Part 743p – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – Clooz 3 Reporting

30 July 2012

Good Day,

Alleluia, alleluia… A new upgrade to Clooz. Clooz 3.0 is now available. I have been a long-time user of Clooz and I am a strong proponent of the organizational and electronic filing cabinet capabilities.

With a Masters in Organizational Management, I am delighted to have an electronic tool that provides me a software that assists me and supports my research. It is “THE database for systematically organizing and storing the clues to your ancestry...

I immediately have created a Smith Miller Groh Clooz database… and of course, this new creation goes hand-in-hand with my writing and research of the Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway. The following is the first summary report of Census, Census Substitute and Document Records (CCSDR) for ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway.


The summary report includes documents I have on file that are specific to ggg-grandfather Brayton. I created this CCSDR report in hierarchical order beginning with the earliest document I have on file, beginning with the year 1888. The data included in the CCSDR report originates from the information that I have extracted from the associated documents.

The furthest left column of the CCSDR report includes Personal File Numbers (PF#s). I have generated the PF#s. The coding is my own format. Clooz allows each user to create her/his own system and method of coding.

For this introduction here are the explanations of the coding that I use. These PF#s are only specific to this Brayton C. Placeway report.

PF# B000001 = Birth 000001
PF# CUSMI000001 = Census United States Michigan 000001
PF# CUSVA000001 = Census United States Virginia 000001
PF# DI0001 = Divorce 0001
PF# CUSWI000002 = Census United States Wisconsin 000002
PF# CUSIL000001 = Census United States Illinois 000001
PF# M00001 = Marriage 00001
PF# M00002 = Marriage 00002


I have approached the creation of this Clooz database as a new user. As time progresses I will be creating and migrating my related genealogy research data and information to Clooz 3.0.

If you have any questions, thoughts, and ideas regarding my research please feel free to contact me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 742p – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – Updated Life Timeline

Good Day,

And as promised here is the newly updated Life Timeline for ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway.


As always new and updated data may be highlighted in red.

It appears that I have reached the width limitation of a legible presentation of the Life Timeline. I am using the software SmartDraw VP. Going forward it looks like I may have to create the Brayton C. Placeway Life Timeline Part II. Stay tuned.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 741p – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – 1935 Intention To Marry Laura M. Kell

Good Day,

I haven’t been posting to A Genealogy Hunt these past couple of days… Not a norm for me, but I have been tangled in the wires of my cable, internet, PC, and TV systems. And so you can imagine… the frustration of reading the fine print.

Anyway, as I turn to work on the Placeway Family Line, I once again delve into the mystery of ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway. I discovered 27 June 1935 Los Angeles Times publication of the Vital Record of the Intention To Marry; the marriage of ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway and Laura M. Kell.

Here is the downloaded clipping.


My source is the Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003 provided through Ancestry.com.

From my search thus far, Laura M. Kell may have been ggg-grandfather Brayton's fourth spouse. Next to update ggg-grandfather Brayton's Life Timeline.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 740h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – Upgraded Holmes Descendant Chart

26 July 2012

Good Day,

My genealogy search continues. Today I add an upgrade of the Holmes Descendant Chart.


Please note all my Descendant Charts are always under construction. It is current based on the data received and unearthed. The Descendant Chart is a visual summary of past ancestors. My Charts are an unfolding process.

And the investigation into the murder of gg-grandfather Audley Holmes continues.

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, and family history and tales, please feel free to contact me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 739h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – The Mystery of GG-Grandfather Audley Holmes – 1854 Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA - Murder Investigation

25 July 2012

Good Day,

Following up to Part 734h I have received another clue in my exploration of the murder of gg-grandfather Audley Holmes.

Isn’t genealogy entertaining? The investigative work into the past lives of ancestors and relative connections can definitely be intriguing and cause one to want to know more and more. And the questions to answer are archetypal – Who? What? Where? When? How? And Why?

Well at present, according to the added note in the Burials section of the Calvary Episcopal Church Register in Tamaqua, in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, gg-grandfather Audley Holmes was “Murdered” on 16 December 1854. And now I have some more data that I just received in the mail. In this day and age, everything genealogical is not necessarily available on line. We still have to do some physical leg work.

