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Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog of Denise Dahn , a Wyckoff Cousin

Denise has written a wonderful story about the emigration of Pieter Clasen Wyckoff to America.  Is is also full of lively pictures and illustrations.  I urge you to have a read
Denise Dahn

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Cousin" Brian's page

I haven't posted in a while due to CrAzY family matters.  I'm trying to put together my DAR application through Joseph Washburn and I came across this page:

Signatures of Deceased Residents of Rockland County 

This is our relative Brian Belanger - who let me know about the error in our Secor lineage!!  Take a look at this page- quite interesting!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Aunt Audrey's Wedding

As some of you may know, I possess a trunk owned by my great-grandparents, Emily and Gustave Wassweiler. Amongst the items in the trunk was a box.
Now I realize that this box likely belonged to my Aunt Audrey.  Audrey Emily Tully. I will send these items to my cousins, as they truly belong to them - but for now I am selfishly gleaning all the genealogical facts that I can.

The announcement:

 Next on the agenda is a shower, right?  Who is invited to a shower?  Friends and family that's who!  Let's take a look at the guests in attendance.  Only live people will attend ☺so we know which of our relatives are living at that time:

  Notice the bunches of envelopes in the top box.  Looks like wedding invitation response cards, doesn't it? BINGO! and SCORE!

You wonder why I say "score"??  As a genealogist I think like a detective.  From these cards I can discover: - the guests that will attend.  Helps 1. if/when a photo is found to identify those in the photo
                                                     2. who is alive at that time
                                                     3. where the attendee mailed their card and likely associated residence                                                          4. handwriting of the sender which may be matched up with other  writings that I may possess.
So... I've compiled a table of these facts which may help others:

For those interested I've scanned the cards of relatives which you will find below.  I find it interesting to see their handwriting:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday Stories…

Tonight I ask you to ponder a  possibility:

My twice great grandfather, John Tully, was he or was he not the John Tully that was “blown through a wall”?

First, a little bit about Grandpa Johnnie: Born in Ireland about 1857, John came to the United States at about age 12.  From where, where to?? I sure haven’t been able to find out!

I find John at age 17 in 1875 living in Fishkill Township with his brother, Frank Tully and Frank’s wife Annie.  

 I next find John in 1880 still in the Town of Fishkill, but narrowed down to Fishkill Landing (the part of Beacon closest to the river).  Apparently John is married and has an 11 month old baby (my great grandfather Charles Augustus) but no wife.  Why? Where is she and why isn’t she caring for this baby?

Then in 1892 he is with his wife, Mary and more kids…and John Riley.

1895 has him having been “laid up” after a long siege.

In 1900 he is widowed and back living next door to his brother Frank on Newburgh Ave. in Fishkill Landing.  When did Mary die??  Where is Thomas?  Thomas is only 15!

These are the known facts about John… now consider this:

May 1893, John would have been about 36 years old with a wife and 3 children of his own.  We know he is a “Laborer.” Read this:

Is this Grandpa Johnnie??  That would have been one hell of a commute for the 1890s!  BUT… my brothers and I recently cleaned out my father’s garage after my Dad died.  He had lots of things from not only his house, but his father’s (my grandfather, Thomas Tully – who was the son of Charles Augustus, and grandson of our subject). 

There was so much junk that we kept some old wooden boxes to transport this stuff and to use in our own homes.  It didn’t occur to me that these boxes had a common theme:

So, where did these come from? What do you think???

Monday, April 1, 2013

Is there a Doctor in the house?

This may not be genealogy related, but it will be someday! ☺

My daughter, Sarah, a medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be travelling to Peru in June with a group of other medical students on a medical mission to help the medically underserved in that region. This mission is organized through the International Service Learning Group ( but each student must pay their own expenses (travel, lodging, meals, etc.). The students are looking for donations to offset the costs of supplies and equipment.

Sarah attended Riverhead Central Schools from K-12 and is a 2008 graduate of Riverhead High School and a 2012 graduate of Binghamton University. Her family still resides in Riverhead and would be more than happy to pick-up any donations or receive them on Sarah's behalf at 48 Ellen St., Riverhead NY 11901.

Please help if you can!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday night stories... Mom & Janet

Tonight I have a photo from 1947 of Janet Wisniewski and her  cousin, Charlene Pavlovic:

 I can only guess, but this is probably Easter. It is also probably in front of the driveway of Janet's house on North St. in Beacon, New York.

Charlene is my Mom and she adores her cousin Janet. Look how adorable the two of them are ... belies what imps they truly were!  Janet's Mom is Eloise Gifford Wisniewski, the sister of Charlotte Gifford Pavlovic.  Charlotte is my Mom's Mom.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pavlovic, in triplicate

Posed on a sunny August afternoon in 1943 are Gary, Francis and Charlene. I can't say where the photo was taken, but based on what Francis (my grandfather) is wearing, it appears this may be upon his return home from work.  In 1943 Poppy he was route salesman.

Gary is just over three years old with obvious glee in his eyes.  Poppy is 25 years old; I can't read the look on his face ... sun in his eyes? pissed that's he's having his picture taken?  Charlene (my Mom) is a babe at about 9 months old - obviously not walking as the bottom of her shoes are clean.

In 1943 the Pavlovic's lived at 24 Lutheran St. in Newburgh NY. That dwelling is a big, brick multi-family unit - so I don't believe that they're at home.

In 1940 they lived with Frank's in-laws, Charles and Sadie Gifford at 10 North St. in Beacon, New York.  Perhaps this is where the photo was taken.

I'm guessing the following photo to have been taken in early 1944.  This is Frank's wife, Charlotte (Gifford) holding Gary and Charlene.  This was mounted in a sort of cardboard folder.  It makes me wonder if this style was perhaps taken and given to servicemen before they left for service.  Frank served in World War II in the Navy. He was received on board the USS Converse on August 22 1944 - there must have been some sort of training, etc.