30 September 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Michael & Daniel Welsh

Michael J  1891-1968
Daniel J 1875-1957

Michael and Daniel are buried at St. Patrick's RC Cemetery in Kennett Square, Chester County.

They are my great grand uncles. They are brothers of my great grandfather Martin Joseph Welsh. Their parents were Michael and Anna Keating Welsh.

Their birthdates may be off. The boys both filled out their WWI Draft Registration. Michael did not offer his middle name but did state his birthdate was 31 March 1893. Daniel stated his birthdate as 22 March 1877 and his middle name as James. Both brothers worked for the Phoenix Iron Co. in Phoenixville and both lived still with their mother Anna.

Michael, in 1942, filled out his WWII Draft Registration stating his name is Michael Joseph Welsh. He lists his birthdate again as 31 March 1893.

Tombstone Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt prompted by GeneaBloggers in which an image of a gravestone is featured. It may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.

29 September 2014

Did you know ...

Today is Amanuensis Monday! As many of you transcribe your family letters, take note of the zip-code. The US Postal Service introduced the use of two-digit zone numbers (zip-codes) on 1 May 1943. The use of the five-digit zip-codes began in July of 1963.

Matrilileneal Monday: Anna Keating Walsh

Anna Keating Walsh is my 2nd great grandmother. I know little of her though. She was born in 1855 in Ireland. My grandmother had said she was from County Mayo but I do not have that confirmed. She was the daughter of Martin Keating and Knapy Penelope. Her death certificate confirms their names.

My Aunt Peg (cousin actually; Anna's granddaughter) told me that Anna had immigrated with her brothers and sisters when she was five. They all settled on a farm in Ringtown until the state claimed eminent domain and took the farm for a highway.

Ringtown is a small town near Shenandoah in Schuylkill County. Anna's husband Michael Walsh had settled in Shenandoah. A trip to the public library in Ringtown found little hope that the eminent domain story was accurate. The women there (one was the librarian and the other was her sister who turned out to be the self appointed town historian) did not recognize the last name Keating nor could they recall any eminent domain issues. They did recall one highway but it was far enough away that it would not have been considered Ringtown.

At some point, Anna moved to Shenandoah, met Michael, got married and started a family. They had six children: Daniel, Margaret Mary, Martin Joseph, Michael Joseph, Katherine, and John. They married sometime before 1877 (the year Daniel was born).

After husband Michael died, she moved down to Phoenixville. Son Martin supposedly played baseball for the Shenandoah team and, according to family members, his team played Phoenixville where he met Catherine O'Flaherty. He moved to town, they married and had 10 children.

Anna died on 23 June 1920 in Phoenixville. The cause of death was Bright's Disease. The family always said she was struck by lightening. She is buried at St Mary Cemetery in Phoenixville, Chester County.

I have not been able to confirm her immigration, family or any other information prior to her moving to Phoenixville. Hence, I have already started researching for a future Surname Saturday!

Matrilineal Monday is a daily blogging prompt prompted by GeneaBloggers. It encourages genealogists to write about a specific female ancestor.

28 September 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Carrie B. Still

Carrie B. Still passed away when she was just 15 years old. She was one of four children of William H. and Isabel McCorkel Still. They lived in Modena, Chester County.Her obituary reads:Miss Carrie B. Still died at her home in Modena on Monday evening after a brief illness. She was only 15 years of age. Her remains will be laid away to rest tomorrow at Hephzibah.Another funeral announcement reads:STILL - At Modena on Monday evening July 30th, 1894, Carrie B. Still in the 15th year of her age. Funeral on Thursday, August 2d. Meet at the house at 10 o'clock. Internment at Hephzibah. Services at the church.
Another paper, dated 4 August 1894, announced her death briefly. It read:STILL - In Modena on July 30th, Carrie B., daughter of William and Isabel Still, in her 15th year.Her father William was the son of David and Agnes Armstrong Still. David was the son of Margaret Still, my 4th great grandmother. According to the Death Register of the Chester County Archives, Carrie was 14 and lived in East Fallowfield. She died on 30 July 1894 of cholera morbus. Cholera morbus is an antiquated medical term which referred to acute gastroenteritis. It occurred in summer or autumn and was characterized by severe cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Sunday's Obituary is a GeneaBloggers prompt encouraging bloggers to post obituaries along with other information about that person.