From the Schuylkill County Historical Society, I just received a copy of the 23 December 1854 Miners’ Journal, And Pottsville General Advertiser. Of the three copied pages the following was a story as a part of the Tamaqua Affairs, as I have transcribed:

TAMAQUA AFFAIRS.

(FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT.)

Messrs. Editors: - Our citizens were startled
on Wednesday last by the intelligence that one
of our residents had been murdered on the bridge
crossing the Susquehanna at Wilkesbarre; his re
mains were brought home and interred in the
Protestant Episcopal burying ground, on Satur-
day afternoon. His funeral was attended by the
I.O. of O.F., and a large number of citizens. –
Mr. Holmes was a Protestant Irishman. The cir-
cumstance of his gold watch being found in the
cook’s possession, reminds us of the late occur-
rence in New York, when the servant girl Eliza-
beth, was arrested for larceny; and perhaps; had
the cook been searched, her “dear dead Father’s
_____" might have been found.


The abbreviation "I.O. of O.F" represents the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. And is this a possible lead?

Here is the copy from the Miners’ Journal.


The indication that gg-grandfather Audley Holmes’ murder had occurred and “had been murdered on the bridge crossing the Susquehanna at Wilkesbarre” certainly now elicits more interest. From my research it seems that, apart from the fact that there are a number of bridges crossing the Susquehanna River, it may be possible to narrow down that the bridge in question may have been Market Street Bridge. The distance from Calvary Episcopal Church in Tamaqua to the Market Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre is just about 40 miles.

The top inserted image is a postcard of the Market Street Bridge circa 1906. There original Market Street Bridge was a wooden structure and built about 1805. It has undergone a number of changes since that date.

The note from our informant and researcher from the Schuylkill County Historical Society is that “If you wish to seek more data on this, I would suggest contacting the Luzerne County Historical Society. Since the murder was committed there, I would hope their newspaper carried it and perhaps the county coroner’s office has a report on it.” Now on to the Luzerne County Historical Society... and the check is in the mail.

This mystery is beginning to sound like a game of Clue, especially in light of the reporting that “his gold watch being found in the cook’s possession…” and “in New York, when the servant girl Elizabeth, was arrested for larceny; and perhaps; had the cook been searched, her “dear dead Father’s _____ might have been found.

Stay tuned for my next installment of The Mystery of GG-Grandfather Audley Holmes.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 738p – Smith Groh Genealogy – 1910 Census – GGGG Grandparents William H. and Arvilla L. Placeway - Pinckney, Michigan

22 July 2012

Good Day,

I have spent the day, apart from attacking the jungle that is slowly creeping from the conservation area behind our house, searching and researching documentation specific to our Placeway Family Line.

Yesterday's street flooding reached the highest yet. I think I have to find a deal on a good gondola.

GGG-Grandfather Brayton C. Placeway’s parents were CK’s GGGG-Grandparents William H. and Arvilla L. Placeway.

First on the docket of complimentary data and information is the 1910 US Census from Pinckney Village of Putnam Township in the County of Livingston, Michigan. GGGG-Grandparents William H. and Arvilla L. Placeway’s home was on Unadilla Street.


Not that I consider myself uninformed, I had no clue of the street name, “Unadilla”. And I had to look it up… From Wikipedia, the word Unadilla is derived from an Iroquois word for “meeting place”. How apropos… There are similar locations called Unadilla in California, Georgia, Nebraska, New York, and of course, Michigan. There is also a Unadilla snout moth.

And back to the genealogy at hand. Here is the image of the 1910 US Census in which I have highlighted gggg-grandparents William H. and Arvilla L. Placeway.


The source is The National Archives: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1, 1,178 rolls) from the Records of the Bureau of the Census, Records Group 29 in Washington, DC. I have downloaded the actual copy from the Ancestry.com 1910 United States Census Federal Census online database.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 737b – Smith Robertson Genealogy – 1940 High School Graduation – Patricia (née Bulah) McKenna

20 July 2012

Good Day,

This genealogy researcher and avid investigator continues to find connections in the most unobtrusive and discreet way. I am always looking for an iota, a shred of evidence that can connect me with that distant branch on my Family Tree.

