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Below is an interesting newspaper article that has been framed and displayed in my Moms house for a very long time. She has always told me that she cut it out of a newspaper because of the last name and location, but did not think it was related to anybody in our family.

Today I asked her about it in depth and took it home (with her permission) for further evaluation. She remembers cutting it out of a newspaper around 1970-1980.

So I did some research and found that the article was actually published in 1951, much earlier than when she remembers cutting it out. My Mom would have been only 25 years old when it was printed. It would not be likely that she had ANY interest in something like that at 25. Even she admits that.

Now… I am thinking that is is possible that she cut it out of the newspaper that was given to her by  family member years after it was published and had it framed. Could my Mom be confused concerning the events of her acquiring the article? Could David Henry Lewis be related?  Or could this just be a true trick of the mind who has had to remember so much.

Research indicates that David Henry Lewis died 25 Dec 1950.

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.

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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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Jeremiah D Sheehan was born circa 1826 in Ireland.  He arrived in the US sometime around 1845, although no concrete details about his immigration have been found yet.  He was married to Mary Sullivan, who was born circa 1829 in Ireland. Together they had six children.
Jeremiah Sheehan, (b. 1848 in Vermont or New Hampshire)
Daniel J. Sheehan (b. 1851 in Vermont or New Hampshire)
Mary A Sheehan (b. circa 1856 in New Hampshire)
Hanora A Sheehan (b. 1859 in New Hampshire)
Margaret G Sheehan (b. 1860 in New Hampshire)
John Joseph Sheehan  (b. 1864 in New Hampshire).
Based on the fact that the two youngest children have conflicting census information about where they were born, it is possible that Jeremiah and Mary may have initially settle somewhere in Vermont, before making New Hampshire their home.  Between 1856 and 1864, the Sheehans lived in Boscawan, New Hampshire where I believe most, if not all the other children were born.  There are no birth records for any of them in the New Hampshire Vital Record Archives.
Around 1860, the Sheehan family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire.  Over the years they lived in several houses.
1860:  6 Johnson’s Block
1864 – 1866:   4 Mitchell’s Block
1871 – 1875:  5 Merrimack (opposite the square)
1873:  Rear of 44 Merrimack
1875 – 1886:   62 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
1886 – 1891:  186 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
Mary Sullivan Sheehan, Jeremiah’s wife,  died at the age of 41 in 1870 and was buried at the old Saint Josephs Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Jeremiah D Sheehan was a proud member of several New Hampshire Volunteer Regiments during the civil war. He enlisted as a Private on 25 July 1861 at the age of 38.  His grave proudly indicates that he was a  member of Co. K 10th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers.
Enlisted in Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 23 Aug 1861.
Received a disability discharge from Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 19 Oct 1861 at Annapolis, MD.
Enlisted in Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 5 Sep 1862.
Received a disability discharge from Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 28 Apr 1863.
Enlisted in Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 4 Jan 1864.
Received a final disability discharge from Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 2 Dec 1864 at Point Lookout, MD.
In all census records between 1860 and 1880, Jeremiah is listed as a general laborer. The 1870 census lists his son Daniel as working in a locomotive shop, while the three girls were listed as working in a Cotton Mill, in Manchester.   In 1880, the three girls continued their work at the Cotton Mill but were now joined by their brother Daniel. John began his apprenticeship as an iron moulder.
Jeremiah D Sheehan died on 16 December 1891 in Manchester and was buried at the old Saint Joseph’s Cemetery with his wife.  Jeremiah jr. disappeared after the 1860 Census.  He most likely died at an early age although it is possible he moved out of the area.  As far as I can tell, he is not buried at the family plot.  Daniel (or Danial as the headstone indicates) died 20 Dec 1900 in Manchester and is buried at the family plot with his mother and father.  Mary A Sheehan also disappeared after the 1880 census.  She may have married or also died.
