My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the second young woman from our left in the back row as Mildred Gaughan. There was a Mildred Gaughan living in the area, described below, who is probably her.
Mildred Gaughan was born January 17, 1916, in Cleveland, the youngest of three children of Edward Gaughan and Sarah Kelly. In 1920 the family was living at 7818 Vineyard Avenue. In the household with Mildred and her parents were her older brother Henry John, and her older sister Geraldine.
In 1930 the family was at 15805 Chatfield Avenue on the far West Side, and in 1940 Sarah and the children were at 11107 Detroit. Henry and Sarah seemed to have separated about 1939. Sarah died in 1948 in Cleveland and Henry in 1950 in Florida.
For her part, Mildred married Leroy Carl Frank sometime about 1964. This might have been her second marriage, since her Social Security record says that she was known as Mildred Anna Boatman in April 1958. She died October 17, 1990, in Lakewood.
When I saw that Edward had registered for the Draft in World War I as “Edward Heraty Gaughan”, I had a feeling that knowing his middle name would be helpful sooner or later, and I was right. But the key to finding his home in Ireland was his petition for naturalization in August 1913. There he said that he had been born April 13, 1882, at Lurgacloy, Ireland.
On the 1901 census of Lurgacloy, Binghamstown South, County Mayo, there is only one Gaughan household, that of Hugh and Honora Gaughan. Hugh’s mother in law, Bridget Heraghty living with them. Although I didn’t find Edward’s birth or baptism record, I am fairly certain this is his family. In addition, there is a Mary Gaughan who died single in Cleveland in 1926 whose death record said that her parents were Hugh Gaughan and Honora Herity. Mary’s place of birth was listed as Belmullet, the nearest town to Lurgacloy.
Edward Gaughan’s petition for naturalization also informs us of his wife Sarah’s birthplace: Newport, Ireland. And Sarah’s death record said that her parents were Owen Kelly and Julia McLaughlin. Newport is also in County Mayo, and house 4 on the 1901 Census of Roskeen North, Newport West, County Mayo, includes a Sarah Kelly, daughter of Owen and Julia.
Having been successful at finding their county of origin in Ireland, I was a little disappointed that there doesn’t seem to be any living descendants of Edward Gaughan and Sarah Kelly. Mildred married late in life, her sister Geraldine died single, and their brother Henry’s obituary did not mention children. Perhaps a descendant of one of their relatives in Co. Mayo will be helped by this research to find out what became of Edward or Sarah.
Sources and more information for the Edward Gaughan family are in the Ohio Families tree on this site.
My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the last young man on the right in the front row as George Welling. There was a George Welling living in the area, described below, who is probably him.
George W Welling was born in Cleveland on April 20,1914, the son of William M Welling and Catherine Farron. The family was living at 13124 Harvard in 1920, in the same home as Catherine’s widowed mother Sarah. Beside George, the family included his sisters Catherine and Sarah and a brother Thomas.1, 2
Catherine (Farron) Welling died November 23, 1920 of tuberculosis, and the family, including the Sarah Farron household, moved to 7512 Claasen. They were at that address in 1922. George’s father William died in 1925, also of tuberculosis, and in 1930 the children were living with their grandmother and her son at 7915 Harvard.3, 4, 5
George Welling married Coletta Gallagher on February 4, 1933, in Cuyahoga County and raised a family of at least four children. Coletta died in 1972 and is buried in All Saints Cemetery, Brookpark. George Welling died June 1, 1996, in Portage County.6, 7, 1
On Friday August 30, 1872, the Wallace Sisters–Jennie, Minnie, and Maud–appeared in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, most likely at Johnstown’s theater, the Union Hall, at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets.
The photograph accompanying this article probably has been in my family ever since that date, because my great grandfather Joseph Hamilton (at the far right) and his father, James D Hamilton (at the far left), were bill posters and evidently hung the signs advertising the event. James was also caretaker/janitor at the Union Hall.
