Sunday, May 8, 2016

~ Mother's Day 2016 ~

                                                Happy Mother's Day 2016

     I'm not going to post the story I had in mind so I'll just wish all the mothers a wonderful day and I'll post my story tomorrow after I've edited it.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St Patrick's Day 2016

     My 3rd great-grandparents, Patrick and Emily (Sheldon) Devine  emigrated from Ireland during the Potato Famine.  I don't know wha happened to Patrick after the 1900 census.  Emily relocated to Toronto, Canada.  I have her date of death and final resting place and hoped to have her death certificate by now.  I haven't ordered yet because I don't know if it will look like the death notice and if so then I won't get any further in my research. I don't know er parents' names.  I might splurge on the death certificate after I get my tax refund.  I'll file my taxes this Saturday on my day off and no errands to run. 
     I can't wait to visit Ireland.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My Emilys

     I've been working on my maternal grandmother Eleanor's genealogy.  Both of MaMa's great-grandmothers were named Emily.  I've been seeing the name 'Emily' everywhere I look.   Maybe it's a sign?  Will I make progress with either or both of my 3rd great-grandmothers?  I certainly hope so!
     MaMa's maternal great-grandmother Emily (Sheldon) Devine was born in Ireland approx 1846 and arrived about 1851.  I show her listed with her husband and children in the U.S. Federal and New York State censuses from 1865 until 1875.  I don't know where the Devine family was in 1880 because I haven't found any of them in the federal census for that year.  The 1890 census is not available and very much missed by genealogists.  I found Emily living with her youngest son, William in 1900.  By 1905, William was dead and his brokenhearted mother was living with her daughter, Emma.  At some point after 1905, Emma and her family moved from Rifton, in Ulster County,NY to Ontario, Canada.  I don't know if Emily accompanied them but I did find her buried in the same cemetery as Emma in Toronto.  Emily J. Sheldon Devine died 15 March 1928 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I need to order her death certificate and hope that the person who provided the information knew the names of her parents.
     MaMa's paternal great-grandmother was Emily (Martin) Davis.  Up until about two weeks ago she was a bit of a mystery.  All I knew was that she was my 2nd great-grandfather, Daniel's mother and that she was born in Lloyd,NY according toDaniel's death certificate.  Was she actually born in Lloyd?  I don't know.  If the informant's information was correct then I guess she was.  I'm hoping that the informant, Daniel's son, Samuel, knew where his grandmother was born.  I had an approximate year of birth from all the census records I found Emily in.  Thanks to and a person who was nice enough to post a picture of a headstone, I found Emily's final resting place.  My 3rd great-grandmother is buried with her husband, William and a few children in the small cemetery next to the Milton-Marlborough United Methodist Church located in Milton,NY in Ulster County.  Emily Martin Davis died 27 July 1907 in Poughkeepsie,NY.  I ordered Emily's death certificate and hope it won't be too long of a wait before I find out who Emily's parents were and where they were born.


                                   Emily Sheldon Devine  1846?  -  15 March 1928
                                      Emily Martin Davis    1836?  -  27 July 1907

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Poor Patrick

     I'd been focusing on my 3rd great-grandmother Emily but today, June 21,2015 which is Father's Day, I will think about Emily's husband, Patrick.
     Dear Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Patrick,
            What happened?  You had a family, you had a home... Whatever became of you?  Where are you?