This time I travel, electronically to California, to Los Angeles and to Manual Arts High School. Manual Arts High School, according to Wikipedia, was established in 1910 in the middle of bean fields, one-half mile from the nearest bus stop. It was the third school in Los Angeles and is the oldest high school still on its original site in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

I chanced upon the 1940 Senior Class as presented by the Manual Arts High School Yearbook, The Artisan W40. And I discovered on Page 53 Patricia Bulah.




Based on my research and logical deduction, this is second cousin Patricia Bulah, daughter of 1st cousin twice removed Muriel C. (née St. Philippe) Bulah, daughter of great-grandaunt Marie Adèle Céléstine (née July) St. Philippe. Great-Grandaunt Céléstine was one of the younger sisters of great-grandmother Catherine Marie Antoinette (née July) Abraham. And both were daughters of my gg-grandparents Jean Jacques Alfred and Catherine Cora (née Merle) July.

Here is the Page 53 extracted from The Artisan Winter40, the Manual Arts High School 1940 Yearbook… Ancestry.com provides a database of various school yearbooks from across the United States.


Oh and by the way, I discovered that Frank Capra, Kathryn Grayson, Irving Stone, and Paul Winfield were just a few of the notable alumni of the Manual Arts High School. Another point of interest is that the name of the Class of W’40 at Manual Arts High School was the Mounties, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 736p – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – Updated Life Timeline

19 July 2012

Good Day,

Keeping myself organized in my work and research of the genealogy of ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway, I have updated my associated Life Timeline.



I have new included the 11 April 1932 Marriage to his third spouse, Helen Johnson. The Life Timeline event is included in red.

All-things-being-equal, as I progress with more details and information following the life and travels of ggg-grandfather Brayton, I may have to reconfigure his Life Timeline to fit in the additional dates.

Stay-tuned, and enjoy,

Jim
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Part 735jp – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – 1932 – Marriage

18 July 2012

Good Day,

The mystery of the life and times of ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway continues. Research and the search of the genealogy of an individual sometimes becomes an all-encompassing determination.

A general search on Ancestry.com for Brayton C. Placeway produced an indexed record of a 11 April 1932 marriage. The 1932 Marriage Cook County, Illinois record includes ggg-grandfather Brayton’s new wife: Helen Johnson.

Here is an image of the indexed record as cropped from Ancestry.com.


Accordingly the Source of the information is the Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960. Based on the documentation I have located to date, this is ggg-grandfather Brayton’s third marriage.

Next to update my ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway Life Timeline.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 734h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – The Mystery of GG-Grandfather Audley Holmes – 1854 Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

17 July 2012

Good Day,

In my search to follow the genealogy of the Holmes Family Line I have discovered an additional note in the Burial Section of the Calvary Episcopal Church, of Tamaqua, in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Record Book. The note added to the 16 December 1854 Burial Registration entry is "Murdered".

Of course this certainly piqued my interest. (See Part 733h of A Genealogy Hunt to see the actual document.)


I immediately searched for any possible news of such an event. My first thought was to conduct a Google, Google Book, and Internet Archive search using the terms "Audley Holmes, 1854, Tamaqua, Murder". No luck.

I contacted the Pottsville Free Public Library. This was not necessarily a dead end. I did find out that possible related newspaper archives are available but to date no digitization of the earlier years has been done. I was advised that The Schuylkill County Historical Society may be able to help.

In due course of my research and investigation I contacted a number of family members and descendants of this particular line to learn whether there are any more details. It has been relayed to me that during the course of years some hints of mystery may have been a part of gg-grandfather Audley Holmes' demise.

As the tale unfolds, there may have been some clandestine meetings that may have rubbed some people the wrong way. It appears that as a part of the tale, Great-Great-Grandfather Audley Holmes may have "fallen" from a bridge to his untimely death.

Stay tuned, and if you have any related details and information please feel free to contact me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 733h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1854 Death and Burial – Great-Great-Grandfather Audley Holmes – Murdered?

15 July 2012

Good Day,

And at times in my genealogy search and research I am always looking for some iota of information that may “spice-up” the droll work of the collecting and organizing of ancestor associated data and documents. Well, I can say that these next two pages from the Calvary Episcopal Church Record Book may just provide me with a new “mystery” to try and solve. Or maybe I should say, at least learn about the related details.

