Mary Garvey Ward Loftus









Around February 1859 in Roslahan, Belcarra, County Mayo, Ireland

To Bryan Ward, date unknown

To Patrick Loftus on February 20th, 1895

March 10th, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio

Calvary Cemetery

Written Records


Mary Garvey, daughter of John Garvey and Ellen Carney was baptized in St. Cronan’s Church in the diocese of Tuam in Ireland (area of Balla) on February 21, 1859.  Her godparents were Richard Garvey and Mary Higgins.


Marriage Records

Mary married Bryan Ward.  Bryan died of pneumonia at the age of 36 in 1894 and is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Mary remarried to Patrick Loftus on Feb. 20, 1895 at St. Colman Church with Patrick Garvey and Mary Lavelle as witnesses.


Census Records: 

1920:  Mary is married to Patrick Loftus and is 60 years old.  The records have her coming to the states in 1874 but this is highly unlikely.  Probably she entered the states about 1880 and became a naturalized citizen.  She has two children, John Charles (age 19) and Mary (age 21).   She is unable to read and write.


Death Records

Mary Garvey Loftus died March 10, 1936 and was buried from St. Colman Church.  Her husband, Pat Loftus predeceased her in 1929.  They lived at 6717 Bridge Avenue.


“LOFTUS: Mary (nee Garvey), beloved wife of the late Patrick, mother of John and Mary, grandmother of Joan, at her residence, 6717 Bridge Ave., Tuesday, March 10, 1936.  Funeral services Friday, March 13, from St. Colman’s Church at 9 a. m.  Member of C. L. of C. Council No. 12.”


The Person

Mary was born in Ireland and immigrated to the U.S. several years before the rest of the family (2 sisters, a brother, and her mother).  She was born in Roslahan, Belcarra (area 8 miles from Castlebar) and left Mayo about 1880.  When she first arrived in the states, it is said that she spent time in or around Meadville near Wilkes Barre with a cousin, a Dr. Higgins and his sister (both unmarried).  Eventually she went to Cleveland where she apparently had other relatives and was eventually joined by the rest of the family; her mother, brother, and two sisters.  She worked as a domestic for many years.

                She married Bryan Ward and lived on Merkel Street with Bryan (and apparently his mother, Honora or Hanna).  Bryan died March 5th, 1894.  The papers concerning Bryan's will, or lack of, make for interesting reading.  There seems to have been problems between Mary and her mother-in-law.

                Mary subsequently married Patrick Loftus.  They had two children and one grandchild, Joan. Joan Cecilian and her husband James V. lived for many years in California, then moved to Washington.

                John Loftus the son of Patrick and Mary did office work in a bank and became a teller for Union Bank of Commerce.  He married Mildred O'Donnell.  He died on May 16, 1972.  His sister, Mary, did office work (for a time in a paint factory) and eventually became a clerk for the city division of Light and Heat in Cleveland.  She lived on Bridge Avenue, which was probably the family home.  After selling the home she moved into the Franciscan Retirement Apartments on Rocky River Drive.

                 John Loftus, Pat McCafferty's cousin, was the witness at the McCafferty/Gill wedding.  Also John Loftus was the godparent for Patrick McCafferty, Jr., and Mary (Mamie Loftus) was the godparent for John McCafferty.



¨       Baptism Record

¨       Census Record 1920

¨       Obituary




Clockwise from L-R: Helen Gill, John Loftus, Margaret Gill, Packy McCafferty




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