b. 1840 in County Mayo
I am Thomas Joseph Loftus (Tom). My ggf was Michael Loftus b. 1840 in County Mayo, m. Bridget Hughes 1867 in Castlebar, Mayo; first child Mary Ellen was born March 1868 in Castlebar. Her birth certificate states her father had already left for US, New York.
Michael had served 1858-1862 enlistment Royal Engineers, 10th Company in China. He was tax collector for British Government in Shanghai 1862-c.1865, then returned home. He emigrated c. 1868, his wife and child followed (possibly) with his brother Thomas 1868-1870.
Thomas married Catherine Golden in New York and their son Thomas Joseph Loftus was born in New York. Michael, Bridget show up in East St. Louis, IL. in 1880 census. My grandfather Thomas Joseph Loftus was born in 1874 in East St. Louis.
I am named after him. This Loftus Family (Michael and Thomas branches) ended up in or near St. Louis, and the brothers are buried in Calvary Cemetery there.
I have been told by South Mayo Family Centre that the brothers are sons of Anthony Loftus and Maria McNamara.
I am interested in establishing /verifying this link to County Mayo. My ggf thought enough of his ancestry to have his t/s inscription state “Born in County Mayo.”
I am interested in making Loftus/Hughes connections. Michael and Bridget were both born c. 1840.