Co. Clare Ireland, Australia, Rhode Island and
New York City
John Lahiff born Ireland 1845 and
Elizabeth (Eliza, Elisa) Fitzgerald
La Hiff contributers to this page:
- Vin La Hiff, October 2010
- Jan Brown, April 2010
- Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008
- Dennis LaHiff, Aug 2006
- Bob Bolderson, 2005
- Maria Lahiff Pedulla, from 2004
- Jan Brown
Birth of John Lahiff: 15 June 1845 Co. Clare Ireland (Jan Brown)
Marriage of John Lahiff and Elizabeth Fitzgerald: Elizabeth Fitzgerald*
*"I do have a copy of my grandfather's birth certificate discovered by my
sister ANN when she married Patrick Boland in Ireland. She needed this
info to become an Irish citizen. His parents were, John LaHiff and
Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008
Migration and Immigration:
According to research done by Jan Brown
the Lahiffs were in Australia between 1865 and 1870. At least two of their children,
Bridget (1865) and Elizabeth Catherine
(1867), were born in Australia according to US census and other records.
They returned to Ireland as their son, Thomas,
claimed to have been born there in
Rhode Island Deaths lists Patrick Lahiff son of John Lahiff Eliza Lahiff died
4 Aug 1872 17 mos (died of Meningitis per Jan Brown - June 2019)
According to the obituary of their daughter, Mary Ellen (1873),
she was born in Providence
(1873 per Jan Brown). Rhode Island Births on Ancestry.com lists:
Mary E Lahiff of
and Eliza Lahiff
8 Jun 1873. Not other children of John and Eliza were listed.
The obituary says:
She was born in Providence, the daughter of John and
Elisa Fitzgerald Lahiff, and was reared in County Clare, Ireland.
She returned to this county at the age of 16.
If this is true it means she returned circa 1889.
According to the censuses, their child, William (1883), was born in Rhode Island circa 1882.
However, his obituary said he was born in Ireland and came to the USA at age 2.
"Soon after Mary Ellen was born and Patrick, their son, died and was buried in Providence, RI John and Elizabeth took their family back to Ireland. They returned in 1893 with mostly the younger children. The older children in Ireland as they reached the age of 18 immigrated to the USA on their own. Bridget the oldest child settled in Newport, RI and the others followed.
Immigration to Australia:
Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 about John Lahiff
Name: John Lahiff
Estimated birth year: abt 1843
Arrival Date: 18 Mar 1865
Arrival Port: Melbourne, Australia
Departure Port: Liverpool
Vin La Hiff, October 2010
Children of John LaHiff and Elizabeth (Elisa) Fitzgerald:
- Bridget (1865-1956)
Birth of Bridget Lahiff: Australia, 1865 (Jan Brown)
Marriage: Never married
1930 Census: 16 Carroll Ave, Newport Rhode Island, Bridget Lahiff,
Own $5,000, age 60 born Australia, immigrated 1894.
Association with other Lahiffs: Listed in William F (Billy) LaHiff's obit in 1934.
Death of Bridget Lahiff: Newport, R. I. 1956 (Jan Brown)
Miss Bridget Lahiff Native of Australia
Mary T Collins, Helen M Collins and Elizabeth Collins shared equally in the will of
their aunt Bridget Lahiff whose estate was valued at $5,200. (Newport Daily News, January 23, 1956)
Miss Bridget Lahiff, 91 of 392 Thames St, formerly of Carroll Ave.
died yesterday in a nursing home.
She was born March 17, 1864 in Melbourne, Australia, daughter of John and Elisa
Fitzpatrick (sic) Lahiff. she was a member of the Rosary and Scapular Society of St
sister, Mrs. James Collins, of this city and a brother, Peter Lahiff of Union City, New Jersey,
The funeral will be held from the O'Neill
Funeral Home Monday with a mass of requiem at 9 o'clock
in St Augustin's Church Burial will be in St Columba's Cemetery.
LAHIFF - In this city January 20, 1956, Bridget Lahiff, daughter of the late
John and Elisa Fitzpatrick (sic) Lahiff, formerly of Carroll Ave........
Newport Daily News, January 21, 1956
Catherine Elizabeth Lahiff (1867-1943) and Henry Stone
Birth: Australia circa 1867
In April 2010 Janice Evelyn Brown wrote:
"My great-grandmother (maternal) was Catherine Elizabeth Lahiff.
She was the daughter (2nd child?) of John and Elizabeth Lahiff from Ireland.
Birth of Catherine Elizabeth Lahiff : 1866 Australia (Jan Brown)
She was born in Australia, perhaps on board ship in Australian waters.
She married Henry Stone and they had three children:
Cecil McClintock Stone (my grandfather) He disappeared in 1928 during the
Great Depression and Prohibition. No one has ever figured out what happened to him.
Charlotte Agnes Stone who married Jackson Taylor who had 2 children from a
previous marriage. They owned a liquor/grocery store in Hempstead
and they may have moved to Florida.
Cyril Granville Stone who was married twice.
First to Irene (she was age 16) and then to Dollie.
He died in Santa Barbara, CA. in 1964. He died of a sudden heart attack.
Cecil married Elizabeth Redpath Brown both were from Jersey City,New Jersey
and later moved to Hempstead, NY (Rhodes Avenue)
They had seven children. My mother Evelyn Stone Farrington is
their youngest child. She now lives with me and is 83 years old.
She and her brother Wilbur Kenneth (Kenny) are the sole remaining
children the others have all passed on.
