Saturday, June 17, 2017

Guth Research Update: Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch

This is the second post in The Guth Research Update Series. The series will be focused on the ancestors of two German born brothers – Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth who settled in Clarion County, Pennsylvania in the mid 1800's. Over the last two years the family has been extensively researched with the assistance of Ute Brandenburg the owner of German Script Experts. I am thrilled to finally share the validation of the original research completed by Jr. Janet Staab many years ago. The Guth Research Update Series will also feature previously unknown Guth family members.

Other Posts in the Series:
Guth Research Update: F.X. & Leopold Guth

The second post in the series featured the birth and baptism records for Francis Xavier Guth and Leopold Guth. The birth and baptism records validated the brothers were the children of Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch.

Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Records

The Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register was used to validate Sr. Janet’s original research. The original family records from Sr. Janet indicated the Francis Xavier Guth and Leopold Guth were born in Untersimonswald. Various other sources also pointed to Untersimonswald. Leopold Guth was married in a Catholic Church and his children were also baptized Catholic.

The marriage record for Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch was located in the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register. The couple married 30 December 1822 in Neusimonswald. At this time of their marriage Neusimonswald was in German territory known as the Grand Duchy of Baden. Today Neusimonswald would be associated with the German State of Baden-Württemberg which was established after World War II.
Rheinbund 1812, political map
Map of Confederation of the Rhine 1812
Untersimonswald would be approximately where the "o" is in Großherzogtun Baden
The marriage record for Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch in the original German:

Zur Neusimonswald wurde im Jahre Tausend Achthundert Zwey und Zwanzig den dreysigsten Dezember vormittags zehn Uhr von unterseichnetem getraut - der ledige Uhrenmacher Anton Guth von Neusimonswald, ehlicher Sohn des Uhrenmacher Anton Guth und der verstorbenen Katharina Wangler, alt 30 Jahre - mit der ledigen Theresia Rösch von Altsimonswald, des Weisblechers Johann Rösch und der weiland Katherina Wintermantel ehlicher Tochter, alt 27 Jahre.Zeugen sind: Joseph Oschwald Vogt in Altsimonswald und Joh. Baptist Guth, lediger 
Zimmermann von Neusimonswald. 
Simonswald den 30ten Dezemb 1822 
Duffner Pfr 

The marriage record for Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch translated to English:

Married in Neusimonswald at 10 o’clock in the morning on 30 December 1822 by the undersigned official: Anton Guth, unmarried clock maker from Neusimonswald, legitimate son of the clock maker Anton Guth and the deceased Katherina Wangler, age 30, and Theresia Rösch, unmarried, from Altsimonswald, legitimate daughter of the tin plate maker Johann Rösch and the deceased Katherina Wintermantel; age 27 
 Witnesses: Joseph Oschwald, mayor in Altsimonswald, and Johann Baptist Guth, unmarried carpenter in Neusimonswald 
Simonswald, 30 December 1822 
Pastor Duffner 
Untersimonswald Parish Register Duplicate 
[Translated by Ute Brandenburg, Iowa City, IA with German Script Experts

Validation of the Marriage of Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch 

The marriage record validates the date Anton Guth & Theresia Rösch were married on the date included in Sr. Janet’s records. Sr. Janet’s records also included the reference to 10 o’clock in the morning.

The Parish register indicate the couple married in Neusimonswald and Sr. Janet’s records used Simmonswald. Untersimonwald and Simmonswald are neighboring towns that are very close to together. The towns are approximately 1.7 miles apart. Residents could easily have walked between the two. The records are from the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register. It is likely that Neusimonswald was a variation as it was noted on other Guth other records as well.
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Untersimmonsald and Simmonswald, Germany
The marriage record also validates the family stories that clock making was the family trade. The German word for “uhr” means clock or watch. The marriage record indicates the occupation for Anton Guth and his father, Anton Guth, are hrenmacher or clock makers.

The marriage record includes the parents of the groom Anton Guth. The groom’s father is recorded as Anton Guth. The groom’s mother is recorded as the deceased Katherina Wangler.

The marriage record also includes the parents of the bride Theresia Rösch. The bride’s father is recorded as Johannes Rösch. The bride’s mother is recorded as Katherina Wintermantel.

The Parish records use the German spelling of Rösch with the umlaut mark.

Corrections & Additions 

Using the data from the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register the following corrections & additions were incorporated into my records:
  • Marriage Location for Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch was corrected to from Simmonswald, Province of Baden, Germany to Neusimonswald, Grand Duchy of Baden. My goal is to identify the location of a fact based on the name of the location at the time the fact occurred. (If that can be determined.) 
  • Marriage time of “10 o’clock in the morning” was added to the marriage record. 
  • The surname of Rösch was corrected from Rosch to incorporate the use of the umlaut mark
  • The name of Theresia Rösch’s father was corrected from Johann Rosch to Johannes Rösch to align with the marriage record. 
  • The name of Theresia Rösch’s mother was corrected from Katharina Rekinttermettel to Katherina Wintermantel. Ute indicated that the original spelling, Rekinttermettel, was not transcribed from German correctly. 
  • The occupation of “tin plate maker” was incorporated for Johannes Rösch. 

This concludes the second Guth Research Update post. The next post in the series will feature the children born to Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch.

