I was recently contacted by Peter Aubrey-Smith. He is my third cousin, once removed on the Lewis branch of my family tree. He had seen my research on ancestry.com and decided to contact me. We have since been sharing information back and forth, but the grand prize came the other day when he shared with me a portrait picture of a woman that his family firmly believes is Jane Lewis.
This the the marraige certificate for Harry McNeill & Jane Josephine Hayes. They were married at St Patricks Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, New Hampshire on September 27th, 1920.
Late Thursday night I was doing some casual genealogy surfing at the pilot.familysearch.org web site when I came across a record that caught my eye. It was an Irish Birth and Baptism Record for a Patrick Hanly in Bruree, Limerick, Ireland. The spelling of the last name was different than what I had been accustomed to, but I investigated anyway. It turns out that Patricks parents were listed as Daniel Hanly and Ellen Hayes. WOW! That is an exact match. I don’t know why I hadn’t seen that before. Maybe is was part of a new set of records recently added to the web site. Whatever the case, I was excited. I immediately searched the site for Patrick’s brother, William and sister, Ellen (my great grandmother) but did not have any success. Unfortunately, the Family Search record offered me little information that I did not already know… but it was proof… so I took it. Thinking I might get lucky, I looked for any Hayes records in Bruree. I found quite a few, but none that were related.
I recently acquired naturalization papers for a Thomas Kelty, who I believe to be my great great grandfather. They were executed in Exeter, New Hampshire on 28 February 1859 with an inital application date of 3 March 1859. While these papers don’t positively identify this Thomas Kelty as my great great grandfather, I have concluded through research there were no other Thomas Kelty’s in New Hampshire area between 1850 and 1880. The Kelty name is extremely unusual in any early records as it is.
Bert P Record is the husband of Leta Ethel Smith, sister of Frank Edward Smith, Bert was born March 8, 1878 near Dewitt Iowa. He married Leta Smith on July 3, 1905. Bert died in his home in Rock Island after a 10 year battle with an illness.
Leta Ethel Smith Record is the sister of Colleen’s great grandfather, Frank Edward Smith. After much research, some genealogists from the Rock Island area of Illinois found her obituary for me. Leta was born May 30, 1887 on a farm in Homboldt, Iowa. She married Bert Record on July 3, 1905 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Leta died in Rock Island on August 28, 1966.
I’ve been at a stand-still with the Leta Smith branch of the family tree since December 2009. I’ve been looking for Shawn Butler since July 2009.
Now, thanks to the folks at the Rock Island County illinois Genealogical Society, I have made a major breakthrough tracking down Shawn Butler, the great grandson of Leta Smith. Based on one of Shawns earlier message forums posts, I have been working under the assumption that Shawn was the grandson of Leta Butler. That would make him the son of Merle Record. So all my research was focused on looking for Merle or Muyrll Butler. So armed with that information, I took a shot and emailed the RICIGS for help. Within a couple of days, one of their researchers had emailed me back with the following research.
Muyrll Turner was born Muyrll Record on August 25, 1909 in Rock Island, Illinois. She died at the age of 21 following two operations for an intestinal ailment. She was survived by her husband, Roy Turner, her son; Clarence and her daughter; Leta Ellen.
A special thanks to the folks at the Rock Island County illinois Genealogical Society for finding the obituary for Leta Ellen Butler for me. Born Leta Ellen Turner on 9 Aug 1929 in Moline, she married William Butler on November 19, 1965 in Rock Island.
Leta Ethel Smith, sister of Frank Edward Smith (my wife’s great grandfather) was born in Iowa on May 30, 1887. The only thing we knew about her, until today, was that she had twins named Merle and Berle. In fact we have pictures of Leta, Merle and Berle in our possession. There is some recollection that she and her husband “Bert “may have ran a gas station in Mount Kisco, New York for a couple of years. Grandma Patty Smith Barnes recalls her sister going to live with Leta and Bert in Westchester for a summer around 1930 after her father deserted the family. Besides this information, I had nothing to go on as far as leeds in tracking down this branch of the Smith family tree.