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Monday, August 29, 2016

Amanuensis Monday William Gallaher Death Drowning 1911 Said To Be Accidental

River Claims Sixth Victim
Body of William Gallaher Found in Running Slough, Death Said to be Accidental

1911 Drownings
Monday, April 10, Lloyal Smith, Dresbach, Minn
Sunday June 4, William Hagenbarth, Running Sloth
Sunday June 11, Peter Schuh, West Channel
Thursday July 13, Edwin Esterie ,Black River
Sunday July 23 , F A Wenzel , Dakota , Minn
Friday Aug 4, William Gallaher , Running Slough

 This is an earlier picture of William and his sisters Bridget and Katherine

   William Gallaher, age 39, was drowned in Running Slough yesterday afternoon at about 2:30 oclock, his body being found in the water about 15 feet from the shore after he had been missed for some time and a search was started.  Death is believed to be accidental.
   Mr. Gallaher went to the farm of his brother in law, Jacob Mickschl located in the bottom lands about a mile and a half west of Henry Murth's place on the Mormon Coulee road, yesterday afternoon to assist haying and it is thought he went wading to cool off when he either steeped into a hole or was overcome from the shock of the cold water.
   During the afternoon Mr Gallaher was working with Fred Kaser who went in search of a scythe to cut some hay which could not be reached with the mower. When Mr Kaser returned, Mr Gallaher was not there so the former asked Mr Michachl if he had seen him.  He had not, but was thought as Mr Gallaher had not been feeling well that he had gone to the house where he had been living.
   When he could not be located a search was started and after a while the body was seen in the water about 15 feet from the shore. Fessler and Dahl were notified and the body taken to their establishment and Corner Kleebar decided that it was not necessary to hold an inquest.
   Mr Gallaher was born on December 151871 in Chipmunk Coulee, Vernon County, and had lived there all his life.
   The funeral will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon and interment will take place in the Catholic Cemetery beside his parents.
   Surviving Mr Gallaher are three sisters, Mrs Jacob Mickschl at whose home he lived , Miss Mary Gallaher of La Crosse and Mrs. Appleton Esler of  Mora, Minn.

Side not to this article I recently visited the cemetery and think that he is not buried next to his parents.
Cemetery records have his parents in the Old section and he is in a different area.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Surname Saturday Merrill Family Colonial New England

Surname Saturday Merrill Family
I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. I am at my Merrill family name which is a new family to me and an 8th grandfather

1. Grace Zion
2. Arthur Zion
3. Muriel Day
4. Perry Zion
5. Alta  Hall 1892 - 1944.
10.Arthur Reynolds Hall 1863 -1919
20. George  Wilbur Hall 1832 - 1892.
21. Louisa Maria Reynolds 1922 - 1899
40. John Hall Jr 1802 - 1838.
41. Sally Grimes 1800-1873
80. John 1767 - 1842
81. Elizabeth Merrill
162. Jesse Merrill 1738 –1816
163. Phebe Pearl
Jesse and Pearl had 9 children
Timothy b 1764 lived in Salem New Hampshire,
 Richard b 1766 married Abigail Hall
Stephen b 1766 d 1768
Phebe b 1770 d 1772
Phebe b1772 d 1778
Elizabeth b 1774 m John Hall 10 children
Jesse b 1777 d 1778
Dorcas b 1780 m John Gage 7 children
Abigail b 1782 d 1784
324. Stephen Merrill
648. Nathaniel Merrill
1296. Nathaniel Merrill

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Time Line Thursday Patrick Gallagher Gallaher Update


Time line on PATRICK GALLAHER / GALLAGHER what do I know so far?

I also at this time looking at Patrick's neighbors on the census.  Click here to see the first posting on that challenge. 