They lived close by to Henry and Catherine Elizabeth Lahiff
Stone who lived in Richmond Hills.
I have visited the grave of Henry and Catherine at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Mispeth NY.
They are buried in the same plot along with Henry's father John Stone.
Henry died in 1930 of kidney stones. Catherine lived until 1943 when she
died of a stroke.
After Cecil's disappearance the oldest of the seven children Harold
went into the aero industry and moved the family to San Diego CA.
Marriage of Catherine Elizabeth Lahiff to Henry Stone: 12 July 1888, Henry Stone
1920 Census: Brooklyn, 76th Street, Stone, Henry, age 53, immigrated 1886,
born England, manager cutlery,
Catherine E, age 53, born Australia, immigrated 1886, both naturalized in 1892,
Charlotte A, age 25,
Cycil -, age 15, both children born New Jersey.
- Cecil McClintock Stone
Marriage: Elizabeth Redpath Brown
"My grandfather Cecil Stone her eldest son disappeared in 1928 and no
one knows what happened to him. They lived in Hempstead, NY at the
time of his disappearance. I have put up a lot of info about it on
My grandmother eventually moved ten years later to San Diego CA
because her eldest son Harold was working in aerospace right before
the war. We lost touch with the LaHiff side at that time."
Jan Brown May 2010
- Charlotte Agnes Stone
Marriage: Jackson Taylor
- Cyril Granville Stone
Marriage: Irene and Dolly
They were listed in Hempstead in the 1930 census where Catherine's parents
were listed as from the Irish Free state and her immigration was given as 1870.
Association with other Lahiffs:
Death: Her death certificate listed her parents as John Lahiff and Elizabeth
Fitzgerald. Date of death 15 April 1946, widowed, born Australia, died Marlborough, Ulster, NY (Jan Brown)
Thomas Lahiff (1868-1943) and Annie Barrett
Birth of Thomas Lahiff: November 27, 1868, Ireland
Immigration: Circa 1890. Not listed Castle Gardens.
Naturalization: Supreme Court New York Feb 21 1912 per passenger list, August 1932.
Pass port #529288
Property purchase Newport, Rhode Island:
Mary E and Annie M Sheekey have sold to Thomas and Annie Lahiff a lot of land on Potter Street containing 1930 (?) square feet
April 17, 1897 Newport
Marriage: Annie Barrett, date and place unknown before 1897.
- Martin (1897-1975)
Birth of Martin Lahiff:
Martin J, born Rhode Island circa 1897 (per census), May 5, 1896 per DR.
WWII Draft: Martin Joseph Lahiff 3625 Waldo Ave NYC Bronx, age 46, born Newport, Rhode Island,
telephone Ki 6- 2636, date of birth, 5, 5, 1896, name of person who will always know your address,
John Lahiff, same address, unemployed
Marriage: None listed in NYC Grooms Index
1930 Census: With his parents.
Entrance into US 1941: from Hamilton, Bermuda, December 8, 1941 arriving port of New York on the
Evangeline, Lahiff, "Jr", Martin, age 45, born 5 May 1896, Newport,
R I, address, 3625 Waldo Ave, New York
SSDI Martin Lahiff 5 May 1896 died Scarsdale,
Westchester, New York September 1975
The New York Times, September 1975
Lahiff - , Martin, J of Riverside, NY September 19, 1975, Son of the late
Thomas and Anne Lahiff. Beloved brother of Elizabeth Wares and
Teresa Robertson and John Lahiff and the late Nancy Carroll, Elsie Schmitt, Sarah and Thomas Lahiff,
uncle of Marie Lahiff Pedulla. Friends may call at the residence of
Dr. and Mrs.
Joseph Pedula, 63 Brendon Hill Rd. Scarsdale, N. Y. (Beech Hills Area of Yonkers) All day Sunday. Mass of
Christian Burial at St. Gabriel's Church, Riverside, NYC Monday 10:00 A.M.
- Elizabeth LaHiff (1898- ) and Kenneth Wares
Birth of Elizabeth Lahiff:
Elizabeth born Rhode Island circa 1898
Marriage: Kenneth Wares (per father and brother's obituaries and Maria Lahiff
Not listed under groom or bride's index for NYC
Kenneth, per Dennis Lahiff, 2009 and Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010
Circa 1925 per 1930 census
- Ann, per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010
Circa 1930 per 1930 census
- David, per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010
1930 Census: East 184th Street, Bronx, "Ware", Kenneth, head, rent $49, plasterer building
Elizabeth, wife, age 45,
Ann daughter age 8 months,
Kenneth Jr son age 5, all born New York.
Several family members say that Elizabeth LaHiff and Kenneth Wares lived
in Patterson in
the 1950s. Vin says that Elizabeth died in a nursing home in
West Milfred in 1993.
- Sarah ✟ (1899-1913)
Birth: Circa 1900 New Jersey
Death: 1913 per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, April 2010
Lahiff, Sarah A, 14 y, Nov 21, 1913, 33377, Manhattan L100
Per Marie Lahiff Pedulla April, 2010
Died as an infant? No death listed under Paul in NYC Archives.
Note: Per 1900 census Annie was the mother of 4 children 3 of whom were still living.
- Theresa LaHiff (c 1901-1985) and Franklin Robertson
Birth of Theresa Lahiff:
Theresa born circa 1901 NY
October 23, 1900 per SSDI
Stage and Screen:
Went under the name "Terry Carroll" at the time of the marriage of her sister Elsie in 1931.
