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Treasures of mine

It is that time again, Saturday night. Time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Tonight’s request is to look into the treasures we have found in our research, no matter where the find occurred. Thanks to Randy Seaver at Genea Musings  for reminding us to have fun with our research!

Within my family, the finds have been minimal, but none the less, very exciting. Just after I started my research, my Dad was getting ready to sell his house. He told me that there was a photo album in the basement that had belonged to my Grandpa, Larry O’Connell. Larry died on 28 Feb 1975, I was almost 4 years old. The album had been in flood water about 12 years prior. Luckily, no real damage had occurred. I had looked through the album and did not really know who most of the people were in the photo’s. The album stayed with my Dad for many more years, until I asked to go through it again around 2000, I told him I wanted to put everything together in a new scrap book. This is when I found the most important piece of information for my research. Inside the photo album was a full Canadian newspaper. The St. Catherines Standard, dated 18  Nov 1950. I scoured the paper for over an hour before I found why this specific paper was saved. Inside was the obituary for my Great Grandfather, Dennis O’Connell, (d. 17 Nov 1950). Because of the Newspaper listing all of Dennis’ siblings and where they were located, I was able to trace his sister Catherine’s family. I have found  a niece and nephew of Dennis’ in NY. Neither of them met Dennis, but were excited to hear from me and know that there is more family out there. I hope to get to meet them sometime in the near future. Also, because of Dennis’ obituary, I knew what city in NY he was buried in. I just had to find the cemetery, and I did. That brings me to the next treasure, within the same cemetery is Dennis’ father John O’Connell and I believe a brother and his wife and a sister. There is one more O’Connell buried there, I assume she will end up being a relation, but I have not proven that yet.

This image is from my treasured photo’s from Grandpa Larry.

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Dennis, Larry (Ambrose), Joe (Linus) O’Connell

Photo taken in Canada

The day my Dad showed me the album, he also showed me a metal lock box the size of a legal folder. Inside the lock box was everything important from my Grandma, Ida (Jaeger) O’Connell, she died 15 Apr 1980, I was 8 years old. I stood in the basement, going through this box carefully. I was amazed at the things I found.  Their marriage certificate. My Great Grandpa, Fred Jaeger’s, naturalization papers. Sympathy cards from when my Grandfather died. Grandpa’s wallet, which had been on him the day he died, it still had all the pictures he was carrying at that time. I took whatever would go through the fax machine and made copies and left the rest, I told my Dad that I wanted this box if anything was to happen to him. 

The photo album and the locked box mean a lot to me. Unfortunately, I believe the locked box is missing (last I heard). As for the album, I have that. Since, the album itself was ruined in the flood, I have taken all of the photo’s out and have them in a photo box. I still have not decided what to do with them. I have read that they should not be set into a scrapbook because they are too fragile. I spoke with someone at a scrapbooking store and they said to put them in an album.  The one thing I do know is, with the help of my Aunt Terri, I have placed most of the people in the pictures. Slowly, I am scanning them so I have a digital copy as well. 

Let me know your thoughts on the older photo’s that have already been through so much, should the be put into a scrap book or not? Will the glues/adhesives hurt them anymore?

Memorial Day

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What a lovely site for those entering or leaving the cemetery. 

Wordless Wednesday, West Virginia Coal Mines

More pictures of the West Virginia Coal Mine, taken from our moving vehicle by my daughter Brittany in June 2004.

Tombstone Tuesday – Susie Hilton

This photo was taken by Terri O’Connell,
at Sunset Memorial Park
1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Resting place for (inscription reads)
Mother
 Susie Hilton
1876-1943
Susie (Kerr) Hilton was born 12 Feb 1876 in Arlington, Ohio to John and Margaret (Garlinger) Kerr. She married John James Hilton around 1893 and had 11 children. She passed 11 Sept 1943, in either Beckley or Oswall, WV. Here she lies to the right of her husband. She is also resting with many family members nearby.

Wordless Wednesday, West Virginia Coal Mines

Coal Mine in West Virginia
June 2004
This photo was taken by my daughter Brittany from a moving car, 
while on our way to Beckley, WV. 
We were just outside of Charleston, WV when she took this. 
We come from a long line of miners. 

Tombstone Tuesday – Joan Lachney

This photo was taken June 28, 2004 by Terri O’Connell
Sunset Memorial Park
1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Inscription:
Joan Lachney
1928-1931
A Little Bud of love
Gone to Bloom With
God Above
This stone was decaying badly at our visit in 2004. It has since been replaced by her sister Mary Jane.
Joan was a sister to our Grandmother who passed so early in her life. We feel those who are here for such a short time are on the other side watching over our daily lives. We are truly blessed to have someone watching over us.

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Stoco School

June 28, 2004
Stoco School in Lego, WV.
Stoco school where my Grandparents and my mother attended (until she was 8). 
Stoco was built around 1925 and housed students from grades K-12 originally. The building has been abandoned for roughly 30 years. The building was not secure, we  were able to walk right in. The first room we went into was the gym, it was in terrible shape. My Grandmother cried as she looked around. You could tell by looking at the building that it was a beautiful building in its day. My youngest daughter and one of the other cousin’s that were with us told my Grandmother not to worry, that when they grew up they were going to buy the building and fix the school. It is wonderful how the mind of a child works. They see the ache in a loved one and just want to fix it. My daughter, now 12, still talks of how sad this building was and how they are going to fix it to make her Granny happy. 
In the writing of this I have found that in 2008 the school was in a  fire that left the building a complete loss. I hesitate to even tell this to my Grandmother because I am not sure how she will take the information. She left West Virginia as a young mother and moved to the big city of Chicago. When she speaks of WV, you can hear the love for the home of her childhood and where she gave birth to her children. Often when we speak, there is the conversation of “if the Lord is willing, I want to visit one more time”. I truly hope that I can make that trip with her. There is so much more I would like to see and learn about.

Tombstone Tuesday – Rose O’Connell – McAvoy

Rose and Frank Mc Avoy

Rose O’Connell is my mysterious Great Grandmother. It seems there was a falling out with her son Larry and the family never reconnected. I ordered a copy of her death certificate and found out that she was buried only 3 blocks from my house. I was so excited to have found this information, that I was at the cemetery the next morning. 
Rose was born 30 Mar 1888 in either Maine or NH (not 100% sure yet). She married Dennis J O’Connell before 1905 and had 4 children with him, Ambrose Lawrence b. 1905, NH. Linus Joseph b. 1908, NY. Theresa May b. 1909, NY. The fourth child was a male that did not survive. 
Dennis and Rose divorced and he moved to Canada before 1920. 
The boys took to the rails and settled in Illinois. Theresa and Rose followed. By 1930, Rose was remarried to Frank McAvoy. 
We have reconnected with a family member, who has added some of the McAvoys to our family tree. I hope to connect with them at some point to learn more about this branch of my family.

Dennis O’Connell and sons

Right – Dennis O’Connell

Middle – Ambrose Lawrence O’Connell
Left – Linus Joseph O’Connell

Rose and Frank McAvoy

Rose (Springer) O’Connell McAvoy and Frank McAvoy

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