These are my great-great grandparents on my paternal grandmother's side. They both were born in Ontario, Canada. By 1880, they were living in Mitchell, South Dakota and John was both a farmer and a hotel keeper. They moved to Portland, Oregon around 1910. John and Margaret (Tierney) had ten children, five boys and five girls, all who lived to adulthood. They also had fourteen grandchildren. John and Margaret are buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland.
My grandfather, William Cyril Hork (1899-1967) served in the United States Navy. His active service in the Navy was between January 5, 1918, where he enlisted at Salt Lake City, Utah, and June 14, 1919 where he was discharged, again at Salt Lake City.
I have his Service Record and learned he used another variation of his name: Cyril Willis Hork. You can see his signature here:
I also learned where he trained and served. His training took place in San Diego and at Mare Island, California. He then was stationed at the U.S. Sub Base in San Pedro, California. From March 31, 1919 to Jun 12, 1919 he served on the U.S.S. Alert.
So what was this USS Alert? I found information on the website California Center for Military History and there was a photo of the USS Alert. It was a submarine tender, used to refuel and supply submarines.
USS Alert with four submarines in San Pedro, California
 National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri, Cyril W. Hork, 173 64 55.
That is what the tombstone of my great-grandfather, John H. Sullivan, reads. I received this photo from one of my father's cousins, who lives in Southern California. The photo does not say which cemetery he is buried in. His death certificate states "burial Catholic Cemetery Pomona."
So I visited the Catholic Cemetery in Pomona last June when I attended Jamboree. This cemetery is Holy Cross Cemetery on 444 E. Lexington Avenue in Pomona. I checked in with the office staff. I had other Sullivan and Patterson family members to locate but they were unable to locate any record of John Sullivan, even checking the old ledgers. There is another cemetery in Pomona, adjacent to Holy Cross called Pomona Cemetery. John Sullivan was Roman Catholic and was not buried in Pomona Cemetery.
So where is John located? I wandered around the tombstones of his children who were buried there but did not find him. This is still a mystery to solve. I will write to my father's only living cousin to see if she remembers.
This is my first post for the Carnival of Genealogy. The theme is Autumn Weddings.
The first generation of Gorrells who married on October 6 were my husband's parents, George J. Gorrell and Thelma M. Nilsen. They married in Sacramento, California on October 6, 1951. They were married at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The second marriage was their son, Brian E. Gorrell. He married Patricia A. Lacki on October 6, 1984 in Watsonville, California.
The third marriage was their granddaughter, Melanie L. Marmon. She married Austin Hanzlik on October 6, 2006 in Idaho.
How many families have three consecutive generations of marriages on the same day of the year?