Tuesday, May 28, 2019

52Ancestors 52Weeks - Military






Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Military.

Today is Memorial Day where we remember those who have served in the Military to keep our country free!



Several members of my family have served in the Military and I am very proud of them.  Early on we had Benjamin Foster who was involved with one of the first naval battles in Maine during the Revolutionary War.  Both of my 2nd Great Grandfathers were in the Civil War. John Counts was in Savannah, Georgia and Horatio N. Moore was in Mobile, Alabama.

I probably have relatives in the First World War but haven’t found the records yet.

My father, James Mathews and his brothers, Tom and William all served in the military during WW 11.  My father was in the Navy and was stationed stateside, New York City and Washington D.C.  The other two were in the Army and served overseas.

My cousin William Mathews Jr. also served in the Army during the Viet Nam War.  I do not have a photo of him in uniform though.

Towards the end of the Viet Nam War my brother Kevin was in the Marines.  He also was trained and served stateside.

              

  


William Mathews, Army   William Mathews, Dad    James Mathews, Navy



Thomas Mathews, Army


Kevin Mathews, Marines














Sunday, May 12, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Road Trip





Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Road Trip.



I had been researching the Moore family for many years and found them in New Brunswick, Canada and Savannah, Georgia.



My husband and I travelled all over the country on motorcycle and were always looking for interesting rides.  We decided one year to go to Savannah, Georgia.  I went well prepared.  I had several addresses where the Moore family lived in Savannah and the cemetery where some of them were buried.



Since the Moore family lived in Savannah from 1880 to 1910 there were many changes and not all addresses had houses.  Some were parking lots and one was a business office.  The church, St. John’s is still there.  The Moore children were baptized in that church.


St. John the Baptist Church



We went to the Laurel Grove Cemetery; Aisle 16 Lot 2439.  We started down a long row heading towards the plot and I was so discouraged, there were no headstones, until we got down to the Moore plot.  Hooray, a little fence around several headstones. Horatio and his wife Mary (my 2nd Great Grandparents) were buried there as were 2 daughters and their families.  It was very exciting to me, not so much my husband though.  We didn’t stay long because it was very hot and buggy.




Entrance to Laurel Grove Cemetery



It was a fun road trip to ride and walk through the streets I knew my Grandfather roamed as a small child.  His parents, Tristram Moore and Genevieve (Counts) were married in Savannah.  Genevieve was born in Savannah, December 1864, the month General Sherman marched through Savannah during the Civil War. 

Savannah Street Scene abt. 1900


Sunday, April 28, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – At Worship




Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is At Worship.



When I think of worshiping, I think of the priests who serve and help the parishioners.  I have had several priests in my family.  This priest, Father Ronan Callahan was born Jerome Callahan to Walter and Rosalie (Tierney) Callahan on 22 May 1923.  He was my Mother, Ruth Moore Mathews’, first cousin.  I only met him a couple of times because he was a Passionist Priest and served around the world.  His obituary follows giving the particulars of his life.













WEST HARTFORD – Father Ronan Callahan, a Passionist priest, seminary professor and overseas missionary, died at St. Mary Home on Sept. 9, 2015. He was 92.

He was born and named Jerome F. Callahan in 1923, the second son of the late Walter S. and Rose (Tierney) Callahan. He was the brother of Robert Callahan of Farmingdale, N.Y., and the late Walter Callahan.

Father Ronan grew up in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. He attended St. Augustine High School in Brooklyn and graduated from Farmingdale High School in 1941. He studied at Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception Preparatory Seminary in Brooklyn in 1944.

He then entered the Passionist community. After completing the novitiate at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1945, Father Ronan studied theology at St. Michael Monastery in Union City, N.J. He received a Master of Arts degree in theology and was ordained a priest in 1951. He then studied philosophy at the Angelicum in Rome from 1952-54; the University of Ottawa, Canada; Laval University in Quebec, Canada; and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He received a Carnegie Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1968.

Father Callahan taught philosophy at the Passionist Monastic Seminary in Jamaica, N.Y., from 1954-70. He also taught at St. Joseph College in West Hartford from 1964-68 and held membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In 1970, he embarked on a missionary career with the Passionists in the southern Philippines. He taught philosophy at Notre Dame of Marbel University in Cotabato, served as consultor to the bishop, was chancellor of the Diocese of Marbel from 1975-90 and ministered as a prison and hospital chaplain. He was president of the Philosophy Association of the Visayas and Mindanao in the southern Philippines and received numerous awards for public service.

