Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Taking Time to Locate a Tombstone

Recently my husband & I drove from our home in the Albany, NY area to a family wedding
near Columbus, OH. Most of our route was west on Interstate 90 through the Mohawk Valley region, past the Finger Lakes and on to western New York before a brief drive through Pennsylvania and into Ohio. While we made our plans for the wedding I did a little genealogy research, naturally!

LeopoldGartner/Gardner, my great grandfather, lived his final years in Buffalo, NY. He lived with his daughter, Florence Gartner Weisberg/Weissberg. I had discovered where he was buried but had never visited his grave. Because we were going to be driving through Buffalo I thought a quick stop was in order.

I found North Park Cemetery on Find A Grave but, as I often find with Find A Grave, there was no street address. I found the website for the JewishFederation for Greater Buffalo, found their community directory and called the number for cemetery information. The woman I spoke to quickly and efficiently gave me the street address and advice on where to park. She also gave me the location of the graves of Leopold, his daughter Florence, and her husband Samuel. I was nervous that it might not be as easy as it sounded and that we would be delayed on our long drive to Ohio. However, it went smoothly.

Ironically, for three years my husband & I had lived just a few miles from the cemetery. At that time I had not begun genealogy research and had no idea my great grandfather was close by.

We easily found Leopold, Florence & Samuel. I snapped more pictures than necessary, took a moment for prayer and we were soon on our way again. When we arrived at the hotel and greeted cousins no one was surprised at all that we had stopped off to do genealogy along the way!

[Later I added my photos & information to Find A Grave. They are now the only interments listed for that cemetery.] 

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Obituary: James J Coyle, Retired Teacher

J. J. Coyle, Retired School Teacher, Dies

James J. Coyle, Bracewood Rd, manual training teacher at Washington school for 31 years, died at St. Mary’s Hospital last night after a long illness. Born in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (Brady) Coyle. He had been retired for the past five years. Mr. Coyle was a communicant of SS Peter and Paul Church. He is survived by five sons, Robert J., John J., both of New Haven; James J., Jr., of Detroit, and Rev. Joseph J Coyle, SVD of Techny, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Richard S. Wolff, Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Miss Madeline M Coyle, Springfield, Ill; two brothers, Thomas and William, both of Los Angeles, Cal., two sisters, Miss Margaret E Coyle and Mrs. William Cass, both of Waterbury, and 13 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Monday at 8:15 from the Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow St., to SS Peter and Paul Church at 9 when a high Mass will be celebrated by his son. Burial will be M Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the  funeral home tomorrow from 7 to 10 p. m. and Sunday from 2 to 10 p. m.

Waterbury Republican. Obituary – 10/14/1955, pg. 3

Thanks to The Silas Bronson Library for scanning & emailing this obituary to me!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Funeral Card Friday: James J Coyle

James Joseph Coyle

Son of Patrick Coyle & Margaret Brady
b 16 April 1887 CT
d 13 October 1955 CT

1 James Joseph Coyle b: 16 Apr 1887 Waterbury, New Haven, CT, d: 13 Oct 1955 Waterbury, New Haven, CT
... + Madeline Herbst b: 10 Nov 1892 Wolcott, New Haven, CT, m: 07 May 1912 NY, d: 22 Sep 1948 Waterbury, New Haven, CT

......2 Rosemary Veronica Coyle b: 29 Sep 1914 Paris, Lamar, TX, d:c 1960
...... + Richard F. Wolff b: 07 Jan 1914 Waterbury, New Haven, CT, m: 12 Aug 1939 Waterbury, New Haven, CT, d: 05 Apr 1991 Boca Raton, Palm Beach, FL

......2 Robert James Coyle b: 27 Apr 1916 Waterbury, New Haven, CT, d: 6 May 2012 OR
...... + Ruth H. Pottle b: 14 Sep 1919 Newburyport, Essex, MA, m: 09 Jan 1943 Alexandria, VA

......2 Thomas James Coyle b: 3 Aug 1919 in Waterbury, New Haven, CT, d: 25 Dec 2001 Mesa, Maricopa, AZ
...... + Roseanne S. Vozella b: 19 Aug 1920, m: 17 Jul 1944 CT

......2 James Joseph Coyle b: 6 Feb 1925 Waterbury, New Haven, CT
...... + Barbara A. Kozlak b: 29 Oct 1929 Torrington, Litchfield, CT, m: 4 Aug 1951 Torrington, Litchfield, CT

