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Michelle Rainville MA
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The Losty Family
History Illustrated Narrative
IRELAND to AMERICA
John Losty & Julia Byrne
John Losty, son of Matthew J. Losty
& Mary Jane Losty of Kildare County Ireland, was, most likely,
born prior to 1825. His mother Mary was 45 years old when she
gave birth to John's brother, Patrick, in 1825. John's mother and
brother, Patrick, left Ireland and arrived in the United States
in 1843. You can read
about John's mother and brother here.
John's bride to be, Miss Julia Byrne, was about 14 years old
in 1843 so we do not believe John was married when his mother &
brother left Ireland. However, by 1853 John and Julia were
married and were welcoming the birth of their daughter Mary J.
JOHN AND JULIA'S
MARY J. LOSTY - JUNE 1853
In 1853, John and Julia Losty were living
in a area of county Kildare known as 'Green' which was in the Parish
of Naas. In June of that year John
and Julia welcomed the birth of their
daughter Mary J. Losty and baptized her on June 26, 1853 - sponsored
by Maria Keegan and Pat Corcoran as
noted in the record of her Baptism at the Naas Roman Catholic
Two years later, on April 15th
1855, John and Julia Losty celebrated the birth of their
son Matthew J. Losty, named after his grandfather. Birth
Matthew was quite successful and
produced 7 of John and Julia's grandchildren as you will later
learn in our story.
In 1859, Julia blessed
John with another son, PAT LOSTY
and no sooner than giving birth to Pat, Julia was again with child,
giving birth the following year to their daughter BRIDGET LOSTY
born March 31, 1860. The only references we have regarding Pat's existence is detailed
further down on this page.
According to Bridget's baptismal record,
her mother, Julia, was living in Halverstown,
which is located within the county of Kildare and the Parish of
the Caragh Roman Catholic Church. Her Grandmother Mary Jane
Losty was a native of Halverstown within the Parish of Caragh as noted
on the Losty headstone in St. Josephs Cemetery, in Pittsfield, MA. Bridget's baptismal
sponsors were John and Cathy Curley.
Error: If you are wondering why Bridget's Baptismal record
states her being Baptized in January of 1860, three months before
she was actually born, you are not alone. We have no explanation for this
error other than the possibility the record keeper -- upon entering
Bridget's baptism date -- inadvertently wrote 1860 instead of
1861. It being only 4 days into the new year when her Baptism
took place it is very likely the record keeper made this error. All other records of Bridget's date of birth indicate she
was born March 31, 1860.
unknown if John was still alive when Bridget was born. He passed
away sometime after the conception of his daughter Bridget and April
of 1863, when his wife Julia left Ireland with their children.
It is noted on the Passenger Manifest Julia was widowed.
No Choice but to
move on . . . . .
widowed with 4 children to raise it was up to Julia to provide for her
children. The promise of a better life in America circulating
throughout Ireland during that time must have convinced Julia to risk
the journey with the hope of improving life for herself and her
children. Julia left her home of 34 years in County Kildare,
Ireland with her 4 children and headed to Liverpool, England.
During that time thousands of immigrants were fleeing to
America. Our research tells us, it was quite typical for
immigrants to put up deposits for tickets abroad and then find work to
earn the rest of the money needed for the trip; and it appears that is
just what Julia did in June of 1862.
tickets, the ticket recipients are asked:
Who, what, and where are the ticket
holders going once they arrive in America. Julia provided the
information requested of her which was the following:
holder information - Early June 1862:
Losty, widowed age 34 destination Massachusetts USA.
Traveling with her 4 children: Mary Losty age 8, Matthew
Losty age 6, Pat Losty age 3 and Bridget Losty age 1.
When tickets are placed on
deposit or otherwise bought outright, their names are added to the
Passenger Manifest. When Julia placed her deposit down for their
ages were recorded on the Passenger Manifest as given above. However, by the time they boarded the
ship "Cultivator" Julia's daughters, Bridget and Mary, had turned 2 and 9.
mentioned above, thousands of immigrants were fleeing their countries.
Having to wait in line for everything including food was the typical
scenario for many immigrants. Julia and her children remained
in Liverpool for ten months before departing for America.
In the spring of 1863 on or about April
1st, Julia and her children boarded the rigged ship "Cultivator"
which was bound for The Port of New York. The family destination
was Massachusetts, USA.
Bittersweet Journey . . . .
must have been quite difficult for Julia to bury her husband,
console her 4 young children and then leave the only place she knew
to be home with only her hopes and dreams of a better life.
There were no assurances of a better life, or even that they'd make it
to America. Many ships encountered disastrous fates crossing the
great Atlantic. Some caught fire, others were stricken with disease and
food was always in short supply in every case. Many passengers
fact, during The Great Irish Famine of 1846 to 1852 as many as two
million Irish fled their homeland and another million are believed to
have died trying. On
the other hand, there must have been a lot of chatter aboard the ship of
new beginnings in America and tales told of relatives who had already
succeeded. So it was for the most part a bittersweet
While aboard the
Cultivator, Julia and her children were assigned to the
lower deck starboard side of the ship and it is there they celebrated
Matthew's seventh birthday. Birth
Error: When Matthew applied for his U.S. Naturalization he was
asked when he arrived in the United States. He gave the date
of June 1862. He is also asked his age when he arrived given
as age 7. He got
the age right but his date of arrival was incorrect. We
theorize the family left
Ireland in June of 1862 for Liverpool, England and from there
traveled to New York arriving in May of 1863. Cultivator
passengers of the "Culitivator" were aboard ship for 39 days
when they arrived in the Port of New York on May 8, 1863 as noted in the New York Times arrival
The "Cultivator" encountered vast quantities of field ice and a great number
of large ice bergs, but made no stops between Liverpool and
England. There were 6 deaths and 1 birth during their voyage.
the "Cultivator" Passenger Manifest states their arrival date as May 9th, the day after
the New York Times reported its arrival on May 8, 1863.
to the reader the Cultivator arrived during the night and the
passengers did not disembark from the ship until the next morning on
May 9th, 1863 when the Captain signed and dated the Passenger Manifest.
