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!”
On 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.
The other day I found two photographs that seem to link two branches of the Tierney family together. The pictures come from the collection of Frank Noel and May (Berry) Tierney who lived in Larchmont, New York. Frank Noel Tierney and Raymond A Tierney were first cousins, so it makes sense that they new of each other, but these are the first photographs connecting the two families.
This story is about one of the Hone cousins on the Yerks side of the family. It was first published on October 21, 2009 in the Greenwich Times. Thanks to Jean Yerks for sending me the link!
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Lloyd Lewis, 71, of Glen Mills, who for 19 years worked to improve the living conditions of senior citizens, died Thursday from pneumonia after treatment for acute leukemia.
In 1971, Mr. Lewis began his work with the elderly when he became founding executive director of the Kendal Organization in Kennett Square and established Kendal at Longwood, the first of the Kendal nonprofit life-care retirement communities.
Before that, Mr. Lewis worked at the Vanadium Corp. of America in New York for 11 years; the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia for about two years; and Pendle Hill, a Quaker adult-education center in Wallingford, for 11 years.
But it was his work at Kendal that inspired Mr. Lewis to devote the rest of his life to serving senior citizens. At the time of his retirement from Kendal six years ago, an estimated 2,000 seniors lived in Kendal properties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and New Hampshire.
Mr. Lewis worked to improve the living conditions of seniors nationwide with the restraint elimination program, called Untie the Elderly, and led the effort by eliminating restraints from all Kendal facilities.
After retiring from Kendal, Mr. Lewis established a new company, US Retirement Communities, where he worked until last year.
He was active in the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, where he served on the executive board, its continuing care committee and its public policy committee
Mr. Lewis also served on the American Gerontological Society, the Committee on Aging of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends, and Friends Services for the Aging in Philadelphia.
In addition, he served on the board of Swarthmore College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1949, from 1985 to 1989 and again in 1990 until his death.
He was a bird-watcher and was a member of the Society of Friends.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eliza B. Lewis of Glen Mills; son Paul M. Lewis and daughter Laurie K. Lewis, both of West Chester; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Services are private. The family suggests contributions to either Swarthmore College or the Cape May Bird Observation Center for Research and Education, Cape May Court House, N.J.
Today, Laurel Newman, daughter of Eileen Smith sent me a box of wonderful photo’s from the Eileen Smith side of the family. Thank You Laurel!
Laurel rescued them from a flood at her mother’s house. She tried to clean them up as best she could, but in addition to the water damage, they also suffered some oil damage in the flood. I scanned them in at high resolution and tried to crop out as much of the damage as I could without losing any of the important surroundings. Now we just need to identify those photo’s that have the generic “img_XXX” label.