On Page 53 of the Calvary Episcopal Church Record Book, in the section titled “Communicants” it is indicated that “Mr. Audley Holmes t” of “Tamaqua t” is “Deceased Dec. 16/54”. The entry is somewhat misconstrued as the ditto marks in the Date column indicate “Dec 23rd 1850”. It appears that the person who entered the previous information may have mis-written the actual year of the previous entry.

From the registration it looks like great-great-grandfather Audley Holmes is being removed from the Church’s Communicants’ role. His death is recorded in the “Dismissal” column: “Deceased – Dec. 16/54.

Here is Page 53 of the Calvary Episcopal Church Record Book as I downloaded from Ancestry.com.


On Page 67 of the same Record Book, in the “Burial” section, I discovered the following entry:

BURIALS

DATE – Dec. 16th do. (1854)
NAME – Audley Holmes
PLACE OF INTERMENT – do. (Tamaqua) Ch. yard.
AGE – 30 years.
/Murdered./

Here is the image of the page.


I only report as I find them. Could gg-grandfather Audley Holmes have been “murdered” on 16 December 1854? Did the catastrophe happen in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania? If anyone has any knowledge and family history of this possible heinous act, please get in touch with me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 732h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1854 Baptism – Great-Grandfather John Eugene Holmes – Tamaqua, Pennsylvania

14 July 2012

Good day,

And the generations and the documentation just keep on appearing… All-things-being-equal I haven’t clicked on any leaves, it just takes some considerable amount of time researching and digging, and digging and researching… and searching and searching.

From the Calvary Episcopal Church of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania Baptism Register I chanced upon the 7 May 1854 Baptism Registration of great-grandfather John Eugene Holmes. His parents are registered as great-great-grandparents Audley and Rebecca Holmes. Great-Grandfather John Eugene’s birthdate is listed as 20 June 1853.

Here is the image of corresponding pages from the Calvary Episcopal Church Baptisms Register. I was able to download the pages, Image 29 of 162, from the Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 database provided through Ancestry.com.


And my transcription –

BAPTISMS.

DATE. – May 7th " (1854)
NAME. – John Eugene. –
PARENTS. – Audley & Rebecca Holmes
SPONSORS. – The Parents –
BIRTH. – June 20th, 1853
OFF. CLERGYMAN & REMARKS –

It does take time to find a document and relevant information and data.

A point of note – it is amazing the repetition of the name “John Eugene” through the generations of the family lines.

And just you wait until you read what I have most recently found. Definitely stay-tuned.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 731h – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1897 Baptism Grandmother Hannah Myrtle Holmes – Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania

11 July 2012

Good Day,

The search and research into the genealogy of a family line never stops… and if one is addicted to the exploration and investigation, as I am, I am always looking for that next piece of critical and priceless documentation.

Today I have decided to follow Andy’s grandmother Hannah Myrtle (née Holmes) Doherty’s genealogy and Family Line. I immediately discovered her 1897 Baptism Registration as recorded at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. The inserted image to the left is that of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Here is the image of the 1897 Baptism Registrations as downloaded from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and Two Records, Reel: 505, database as found on Ancestry.com. It is image 87 of 162.


My transcription –

2/3
Baptisms.

DATE – 1897 April 24
PLACE – Home
CHRISTIAN NAME – Hannah Myrtle
SURNAME – Holmes
DATE OF BIRTH –
PARENTS –
SPOINSORS – The Parents
MINISTER – F.C. Lauderburn


Even though, according to the Baptisms Register grandmother Hannah Myrtle was baptized at “Home” the family church appears to have been the Calvary Episcopal Church in Tamaqua. Just wait to see what I have found.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 730s – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – Updated Sheridan Descendant Chart

09 July 2012

Good Day,

In my genealogy work and research I need to continually update the Family Line Descendant Charts that I create. Here is the newly updated Sheridan Descendant Chart.

A number of people have asked me as to what software I use to create my Descendant Charts. I use GenoPro. I like the relative freedom that GenoPro allows me to create and re-create, as well as move data around.

