There was a lot of green in this week’s posts. That’s not surprising, considering the optional theme was “Luck of the Irish.”
Some of the many posts that stood out to me this week include: Cheryl Biermann Hartley of My Search for the Past wrote about the lucky McGaughey family Bible. Patricia Rohn of Shaking the Tree wrote about her great-grand uncle Amandus Logue who worked on construction of the Panama Canal. (Cool name and a cool photo!) Melissa Wiseheart of A Wise Heart’s Journey wrote about Zerilda Eleanora Rakestraw Springer, who she calls “almost a ghost.”
Another post that I’d like to highlight is by Roberta Estes of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy. Roberta said that doing the 52 Ancestors challenge got her to thinking about how her research has progressed over the years… and how she has 11 things she’d do differently.
My contribution this week was James Orr, one of my many ancestors with rather fuzzy Irish origins. No Famine immigrants for me — my Irish were already in North America by 1800, which makes it a bit challenging. (As if Irish research weren’t already challenging enough!) Ironically, within just a few hours of posting that, Ann Lamb left a comment with clues on where I might be able to find him. Thank you, Ann! It goes to show that writing about your ancestors really can help your research.
- Week 12 (Mar 19 – 25) – Same
- Week 13 (Mar 26 – Apr 1) – Different
- April themes
So it turns out I’m half Irish but when it comes to finding Irish records I could use some luck. So far I’ve only found one record relating to my great, great, great grandfather Patrick Cosgrove who came from Killoe in County Longford.
HESS, ANNAL: Feather Renovators (1906) Wallaceburg, Ontario http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/03/52-ancestors-no-11-hess-annal-feather.html
What an interesting post! I had never heard of that occupation before – love the pictures you included with it!
CALHOUNs and SLADEs – a DNA challenge
This week in honor of the Irish, I wrote about Alice Reade, my first known female relative on my maternal side!
I don’t have Irish ancestry, but my Bavarian ancestor Jakob Zinsmeister sure didn’t have the luck of the Irish (or maybe he did, depending on which definition you believe). https://pastprologue.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/week-11-jakob-zinsmeister-1741-1797/
I went black for Black Sheep. Tate, Ruby, DeWeese.
ROACH/FITZPATRICK – Francis Roach & Ann Fitzpatrick – Ireland to Massachusetts
Not long into my genealogy research, I debunked the family lore that my grandmother’s side of the family was of Irish descent. Nope. Not at all. In fact, I’ve gone back an average 8-9 generations on both sides of my tree and cannot find ONE direct Irish immigrant! So, for this week’s theme I went with a collateral relation: the wife of my 2nd great grand-uncle, PHEBE MONAGHAN (1832-1908) — she came to the U.S. at age 10 with her father and siblings in 1842. Apparently, she brought Irish tragedy with her. https://rememberal.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/endurance-irish-immigrant-phebe-monaghan-irvine-1832-1908/
My focus was on the CASEY family who moved to SUNDERLAND sometime before 1860 but ended up all over the world – Australia, USA even Bermuda!
My husband and I are not our ancestors however the knot we tied the day before and the day after St. Patrick’s Day 1978 brought together all of our ancestors in our MEDER-DEMPSEY family tree.
52 Ancestors: #11 Lucky in Love
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Catching up from last week: GREEN — “A Tragic Accident at the Indiana Republican Convention” on Green Family Archives.
I took the theme of Luck of the Irish in a different way. I wrote about an ancestor who was particularly unlucky. Or, you could say that I’m the lucky one for finding what I have about her. My great great grandmother, Ella, died at the age of 26 and there are almost no official documents for her. I struggled in my research until recently. My grandfather died last fall, which has prompted us to go through everything at his house and a trunk in his bedroom yielded several letters that had been written to Ella, and one that was written by her.
RAKESTRAW Springer, Zerilda Eleanora
Thanks for the shout out, Amy!
I wouldn’t have believed I had Irish ancestors until some years ago when I was told one surname by my aunt. More digging uncovered at least that she was born in Ireland, as were her parents and grandparents. This is a brief write-up of some facts without any research over the ocean
The family came to America in 1849-1850 and settled in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
COTTER and SHANAHAN – Kiss Me, I’m 1/16th Irish!
James Baxter Sr., 1769-1828, my 4x great grandfather. My Irish ancestor has been difficult for me to research–an immigrant in about 1785, probably from County Tyrone, settled in Pennsylvania, one of the literally thousands of Irish (or “Scotch-Irish Seceders”) who settled there before 1800. He seems to have left no record of himself in Pennsylvania before he moved on to Ohio and then Indiana. One complicating factor are the D.A.R. applications which show him to be James Baxter, from Pennsylvania, who fought in the Revolutionary War. I spent countless hours researching and debunking that one. Ach!
BUTZ/BUTTS, JOHANN WILHELM (WILLIAM)
This week I trace the immigration of my German iron-worker ancestors during the Palatine Immigration in “How German Johann Wilhelm became American William Butts.”
Found some surprises–like the “Old Man’s Company” from Berks County, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. German men over 40 recruited by a 90-year-old with an 84-year-old musician.
