Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: The Search for an Irish Family Tombstone

A Tombstone Tale

From an Old Family Home Movie

The Daniel Mullane family lived in Clonmel. Co. Tipperary for many years. Our branch of
the family left Ireland for the United States in 1885 but most of the others stayed in the town by the River Suir. The New York Mullanes and the Irish Mullanes kept in touch over the years with cards, letters and visits.

A home movie documents a visit by the Coyle sisters, granddaughters of Daniel Mullane, back to Clonmel. The black and white movie shows the streets of the city, an outing to Saint Patrick’s Well, people smiling into the camera and the family tombstone.

I have tried to find that tombstone for several years. I wrote letters to the churches in Clonmel and searched websites. I was told, more than once, that many people at that time did not have tombstones because of the expense. But I knew it existed because of the blurred images on the movie reel.

I knew that Daniel & Bridget (English) Mullane had been married in Saint Mary’s Church 25 August 1866. Their oldest children, including my great grandmother, were baptized there. Beginning c 1872 they were members of Saints Pater and Paul Church. Therefore I assumed the tombstone was near of one of those two churches.

In April 2012 our oldest daughter and I spent a few days in Ireland. I was excited to visit Clonmel, walk the streets my family had walked and to find and photograph the tombstone. We walked carefully through the church yards examining each faded tombstone but found no Mullane stones. Both churches were locked and we saw no offices to make enquiries. I was very disappointed. Could the stone have been knocked over or destroyed? I was to later discover that it was in a cemetery just a few miles down the road from Clonmel.

Home again I reread my Irish resources for a suggestion on how I could find this tombstone. I contacted the South Tipperary County Archives. They had been helpful to me in the past and they emailed to me the death notice & obituary for Daniel Mullane. His funeral service had been held at Saints Peter & Paul Church but he was buried in Newcastle. I wrote to the parish priest and he kindly confirmed that the tombstone is there!

Obtaining a clear digital photograph of this tombstone is a priority on my Genealogy To Do List. I did not want to put it off. Recently, I decided to ask members of the Tipperary County Facebook group if anyone lived near the cemetery & would be willing to photograph the tombstone for me. I quickly had a response that directed me to HistoricGraves.com. Amazingly, they have the stones in Middlequarter, Newcastle, County Tipperary and they have the family tombstone photographed & transcribed! That put a big smile on my face!

From Historic Graves

The clear digital photograph shows the entire tombstone with a Celtic cross on top, the original engravings as shown in the home movie and engravings made since that time. Basically, it details Daniel & Bridget (English) Mullane and most of their children. The following is a transcription with the colored portions showing information that is new to me:

Pray for the Souls of
Daniel Mullane
Who Died 25th March 1930
Also his Wife
Bridget Mullane
Who Died 30th Nov  1920
And Their Daughters
Julia Horgan
Who Died 31th Oct 1918
Bridget Keeton
Who Died in USA 28th April 1946
Ellen Mullane
Who Died 17th June 1965
Aged 91 Years
Also Their Son
Timothy Mullane
Who Died 29th Aug 1963
Aged 92 Years
Daniel Mullane
Who Died 4th February 1969
Aged 86 Years

 Although Daniel had 11 children, only two had children. There were 9 grandchildren & 6 of those had no children. My mother was the only great grandchild I know of. Therefore, I feel an added responsibility to gather & share this information. If not me, who else?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day

MemorialDay or Decoration Day was originally established to honor the dead from the Civil War and now is a day to honor all those who died in service of our country. Flags are flown at half mast, red poppies can be worn & flowers are left at the graves of our soldiers. Scouts, fire fighters and school band members march in small town parades. Red, white and blue are the colors of the day.

As a genealogist the day inspires me to uncover more about my ancestors who served our country. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite resources for military research:

I begin with fold3 whenever I do military research. I have uncovered Civil War pension records here, World War draft cards, roster rolls of soldiers and more. Besides uncovering facts you can also create Memorial pages for your ancestors. This is not a free website but it is a valuable resource.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs supplies a free search for the graves of veterans.

Start here is your ancestor served in forming our country. Your ancestor might have been entered by another family member.

