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