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.
THE FIRST US GENERATION OF SHEEHANS
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 »
Today, I fired off an email to Ancestry.com’s Customer Support to let them know that I had my DNA re-tested with Family Tree DNA after my initial disappointment with the service there. Results are due back in January.
Ann Hayes’ stamp art (8 years old) has been selected to be on display in the Winter Wonderland Gallery. She is part of a contest and she needs your vote.
There have been thousands of pieces of artwork submitted and hers was chosen from entries from around the country. You can vote every twenty four hours if you want.
There are prizes for the student who receives the most votes in December.
Click the link below to view all the contestants art and to vote for your favorite.
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 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.
The Baron Scherer Chapel (“The Chapel on the Hill”) is located in the Bellevue Cedar Hill Memory Gardens in Daytona Beach. Fl.
Karen Szczeniak, the volunteer Find-A Grave photographer who took the pictures, called the Chapel grand and impressive. She says the chapel is in generally good condition but has some minor water seepage on one wall. The wooden benches may be in need of some touch-up too. Attached to the Chapel are two wings of an ordinary mausoleum structure. The cemetery employee who took her there says it is the only one like it on the cemetery grounds… “and the cemetery is huge!”