She acted under the name "Terry Carroll". She appeared in City Streets (1931)
[woman's prison inmate uncredited per www.imdb.com - [Esther March, per www.cinematexasnotes.com]
Personal Maid (1931) as Anna Ryan [her sister Nancy was the star of this film].
(info from www.imdb.com)
Marriage: Franklin Heddon Robertson (Mrs. Robertson per father's obituary,
Franklin per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010, ancestry.com records)
Franklin Heddon Robertson: Born August 15, 1900 (WWIDR), died August 1968
Flushing, Queens, SSDI, In 1920 census in Queens with parents.
More of Franklin Robertson: "Aunt Theresa and Uncle Franklin lived
in the Beechhurst section of Flushing. So did the Boggs family.
Franklin owned a liquor store in Beechhurst." (Maria Lahiff Pedulla, April 2010)
- Dolores (Sookie) married who Cicel Boggs and had 4 daughters, Valerie, Cynthia and ? &? (per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010
1930 Census: Flushing, Queens, Robertson,
Franklin, age 28, married at 28, manager theatrical,
Teresa J age 24, none
Dolores J, age 2 and 9 months, all born New York
Terry Carroll on Broadway:
Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book [Original, Musical, Revue, Vaudeville]
Performer: Terry Carroll [Herself in "Moving Pictures"]
Aug 1, 1932 - Aug 8, 1932
Hired Husband [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Terry Carroll [Nina Travis]
Jun 3, 1932 - Jun 1932
The Wiser They Are [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Terry Carroll [Marion Wheeler]
Apr 6, 1931 - May 1931
America's Sweetheart [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Terry Carroll [A Stenographer]
Feb 10, 1931 - Jun 6, 1931
Song of the Flame [Original, Musical, Opera, Romance]
Performer: Terry Carroll [American Ballet]
Dec 30, 1925 - Jul 10, 1926
Big Boy [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Terry Carroll [Show Girls]
Jan 7, 1925 - Mar 14, 1925
[Internet Broadway Database]
Death of Franklyn Robertson: Franklyn Robertson
15 Aug 1900
Aug 1968 - Flushing, Queens, New York, United States of America
New York (SSDI)
Death of Theresa Robertson: Theresa Robertson
29 Oct 1900
Jun 1985 - Flushing, Queens, New York, United States of America
New York (SSDI)
- Thomas Francis LaHiff (1902) and Sara Ellen Meagher
Birth: 1902, New York
Marriage: Sarah E. Meagher, Jul 10 1926 Manhattan #20604
- Paul 1927
- Sally 1929
- Dennis, 1943
1930 Census: Fair Lawn, New Jersey,
Thomas Lahiff, head own $8,500, age 27, born New York, cashier brokerage,
Sarah wife, age 26, born England,
Paul, son age 3 yr. 2 mo. born New York,
Sally A, daughter age 4 mo. born New York.
Email from Dennis LaHiff, Aug 2006
My father was Thomas Francis Lahiff, brother of John, Nancy, Martin, Elizabeth, Theresa, etc.
Unfortunately, my recollection of the Lahiff family on Waldo Avenue are slim.
I was too young as a child to remember either of my grandparents, but I do remember being at the house on Waldo Avenue as a young child.
I am the youngest (by far) of the three Lahiff children born to Thomas Francis
(RIP 10/25/56) and Saraellen Meagher (RIP 5/25/86). My father ran the Dutch House
in Fair Lawn NJ up until his death. I was born on March 18, 1943. My brother Paul Thomas
Lahiff is living in West Creek, NJ. He was born Feb. 18, 1927. My sister,
Sallyann Lahiff Krauss,
was born Nov. 10, 1929 and is living in Beach Haven, NJ. I have three sons, Brendan (8/24/72)
Martin (8/29/75) and Conor (4/8/78) and two grandchildren,
Ayla Lahiff (6) and Aedan Lahiff (2).
- Ann Lahiff (Nancy Carroll) (1903-1965)
Birth: November 19, 1903, father, Thomas Lahiff, coalman, mother,
Ann Barrett, address 163 Amsterdam Avenue. Nancy was the 6th of 6 children
(NYC 1903 cert. #50328). Note: She may have actually been the 7th. There was the unknown child who died
as indicated by the 1900 census.
Ann Lahiff became the movie star, Nancy Carroll.
Marriage: Jack Kirkland (1925-1930 divorced)
Marriage: Francis Bolton Mallory (1931-1935 divorced)
- Patricia Kirkland - actress - born 18 July 1925 NYC died 14 August 2000
married Donald Bevan
In April 2010 Maria Lahiff Pedulla wrote:
"Nancy and Elsie are buried in Calvary Cemetery. Her dates are on her Tombstone
as are Elsie's. They are both buried with my two sisters who died in infancy of prematurity.
Agnes (Feb '45) and Margaret (Oct '46). Four other's are there. My dad's mom (Anna)
and father (Thomas) as well as his other (oldest) sister Sarah and his brother Martin
whose written records agree with the cemetery records. He was a bachelor and
For Heaven's Sake, Mother! [Original, Play, Comedy]
Performer: Nancy Carroll [Lucinda Lawrence]
Nov 16, 1948 - Nov 20, 1948
An Undesirable Lady [Original, Play]
Performer: Nancy Carroll [Sally Marsh]
Oct 9, 1933 - Oct 1933
Mayflowers [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Nancy Carroll [Jane]
Nov 24, 1925 - Jan 30, 1926
Big Boy [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Nancy Carroll [Show Girls]
Jan 7, 1925 - Mar 14, 1925
The Passing Show of 1923 [Original, Musical, Revue]
Performer: Nancy Carroll
Jun 14, 1923 - Sep 15, 1923
[Internet Broadway Database]
Movies: See below
- John Marcus Lahiff (1905-1977) and Agnes Walsh
Birth: 28 September 1905 per SSDI, New York City
Marriage: Agnes Walsh July 4, 1931 Manhattan #14838, see above.
