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My Great-great grandfather, Patrick Loftus, was born in Kilchreest, Co. Galway, Ireland, circa 1814.  He left for the United States in 1851 arriving first in New York and later at Boston, MA.  His siblings included brothers Darby and Dennis.

At Danvers, MA, he married Jane Acton in 1855.  They were married in the Catholic Church.

I have a copy of his US Naturalization papers which indicates that he was a shoemaker and about 42 years of age when he obtained citizenship in Boston on October 7, 1856. 

Patrick owned a farm and died on December 4, 1893 and is buried in Danvers at Annunciation Cemetery.   

I am planning a visit to Ireland in October of 2024 and hope to see the area where my ancestor lived.


Saturday 3rd Feb 2024, 08:20PM

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  • Mary,

    What were the names of Patrick' s parents.

    Subscription Site has a record of a Patrick Loftus born February 28th 1821 and baptised in the parish of Leitrim - Diocese of Clonfert - on March 3rd 1821. His parents: Edmund Loftus and Bridget Carr. Leitrim is in the Poor Law Union of Loughrea.

    The name "Darby" is another name for "Dermot"







    Sunday 4th Feb 2024, 09:34AM
  • Mary,

    This might be a coincidence. On Ancestry, I found  a Dennis Loftus born in Galway,  living in Danvers, died 1885, age 76. He was a shoemaker as were his two sons. His death record identifies his parents as Dennis Loftus and Bridget.

    NameDennis Loftus



    Birth Dateabt 1809

    Birth PlaceIreland

    Death Date29 Dec 1885

    Death PlaceDanvers, Massachusetts, USA

    FatherDennis Loftus

    MotherBridget Loftus


    Regards- Mary


    Sunday 4th Feb 2024, 01:25PM
  • Mary,

    Dennis was married in the civil parish Killeenadeema, Galway, Ireland. Adjoining parishes are Ardrahan, Ballynakill (Leitrim barony), Feakle (Clare), Kilchreest, Kilconickny, Killinan, Kilteskill, Kilthomas and Loughrea.

    Irish Catholic Parish record found on Ancestry

    NameDennis Loftus


    Event TypeMarriage

    Marriage Date27 1843

    Marriage PlaceKilleenadeema, Ireland, Ireland

    Parish VariantsAille, Killeenadeema and Kilteskill, Kilnadeema, Kilteskil, Kilteskill


    SpouseBridget Derrivan


    In 1826 there is a Denis Loftus listed in the Tithe Applotment record for Kilteskill, Galway, Ireland

    Regards- Mary



    Sunday 4th Feb 2024, 02:02PM
  • Mary,

    Family Search (Free) has a marriage record for Patrick for a different year. Their first child was Caroline Elizabeth 1852.

    Vital • Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records,

    NamePatrick Loftus


    Spouse's NameJane McActon

    Spouse's SexFemale

    Event TypeMarriage

    Event Date24 Mar 1850

    Event PlaceDanvers, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

    Event Place (Original)Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts


    I also found this record. Salem was noted on the first record.

    NamePatrick Loftus



    Marital StatusMarried

    Spouse's NameJane Acton

    Spouse's SexFemale

    Spouse's BirthplaceIreland

    Event TypeMarriage

    Event Date03 Mar 1851

    Event PlaceSalem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

    Event Place (Original)Salem, Essex, Massachusetts


    Regards- Mary


    Sunday 4th Feb 2024, 03:37PM
  • Mary,

    If you are coming to Ireland you should fill out the Meet and Greet form ( and we will do our best to arrange for somebody to meet you.

    Best wishes, Kieran

    Kieran Jordan, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 6th Feb 2024, 10:56AM

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