Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday’s Obituary – James Quigley (1846-1944)

I found the obituary for James Quigley and other Quigleys of Napa, California on Friday at the California State Library.  James Quigley was the father of my great-great-aunt, Ethel E. Sullivan’s husband, John Vir Quigley.  I found this obituary interesting because he was the last surviving Civil War veteran in Napa.  I am interested in finding out more about James Quigley’s service in the Civil War.

            Funeral Tomorrow for James Quigley, Napa's Last Veteran of the Civil War
Napa's last Civil War veteran is dead.
        Funeral services will be held at the Treadway Chapel at 10:30 o'clock tomorrow morning for James Quigley, 98, who accompanied General Sherman on his famous march through Georgia.  The aged veteran, who would have been 98 on November 9, died Tuesday at the Veteran's Home Hospital after a long period of failing health.
        Enlisting in the Civil War when little more than 16 years of age, Mr. Quigley served in Company B 11th Wisconsin Volunteers.  He was mustered out of service on September 4, 1865 after participating as a sharpshooter in the Battle of Bull Run, the battle of Chatanooga [sic] and other notable events of the war.
        Casting his first ballot as a voter for Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Quigley had voted in every presidential election since.  As a young man he lived in Kansas where he engaged in ranching.
        In the fall of 1888 he came West in a covered wagon with his family, settling in Walla Walla, Washington, after a 16 weeks' trip across the continent.  There he followed the vocation of contracting.  He came to California in 1921.
        His wife, Ellen Quigley, passed away in 1933.  He had since made his home with members of the family on Atlas Road.
        The deceased was born in Trumbell county, Ohio on November 9, 1846.
        He is survived by three children, George W. Quigley of San Francisco, Margaret Q Norwood and J.V. Quigley, both of Napa; two grandchildren, Doris E. Person of Maxville, Montana, and John James Quigley of the United States Navy; and by a grandniece, Mrs. Grace Huber of Napa.

This obituary was in Napa (California) Journal, 6 Oct 1944, p. 1. It is one of several Napa newspapers available on microfilm at the California State Library in Sacramento.

I learned a lot about James Quigley and have a list of future research I can do:
         ·         Military records on the Company B, 6th Wisconsin Volunteers
         ·         Civil War records for James Quigley
         ·         Voter registrations in California
         ·         Census records in Washington for 1900, 1910, and 1920
         ·         Census record in California for 1930
         ·         1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880 census records in Ohio, Wisconsin, & Kansas
         ·         Following his children: George W, Margaret, and J.W. Quigley

I also found the obituaries for his wife, Ellen, and two of his children, J.V. Quigley and Margaret Q. Norwood.

**Correction 1 Aug 2011: It was the 11th, not the 6th Wisconsin Volunteers 

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wedding Wednesday -- John Gleeson & Margaret Tierney

I do not have a marriage record for John Gleeson & Margaret Tierney, however, I have this newspaper article from the Portland newspaper, Oregonian.[1] It tells of the 50th Anniversary party held for John and Margaret Gleeson on 15 Feb 1908.  The caption reads:

          Mr. and Mrs. John Gleeson, Who Celebrated Their Golden Wedding on Saturday.

On Saturday, a week ago, Mr. and Mrs. John Gleeson celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding, which occurred at Nepean, Canada, February 15, 1858, with a reception to their friends at their residence, 486 Burnside street.  Among the many who came to extend their congratulations were old friends and neighbors to the number of about 50 from Mitchell, S.D., the former residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gleeson.  These remained after the hours of the reception and spent a pleasant evening recalling old pioneer days on the prairies.  When the hour of departure drew near, Dr. E.B. Bracy, now a resident of Portland, delivered an address appropriate to the occasion, touching on the grandeur of their adopted city and the pride which they all felt in its growth and beauty, and compared the mild climate with the rigors of the East, which they had all experienced in former years.  In closing, he present Mr. and Mrs. Gleeson, on behalf of their former South Dakota friends who are now residents of Portland, with a beautiful white and gold Haviland dinner set, at the conclusion of which all stood and joined in singing Auld Lang Syne.  Mr. and Mrs. Gleeson were blessed with a family of ten children, five boys and five girls, all grown to manhood and womanhood, only two of whom, however could be present—Frank T. of Spokane, and Miss Margaret, a teacher in the city schools.  Their 12 grandchildren were represented by Miss Lauretta Sullivan, of Butte, Mont.”

These are my great-great grandparents who were born in Canada of Irish immigrants. All of their children were born in the Nepean area of Ontario, Canada, which is in present day Ottawa.  They moved to Mitchell, Davison Co, South Dakota in before the 1880 census. 

I learned a lot from this newspaper clipping that was in my grandmother, Anna Sullivan Hork’s papers (Anna is the daughter of Anna Maria Gleeson & John H. Sullivan).  This was the first I knew of John and Margaret Gleeson.  From this article I created a To-Do list:
        ·        1910 Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon census
        ·        1900 Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon census
        ·        Portland City Directories
        ·        Mitchell, Davison Co, South Dakota (and Dakota Territory) census
        ·        1881, 1871, 1861, 1851 Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada census [Nepean is in Carleton Co]
        ·        Vital records in Carleton Co, Ontario for marriage and births of 10 children.

Many of these I have checked and will write about this family in future installments.