Leopold Guth is my 3rd great-grandfather. Francis Xavier Guth is my 4th Great Uncle. Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch are my 4th great grandparents. Anton Guth and Katherina Wangler are my 5th great grandparents. Johannes Rösch and Katherina Wintermantel are my 5th great grandparents. My connection to the Guth line extends through Leopold’s daughter Frances Philomena Guth, her daughter Frances Philomena Selker, to my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald.

References:
  1. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5581, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1810-1825. 1822 - Marriage Record - Guth, Anton & Theresia Rösch 
  2. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5581, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1810-1825. 1825 - Baptism Record - Guth, Franz Xaver 
  3. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5582, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1826-1844. 1830 - Baptism Record - Gut, Leopold
  4. Map of the Confederation of the Rhine: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rheinbund_1812,_political_map.png

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day - Honoring the Fallen

Decoration Day was officially proclaimed in May of 1868 to honor the soldiers who died in the American Civil War. On the first Decoration Day 5,000 people gathered to decorate the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate Soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Today we know Decoration Day as Memorial Day. In 1971 Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday.

“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember. 


I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they'll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that's good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember."

-Ronald Reagan, 1986 Memorial Day Speech at Arlington National Cemetery.

As you enjoy your time with family and friends - please take a moment to honor the members of our family who died in service to our country:


Private Andrew Haggerty, my 4h great unclewas the son of Robert Haggerty and Rebecca Easly. He was born in 1839 and served in the Civil War. He died at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.To learn more about Andrew Haggerty view Private Andrew J. Haggerty - Civil War, Pennsylvania Infantry, 148th Regiment, Company I.

John Loll, my 4h great uncle, was born in MarcholsheimAlsaceFrance on 08 Oct 1843. He is the son of Antoine Loll and Mary Ann Jehl, my 4th great grandparents. He arrived in the United States on 07 Oct 1852 at the Port of New York when he was 9 years old with his family. At the age of 18 he would serve in the Union Army. In February of 1862 he would be wounded in battle and would die as a casualty of war on June 10, 1862 in a hospital in WashingtonD.C.

Private John McDonald, my 4th great uncle and brother of James McDonald, also served in the civil war. He enlisted as a private on February 25, 1864 at approximately age 28 with Company F, 63rd Regiment.  He was transferred to Company H, the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He died October 16, 1864 in Beverly, New Jersey. He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey. His grave marker references Company H, 105 PA. Inf. To view his  his grave marker visit this link. To learn more about John McDonald view The Mystery of Pvt John McDonald - Civil War Solider.


Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Honolulu, Hawaii, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Pun
Memorial Wall, Honolulu, HI



















































Second Lieutenant Raymond Loll, my 2nd cousin 3x removed, was born in 1922 the son of Francis G. Loll, my 2nd cousin 3x removed, and Elizabeth Hartle. On February 20, 1943, at age 21, Raymond enlisted with the Air Corps in Miami Beach, Florida. Raymond was trained as a B-29 pilot and assigned to the 43rd Bomber Squadron and the 29th Bomber Group designated 'Very Heavy'. On April 14, 1945 Raymond's plane was lost and the crew perished on a Mission to Tokyo. Raymond was recorded as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea. Raymond was 23 years old at the time of his death. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. He is also honored in the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. To learn more about Raymond Loll view Raymond C. Loll - B29 Bomber Pilot.

Private First Class Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr., my 1st cousin 3x removed, was born 02 Oct 1919 in PittsburghAllegheny CountyPennsylvania. He was the son of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great grand uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great grand aunt. Ambrose Aloysius was also the brother of Virginia McDonald Geary and is a double cousin to me as we are related by the McDonald and O'Neill lines. Ambrose volunteered for military service and joined the Marine Corps. He was killed by enemy fire in Tarawa in November of 1943, at age 24, upon landing on the beach. He earned a Purple Heart for his service. In addition to being remembered at the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii he also has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. He now has a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery,  thanks to his sister Virginia McDonald Geary. Ambrose is featured in the blog post A Letter from Tarawa.
Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Military Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
The gravemarker for Ambrose in Arlington National Cemetery
Staff Sergeant Christopher D. O'Neill, my 1st cousin 3x removed, was born in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania in 1919. He was the son of Owen James O'Neill and Nellie Boyles. Christopher was was a member of the 579th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy. He served as s a Right Waist Gunner/Assistant Engineer on the B-24 aircraft. He died on November 6, 1943 in a German Hospital in Middelburg, the Netherland after suffering injuries from jumping out his aircraft the day before. He was buried in the Ardennes American War Cemetery in Belgium. He was awarded a Purple Heart and an Air Medal for his service. To view his  his grave marker visit this link.

References:
  1. Memorial Day - http://www.usmemorialday.org/&nbsp

Monday, May 22, 2017

GeneaBloggers: May I Introduce To You . . . Michelle Murosky

If you are not familiar with Geneabloggers I would encourage you to check it out! GeneaBloggers encourages family history blogging. The site is a great source with a lot of helpful information.
The site hosts the Genealogy Blog Roll.

Last summer I submitted Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines to Geneabloggers for their consideration to be added to the Genealogy Blog Roll. On August 17, 2016 Geneabloggers accepted my submission and incorporated Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines!

