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James Loftus

James Loftus[1]

Male 1855 - 1933  (78 years)

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  • Name James Loftus  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 19 March 1855  Portumna, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 23 March 1855  RC Church Portumna, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Godparents Mary Killeen and James Reede 
    James Loftus baptism Portumna Galway 1855
    James Loftus baptism Portumna Galway 1855
    Occupation 1877  [2, 3, 4
    Carpenter, Pole Lathe Wood Turner. 
    Residence 1901  7 Wall Street, Whitehouse, Whiteabbey, Barony Lower Befast, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Relation to Head of House: Head 
    Loftus Family 1901 census
    Loftus Family 1901 census
    Occupation 1911  Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wood Turner  
    Residence 1911  Main Street, Borrisokane, Shesheraghmore, Ormond Lower, North Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Relation to Head of House: Head 
    loftus family 1911 census borrisokane
    loftus family 1911 census borrisokane
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    Died 1 April 1933  Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • Senile Decay
    Buried Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID P4  Brennancass
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2016 

    Father Thomas Patrick Loftus,   b. 26 Dec 1820, Tynagh, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, Tynagh, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Reed,   b. 18th Feb 1829, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1866, Union Hospital, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1852-12-10  Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 11
    spouse-death 1866-07-16  Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The witnesses at Patrick and Mary's marriage were Michael Mara and Hannah McGrath 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Grady,   b. 23 March 1857, Tynagh, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 June 1940, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1877  Killeen, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    spouse-death 1933  Borrisokane, County Tipperary. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Jim and Mary were married in the Catholic Chapel of Killeen, in the registrars district of Portumna, in the County Galway by father John Darmody.The witnesses at their marriage were Michael Costello and Maria Rourke. Jim gave his occupation as carpenter. 
    Children 
     1. Patrick Loftus,   b. 7 Feb 1879, Ballyshrule, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1911, British Columbia, Canada. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  []
     2. Martin Loftus,   b. 12 Nov 1880, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sept 1924, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  []
     3. James Loftus,   b. 10 Nov 1882, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1959, 6 Errogie Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  []
     4. Private
     5. Thomas Loftus,   b. 22 Dec 1885, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  []
     6. Mary Bridget Loftus,   b. 10 Apr 1887, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     7. Kate Loftus,   b. 29 December 1888, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     8. Anne Loftus,   b. 21 May 1890, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1977, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  []
     9. William Loftus,   b. 23 July 1891, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
     10. Henry James Loftus,   b. 1 September 1892, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1963, New York, New York, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  []
     11. Joseph Loftus,   b. 4 May 1894, Galross, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1917, Killed in action, battlefield, Arras, France. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)  []
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos 8 photos

    Documents
    The_Ancient_Craft_of_Wood_Turning
    The_Ancient_Craft_of_Wood_Turning

    Histories
    Last of the pole lathe woodturners in Ireland
    Last of the pole lathe woodturners in Ireland