[1] Oregonian, clipping, “Portland Society News and Notes,” p 3, 23 Feb 1908.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Where I'm From

For "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun," Randy Seaver asked us to write a poem based on a template from  Here is my poem:


I am from a small town that has since grown up into a small city.

I am from the city limit side of Las Trampas Creek.  I grew up hunting tadpoles in the creek or swiping slightly ripe fruit from neighbor’s trees.  I grew up playing softball but wishing I could have played baseball.

I am from Irish & German ancestors on my Father’s side and from English & Scottish ancestors on my Mother’s side (at least I think—haven’t found an ancestor across the pond yet even though I’ve gone back into the 1700’s).

I am from shy parents and I am still shy, though more outgoing than they were.

I was born into the Catholic faith and though I don’t attend Mass often, I still have faith.  I do have fond memories of parochial school years and know that their teachings helped formed my moral foundation.

I grew up appreciating fruits and vegetables because my father worked in the produce department, but have since learned that steaming vegetables is much better than boiling!  I also grew up loving to play games and reading because my mother loved games and reading.

From the singing while washing dishes Nana to the black-eyed peas Mam-ma, my grandmothers entertained me.

I am from Johnston, Hork, Sullivan, Gleeson, Coor, Loveless, Hutson, Welch, Tierney, and many more……from Montana, Texas, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Canada, Ireland & Germany.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- 16 Great Great Grandparents!

Ah, Genea-folks, it's Saturday Night again - are you ready for more Genealogy Fun?

Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places).  [Hint - you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this.]

2)  Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.

3)  For extra credit, go make a "Heritage Pie" chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the  chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the "Heritage Pie" chart idea.]

4.  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

Here's mine:

My 16 Great-great grandparents are:

16.    Joseph Heinrich Horoch, born 2 Feb 1804 in Westfalen[1] and died 5 Oct 1857 in Westfalen.  He married Maria Catherine Trösster 2 Aug 1835 in Westfalen.

17.    Maria Catharine Trösster, born 25 Dec 1813 in Westfalen and died 18 Jan 1874 in Westfalen.

18.    Vincent Sievert, born 24 Jan 1823 in Posen[2] and died 23 Jan 1890 in Joliet, Illinois.  He married Susanna Raduntz 10 Feb 1850 in Posen.

19.    Susanna Raduntz, born 1832 in Posen and died 11 Mar 1911 in Hamilton, Montana.

20.    Jeremiah Sullivan, born in County Cork, Ireland and died 6 Nov 1888 in Minnesota.  He married Mary Sheehan in Ireland.

21.    Mary Sheehan, born in County Cork, Ireland and died 24 Feb 1892 in Minnesota.

22.    John Gleeson, born 25 Feb 1835 in Ontario, Canada and died 21 Apr 1915 in Porland, Oregon.  He married Margaret Tierney 15 Feb 1858 in Ontario, Canada.

23.    Margaret Tierney, born 24 Apr 1835 in Ontario, Canada and died 26 may 1920 in Vancouver, Washington.

24.    Rueben Mack Johnston, born 18 Apr 1841 in Alabama and died 4 May 1924 in Gustine, Texas.  He married Olivia Jane Jones 23 Dec 1879 in Comanche County, Texas.

25.    Olivia Jane Jones, born 22 Feb 1859 in Mississippi and died 11 Dec 1914 in Gustine, Texas.

26.    Peter H. Hutson, born 22 Dec 1853 in Georgia and died 9 Oct 1930 in Comanche Co, Texas.  He married Sarah Helena Selman 11 Sep 1879 in Hood County, Texas.

27.    Sarah Helena Selman, born 27 Sep 1858 in Cherokee County, Texas and died 26 Sep 1916 in Throckmorton County, Texas.

28.    William Carl Lancaster, born 21 Jul 1873 in Rockwall City, Texas and died 17 Dec 1946 in Stephenville, Texas.  He married Martha Jane Coor 19 Mar 1892 in Erath County, Texas.

29.    Martha Jane Coor, born 10 May 1873 in Chrystal Springs, Mississippi and died 15 Sep 1942 in Stephenville, Texas.

30.    Ebenezer Loveless, born 8 Feb 1851 in Georgia and died 27 Jan 1929 in Rotan, Texas.  He married Eliza A. Rogers 18 Mar 1871 in Chattooga County, Georgia.

31.    Eliza A. Rogers, born May 1854 in South Carolina and died 27 Aug 1907 in Faulkner County, Arkansas.

The birthplaces of my 16 great-great-grandparents are:

*  USA 8 (1 Alabama, 2 Georgia, 2 Mississippi, 1 South Carolina, 2 Texas)
*  Germany – 4
*  Ireland -- 2
*  Canada - 2

Here is my "Heritage Pie" chart:

[1] Present day Germany
[2] Present day Poland

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- My Great Great Aunt

Elizabeth M. Gleeson (Aunt Glee)
1865 - 1942

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Rev. Albert M. Hork

    Albert M. Hork was born 10 Aug 1853 in Oberhundem, Westfalen [Germany] and died 26 May 1912 in Beaverton, Washington Co, Oregon.  He is buried at the St. Mary of the Valley Cemetery, Convent cemetery of Sisters of St. Mary's.  
   As you can see from the photo, the birth date is incorrect.  This is not the original tombstone.  The cemetery was moved to its current location several decades ago when the convent began leasing the land for commercial use.
   Albert is the brother of my great-grandfather, Johan Anton Hork.  Albert served in many parishes in Nebraska and Missouri.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past