I was very humbled when Wendy Mathias with GeneaBloggers reached out and asked if I would participate in the "May I Introduce To You . . ." series. Family history is my passion - so I was thrilled to participate. My interview was published today. You can read my interview at May I Introduce To You . . . Michelle Murosky.

Thank you Geneabloggers so much for this fantastic opportunity!

-Michelle

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Guth Research Update: F.X. & Leopold Guth

This is the first post in The Guth Research Update Series. The series will be focused on the ancestors of two German born brothers – Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth who settled in Clarion County, Pennsylvania in the mid 1800's. Over the last two years the family has been extensively researched with the assistance of Ute Brandenburg the owner of German Script Experts. I am thrilled to finally share the validation of the original research completed by Jr. Janet Staab many years ago. The Guth Research Update Series will also feature previously unknown Guth family members.

Many years ago Sr. Janet Staab, my cousin and a fellow descendant of Leopold Guth, completed the original research on the Guth family. Her records indicated that two brothers, Francis Xavier and his younger brother Leopold Guth were born in Untersimonswald, Baden, Germany. Based on the evidence available to date Francis Xavier Guth departed Germany in the 1840's.  It appears that Leopold followed in his older brother's footsteps departing Germany in the early 1850's. The brothers settled in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. They were well known in Clarion as business owners - for their trade as jewelers and watchmakers. In the late 1870's the brothers owned several tracks of land in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

The 1877 Illustrated Atlas of Clarion County shows the two brothers owning property in the center of Clarion on Wood Street. Each brother is shown with a double lot. Francis Xavier Guth listed with property number 176 and 177 at the intersection of Wood Street & Fourth Avenue. Leopold Guth listed with property 180 and 181 at the intersection of Wood Street & Fifth Avenue.
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1877 Illustrated Atlas of Clarion County
Land Owned by Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth shaded in blue.
The 1877 Illustrated Atlas of Clarion County also identifies tracks of land to the south of town owned by the brothers. In two instances the brothers owned tracks of land located adjacent to each other.
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1877 Illustrated Atlas of Clarion County
Land Owned by Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth shaded in blue.
The older of the two brothers, Francis Xavier Guth, married a fellow German immigrant - Fortunata Kemmerer.  The couple married prior to 1850 as they were enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census living in Elk, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Sometime between 1850 and 1860 the couple relocated to Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania where they were enumerated in the 1860 United States Federal Census with their children. Francis Xavier Guth would live in Clarion for the rest of his life. Francis Xavier Guth was 59 years old when he passed away on 15 April 1885. He is buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
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Leopold Guth
Formal Portrait most likely taken between 1894 and 1900
Leopold Guth was five years younger his brother Francis Xavier Guth. He departed Germany in the 1850’s. Leopold Guth married Theresa Loll on 20 January 1853 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion, Clarion County Pennsylvania. Theresa, also an immigrant, was born in Marcholsheim, Alsace, France. She was the daughter of Antoine Loll and Mary Ann Jehl. The 1860 United States Federal Census records Leopold and Theresa living in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania with their children. The couple would reside in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania for the rest of their lives. In time Leopold would become a well-known member of the community which is noted in his Obituary. Leopold Guth was 74 years old when he passed away on 13 June 1905. He is buried at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Sr. Janet's Original Research 

Sr. Janet’s research included two generations of ancestors for Francis Xavier Guth and Leopold Guth as shown in the copy of the original hand typed chart below.
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Original Hand Typed Record for Anton Guth & Theresia Rosch Family Group
Copy obtained from Sr. Janet Staab
Sr. Janet’s well-kept records included names, dates and locations. Some of the her records did list sources. Unfortunately not all the records shared with me listed the original sources used to complete the research. It also was not clear if Sr. Janet did all of the original research or if some of the research was completed by others.

Validating the Research

As mentioned in my post Remembering Sr. Janet Staab, OSB Sr. Janet's research served as the foundation for what we know about the Guth and the Selker families. One of my research goals was to validate her original research through sources. Over time I have been able to validate events that occurred in the United States through birth, marriage, death, census and other records. The one major gap was validating the German ancestors of Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth.

To accomplish that goal I engaged Ute Brandenburg the owner of German Script Experts to validate the initial research on the German families.  Over the last two years Ute has been able to both validate and expand the original Guth research using German Catholic Parish Registers. Records from 1810-1869 were accessed online at Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg. Records prior to 1810 were obtained from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ute makes regular visits to Salt Lake City to complete research for clients. While onsite she went through the microfilm to locate Guth family members. After locating the records she documented the original German and provided an English translation.

The original Guth pedigree based on Sr. Janet Staab's records is shown below. This would serve as the basis to validating the research.
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Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Records

The starting point for the project was to research the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register. The original family records from Sr. Janet indicated the brothers were born in Untersimonswald. Various other sources also pointed to Untersimonswald. Leopold Guth was married in a Catholic Church and his children were also baptized Catholic.

