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Wednesday’s Child – Ethel Pratt

Ethel Pratt 1925-1929, rests peacefully beside her parents.

Letter from C. Pratt (2)

So, I have written another letter looking for more information and also wrote a letter to his sister. Hoping to get a little more information with each letter. Also, to form a family relationship for all of us. I am of course, ever thankful that he replied to me. Hopefully, he and his sister will be willing to meet with me and whoever is willing to go to NY with me in the spring. I would like to meet with them and any other family member I can. Maybe do some interviews and find out more about the family.

In my letters, I asked the following questions…
Do they have older pictures that we could look through?
Does he remember his Grandfather John?
Here is some other things I would like to find out…
Did they ever meet the cousins that moved to Chicago (obviously before the move)?
Do they know why Dennis and Rose divorced and if so where were they living at the time?
Who are the parents of John and Bridget?
When did the family come to America?
What part of Ireland did they come from?
I feel this is a lot to ask in 1 letter, so I guess I will write a few and break it up some.  If anyone has any other questions they would like answered, please feel free to post comments on this blog and I will take them off of here and insert into the next few letters.

C Pratt letter update

Here is the letter that I got from Clellon, dated 11/5/08…

Terri
yes. My mother was a family member. I remember Dennis working in Canada. I think the town name was Thorough or something like that (very close, it was Thorold) I don’t know if my Mother was notified of his burial. I (not sure of word here) around at this time in 1950. My mother died in 1968. You didn’t mention any of the other siblings. I remember, 1 of them was Aunt Elizabeth that had a gas station outside of Glover (I think). I remember going to Hudson Falls and Glen Falls when I was a kid. My father died in 1942 of cancer. My sister still lives in Felts Mills. She knows more about the Aunt and Uncles than I do. (he then gives her address and his phone #) Black River is only 2 miles from Felts Mills. I hope you can read this letter.
signed CFP

Letter from C. Pratt

So, I know everyone is on pins and needles wondering if I got a reply to the letter I sent out. The answer is, yes! Today in the mail I received a reply from Clellon. He said his mother is a family member. (How excited am I you ask, I am on cloud nine)!

He remembers Great Grandpa Dennis and said he does not know if his mother was notified of Dennis burial. He also remembers going to Hudson Falls and Glen Falls as a child. 
He did give me some other info, but I am pressed for time. I will write him again and see if he gives more information. The power of the pen is a wonderful thing!

Pratt Family Update

So just wanted to keep everyone updated as to replies I am getting on emails and so forth. I did receive confirmation that Mr Pratt did get my letter. I have not spoken with him or received a letter in reply. I am going to mail another letter out to his younger sister, since I found the first name of her husband through her Mother’s obit that I talked about last time. 

I also received a reply from Watertown Daily News in NY. I sent an email looking for obits before the 1980′s. They do have the hard copies. They have not been digitalized. So, the woman I need to speak with is on vacation this week. I will reach out to her next week to see if she can find the one for Catherine (O’Connell) Pratt. This should give me the info I need to actually tie her to John and Bridget O’Connell. Then we will have solid proof! 
As for the NY letters, I truly hope someone responds. I would love to listen to some family stories of John O’Connell. Some of these cousins were around before he passed on.  What a great interview this would be. 
Will also work on the O’Connell cousin in IL to see if I can get any information from him.

Lacey Family

From the clues I have received from my email I mentioned a few days ago. I searched the Watertown Daily news and found the obits for Elizabeth Pratt Lacey and her husband Alton V Lacey. I also found the obit for Alton’s brother,  Orville. With these I have been able to add quite a few names to the tree. Though they are not of blood relation, it does extend our tree even more. I have updated my personal tree on my computer and will hopefully update geni.com soon. Hope everyone is doing well.

Elizabeth Pratt Lacey (Lacy) Update

So, just to keep everyone updated. I received a response from Mary via email on the Lacey line. Her Grandmother Doris was Alton Lacey’s sister. She did confirm that Catherine O’Connell Pratt is the daughter of John and Bridget O’Connell. I am so excited to continue making these connections. I replied to her email and let her know about our geni.com site and let her know that if she is interested in joining our tree to continue its growth to let me know and I will email it to her.  How excited is everyone that these connections seem to be coming quick for us this year. So I know that if I get a response on the letter I sent out, the answer should be the same. Since I sent it to Elizabeth Lacey’s Uncle on the Pratt side of her family. 

Happy investigating to all!

Elizabeth Pratt Lacey (Lacy)

In my quest to find O’Connell descendants, in one of the many obits I have read online, I came across Elizabeth Pratt Lacey (who is Catherine O’Connell Pratt’s daughter). Elizabeth Pratt married Alton V Lacey. On Ancestry.com, there are a few family tree’s that date back to the 1600′s. What a wealth of information his family has. I have sent out many emails to all invested in those tree’s. I have received a few responses, basically stating they would get back to me, love to get info I have or to contact another person (from whom they got their info). So I will continue to email these people until I get a response.  still hoping for the connection that her mother is indeed the daughter of John and Bridget (Curran) O’Connell. 

Will let you know what this turns up as well. I do feel like I am turning into some type of history detective. Just looking for the facts. I do hope this info proves to be correct, otherwise I have a ton of information on the wrong family.
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