I first posted this in 2012.  This is a hard ancestor for me to find information on.  Below you can see what I posted 4 years ago

Today Time Line for Patrick Gallagher

born about 1830 County Cork Ireland
1850 census has a Patrick Gallagher still do not know if my ancestor
14 November 1851 has a Patrick Gallagher arriving so are either one of these my Patrick
1860 census has a Patrick living in New York He is living with a Joanna so I feel he is my ancestor.
15 April 1866 daughter Mary e born Hamburg, Vernon Wisconsin
12 Mar 1868 daughter Bridget is born Hamburg, Vernon Wisconsin
15 December 1869 son William is born Chipmunk Coulee, Vernon Wisconsin
1870 census has Patrick 40 years living with wife , daughter Mary 4, Bridget age 2 and son William 7 months. Real Estate value $1100 and personal property $600 . Patrick is a farmer
10 May 1874 daughter Catherine ( my great grandmother) born La Crosse County , Wisconsin
1880 census Hamburgh , Vernon county, Wisconsin living with wife and children. Census states both he and Catherine can not read or write
1895 Bergen, Vernon, Wisconsin living with wife Joanna , daughter Mary and son Patrick
03 Jan 1898 Death La Crosse Wisconsin 
buried in LaCrosse Wisconsin Catholic cemetery 
Probate 2 May 1899 Vernon, Wisconsin 

Posted in 2012
Between 1830 and 1838 born in Ireland parents unknown at this time. 
The 1870 census has him 32 years old while the 1880 census has him at 50 years old. 
Same family members listed so is the same family.
abt 1850 or so arrived in the United States. Would think he arrived through New York. Would be about 20 years when he arrived if this is true. This is when most of the Irish came to the United States. Most arrived between 1849 and 1851.
1866 April daughter Mary born
abt 1868 12 of March daughter Bridget born. Do not have exact dates of birth
abt 1869 December 15th son William born. Do not have exact dates of birth
1870 living in Hamburg, Vernon county, Wisconsin with wife Joanna and daughter Mary age 4, daughter Bridget age 2 and son William age 7 months. Census reports that all children were born in Wisconsin. Mary was born April of 1866 so were in Wisconsin as of this time. Real Estate property is listed at value of $1100 and personal property at $600. Patrick is listed as a farmer. 
1880 living in Hamburg still living in the home is daughter Mary age 14, daughter Bridget age 12, son William age 10 and Kathreen age 7. This is my great grandmother. Patrick is listed as a farmer. 
1895 living in Bergen, Vernon, Wisconsin. Living in the home is 2 males and 2 females. 2 are foreign born and 2 are US born. This would be Patrick, wife Joanna, daughter Mary who would be about 29 years old and son William who would be about 26 years old. Neither ever married.
1898 3rd of January Patrick passed away in LaCrosse County Wisconsin about 60 years old. Wife Joanna lived until 12 of July 1902

the 1870 census has her at 30 years old and born about 1840 while the 1880 census has her at 47 years and born about 1833. The 1900 census has her born Aug 1833 and age 66. She is widowed and mother of 5 children with 4 children living. Living with her is Mary and William. All 5 children are living at this time so not sure why it says only 4 are living. Is this an error or does this mean she has disowned one of the children. If she did consider one of her children dead it would of been my great grandmother Katherine. 
Son William does not pass away till 1912 and Joanna dies on the 12 of July 1902. This is a mystery to me. 

To do list on both Patrick and Joanna
death certificate for Patrick 
death certificate for wife Joanna
Where are Patrick and Joanna buried?
 I know that son William buried the Catholic Cemetery in LaCrosse Wisconsin. Daughter Bridget and Bridget's husband buried there also. Location of Cemetery is 519 Losey Blvd South LaCrosse Wisconsin
When did Patrick come to the US and who with
When did Joanna come to the US and who with

Not proven as of yet
1860 census Annsville, Oneida, New York there is listed 
Patrick Gallagher 30 years old making his year of birth about 1830
Joanna Gallagher 26 years old making her year of birth about 1834
this very well could be my great great grandparents. 