Baptism records for Francis Xavier Guth and Leopold Guth were located in the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register. The brothers were born in 1825 and 1830. At this time of their birth Untersimonswald was in German territory known as the Grand Duchy of Baden. Today Untersimonswald would be associated with the German State of Baden-Württemberg which was established after World War II.
Rheinbund 1812, political map
Map of Confederation of the Rhine 1812
Untersimonswald would be approximately where the "o" is in Großherzogtun Baden
The birth and baptism recorded for Francis Xavier Guth in the original German:

In U. Simonswald wurde im Jahre Tausend Achthundert Fünf u zwanzig am dreissigsten
October Nachmittags zwey Uhr geboren und Abends fünf Uhr getauft: Franz Xaver ehler des Anton Guth, Uhrenmacher, und der Theresia Rösch von da.
Zeugen sind: Joseph Beck Lehrer dahier, und Joseph Rösch lediger Bauernsohn in Haslach, als
Pathe mit Maria Karstinger.
Simonswald d. 30ten Octob 1825
Pfr Duffner

The birth and baptism recorded for Francis Xavier Guth translated to English:

Born at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on 30 October 1825 in Untersimonswald, and baptized that evening at 5 o’clock: Franz Xaver, legitimate [son] of Anton Guth, clock maker, and Theresia Rösch, from there.
Witnesses: Joseph Beck, teacher here, and Joseph Rösch, unmarried farmer’s son from Haslach, who was a sponsor along with Maria Karstinger.
Simonswald, 30 October 1825
Pastor Duffner
Untersimonswald Parish Register Duplicate
[Translated by Ute Brandenburg, Iowa City, IA with German Script Experts]

The birth and baptism recorded for Leopold Guth in the original German:  

Im Jahre tausend achthundert dreysig am vierzehnten November Mittags zwölf Uhr wurde in U. Simonswald geboren, und denselben Tag Abends fünf Uhr dahier getauft Leopold ehler Sohn des Anton Gut, Uhrenmacher, und der Theresia Rösch von da.
Zeugen sind: Hr. Joseph Rösch, Bauer in Haslach, Pathe mit Maria Karstinger, Kieferin dahier, und Joseph Bek, hiesiger Schullehrer.
U/Simonswald d 14ten November 1830
Duffner Pfarrer

The birth and baptism recorded for Leopold Guth translated to English:  

Born in Untersimonswald on 14 November 1830 at 12 noon, and baptized the same day at 5 o’clock in the evening: Leopold, legitimate son of the clock maker Anton Gut and Theresia Rösch, from here.
The witnesses were: Mr. Joseph Rösch, farmer in Haslach, who was also a sponsor along with Maria Karstinger, cooper’s wife here, and Joseph Beck, school teacher from here.
Untersimonswald, 14 November 1830
Pastor Duffner
Untersimonswald Parish Register Duplicate
[Translated by Ute Brandenburg, Iowa City, IA at German Script Experts]

It is plausible that Leopold was named after Grand Duke Leopold of Baden. Grand Duke Leopold succeeded Grand Duke Louis I on 30 March 1830. The Grand Duke would serve as the ruler of the Duchy.

Validation of Francis Xavier Guth & Leopold Guth

The baptismal records validate the birth dates and birth location of Untersimonswald for Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth. The baptismal records also validate that the brothers are the children of Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch. The reference to "legitimate son" indicates that Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch were married in the Catholic Church prior to the birth of their children.

An additional observation is that Francis Xavier was recorded with the surname Guth and Leopold was recorded with the surname Gut. We discovered that the surname would vary between Guth and Gut depending on the record.

One difference is the German spelling of Rösch recorded in the records uses the umlaut mark.

Corrections & Additions 

Using the data from the Untersimonswald Catholic Parish Register the following corrections & additions were incorporated into my records:
  • Baptismal dates for Francis Xavier & Leopold Guth.
  • Birth & Baptismal Location were corrected to Untersimmonswald, Grand Duchy of Baden. My goal is to identify the location of a fact based on the name of the location at the time the fact occurred. (If that can be determined.)
  • The surname of Rösch was corrected from Rosch to incorporate the use of the umlaut mark.

This concludes the initial Guth Research Update post. The next post in the series will feature the parents of Francis Xavier and Leopold Guth - Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch.

Leopold Guth is my 3rd great-grandfather. Francis Xavier Guth is my 4th Great Uncle. Anton Guth and Theresia Rösch are my 4th great grandparents. My connection to the Guth line extends through Leopold's daughter Frances Philomena Guth, her daughter Frances Philomena Selker, to my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald.

References:
  1. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5581, Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1810-1825. 1825 - Baptism Record - Guth, Franz Xaver
  2. Staatsarchiv Freiburg L 10 Nr. 5582,  Untersimonswald, Simonswald EM; Katholische Gemeinde: Pfarrei St. Peter, Standesbuch 1826-1844. 1830 - Baptism Record - Gut, Leopold  
  3. Map of the Confederation of the Rhine: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rheinbund_1812,_political_map.png 
  4. 1850 United States Federal Census. Year: 1850; Census Place: Elk, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_767; Page: 247A; Image: 499. Record for F. H. Gut.
  5. 1860 United States Federal Census. Year: 1860; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1095; Page: 68; Family History Library Film: 805095. Record for Leopold Guth.
  6. 1860 United States Federal Census. Year: 1860; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1095; Page: 79; Family History Library Film: 805095. Record for Francis X Guth.
  7. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Town: Clarion, Map: 1877. F.X. Guth.
  8. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Town: Clarion, Map: 1877. Leopold Guth.
  9. Joseph A. Caldwell, Caldwell's Illustrated historical combination atlas of Clarion County, Pennsylvania / from actual surveys by & under the directions of Henry Cring ; assisted by C.T. Arms ... [et al.]. (Condit, Ohio, J.A. Caldwell, 1877), Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA

Saturday, April 29, 2017

1950's - Ambrose Aloysius McDonald & Jeannette M. Straley

A formal portrait of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald with his second wife Jeannette Margaret Straley.

