The Hayes Family History Site

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

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 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.

Raymond Tierney and Family with Frank, Virginia and May

"Raymond Tierney and Family with Frank, Virginia and May"

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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.

Laurel Newman Photo Collection

September 28, 2009

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.

Members of an eclipse aerial expedition ready to Roosevelt Field to climb 30,000 feet to photograph the eclipse. Left to right: Aaron “Duke” Krantz, Pilot; Herbert Partridge, Technical observer; Robert Donahue, movie camera operator; and Buck Baron, camera operator.

Michael A Baron

Excerpt From: Get That Picture! The Story Of The News Cameraman

The steel strike disorders everywhere were terrifying experiences for the news photographers. At Warren, Ohio, three cameramen, Charles Wilk, Cleveland manager of Wide World Photos, Mack Baron, of International News, and Jack Hines, Associated Press staffer, were fired upon and dropped into a ditch as bullets whizzed over their heads. At the time, they were taking pictures of a food airplane landing in the Warren steel plant enclosure.

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A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, Volume 2
By Everett Gleason Hill

Hon. John Orrin Shares

John O SharesHon. John Orrin Shares is well known in business circles of Hamden as a successful operator in the field of real estate, but is even more widely known because of the important part which he has played in public affairs of the community. He is now judge of the town court of Hamden. As a member of the legislature of 1897 he was connected with the lawmakers of Connecticut and it was during this service as a member of the state legislature that he introduced the bill to create the town court of Hamden. Judge Shares was born in North Haven, Connecticut, October 2, 1867, and is a son of Horace Putnam and Susan Charlotte (Ives) Shares. His father was born in Hamden, Connecticut, May 8, 1836, a son of Daniel W. and Janette (Bassett) Shares, the former a well known inventor. Horace P. Shares was for many years identified with brick manufacturing in New Haven and did much to promote the industry in his section of the state. In the middle ’50s he carried on farming in North Haven and then took up the manufacture of brick in connection with his father-in-law, Alfred Ives. About 1859 he assumed the management of the Warner, Mansfield & Stiles Brick Company of Nortli Haven Center, thus continuing until 1863, in which year he established a business of liis own in the Quinnipiac valley. Later he purchased of his former employers one of their yards and operated both until 1887. In the operation of his plant he introduced improved machinery and equally improved processes of manufacture and greatly developed the industry. He was the first to introduce the Philadelphia repress system and in 1880 he adopted the pallet system for drying brick. His sound judgment and keen sagacity enabled him to readily recognize the value of any new idea put forth in connection with brick manufacture and to adopt it or reject it according to its real worth in connection with the business. He traveled quite extensively in America and in Mexico and showed great interest in the development of Rock Ledge, Florida, where he spent the winter months from 1884. There he built the Rock Ledge Hotel, which was successfully conducted under his management and which became a popular resort with Connecticut’s winter residents of Florida. During the summer months Mr. Shares resided at Short Beach. He passed away hi Pasadena, California, January 23, 1902. He was married October 9, 1854, to Susan Charlotte Ives, a daughter of the late Alfred Ives, of North Haven and a representative of one of the old and prominent families of this state.

Judge Shares, their son, whose name introduces this review, supplemented his district school education by a course in the New Haven high school and then took up the brick manufacturing business with his father, with whom he was thus associated until he reached the age of twenty-nine years. He then engaged in business on his own account in Cheshire operating a brass rolling mill for ten years, but his plant was destroyed by fire in 1909. He has made his home in Hamden except for about five years spent in New Haven. After the fire he embarked in the real estate business in Hamden. in which he has since been active, negotiating many important realty transfers.

On the 2d of May, 1889, Judge Shares was united in marriage to Miss Codie May Munson, who was born in Hamden and there passed away May 30, 1910. Her parents were Henry W. and Charlotte (Thomas) Munson, natives of New Haven. To the first marriage of Judge Shares was born on January 16, 1892, a son, Lester Munson, who is now located in Bay City, Michigan. For his second wife Judge Shares chose Miss Nina May Chappell, of New Haven, whom he wedded on the 25th of November, 1913. She was born in New Haven and is a daughter of Joshua M. and Ida (Riggs) Chappell, the former a native of Centerport,’ Long Island, and now’ engaged in the oyster business in New Haven. There are two children of the second marriage: Sylvia Chappell, born November 25, 1914; and Janace, born March 16, 1917.