Hanora Sheehan (Aunt Han) never married and lived to the age of 81,  She died in 2 November 1939 in the Manchester area.  She spent much of her elder years living with her sister Margaret Sheehan Simpson at 335 Central Street in Manchester.  Margaret’s husband Charles Simpson, died a year or two after they married.  Margaret and Charles had no children.  Hanora worked as a Milliner while Margaret worked as a cook in a hotel.  I believe both were present at the later marriage of their niece, Margaret Sheehan.  Margaret Sheehan Simpson died 22 May 1930 and is buried at the family plot.
John J Sheehan, my Great Grandfather, finished his moulder apprenticeship around 1890 and left Manchester for the big city of New York.  He may have done this looking for work.  There, he met his first wife, Elizabeth Rose Keeny (Kenney) and were presumably married there in Brooklyn, New York.  They lived at 158 Luquer Street in Brooklyn and attended the Church of St Mary Star of The Sea which was right around the corner from where they lived. There is no marriage certificate filed with the City of New York.  Together they had three children.
Margaret Mary Sheehan (b. 1891 in Brooklyn, NY)
William Edward Sheehan (b. 1893 in Brooklyn, NY)
Elizabeth R Sheehan (B. 1896 in Brooklyn, NY.)
There are no birth registrations filed for any of the three children in the City of New York either, but all three were recorded as baptized at Saint Mary Star of the Sea.  Failing to register births with the City was not necessarily uncommon in New York.  Apparently about 10% of the population chose to to not notify the authorities of births during those years.
Elizabeth Kenny Sheehan, mother of three young children,  died 6 March 1898 at the age of 29.  According to her death certificate, she died of appendicitis and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.    When I called the cemetery, they told me that they have no record of an Elizabeth Sheehan being buried there.  So as of today, we know nothing about her except what is indicated in her death certificate.  I have not been able to find a birth record for her or connect her with a family in the 1880 Census.
Born: Brooklyn, NY (between March 6 1868 and March 6 1869)
Occupation: Housewife
How long a resident of New York: Lifelong
Lived in a three family house on the third floor.
Father was born in Ireland
Mother was born in Ireland.
By 5 June 1900 , John J Sheehan had left Brooklyn, NY was living in Milford, Mass. The 1900 census shows just  two children, William and Margaret, with him.  Elizabeth was not listed, nor could I find her anywhere else in Census records.
On 2 January 1902  – John J Sheehan married his second wife, Ellen Francis Flynn in Natick, Massachusetts.  By June 1910,  the new Sheehan family moved to Woonsocket, Rhode Island and bought their first house at 239 Summer Street.
John J Sheehan died at his home at 239 Summer Street on 24 Apr 1930 and is buried at St Charles Cemetery in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
Somewhere around age 22, Margaret Mary Sheehan decided to leave Woonsocket and her father and move to Manchester, New Hampshire.  She may have been seeking work. She moved into an apartment at 276 Central Street in Manchester and began work at 999 Elm Street which is where her Aunt Han worked.   In 1915  Margaret moved in with her two Aunts,  Margaret Simpson and Hanora Sheehan and lived with them for several years.  Together they lived at a house  at 315 Lake Avenue.  Margaret soon met Jeremiah J Hayes, who she married on  24 June 1918.  A wedding with lots of family photographs took place at the house on Lake Avenue.   The couple moved into a rented house at 35 Front Street.  Within the year after the marriage, Jeremiah opened up the J. J. Hayes Novelty Store at 80 Front Street.
By 1920, the couple were expecting their first of three children.
Margaret Hayes (b. 1920 in Manchester, NH – died soon after birth)
John Joseph Hayes  (b. 1922  in Manchester, NH)
Andrea Hayes  (b. 1927 in Manchester, NH)
After Andrea’s birth, Jeremiah gave up the Novelty store and began work as a salesman for a candle company.  In 1924, Jeremiah and Margaret moved to Woonsocket, RI and moved in with Margaret’s widowed step mother, Ellen Sheehan at the house at 239 Summer Street.