There was a Joanna Riordan who arrived New York 15th of October 1851 on the ship Lockwood. They have her age 18 coming from Cork. This would be about the right age for my Joanna.  Also listed is a Marlin Riordan age 35 years old. Very well and probably is a relative

I know more than I did in 2012 but still have lots of questions.  Still have not traveled to La Crosse Wisconsin.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Who Were Their Neighbors Series Gallagher Gallaher Family Episode 1

Smoky Mountain Family Historian posted yesterday that she is starting a new series of looking

at her ancestors neighbors in the census.

Many genealogy speakers suggest to look at neighbors in a census 10 before and 10 after.

Others suggest to go 20 each side.

I will work on this same project but where to start.  I have three sets of ancestors that I know so little

about.  My maternal grandmother's mother and father.

All I know about grandmother's  father is his name.  I have searched his name in the census and may

 have an idea of who he is but not is parents or siblings at this time.  Once I find out who he may be a

DNA would be the next step if I found a descendant of his.

My grandmother's mother's family came from Ireland and do not know their siblings.

What I do have is family photo albums with some names.  Maybe I can link these names to my great

great grandmother Johanna Riordan and great great grandfather Patrick Gallagher.

I am starting with the Gallagher and the Riordan Family.  I plan to start 1870 census.

I checked the census 20 families either side and no one from Ireland. Majority were from Prussia.

No one with the name Gallagher, Riordan or Daly which are my names to search.

Next I went to family album and found photos Daniel Riordan and family,  Ann Riordan

and ? Perry Riordan.. Not sure what the first name is at this time.

I will spend more time searching these names in future census plus seeing if I can find any other

names in photo albums.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Female Ancestors Age at Death

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun put on by Randy Seaver  -- Female Ancestors Age at Death

Here's mine (I'm going to use ahnentafel numbers here):

3.  Muriel Joyce (Day) Zion (1922-1998) - 76 years

5.  Alta Louise (Hall Zion (1892-1944) - 51 years
7.  Grace Celeste (Daly Esler)  Day  (1893-1972) - 79 years.

9.  Rachel Ann (Millsap) Zion (1862-1945) - 83 years
11. Mabel Jane. (Coleman ) Hall (1872 -1946) - 73 years
13. Carrie B (Lockwood) Day  (1870-1946) – 75 years
15. Catherine Ellen (Gallagher) Esler (1874-1940) - 65 years

2nd Great-Grandmothers:
17.  Mary (Cassell) Zion (1834-1919) - 85 years
19.  Anna (Woodmansee) Millsap (1841-1904) - 62 years
21.  Louisa Marie (Reynolds) Hall  (1832-1899) - 66 years
23.  Alta Angeline (Cheuvront) Coleman (1848-1937) - 89 years
25.  Betsy Ann (Anderson) Day (1838-1938) - 100 years
27.  Betsy Jane (Eddington) Lockwood (1842-1924) - 81 years
29.  Unknown
31.  Johanna  (Riordan) Gallagher (1833-1902) - 68 years

3rd Great-Grandmothers:
33.  Mary  (Gobble) Zion  (1796-1835) - 39 years
35.  Elizabeth (Carmichal) Cassell (1812-1899) - 87 years
37.  Elizabeth (McGuire) Millsap (1805 -1835) - 29 years
39.  Rachel Burrell ( Hanner) Woodmansee (1819-1889) - 70 years
41.  Sally  (Grimes) Hall (1800-1873) - 72 years
43.  Mandania S (Grover) Reynolds (1815-1855) - 40 years
45.  Catherine (Beiler) Coleman (1806-1884) - 78 years
47.  Mary (Rouse) Cheuvront (1713-1904) - 90 years
49.  Anna (Smith Day (1835 - ?) - ? years
51.  Harriet (Carpenter) Anderson (1811-1905) - 93 years
53.  Emma (Moiser) Lockwood (1820-1900) - 80 years
55.  Henrietta  (Curtis) Eddington (1818-1882) - 64 years
57.  Unknown
59.  Unknown
61.  Unknown
63. Unknown

So in those five generations, the longest lived was Betsy Anderson wife of Dwight Henry Day, of  Minnesota at 100 years.  The shortest lived was Elizabeth (McGuire) Millsap, wife of William Bella Millsap of Indiana, at 29 years.