......2 John Joseph Coyle b: 24 Jan 1926 Oakville, Litchfield, CT d: c  2002

......2 Joseph James Coyle b: 29 Nov 1927 Oakville, Litchfield, CT
...... + Carmen Cherry b: 20 Nov 1936 Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA, m: 19 Jul 1975

......2 Madeline Mary Coyle b: 7 Sep 1930 Oakville, Litchfield, CT
...... + William McCormick b: 8 May 1926, m: 29 Oct 1960

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Census Sunday: Leopold Gartner family in NYC

Leopold Gartner/Gardner was my great grandfather. He came to the US about 1875 from
Leopold Gartner
  Census reports show his growing family, his children as they left home, the death of his wife, and Leopold when he lived with his married daughter.

Census reports are a good resource to begin to build a family timeline. Add births, deaths and marriages and then discover where family stories fit in.

1880 US Census, NY,  New York City; Vol.50, E.D. 143, Sheet 36; Line 44; New York State Library, Albany, NY, Microfilm Box #69; Leopold Gartner at 59 Pitt Street.

Leopold Gartner, white Male. Age 24, Tailor on Coats, Self and Parents born in Hungary. 
Wife: Fanny.  
Daughter: Lora
Brother-in-law. John Ellstene

1900 US Census, New York,  Manhattan; Vol.169, E.D. 804, Sheet 16; Line 64; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Leopold Gartner family at 445 East 83rd Street, Manhattan.

Leopold Gartner, White Male, Head of Household, Age 40, b. April 1860 Married 23 years, Self & Parents born in Austria, Came to USA in 1874, Naturalized Citizen, In the USA 26 years, Tailor, Can read, Write & Speak English.
Wife: Florence
Children: Florence, 21; Nathen, 10; Moses, 15; Albert, 11; Annie, 8

1905 New York State Census, New York County, Manhattan; ED 13, AD 30, Block A, Page 8; NYS Library, Albany, NY; Louis Gardner family on East 87th Street.

Louis Gardner, 43 b Austria, tailor
Fannie, 41 b Austria, House work
Florence, daughter, 20 b US; clerk
Nathan, son, 19 b US; telegrapher
Moses, son, 17 b US; telegrapher
Albert, son, 15 b US; at school

1910 US Census, NY, Manhattan; SD 1, ED 491, Sheet 4B; NYS Library, Albany, NY;  Leopold Gardner family at 58 West 118th Street.

Leopold Gartner, 56 b Hungry, widowed
Moses, son, 26 b NY, Telegrapher
Albert, 21 b NY, Salesman Dry Goods
Anna, 19 b NY, no job

1915 NY State Census. Not Found

1920 US Census, New York,  Manhattan, Vol. 280, E.D. 1319, Sheet 14; Line 26; New York State Library, Albany, NY. Microfilm Box #308; Leopold Gartner Family at 234 W120th Street.

Leopold Gartner, Head of Household, Rented Home, White Male, Age 61 Widower, Came to USA in 1875, Naturalized, Can read & Write, Self and Parents born in Hungary. Can Speak English. Tailor.
Nathen, 38, telegraph operator
Moses, 35, telegraph operator
Anna, 26, telegraph operator

1925 New York State Census; 1925; A.D. 19, E.D.8; 289; New York State Library, Albany, NY: Leopold Gardner family at 234 West 120th St.

Leopold Gardner, Age 64, b. in Hungary. Tailor. Naturalized: "Superior April 2, 1888".
Living with two children: Moses and Anna.

1930 US Census, New York City, Manhattan. Leopold, 75 & Anna Gardner, 38 & Single.

1940 US Census, New York, Erie Co, Buffalo, SD 40, ED 64-505, Sheet 62A, April 10; ancestry.com; Weissberg family at 77 Manchester Place.

Samuel Weissberg, 61 b Austria. $35 rent. finished grade 7. Lived in same place in 1935. fur worker/ retail furrier. seeking work. income $600. worked 16 weeks in 1939. naturalized citizen.
 Florence, 58, b NY. finished High School.
Leopold Gardner, father in law, 80, b Austria. finished grade 6

Friday, April 24, 2015

Join in! Arbor Day: “Plant a Tree”

He plants trees to benefit another generation.
Caecilius Statius

Join the Arbor Day Celebration.
The National Celebration is today!  There are spruce, cypress, peach trees and, of course, family trees. Let’s celebrate our family trees.

