Groom Dennis O’Connell
Bride Rosa M. Springer
Residence of Groom Berlin, NH
“ “ of Bride Berlin, NH
Age of Groom 21
“ “ of Bride 17
Color of Groom White
“ “ of Bride White
Occupation of Groom Papermaker
“ “ of Bride —–
Birthplace of Groom Granville, NY
“ “ of Bride Lancaster, NY
No. of Marriage of Groom first
“ “ Bride first
Groom Widowed or Divorced ——
Bride “ “ ——
Intention filed February 10, 1905
By whom Married Rev L.M Laplante
Residence Berlin, NH
Official Station Catholic Priest
Date of Marriage February 27, 1905
Place Berlin, NH
[record continued over]
*Clergyman, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, etc.
Grooms Father and Mother
Father’s Name John O’Connell
“ “ Residence Sandy Hill, NY
“ “ Age 42 Color White
“ “ Occupation Machinist
“ “ Birthplace Wels, VT
Mother’s Name Bridget Kern
“ “ Residence Deceased
“ “ Age — Color White
“ “ Occupation Housewife
“ “ Birthplace Granville, NY
Bride’s Father and Mother
Father’s Name Alex Springer
“ “ Residence deceased
“ “ Age — Color White
“ “ Occupation Farmer
“ “ Birthplace Waterville, PI
Mother’s Name Mary Cote
“ “ Residence Berlin, NH
“ “ Age 46 Color White
“ “ Occupation Housewife
“ “ Birthplace Canada
The State of New Hampshire
I hereby certify the above marriage record is correct to
the best of my knowledge and belief.
Clerk of Berlin, NH
*if deceased, give age at death.
The words Irish and Catholic always seem to go together. But, not in my family. We are Irish and Lutheran, which people always find hard to believe. Recently, I had a conversation with a priest and he made a comment about my being Irish Catholic, it was a bit odd to correct him on my being a life long Lutheran.
My Grandmother, Ida (Jaeger) O’Connell’s family was Lutheran and I just assumed that is why we are as well.
Well, studying my families genealogy brought some other reasons to light. Back in the 1800’s my Irish line was Catholic. My great-grandfather Dennis O’Connell was baptized at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Granville, NY on 16 Sept 1883. This is the church the family worshiped at while living in Granville, NY. Dennis’ mother, Bridget (Curran) O’Connell died in 1895 and is buried in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel closed its doors on Easter sunday, 2009. The church still stands and they were trying to sell the building the last time I checked. It was sad to read this, knowing that it was a place my family worshiped and that the church was over 100 years old.
Some of the items that are within St Mary’s came from Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
There were many catholic churches in the area and worshipers chose their church based on the ethnicity. It is obvious that Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the chosen church for the Irish. The current priest has closed all of the other catholic churches in this area and everyone now attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
When the family moved from the Granville area to Hudson Falls, they attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church. St Paul’s had a bad fire and now all of the surviving church records are held at St Mary’s. St Mary’s opened their church to all of St Paul’s parishioners and it is now known as St Mary’s/St Paul’s.
In 1917, Dennis O’Connell left his wife (Rose Springer) and children to move to Canada. Sometime before 1930 they divorced and Rose remarried. Since then divorce has run through my family so much, that I am sure the catholic church would never let us back in.
In 2010, I was lucky enough to take a road trip east with my aunt and cousin to visit the places my ancestors lived, worshiped and were put to rest (which were all catholic cemeteries).
I was confirmed at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL and all three of my children were baptized there.
This post was written for submission into the 109 Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.
Last summer, while my aunt, cousin and I were on out trip through the East Coast, I had a great find at the cemetery where I knew my great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were buried. About two years ago, I found Dennis and John O’Connell both listed in an index for St. Paul’s / St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hudson Falls. The day after I found the index, I called and spoke with Dorothy at the church and was able to verify that this was indeed my family. It had only taken me about 8 years to find this link. I was ecstatic and knew I would have to make the trip to the cemetery at some point. Well, last summer that all came to life for me. We spent the morning in another town and by late afternoon we had finally found our way to the St. Mary’s /St. Paul’s Cemetery. I thought that I had drawn a picture of the cemetery from the index, but no such luck. Instead we spent a good hour looking for the gravesites. I was angry at myself because I knew better than to go into a cemetery not knowing where to be looking. Though this was a smaller cemetery to what I am used to visiting back home, there was still many stones to be read. We split up and continued the search.