The age ranges are:

*  Generation 1 (mother) - 76 years
*  Generation 2 (grandmothers) -  (range 51 to 79)
*  Generation 3 (great-grandmothers) -  (range 65 to 83)
*  Generation 4 (2nd great-grandmothers) - (range 62 to 100)
*  Generation 5 (3rd great-grandmothers) - (range 29 to 93)

Surname Saturday Agnes Hammer Family 4th great grandparent

1. Grace Zion

2. Arthur Zion ( 1921 - 2008 )
3. Muriel Day ( 1922 - 1998 )

4. Perry Zion ( 1886 - 1958 )
5. Alta Hall ( 1892 - 1944 )

8. Jonathan Zion ( 1861 - 1927 )
9. Rachel Millsap (1862 - 1945 )

18. Flavious Millsap  ( 1832 - 1910 )
19. Anna Woodmansee ( 1841 - 1904 )

38. James White Woodmansee (1816 – 1898 )
39. Rachel Burrell Hammer  ( 1819-1889)

76. James Woodmansee (1766- 1847)
77. Agnes Hammer ( 1794 or 1786 - 1829 ( birth date on ancestry is 1794 and find a grave as 1786)
need to see if I can read the tombstone better.

John Shepard (1810 – 1886)
Elizabeth (1812 – 1895)
Daniel (1814 – 1892)
James White (1816- 1898)

I have not spent any time with this family as of yet.  I found Elizabeth and Daniel tonight when I went to find a grave to find head stones for James Woodmansee and Agnes Hammer
Both are my 4th great grandparents. I am not sure where James was born as of yet. Ancestry has birth place as New Jersey and find a grave has Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Found On The Internet Etta Zion Pall Bearer of Malissa McLaughlin Ryan 1885

Found at newpapers for Decatur County, Iowa

Decatur County Journal
April l, l885

DIED--At her home near Tuskeego, March 29th, l885, MRS. ELIJAH [Malissa E. (McLaughlin)] RYAN,
aged l9 years, 2 months and 25 days, oldest daughter of AMOS and MARY
The deceased was born in Decatur County, Iowa, January 2nd, l867.  At
the age of l7, she united with the Baptist Church, of which she was a
devoted member till her death.  On January lst, l885, she married ELIJA
The funeral services were conducted by the REV. AUXIER--the text chosen
was the thirty-fifth verse of the eleventh chapter of St. John.
Her father died in l876, but this is the second death in her mother's
family, consisting of two daughters and three sons.  Those surviving her
are two brothers and one sister, MRS. C. CASH.  The entire community
extends to the bereaved husband, mother, brother and sister their most
heartfelt sympathy, as no death ever occurred in the history of our
vicinity that seemed to effect every one so generally as this one.  In
the life of MRS. RYAN can be seen the true woman as daughter, wife and
sister.  Her very presence was a sure indication of pleasure to every
one, always seeking for the comfort and enjoyment of others and never
losing an opportunity to do a kind act.  Her life has passed away, but
the good deeds that she has done yet live and will continue to live in
the hearts of those that knew her.
The exclamation of all as they gazed on her peaceful countenance was,
how beautiful, and we could not help exclaiming:
          How calm and peaceful is thy brow,
          No sorrow e're can touch thee now;
          Life's thorny path has all been trod,
          And thou hast gained the blest abode.
The remains were interred in the Elk Cemetery to rest peacefully till
          Farewell, thou loved one gone,
           From this cold stormy shore;
          O, may we meet when life is done,
           Where partings are no more.
                                 NAOMI C. CASH; April lst, l885
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
(this was very hard to read, but hopefully
all the dates and information are correct.)

 Sad note is that Etta Zion who was a pall bearer died herself on December 31st 1890 at the age of 22 years old of tuberculous . She also had married recently before her death.
You can read more about Etta here