Category: postal covers

    Mary Frances Dolan, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts

    On November 26, 1904, Miss Fannie Dolan of 16 Watson Street, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, received a postcard. It had been mailed 11 days earlier from Castlewellan, County Down, Ireland, and carried the message

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    Laura Clary Goodenow of Rochester, Indiana

    Arthur Hannigan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    In 1943, Mr Arthur Hannigan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a letter from from Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland. Does the Hannigan family have roots in County Waterford?

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    Mary Belle Lemon, Clermont County, Ohio

    On July 20, 1908, Mary Belle Lemon of Neville, Ohio, sent a postcard to Miss Effie Turner of Rising Sun, Indiana. It read:

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    Lottie Orton of Hastings, Nebraska

    in 1911 Lottie Orton of Hastings, Nebraska, received a postcard from her cousin Mary Orton of Fall River, Massachusetts. The question is, can we find any more evidence that Lottie and Mary's fathers were brothers?

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    Mary Orton of Fall River, Massachusetts

    In September 1911, Miss Lottie Orton, of Hastings, Nebraska, received a postcard from her cousin Mary Orton, postmarked Sakonnet, Rhode Island. The message read:

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    Elizabeth Boyd of Edendoit, County Tyrone, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    On July 21, 1908, a postcard was sent to William Boyd of Edendoit, Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Ireland, from his daughter Elizabeth in Philadelphia. It read ...

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    1960 Postal Cover from Warrensville, Ohio, to Duncan, British Columbia

    On March 11, about 1960, Mr John L Alline of 19415 Wickfield Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, sent a letter to Mr W D Wadsworth, of Gibbins Road, Duncan, British Columbia. Who were these men, and what was the correspondence about?

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    Alice (Brownsword) Hawkes of Rockland, Rhode Island

    In December 1915, Alice B Hawkes of Rockland, Rhode Island, sent a postcard to her friend Mrs Green which read ...

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    Anna (Cummisky) Lynch of Curraghan, County Leitrim, and Port Jefferson, Suffolk County, New York

    In 1941, Mrs Martin Lynch of Port Jefferson, Long Island, received a letter from the town of Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland. Can we identify Mrs Lynch, and can this envelope help us find her county of origin in Ireland?

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    Barbara (Hynes) Tarsney, Moycullen, Galway, and Glen Ridge, NJ

    In 1941, Mrs. Felix Tarsney of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, received a letter from Gaillimh (Galway City), County Galway, Ireland. What can we learn about Mrs Tarsney? Was she from Galway?

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    Catherine Timony, San Rafael, California

    In 1937 Miss Katie Timoney of 654 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael, California, received a letter from Ballyconneely, County Galway, Ireland. Did this correspondence have anything to do with her family's county of origin in Ireland?

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    Della Feely, of Oak Park, Illinois

    On September 30, 1938, someone in Tullylease, County Cork, mailed a letter to Mrs Della Feely, 405 South Maple Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. Did this letter come from a relative in Ireland? If so, can it help us trace back Mrs Feely to her county of origin?

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    Evaline B Jeralds of Yalesville, Connecticut

    In September 1882, Miss E B Jeralds of Yalesville, Connecticut, received a letter from someone in Wilmore, Pennsylvania. What can we find out about Miss Jeralds and her correspondent in Wilmore?

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    George and Lucinda Kerns of Kankakee, Illinois

    About 1863, Mrs Lucinda Kerns, of Kankakee, Illinois, received a letter from American Ranch, Colorado. Who was Lucinda Kerns and whom might she have known in American Ranch, Colorado?

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    James and Jennie Patterson of Washington County, Pennsylvania

    On August 9, 1912, Miss J L Patterson, of Washington County, Pennsylvania, received a post card from her brother Jim postmarked South Euclid, Ohio. The message read ...

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    James Hawkins, Portland, Maine, 1860 to 1892

    In 1871 Mr James Hawkins of 1 High Street Court, Portland, Maine, received a letter postmarked in Wexford, Ireland ... Who was James Hawkins and does this postmark tell us anything about his place of origin in Ireland?