Ambrose Aloysius McDonald was born 24 October 1889 in Vowinckel, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Ambrose and his second wife Jeannette Margaret Straley were married on 23 December 1953 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Jeannette was the daughter of George Straley and Caroline Oliphant. She was born about 1886.

This was also a second marriage for Jeannette M. Straley. Her first husband was Fred Emerson Allen. The death date for Fred Emerson Allen is currently not known.

The photograph may have been taken the day the couple married - note that Jeannette is wearing a corsage and Ambrose appears to be wearing a boutineer.
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Ambrose Aloysius McDonald & Jeannette M. Straley
This portrait is shared with permission. The original is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a granddaughter of Ambrose A. McDonald. The photograph is originally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Marriage of Fred Emerson Allen & Margaret Jeannette Straley.
  2. Ancestry.com. Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Marriage of Ambrose A. McDonald & Jeannette M Allen. [Jeannette M Straley].

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Formal Portrait: Gertrude Anna O'Neill

A painted image of Gertrude Anna O'Neill the daughter of Irish immigrants Michael O'Neill and Ellen M. Cunningham. Gertrude Anna O'Neill was born 29 January 1879 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

The high necked dress style with long sleeves and the hat align with women's fashion that was popular between 1900 and 1910. In 1910 Gertrude was living with her mother Ellen Cunningham in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The family lived at 711 Dallas Avenue, today this would be 711 North Dallas Avenue. Gertrude's 16 year old niece Evelyn McNaughton was also living in the household. Evelyn was recorded as a dressmaker in the census. Perhaps she made the lovely dress that Gertrude is wearing in the painting. As a dressmaker Evelyn would have been known the latest fashions.
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Painted Image of Helen Gertrude O'Neill
This painted image is shared with permission. The original is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a granddaughter of Gertrude Anna O'Neill. The photograph is originally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. 1910 United States Federal Census. Year: 1910; Census Place: Pittsburgh Ward 12, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1303; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0440; FHL microfilm: 1375316. Household of Ellen O'Neil 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

1940's/1950's - Helen Gertrude McDonald & Gertrude Anna O'Neill

Helen Gertrude McDonald photographed with her mother Gertrude Anna O'Neill. The photograph was most likely taken in the late 1940's or early 1950's. When photographed Helen was likely between age 32 and age 37. Gertrude was most likely between age 69 and 74. The latest date the photograph could have been taken was early summer 1953 as Gertrude passed away on 21 July 1953.

The location of the photograph is currently unknown. Helen and Gertrude were living in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Country, Ohio - so it is possible the photograph was taken at a family home in Cleveland.
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Helen Gertrude McDonald & Gertrude Anna O'Neill
Helen Gertrude McDonald & Gertrude Anne O'Neill
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a niece of Helen and Ambrose. The photograph is originally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

Helen Gertrude McDonald is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with siblings is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

Monday, April 10, 2017

1940's - Helen Gertrude McDonald & Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.

A snapshot of Helen Gertrude McDonald with her only brother Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.  They are the children of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald and Gertrude Anna O'Neill.

The photograph may have been taken in 1943 as Ambrose is wearing his United States Marine Corps uniform. After the outbreak of WWII Ambrose enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. When photographed Helen was probably about 27 years old and Ambrose was around 23 years old.  Ambrose deployed in 1943 and was killed in action shortly after his 24th birthday at the Battle of Tarawa. This is likely one of the last photographs taken of Ambrose. To learn more  about Ambrose visit this link.
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Helen Gertrude McDonald & Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
McDonald Siblings
Helen Gertrude McDonald & Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr.
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a niece of Helen and Ambrose. The photograph is originally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

Helen Gertrude McDonald and Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Jr. are my 1st cousins 3x removed. They are the children of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with siblings is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wedding Photos: Helen Gertrude McDonald & Harold I. Moore

The wedding of Helen Gertrude McDonald & Harold I. Moore took place on April 26, 1950 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Helen, the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, was born 12 June 1916 in Freeport, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Helen was 34 years old when she was married. Harold I. Moore, the son of Dallas N. Moore and Mabel Williams, was about 33 years old when he was married.
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Wedding of Helen Gertrude McDonald & Harold I. Moore
Wedding of Helen Gertrude McDonald & Harold I. Moore
L-R: Martin Edward Geary, Harold I. Moore, Helen Gertrude McDonald, 

Virginia Dorothy McDonald  
A family portrait was taken the day of the wedding. This may be one of the last photographs taken of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald and Gertrude Anna O'Neill with their adult daughters - Virginia Dorothy McDonald (married to Martin Edward Gearty), Helen Gertrude McDonald and Anne Marie McDonald (married to Stanley L. Kresge Jr.). The couple's oldest daughter, Mary Elizabeth McDonald, died an an infant. Their son, Ambrose Aloysius McDonald Jr., killed in action at the Battle of Tarawa.
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Wedding of Helen Gertrude McDonald & Harold I. Moore
Wedding of Helen Gertrude McDonald & Harold I. Moore
Back L-R: Martin Edward Geary, Virginia Dorothy McDonald, Harold I. Moore, Helen Gertrude McDonald, Gertrude Anna O'Neill, Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, Anne Marie McDonald 
Front L-R: Mark Francis Geary, Kevin McDonald Geary, Kurt Kresge, Keith Kresge
These wedding photographs are shared with permission. The original photographs are in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a niece of Helen Gertrude McDonald. The photograph is originally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