  • Notes 
    • James Loftus was a pole lathe wood turner and the son of a carpenter. His lathe provided him with a good lively hood and his business thrived for many years.
      He learned the craft of wood turning from his father. The trade was a difficult one to learn and very laborious. He made his own pole lathe, it was primitive, almost medieval in appearance. In fact pole lathes similar to his were in use as far back as the thirteenth century. The craft of wood turning was most probably developed in ancient Egypt. Wood turning in Ireland was practised as far back as prehistoric times.
      The variety of work that could be done on the pole lathe was immense and this was purely because of it's primitive and peculiar design. The complexity and intricacy of the work produced by James could not be achieved on a modern lathe. The tools he used were made in the local forge in Borrisokane and James himself tempered and ground them.
      James mainly manufactured dairy utensils, small churns and butter prints on which he hand carved his own designs. However he also made wooden pails, dishes, flower and shrub planters, centre pieces exquisitely carved for the ceilings of country houses and elegant furniture with turned leg
      One of his grand-daughters remembered a frieze he made for a shop in Borrisokane. It consisted of an Irish wolf hound lying in a field of shamrock. This beautiful piece was fashioned from native hardwood. Another grand-daughter, my aunt, has in her possession a beautifully carved flute also made by him on his lathe.
      His business thrived and his products were sold at home and abroad. His wares found ready markets all over the midlands, the south and west of Ireland. He sold his products at fairs throughout Tipperary. James moved with his family to White Abbey on the Antrim coast between Carrickfergus and Belfast some time after the birth of his youngest child Joseph. I do not know yet if he carried on with the business while there but during the Great War he did a great deal of trade with wholesalers in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. It was not unusual for him to send a selection of sixty or seventy dozen articles to any one of these firms at a time. There was a shortage of metal at the time because of the war effort.
      As with other wood turners James Loftus preferred to work with sycamore but sometimes used horse chestnut which gave a fresh clean finish. The supply of wood was used to the upmost efficiency.
      In the case of making dishes or bowls the sycamore tree was cut down by a felling axe, it was cut into lengths according to the diameter of the dish to be turned. If, for example, the diameter was 45cm, then the length of the tree cut would be 45cms and so on.
      These cut lengths would then be split in two and the heart removed and the outside of the dish would be roughly formed with a adze or a chipping axe. this rough shape would then be put on the lathe and turned. The back would be turned first and then the inside.
      Gradually and with great skill in using his tools, James would shape the inside of the dish leaving a core the shape of the dish but smaller in diameter, attached to the inside. The rough dish shape was taken from the lathe and the solid core removed by driving a wooden curved wedge between it and the dish with a wooden mallet. This core would be removed neatly and returned to the lathe where the same process would be repeated. From one block of wood James could make four or five dishes of decreasing sizes with very little wastage. James practised this ancient craft for more than sixty years, up until his death in 1933.
      In 1935 two years after his death representatives of the National Museum of Ireland visted his small factory in Borrisokane and with the consent of his family they took the lathe to the museum in Kildare St, Dublin. The family also donated his tools and a selection of small items manufactured on the lathe. The lathe and these items remain in the possession of the National Museum. A replica of the lathe is currently on display at the Museum of Country Life, Turough House, Castlebar, County Mayo.
      1901 CENSUS FOR EAST ANTRIM
      7 Wall Street, Belfast, Whitehouse, Whiteabbey, Barony Lower Befast, County Antrim.
      James LoftusHead of familyR&W45Wood TurnerMarriedGalway
      Mary LoftusWifeR&W41MarriedGalway
      Patrick LoftusSonR&W21Painter's helperNot Mar.Galway
      James LoftusSonR&W17Linen WeaverNot Mar.Tipperary
      John LoftusSonR&W16Linen WeaverNot Mar.Tipperary
      Thomas LoftusSonR&W15Linen WeaverNot Mar.Tipperary
      Mary Brigid LoftusDaughterR&W13Linen WeaverNot Mar.Tipperary
      Annie LoftusDaughterR&W10ScholarNot Mar.Tipperary
      William LoftusSonR&W 9ScholarNot Mar.Tipperary
      Henry LoftusSonR&W 8ScholarNot Mar. Tipperary
      Joseph LoftusSon Cannot read 6ScholarNot Mar.Tipperary
      Thomas LoftusBrotherR&W48Agricultural Lab.Not Mar.Tipperary
      1911 CENSUS FOR TIPPERARY
      Main Street, Borrisokane, Shesheraghmore, Ormond Lower, North Tipperary.
      James LoftusHead of familyR&W54Wood TurnerMarriedGalway
      Mary LoftusWifeR&W51MarriedGalway
      John LoftusSonR&W25LabourerNot Mar.Tipperary
      Thomas LoftusSonR&W24LabourerNot Mar.Tipperary
      William LoftusSonR&W19LabourerNot Mar.Tipperary
      Henry LoftusSonR&W18LabourerNot Mar.Tipperary
      Joseph LoftusSonR&W16Shop AssistantNot Mar.Tipperary
      Total number of children born alive: 11
      Children still living: 9
      Record of Baptism
      Child: James Loftus
      Date of Baptism: 23 March 1855
      Parish: Portumna
      Parents: Patrick Loftus and Mary Reade
      Sponsor 1: James Reade
      Sponsor 2: Mary Killeen
      Volume: 1
      Page: 224

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