After returning to the United States, Father Ronan taught at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell from 1993 until his death. Several years ago, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Holy Apostles Seminary. He also served in local leadership at Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford during that time period.

For more than a dozen years, Father Callahan helped out with Saturday and Sunday ministry at St. Catherine Parish in Broad Brook, where he quickly became a beloved pastoral servant and popular preacher.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 at the Holy Family Monastery chapel. Burial followed at Holy Family Cemetery.
(The Hartford Courant - Saturday September 12, 2015, GenealogyBank.com)


Thursday, April 18, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Out of Place




Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Out of Place.





I have written about this William Mathews the actor on my blog before but thought it fit perfectly with this week’s challenge.

My grandfather’s family Mathers/Mathews all could be found in the New York City area.  Mostly Manhattan and Queens.  I was looking for William Mathers/Mathews born in May of 1890.  He was the son of James Mathers/Mathews and Cecelia O’Brien. 

This person was a mystery I couldn't find anything about him after 1940 or when and where he died.  I had found him in all the Census records available, I had a picture of him, and knew that he was a dancer on Broadway. William was first living with his parents in Manhattan and then after 1910 he lives with his grandmother, until she dies in 1933.  He continued to live in that same house in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York with his Aunt Katie Morris and cousin Bunny.


William Mathers/Mathews about 1935

I had decided to search for him after many years. I searched on Ancestry.com.  When I searched for William Mathews a WW11 Draft Registration card was indicated to belong to him.  I almost passed it by because it was from Saranac Lake, in upstate New York.  All I ever knew was he lived in Manhattan and Queens most of his life.  I looked anyway in this Out of Place area.  It was definitely him.  He gave his  closest relative as Catherine Morris in Queens.  The only new thing about this Draft Registration document was that he was living at the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac Lake, New York.




WW11 Draft Registration

Ancestry.com

I did some research on the hospital and found that it was for people in the entertainment industry who had contracted Tuberculosis (TB).  According to several books and articles I have read on the subject, the clean fresh air was supposed to help cure the body of TB.  They had special porches on all the houses (which they called cottages) all screened in with long deck chairs where the patients would lay all day.

I contacted the public library in Saranac Lake and the librarian found this patient card from the hospital.  It indicates he was in the hospital in 1946.





REPORT OF A CASE OF

TUBERCULOSIS

FULL NAME

William Mathews

PRESENT ADDRESS Will Rogers Memo.

Former Address

94-39 111th St.

Richmand Hill, L.I.

Age—55 occupation _stage__hand__

Incipient? Advanced? Far Advanced?

T.B Pos. Present  P-3 Plus Absent

Has patient been instructed as to disposal of

sputum and all other means of prevention ?

yes

Saranac Lake, N.Y.___6/24/1946

Geo Wilson

M.D.

Attending Physician



It is very important to check every clue and hint even if you think they never would have been in that Out of Place area.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

52Ancestors 52Weeks – Brick Wall




Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Brick Wall.




I have several Brick Walls.  They are people I have not been able to find where they were born, married, or died.  Many of the Brick Walls also include finding where they immigrated from in Europe. Some I will find the information when the records come on line because I can’t travel to the country where the records where registered.

The one Brick Wall that is particularly frustrating is my Great Grandfather, Tristram Anderson Moore.  He was born in Canada in 1851 and travelled with his family to Alabama as a young boy.  The family moved to Alabama to be near his father’s sister Emily Moore Williams.  As Tristram grew older he worked for Emily’s son, Frank Williams.  Frank had the largest Cypress Lumber Company in Louisiana.  Tristram worked on one of his boats delivering wood.





This picture is of Tristram (2nd from left in back) about 20 years old working in the Southern Music Company store in Savannah, Georgia.  The family moved there when Tristram’s father, Horatio, got a job with the Chickering Piano Company in Savannah. In 1885 Tristram married another employee of the Southern Music Company, Genevieve Counts.  They seemed to have a happy life with 6 children, Mary, John, Bessie, Wilhelmina, Tristram (called James) and Francis.  They lived in several different places in Savannah during this time which was very typical of people who rent rather than bought homes.  Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Tristram leaves the family.  He is in the 1900 Census but not in the 1910.  The story that has been passed down through the years is he died at sea.