Jeremiah D Sheehan was born circa 1826 in Ireland.  He arrived in the US sometime around 1845, although no concrete details about his immigration have been found yet.  He was married to Mary Sullivan, who was born circa 1829 in Ireland. Together they had six children. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking For The Dillons

November 17, 2009

Francis Dillon and Mary CrillyOn April 27, 1893, a Francis Dillon was buried in a plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.  On  December 16, 1897, he was removed from that original plot and moved to the Beattie family plot. I was easily able to find the death certificate for  Francis Dillon, who died April 23, 1893 and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery. He was 43 years old.  That makes his year of birth around 1848.  It gives the cause of death as Pneumonia.  He was a single plumber who had been living in the United states for about the last 33 years.  According to the Death Certificate he was born in Scotland and is the son of Francis and Sarah Dillon.  It looks like he died at a tenement located at 88 New Chambers St.

When searching Census records for a Francis Dillon who was born circa 1848 in Scotland, I came across just one possible match and it was in the the 1861England Census.  In it, we find a family of Dillon’s living in Liverpool, England.

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The following is part of an Genealogical Assessment provided by the nice people at Eneclann.  The purpose of the assessment is to help me evaluate whether it makes sense to move forward with a more in-depth investigation of my Roche (Roach) relatives of Dublin, Ireland..  The people there are very nice and curteous.  They did lose my initial request for the assessment which delayed the results by more than four weeks, but they did most certainly make the situation right with me in several ways.  Thank you Eneclann.  I do plan to use them for additional assessments and so far, would recommend them to others who need help researching in Ireland.

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The purpose of this initial assessment is to review the information you have given us on your Irish ancestors and, if possible, to develop a search strategy. As I am sure you will understand, we do not like to recommend commissioning research if we are not confident of finding more material about the family.

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When I first started doing my genealogy research, I learned that my great, great grandfather, Henry Lewis, married a woman named “Anna Roche”. In fact, my great aunt, Grace Lewis” gave me the first first insight into a family that I had only heard of by name.

“Anna Roche was born in Brooklyn, but her mother came from Dublin, Ireland, where she was educated to become a doctor at the University there. If it was not that she was your great, great grandmother, we would not be writing this today. Your grandfather (Thomas) was about 4 pounds when he was born and she kept them alive in a little cigar box in the back of one of those old-fashioned coal stove’s. She kept him for one year, until he was a very strong baby.

Your great great grandmother had other children besides Anna Roche. She had Rose, Anna and another daughter and a son. I do know the boy moved to Cleveland Ohio and had seven sons. Rose married a man named Booth and had no children. Rose moved to Port Chester after her husband died and lived with one of her sisters who married a man named Gackstetter. They had David, Walter, John, Harold and Mabel. They were the ones I visited for many years and enjoyed very much. At one time Mabel and I, and one of her brothers came to visit you at your home in Larchmont. That it that is what you remember. No one in the family kept up with them but myself and now I have not heard from them in years. The other sister, Anna, lived up in Port Chester too, and had six girls and one boy. Their name was Hickey, bur all are married with different names. At one time they had a family gathering and there were 15 members of the family. Many more did not come. I do not know anything more about them today.”

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We know that Anna Roach (b.abt 1838 in ireland) immigrated to and lived in New York City. She married Henry Lewis of Wales. Her mother lived with her for a while in the 1860’s, carefully caring for Thomas, Anna’s newborn 4 lbs. son and my great grandfather, by “putting him in a little cigar box on one of those old-fashioned shelves.”

I have been deeply curious about the Roach’s because of the mis-spelling of her last name on Anna’s grave. Initially, I though the grave was correct and that the Census record keepers were just sloppy. But as I collected various death records, I became convinced that “Roach” is the proper spelling of her last name.

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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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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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