Dating the photograph
I was able to date the photograph as follows: the posters state that the event is to occur on Friday August 30. Joseph Hamilton was born in 1846 and James D passed away in January 1881. During the 25 years that their lives overlapped, August 30 fell on a Friday only in 1861, 1867, 1872, and 1878. Joseph is older than 15 in the picture, so we can eliminate 1861. For a long while I could only narrow it down to the three remaining years.
Enter the Wallace Sisters: They can be found on the 1870 Census of New York City with their mother Matilda. Jennie is 18, Minnie is 9, and Maud is 7. I think we can agree that Minnie is older than 6 in the picture and Maud is older than 4, so that would eliminate 1867. Besides, a brief biography of Jennie Wallace said that although she made her New York debut in 1867 and her younger sisters started on stage the following year, the family did not go on tour until 1869.1, 2
To pare the time frame down from the other end, we can look at the 1880 census of Matawan, New Jersey. There we find Jennie (Wallace) and her husband Benjamin Dobson, with a son Benjamin born in May 1877. Although it’s not impossible that she was still touring, I think it unlikely. In addition, Minnie and Maud are considerably younger than 17 and 15 in the poster.3
As a footnote to the Johnstown connection: along the way I found that Lucie K Villa, the daughter of a fourth Wallace sister, Agnes, was born in Johnstown on April 10, 1872. Agnes had married Samuel B Villa in 1866. He was an entertainer also, and Agnes–either by then or not much later–had a theater company of her own.
Rather than go into the entire saga of the Wallaces, I suggest that the inquiring reader search various combinations of first and last names of the sisters, along with “Dobson” and “Villa”. There were six sisters, all actresses along with their mother Matilda. The next generation in most of their lines were in show business also, and the third and fourth generation as well, where I could find them. But at this point we are into the realm of the living, and the story must come to an end. A genealogy of the Wallaces with sources is included in the Pennsylvania Families Tree, since our end of the story started in Johnstown.
1. 1870 Census New York City, Matilda Wallace household, Ward 15 District 2, Roll: M593_993; Page: 439B, census page 54, dwelling 180, family 507.
2. “Jennie Wallace”, at http://www.picturehistory.com/product/id/23622
3. Benj F Dobson, 1880 Census Matawan, Monmouth, New Jersey, ED 113, sheet 211C
My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the first young woman on our left in the second row as Dorothy Vincent. There was a Dorothy Vincent living in the area, described below, who is probably her.
Dorothy Louise Vincent was born December 9, 1913, in Maple Heights Village, Ohio, the daughter of William J Vincent and Frances D O’Connor. In 1920 the family was living on Broadway in Maple Heights. Beside Dorothy and her parents there were Dorothy’s older sister Beatrice, her younger brothers Thomas and Paul, and a cousin, Marie Crone. Two other children would be born later: Paul and Rita.
Sadly, Dorothy Louise Vincent died March 2, 1926, at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland from acute appendicitis and the resulting infection. She was twelve years old. Her occupation was “student, Holy Name School.” She was buried March 5, 1926, in Calvary Cemetery.
Dorothy’s father, William J Vincent, was born August 31, 1882, in Bedford, Ohio, and died April 12, 1971, in Garfield Heights. He was the son of James Vincent and Marie Scarpetti/Scarpitti. The Joslyn/Scarpete Tree at ancestry.com has a lot of information, especially on the Scarpitti side of the family. Rather than just copy the information here, I would rather refer you to that tree.
The O’Connors were nowhere near as easy to find. Frances D O’Connor was born February 17, 1882, in Cleveland, and died February 11, 1958. She was the daughter of Edward C O’Connor and Mary Louisa Hahn.
All I know about Edward C O’Connor is that he was born about 1845 in Pennsylvania and died February 2, 1896, in Cleveland. He first shows up in the Cleveland City Directories in 1883 even though, when he died, his wife said he had been in Cleveland about 20 years. His wife Mary Hahn had two children by a man named Elias Rillington, but the one that survived, the daughter Mary, was always known later as an O’Connor.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Elias Rillington and Edward O’Connor are the same person. I didn’t find either of them on the 1880 census, I can’t find a death record for Mr Rillington, and I never found the both of them in the same place at the same time. But I can’t prove it.
