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Including Members Of The Hayes, Tierney, Lewis, Beattie, Sheehan, Yerks, Condos, Smith and Other Families

Archive for April, 2009

This is Kevin’s version of grace which he learned at daycare.

I found this interesting video on Cousin Jim.

A lifelong Republican, Jim has had a long and successful career in magazine publishing, including Fortune. A traditional conservative believing in small government and fiscal responsibility, Jim has also been deeply concerned about the deep polarization in America over the last couple years even as the problems we face grow in severity. Obama’s promise to work toward national unity appealed to Jim as well as his belief that the route to economic prosperity starts with building a strong middle class.

Who: James B. Hayes
Ellis Island Medals of Honor
When: Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are presented to Americans of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their own ethnic groups and to American society. Honorees typically include U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, leaders of industry, and gifted artists, performers, and athletes. Each receives a specially crafted Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have unanimously passed resolutions sanctioning the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. This recognition inspires us to work anew for a better world through the advancement, protection, and encouragement of all of America’s ethnic groups, religions, and races.

To Learn More, check out the website and video at:

This week’s genealogical success was with the Hayes branch on the Lewis side of the family. In the recent months I had found many articles that mentioned James V. Hayes, but lacked concrete evidence to link them to the descendants of Patrick Hayes and Johanna Cowhey.

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HAYES-Agnes B. Age 92. On April 15, 1997. Beloved wife of the late James V. Devoted mother of Mary- Ann Mumma, James B. and John. Adored grandmother of ten. Dearest great-grandmother of four. Friends may call at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave. at 81st St., Wednesday, 6-8PM. Funeral Mass on Thursday, St. Thomas More, 65 E. 89th St., 10AM. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., 247 E. 82nd St., NY NY 10028.

James Vincent Hayes, a trial lawyer specializing in antitrust matters and a past president of the New York

County Lawyers Association, died Saturday at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

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The following is an excerpt of an article written by my new found cousin James B. Hayes.

In the May-June 2008 issue of Dublin’s “Ireland of the Welcomes” magazine, there is a several-page photo-article by a native of NYC, James B. HAYES, former publisher of “Fortune” magazine, now living and writing in Colorado Springs, in which he reminisces about a particular trip to Ireland many years earlier in which he was struck by the remarkable thoughtfulness of one gentleman, in particular – Mr. MURRAY, proprietor of Murray & Son Ltd. Drapery, Charleville, Co. Cork.*

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Last year, my brother Peter and his wife organized “The Great Easter Egg Hunt of 2008”. While I was lost within a minute of the instructions, the kids seemed to figure it out and had a great time!
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Several branches of the Beattie family have been told of Jonathan J. Beattie’s time in the Navy during the Civil War.  Unfortunately, none of us have any details of his experience there.   My Uncle Lloyd only documented that he believed that Jonathan “Was a Seaman in the US Navy  in the Savannah, Georgia area”.

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Thanks to Carolyn Gibbons of North Carolina, a ROAGK volunteer who found this obituary for me.

Edward Schnedier, 82, died Saturday.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church by the Rev. Martin Caldwell.  Burial will be in the old Bethesda Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Tierney Schneider; one daughter, Mrs. Eleanore Dorsett of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren.

And thanks ROAGK volunteer Phil Bible who found Richard Curry, who lives in the area of Bethesda Cemetery for the picture of the grave and posting it on

Grave of Edward Schneider and Eleanor V (Tierney) Schneider