For more information on John Lahiff and Agnes Walsh see top of page.
- Elsie Lahiff (1906-1942) and Frederick Schmitt
Birth: Circa 1906, New York City
Lahiff - Schmitt
Special to The New York Times
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. Nov 18 - Miss Elsie Lahiff, sister of Nancy Carroll, screen star, and
Mr. Frederick Schmitt, son of Mr and Mrs.
Henry Schmitt of 648 East Main Street, will be married Thanksgiving Day in the Cathedral of St.
John the Divine in New York City, it was announced here today.
Miss Theresa Schmitt will be bridesmaid and Martin
Lahiff, brother of the bride, best man.
Members of Miss Lahiff's family who will attend the nuptials will include her patents
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick (sic) Lahiff of 3625 Waldo Avenue, Riverdale, N. Y.
and her two sisters, Nancy Carroll and Terry Carroll.
Mr. Schmitt is a physical instructor in New York City
at Horace Mann School. Miss Lahiff has appeared in a number of Broadway productions.
The New York Times, November 19, 1931
Bye, Bye, Bonnie [Original, Musical, Comedy], Performer: Elsie Carroll [Ensemble],
Jan 13, 1927 - Apr 30, 1927
The Great Temptations [Original, Musical, Revue], Performer: Elsie Carroll,
May 18, 1926 - Nov 6, 1926
Big Boy [Original, Musical, Comedy], Performer: Elsie Carroll [Dancer],
Jan 7, 1925 - Mar 14, 1925
[Internet Broadway Database]
None per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010
More from Maria Lahiff Pedulla:
"Born 1906 died November 23, 1942 - She was my godmother
She was a diminutive darling who died young (36 years old)
due to rheumatic heart disease.
At the end of her life she was bedridden. I used to visit her with my older brother, Martin,
(I was about 5-6 years old.)
She would tell us to keep looking at the mirror across the room from her bed
as she acted out different
parts (with sound effects such as crackling paper bags) directed into the mirror.
She had a great sense of humor and a lovely singing voice. She was so kind, sweet and funny and was first a friend to my mother before my
mom met my father.
Death of Elsie Lahiff Schmitt:
November 23, 1942 - buried in Calvary Cemetery with 7 other family
members including her father and mother and her sisters, Sarah Lahiff and Nancy Carroll
and brother, Martin.
(per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, 2010)
- Unknown - per 1910 census there were 10 children born with 8 still living.
1900 Census: West End and Amsterdam: Thomas Lahiff head November 1869,
born Ireland, immigrated 1890,
age 30, married
7 years, coach man, immigrated 1890, Naturalized,
Annie wife August 1868, born Ireland, immigrated 1892, age 31,
married 7 years 4 children 3 still living,
Martin J son May 1896 age 4, born Rhode Island,
Elizabeth daughter April 1897, born Rhode Island,
Sarah daughter age 9 mo, born New Jersey.
1910 Census: West End Avenue, Manhattan, Thomas, head age 41, married 15 years,
immigrated 1890, PA, coachman
Ann, wife, age 47, 10 children 8 still living, born Rhode Island, none
Martin J. son age 13, born Rhode Island,
Elizabeth daughter age 12, born Rhode Island,
Sarah daughter age 9, born New Jersey,
Theresa daughter age 7, born New York,
Thomas Jr son age 6, born New york,
Ann daughter age 4, born New York,
John son age 3, born New York,
Elsie daughter age 1, born New York
1920 Census: West 79th Street, Manhattan, Thomas, head age 51, immigrated 1890, Na 1912, chauffeur
Ann, wife, age 40 immigrated 1892 Na 1912, none
Martin son age 23, born Rhode Island, clerk groceries,
Elizabeth daughter age 22, dressmaker,
Theresa daughter age 19, stenographer automobiles,
Thomas Jr son age 17, runner brokers,
Ann daughter age 16, stenographer lace house,
John son age 14, none
Elsie daughter age 12, none
1930 Census: Bronx, 3625 Waldo Ave, Thomas Lahiff, head own $1000, age 61, immigrated 1892,
Annie wife age 61, immigrated 1894,
Martin son age 33, cashier restaurant,
John son age 24, clerk, elec light store,
Elsie daughter age 23, actress theatrical
1932 trip to Ireland: 7 August 1932, on the Scythia from Galway, Thomas Lahiff, age 63, married
passport, 529288 Naturalized "Supreme" Court New York
February 21, 1912
Annie Lahiff, passport no. 529288, 3625 Waldo Ave. Bronx, New York.
