Thomas Charles Gaffney (1874 – 1937) Cora Alice (Terrill) Gaffney (1879 – 1951) Agnes Evelyn (Gaffney) Johnson (1902 – 1977) Second of a four part series When we examine the lives of our ancestors, we depend on records to give us the facts about them and shed some light on why things turned out the way they … Continue reading "What the Records Can and Can’t Tell Us"
Thomas Charles Gaffney (1874 – 1937) First of a four part series Thomas Charles Gaffney, circa 1910 – 1920 As we conclude our study of the family of the ten children of Bridget (Quinn) and John Francis Gaffney, there seem to be more questions than answers about their son, Thomas. I had planned … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: More than Meets the Eye"
Edward Gaffney (1871 – 1871) John Patrick “Jack” Gaffney (1866 – 1911) Elizabeth (Kane) Gaffney (Btw.1874-78 – 1930-40) Nancy (Gaffney) Zoldak (1902 – 1990) John Patrick Gaffney If you have been following this blog for the past several weeks, you have met the six Gaffney sisters of Conneaut, Ohio: Janie, Maggie, Lyle, Di, Frank, … Continue reading "Sibling Saturday: The Gaffney Brothers"
A month ago, I wrote a story here on Many Branches, One Tree about a mystery pencil sketch I had found of the Hotel LaRose in Santa Rosa, California. The 9″ x 12″ sheet of white paper was protected by a thin sheet of onion paper and apparently had kept residence inside a century-old church hymnal … Continue reading "Fantastic Friday: Hotel LaRose Mystery Solved"
John Terrence Cherry (1907 – 1956) The third of four children born to James W. and Frances (Gaffney) Cherry, John Terrence Cherry seems to have been named after his maternal grandfather (John Gaffney) and maternal great-grandfather (Terrence Quinn). John Terrence Cherry He was born between 1906 and 1907 in Conneaut, Ohio, and from family … Continue reading "Treasure Chest Thursday: The Walk Home"
Frances (Gaffney) Cherry (1868 – 1953) I wish I knew more about my great-grand aunt Frances (Gaffney) Cherry. When I look at this picture of her, taken from a larger portrait with her five sisters, I see a dreamy young woman with faraway eyes and perfectly coiffed hair. I can’t tell whether she is happy … Continue reading "Wishful Wednesday: Frances (Gaffney) Cherry"
Agnes Catherine Gaffney (1872 – 1952) Part Three of Three Agnes Catherine Gaffney was one of four students in the graduating class of 1890 from Conneaut High School in 1890. According to the 1940 United States Federal Census, she went on to complete three years of college, making her the highest educated member of her immediate … Continue reading "Workday Wednesday: Agnes Gaffney: Teacher and Model of Virtue"
Agnes Catherine Gaffney (1872 – 1952) Jane (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Part Two of Three Hotel LaRose, Santa Rosa, Califormia. Pencil drawing by Ruth Robertson. Date unknown. In yesterday’s post, we looked at a book that belonged to my great-grand aunt, Agnes Catherine Gaffney. Agnes, blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, would have sung … Continue reading "Mystery Monday: Hotel LaRose"
Agnes Catherine Gaffney (1872 – 1952) Part One of Three Agnes Catherine Gaffney Not long ago, my second cousin gave me a lovely songbook that had belonged to her late mother, Benita Jane (McCormick) Olson and before her, our mutual great grand aunt, Agnes Gaffney. Titled Fischer’s Album of Sacred Solos for High Voice, it … Continue reading "Church Record Sunday: Sacred Solos for High Voice"
Delia “Di” Gaffney (1864 – 1952) Delia “Di” or “Deal” Gaffney. This is part of a group portrait of the six Gaffney sisters. There seems to be an impish expression behind those innocent eyes, as if Di had to stop whatever mischief she was up to to pose for this portrait. Of the six Gaffney sisters of Conneaut, Ohio, … Continue reading "Family Recipe Friday: Aunt Di’s Millionaire Steak"