If you have any questions, comments, ideas, family history, and thoughts, please feel free to contact me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 729s – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1878 Birth and Baptism – Great-Granduncle Dennis Sheridan – Wilmington, Delaware

Good Day,

Next on the venue of my Sheridan Family Line and Genealogy search and research is the 1878 Baptism Registration of great-granduncle Dionysius.
From the Baptism Registers of St. Peter’s Church in Wilmington, Delaware, great-granduncle Dennis Sheridan was baptized 20 January 1878 by Father John A. Lyons. I chanced upon a portrait of the Reverend Monseigneur John A. Lyons as presented at the Cathedral of St. Peter’s site. Great-Granduncle Dennis’ birthdate is recorded as 16 January 1878.

Here is the actual page image as downloaded from Item 5 of the microfilm FHL [1787748].


My transcription of the Latin –

135

Registrum Baptizatorum in Ecclesia St. Petro nuncipata?
Wilmington Delaware Dioecesis Wilmington

Nomen Familiae – Sheridan
A.D. Die Mensis – Jany 20 1878
REGISTRUM BAPTISMORUM –
Ego infrascriptis baptizavi Dionysius
Sheridan natam
16 Jany 1878

ex Thomas Sheridan
ex loco Mayo
et Ellen Healey
ex loco Galway
Patrini fuerunt Thomas Filonasley?
Mrs
Jno A. Lyons
Observanda –


And my attempt at the translation –

135

Register of Baptisms in the Church of St. Peter _____
Wilmington Delaware Diocese of Wilmington

The name of the Family - Sheridan
A.D. Day of the month - 20 January 1878
Register BAPTISM -
I, the undersigned, baptized Denis
Sheridan was born
16 January 1878
by Thomas Sheridan
from Mayo
and Ellen Healey
from Galway
Godparents were Thomas Filonasley?
Mrs.
Jno A. Lyons
Observed –


And two extremely key facts have been presented in this Baptism Registration of which has not been found in writing, up to this point. GG-Grandfather Thomas and GG-Grandmother Ellen (née Haley/Healy) Sheridan’s place of origin in Ireland are the Counties of Mayo and Galway, respectively. And now on to Ireland and the search continues.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 728s – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1876 Birth and Baptism – Great-Grandaunt Ellen Sheridan – Wilmington, Delaware

08 July 2012

Good day,

The research of the genealogy of a family line sometimes leads to more questions, and with the presentation of this next Baptism Registration some do arise. Lesson learned – Check out all churches of the same and of similar denomination that are in close proximity to a family home or family location when looking for vital and parish records.

According to the 1910 US Census gg-grandmother Helen/Ellen (née Haley/Healy) Sheridan had six children. To date I have found the Baptism Registrations for the first four: great-grandmother Mary Helen (née Sheridan) Doherty (Part 717s); great-granduncle John J. (Part 724s); great-grandaunt Catherine (Part 725s); and great-grandaunt Margaret (Part 726s).

The first three children; g-grandmother Mary Helen, g-granduncle John J., and g-grandaunt Catherine were all baptized at St. Peter’s Church. The fourth child; g-grandaunt Margaret was baptized at St. Paul’s. Why? All-things-being-equal the walking distance today, according to Google maps, is just about 12 minutes; less than one mile apart.

The next Baptism Registration is that of great-grandaunt Ellen Sheridan dated 25 February 1876. Her birth date is listed at 20 February 1876. She was baptized at St. Peter’s. And again why?

I located it in the Baptism Registers from St. Peter’s Church. Here is the actual page image as downloaded from Item 5 of the microfilm FHL [1787748].


And my transcription of the Latin –

104
Registrum Baptizatorum in Ecclesia St. Peter _____
_____ _____ Wil. _____ Delaware Dioecesis Wilmington

Nomen Familiae – Sherdan
A.D. Die Mensis – Feb 25 1876
REGISTRUM BAPTISMORUM –

Ego infrascriptis baptizavi Ellen
natam 20 hujus
ex Thomas Sherdan
ex loco Ireland
et Ellen Healy
ex loco Ireland
Patrini fuerunt Edwardus A Neil et
Julia Dryer
M McGrann
Observanda –


And my attempt at the translation –

104
Register of Baptisms in the Church St. Peter _____
_____ _____ Wil. _____ Delaware, Diocese of Wilmington

Family name - Sherdan
A.D. Day of the month - Feb 25 1876
Register BAPTISM -

I, the undersigned baptized Ellen,
born the 20 of this (month)
by Thomas Sherdan
of place, Ireland
and Ellen Healy
of place, Ireland
Godparents were Edward A. Neil, and
Julia Dryer
M.McGrann
Observed -


Something definite to note, the spelling of the surname on the Baptism Registration is "Sherdan" as opposed to "Sheridan".

