04 April 2014

52 Ancestors: #9 Ella Johnson Hall

I had planned on just doing the obituary of my paternal 2nd great grandmother, Ella Johnson Hall (1858-1925) but then I thought this would be a great time to do my next entry in the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge" (especially since I have no photos of her!!)

Here is the LONG obituary (please note the 3rd, 4th and 5th paragraphs):

The Record-Post
Thursday, April 9, 1925

Ella (Johnson) Hall

Mrs. Ella (Johnson) Hall, whose serious illness was reported in the last issue of The Record-Post, passed peacefully away at her home just south of the village last Saturday forenoon at 11:30 o'clock, in the 68th year of her age. Deceased was born in Clintonville March 20, 1858. While still a young lady she married Ira Hall and had, previous to coming here, resided at Tarrytown, in Moriah and at Plattsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Hall and four children came to Elizabethtown to reside in the spring of 1897, just about 28 years ago, since when {then} they have lived continuously a short distance south of this village, excepting the summer of 1899 when they were located in "the old house" on Durand Farm.

To those of us who knew her well Mrs. Hall's life was so pure and humble, kind and true, through pleasant and through cloudy weather, that we may say that today, though her mortal form shares the stillness of the tomb, her spirit, in triumph, goes marching on. Life to this kindly woman was like an ever swinging pendulum between a smile and a tear.  So faithful and so patient, however, so true to real Christian teachings was this good woman that those near and dear to her fell that the memory of this worth-while character will remain to encourage, indeed that her commendable example will continue to cast shadows ahead, witnessing the sunrises and sunsets of coming years.

Mrs. Hall was of the Methodist persuasion and those of that faith who worked with her here and elsewhere admired and respected her for her quiet, abiding faith and wholesomeness.  She will be missed in the church circles where she was so highly esteemed.  However, it is in the family circle where this true hearted and ever faithful wife and mother will be most missed. To the members of the sorrow stricken family bereft of the companionship and advise of this rare woman the sincere sympathy of this community is extended.

It may well be said of Mrs. Hall: She has fought a good fight; she has kept the faith; She has earned the right to rest from earthly labors. What more can be said of mortal?

Deceased is survived by her husband, three sons, Earl of Keene Valley, Jesse and Loren of Elizabethtown and one daughter, Miss Beatrice Hall, also of this place. One brother, George Johnson of Ticonderoga and a sister, Mrs. Olive Kee, widow of Alexander Kee, of Los Angeles, Cal., also survive. A daughter, Miss Blanche Hall, born in Elizabethtown in 1897, died in the Champlain Valley Hospital, Plattsburg, in September, 1917.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hall were held at her late home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. D.C. Abbott officiating.  Interment in Riverside cemetery.

I remember reading this before for the biographical information and had forgotten about what I call an eulogy in the middle of the obituary! Gotta love the verbous writing of yesteryear!  But now I have a few more places to check!

She sounds like she was quite a lady!!

03 April 2014

Happy Birthday Uncle Tom Willis!

Today is the birthday of my maternal great uncle by marriage, Thomas Willis (1893-1976).  Uncle Tom was married to my great aunt, Mamie Duprey Willis (1895-1978).

I found this photo during my January non-stop scanning session.  Aunt Mamie wrote on the back "Poor Tom fell asleep"!

Thomas Willis-1950s
So Happy 121st Birthday Uncle Tom!!

01 April 2014

Happy Birthday Chief Petty Officers!

Today is the birthday of the US Navy's Chief Petty Officer! And I did not know!! Here's a link to the "Chief Petty Officers Celebrate 121 Years of Excellence"

I found a picture from November 1981 of my dad, Thomas Raymond Coughlin (1944-1998), in his dress uniform.

Thomas R. Coughlin
November 1981
And one with Dad and Grandpa, David Francis Coughlin (1909-1984):

David F. and Thomas R. Coughlin
November 1981
Happy Birthday to all CPO's....current, retired and in charge!!

28 March 2014

52 Ancestors: #8 Melinda Sharrow Duprey

My next entry in the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” Challenge also known to me as “52 Weeks in Whenever” is my maternal great grandmother, Melinda Sharrow Duprey (1875 -1937). 