The National Park Service has a database that gives information on those who served in the Civil War for both the Union and Confederate armies.

As I uncover soldiers in my family I use these websites & others. Then I add the soldiers to my website, Our Leaves & Branches. I have other resources for military research there.

Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Book Led to a Cousin Connection

A Book.
 In 2011 my years of research on my paternal grandmother’s Mark family became a book, ‘The Mark Family Story: The Story of the Mark and Other Related Families’.

A Library.
I published the story of this family branch because I wanted to share it with my family, both the family I know and scattered family members I have yet to meet. In order to reach out to unknown family members I donated copies of my book to Pennsylvania & Ohio libraries where I had done research and where our family had lived. I have wondered how often those books are taken off the shelves and read.

A Cousin.
Last month I got a message from Troy Book Makers, the publisher of my book. They told me someone wanted copies of my book but they no longer had any. They gave me the phone number of my second cousin, once removed. I was very happy to give Melvin a call. It turns out we had met several years ago at a family gathering in Ohio. He recently decided to research his Mark family roots. We went to the Wayne County, OH library, a small friendly library with a terrific genealogy section, and began his research. After a couple trips to the library he wondered if there could be a book published about the family. He went to the shelves and found my book.

A Connection.

As is turned out, my husband and I were about to visit Ohio for a family wedding. Melvin,
my husband & I met up at a Bob Evans Restaurant for iced tea, pie & conversation. We had a delightful time reconnecting and I was able to hand over the copies of my book in person. He hopes to extend my research further back in time. We both hope to stay in touch and share future discoveries.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Census Sunday; Nathaniel & Helen Gardner

These are my maternal grandparents with
 my mother c 1930. All three were born in 
New York City where they lived till 1940 when they moved to Germantown, NY where they remained.

Remember to look for state census reports, often done between the federal censuses. They can fill in family history blank years.

1925 NY State Census; AD2, ED 56, p 51; New York State Library, Albany NY; Nat Gardner at 217 Mt Eden Ave., Bronx.

Nat Gardner, age 41, born in US, Telegrapher
Helen Gardner, age 26, born in US, Telegrapher

1930 US Census, NY, Bronx; ED 3-400, SD 26, Sheet 14B; Ancestry.com; Nathaniel Gardner on Plymouth Avenue.

Nathaniel Gardner, 47 b NY; telegraph operator
Helen F. Gardner, 30 b NY
Joy Gardner, daughter, 2 b NY

1940 US Census, NY, Bronx; SD 24, ED 3-814, Sheet 11B; Ancestry.com; Nathan Gardner at 2856 East 197th Street.

Nathan Gardner, 57 b NYC, married; rents home $37.00/month; Telegrapher; works 46 hours weekly; W U Tel Co; Income $1,800
Helen Gardner, wife; 42; b. NYC, NYS
Joy Gardner, daughter, 11, at school, b NYC, NYS

Friday, May 15, 2015

Funeral Card Friday: Madeline L Coyle

Madeline L Herbst Coyle

Daughter of Conrad Herbst & Rosa Hahn
Wife of James J Coyle
b 10 November 1892 CT
d 22 September 1948 CT

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers' Day!

My mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown
My Paternal Grandmother, Ivy Regina Mark Brown
My Maternal grandmother, 'Nana', Helen Francis Coyle Gardner

Happy Mothers' Day!

This is my first Mothers' Day as a grandmother. I had three wonderful examples on how to be a loving grandmother. I hope I carry on the tradition of unconditional love, unwavering support & encouragement of dreams that was given to my brothers & me as we grew up. 

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wedding Anniversary

9 May 1921
My Maternal Grandparents

They were born, met & married in New York City. They met when they both worked for the Western Union Telegraph Company. The photo, above, was taken c 1920 when they were boating at Central Park. I love the way my Nana is holding Nat's hat on her lap. He has taken off his jacket but is still wearing his vest & tie for rowing in the park.

There are no wedding photos for my grandparents. The ceremony was held in City Hall. Because of the religious differences, the families were against their marriage so there was no family celebration. It took years and the birth of my mother before they were able to reconnect with their families.