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.
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!
So, I’m still wondering why Bridget and John (GG Paternal Grandparents) are not buried together. I sent an email to nygeorge on ancestry.com. This person seemed to answer a lot of queries and I figured maybe I could get a little help.
Boy, was I right. She found for me that Bridget is buried at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Granville, NY (which is close to the Vermont boarder).
Now, here’s the odd thing, this is the church G Grandpa Dennis was baptized at. I have an original letter from the church that I believed was used to verify the birth of Dennis for something. This church does not have a lot of information on line. But one day, I will make the call to see if they have any other family records (like marriage, or other birth’s).
I will let you know if I come up with anything else from here as well.