My take home message – In my genealogy search and research, I shall not take anything for granted.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 727s - Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy - Which John J. Sheridan is Which?

Good Day,

The Hugh Sheridan, that I have been researching, appears to have been from another Sheridan Family who lived in New Castle Town. All-things-being-equal it appears that he may not be one of your immediate ancestors. But then again he may be, as he was also a Sheridan. My confusion is that great-grandmother Mary Helen (née Sheridan) Doherty did have a younger brother, great-granduncle John J. Sheridan who was born 22 November 1867, (see Part 724s) and this Hugh's elder brother was also named John J. Sheridan.

The other John J. Sheridan was born in the 1860s as well. This one, according to the 1920 US Census had eight children, the eldest being 22 years old in 1920. He is the one who had a younger brother named Hugh. I believe that their father's name was also Hugh. In 1920 this John J. Sheridan family, including his brother Hugh lived at 29 West Fourth Street in New Castle Town in New Castle County. (Accordingly this is now "Old New Castle".)

Great-Granduncle John J. Sheridan, according to the 1910 US Census was single and living with his parents, great-great-grandparents Thomas and Helen/Ellen (née Haley/Healy) Sheridan. His age is given as 42 years. They lived at 1000 Pleasant Street in Wilmington City, in New Castle County. This location was with 3 minutes from St. Paul's Catholic Church which is on West Fourth Street in Wilmington.

So you can now understand the confusion... Two John J. Sheridans, both born in New Castle County in Delaware in the 1860s. Both had siblings with similar and near closely related names. Both were from Irish Catholic families. Both lived at or in the vicinity of a street with the name of Fourth, 4th. The key point is that one was married while the other, your great-granduncle John J. was single.

Pleased note that the "greats" and "grands" designations are as the individual relates to Andy.

And now you see how miniscule details can make the difference on identifying who may or may not be an immediate ancestor and relative.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 726s – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1871 Birth and Baptism – Great-Grandaunt Margaret Sheridan – Wilmington, Delaware

06 July 2012

Good Day,

The research of the genealogy of a family line sometimes leads more questions, and with the presentation of this next Baptism Registration such a question arises. The Baptism Registration is that of great-grandaunt Margaret Sheridan dated 19 October 1871. Her birth date is listed at 13 October 1871.

The next Baptism Registration is located from the St. Paul’s Church Register of Baptism. I have been able to download the two pages from Item 5 of the microfilm FHL [1788084].

Here are the images of the two pages. Great-Grandaunt Margaret’s Baptism Registration is the 4th one of gg-grandparents Thomas and Ellen (née Haley/Healy) Sheridan children that I have been able to find.


My transcription –

22
1871

Register of Baptisms

Date – Oct 19 (“)
Name of Child – Margaret
Lawful Child of – Thos Sheridan & Ellen Healy
Born – Oct 13
Sponsors – Michl Healy and Brid. Healy
Name of Priest – Wm. Dallard


If you have any family stories, ideas, points, and questions please feel to contact me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 725s – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1869 Birth and Baptism – Great-Grandaunt Catherine Sheridan – Wilmington, Delaware

04 July 2012

Good day and Happy 4th of July,

Genealogy search and research of the Sheridan Family Line of Wilmington, Delaware continues.

Next on the find is the 1869 Baptism Registration of great-grandaunt Catherine Sheridan, 13 May 1869. The Registration indicates that her parents were gg-grandparents Thomas and Catherine (née Healy) Sheridan and that her birthdate was 8 May. Great-Grandaunt Catherine appears to have been named for her paternal grandmother ggg-grandmother Catherine Sheridan.

The inserted image is the page from the St. Peter’s Church Records as downloaded from Item 4 of the microfilm FHL [1787747].


