|IN SEARCH OF MY ROOTS GREAT-GRANDFATHER PATARICK LOFTUS,|
GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER JOHN LOFTUS, ETAL.
Hello: My name is Michael A. Nichols, and I am conducting research into my family roots in St. Louis, Ireland, Minnesota, S. Dakota and Iowa.
PATRICK F. LOFTUS
Born: November 15, 1863
County Mayo, Ireland
Naturalized a United States Citizen on October 25, 1887
Died: Saturday, November 20, 1915
On Daughter's Farm Between
Geddes & Lake Andes South Dakota
Buried: November 25, 1915
Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri
My Great-Great-Grandparent John Loftus, born Ireland, date unknown, whose wife's first and maiden names are presently not known, had at least two children in Ireland. The exact number of children born is unknown. The names of the two known children were Patrick Loftus and Delia Loftus. John Loftus had a brother Michael Loftus who married a Mary Hyland in Ireland and later moved to St. Louis, MO.
Patrick and Delia had a first cousin, whose name was Ann Loftus. Anna Loftus' first marriage was to a Peter F. Finnegan, and her second marriage was to a August Siebuhr.
Anna Loftus Finnegan Siebuhr, had a sister, who was also a first cousin of Patrick and Delia Loftus and she is identified as Catherine Kate Loftus. Catherine Kate Loftus married a Thomas "Tom" F. Connors, and they had 7 children identified John Connors, Joseph Connors and Margaret, Mary "Mamie", Winifred "Viola", Anna "Blanche", Loretta and Ester Catherine "Grace" Connors., Margaret Connors would later marry a Conrath.
Anna Loftus Finnegan Siebuhr & Catherine Kate Loftus Connors' parents were Michael Loftus and Mary Hyland.
I have no birth place information on Delia Loftus, born 12/25/1863?. PATRICK LOFTUS, my Great-Grandfather was BORN in Parish Kilmaine (Kilmainmore), Neale Post Office, Village of Blessingtown, County Mayo Ireland.
Blessingtown appeared to be a small village or hamlet of approximately 30 structures. It was located on the north edge of Turloughaclava and is very close to the town or city of Ballinrobe, just to the southeast. The area is identified as being the Plains of Ellestrin.
During the years 1879-82, when Patrick Loftus was approximately seventeen (17) years of age, my Great-Great-Grandfather John Loftus brought the family to America. They arrived in New York City, as the story was told and when he looked at New York, it appeared to him that America was a dirty country and so he packed up the family and returned to Ireland, with the exception of his son Patrick and daughter Delia who stayed in New York with their cousins names unknown. Patrick would then travel with an unknown cousin to St. Louis, Missouri where they lived with relatives. Delia would marry a Thomas C. Collins and have at least five children Harry, Henry, Edward V., Thomas J. and & Jeanette. Jeanette would marry a William Schilling.
I am also researching the following surnames: Collins, Connors, Conrath, Siebuhr, Dougherty, Finnegan, Carl, Schnatzmeyer, Walsh, Lernart, Feehley, Welch, Ball, Cocoran, Forschler, Brown, Hynes, Gavin, Mullen, Kearney, McCluskey, Kinyon, Hartog, Truesdale, Doerrer, Lehman, Schultz, Nichols, Sinkey, Tevlin, Zeller, and Hoelker.
Michael A. Nichols, St. Louis, Missouri,