For her part, Mary Louisa Hahn was born March 10, 1846, in Canton, Ohio, and died October 13, 1917, in Maple Heights. She was the daughter of George and Mary (Schrank/Schrenk?) Hahn. George died by 1870 when Mary Louisa, a brother John J, and their widowed mother are found on the census of Canton. Mary Louisa was in Cleveland by 1876 when the first “Rillington” child was born. Her mother, Mary Schrank, lived with her until at least 1900, but I couldn’t find a death record for her. The son, John Joseph, apparently stayed in Canton.
There are more details and sources about this family in the Cleveland Families section of this website. If you are a relative of Dorothy Vincent you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on. If you would like a larger image, with possibly better resolution, contact me.
Mrs. Emma Kiel Spielman, mother of the late Rev.Frederick Spielman, died yesterday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Furniss of 1717 Chislett St. Mrs Spielman was 89 years old last August.
Born in Greensburg, Mrs. Spielman was the daughter of Sarah Kern and Henry Kiel and was the youngest and last surviving member of a famiy of ten children. She was a resident in Cambria County for 30 years. In 1875 Mrs. Spielman was married to Martin L. Spielman of Altoona and in 1879 they came to Pittsburgh to live.
Besides Mrs. Furniss, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Charles Putman [sic] of Pitcairn; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m., Friday, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Furniss.
Note: Emma’s daughter married a Mr. Putnam, not Putman.
I came across P.J. Slowey while looking through some postal covers at the Jim Forte Postal History site. In 1939 he received a letter from Ballyjamesduff, Ireland.1 As a genealogist I wondered if that was his place of birth.
I’ve done a few of these postal cover articles and they are usually a challenge, but Patrick Slowey was one of the easiest persons I have researched. I’m not going to bother listing most of the sources. If you type his name into the boxes at https://familysearch.org/search/ you will find almost everything you need. To find his trips through Ellis Island, start at stevemorse.org. A few bits of information were only at ancestry.com.
Patrick was indeed born in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland, March 2, 1885, the son of Alexander and Catherine (Kelly) Slowey. He is on the 1901 Census of Ballyjamesduff in his brother Thomas’ household, along with his widowed mother and his brothers Alexander and James.2 His father’s name comes from Patrick’s passport application in 1919, which was on ancestry.com. His mother’s maiden name can be found at Familysearch in some of the records of her children’s births.
Patrick came through Ellis Island at least three times: February 19, 1906, as an immigrant; July 11, 1911, with his brother James; and March 23, 1920, as a citizen. Patrick worked most of his life for the Holyoke Belting Company: first as a salesman in upstate New York, then as a company official and later President in Holyoke itself. He died January 15, 1965, in Holyoke and is buried in St. Jerome Cemetery.3
Patrick’s mother seems to have died about 1919 or 1920. When Patrick applied for his passport in June of 1919, he said his reason for travel was to visit his mother before she died. In December he seems to have sent the passport in for renewal, saying he was unable to make the trip as planned.4 Then in March 1920 he returns through Ellis Island. The Civil Registrations in Ireland should have his mother’s death.
Elizabeth J Nolan
Since Patrick was so easy, I thought I’d try to find out something about his wife Elizabeth. Ireland was partitioned in 1922, so the 1930 U.S. Census was the first to distinguish between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland as a place of birth. Elizabeth’s information said she was born in the North. The 1940 Census says she was born in the Irish Free State, but the census indicates that her husband provided that information.
I had the hardest time finding Elizabeth’s maiden name, until I Googled “Patrick J Slowey Syracuse” and found an article in the August 9, 1938, Ogdenburg Journal, page 3, which said:
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Slowey and family arrived here by motor on Wednesday from Holyoke, Mass., to spend a month at their summer cottage on Marjorita Island.
Lieutenant Wiliam E. Nolan of New York arrived here by motor on Thursday evening to spend part of his annual vacation with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Slowey.5
I had already looked at the Italian Genealogical Group website for a marriage record, searching for Slowey, but to no avail. This site has indexed many vital records for the New York City area for the late 19th and early 20th century, not just for Italian couples but for all marriages.