Virginia McDonald Geary, Helen Gertrude McDonald and Anne Marie McDonald are my 1st cousins 3x removed. They are the daughters of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with their children is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather. The children of Virginia Dorthy McDonald, Mark Francis Geary amd Kevin McDonald Geary, are my 2nd cousins 2x removed. The children of Anne Marie McDonald, Kurt Kresge and Keith Kresge, are my 2nd cousins 2x removed. 

References:
  1. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Mary Elizabeth McDonald. Certificate Number: 77032.   
  2. Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Marriage record for Helen B. McDonald. Film
  3. Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Marriage record for Harold I. Moore.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Formal Portrait: Ambrose Aloysius McDonald

Ambrose Aloysius McDonald was born 24 October 1889 in Vowinckel, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of fifteen children born to Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Ambrose married Gertrude Anna O'Neill on 15 January 1915 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

This formal portrait of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald was included in the photograph collection of his daughter, Virginia McDonald Geary. Ambrose appears older in this formal portrait than in another known photograph of him taken at his parent's Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration in 1916. Based on the style of the collar the portrait was likely been taken in the 1920's.
MB Boutiques: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Ambrose Aloysius McDonald
Ambrose Aloysus McDonald
Formal Portrait
Ambrose lived to be 80 years old. He died on 15 September 1970 in Bay Village, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Orphan's Court. McDonld, Ambrose & O'Neill, Gertrude A. Marriage License.
  2. Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007. Ambrose A. McDonald. 
  3. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 172106233.
  4. Vintage Dancer. 1920s Mens Shirts and Collars History

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Prayer Card: Gertrude A. O'Neill

Gertrude Anna O'Neill, the daughter of Irish immigrants Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham, was born 29 January 1879 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Gertrude married Ambrose Aloysius McDonald on 15 January 1915 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Gertrude lived to be 74 years old. She died on 21 July 1953 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

This prayer card from Gertrude's funeral originally belonged to her daughter Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the prayer card to me to incorporate into the family archives. 

MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Gertrude A. McDonald - Prayer Card Front
Gertrude A. McDonald
Prayer Card Front
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Gertrude A. McDonald - Prayer Card Back
Gertrude A. McDonald
Prayer Card Back
Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.


References:
  1. Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Orphan's Court. McDonld, Ambrose & O'Neill, Gertrude A. Marriage License.
  2. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 172106415.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Prayer Card: Winnifrede A. O'Neill

Winifred Agnes O'Neill, the daughter of Irish immigrants Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham, was born 3 September 1874. Winifred's birth location is believed to be Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Winifred married Robert Alphonsus McDonald on 25 June 1895 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Winifred lived to be 75 years old. She died on 31 March 1950 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery with husband Robert Alphonsus McDonald and her sister Caroline Loretta O'Neill. She was affectionately known as "Aunt Win"by some branches of the the family.

This prayer card from Winifred's funeral originally belonged to her niece Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the prayer card to me to incorporate into the family archives. The prayer card uses the name first name variation Winnifrede A. This name variation is also used on her grave stone.
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Winnifrede A. McDonald - Prayer Card Front
Winnifrede A. McDonald
Prayer Card Front
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Winnifrede A. McDonald - Prayer Card Back
Winnifrede A. McDonald
Prayer Card Back
Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham. Winifred Agnes O'Neill is my 2nd Great Grandmother  Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.


References:
  1. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 107591643.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Obituary: Caroline L. O'Neill (1887-1984)

Caroline Loretta O'Neill was the youngest daughter born to Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham. Caroline was born 4 August 1887 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Caroline was 5 years old when her father died.

The 1900 United States Federal Census records Caroline living with her mother and siblings on the family farm in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. Caroline was attending school.

Family tradition maintains that in 1903 Caroline went to Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia. Her sister Winifred Agnes O'Neill was expecting her fifth child, Charles Eugene McDonald. Caroline stayed with the family and worked a teacher at the local one room school house. Caroline's niece Virginia McDonald Geary offered commentary on the family: "Ellen Cunningham, Winifred's mother used to send her daughters around to assist each other when they were expecting."
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Caroline Loretta O'Neill most likely photographed between 1900 and 1910
The 1910 United States Federal Census records Caroline living with her sister Mary Lucinda O'Neill and her brother in-law Joe Ward in Leadsville, Randolph County, West Virginia. She was employed as a teacher working in a private school.

After living in West Virginia Caroline moved back to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County where she lived for the rest of her life. The 1920 United States Federal Census records Caroline living in the family home at 321 Meade Street. She was living with:
  • her mother - Ellen Cunnigham
  • her niece - Helen McDonald, daughter of Robert A. McDonald & Winifred A. O'Neill
  • her sister - Eleanor Monica O'Neill 
  • her niece - Bella Mullen, daughter of Eleanor Monica O'Neill
The 1930 and 1940 United States Federal Census record Caroline living with her sister Eleanor Monica O'Neill recorded as Eleanor Mullen at 321 Meade Street. Caroline was working as a Stenographer at an Electric Company - most likely Westinghouse. Later in her career she worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and was the secretary to the sales manager.