At one point, I found the name Daha and took a few pictures because I knew this line married into ours. I just did not have specifics on the family. Just a brief note I found in an obituary for Dennis O’Connell. After taking 1-2 pictures, I was aggrivated and decided to stop taking pictures to look for the O’Connell family once again. When I did that, my cousin Tracy urged me to continue taking photo’s of the Daha stones, there were many of them. While I reluctantly continued, Tracy and our aunt were moving towards an older section of the cemetery that was further away from all the other stones. I actually tripped over a stone when I was done with the Daha pictures, I looked down and you guessed it, I actually stumbled onto my family plot! I was so excited, the O’Connell family was all buried together. John Sr., his wife Maria, John Jr, his wife Beatrice and Dennis. These were all of the family members that I knew were there. The stone I stumbled on was for Elizabeth O’Connell Daha the gravesite next to her was for Mary O’Connell Herring. Both of these ladies are sisters to Dennis and daughters to John Sr! I was thrilled at the discovery because I did not see either name in the index and when I called the church, this information was not given to me either.
I have many posts that are dedicated to my Great-grandfather, Dennis O’Connell, and I am sure there are many more to come. You can read previous posts about Dennis and his personal documents that I have by clicking here. This post is many years in the making, I took me 10 years to find where he is buried and finally be able to visit. Last month, I made the journey to his home of Hudson Falls, NY with his granddaughter Terri (my aunt) and my cousin Tracy. The excitement I had at be able to find his final resting place is beyond words. My cousin made jokes about how I could go from being sleepy and cranky to over excited when we would drive into a cemetery and find what we were looking for.
When it came to looking for Dennis, I only knew the name of the cemetery is St. Paul’s in Hudson Falls, NY. I thought when I found his name indexed in a book that I drew a picture of the map and marked the section he was in. Nope, with the excitement of that find all I did was right down the section and plot number and I had no clue what to do once we got to the cemetery. St. Paul’s Cemetery is not large by any standard, but we probably spent the most time searching through this one, my guess is probably at least 1/2 hour.
We had not found any of the O’Connell family, so we decided to go to the very back of the cemetery where there was a handful of graves that we could see. My aunt and cousin had been way ahead of me. We had found so many headstones with the last name of Daha and I had decided to photograph all of them. I knew that one of my great-great aunts had married a Daha and I did not have any family information on them. I figured take the pictures today and figure the family out another time. I am so glad that I did this, if I had not, I probably would have missed the O’Connell graves. I found everyone that I knew would be there, and a few more. I will save those surprises for another day.
Continuing through the personal documents of Dennis O’Connell (my paternal Great-Grandfather), I also found his 1917 Military Census Record.
This record shows that Dennis was living in election district 1, in the town of Moreau, Saratoga County, NY. As for other genealogical information, there is none. The card was filled out by Dennis, the handwriting matches many of the other documents in my possession.
For the past few months, I have been posting documents that belonged to my paternal great-grandfather Dennis O’Connell. This week, I continue with Dennis’s records.
His 1917 Draft Card gives his current address as 29 Main St., Glens Falls, NY. It was signed either Jan or June of 1917, it is a bit hard to decipher. Months after he signed his draft card, Dennis moved to Thorold, Canada.
I am so thankful to have these records and Dennis’s handwriting on each of them.
From the office of
Arthur A Schmon
President and General Manager
September 3, 1947
I want to take this opportunity of telling you what a satisfaction it is to me and my associates to note that you have served this Company for thirty years. This, indeed, is a fine record and indicates that you possess those excellent qualities of faithfulness, loyalty and devotion to duty. It is a splendid thing for a man to be able to say that he has been with a company for 25 or 30 years, or more, because it is tangible evidence of a deep rooted attachment between the company and the employee that is mutually desirable and beneficial.
I congratulate you on you long service and wish to convey our appreciation of the fine effort you have made throughout the years. I trust that we will enjoy many more years of service together.
With best wishes for your health and happiness, I remain,
Mr. D. O’Connell
52 Albert Street
Niagara Falls, Ont. June 1st, 1950
To whom it may concern,
It is my earnest wishes that all that I posses is equally divided upon my death to my two sons and daughter
signed this 1st day of June 1959
It makes we wonder if he was sick, Dennis died in Nov of 1950. At this point I still do not have his death certificate, but I hope to order it within the near future to find out.
This is probably my favorite document I have from Dennis O’Connell because it really gives detailed information about him. From this document, I was able to learn that Dennis was 5′ 10″ tall, weighed 165 lbs., he had grey eyes, brown hair and he was a papermaker.
As for genealogical information, it tells me that he was a married man and has 3 children living. According to this document he was born in Granville, NY and is an American citizen by birth, but he has lived in Thorold for 3 months.
The picture of him was taken on the day he filled this out which is 15 Jan 1918. This document also has Dennis’ signature on it.
The backside of the document was stamped numerous times by the Canadian Immigration Inspector, these stamps gave Dennis the permission to leave Canada to visit Buffalo, NY from the time he signed the document in Jan 1918 until Jan 1919.