I went back and searched for “Elizabeth Nolan” and found the following:
Nolan Elizabeth Apr 5 1915 7569 Manhattan
Clicking on the groom lookup button got me this:
Siowey Patrick J Apr 5 1915 Certificate Number:7569 Manhattan6
No wonder I didn’t find him. They indexed his name as “Siowey” instead of “Slowey.” But anyway, they were married in Manhattan on April 5, 1915. And they are together on the (June) 1915 NY State Census of Manhattan at 4509 Sixth Ave, Patrick already a salesman.
Elizabeth may have died in Holyoke about 1963 or 1964. In the 1964 Holyoke City Directory she and Patrick are listed at different addresses on Linden Street. In the street cross reference section both of these addresses are for the Buckley Manor Nursing Home. And Patrick’s obituary does not mention Elizabeth as a survivor.
The state of Massachusetts is not as restrictive about sending death records as many states. They also will search a ten year period for a person if you request it. And the record has spaces for the deceased’s place of birth and her parents’ names and places of birth. Elizabeth’s death record, if completely and accurately filled out, would be worth the money to a family researcher.
County of Origin
Unfortunately, I didn’t find enough information for Elizabeth Nolan to determine her birthplace. My best guess is that she was from County Fermanagh, but it is only a guess. The surname Nolan was infrequent on Griffith’s Valuation of what is now Northern Ireland except in Fermanagh.7 Fermanagh borders Patrick’s home County of Cavan, and people tend to flock together upon arriving in America. And there is a William Nolan arriving at Ellis Island in 1898 from Fermanagh who could be Elizabeth’s brother. His destination is a sister M. Nolan, in Manhattan.
I didn’t find Elizabeth’s immigration record which would have helped a lot. If her death record provides her mother’s maiden name that will narrow down the search, as the IrishTimes site mentioned in the footnotes allows you to enter two surnames to see where they overlap.
1. The cover was once on this page at the Jim Forte Postal History site, but may have been sold by the time you read this. I am not connected with this site. http://www.postalhistory.com/results.asp?task=&s=&y1=1931&y2=1940&searchtype=&dt=&cc=iy&dq=&po=&du=&ct=&cs=&ts=&st=&sort=3&Auction=&group=20&pagenum=2
2. National Archives of Ireland, 1901 Census of Ballyjamesduff.
3. Larry Murray & Carole King Murray Family rootsweb database for Patrick Slowey.
4. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, at ancestry.com.
5. August 9, 1938, Ogdenburg Journal, page 3. This is a .pdf file. The article is in the upper left corner of the page.
6. Italian Genealogical Society, bride’s search
My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the second young woman from our left in the second row as Mary Raimer. There was a Mary Raimer described below, who is probably her.
I’m not as sure of this identification as I am of the others in this series because of the distance from her home to the school. But I don’t know if there were any Catholic schools closer to her at the time. I think there was a parish, but not a school.
Mary Raimer was born October 26, 1913, the daughter of Philip and Rose (Alten) Raimer. In 1920 the family was living on Libby Road in Maple Heights. The address is not on the census, but later records show that it was 17325 Libby. Beside Mary and her parents, there were her brothers and sisters: Raymond, Philip, Joseph, Loretta, Clement, Coletta, Gerald, and Bernard. Two older sisters, Gertrude and Isabelle, had already left home. Mary, her mother, and her brother Bernard were still at that address in 1940.
About 1948 or 1949 Mary E Raimer married Edward J Toeppe. At first they lived at the Libby Road home, then by 1954 they moved to Bedford. I didn’t find any children connected to them on the records.
Mary and Edward Toeppe were living in Bedford when Edward died in March of 1977. Mary (Raimer) Toeppe died in 1997.
If you are a relative or descendant of Mary Raimer you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on. If you would like a larger image, with possibly better resolution, contact me.
My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the fourth young man from our left in the front row as Daniel Orschak. There was a Daniel Orschak living in the area, described below, who is probably him.