Apparently, he deserted the family and went in search of adventure on the high seas!  Several thoughts come to my mind when I hear that.  First, it is true.  Second, they divorced, and it was quite a big deal if someone divorced.  Third, he just left and never came home so she made up the story of him going to sea and dying.

I have looked at the records available in Alabama and Georgia of deaths for Tristram A. Moore and have found none.  I have checked for him in the census records in several southern states, nothing.  I have looked for records of seaman dying at sea but haven’t found any.  I have looked with all the possible name variations that he used: Tristram Moore, Tristram A. Moore, Tristram Anderson Moore, T. A Moore and Tris Moore.

I have checked many records for the Williams family in Louisiana in case he was living with them but didn’t find him. 

One day I hope to find an answer to my Brick Wall question, what happened to Tristram Anderson Moore?

Monday, March 25, 2019

52Ancestors 52Weeks - In the News





Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is In the News.





The historical newspapers are a wonderful place to look for and find information on relatives.  You find birth, marriage and death announcements, when someone is visiting from out of town and people coming off ships.  There are also articles with more personal accounts of people’s lives.  One such account that I found for Owen J. McDonald, my husband’s paternal great grandfather, was very interesting.






Brooklyn Daily Eagle – 4 Apr 1883 Wed – Page 4







The article is from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 4 April 1883.  The headline reads Behind a Cloud - Disappearance of Wealthy Butcher. Apparently, Owen McDonald owned a butcher shop in the Washington Market.  Every Sunday he would go and do his accounts while it was closed.  On Sunday, 25 February 1883, he went as usual from his home on 19th Street, Brooklyn to Washington Market (Most important NYC wholesale produce market between 1880-1910 located in what is now known as TriBeCa) 




Washington Market 1890



He didn’t return home.  Now it is April and there has been several sightings, in a bar, in a railroad station, and in New Jersey, but he hasn’t come home. The article gives a complete description. Owen was 40 years old, with light sandy hair slightly mixed with gray.  He wore sparse side whiskers and small mustache.  He was dressed in a dark overcoat, dark mixed pants, laced shoes, stand up collar.  He also had on a scarf and was wearing a white shirt. When he was spotted in the railway station, he had on his work cap and not his fedora that he wore going to work.

The article hinted that he might have been insane as his two sisters had some insanity issues and possibly one of his daughters. The article indicated that he was loved by everyone, had a great business and so many people were out searching for him.

I have checked the newspapers from April 1883 to his death in 1896 and have found nothing telling if he ever was found or what happened to him until his death.  The death certificate dated 28 November 1896 states that he died in Bellevue Hospital of Emphysema and is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

This article was wonderful and frustrating at the same time.  I learned about his relationships with friends and family, a complete description of him and how he ran his business but not what happened to him while he was missing.  There was never any hint through family tales what happened either.  Very interesting.

Friday, March 22, 2019

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Large Family




Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019.  She will give us prompts to get us started.  This week's prompt is Large Family.



My great grandparents, William John Mathers and Mary McCrudden Mathers, had 9 children 7 who lived to adulthood. My grandfather, William Mathers/Mathews was the youngest child and only 1 of 2 boys.  The second oldest, James was born in 1868 and my grandfather was born in 1884 quite a difference in age. William John Mathers was a shoemaker and in the 1880 New York Census he lived at 226 W. 28th Street, New York City and had his wife and 7 children living above his shop.



When the children got married and had children, they all stayed very close.  They lived within several blocks to each other in New York City.  The grandchildren of William Mathers and Mary McCrudden Mathers were 32 in number.  The families got together for every special occasion.

Their Children were-

Mary Jane – Married Joseph Flanagan and had 12 children

James – Married Cecelia O’Brien and had 1 son

Catherine – Married Patrick Morris and had 2 daughters

Ellen (Nellie) – Married William Hickey and had 6 children

Ann – Married William White and had 2 daughters

Theresa – Married William Rudolph and had 5 children

William – Married Mary (Mamie) McGuigan and had 4 children

The grandchildren were born between 1890 and 1924.  Grandma, Mary McCrudden Mathers was alive for all their births, she died in 1933.  Unfortunately, Grandpa, William John Mathers only lived until 1902.

Even though William and Mary had 7 children and I think that is a large family, their oldest daughter, Mary Jane had a larger family.  Mary Jane Mathers and Joseph Flanagan had 12 children, their oldest was born in 1890 and their youngest was born in 1914.  The amazing thing is their youngest who was born in 1914 lived until 2015.