James McLoughlin (1888-1966)

The following story is about James, the son of Thomas McLoughlin and Mary Ellen Devins who resided in Ballure, Calry, Co. Sligo. Thomas and Mary were married on the 25th February 1877 in the Roman Catholic Church in Sooey, not far from where the Devins family originated. Thomas and Mary had nine children (Patrick, Anne, Mary-Kate, John, James, Bridget, Thomas, Elizabeth and Ellen) all of whom were born and raised in Ballure, Calry.

If anyone wants to study how the McLoughlins (Ballure) and Hargadons (Ballinamona) ended up in United States of America, then James is the person to start with.

Firstly, the McLoughlin-Hargadon relationship. James’s younger sister Elizabeth married Patrick Hargadon from Ballinamona, Calry on the 23rd February 1924. Both Patrick and Elizabeth resided in Ballinamona where they had eight children (John, Mary, Anne, Patrick, Kathleen, Thomas, Elizabeth and Michael).

James McLoughlin was born on the 18th August 1888 and was the middle child of Thomas and Mary’s nine children. James appears to be the first member of the McLoughlin family to immigrate to the States during the Summer of 1910.

James married twice in the States, to Stella in 1915 and also to Mary. Unfortunately, James never had any children from either marriage, however his support for the McLoughlins and Hargadons cannot be underestimated.

Not long after James’s sister Mary-Kate gave birth to Nora McLoughlin in the Summer of 1911, James sponsored Mary-Kate to come to the States where she subsequently married Thomas Francis Kelly on the 11th September 1912. Thomas and Mary-Kate had seven children together (John, James Joseph, Mary-Catherine, Austin, Helen, Joseph and Margaret). Nora was raised by her grandparents Thomas and Mary back in Ballure, Calry.

The image is a portrait of James McLoughlin (standing), Mary-Kate McLoughlin and her husband Thomas Francis Kelly.

James sponsored his nephew Patrick McLoughlin to come to the States in 1925. Patrick was the second child of his older brother Patrick. The US Census of 1930 has James, his wife Stella and Patrick residing in Verona, Essex, New Jersey at that time.

In the 1950’s James sponsored my uncle Michael Hargadon to come to the States. Michael was the youngest son of my grandmother Elizabeth McLoughlin. Once Michael established himself in New Jersey, Michael sponsored his older brother John and family to come to the States in the 1960s whom at that time were residing in the United Kingdom.

The image above is a picture of a note written by Michael Hargadon which he gave to my mother Elizabeth regarding James’s sponsorship of Patrick and Michael.

Contributor: Conor Twomey (grandson of Patrick Hargadon and Elizabeth McLoughlin)

Irish Civil Birth, Marriage and Death Records
1930 US Census
US Social Security Death Index
Elizabeth Twomey (granddaughter of Thomas McLoughlin and Mary Ellen Devins) Sheila Guth (granddaughter of Mary-Kate McLoughlin)
Linda Boyle (granddaughter-in-law of Mary-Kate McLoughlin)