Luck of the SCOTS-Irish (a/k/a “Ulster-Scots”): Pictures, books, quotes, articles & general info about the descendants of those SCOTS who settled in Ireland and Ulster and later came to America’s shores – commonly known in America as “Scots or Scotch-Irish.” “Scotch-Irish” was the common term early on and many family papers, old books, etc. refer to them as such and many families still prefer to use it as well. Nowadays, “Scots-Irish” has become more in vogue, but really, “Ulster-Scot” would be the best term to use for these folks, as all too often, people latch on to the “Irish” part and miss out on their true heritage with this group, which is SCOTTISH! My 52 Ancestors Pinterest Board address here:
My Week 11 entry, “’tis a wee bit o’ luck o’ the irish what spared me living in viking times?”
Not able to find any Irish or lucky ancestors, I had to opt for Green this week.
Week 11, and a surprising find – my daughter and her husband had great-grandmothers living a stone’s throw from each other in Ireland. From Co.Monaghan & Co.Tyrone to Victoria BC Canada.
This week’s blog is a little different. It does not deal with any one person, but rather some genealogy finds that I recently made.
MOORE – Ann Moore (c1785-1860/1870), The Minister’s Daughter
From Halifax County, Virginia, married John R. Estes, moved to Claiborne County, TN.
Hi Amy, Thanks for noting my article about the things I would do differently. The 52 Ancestor’s series has meant going back through everything – good and bad. Today’s article was a followup about a dozen things I got right:) http://dna-explained.com/2015/03/19/and-a-dozen-things-i-got-right/
JOHNSTON, James Irvine was my husband’s Irish great-grandfather born in Ontario in 1843 (his father born in Devenish, Fermanagh, Ireland). James became a clothier in frontier city of Vancouver BC Canada, and at the peak of the Klondike gold rush in 1898 they expanded to outfit the Klondike prospectors, hoping for their own pot of gold.
McCLANNAHAN, I may have some Irish ancestors – but proving it will require some luck.
SEFTON — “Henry Sefton of County Antrim” on Green Family Archives.
An alternate title of this post: “Why I’m Jealous of My Brother”
Anne ARCHAMBAULT – wife of a bigamist
Nancy RAINEY Freeland (181?-1903) was born in Ireland according to a variety of sources, but I don’t know where. I do have a passenger list for a Nancy Rainey – could this be her?
Teague Riggin or Teage Reagh was likely on the losing side of the Irish rebellion when Oliver Cromwell prevailed. He found success across the pond on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Teague Riggin or Teage Reagh (c1640-1707)
Indentured Servant to Landed Gentry
Ellen Irwin, among others
She brought her orphaned niece, Jane Whitaker, with her when she emigrated to the U.S. She smoked a pipe and pioneered a county in Iowa. Her daughter was the first white child born in that county.
Mary Lucinda GREENLEE
married William Dallas Greenlee in Meadville, PA on 20 Oct 1866. They were second cousins. In the 1880 census, both William and Mary were listed as “traveling hair dressers.”
My Irish great great grand unlces the KELLY brothers
My 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly, was very lucky. He shot a man but was not charged with a crime. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-week-11-martin-kelly-was-a-lucky-man/
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I focused on family traditions this week … it seemed rather fitting! http://rootedinfoods.com/kiss-me-im-almost-irish/
WALKER – Ann (Unknown) Walker
My 4th-great-grandmother (maiden name unknown), born in Ireland around 1811-1812.
52 Ancestors: Luck of the Irish
ROACH, Michael Henry — The Irishman likes to hide from all “official” records. http://bit.ly/1Btcxeq
Five generations, twice in one family – #27 (week 11) http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-27-five-generations-twice.html
HENRY, Charles – Manitoba prairie homesteader whose family carries on the farming tradition today
Our community has begun the 150th celebration of the end of the Civil War so I thought it was appropriate to write about how “lucky” my 2nd great grand uncle was to make it home with no injuries.
WILLIAMSON, John – Lucky to live to be 100. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/03/celebrating-centenarian-52-ancestors-11.html
I struggled with this week’s post about my own mother, mostly because there are several periods of time in her childhood and adolescence that I haven’t found records for. Part of it, of course, is that her early years were difficult–both her parents died before she was 18. I’ve finally realized that none of these profiles can be considered perfect or complete. That said, I’m equally frustrated and optimistic–frustrated about the information that is lost to time and optimistic about record sources and techniques I haven’t yet discovered. Thus I hope, one day, to fill in the blank spots in my mother’s story.
Irene Agnes Armbrust (1929-2000)
Adelia Tourville Pelky (née St-Aubin) on Genealogy on my Mind
Lucky? Yes, for finding this record years ago!
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=903
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=665
FAGAN, Bedford – Started the American Fagan line and we’re lucky descendants
Michael James Collins, I even got to read dog licence records in searching for him!
COLYER, Frederick. A wee bit of Genealogy Karma in the form of a distant cousin and the internet: http://ancestorarchaeology.blogspot.com/2015/03/frederick-colyer-bit-of-genealogy-karma.html
GRUEN, Johann Georg (1783-1867): http://carlsonandcarricofamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-2015-week-11-johann-georg.html The last name Gruen would evolve into Greene.
I’m back from vacation and just (finally!) finished my Week 11 “Same” post. Amy Rainey WILLIAMS (circa 1725 – circa 1794) is my paternal 9th great-grandmother with whom I share the same first name. – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/03/amy-rainey-williams.html
BRESLIN – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #11 – Rose Ann Breslin (1867 – 1945) Tombstone Tuesday by Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
Oops, posted mine under this recap by mistake! Will repost it under tomorrow’s recap.
My nearest Irish relative Catherine Butler. http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-week-11-catherine-butler.html