Caroline never married. She lived to be 97 years old. Caroline died on 13 November 1984 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is buried at  Calvary Cemetery. She is buried with her sister Winifred Agnes O'Neill and her brother-in-law Robert Alphonsus McDonald. She was affectionately known as "Aunt Carrie", "Aunt Pokie" and "Aunt Honie" by the family.

A copy of the obituary for Caroline Loretta O'Neill. Caroline was affectionately known by her family as "Aunt Carrie" or "Aunt Honie". The newspaper printed her obituary as Karrie L. O'Neill. The name of the newspaper the obituary was printed in is unknown.
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Karrie L. O'Neill - Obituary
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Obituary
This photograph of Caroline Loretta O'Neill is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a great niece of Caroline Loretta O'Neill. The photograph is orignally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

The obituary originally originally belonged to Caroline's niece Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the copy of the obituary to me to incorporate into the family archives.

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousins 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham.  Caroline Loretta O'Neill is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of 2nd Great Grandmother Winifred Agnes O'Neill. Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. 1900 United States Federal Census. Year: 1900; Census Place: Clarion, Clarion, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1394; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1241394. Record for Ellen O'Neill. 
  2. 1910 United States Federal Census. Year: 1910; Census Place: Leadsville, Randolph, West Virginia; Roll: T624_1696; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0123; FHL microfilm: 1375709. Record for Carrie Oneel.
  3. 1920 United States Federal Census. Year: 1920; Census Place: Wilkinsburg Ward 3, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1530; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 867; Image: 1003. Record for Ellen M O'Neill.
  4. 1930 United States Federal Census. Year: 1930; Census Place: Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1993; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0872; Image: 226.0; FHL microfilm: 2341727. Record for Eleanor Mullen. 
  5. 1940 United States Federal Census. Year: 1940; Census Place: Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3421; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 2-622. Record for E M Mullen.
  6. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Record for Carrie Oneill. 
  7. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 107591661.

Prayer Card: Caroline L. O'Neill (1887-1984)

Caroline Loretta O'Neill was the youngest daughter born to Michael O'Neill and his second wife Ellen M. Cunningham. Caroline was born 4 August 1887 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Caroline never married. She lived to be 97 years old. Caroline died on 13 November 1984 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery with her sister Winifred Agnes O'Neill and her brother-in-law Robert Alphonsus McDonald. She was affectionately known as "Aunt Carrie", "Aunt Honie" and "Aunt Pokie" by the family.

To learn more about Caroline visit the post: Obituary: Caroline L. O'Neill (1887-1984)
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
The portrait may have been taken in the 1920's
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Carrie L. O'Neill - Prayer Card Front
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Prayer Card Front
MB Boutiques: The O'Neill Collection &emdash; Carrie L. O'Neill - Prayer Card Back
Caroline Loretta O'Neill
Prayer Card Back
This photograph of Caroline Loretta O'Neill is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Ginny Geary Laskovics my 2nd cousin 2x. Ginny is a great niece of Caroline Loretta O'Neill. The photograph is originally from the Virginia McDonald Geary Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky

The prayer card from Caroline's funeral originally belonged to Caroline's niece Virginia McDonald Geary. Virginia's daughter kindly sent the prayer card to me to incorporate into the family archives.

Virginia McDonald Geary is my 1st cousin 3x removed. She is the daughter of Ambrose Aloysius McDonald, my 2nd great uncle and Gertrude Anna O'Neill, my 2nd great aunt. My relationship with Virginia McDonald Geary  is unique in that we are double 1st cousins 3x removed. We share two sets of common ancestors. Our common McDonald grandparents are Michael McDonald and Anna Haggerty. Our common O'Neill grandparents are Michael O'Neill and Ellen Cunningham.  Caroline Loretta O'Neill is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of 2nd Great Grandmother Winifred Agnes O'Neill. Robert Alphonsus McDonald is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

References:
  1. Find A Grave. Memorial Number 107591661.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

1942 - Edward V. Murosky

A snapshot of Edward V. Murosky taken in 1942. Edward V. Murosky, the son of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski, was born March 3, 1925 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Edward would have been 17 years old when this snapshot was taken.

Edward is in formal dress wearing a Boutonnière. Edward was most likely a groomsman in the wedding of his first cousin Raymond Bukowski. On June 6, 1942 Raymond Bukowski married Veronica A. Karpinski. To view other photographs from the wedding visit the posts:
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Wdward V. Murosky
Edward V. Murosky
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen likely recorded the names and dates on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Raymond H. Bukowski is my 1st cousin 2x. His father John Frank Bukowski is my 2nd great uncle. John Frank Bukowski is the brother of Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. Edward V. Muroksy is my great uncle, he is the son of Helen Tillie Bukowski. Edward V. Muroksy is the brother of my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1938 - A Snaphot from a Murosky Family Gathering

This is another snapshot of a Murosky family gathering that took place in 1938. The photograph was likely taken in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on a family visit. The photograph would have been taken prior to July 21, 1938.  To view other photographs taken that day and learn about the date of the photograph view the post 1938 - Murosky Family Gathering.  

