The Hayes Family History Site

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

Jean Yerks, Mary Condos granddaughter, found this article in her keep sake box and gave it to me for good keeping.  It’s surprising, because we really had no idea that Semne (now Mary) Konzia Condos was so popular in Stamford. She was born in Greece, immigrated to America circa 1900, bounced around for a while, but finally settled in Stamford.  We knew she and the greek Condos family owned four Coney Island Restaurants in Stamford, but we had no idea of the impact they made on the community.  Now we know.

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This article was found in a box of pictures belonging to Speros Condos, brother of George Condos.  George and Speros were twins and together they excelled in the sports arena around Stamford High School.  This article looks back at a basketball team that kept Stamford thrilled.

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This photo is of four generations of James L Yerks’. It was taken circa 1969. Based on a few early census records, James L Yerks appears to have changed his name from Leroy Yerks to James Leroy Yerks. James L Yerks Sr is the son of Annie Cutler and George Oakley Yerks. He had two brothers; Ralph who was killed in France during World War I and William Benjamin, who was gassed in World War I but survived and eventually returned to the United States. His decendents now live in the New Jersey area.

James L Yerks Sr (b. 21 May 1912 in Goldens Bridge, NY; d. 1 Oct 2007 in Cos Cob, CT)
James L Yerks Jr (b. 5 Nov 1892 in Mt. Kisco, NY; d. 20 Apr 20, 1973 in Cos Cob, CT)
James L Yerks III (Living)
James L Yerks IV (Living)

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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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.

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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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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.

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