Sunday, May 20, 2012



This week will be a busy one.    My daughters birthday is this week and I am going to drive to see her.   On the way home my road trip will involve stopping at the HUNTINGDON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY  

I am on the prowl to find my daughters and her fathers Coleman ancestors.   I have lived in Pennsylvania most of my life, but never have I been to Huntingdon PA.    The Coleman's lived in the area and are known as Revolutionary War Militiamen and also Indian Fighters. 

There were four brothers and I hope to find the  connection between his 5x great grandfather and one of the Coleman Brothers.   The families all lived in close proximity so I know they are related.  The Coleman brother, whoever he turns out to be, will he his 7x great grandfather.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012



Happy Mothers Day to my sisters and I

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Our mother

Thomas and Gerda Wedding


Our Grandmothers,    Gertrude O’Rourke Dowd

, Gertrude and Skippy

Our grandmother Anna Bartels Schridde, and our Great Grandmother Maria Korbach Bartels

Anna Bartels and mutti Maria Korbach Bartels

Our Great Grandmother, Meta Margaretha Hackmann Schridde

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Our Great Grandmother Ellen Mortel O’RourkePatrick O'Rourke and Ellen Mortel

Wednesday, May 9, 2012



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The second from the left looks like trouble…..

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Mary Ellen O'Rourke

Mary O’Rourke was my grandmothers( Gertrude O’Rourke) sister.  She would have been eleven at the time of Gertrudes birth.    Mary never married, my father said that she had gone to the Church to make arrangements for her wedding, but called it off.    

The mystery is, was that rumor true?   If it was, who was the intended and why did she call the wedding off.


William F O'Rourke

This is another O’Rourke sibling.   Uncle Bill also never married.   What I had heard was “he stayed home to take care of his mother”   William and Mary shared a home, Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary took care of the home and cooking.

My dad said that Aunt Mary was kind and gentle and never lost her temper, she would have made a good mother.