17 February 2014

52 Ancestors: #5 Eugene John "Red" Senecal

I am a bit behind in my posting in Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge" but I will be catching up soon!!

This entry is for my maternal grandfather, Ernest John "Red" Senecal (1905-1967).

"Red" was the second son (first to survive) of John Senecal Jr (1872-1952) and Georgiana Yelle (1876-1946) born in Jay, Essex County, New York on December 23, 1905 and baptized at Saint Matthew's Catholic Church, Black Brook, Clinton County, New York.  He grew up in the Jersey section of Au Sable Forks/Jay.  He was known for playing baseball and basketball in local leagues. He worked for J & J Rogers Company (paper mill) for almost 40 years.  He served in the Army during World War II with the 94th Infantry. Red married Eulalia Mary Duprey (1911-1979) on June 23, 1935 (see Wedding Wednesday-Maternal Grandparents).  He died on February 17, 1967 shortly before my birth.

This challenge has caused me to review what I do and do not have for each person.  For Grandma Red I do not have his death certificate or the marriage license for the wedding.  I also still want to go through the commutative books he had of the 94th Infantry.

My mother always said we got our love of sports from Grandpa Red.  So as my favorite sports season is about to begin (BASEBALL!!), I say "thank you" to Grandpa Red!!

05 February 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Work Party

Eulalia Duprey Senecal
Christmas Party 1950's

"X" is my maternal grandmother, Eulalia Mary Duprey Senecal (1911-1979). I am thinking this is a Christmas work party probably in the 1950's.  She, my maternal grandfather and many other relatives worked at J & J Rogers Company, a paper mill, in Au Sable Forks, Clinton County, New York.

Don't know who the others are but would love to hear from folks who recognizes anyone!!

04 February 2014

52 Ancestors: #4 Constance Ann Hall Coughlin

Timing is everything.  I had meant to schedule this post about my paternal grandmother, Constance Ann Hall Coughlin (1908-1946) while I was away.  But I had hoped to find a picture of a nurse's hat to add to the post since I had no pictures of my "Grandma Connie".  Then my 3 year old nephew and I were using my Flip-Pal (LOVE IT!!!) and we found a picture of Grandma Connie!!!

Connie Hall
Keene Valley, NY
Chandler Car - 1929

While there are some things I do know about her, there are many things I do not. I know her birth year of 1908 but not her birth date. I know she was born in Keene Valley, Essex County, New York to Earl Hall (1885-1950) and Sarah "Sadie" Otis (1878-1922).  I know of 2 sisters and 1 brother. I know she studied to be a nurse but I do not know if or how long she worked as a nurse. I do know her death date, 24 January 1946 in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. 

I know Grandma Connie was 14 years old when her mother died and my father was 1 1/2 years old when she died. 

I have not done much research on this line of my family but finding this picture and a few more like these are getting my excited about researching and connecting with this side of my family!