27 September 2014

Celebrate Ancestor Appreciation Day

Saturday (27 September) is Ancestor Appreciation Day! Like I need a reason to talk about my ancestors, right!

An ancestor, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is "one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent." So today, I would like to recognize ...

my great grandparents:
Panko Hruszczak
Bessie Matys Hruszczak
John Kurenda
Francis Skrabalak Kurenda Keshuta
Pierson George Still
Mary Kilpatrick Still
Martin Welsh
Catherine O'Flaherty Welsh

my 2nd great grandparents:
Theodore Hruszczak
Catherine Romanko Hruszczak
Joseph Matys
Olena Vaspelship Matys
Petri Kurenda
Anna (maiden name unknown) Kurenda
John Skrabalak
Franklin Still
Sarah Jennie VanHorn Still
James Kilpatrick
Michael Walsh (children changed name to Welsh)
Anna Keating Walsh
Dennis O'Flaherty
Martha Durkin O'Flaherty

my 3rd great grandparents:
Nicholas Romanko
George David Still
Sarah Bing
Chrispin Pierson VanHorn
Maria Rice VanHorn
Martin Keating
Knapy Penelope Keating
Patrick Durkin
Abyan Murphy

my 4th great grandparents:
Margaret Still
Robert Bing
Sarah McWilliams Bing
George VanHorn
Jane Dudbridge VanHorn
Lott Rice
Sarah Williams Rice

my 5th great grandparents:
Charles Still
Margaret Rhoades Still
John Bing
Jane (maiden name unknown) Bing
John VanHorn
Jane (maiden name unknown) VanHorn
William Dudbridge
Joanna (maiden name unknown) Dudbridge

my 6th great grandfather:
William Dudbridge

26 September 2014

Did you know ...

The Census follows the "72 Year Rule". This means that a census is available 72 years after it was taken. Hence the 1940 Census, the most recent to be made public, became available in 2012.

Funeral Card Friday: J Norwood Rodgers

In Memory of
J. Norwood Rodgers

May 27, 1908
Chatam, Pa

Passed Away
February 16,1965
Coatesville, Pa

Final Resting Place
Fairview Cemetery
Coatesville, Pa

Services Conducted from
S. Paul Roberts Funeral Home
Coatesville, Pa
Friday, February 19, 1965 at 2 PM

The Rev. Richard G Miller, Jr.

The 1910 Census show James and Lillian Rodgers and their five children living in London Grove, which would have been the Chatam mentioned above. The Rodgers had been married 15 years, which would put their marriage year as 1895. Harry is their eldest at 24 years. William is 20. Frank is 14. Daughter May is 12. Daughter Ruth is 10. Ralph is eight. Norwood is just three. They also had two boarders - widower Walter Finnefrock and his three year old daughter Margaret - living with them. James and son William were butchers in James' own shop at home.

J. Norwood Rodgers was the son on James and Lillian Rodgers. The 1920 Census lists 12 year old Norwood living with his parents and two brothers - Ralph W. & J. Clarence - on Virginia Avenue in Coatesville.

James and Lillian Rodgers appear on the 1930 Census with 19 year old son Clarence in Coatesville. Norwood would be 33 and is evidently on his own. Norwood is more elusive.

Funeral Card Friday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers.

25 September 2014

Those Places Thursday: League Island, Philadelphia

While working on postcards recently, I came across "213. Dry Dock, League Island, Philadelphia, PA."