     My 3rd great-grandfather, Patrick Devine was born in Ireland.  He was married to Emily and they had 9 or 10 children.  Their daughter, Teresa was my 2nd great-grandmother.  My grandmother's cousin told me in a letter the names of a few of Patrick and Emily's children.  I added the names I had to my tree and found the other children's names in census records.
     The 1860 federal census has Patrick and Emily living in New Paltz (Ulster County),NY with their sons, Martin and John,  Ten years later and five more children added to the family, the Devines are residing in Cornwall (Orange County),NY according to the 1870 federal census but I also saw them in Newburgh so I'll have to check the dates that the census was actually taken by the enumerator.  What makes me think that these are my ancestors?  My 2nd great-grandmother, Teresa was born in Stuyvesant Falls (Columbia County),NY. The Devine family was living about 5 miles away in Stuyvesant according to the 1875 NY state census.  I never found this family in the 1880 federal census.  There was another child, William, born about 1882, and by 1900 the family was split up.  The 1900 federal census shows Emily, divorced and living with their youngest son, William.  The older children have married and moved away.  I found Patrick down on his luck and living in a poorhouse.
     The Ulster County Archives has admission records for the Ulster County Poorhouse which was located in New Paltz,NY.  I saw the name Pat Devine in the 1900 listing of admissions.  This man was a resident from Jan 2 until Mar 28 in 1900 and then again from Jan 1 until Mar 30 in 1901.  I'm 99% sure that this is my Patrick. What makes me think this?  Well, there are remarks noted with Patrick's information which state that in case of sickness or death, contact Sam Terwillager of Rifton.  Patrick and Emily's daughter, Emma was married to a Simon Terwilliger and they were living in Rifton according to the 1900 federal census.  By 1905, Emily was also living with Emma and Simon in Rifton.  I'm hoping that I have the correct Devine family.  I found the burial place for Simon and Emma and recently ordered Emma's death certificate so I can see her parents' names.
     So where did Patrick go when he left the poorhouse?  I found a Patrick Devine living as a boarder with a family in the town of Lloyd according to the 1905 NY state census.  Lloyd is about 4 1/2 miles east of New Paltz where the poorhouse was.  I haven't confirmed yet if the boarder was my 3rd great-grandfather.  I seem to have lost him in the poorhouse.  I wish I knew where and when he died so I could order a death certificate.
     Poor Patrick, I wish I could find you.

     Happy Father's Day in Heaven.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


     My mother will be visiting Ireland in about six months.  I wish I were going.  I've always wanted to visit the land of my ancestors.  I want to see the green rolling hills, the castles, look for lucky four leaf clovers and maybe catch a glimpse of a mischievous leprechaun.  I won't be kissing the Blarney Stone because I've already been blessed with the gift of gab though I'd still like to take a picture of this famous stone.  I don't drink but I can't visit Ireland without stepping into a pub or two and sampling the local brew.
     My mother is taking this trip with the senior citizens she went with last year when they toured England, Scotland and Wales.  She enjoyed last year's trip and since she'd never been to Ireland she didn't think twice about going.  The itinerary includes Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and I don't remember the rest.
     I've read quite a few books that take place in Ireland.  Among these books were Angela's Ashes written by Frank McCourt and a series of books by Martha Long.  Both of these authors wrote about their poor childhood.  Martha Long's first book is Ma, He Sold Me For a Pack of Cigarettes and was a bit difficult to read because it was so sad.  Martha talks about her poor depressing childhood in 1950's Dublin.  I don't know how she survived but survive she did as she talks about her ups and downs, struggles and accomplishments in the series of books that followed her debut novel.  Another poor Irish child was Frank McCourt.  He was born in New York, U.S.A. to Irish parents who moved the family back to their homeland when he was about 4 years old.  He wrote about his poor childhood in a book called Angela's Ashes.  I would love to visit Limerick and see the places of Frank's youth mentioned in the book. I wonder if I give my mother a list of my places of interest in Dublin and Limerick would she take a picture for me?  Probably not since she's travelling with a group.  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait until I can make this journey myself.
     My 3rd great-grandparents on my maternal grandmother's mother's side of the family were Patrick Devine and Emily Sheldon.  They immigrated to the United States from Ireland.  I have no idea what part of Ireland Emily was born in but I hope to find out before my mother's trip.  I found a record a few months ago showing a Patrick Devine born in County Mayo.  I'm 98%, no make that 99% sure that this is my Patrick.  The next blog post will be 'Poor Patrick'.  My mother is not visiting County Mayo on her group trip to Ireland but I'll be sure to add this county to my itinerary for my dream trip to Ireland.
     I'm looking forward to my Irish adventure in the future but until then I'll have to be content with looking at pictures and brochures from my mother.