Daniel Orschak was born May 31, 1912, the third child and first son of Fred W Orschak and Margaret Isabel Kearney. His two older sisters were named Henrietta and Angela; his younger sister was Beatrice.
In 1920 Daniel and his father were living with his father’s brother Herman at 2538 East 23rd Street. Henrietta was living with her uncle Charles Clark (formerly Orzechowski/Orschak) and his other two sisters were boarding with the Hugh Donahue family on Force Avenue. I didn’t find Daniel’s mother on that census.
In the 1922 City Directory, Daniel’s father Fred was listed at 9324 Richmond Avenue, and in 1930 the whole family was at 9120 Bessemer Avenue except for Henrietta, who had married Roy Borgman in 1928.
Daniel was living at home in 1940 at 3939 East 93rd, and working at road construction for the government. He was employed as a kitchen worker in 1942 when he enlisted in the Army. I’m not sure if he returned to Cleveland after the war; he wasn’t in the 1954 City Directory. Daniel died on March 12, 1967 in Erie County, Ohio. He had never married. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Warren, Ohio, the same cemetery as his sister Angela, and near to his mother’s grave in Saint Mary’s Cemetery.
This was my second try at tracing the Orschaks’ ancestry—I didn’t get very far the first time. It turned out that Daniel’s father’s generation changed the name from Orzechowski to Orschak about 1897, or at least by the time the 1898 Cleveland City Directory was issued. I don’t think the name was ever spelled the same way twice, so please overlook any variations in this article. If you research the family, beware of the possible differences in spelling.
In the 1895 Cleveland City Directory Daniel’s father, Fred Orzechowski, was listed at 33 Nursery Street with his brothers Charles and Herman. In 1898 all three were at the same address with the surname Orschak. This was their parents’ home until they died—Henrietta (Wizotzki) Orschakovski on November 29, 1892, and William Orschakovski on June 26, 1893.
From what I can tell, William, Henrietta and family arrived in the United States about 1873, although I didn’t find William in the City Directory until 1878, when he was living at 34 Berg Street. Their daughter Henrietta, or “Minnie”, was born in January 1872 in Germany and their son Fred William was born in October 1873. Unfortunately the Bremen passenger lists for this era have been destroyed if I remember right, but I didn’t find them on the New York arrivals either.
William and Henrietta may have been from Strasburg, West Prussia, now a part of Poland. The 1880 census said they were born in Prussia, a birth record for their son Edward said Poland, and the rest of their records said Germany. If they were from Strasburg, then all of these statements are true. There is a record of a baptism of an Auguste Orzechowski on 12 Aug 1866 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Strasburg whose parents were Wilhelm Orzechowski and Henrietta Wysocki. This could be them, but it would be nice either to find Auguste with them in America, or to find a baptismal record for their son Herman or daughter Minnie in Germany.
That is the best I could do for the “ancestral home” of the Orzechowskis with just the records online. William’s petition for naturalization might have more information, and the baptismal records might be more complete for that church, but just not online yet.
There is more information on the Orschaks in the Cleveland Families tree on this site.
The Kearneys and McGowans
Daniel’s mother Margaret Kearney was the daughter of Daniel Kearney and Bridget McGowan of Youngstown, Ohio. That Daniel died, apparently in Youngstown before 1891, and Bridget remained there until at least 1900.
Bridget came from a large family. One source said that her parents Charles McGowan and Mary Logue had twelve children, all born in Ireland and that they all emigrated to Youngstown. The ones that I found definite proof of were Mary McGowan, born April 1836, who married a Mr. Patterson; James, born in 1845, who died single in Alabama in 1912; Susan, born in 1840, who marrried a Mr. Dailey, and a brother William.
There is a Mary McGowan who died at the age of 84 in Youngstown in 1891. She had been born in Donegal, Ireland. If this is the mother of the family, then that is where they probably were from in Ireland. A number of trees at ancestry.com say they were from there, and a posting on Facebook says that the son William was born in Ballyshannon, Donegal.
If you are a relative or descendant of Daniel Orschak you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on. If you would like a larger image, with possibly better resolution, contact me.