1934 trip to West Coast: May 14, 1934 on the Virginia from the West Coast to New York,
thomas La hiff, age 65, married naturalized "Superior" Court New York Feb 21, 1912, address,
Riverdale, New York
Death of Thomas LaHiff:
Thomas Lahiff, 3625 Waldo Ave, Bronx, length of stay in NYC, 43 years, married,
wife, Annie Barrett, date of birth, November 27, 1868, trade, retired chauffeur, born
Ireland, how long in
US, 49 years, name of father, John Lahiff, born in Ireland, name of mother, Elizabeth Fitzgerald,
born in Ireland, place of death, 3625 Waldo Avenue, Bronx, length of stay at place of
death, 19 years,
seen by physician from September 3, 1943 to October 7, 1943, last seen by physician
alive October 5, 1942,
10 AM, cause of death, ____ (can't read) cerebral hemorrhage, with _____ (can't read)
Hemplegia (?), onset, September 1942, contributing cause of death, severe _____ (can't read)
septicemia, informant, Martin Lahiff, son, 3625 Waldo Avenue, buried Calvary, October 11, 1943
(Bronx certificate #10013, 1943).
The New York Times, October 9, 1943
Nancy Carrolls' Father Dies
Buried Calvary Cemetery per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, April 2010
Thomas Lahiff, father of Nancy
Carroll, film and stage actress, died on Thursday in his home, 3625
Waldo Avenue, the Bronx, after a long illness. Mr. Lahiff, who was born in Ireland and came to this
country as a young man, was a retired chauffeur. He leaves a widow, Anne
Barrett Lahiff and five other children, Mrs.
Elizabeth Wares, Mrs
Theresa Robertson, John Lahiff, Thomas Lahiff, Jr. and Martin Lahiff.
Death of Anna Barrett LaHiff:
Buried Calvary Cemetery per Maria Lahiff Pedulla, April 2010
The Lahiff Sisters, Actresses and Dancers: Using the surname Carroll,
Theresa (Terry), Ann
Veronica (Nancy) and Elsie were all on the stage. All three were in the chorus of Big Boy a 1925
musical comedy staring Al Jolson at the Winter Garden Theatre from January 7 to March 14, 1925.
The show was a big success and was made into a movie staring Jolson in 1930 [without the Carroll sisters].
Elsie born in 1909 appeared in a number of Broadway show [See Elsie] before
marrying Frederick Schmitt. Terry born in 1901
appeared in several Broadway shows and several Hollywood movies.
Nancy was the most famous of the three. There are a number of Nancy Carroll video
clips on You Tube.
NANCY AND SISTER PLAY SISTER PARTS
"The demand for realism has invaded film families, it was revealed today when
Terry Carroll was cast as the screen sister of her sister, Nancy Carol, in the red-haired star's
current Paramount staring picture, "Personal Maid".
Note: According to the obituary of Nancy Carroll in The New York Times,
Thomas Lahiff was born in County Clare and Annie Barrett was born in County Roscommon.
Nancy Carroll was "the seventh of 14 children in the family and the child of a seventh child".
Father or mother?
Terry Carrol, blonde, is also and actress, appearing recently in "America's Sweetheart" and
The Wiser They Are" on Broadway. Terry and Nancy began their
careers as a sister team in vaudeville.
A third sister, Elsie, has black hair and is not on the stage."
Nevada State Journal, Reno, October, 25, 1931.
Patrick ✟ 1871, County Clare, Ireland died age 1, Ireland (Jan Brown)
Death: Patrick Lahiff John Lahiff Eliza Lahiff 4 Aug 1872 17 mos
Rhode Island Deaths, Ancestry.com
Mary Ellen (1873-1965) and James Collins
Birth: 1873 (Jan Brown)
Rhode Island Births, 1636-1930, Name: Mary E Lahiff,
Parent 1: John Lahiff,
Parent 2: Eliza Lahiff,
Birth Date: 8 Jun 1873
Marriage: James Collins
Children taken from the obit of Mary Ellen Lahiff Collins
James Lahiff (1899-1974)
Born Newport Feb 20, 1899, son of James and Mary Ellen
Sheetmetal worker at Naval Torpedo Station, Army vet, retired in 1962,
wife, Elizabeth Wetherell Collins, two daughters, Mrs. John W. Nelson of Middletown and Mrs. John F. Finn of Newport,
a son James A of Newport, four sisters,
May, Helen and Elizabeth Collins, of
Newport, and Mrs. Olin Fellows of Binghamton, NY, a brother John P. brother of the late Dennis Collins.
Newport Mercury, March 7, 1974
Death of Mary Ellen Lahiff Collins: 1965
Mrs. J Collins of Potter St.
Mrs Mary Ellen LaHiff Collins of 1A Potter St died this morning at her home after a
She was the widow of James Collins.
She was born in Providence, the daughter of John and Elisa Fitzgerald Lahiff, and was reared in
County Clare, Ireland. She returned to this county at the age of 16.
Mrs. Collins was a member of the Queens Daughter and of the Rosary and
Altar Society of St Augustine's Church.
She leaves five daughters, the Misses Mary T, Helen M. and Elizabeth R Collins
of this city, Mrs Thomas W. Kelly of Levittown, Long Island,
and Mrs. Owen H (?). Fellows of Binghamton, N.Y.; three sons, John P Collins of
Middletown, and James A Collins and former Sheriff Dennis E Collins of this city, 13 grandchildren, 15 gread gandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
COLLINS - In this city, October 9, 1965, Mary Ellen (Lahiff) Collins wife of the late
James Collins, Residence, 1A Potter Street
Newport Daily News, October 9, 1945
Buried St Columba's Cemetery
Peter (Paeder) Lahiff, born circa 1875 Ireland, and Mary (Marie) O'Neil
Theresa Heimbuch wrote in September 2008 to say that she is the granddaughter of Peter Lahiff, who was
a brother of Thomas and Billy (William) Lahiff.