I am starting to get into ancestors that I know little about or have yet to fully research.  I know Melinda was born 16 April 1875 to Alex Sharrow (1835-1882) and Delia Paquette/Pockett (1849-1923) in Au Sable Forks, Clinton County, New York.  Her known siblings include John, Lydia, Louis, George and Elizabeth “Lizzie”.

She married Eugene Duprey (1862-1936) on 31 December 1891 at St Matthew’s Catholic Church in Black Brook, Clinton County, New York.  They had six children, Philip, Mamie, Anna, George, Leah and Eulalia (my grandmother).

I know she was a crafter.  According to my mother that is where my grandmother and aunts learned to do various needlepoint crafts as well as making rugs on looms. My mother was great at crafts.  I did not get that gene :)

Melinda Sharrow Duprey

26 March 2014

52 Ancestors: #7 Eugene Duprey

This post is my latest contribution to the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” or in my case, "52 Ancestors Whenever"! Entry #7 is Eugene Duprey (1862-1946), my maternal great grandfather.

Eugene or “Etienne” was born 25 January 1862 in St Hyancinthe, Quebec to Charles Duprey and Mary Jarvis (Marie Gervais).  I know of 4 siblings, Elmer, Agnes, Ellen and Charles. The family moved from Quebec to the Black Brook, Clinton County, New York area in the late 1860’s-early 1870’s.  I am still trying determine the exact date of immigration for the family.
Eugene married Melinda Sharrow (1875-1937) on 31 December 1891 in Black Brook at St Matthew’s Catholic Church.  They had 6 children: Philip, Mamie, Anna, George, Leah and Eulalia (my grandmother).

I know he was a farmer and also did some logging.  He also owned a few properties based on the deeds in my possession

My to-do list for Eugene include:
  • add name to my order death certificate list
  • verify baptismal entry as the given name is not matching known information
  • if...no WHEN...I make my research trip to the area, research all properties owned

I am lucky to have several pictures of Eugene and here is one with his granddaughter, Constance Anne Jacobson Fisher (1941-1998):

Eugene Duprey and
Constance Anne Jacobson Fisher

20 March 2014

Happy Birthday - David Coughlin

My paternal grandfather, David Francis Coughlin (1909-1984), would be celebrating his 105th birthday today!! He was born the second son of Daniel Joseph Coughlin (1877-1953) and Bridget Agnes Williams Coughlin (1883-1973) in Lake Placid, Essex County, New York.

I always knew my grandfather as a man who was "follically challenged" shall we say.  So when I found this picture of Grandpa as a child WITH hair....I knew I had to post it :)

David Francis Coughlin
Happy Birthday Grandpa!! Don't worry your grandchildren and a few great grands will raise one up for you!!

17 March 2014

52 Ancestors: #6 Eulalia Mary Duprey Senecal

Well, I am STILL a "bit" behind in my entries for Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors Challenge" but that's life!!

My number 6 entry is my maternal grandmother, Eulalia Mary Duprey Senecal. She was the youngest of 6 children born to Eugene Duprey (1862-1946) and Melinda Sharrow Duprey (1873-1937) in Black Brook, Clinton County, New York.  She married Ernest "Red" Senecal on June 1935 (see Wedding Wednesday-Maternal Grandparents) and had one child, my mother Sharyn Ann Senecal Coughlin (1945-1992). Grandma Eulalia worked for many years at the local paper mill, J & J Rogers Company, Au Sable Forks, NY.

I have a few memories of my grandmother but do remember the Sunday phone calls and of course birthday and Christmas cards with a few bucks in them. Boy always thought I was rich getting a few bucks back then!!

I also remember her name.  Her first name was a tongue twister when I was young.  She was baptized "Lilla Marie" but was also known as "Eulalia Mary". Her sister, Mamie Duprey Willis (1895-1978), refers to her as "Lily" and "Lilla" in some of the notes I have of hers.  But she will always be "Grandma Senecal" to me!!

Here's a photo she sent to my mother in January 1972. I would love to know the story behind her note on the back, "This is your old lady. Believe it or not." !!