The Beattie Mini Reunion of March 2009

The Beattie Family Reunion

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On Sunday we attended the first  “Beattie Mini-Reunion” in Manhasset, NY at the home of Patricia Celmency, my third cousin.  Myself, my wife Colleen, Philip Jr, Kevin, my brother Jerry and mother Jeanne all headed down to Pat’s house which is just 50 minutes away from mothers house in Katonah, NY.  We arrived at 1 PM and were warmly greeted at the door by Patricia and the rest of her side of the family. In attendance from the John Beattie side of the family were my Moms second cousins Regina Haffey and Angela Dolores Hughes; my third cousins Patricia Clemency, Anne Haffey and Regina O’Connell;  as well as Philip and Kevin’s fourth cousin Kevin Clemency.

It was the most incredible experience.  Although we had never met before, we all started in conversation as if we had known each other since we were born.  It it a very hard experience to describe in writing, but all who were there, agreed that the bloodline must have something to do with it.

We spent more that six hours sharing stories, pictures and other family memorabilia with each other.  I only wish we could have stayed longer.  There was so much more to talk about.

But a very special moment of the serendipity came during a photo sharing opportunity.  Angela Haffey passed around a photo that she she believed was the photo of John Beattie and his father Jonathan J. Beattie (also my great, great grandfather).  I asked her if she ever had taken the photo out of its frame and looked at the back for any notes.  She welcomed me to take a look…  so I did.  Look what I found!

Jonathan J. Beattie and his son John with a note inside the frame
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Yes, this picture is of Jonathan J. Beattie and his son John.  What a treasure for all of us to see!

Before we left, we were able to get a few photo’s in..

Second Cousins Angela Dolores Hughes, Regina Haffey and Jeanne Hayes:

Second Cousins Angela Dolores Beattie, Regina Haffey and Jeanne Hayes
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Third Cousins J. Jerald Hayes, Philip Hayes, Regina O’Connell, Ann Haffey and Patricia Clemency

Third Cousins J. Jerald Hayes, Philip Hayes, Regina Haffey, Ann Haffey and Patricia Clemency
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Third Cousins Philip Hayes, Kevin Clemency and Kevin Hayes

Third Cousins Philip Hayes, Kevin Clemency and Kevin Hayes
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And lets not forget the “Outlaws”; Joe Haffey, Colleen Hayes and Bill Clemency.

Joe Haffey, Colleen Hayes and Bill Clemency

Thanks to all for an absolutely wonderful afternoon.  I hope w can do it again soon!

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Philip (Phil) Hayes is the CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC. As CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC, he served as a Technology Solutions Consultant and Web Applications Programmer for fortune 500 companies, large municipalities and hospitals. He is fluent in the SQL, ColdFusion, PHP and Javscript programming languages. He is also a power user of the WordPress Content Management System, commonly used for blogging. Phil's latest product development includes a service called 'Map The Past'. The advanced, yet easy to use functionality offered in this product will enable its members to "Walk in the Footsteps of Their Ancestors". Phil became a Genealogy addict when in 1998, his Uncle, Lloyd W Lewis, sat he and his wife down on the deck of his Uncle's Pennsylvania home and told them the story of his Great, Great Grandfather Henry W. Lewis, the Privateer. The story was so intriguing that Phil found himself yearning for more details. Hence…. Philip Hayes, the Genealogist was born. Leveraging his technology skills, Philip has grown and developed the family tree well beyond what his Uncle could have ever dreamed of. Combining the power of technology and the primary sources from historical documents, Philip developed his own family history web site, based on the Word Press Content Management System ( Upon publishing the site, it has inspired many people to develop interest in the family's history and has connected Philip to several undiscovered relatives and their family stories. Phil is a member of numerous historical and genealogy societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists

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