grandfather’s family. My grandfather, Nathaniel Gardner, died when my mother
was a teenager so I never met him and never had a chance to hear him tell stories
about his life. Nathaniel married an Irish Catholic, Helen Coyle, and she told
me many tales of her life as a young girl. Even though Nathaniel’s stories are
gone I wanted to learn more about this part of my history.
nothing about Jewish genealogy or how to search the Austria/Hungary area, I
hired a professional to research for me. I hired Robert J. Friedman from ‘Steps to the Past’. He has started sending me data about this branch of my family
I found out that the Gartners were from Hungary [rather than Austria as my
mother had thought] and before that they were from Poland. I have roots in
various countries & now that extends in new directions.
Robert uncovered a long list of aunts & uncles for my grandfather. Wonderful!
Nathaniel Gardner’s parents were Leopold Gartner [notice the earlier spelling
of the surname] & Fannie Edelstein. Robert found Leopold’s parents and
siblings in the 1869 Hungary Census. The slim branch with Nathaniel; his
father, Leopold; and Leopold’s father Markus has begun to sprout leaves in many
found myself reading about Leib, Hani, Hirsch, Hermina, Izrael, Jakob and Roza
and finding a place for them in my heart. As I read the preliminary findings
about their marriages, their children and their lives they became more than
just names and dates. They became alive. However, just as suddenly, some of
them were violently and inhumanely murdered. Hermina Gartner Farkas and her
daughter, Rezi, were killed in 1944 in Auschwitz. Roza Gartner Katz and her
husband Kalman were murdered in the Holocaust. I’d read about those horrible
times; seen documentaries and movies. But these were my people, my family who I
was rejoicing at finding, imagining the music and dancing at their weddings and
the thrill of their children’s births to be replaced by dark thoughts of fear,
cruelty and death. As I went to JewishGen and read the Yizkor Book & Necrology
Database & lists of Hungarian Deaths I felt an awful sorrow that I had not
expected. I did a Google search for Auschwitz but found I had to immediately
close the page. It all seemed changed. My new link to my Gartner family made it
Fortunately, Robert Friedman wrote this to me: “A little advice: Reading these kinds of materials can be sobering and upsetting. It's great that you have a baby to celebrate--the opposite of the destruction you may read about.” He knows we are visiting our new grandson and he is right that the baby brings us something to be happy about, a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.
As we research our roots we often trace our origins back to many countries. I have always felt the strongest connection to my maternal grandmother's family, my Irish roots.
Perhaps this is because my mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown, and her mother, Helen F. Coyle Gardner, were the center of our lives as my brothers and I grew up. They both told us stories of our family. Hearing tales about our family in Counties Cavan and Tipperary and, later, in New York City, made me wish I could travel back in time and see the world as my grandmother saw it.
Perhaps it is my St. Patrick's Day birthday and my freckles that give me a strong connection to my Irish roots. For whatever reason, this is a good day to bring out a chart of my wild Irish roots.
Former Resident of This City Dies Suddenly in Brooklyn
Word was received this morning by Mrs. William Larkin of Shelton that her brother-in-law, N. D. MacGrath formerly of this city, died suddenly yesterday in Brooklyn, where he made his home. Mr. MacGrath was very well known in Derby where he lived until he went to Brooklyn. He was called “Dick” by his friends. He had been employed as an auditor by the Equitable Life Insurance company.
Mr. MacGrath is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mary O’Reilly, and a brother who lives in Brooklyn. Mrs. Larkin and Mrs. H. Milo Chaffee, both of this city, are sisters-in-law and they went to Brooklyn today. Mr. MacGrath’s death came as a shock to his relatives here as a letter was received yesterday from him by Mrs. Larkin and he was in his usual good health.
"N. D. McGrath: Former Resident of This City Dies Suddenly in Brooklyn." The Ansonia Sentinel 27 Oct. 1923.
Note: Nicholas' name is spelled different ways in his obituary: McGrath & MacGrath. I have decided to use the spelling on his tombstone: Magrath.
Interment Made Here
Body of Nicholas D. McGrath of Brooklyn, Brought Here for Burial
The funeral of Nicholas D. McGrath, a life time resident of Brooklyn, N. Y. and husband of Mary E. O’Reilly, formerly of this city, was held from his late home at 548 76th street, Brooklyn, yesterday morning at 8:45 o’clock and at Our Lady of [unreadable] solemn requiem high Mass was celebrated. Internment was made in Mount St. Peter’s cemetery this city at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Undertaker Thomas F. Stapleton had charge of funeral arrangements and the bearers were two brothers-in-law, William F. Larkin, Milo E. Chaffee, of Shelton, Patrick H. O’Brien, Patrick McCabe and William McCormack, of this city, and James Collins of Brooklyn.
"Interment Made Here." The Ansonia Sentinel 31 Oct. 1923: 9.
Anna A. Brady Larkin of 123 Chapel Street, New Haven, a native of Derby and a
former Shelton resident for 40 years, died Wednesday at her home. Widow of William
F. Larkin, she was a former Democratic state central committee woman from the
25th District. Mrs. Larkin was the daughter of the late William and Bridget
O’Reilly Brady and had been active in Democratic politics in New Haven for many
years. She was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Raphael’s
are a son, William N. Larkin of Branford; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Chaffee and
Miss Helen C. Brady, both of Brooklyn, New York, and two grandchildren.
funeral will be held Friday at 8:15 a.m. from the Sisk Brothers Funeral Home,
123 Dwight Street, New Haven, with a solemn high Mass of requiem at 9 a.m. in
St. Brendan’s Church, New Haven. Interment will be in Mount St. Peter’s
Cemetery, Derby. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 3 to 5 and
from 7 to 9 p.m.
"Mrs. Larkin Dies; Former City Resident." The Ansonia Sentinel 15 Oct. 1964: 15.
1 Ann Brady b: 10 Apr
1883 in New Haven, CT
... + William F Larkin
b: 14 Oct 1883, d: 22 Jul 1959
......2 William N
Larkin b: 09 Feb 1914, d: 15 Apr 1996
...... + Evelyn A
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