Birth: March 29, 1875 Ireland, per WWIDR
Marriage: Mary (Marie) O'Neal
Peter Lahiff, 714 Elm Street West Hoboken, NJ age 43, born March 29, 1875, naturalized,
Chauffeur, employer, Peter Lahiff, place of employment 336 W 70th Street NYC, wife Marie Lahiff dame address in West Hoboken, medium height, medium build, blue eyes, dark brown hair.
- Peter unknown
- Catherine born circa 1895 Rhode Island.
"Catherine, married to Jim Kelly and they had
9 children" (Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008)
- Thomas circa 1898, New Jersey
"Died in his youth". (Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008)
- Dorothy circa 1901, New Jersey
"Dorothy, married to Eddie Hart and they had 6 children." (Theresa Heimbuch,
- John circa 1903, New Jersey
My mother's brother, John LaHiff, and
his wife Anne Malloy
of Baltimore, had 7 children and they are scattered throughout the US."
(Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008)
- Veronica circa 1911, New Jersey (1920 census)
"Veronica, never married and passed away at 35 years of age."
(Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008)
- Virginia circa 1914, New Jersey (1920 census), Regina (1930 Census)
In September 2008 Theresa Heimbuch wrote;
"My mother, who just passed away on April 21st, 2008 in W. Long
Branch, NJ. was the daughter of Peadar (Peter) LaHiff and Mary O'Neill
LaHiff of Union City, NJ.
My grandfather, Peadar LaHiff, was Thomas and
Billy LaHiff's brother.
My mother was #7 of
eight children. She was the last to pass away. She had three brothers,
John LaHiff, Peter LaHiff and Thomas Lahiff. Both Peter and Thomas died in
- Margaret circa 1916, New Jersey (1920 Census), Marcia (1930 Census)
passed away at age 83, one daughter Veronica". (Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008)
1910 Census: 714 Elm Street West Hoboken,
Peter, age 35, married 16 years, immigrated 1892, conductor railroad,
Mary, wife, age 36, 5 children 4 still living, immigrated 1892,
Catherine, age 15, born New port, Rhode Island,
Thomas, age 12,
Dorothy, age 9,
John, age 7,
rest of children born New Jersey.
1920 Census: West Hoboken 714 Elm St, Lahiff, Peter, head age 44,
immigrated 18-3, naturalized in 1899, born Ireland, chauffeur, Mary wife,
age 44, born Ireland Helen (?) daughter age 24, bookkeeper, Thomas son age 22,
chauffeur, Dorothy daughter, age 19, cannot read occupation, John age 17, steno,
Veronica daughter age 9, Virginia daughter age 6, and Margaret daughter age 4
children all born New Jersey.
1930 Census: 714 Elm Street (29th Street) Union City, Peter head age 55, immigrated 1891,
Margaret wife age 54, both born "Northern Ireland", immigrated 1892,
Regina daughter age 16,
John son age 29, Veronica daughter age 19, Marcia daughter age 14.
Death of Peter Lahiff:
17 DEC 1958 - UNION CITY, NJ (Jan Brown)
Michael Lahiff (c1881-1934) and Mary Ryan
Birth: Circa 1881 Ireland (Census)
Immigration: Circa 1888 based on census record
Marriage: Rynn (sic), Mary A , Sep 24, 1916, Manhattan, 22104 R500
Death of Margaret Lahiff: 1944
Margaret Lahiff, 531 W 134 Street, NYC, single, born April 22, 1919,
age 25 years, 3 months,
and 12 days, born in NYC, USA, trade, none, father, Michael Lahiff,
born in Ireland, mother,
Mary Ryan, born in NYC, place of death, Bellevue Hosp.,
Manhattan, length of stay 10 days,
time of death, August 4, 1944, 9:00AM, there was no specific
cause of death listed instead there
was a statement that the death was not
due to anything but natural causes, death reported by
Mary Lahiff, mother, 501 W 134 Street, buried St Raymond's Cemetery
(Manhattan certificate #16976, 1944).
1930 Census: Michael Lahiff, head rent age 49 married at 35, born Ireland immigrated 1883,
Mary wife age 39 married at 24,
William age 12,
Margaret age 11,
Rita age 9
Florence age 7
Doris age 5, rest born NY.
Association with other Lahiffs: Mentioned in William (Billy) Lahiff's obit
Death of Michael Lahiff: 1934 - New York City (All Boroughs), New York, USA
William (Billy) Francis Lahiff (1882-1934) and Helen ________
Birth: Providence Rhode Island per census. 15 September, 1882, Rhode Island,
per 1927 entry
in New York from Havana.
Providence, Rhode Island, September 15, 1883 per WWIDR. Ireland per obituary.
- Helen, c 1904
- Mary, circa 1906
- William Jr, circa 1911 Died 1990
Billy La Hiff Jr. took over his father's business.
1910 Census: West 169th Street, William Lahiff, age 28, married 7 years, liquor dealer cafe,
born New York" Parents German*,
Helen wife, age 28 two children two living, Helen daughter age 6 Mary daughter age 4
*Note: His parents were born in Irleand.
William Francis La Hiff 3810 Broadway New York age 35, born Sept 15, 1883, owner La Hiff Street Cafe,
1573 Broadway, New York, next of kin, Helen La Hiff, 3810 Broadway, New York medium height, medium build blue eyes brosn hair.
