Sunday, June 18, 2017
One day, while perusing Ancestry.com, I came upon a possible link for a Mary Dornnes, in the New Jersey 1930 census. Along with the mother Mary age 67, were her daughters Margaret age 40, Sadie age 37 and Josephine age 30. Then came a surprise, also listed were Mary's grandchildren, Ida 22, and Emmett age 20. The address was 14 Wakeman Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.
I then looked in the 1920 census and eventually in the 1940 census. In 1920 there was Mary Naughton Downs and her three daughters living on 12 Wakeman Avenue Newark New Jersey. In the 1940 census, Mary Downes, was living at 150-152 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey and her granddaughter Ida, who was a school teacher, was living there also.
My unanswered question was, why did they move to New Jersey? My research had stalled to a snails pace. This spring I was research on Family Search and I found another person researching this line. I contacted her and from there I met a cousin who is descended from my great grandmother's sister Mary Naughton.
Soon we were in touch and exchanging information. As the story goes Dominick Molloy moved the family to New Jersey to start a Tavern business in Newark with his brother Martin. Mary Naughton moved to help take care of the children and said that living above a tavern was no place to raise children. Business was good until 1920 and the Era of Prohibition, they lost everything and at some point in time moved in with Mary Naughton and her daughters. I found that tidbit of information in the Newark City Directories.
Mary and Dominick had another son, Brendan, who was quite sickly and died at a young age. Shortly thereafter Dominick Molloy died in 1925 and his wife Mary Molloy the next year. in 1926. I have yet to discover the cause of their deaths. But I do know that they are buried in Holy Cross Cemetery. Bergen County New Jersey.
The place of burial for Mary Naughton, who died 9 March 1944 is in St. Mary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Also buried there is her husband Michael Downs, and daughters Margaret and Sadie.
Michael Downs and Mary Naughton Downs had the following children; Mary Downs Molloy 1884-1926, Hannah 1885-1901, Annie 1887- before 1906, Margaret 1889-1963, Catherine 1891- before 1906, Sarah (Sadie) 1892-1965, Rebecca 1895-1895, and Josephine 1896-1991,
The burial place for Catherine, Annie and Josephine are unknown at this time. I would surmise that the deaths of Catherine and Annie as children would indicate they are buried in Allegheny County PA and Josephine in New Jersey.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
For quite a few years I have tried to figure out what happened to my great grandmother's (Bridget Naughton Dowd) sister (Mary Naughton Downs). Mary was a bit of an enigma. I know she was married in 1882 and she and her husband Michael Downs had six daughters.
I learned this information from the church records from the Diocese of Pittsburgh Archives, Saint Thomas RC Church in Braddock PA. Then the couple disappeared, and left me in a lurch. Ancestry published the PA Death Certificates and none of them were there. But, Pennsylvania did not start recording deaths until 1906. Therefore, the missing must have been gone before then, or so I had surmised. The last child of Michael and Mary Downs was born in 1896, so that gave me a window of 10 to search for a death.
By chance I found a will for Michael written in 1898, and it gave the date of death as 26 March 1898, in North Braddock PA. In his will he mentioned his five children, not named. It is interesting that Allegheny County had death records but not any of the Downs family was listed in them.
I have not found Mary in the 1900 census, but she was a sponsor for the Baptism of her nephew, Richard Dowd on 23 December 1900. An interesting side note is there was a Marie McCoskey who served as sponsor for a niece, Theresa on 7 October 1906. I have everyone of the sponsors identified, could this Maria be a remarried Maria Naughton Downes?
In the 1910 census she is listed as Mary Downes, and living with her four daughters in North Braddock PA. Her oldest daughter Mary, her son in law Dominick Molloy and two grandchildren, and daughters Margaret, Josephine and Sadie. There were also ten boarders, none of which I have yet found to be relatives. She took in boarders to make ends meet.
Then, again, the family disappears....
