Below is an interesting newspaper article that has been framed and displayed in my Moms house for a very long time. She has always told me that she cut it out of a newspaper because of the last name and location, but did not think it was related to anybody in our family. Today I asked her about it in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. • Jeremiah Sheehan, (b. 1848 in Vermont or […]
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 […]
The following is part of an Genealogical Assessment provided by the nice people at Eneclann. The purpose of the assessment is to help me evaluate whether it makes sense to move forward with a more in-depth investigation of my Roche (Roach) relatives of Dublin, Ireland.. The people there are very nice and curteous. They did lose my initial request for […]
When I first started doing my genealogy research, I learned that my great, great grandfather, Henry Lewis, married a woman named “Anna Roche”. In fact, my great aunt, Grace Lewis” gave me the first first insight into a family that I had only heard of by name. “Anna Roche was born in Brooklyn, but her mother came from Dublin, Ireland, […]
We know that Anna Roach (b.abt 1838 in ireland) immigrated to and lived in New York City. She married Henry Lewis of Wales. Her mother lived with her for a while in the 1860’s, carefully caring for Thomas, Anna’s newborn 4 lbs. son and my great grandfather, by “putting him in a little cigar box on one of those old-fashioned […]
This week’s genealogical success was with the Hayes branch on the Lewis side of the family. In the recent months I had found many articles that mentioned James V. Hayes, but lacked concrete evidence to link them to the descendants of Patrick Hayes and Johanna Cowhey.
Several branches of the Beattie family have been told of Jonathan J. Beattie’s time in the Navy during the Civil War. Unfortunately, none of us have any details of his experience there. My Uncle Lloyd only documented that he believed that Jonathan “Was a Seaman in the US Navy in the Savannah, Georgia area”.