In his political views Judge Shares is a republican, having supported the party since attaining his majority. In 1896 he was elected to the state legislature and served in the session of the following year, during which time he introduced a bill to create the town court of Hamden, of which twenty years later he became presiding judge. He served as clerk of the committee on roads, rivers and bridges while in the state legislature. He was appointed deputy judge of the town court of Hamden by the Connecticut legislature of 1915 and after serving two years was commissioned judge on the 3d of June, 1917, and is now serving in this capacity. He has been one of the active republicans of the town of Hamden since reaching man’s estate, yet he is not blindly following party leadership. On the contrary he is an independent thinker, nor binds himself to any course but guides his actions by what he believes to be right. Fraternally he is connected with Day Spring Lodge, F. & A. M., Pulaski Chapter, R. A. M., Crawford Council, R. & S. M., New Haven Commandery, K. T., and Pyramid Temple, %A. A.,,0. N. M. S. He has also attained the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite. ‘He-likewise belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen; is a member of the Quinnipiac Club of New Haven; a veteran of Company F, Second Rcgim’ent, Connecticut National Guard, better known as the New Haven Grays, and now holds a commission as captain of Company H, Second Regiment, Connecticut Home Guard. He is one of Hamden’s most prominent men, is widely known throughout the state, and his political activities have gained him high endorsement, while his pronounced social characteristics have won for him the warm friendship and high regard of all with whom he has been associated.

Robert M. Goldberg
Born in Brooklyn, NY on Jan. 27, 1937
Departed on Aug. 26, 2009 and resided in Coventry, RI

Coventry – Robert M. Goldberg, 72, of Sandra Circle, died Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Jane A. (Wowk) Goldberg. Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 26, 2008.

Born in Brooklyn, NY he was a son of the late Alexander and Edith (Krichmar) Goldberg and had lived in West Warwick for thirty-two years before moving to Coventry in 2000. Bob was a vice president of the former Old Stone Bank where he worked from 1967 until the banks closing in 1994. He later worked for two years as a consultant for Coopers Waterhouse in Providence and then as a recruiting placement officer for two years for Manpower in Providence before retiring.

He was a member of the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of RI where he served as co-chairman of fundraising. Bob was an avid sports fan especially of the Boston red Sox and New England Patriots.

Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Jennifer J. Goldberg of Hermosa Beach, CA, his brother Edward H. Goldberg of Sarasota, FL and his sister Judith Goldstein of Hamden, CT.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM at the Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 12 – 1 PM. Donations in his memory may be made to Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Road, Coventry, RI 02816. Information and condolences at

It’s not to often you find a photograph of  four generations of one family.  So when I came across one of my wife’s Uncle’s family photos, I decided it deserved a blog post of its own!

Ricky Barnes of Georgia has a boat load of Barnes and Shares photo’s letters and other historical documents that he just hasn’t had time to do anything with.  The Barnes and Shares families generally lived in  the New Haven, Connecticut area for several generations.  Although he is deeply interested in his own family’s genealogy, the needs of today take precedence.  So he gave me a small sampling to have fun with.  And boy has it been fun!  Unlike my own family, his genealogical roots in the United States go all the way back to the late 1600′s or early 1700′s.  And there is lots of genealogical information data to mine just on the internet.

So here is the first piece on his family.  A 5-generation photo depicting members of the Blakeslee, Ives, Shares, Barnes and Schoonmaker families.

5 Generations

Pictured left to right

  • Grandma Ella Shares Barnes (1855-1942)
    m. Robert N Barnes (1850 – ?)
  • Mother Genevieve Schoonmaker (1879 – ? )
    m.  William H Schoonmaker (1910 – ?)
  • Great, Great Grandma Sylvia Blakeslee Ives (1816 – 1912)
    m. Alfred Ives (1813 – 1886)
  • Daughter Alice Schoonmaker
  • Great Grandma Susan Ives Shares (1838 – 1902)
    m. Horace Putnam Shares (1836 – 1902)