17 October 2013

Senecal - Yelle Wedding 17 October 1899

I remember seeing (or thought I had!) my maternal great grandparents marriage certificate at some point during one of my many moves but I could not find it in all my "stuff" and boxes.  Then while going thru old newspapers and advertisements yesterday I FOUND IT!!

The marriage between Master Jean Baptiste Senecal and Miss Georgina Yelle on October 17, 1899 at Notre Dame de L'Assumption Church in Redford, Clinton County, New York.  The witnesses were Henry Senecal and Irene Yelle, siblings of the bride and groom.

John Senecal-Georgiana Yelle Marriage Certificate
In possession of the Blog Mistress
Jean Baptiste or John Senecal (1872-1952) and Georgiana Yelle Senecal (1876-1946) had four children, Jean Baptiste/John Senecal (1903-1903), Ernest John Senecal (1905-1967), Raymond Octave Senecal (1908-1976) and Doris Senecal Votraw (1909-1981).

I have to laugh as the scan shows the notary seal in the upper left hand corner.  It is still as visible and textured as my notary seal is today!

As I have lots of unlabeled photos, I have few documents let alone originals.  So I am doing a little "genealogy jig" right now!!

Happy Anniversary to my great grandparents!!

12 October 2013

Coughlin - Fleming Wedding 1943

From The Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post, Au Sable Forks, NY, Thursday, October 21, 1943:


Miss Constance Irene Fleming, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Fleming, 5 Ames street [sic], Worcester, Mass., was married to Private Thomas Raymond Coughlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Coughlin of Au Sable Forks, N.Y., Tuesday morning, October 12, in the Church of the Ascension.  Hotel Bancroft was the scene of the reception.

Miss E. M. Fleming was maid of honor for her sister and Daniel Coughlin, jr. [sic], of 22 Holland Road, Worcester, was best man for his brother.  The bride wore a street length dress of rose with navy blue accessories and carried a white prayerbook with a cover corsage of white orchids.  The maid of honor chose a powder blue silk jersey dress with a rose colored hat and navy blue accessories.  Her corsage was of red roses.

For traveling to Albany, Troy and Au Sable Forks the bride selected a solider blue suit with a matching hat and navy blue accessories.  Mrs. Coughlin will live with her parents while her husband is in service.  Private Coughlin is stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C.

This was my great uncle and father's namesake who died in 1944 (Thomas Coughlin - The Uncle).  He did not make it to their first anniversary.

 I did some checking and the church they were married in was closed by the Diocese of Worcester in 2008.  

Constance Fleming Coughlin remarried in 1947 and had 2 daughters.  She died in 2008.  She was originally from Scotland and stayed in Massachusetts from the 1930's till her death.  

Unfortunately one of the many war widows through out the ages......

03 October 2013

Connecting the Dots - My "AHA" Moment

Ever run across an obituary that lists a known relative but you can't figure out the connection? I've had the following obituary for a few years:

John Maple

John Maple, 60, was found dead in his home, Kent street Keeseville, Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 o’clock, after neighbors had reported to State Police that they had not seen him that morning as usual.  Dr. J.H. Evans was called and he stated that Mr. Maple died of a heart attack, and had been dead about 10 hours.

Only known survivors are several cousins, Mrs. Daniel Coughlin, of Palmer Hill, Mrs. George Frasier of Darby, Pa., Mrs. Frank Pattno of Plattsburgh, Pvt. Charles Williams of Camp Stonesman, Calif., and Mrs. Marie Finnessey of Schenectady.

The remains were removed to R. Prescott Company’s Undertaking Parlors.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

I am not actively researching this line but as both sides of the family are from the same area if I see something that mentions the line I am not working that day then I save it for future viewing.  I have looked at this obit from time to time but didn't see the connection.  The only person I knew was Mrs. Daniel Coughlin of Palmer Hill, my paternal great grandmother, Bridget Agnes Williams Coughlin (1883-1973).  

Then when I was researching something else (as is always the case) I found the connection to Mrs. Frank Pattno.  She was the former Orilla Frazier (1885-?), the daughter of my paternal 2nd great aunt, Margaret Dewan Frazier (1857-1927) sister of Agnes' mother Mary Dewan Williams (1854-1916). 

So when I accidentally clicked on John Maple's obituary last weekend, I decided to work on it.  Found a few more collateral relatives. Also solved my puzzle.  John Maple was the son of Mary and Margaret Dewan's sister Elizabeth Dewan Maple (1859-1939). EUREKA! 

I looked at the other names mentioned.  George Frazier (1893-1980) and Marie Frazier Henessey (1895-1972) were Orilla Frazier Pattno's siblings. George was still alive so not sure why "Mrs. George Frazier" was listed.  Finessey was actually Henessey but sometimes in genealogy those things happen!

Charles Williams is still my mystery.  I haven't worked much on the Williams line yet but so far no Charles has surfaced.  Just another item on the To Do List!!

The moral of the story...it pays off to look at items again after you have found other connections because the dots will be there (hopefully) and the puzzle will be solved!!