131 Bronchitis McDonald, Euphemia (P71)
 
132 Bronchitis Hickey, John (P82)
 
133 Bronchitis Lynch, Helen (P1395)
 
134 Bronchitis Lynch, Elizabeth (P1396)
 
135 Bronchitis and bronchio pneumonia Loftus, James (P99)
 
136 Bronchitis and broncho pneumonia 2 months and 6 days Loftus, Josephine (P98)
 
137 Bronchitis and dropsy (Uncertain) Rice, Patrick (P242)
 
138 Bronchitis and exhaustion. Mackey, Patrick (P13)
 
139 Bronchitis for 8 days Brannan, John (P1151)
 
140 Bronchitis. Informant Francis Cassidy (son) Mooney, Ann (P131)
 
141 Broncho Pneumonia Loftus, James "Jamsie" (P11)
 
142 Broncho pneumonia Finnigan, Marion (P79)
 
143 Broncho Pneumonia, COAD, Cor Pulmonare. Rogers, Doris Elizabeth (P273)
 
144 Buried Dalbeth Cemetery 0n March 28th 1928 age 44 died at 44 Glenpark Street relation to owner Husband 9842 No of Lair 1853 No of Section 16 Division W. McFarlane, John Fergusson (P416)
 
145 Burns to face body and legs Kelly, Patrick (P148)
 
146 Cacinomatosis Bone metastisis Sharp, Rita (P310)
 
147 Cameron Family 1901 Belfast Census
54 Sidney Street, West, Shankill, Belfast
James Cameron
Head of Household
Age: 50
Sex: m
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: married
Occupation: foundry labourer
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w
Isabella Cameron nee Thompson
Relationship: Wife
Age: 51
Sex: f
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: married
Occupation:
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w

Alexander Cameron
Relationship: Son
Age: 27
Sex: m
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: single
Occupation: shipyard labourer
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w
Francis George Cameron
Relationship: Son
Age: 20 Sex: m
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: single
Occupation: preparing master
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w

Jane Annie Cameron
Relationship: Daughter
Age: 22 Sex: f
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: single
Occupation: linen winder
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w
Lucy Cameron
Relationship: Daughter
Age: 18 Sex: f
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: single
Occupation: linen weaver
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w Language:

Edith Cameron
Relationship: Daughter
Age: 16
Sex: f
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: single
Occupation: linen drawer
Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w
Violet Cameron
Relationship: Daughter
Age: 14 Sex: f
Religion: Presbyterian Marital Status: single
Occupation: laundry worker Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w
James Cameron
Relationship: Son
Age: 9 Sex: m
Religion: Presbyterian Marital Status: single
Occupation: scholar Birth Place: Co Antrim
Education: r+w

Edith's mother died 9th August 1903

 
Cameron, Edith Mary (P455)
 
148 Carcinoma of Ascending Colon Lamont, Jeanie (P837)
 
149 Carcinoma of the cervix Laverty, Elizabeth (P94)
 
150 Carcinoma of the mouth Loftus, Henry James (P17)
 

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