The Latin –

Maii

13 Bapt Catherinam, filiam Thomas Sheridan et
Catherina Healy, natum 8 Maii Sponsoribus Patricum
Nash et Maria Murphy

My translation –

Note – No year is written on the page, but this Baptism Registration is from the 1869 section of the Register.

May

13 Baptized Catherine, daughter of Thomas Sheridan and
Catherine Healy, born 8 May. Sponsors Patrick
Nash and Mary Murphy.


I wonder if there was a “Do You Think You Can Dance” show in 1869? Either that, or that judge surely aged well…

There are a couple of possible and logical, even though not definite, assumptions that can be made from the naming of the first three Sheridan children: great-grandaunt Mary Helen, great-granduncle John Joseph; and great-grandaunt Catherine. I am making this GUESS purely on the possible application of the general Irish naming convention.

Great-Grandaunt Catherine Sheridan may have been named for her grandmother, her father, gg-grandfather Thomas Sheridan’s mother, Catherine. We have the documentary proof that ggg-grandmother Catherine (née unknown) Sheridan was living in the Sheridan household per the 1870 US Census in Wilmington, Delaware. (See Part 120s.) The Irish naming convention applies – 2nd daughter was usually named after the father’s mother.

As gg-grandparents Thomas and Ellen M. Sheridan’s first child and daughter was baptized Mary Helen Sheridan, and based on the Irish naming convention – The 1st daughter was usually named after the mother’s mother, we could venture to say that gg-grandmother Ellen M. (née Healy/Haley) Sheridan’s mother’s first name may have been “Mary”.

The first son, great-granduncle John Joseph Sheridan, according to the Irish naming convention – The 1st son was usually named after the father’s father, could have been named for gg-grandfather Thomas Sheridan’s father. I have not found any document stating ggg-grandfather Sheridan’s name, I could go out on a limb and conjecture that ggg-grandfather Sheridan’s first name may have been “John”. Time and continued research will tell.

More to come, stay tuned.

Enjoy,

Jim
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Part 724s – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1867 Birth and Baptism – Great-Granduncle John Sheridan – Wilmington, Delaware

02 July 2012

Good Day,

I’ve done my puttering outside in the garden; the only way to attack the cleanup without succumbing to the heat is to segment the yard and property. My only issue is whether to subdivide our yard and garden into 12 equal parts or 365 unequal segments.

My genealogy work today is the presentation of great-grandmother Mary Helen (née Sheridan) Doherty’s siblings. All-things-being-equal her parents, gg-grandparents Thomas and Ellen M. (née Haley) Sheridan may have had seven children. I have been able to identify six while number seven is at this point in time a mystery.

Based on the records that I have found to date great-grandmother Mary Helen (née Sheridan) Doherty was the eldest. The next in line was great-granduncle John Joseph Sheridan. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware 22 November 1867 and baptized at St. Peter’s Church on the 24th.

The above-inserted is the image of the page from the St. Peter's Church records downloaded from Item 4 of the microfilm FHL [1787748].

The Latin transcription –

Novembis
1867
24 Bapt Joanum filium Thomas Sheridan et
Ellen Healy, natum 22nd ant Sponsorbus Mich(ael)
Cowen et Maria Sheridan
M. A. McGrann

My translation –

November
1867
24. Baptized John son of Thomas Sheridan and
Ellen Healy, who was born on the 22nd. Sponsors – Mich(ael)
Cowen and Mary Sheridan.
M.A. McGrann


And of course, this opens a new question – Who was the Sponsor “Mary Sheridan”? How was she related to gg-grandfather Thomas Sheridan? Something to think about...

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Jim
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Part 723p – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – Updated Life Timeline

01 July 2012

Good Day and Happy Canada Day,

Genealogy allows me to understand a life and the events that make up a being of an ancestor. For some time now I have been researching the life of ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway. To date, I have discovered a trove of documents that have allowed me a small glimpse into only 42 years of his life. And there is more to come.

I have been able to find a photograph from 1915 and in the latest 1917 WWI Registration Card I now that he was of “medium” build and height and he had brown hair and blue eyes.

The following is my update of the Brayton C. Placeway Life Timeline.


If you any questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments please contact me.

Enjoy,

Jim
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