1920 Census: 720 West 172nd Street, New York, Manhattan, Lahiff, William, age 40,
born Rhode Island, parents born Ireland,
owner cafe, Helen wife, age 35, Helen daughter age 16,
Mary daughter age 14, William Jr age 8.
1927: LaHiff, William age 44 born Providence R. I., September 15, 1882, 156 W 48th Street
New York City on the
Orizabar from Havana Cuba March 17th, 1927
1928: On list of US citizens sailing from Bermuda to New York on the
Araguaya arriving April 22, 1928, La Hiff, Helen age 46, married, born 1882, Helen F age 24 born 1904, May age 23 born 1905 all born New York City
1930: Norton Ave Beverly Hills, California, La Hiff, Helen, head r $155,
age 48 married at 20, married,
born New York,
Helen daughter age 26, William age 18 born born New York,
no occupations for any of them.
Billy Lahiff's "The Tavern" at 158 W. 48th Street:
Billy Lahiff had a restaurant, The Tavern" which was a hang out for show people, journalists, sports figures, and other people about town
Damon Runyon, Ed Sullivan, Jack Benny, Jack Demspey, Bugs Baer, Toots Shor, Gene Fowler, and as noted belwo Fatty
Arbuckle and Barbara Stanwick.
Death: age 51, Jun 7, 1934 Cert # 14001 Manhattan
NEWPORT MECURY, Friday June 15, 1934
WILLIAM F LAHIFF DIED IN NEW YORK
Thomas, not Peter, was the father of Nancy Carroll.
FORMER NEWPORTER WAS PROPRIETOR OF THE TAVERN
Became Widely Known as Host to Number of Broadway's Chief Celebrities
William F (Billy) LaHiff, Newporter, who became widely known in New York
as the host to Broadway's chief celebrities, died Thursday in that city.
The end came despite a gallant fight for life, which included
six blood transfusions. At his bedside were his wife, Mrs. Helen A LaHiff, his daughters,
Helen F. and Mary E, and his son, William F Lahiff, Jr.
Billy LaHiff, as he was known, was born in Ireland, son of John and Margaret
Fitzgerald LaHiff and came to this country when only two years old.
He attended school in this city, going as far as the Forth grade, but educated himself later.
At 16 he left home for New York, where he was engaged in the wine cellar of the
Old Waldorf Astoria, where he met famous personages and acquired the friendship of
many which was of
benefit to him in later years.
In 1905, at the age of 25, he went into business for himself, and owned and conducted
several establishments before locating Billy LaHiff's Tavern, which became his best known place
and was a favorite gathering place for many famous figures. the lease on one of his former
establishments he sold for $250,000. Broadway had countless legends on his generosity.
It was said that he never refused to donate to a charitable institution, and that
he had never failed to help a friend down o his luck.
Such famous personages as Jack
Dempsey, Tex Rickard, Al Jolson,
Thomas Meighan, Lew Cody, Willard Mack,
Bert Wheeler, Bert Lahr and many others
had their favorite tables at the Tavern, while Mae Clarke
and Barbara Stanwyke were first
noted there and raised to stardom.
The funeral was held Saturday at
St Patrick's Cathedral, New York with burial
in Woodlawn cemetery. In addition to his wife
and children, Mr LaHiff is survived by a brother, James J
two sisters, Mrs John P. Collins and Miss Bridget LaHiff, of this city and three brothers, Peter,
Michael, and Thomas LaHiff, in New York.
Peter Lahiff is father of Nancy Carroll, widely known motion Picture actress"
Billy Lahiff Left $46,811
William F. (Billy) Lahiff, Broadway
restaurateur, who died June 7, 1934, left an estate appraised yesterday at
$59,992 gross and $46,811 net, of which $40,201 net, of which $40,201 was in securities.
The residuary estate went in trust to the widow,
Mrs. Helen Lahiff, a son and two daughters.
May 12, 1936 New York Times
Death of Helen Lahiff: Born 23 Jan 1882, died Aug 1971 New York, SSDI
Fun Web site:
Jack Spooner, 1886-1963
Jack Spooner was a friend, colleague and employee of Billy Lahiff.
His grandchild has a great site in his honor with lots of pictures.
James Joseph Lahiff (1887-1946)
Birth: April 1 1887, County Clare (WWIDR) (Jan Brown)
James J Jr. born circa 1912
WWIDR: James Joseph Lahiff, born city Hospital cannot read,
April 1, 1887 Native born, cannot read, County Clare, Ireland,
occupation, hospital attendant cannot read, Blackwell Island, City Hosp.
married medium height slender, blue eyes brown hair, June 5, 1917.
1910 Census: Newport R.I.,
Son in law with John A Leary, born Ireland circa 1887, age 23, married cannot
1930 Census: Pond Ave, Newport, with wife and son, indicates a
WWIIDR: James Joseph Lahiff 17 Pond Ave Newport R.I. age 55 born County Clare, Ireland
April 1 1887, Annie Lahiff 17 Pond Ave Newport
employer, John Hancock Life insurance 172 Thames St Newport
Newport Mercury, February 1, 1929:
In an article about Billy Lahiff promoting the fighter Jack Dempsey in Madison
Square Garden: Lahiff is the brother of James J Lahiff of this city
well known insurance salesman"
Death of James Lahiff: 26 Feb 1946 - NEWPORT, RI (Jan Brown)
Death of Ann Lahiff: Widow of James of 17 Pond Ave. Newport,
1967-07-03 Newport Daily News
She left her estate of $24,511 to the Carmelite Monastery
Immigration of John LaHiff:
Lahiff, John Newport, R. I. Pt 45, Appelate Div. Supreme, Newport, Birth Ireland
June 15, 1845, Arrival April 1889, New York,
Date of Naturalization, Oct 23, 1896.Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906 (M1299)
Death of John Lahiff:
Death of Elizabeth Fitzgerald Lahiff: 1899 Newport, R. I. (Jan Brown)
James LaHiff in Newport, R. I.