Cleveland and Youngstown City Directories and censuses, at ancestry.com, familysearch.org, and HeritageQuestOnline.com.
Ohio Deaths, Ohio Marriages, Ohio Births, at familysearch.org
Rootsweb.com, Donegal General Message Board, “MCGOWAN, LOGUE of Donegal,” posted 17 July 1998, http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.britisles.ireland.don.general/738/mb.ashx
Ann Ellen Sloan was born about 1861, the daughter of James Sloan and Bridget Cunningham.1 She and Dennis Francis O’Leary were wed in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on September 5, 1882. They were living at 1310 Broadway when their first child was born on June 16, 1883, or at about 4600 Broadway according to the current numbering system. By 1900 they had moved to Newman Ave off East 65th, where they remained at least until Dennis’ death on February 11, 1920. Ann was living around the corner on East 65th when she died, July 15, 1939.
Ann and Dennis had nine children, four of whom lived to adulthood: Ann Ellen (born 1887), Dennis Charles (1893), Leo Cornelius (1896), and Mary Theresa (1899). Of these four only one had a child, namely Ann Ellen, who was mother to Dennis Stackhouse, born October 1911. And, from what I can tell, Dennis only had one child, a daughter born about 1938.
Now apart from that straightforward summary, there is one mystery about Ann Ellen O’Leary, at least in my own mind. Here are the pieces of the puzzle that don’t fit together:
1. When my mother’s cousin, Nan (Gallagher) Fleming, researched our family history, she included a note next to Bridget Cunningham saying that she married a Sloan and that these were “Ellen O’Leary’s parents.” The Cunninghams were from Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland, probably from Ballymadeerfy townland.
2. Nan Gallagher evidently knew Ellen O’Leary and expected the rest of her family to know who she was referring to, since she didn’t include any further explanation. So I am assuming that Ellen O’Leary was living near the Rodgers’ clan in Cleveland.
3. Ros Davies’ County Down Website, citing parish and civil records, lists a Bridget “Biddy” Cunningham of Kilkeel who married James Sloan May 20, 1846, at the Catholic church and was the mother of Bridget, born 1868, and Sarah, born 1871. This looks a lot like the same family that we have been discussing, since Ann Ellen Sloan was born before the Civil Registration of births began and wouldn’t have been on those records.
4. However, the Ann Ellen (Sloan) O’Leary who lived in Cleveland almost always said she was born in Canada. But I didn’t find her birth record in Canada, nor did I find her parents on the 1861 or 1871 censuses of Ontario or Quebec, nor the 1880 census of Cleveland. Nor did I find any border crossing records for any of them.
So is this the same Ellen O’Leary that Nan Gallagher included in our family tree as the daughter of Bridget Cunningham and James Sloan? If so, why does she say she was born in Canada? If it isn’t the same person, it seems like a remarkable coincidence. Perhaps someone out there can provide the answer.
1. The year of birth is only an average of her reported ages and years of birth on her records and her children’s records. Her parents’ names are found on her death record.
Other sources include censuses of Cleveland, Ohio Death Records at familysearch.org, and the Cleveland Necrology file. Detailed sources on request.
My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the fifth young man from our left in the front row as Joseph Murphy. There was a Joseph Murphy living in the area, described below, who is probably him.
Joseph Murphy was born in Ohio on January 17, 1913, the youngest of five children of William J Murphy and Catherine Hunt. Their other children were Edward, Catherine, William, and Robert. In 1920 the family was living at 8118 Dorver; they remained there until at least 1940. Joseph’s father worked as a shoe merchant, then as a deputy sheriff and a title transfer clerk.
Joseph married about 1946 and 1947 and he and his wife two children. Joseph died in Saint Luke’s Hospital on September 30, 1967.
In 1920 and 1930 Joseph’s uncle Frank Hunt was living with the family. When Frank died his death record said that his parents were Robert Hunt and Catherine Hennessey. When Frank’s brother Robert died, his record said that their father, Robert Hunt, had been born in Dublin and Catherine Hennessey in Toronto.