This Week’s Arbor Day Prompt
Friday, April 24.  
 “Plant a Tree”

TheArbor Day Foundation encourages us to plant a tree today. Plant a new family tree or give some fertilizer to your smallest tree. What is your smallest tree? What do you hope to do to help it grow? Help a friend plant a new family tree. Keep planting and soon we will have beautiful forests.

 Be creative & use this only as a starting point. Go off in any direction you’d like.

Share. Be sure to post a comment with a link to your “Plant a Tree” post!

Research, Have Fun, Get Creative & 
Post when you are Ready!

My “Plant a Tree”

Key: Yellow = my direct line; Brown = New information!

My smallest tree is connected to my great grandfather,
Leopold Gartner 1860 Hungry – 1948 NY.

 This little tree has just grown. I didn't have the right fertilizer to help it grow so I have reached out to a professional genealogist. Robert J Friedman from Steps to the Past and member of the association of Professional Genealogists is researching this family tree for me. Robert has already sent me birth & death records, a Hungarian Census, and other data that has helped to expand this tree. Hopefully he will help turn this acorn into a mighty oak.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Join in! Arbor Day: " Oldest Tree”

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;

If in terms of ten years, plant trees;
If in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

Join the Arbor Day Celebration.

TheNational Celebration will be on 24 April, the fourth Friday in the month.  There are willows, oaks, apple trees and, of course, family trees. Let’s use the holiday to celebrate our family trees.

This Week’s Arbor Day Prompt
Friday, April 17     “Oldest Tree”
Look at the trees of your eight great grandparents. Which one stretches back the furthest in time? What was happening in the world when this tree was ‘planted’? How much do you know about the ancestor who ‘planted’ this tree?

Suggestions. Make a time line. Show us a map of how far your tree's seeds have spread. Tell us what life was like for your oldest ancestor. Is there a tree that has been around as long as your family tree? The oldest known giant sequoia based on ring count is 3,500 years old. Angel Oak in SC is 1500 years old.

Share. Be sure to post a comment below with a link to your “Oldest Tree” post!

Research, Have Fun, Get Creative & 
Post when you are Ready!

Next week: “Plant a Tree”

My “Oldest Tree”

Looking at my great grandparents and moving back through the generations I find that Rose Ella Brumfield Brown is my winner for the “Oldest Tree”. I can go back to her 5 x great grandfather [my 7x great grandfather]. I must give credit to the AlfordAmerican Family Association for all research they have done & shared.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Join in! Arbor Day: Big Tree

You are welcome to use my photo.

The trees that are slow to grow
 bear the best fruit.

Join the Arbor Day Celebration.
 The National Celebration will be on 24 April, the fourth Friday in the month.  There are dogwoods, evergreens, birch trees and, of course, family trees.

This Week's Prompt
Friday, April 10. “Big Tree”
Look at the trees of your eight great grandparents. Which one is the biggest; has the most family members that you have uncovered? How were you able to count the leaves on the tree? Why do you think it is this large? How far, geographically, have the branches spread? These questions are just a starting point for your post. Make a chart, share a story,...

Share. Be sure to post a comment with a link to your “Big Tree” post! 
Go research your trees & post whenever you are ready!

Research, Have Fun, Get Creative & 
Post when you are Ready!

Next week: “Oldest Tree”

My "Big Tree"

My great grandparents, Jasper Pascal & Rose Ella Brumfield Brown are the winners of the biggest tree for me. They are my father’s paternal grandparents. Jasper & Rose both lived their lives in MS where Jasper was a farmer and they raised nine children who grew to adulthood.

Jasper Pascal Brown 
1865 MS - 1950 MS
Rose Ella Brumfield   
1867 MS - 1948 MS

I went to my Family Tree Maker program and looked at the Outlines for the descendants of my great grandparents.  If I printed out the outline for Jasper & Rose it would be nine pages long, longer than my other great grandparents. Then I took the time to count the descendants I have found for each generation: 9 children, 45 grandchildren, 93 great grandchildren & 120 great grandchildren. I am sure there are many more who should be included; more cousins to connect & share with. 

I wanted to see how far this family had spread across our country and was surprised with the results. For the most part, the family stayed in MS with a few crossing into LA. Only my grandfather's branch, the family of Roy J Brown, spread into OH & NY and beyond.

Hopefully my "Big Tree" will continue to grow as I connect with more cousins & continue my research.