Saturday, August 15, 2015

Glensharrold in 1888

Here is a document titled "Glenaharrold in 1888" by Alfred E. Pease, MP and published in 1888.  It describes the abject poverty and conditions in Glensharrold, an estate in Co. Limerick, Ireland, toward the end of the 19th century . My great-grandparents, Thomas Hanley and Catherine O'Connell Hanley, were residents of this place.  Pease interviewed a number of residents and how the unfair rents charged to them had affected them. In addition he includes statements from tenants that he had received. Included on pages 34-36 is statements from Thomas Hanley, my great-grandfather.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sarah Weed Maloney Hawkins

Here is the death certificate for my great-grandmother, Sarah Weed Maloney Hawkins. She married my great-grandfather, Francis Gallery Maloney, in 1886 in Jackson Co., MI. After Francis died in 1872, she married John Hawkins in 1878. The certificate has just one interesting item in that it states that her father, Fellows Weed, was born in Syracuse, NY. I suspect that this is an error. Helmer family (related to the Weeds) note that Fellows was born in Hannibal, NY. Hannibal was in Onondaga County when Fellows was born in 1810. Today Hannibal is in Oswego County, NY.

Death Certificate - Sarah Weed Maloney Hawkins - 1928

Monday, July 07, 2014

Patrick Eagan and Family in the 1855 NY State Census

Here is my great-grandfather, Patrick Eagan, in the 1855 NY State Census living in the Town of Barre which is just south of Albion in Orleans County. My great-grandfather is listed as "Patrick Agan" and the family also consisted of my great-grandmother, Mary, and their two children at that time, Catherine and James. Both of the children were born in Orleans and both of my great-grandparents were born in Ireland.

The census record shows a couple of interesting items:
(1) The record states that Patrick was 25 years old and Mary was 27 years old. Other records show that Patrick was born in 1828 and Mary was born in 1829.
(2) Patrick had been in Orleans for 6 years and Mary had been in the county for 7 years. Therefore they were probably married in Orleans county.
(3) Patrick was a naturalized citizen but Mary was still an alien.

Monday, August 26, 2013

WWI Draft Records - Two Hanleys

I have come across the World War I draft registration cards for 1917 and 1918 on the Family Search web site. Although I have not found a card for my Uncle Jim Eagan (I had previously looked at the actual cards at the National Archives), I did find records for two of my grandmother's brothers - Tim Hanley and Tom Hanley. The first is that for Tim Hanley:

Draft Registration WWI - Tim Hanley
Note from the registration card that Uncle Tim, who came to the US in 1912, was living at 116 Jefferson Ave. in 1917/18 - which agrees with Rochester City Directories for that time - and is a shipping clerk at Rochester Button on State Street.

The other is for Tom Hanley:

Draft Registration WWI - Tom Hanley
Uncle Tom Hanley, who came to the US from Ireland in 1910, was living at 136 Bartlett Street in Rochester which was the home of his brother Michael - again, this agrees with the Rochester City Directories. Tom was a billing clerk at Kodak on State Street.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Eagans in County Cork, Ireland

My great-grandfather Patrick M. Eagan's death was noted in the Rochester, NY Democrat & Chronicle. The obituary noted that he was born in Cork, Ireland in 1828 and came to Albion, NY about 1840. Unfortunately, this does not specify where in County Cork he was born - in Cork City or somewhere in the county.

There are Irish census records available for only 1901 and 1911, about sixty years after he left Ireland. The closest we have as a census for an earlier period is Griffith's Valuation, a survey of Ireland for tax purposes. This survey taken for County Cork was done between 1851 and 1853 about ten years after Patrick left. I have looked at Griffith's Valuation in Cork for Eagans by that spelling and find only two, a Thomas Eagan and Michael Eagan. (In addition, there are about one hundred and ninety with the name spelled 'Egan.')  Is it possible that either Thomas or Michael are relatives of my great-grandfather?

Thomas Eagan occupied land in the Town of Youghal in the Parish of Youghal and had a house and small garden on South Cross Lane (just off Friar Street). The house and land was leased from the representatives of Joshua H. Bull who may be a member of the Bull family in Knockrea, Cork.

Michael Eagan occupied land in the Village of Clashavodig in the Parish of Little Island and on that land he had a house and garden. The land was leased from John Cantillon.

I wish this helped me but right now it is just a set of facts to be filed.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Our Spring Cruises

We are doing early preparations for our Spring cruises that will start on April 6. The first starts at Port Everglades and end on April 29 in Civitavecchia - the port city for Rome. This is actually two cruises that are sold as a single one on Holland American's m/s Eurodam. It is a 16 day transatlantic cruise followed by a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. This is a picture of the itinerary:

Notice that one of the ports that we are scheduled to stop is LaGoulette, the port city for Tunis, Tunisia. I would like to stop there as we have never been there but I suspect that this port will be scrapped due to recent uprisings there.

Following that cruise - that ends in Rome - we will fly to Milan and stay there for three or four days and then go on the Nice and spend a few days there. We are looking forward to spending time in Milan as the only places we have been to in Milan is the airport and train station on our way from Amsterdam to Florence a couple of years ago. The last time we were in Nice was probably 1984.

Following our stay in Milan and Nice we will start our next cruise from Monte Carlo on May 5. This is an 11 day Mediterranean cruise aboard Azamara Cruise's Quest and will end on May 16 in Barcelona, Spain. We are looking forward to this cruise as it is our first time on an Azamara ship and it is a step above most of the ships that we cruise on. The Quest holds only about 600 passengers and we like small ships. Here is the picture for this cruise.

We are going to try something new this cruise. We purchased a 'no-contract' international cell phone so we can be contacted by the folks at Nancy's father's assisted living place in Michigan. It has a UK number and cannot be used in the USA but only in Europe. It turns out we will also be able to use it next January when we take our South America/Antarctica cruise.