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Finally…. conclusive proof as to the parents of George Oakley Yerks arrived today via US Mail.  George Oakley Yerks is the great, great grandfather of Colleen Hayes, my wife.  Since acquiring George’s Brooklyn Death Certificate several years ago, there has been a lingering doubt in my mind as to who his parents really were.  This is because the Death Certificate indicated that his parents were George Yerks and Elsie Donlap.  I have spend countless hours researching all George Yerks’ and Elsie Donlap’s, but could find nothing that made any sense.  With nothing to go on, I resorted to Census records and an obituary as my only proof of lineage.  I was able to determine that George was living with William and Lucinda Yerks in the mid 1800′s and that he had a sister name Emeline.

Yesterday, I decided to revisit beta.familysearch.org to look for any possible new records they may have added to their database.  My first query was for the “Kelty” surname in Manchester, England.  The Kelty surname is on my fathers side.  Bingo!  I quickly found some new related birth records.  Since I was not really prepared to do in depth “Kelty” research, I moved onto the next surname that popped into my head.  That name was Beattie.

Jonathan Beattie is my great great grandfather on my mother’s side. He was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland in 1829 and is the second child of Robert Beattie (b. abt 1804) and Elizabeth Gordon (b. abt 1807). He left Kirkcudbright for the United States in 1842 at the age of 17 and was the only one of nine brothers and sisters that came to the United States.  This family surname has always been a favorite of mine to research.  I have had tremendous success mapping out all the branches of Jonathan’s descendants and have even become good friends with some of the new found cousins.

Well, today the Beattie family tree just got much bigger.  I queried for a “Robert Beattie” born in 1804 in Kircudbright (Jonathan’s father).  Shoot… no direct matches found.  But the third listing from top was a Robert Beaty, born 10 Feb 1804 in Kircudbright to Robert Beattie and Ann Cameron.  Could that be him?

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According to Lloyd Lewis’ genealogy notes, compiled from reports of various family members, Johanna Hayes and the rest of the family that had not yet emigrated to the United States, finally made the trip over the pond shortly after the death of her husband, Patrick Hayes.  According to a biography of Edward Hayes, a son who had arrived in the United States circa 1869, his father Patrick died in Limerick on April 15, 1875.  So far, I have been unable to find a Civil Death Record for him in that year.  But using that date as a starting point for searching, I began looking for a ship manifest that contained Johanna and one ore more known children of hers.  I soon found the following record.

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Today, I was going through some old records which I had considered “duds”, when I came across a copy of a death record from England for a Robert John Beattie. I initially had discarded the record because the approximate birth year for the person did not match any Robert Beattie I had in the family tree. As I looked over the death certificate, I suddenly remembered an e-mail that Cousin Janice Beattie had sent me telling me that there was a Beattie family member who was born in Hong Kong, China and his name was Robert John Beattie. I didn’t have him in the tree yet, because I knew virtually nothing about him.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I finally obtained the death certificate for Angelo Anthony Baroni (Baron).  After a third review of his wife’s naturalization papers, I noticed a small note that indicated that her husband died in October of 1913.  So I hired someone to go to the New Jersey State Archive to retrieve a copy of the death certificate.

Angelo Baroni Death Certificate

Angelo was born 14 May 1872 in Mantova, Lombardia, Italy.  He was the out of wedlock son of Carlos Bellizario (sp?) and Lucia Parmelli.  The old family story indicates that the sexual relation between Lucia and Carlos  may have been non-consentual.

Angelo died of Cirrhosis of Liver on October 18, 1913 at his home in 83 West 6th Street, Paterson, New Jersey.  He was 41 years old.  He left behind four daughters (Marie, Jean, Stephanie and Yolanda) and one boy (Michael). Multiple sources indicate that he was a cigar salesman.  He was buried at Laurel Green Cemetery just outside of Paterson.

SOURCE: Cecelia Hone and Edward L Kear Marriage Certificate obtained from the Westchester County Archives.

Cecelia L Hone, of 37 Orchard Street in Mount Vernon, was born in Rye, NY on September 16, 1900 and was a bookkeeper when she decided to marry Edward L Kear. She was 31 years old. This was her second marriage. Her first husband died. Her parents were John Hone and Mary Buckley, both of Ireland.

Edward Kear was living at 1565 E. 28th Street in Brooklyn at the time and was an Architectural Draftsman. Edward’s parents were john Kear and Mary Day, both born in the the United States.

Cecelia’s brother, Victor J Hone and Mabel R Cashion were the Best Man and Maid of Honor. Victor was living at 16 Devonia Avenue in Mount Vernon.

The couple was married in Mount Vernon of February 13, 1933.