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1938 Murosky Family Gathering
1938 Murosky Family
Left to Right: Unknown Man, Rose Surname Unknown,
Helen Tillie Bukowski (age,37 or 38), Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. (age 46)
Marian Elaine Murosky (age 2 or 3) standing in front.
This photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen was married to Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. is my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Marian Elaine Murosky is my great aunt. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Army Portrait: Leopold George Selker, Jr.

Leopold George Selker, Jr. was born 21 June 1918. He was the son of Leopold George Selker, Sr. (28 Sep 1891 - 10 Dec 1955) and Katherine V. Hartle (1894 - 01 Sep 1970). Leopold George Selker, Sr. was the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.

Leopold enlisted with the United States Army on January 3, 1944. He was discharged from service on 31 January 1945. This formal military portrait would have been taken in 1944.
MB Boutiques: The Selker Collection &emdash; Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Leopold George Selker, Jr.
Army 
Portrait
To view other photographs of Leopold visit the posts:
This photograph is shared with permission. The original photograph is in the care of Leopold George Selker my 2nd cousin 1x. Leopold is the son of Leopold George Selker, Jr. He is a descendant of Leopold George Selker, Sr. the oldest son of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth. From the Leopold George Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Leopold George Selker, Jr. is my 1st cousin 2x removed. He is a first cousin to my maternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth are the common grandparents that link the cousins. 

References:

  1. Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. File for Leo Selker.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Remembering Sr. Janet Staab, OSB

In early January I received the unexpected news that Sr. Janet Staab had passed away. Sr. Janet was born on January 12, 1937 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Aloysius Staab Sr. and Cecelia Elizabeth Selker. She entered the Benedictine Community in June 26, 1955. In addition to teaching elementary and junior high school school she also served as the archivist for the Benedictine Sisters.

Sr. Janet, my 1st cousin 2x, was the original family historian for the Guth and Selker families. Many years ago she very kindly shared all of her research with a young college student who was curious about family history. Sr. Janet photocopied her meticulously organized hand typed family group sheets and newspaper articles without thought.

With so much enthusiasm she told me the story of how our shared ancestor Joseph William Selker departed Germany and opened his own cigar manufacturing business in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She also told the story of his return trip to Germany in 1906 and how his two nieces came back with him. I never imagined that day when I went to visit her that I would walk away with what would become the foundation of my research for the Guth and Selker families. 

Over the years Sr. Janet and I remained in touch. Christmas cards and notes were exchanged. When I made trips to my hometown I would stop by to visit with her at Mount Saint Benedict. We always enjoyed our visits together talking about our favorite subject - family history. In time I continued to build on her original research.  Research updates were sent as I learned more about our shared Guth, Selker and Loll ancestors. 

Michelle M. Murosky: Blog Images &emdash;
Sr. Janet and I during a visit in 2014
We all owe Sr. Janet a debt of gratitude. Her legacy lives on through the children she taught and through the research she completed. Her research was very well organized and very detailed. It is truly the foundation for what we know about the Guth and Selker families. Sr. Janet will most certainly be missed. I am most grateful she was my family history mentor and I had the opportunity to learn from her. 

Sr. Janet was buried at Trinity Cemetery in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. To view her obituary visit the website for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.  

Sr. Janet Staab is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Our shared ancestors are Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Six Year Anniversary

Six years ago today Our Ancestors - The Murosky & McDonald Ancestral Lines was launched. Working on the family tree research site has been an incredible adventure. What initially started as a family research site has grown to have a companion Facebook page and the Old Family Photographs site.

Content & Reach

In the last six years 235 articles have been posted. The content ranges from family photographs to historical documents. The site has had over 70,000 page views. Although the majority of the readers have been from the United States the site also receives regular international traffic. There are visitors from Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Poland, Canada, Turkey and Ireland.

Some of the most popular articles at the site include:

The most popular page at the site is the Military Veterans followed by Published Family History.

Connecting with Cousins

The most incredible part of the journey has been connecting with cousins. These connections most likely would not have happened without this site. Each of these connections has contributed to my ongoing family research.

The research site has linked me to my ancestral families in Germany and France. The site also allowed the opportunity to get to know some of my American cousins. In 2013 my father and I traveled to Crown, Clarion County, Pennsylvania to meet our cousin Benjamin Patrick Norris.
MB Boutiques: Blog Images &emdash; 2013 Family Tree Visit to Vowinckel, PA
2013 Trip to Crown, Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Standing with my cousin 3rd Cousin 2x Benjamin Patrick Norris

MB Boutiques: Blog Images &emdash; 2013 Family Tree Visit to Vowinckel, PA
2013 Trip to Crown, Clarion County, Pennsylvania
St. Mary's Church
Dave Murosky with his 3rd Cousin 1x Benjamin Patrick Norris and Benjamin's wife


We had a lovely visit and got to learn so much from Benjamin about our shared ancestors and about the Farmington, Township. 


Looking Forward:



I look forward to sharing new content to the site. As more and more records become available there is no shortage of available content! One of the other items on my list is to continue to work on the Portraits of a Life project. I look forward to what the future will bring. 

Thank you kindly for reading,

Michelle