The shipyard was established by an Act of Congress in 1799, making it the oldest in the US, according to the Library of Congress. The original site consisted of 11 acres at the foot of Federal Street from Front Street to the Delaware River in the Southwark neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The shipyard was originally owned by Joshua Humphreys, a prominent naval architect. In fact, it was here that he supervised construction of the first ship of the U.S. Navy.

It is no longer physically an island. Shown here is an 1891 map of League Island (found the image on Wikipedia).

Those Places Thursday is a GeneaBloggers daily prompt which encourage us to focus on places our families may have lived or worked or spent time.

24 September 2014

Wedding Wednesday: O'Flaherty

Dennis O'Flaherty and Martha Durkin were both born in Ireland and met here in America. The first I have found them here was married together living in Phoenixville, Chester County in 1870. In searching for their information, I am working on all the children hoping to find something, anything.

The Chester County Archives has many resources online. One of which is the Marriage Records from 1885 to 1930. There are two O'Flaherty boys listed: Hugh and Michael. Both are my great grandmother (Catherine O'Flaherty Welsh)'s brothers. Hugh (b. 31 May 1869) married Kathryn Dee on 4 November 1903. Michael P. (b. 20 August 1871) married Margaret McQuade on 29 January 1902. There were also two O'Flaherty girls. One was my great grandmother Catherine (b. 2 October 1885) showing she married Martin Welsh on 27 April 1910. That same day, a Margaret O'Flaherty (b. 29 June 1870) married a Thomas Graham. While Catherine and the boys did have a sister Margaret, she lived only abt. 1877 to 9 June 1895. All were married in Phoenixville.

The Marriage Records from 1852 to 1855 does not list any O'Flaherty. Their first children were born in 1968 - twins named James and Mary. I have only been able to find Dennis and Martha on the 1870 and 1880 Census records. He died before 1904, when she is listed in a City Directory as a widow. I have been working on the assumption (as in my grandmother - Mary Welsh Still - said so years ago) that Dennis and Martha immigrated individually and met and married here. Ellis Island did not open until 1892. By that time they were here, married and living in Phoenixville.

While I have been unable to find out information on Dennis and Martha Durkin O'Flaherty's marriage, I did confirm three family members and find an O'Flaherty who does not fit in.

Wedding Wednesday is a GeneaBlogger daily blog prompt to display those old wedding photos or scan wedding invitations and announcements. It is also a nice way to sort through marriage information.


23 September 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: John & Mary Zomolski

John ( 13 November 1914 - 31 December 1985)
Mary (7 April 1920 - 5 February 2005)
buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery
Valley Township, Chester County, PA
Tombstone Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt prompted by GeneaBloggers in which an image of a gravestone is featured. It may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.

22 September 2014

Military Monday: General Samuel Meredith

Samuel Meredith crossed my desk this past weekend in the form of a postcard. General Samuel Meredith, according to the Pleasant Mount Historical Society, was a Pennsylvania Officer of the Revolutionary War and the first Treasurer of the United States under the Federal Constitution.

Born in Philadelphia in 1741 to Reese and Martha Carpenter Meredith, he was a merchant like his father before him. He  attended Doctor Allison’s Academy in Philadelphia.

In 1772 he married Margaret Cadwalader at Christ Church in Philadelphia. Together, they had seven children.

During the Revolutionary War, he served the Third Battalion of Associators in 1776. The Third Battalion was also known as the "Silk Stocking Company." He served, according to a file at the University of Delaware, in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown. He was promoted to brigadier- general of the Pennsylvania militia on 5 April 1777. The following year, in 1778, he resigned from the army and returned home to his family and his business.

At 45, he was selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress. He represented Pennsylvania in that capacity for two years.

The following year, on 11 September 1789, Meredith was appointed Treasurer by President George Washington. He served through three Presidencies until his health forced him to retire on 1 December 1801.

He then retired to his estate, Belmont Manor, in Pleasant Mount, where he died in 1817.