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    Julia (Mowry) Paine Greene, of Glendale, Rhode Island

    Julia (Mowry) Paine Greene was born in Rhode Island on February 8, 1847, the daughter of Emer and Melaura (Mathewson) Mowry. On August 16, 1864, she married George Carpenter Paine ...

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    Lillie B. Chase of Valley Falls, Rhode Island

    In about 1863 Mademoiselle Lillie B. Chase received a letter from Vienna, Austria, sent in care of Saml. B. Chase, Esq, of Valley Falls, Rhode Island. The letter was addressed to Mlle. "Chase" although the family spelled the name "Chace."

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    Lillie B. Chase of Valley Falls, Rhode Island, part 2

    Lillie B. Chase, age 30, was married on 29 Oct 1878 to John Crawford Wyman, age 56, the son of Abraham Wyman and Sarah Crawford. John's first wife Emma Willard had died in 1861. John too was an abolitionist ...

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    Margaret (O'Donnell) Carpenter, Bruckness, Donegal, and Detroit, Michigan

    In 1915, Mrs Charles Carpenter of 693 Meldrum Ave, Detroit, Michigan, received a postcard from her sister Cassie in Bruckless, County Donegal, Ireland. Here is a transcription of the text ...

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    Margaret (Penn) Keane McGrath, of Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

    Having found William McGrath's parents, James McGrath and Margaret Penn, I decided to look for parents.

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    Mary E Keane, Nahant, Massachusetts

    About March 1943, Miss Mary Keane of 93 Fox Hill Road, Nahant, Massachusetts, received a letter from Gaillimh (Galway) Ireland. Can this postmark tell us anything about her family's Irish origins?

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    Mary Ellen (Gaffney) Lavin of Cuilmore, Sligo, and Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York

    In the 1940's, Mrs M G Lavin of 179 East 32nd, Brooklyn, NY, received a letter from Co. Roscommon, Ireland. The name of the post office is unreadable. Can we identify Mrs Lavin? Did she come from Roscommon?

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    Miss Carrie I Martin of Rochester, New York

    In November 1906, Miss Carrie I Martin of Rochester, New York, received a postcard from Miss. J.C.V. Moore, of Tamney, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. Can this postal cover tell us anything about Carrie Martin's ancestry? What can we learn from the online records?

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    Nellie (Callahan) Gibson, probably of County Cork, and of Rye, New Hampshire

    In 1947 Mrs N J Gibson, of Rye, New Hampshire, received a letter postmarked CeannToir (Kanturk), County Cork, Ireland. Can this letter help us identify Mrs Gibson's Irish county of origin, if any?

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    Patrick J Slowey of Syracuse, New York, and Holyoke, Massachusetts

    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. As a genealogist I wondered if that was his place of birth.

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    Richard G Powell of Nenagh, County Tipperary, and Oakland, California

    In 1910, Richard G Powell of Oakland, California, received a letter from Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland. It was sent in care of Matthew Ryan, at 487 Moss Avenue. Can this envelope help us determine Richard's county of origin in Ireland, if any?

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    Timothy D Keating of Baltimore, Maryland, and Rockchapel, County Cork, Ireland

    In 1942, Mr Jim T. D. Keating of 2121 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, received a letter from D. C. Keating of Rockchapel, County Cork, Ireland ... Can this postmark and letter help us locate Mr Keating’s origins in Ireland?

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    William McGrath, Ennis, County Clare, and Butte, Montana

    In March of 1936, Mr. William McGrath of Butte, Montana, received a letter from Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. It was addressed to him c/o the Post Office, and there was a stamped note on the envelope that said "Second Notice." What can we learn about Mr McGrath? Was he from County Clare?

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    Mrs Ramon Guiteras of Bristol, Rhode Island

    About December 1883, Mrs Ramon Guiteras of Bristol, Rhode Island, received a letter from Vienna, Austria. Who was Mrs Guiteras, and whom did she know in Vienna?

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Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
-- Ed Hamilton