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Washington County Historical Society

About two weeks ago, I sent an email off to the Washington County Historical Society in NY. I was trying to see if they might have information on my brick wall ancestor, John O’Connell. See my previous post to learn more.

Today, in the mail I received a large envelop in the mail. I was so excited. My hopes were that they had more information to add to my tree. Unfortunately, they had nothing new to add. Though, they did say they are willing to do more research if I have any more clues for them. They also sent phone #’s so that I can try to get ahold of a vital record. Hopefully the numbers they sent will connect me to a live person, unlike the numbers I have found that no one answers.

I love that these historical societies will do research for free. The only thing they are asking for is $.25 per copy they send you or a new member in their society. I have been planning to join this society for awhile and hope to do so in the near future.

I appreciate all of the societies out there that are assisting other family historians like myself.

My Brickwall Ancestor – John O’Connell

In spending time today reading AnceStories older posts and I came across one on blogging about our Brickwall Ancestors and why we do not put out all the information we have and maybe others will be able to help. What an idea. I know for one, I have mentioned mine here and there. But I have never really put all my information out there. So today I am taking a stab at it. 

I am looking for John’s parents and to see if I can find where he is really from, the information from census records is conflicting.

John O’Connell
1900 Census 
Enumeration District 138, Supervisors District 5, Sheet 10A
Sandy Hill Village, Kingsbury Town, Washington County, NY
7 Mill Street
John is head of house, M, W, born Nov 1857, age 42, widowed, born in NY, both parents born in NY, he is Grinder at the Pulp Mill.
Also in the house are:
Elizabeth, daughter, F, W, b. Sept 1880, age 19, single, born in NJ, parents born in NY.
Dennis, son, M, W, b. Nov 1882, age 17, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, he is a day laborer.
John W, son, M, W, b. Apr 1885, age 15, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, he is a laborer.
Daniel, son, M, W, b. Apr 1887, age 12, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, he is at school.
Kate, daughter, F, W, b. Dec 1888, age 11, single, born in NY, parents born in NY, she is at school.
Mary, daughter, F, W, b. Dec 1893, age 6, single, born in NY, parents born in NY.
1910 Census (very hard to read)
Enumeration District 109, Supervisors District 6, sheet 9A
Hudson Falls Village, Kingsbury Township, Washington County, NY
John is head of house, M, W, age 52, widowed, born in Ireland, parents born in Ireland, he is a laborer at the pulp mill.
Also in the house are:
Mrs. Hattie Langdon, daughter, F, W, age 30, Married, born in NJ, parents born in Ireland. (she had been married for 11 years)
Fred Langdon, son in law, M, W, age 35, Married, born in NJ, parents born in Ireland.
Dan, son, M, W, age 22, single, born NY, parents born in Ireland, operator in bag mill.
Burial information:
John died 26 Sept 1931 and is buried in St Paul’s/St Mary’s Cemetery in Hudson Falls, NY. He was 73 years old. This has been confirmed with Dorothy at St Paul’s/St Mary’s Church through the listing of his wife Bridget Curran (who is not buried there) on his records. Also buried here are his son John W, and his wife Beatrice. Daughter Hattie, and son Dennis. There are a total of 5 O’Connells buried here, Marie is the last one (I have not been able to place her in the family yet). They have no other records on this family.  They did find it odd that there are Irish buried in this French cemetery.
I have been trying to get a copy of death records for any of them through Kingsbury Town Hall, unfortunately, I never get an answer on the phone. I will continue to try that way and via email. 
I have not been able to find John in the 1880 Census (he should have been in NJ, which is where his daughters were born that year) and have a few possibilities for earlier census records, but need to have more family information on him before making a guess as to which he really is. 
I have also spoke to Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in  Granville, NY, which is where Bridget O’Connell (John’s wife is buried). The only other information they have is their son Dennis baptismal information. The only thing they could tell me is that Bridget might have a sister named Catherine, but they are not positive. She was listed on something they have. 
Any suggestions are welcome. 

Reply from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

Today in the mail I finally received a few papers. One is a listing of 1883 Baptisms. Dennis O’Connell was baptized on the 16th. His sponsor’s were Edward and Mary Leonard. I wonder if they are related in some way. Leonard is not a name I have come across before.

The other paper was a listing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Granville, Washington County, New York
Bridget (Curran) O’Connell (wife of John) 1862 – 1895.
Need to really plan a trip to NY, I would really like to visit Washington, Warren and Jefferson Counties.
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