May 7, 1924
Thomas Lahiff born circa 1839, Ireland in Providence, R. I.
Naturalization Record E Providence Rhode Island
Lahiff, Thomas (p) B850 US Circuit Prov.
Birth County Clare, Ireland ----- 1839 date of arrival in US Mar 3, 1864 New York date of naturalization Nov 4, 1878
Estate of James Lahiff
"Petition in writing is made by Annie J Lahiff of said Newport requesting that
she of some other suitable person may be appointed guardian of the estate of
James Lahiff of said Newport a minor under fourteen years, son of James (?initial)
and Annie J Lahiff..........."
More information from Theresa Heimbuch, September 2008
For years I
heard stories of them entering the US thru Rhode Island. I also heard of
Aunt Bridget from Greenwich Village, never married but called Mom on every
holiday til her passing. Also, always heard about Billy's Tavern in NYC.
Nancy visited us when she was in town and I can remember vividly asking her
to let her beautiful red hair down as she always wore it up. She came to my
wedding in Aug 4, 1962 and that was the last I saw of her. I learned of her
death while watching TV...
"cousin" Martin visited us in Weehawken quite
often, always on a Sunday afternoon. These are some of my memories of the
LaHiffs. I wish I could find out more about any or all who are living in
the NYC/NJ area.
I have not researched the name in Ireland. However, I found a record
in Shrule Parish. I have no idea if it is related. Note: Shrule was the parish were Maggie Langan was born.
- Mary Lahiff of Pat Lahiff and Celia Walsh of Mohologan was baptized on the
December 23, 1831
Jane Lahiff Gavigan
Birth: circa 1851, Ireland
Marriage: Jane Lahiff to Patrick Gavigan 10 Feb 1871, Rhode Island Marriages
1900 Census: Providence, Rhode Island, Gavigan, Patrick, Head, Male,
Jan 1846, 54, Married 29 1871, Ireland , 1869 Providence City,
Providence, Rhode Island,
Gavigan Jane, Wife, Mar 1851, 49, Married 29 1871, Ireland
1867 Providence City, Providence, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Margaret L, Daughter, Sep 1871, 28 Single,
Rhode Island, Providence City, Providence, Rhode Island,
Gavigan James, Son, Mar 1874, 26 Single, Rhode Island,
Providence City, Providence, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Mary, Daughter, Nov 1878, 21 Single, Rhode Island
Providence City, Providence, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Patrick, Son, Nov 1880, 19 Single,
Rhode Island, Providence City, Providence, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Annie, Daughter, Jan 1884, 16, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Rose, Daughter, Nov 1885, 14, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Jennie, Daughter, Nov 1887, 12, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, William, Son, Nov 1888, 11, Rhode Island,
Gavigan, Julia, Daughter, Feb 1891, 9, Rhode Island
In November 2005 Bob Bolderson emailed me the following information:
My grandmother, Margaret Hammond, was the daughter of Patrick Gavigan
(born in Ireland) and Jane Lahiff. I remember my mother, who passed in 1985,
mentioning a cousin (Nancy Carroll) who was a famous actress. We have lost all family
connections. My grandmother married a Protestant (Lyman Hammond) and all children were raised
Protestant. My grandmother was excommunicated from the church and I was always aware of hard
feelings to the Catholic side of the family (Gavigans/??). Jane Lahiff Gavigan
(great-grandmother) must have had a brother(s) directly related to Ann Lahiff's
(Nancy Carroll) family.
Hope Hammond Bolderson (1911-1985)
Father: Lyman George Hammond (Born, Salem, NY 9/21/1878 died Cranston,
RI 4/30/1936, Son of David L. Hammond (Newport, Vermont) and Celia Flanders (Beebe, Quebec)
Mother: Margaret Loretta Gavigan - Born September 3, 1871; Died
June 16, 1936 Daughter of Patrick Gavigan (born in Ireland ) and Jane Lahiff
Robert V. Bolderson (1922-present)
Father: Dr. Vincent DeConti (April 19, 1887- Marzano Appio, Italy,
buried @ St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, RI) Son of Agostino and Francesca (Cipolla) deConti.
Vincent remarried Emma Cianci- son- Dr. Buddy DeConti - N. Providence, RI
Mother: Violet McNally Bolderson (buried North Church Cemetery, Concord, NH).
Parents divorced when Robert was child, Violet married Ernest Bolderson (prominent
textile executive) and adopted Robert , who assumed Bolderson name.
Grandfather: Royal Norton buried @ North Church Cemetery, Concord, NH
Grandmother: Pearl Carlton buried @ North Church Cemetery, Concord, NH
Children of Robert V. Bolderson/Hope Hammond Bolderson:
- Violet Barbara Hodgkins, Newport, RI
- Carolyn Janice Payne, Vero Beach, FL
- Robert V. Bolderson, FtL, FL
- David H. Bolderson, FtL, FL