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I found out rather late in my research that my great grandfather, Patrick O’Rourke, had two brothers in Pennsylvania. I think it came to light after I received the Baptisms Records for his children, from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. On 24 September 1880, Johannes O’Rourke, was the sponsor for my great Uncle James Patrick. John was also the sponsor for Aunt Gertrude on 1 June 1890. Jacobus and Brigitte O’Rourke were sponsors for my great Uncle Thomas on 21 June 1885. I correctly decided they were relatives, but how?
Who were John and James? After a bit of searching over a few years I had a few answers. Pennsylvania released the Death Certificates a few years ago and using Denis O'Rourke's name for the father John appeared. John died 25 May 1908, but no death certificate for James.
One day I found PITTSBURGH CITY DEATHS 1870-1905. While searching there, I found the death of three children, Patrick, Anna and James, with the parents listed as James and Bridget O’Rourke. They deaths were in 1879 and two the summer of 1886. At that time James and Bridget were living in Ward 14 of the City of Pittsburgh.
In the 1900 census that the couple were married in 1875 and had both emigrated two different dates a few years earlier. So my guess was they married in the USA. In the 1900 census they were living still in the 14th ward and had two daughters Mary and Catherine. I searched both James and Bridget in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to no avail.
My dilemma is that in 1908 it lists James living in Boston, while it is certainly possible for James to move to Boston after the 1900 census, but did he? Everything else in the obit has proven to be accurate. Is James, the sponsor, a cousin and not the brother?
I will post this and look more closely into this matter.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Here is a photo of me and my family. The photo is new to me. It was sent to me by my cousin Rick.
It was probably given to his parents by my mother or my grandmother; both of whom are long gone. I wonder who took the picture, I can see the reflection of a camera flash in the window. I do remember that my dad had a timer on his camera, perhaps he set it and ran to his seat. I was thirteen at the time.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The first session I chose was RESEARCH IN WASHINGTON DC FROM AFAR. There is so much to see in DC and I thought this would help me in setting up a time to go and research my husbands lines.
LaRoche College is about a forty five minute drive from my home, so it will be driving do-able. I am really looking forward to this class.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I put in a person's name and then search, what I have been searching for mostly are the OBITS. Most are great and some are not there. With this resource you have the capability to down load a snip or add the OBIT to Ancestry. I have been working overtime on this site.
On the last post I had listed the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Pittsburgh link and just now had an eureka moment that why not Google every name listed in th that site in the family plots. It gives the death year and this might be easier.
A few days ago I was looking at my tree on Family Search and found a few matches. It appears that they were added more recently and the person did not have enough information for them to come up as a match. That is what it appears to be to me. I do not know how to go about merging the information for this double family.
Anyway, what the woman did have was a little note that indicated that Mary Naughton Downs died in NJ and was buried in Pittsburgh, a s well as her date of death. One of my favorite resources is CATHOLIC CEMETERIES OF THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH. This is a relatively new resource, just within the past year or two.
I remembered I had a old document from the WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY. It was the death of one of Mary's daughters Rebecca who was born and died within four days in 1895 and the place of internment was St. Mary Cemetery in Pittsburgh. So with that information I went to the Catholic Cemeteries and there I found the family. This included Mary, her husband Michael, infant who died in 1895, a daughter Hannah who died in 1901 (I had no knowledge of Hannah, and two adult daughters Margaret and Sadie who lived with their mother in NJ and were buried in the family plot, included with the dates of their deaths. I know now I have the correct Mary.
A married daughter Mary Downs Molloy also had her date of death in 1929 and where she was buried. In the 1930 census the two children of Mary and Dominic were living with their grandmother in Newark. Also indicated was the death of Dominic in about 1975. My theory is now he was unable to care for the children and Mary Naughton raised them. But why, did the two families move to NJ, was Mary Molloy sick and Mary Naughton move to take care of her daughter.
I sent an email to the woman who posted the information but have not heard back as of today.