York to Massachusetts
years earlier, in 1860, John's brother Patrick Losty was living in
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and it was Massachusetts that was
listed on the Manifest to be Julia Losty and her children's
destination. It is not known to be
certain, but it was most likely, Patrick Losty who greeted Julia and her children in
New York in 1863 and took them to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
where they remained until 1866. It was during this time that
John & Julia's youngest daughter, Bridget Losty became accquainted
with her Uncle Patrick Losty and revered him as a father figure.
photo above is a colorized version of Patrick Losty's image sketched
in the Chatham County Newspaper upon his death. The original
image and article can be viewed
to Bridget Losty's U.S. Naturalization papers she had resided in
Hampden County, Massachusetts since 1866 and we believe it was that
year her mother Julia left West Stockbridge and moved to Russell,
Massachusetts. However, John & Julia's son Pat Losty remained in
West Stockbridge with his Uncle Patrick.
1870, Pat (listed as Patty) was 13 years old and working as a domestic
servant in the home of Mr. Flich, a 54 year old man who worked as a Rail
Road Conductor. 1870 West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
US Census line 24. On the same census page appears 4 of Patrick Losty's children Line
1, 2, 3, 4. and on the previous page of the US Census are
the rest of Patrick's children, including himself and his
wife. Reference 1870 West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
US Census line 36, 37, 38, 39, 40. Patrick Losty was employed with the railroad
and living only a few houses down
from where little Pat Losty was living and working.
It is our belief
that Julia left her youngest son Pat Losty under the watchful eye of
his Uncle Patrick while she took her other three children with her to Russell,
Massachusetts to seek employment.
Note: On the census of 1870
Line 24 for Patty Losty you will notice the enumerator scratched off the
original entry made regarding Pat Losty's gender. The enumerator
originally wrote male, then later scratched that off and entered
Female. It is possible the enumerator made this error based
upon Pat's name being given as Patty, which to most refers to a female,
but to the Irish, Patty is spelled Paddy and refers to a male person.
In 1870 Julia Losty and two of her
four children Mary and Matthew appeared in the Russell,
Massachusetts - Hampden County 1870
U.S. census Line 19, 20 &
21. Julia age 40 and Mary age 17 were
working in a paper mill. Julia's son Matthew now age 15 was a farm
During our research we learned in Russell,
Massachusetts, there were two employment
opportunities available in 1870; working in the paper mills or working
on the farms. Almost every person listed in
the Russell, Massachusetts 1870 US Census, was working in one of
those two positions. Children were often found
working as domestic servants during the summer months to help support
their families. (at least this was the case with Julia's children).
In addition to Julia's son Pat working as a domestic servant, her
daughter, Bridget Losty, was also working
as domestic servant during that year in the home of Daniel
McBride in Russell, Massachusetts. She was nine years old Page
12 Line 37.
Sometime after the
1870 U.S. Census was taken and before or during 1873 Julia
Losty moved to Holyoke,
Massachusetts and is listed in the 1873,
Holyoke City Directory.
It is unknown how many of her children were actually with her in
Holyoke. The city directories only list the Head of Household.
In 1877, Julia's son
Matthew was 20 years old and on May 2nd, of that year, he married Miss.
Catherine T. Burns of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Between 1876 and 1879
there are no City Directories or US census taken that would tell us
if Julia (Byrne) Losty, remained in Holyoke, but it is our best guess that she did
until April of 1880.
On the 5th day of April 1880, Julia's oldest
daughter, Mary J. Losty, passed away at the age of 27 and her death
record indicates she was laid to rest in Pittsfield
Massachusetts. The same town where her Grandmother Mary Jane Losty was
laid to rest.
Returns to Ireland
have yet to prove the following theory however, we have strong
suspicions Julia Losty and her son Pat Losty returned to Ireland after
the death of Mary. We cannot locate a death record for Julia
(Byrne) Losty or her son Pat Losty, nor do they appear in any of the
U.S. Census's from 1880 onward. Based upon the absence of these
records, we believe upon the death of Mary J. Losty, Julia was devastated and
overwhelmed with grief. Her hope for a better life in America
was not living up to its reputation for Julia. Things were
going terribly wrong. She had lost her husband in Ireland, sailed across
the Atlantic for with her 4
young children, struggled to survive the seventeen years
she was in the United States (so much so her babies were having to work
at the ages
of 9 and 13) and then her eldest daughter dies at age 27.
This must have been more than Julia could bare. The
straw that broke the camels back so to speak.
Julia took her daughter
Mary to Pittsfield to be buried upon the instructions of Patrick
Losty, the only male adult figure in their
lives, and picked up her son Pat Losty who
had been under the watchful eye of Patrick in West Stockbridge (only
15 miles from Pittsfield) and set sailed for Ireland.
In June of 1880 , two months after Julia buried Mary, the US Census in Holyoke, Massachusetts was taken.
Neither Julia or Pat were listed. This confirms our believe that Julia left for
Ireland just after Mary died in April of 1880.
Although life in the
United States did not result in great success for Julia, her efforts
were not in vain. As a result of Julia's decision to come to
America, she laid the foundation for her children and grandchildren
and their children's children to live and prosper in the Great
Nation we live in today. Julia's son Matthew who remained in
the United States was very successful and all of the families who
are descended from him owe a huge debt of gratitude to Julia for
sacrificing so much for the rest of us.