In 1901, the Samuel Meredith Monument Association was chartered with the purpose of erecting a monument and bringing the remains of Meredith and his wife to rest there. The monument's base and plinth is a six foot tall statue. Meredith is depicted as being forty to fifty years of age. He is dressed as a continental general with field glasses in one hand. The Meredith Monument was unveiled on 8 June 1904 in Pleasant Mount by his granddaughter Sarah Maria Meredith.

In 1908, General Meredith and his wife were re-interred near the monument at Meredith Park. Their original burial site had been the Belmont Manor.

Military Monday is a daily blogging prompt prompted by GeneaBloggers. It is an opportunity to post images, stories and records of service in various branches of the military.

21 September 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Ann Horblinski Leveille

This past week our Parish Family lost a dear woman, Ann Horblinski Leveille. I felt horrible about missing her funeral. I do not read the Daily Local often so I did not see her obituary until after the fact. No email went out like it normally does from our parish. I found out from a friend's Facebook status. ... Vichnaya Pamyat.
Her obituary, as it was printed in the Daily Local:
Ann Horblinski Leveille, 91, of Coatesville passed peacefully Tuesday, September 16, 2014 with her family by her side at Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit, West Chester. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Elias Alex and Catherine Hawrylyk Horblinski and the wife of the late William Joseph Leveille with whom she shared 45 years of marriage before his death in 1999. Ann was a devout member of The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church where she was a member of the Senior UOL Chapter and the Sisterhood. Ann loved her church and church family. Ann attended S. Horace Scott Senior High School. During WWII, Ann worked for Triumph Explosives, Elkton, Md. She worked briefly for Norcross Card Company, West Chester. Ann is survived by her daughter, Karen Lewis and her husband Gregory; her grandson Gregory, Jr. and his wife Charlene; and her two great-grandchildren, Gregory III and Gianna all of Coatesville; her two brothers Peter and John Horblinski, many nieces and nephews and her life-long best friend, Vera Hatcher. In addition to her husband and parents, Ann was predeceased by her sisters Mary Chenger and Janet Bireley and her sister-in-law Arline Leveille Gibson. Ann's funeral service will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will be in The Ukrainian Cemetery, Coatesville. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ann's honor may be made to The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 392 Charles Street, Coatesville, PA 19320. Arrangements are being handled by Wentz Funeral Home, Coatesville 610-384-0318 To send online condolences, please visit www. wentzfuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Local on 18 September 2014Sunday's Obituary is a GeneaBloggers prompt encouraging bloggers to post obituaries along with other information about that person.

20 September 2014

Sorting Saturday: Feeling overwhelmed

My desks (yes I have added a second one) have piles to go through. I have piles on my printer, on my file cabinets, on the floor and even on my dresser. I am feeling a tad overwhelmed! Now, that said, most of my piles have already been sorted so that all the info in each pile goes together.

Today's "Sorting Saturday" will no doubt stretch into Sunday maybe even next week. I am off from the nursery until Wednesday. Tomorrow I have a Sisterhood meeting after church (finally finished prepping for that last night!). The girls both work Saturday and Sunday so aside from time running them to work and back, I have four more things on my "to do" list for the weekend and Monday.

To Do:
1. Postcards - research and data entry
2. Sisterhood minutes & agenda
3. New genealogy/organization project for someone
4. Organize and sort through my papers to prep for day w/cousins next month
5. Fit in some reading

Every Sorting Saturday begins with me prioritizing my To Do list. In this case, the second had a specific deadline (Sunday) and really did not take long. The first and third are paying jobs so they take priority. I'm not meeting with my cousins til the 6th of October so I can technically procrastinate there for a bit yet. The fifth will act as a break at some point during the weekend!

So ... today's tip then is two-fold: prioritize and sort in relevant piles.

Sorting Saturday is a daily blogging prompt prompted by GeneaBloggers. The idea is to write about any tips on how to go about sorting through a closet or box of stuff, what to do with what you find, organizing, supplies and tools you might need, etc.