Thursday, September 27, 2007

Celebrating our family's musical talent

Our grandparents, John Bernard Carroll Sr. & Mary Agnes Hansen .
This is the only photo that I have of our grandparents together in front of their piano.

When my husband and I visited my family in San Diego ( in 2006 ), my cousin Kathy gave me some of Nan Nan's ( our Grandmother, Mary Agnes Hansen) precious sheet music. Our Grandmother loved playing the piano in her spare time, and owned a collection of popular tunes that she enjoyed playing. Glancing at the titles itself is a trip back in time
Here are photos of the sheet music that my cousin Kathy gave us :
Click on the photos for a larger view :

These are very old tunes with soft and sentimental titles such as: " I love you just the same, sweet Adelaide " or " Those songs that my mother used to sing ".

Some of the sheet music pages are well worn, and most of them have my Grandmother's name on the front. A few are signed " Mary Hansen". These pieces would then date before 1919, when our grandparents were married.

John and Mary's daughter ( my Aunt), Virginia Rose, also studied the piano , and also excelled in playing the organ. This is Virginia with Duke, the family's Cocker spaniel :

Although, I do not have any photos of Virginia playing the organ.I'll ask my cousins in California, if any of them has one.
My aunt played organ at her church, and this is how she met a very handsome young man from New York, Donald Jefferds.It was said by one of my cousins that the young ladies at church only had eyes for the handsome Donald.But he could only see that beautiful young organist.
In 2006, my Aunt passed on, and joined her beloved Donald in heaven.

I'am sorry to say that I have not kept up my musical studies ( I played some violin ) and that I can no longer read sheet music.So these pieces of sheet music only have a sentimental value for me. They are precious because they were songs that our Grandmother enjoyed playing and singing.I have begun choosing the less damaged pieces to put in frames. This is the latest one that I framed :

A beautiful lady in blue.

Cherish the objects of your kin. Although they may not be made of gold or precious stones.But,they are the treasures of those that we love.

Have a great day and happy hunting to all.

Friday, September 21, 2007

A message board query that allowed me to have the "mystery photos"

I found the original query sent to Mike B Egan on the Carroll-McEntee connection.It was in the McEntee surname message board at
Several years back, I was quite a frequent reader of various surname message boards.
They are valuable for contacting other genealogists and exchanging information.I have included the main Carroll message boards on my sidebar ( under "links").

It was through this query, that I was able to get in contact with Mr. Egan, who would be my cousin through the McEntee line ( the spouse of John Joseph Carroll, my great-grandfather, was Jennie McEntee) .
All of the following is just FYI, to correctly document my sources. The photos that you can see in the next post we went by Mr. Egan.

February 21, 2000 at 17:54:58

I am looking for a relation between the Carrolls and McEntees, probably in Philadelphia. I recently found a picture of John and Mary Carroll from 1919, they were the "Carroll Cousins' of my McEntees. I did find a John Carroll married to Jennie McEntee married in 1866, Philadelphia, but can't make the connection yet. John was in Railroading at the time of marriage.Is there any Philadelphia McEntee with a Jennie or Jane.Thanks

Have a nice day.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

John and Mary Carroll- the mystery photos

These are photos that were sent to me by a genealogy collegue about 3 years ago. I had originally seen a forum query about John & Mary Carroll of Philadelphia. I was able to enter into contact with Mr. Mike Egan, and he graciously sent me these photos.

They are of John & Mary Carroll, and were taken in 1919 ( the year when my grandparents were wed). Click for a larger view :

Left; John Carroll; on right, a photo entitled "Maes and Hayes ". I have no idea who these ladies are.

Two younsters next to Mary Carroll. This was taken in Willow Grove, PA. This lady has a resemblance to my grandmother.

Finally, a photo entitled Mary Carroll, and the last one, cousins John & Mary Carroll.
You will agree with me that this Mary Carroll does not look very much like the one in the first photo at Willow Grove.
These photos were taken from an old family album, as you can see a part on the handwriting below each photo. My own family never had any similar photos.
Have a nice day and happy genealogy searching to all.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Carroll research update

This is just to let you all know about the latest genealogy findings.

This was done byKate Gibbons, a professional genealogist who searched records at Pottsville, in Schuylkill county.

My research goal was to try and obtain information about Andrew Carroll's date of death through additional sources. Initially, my cousins, Edward P Carroll Jr and John Joseph Carroll, were the first to search for any information on Andrew Carroll's date of death. This took place in 1920's. Unfortunately, they did not have any success finding Andrew's date of death.

Not knowing what other sources that my cousins consulted besides the Index of deaths, I asked Ms. Gibbons to look into the following: Following are portions of the final research report :

1- Index to Deaths 1893-1905

The county, as noted above, did record deaths for the period 1893-1905. Not all deaths were included as it was not mandatory. Schuylkill County Death Index Book 1 on microfilm consisting of handwritten indexes for the period 1893-1901 was researched and no Andrew CARROLL was contained. There were just over one dozen individuals with the CARROLL surname who died and were recorded here or were legible. I then proceeded to the actual records for each male CARROLL and reviewed each male listing in case of spelling errors, typographical errors/mistakes in first names, or even the possibility that Andrew used two first names as sometimes was the case (for example, “John Joseph”, who might have been known as “Joseph”). Of the seven males reviewed with different first names, none matched with known information on Andrew or his spouse.

Index to Deaths, Book 1, 1893-1901, A-D. Schuylkill County Register of Wills, Courthouse, Pottsville, PA.

2- County Census for 1890:

A Directory of the Eleventh Census of the Population of Schuylkill County was researched in the following townships/boroughs where the CARROLLS were known ore believed to have resided according to client information and census records provided. No Andrew or Catherine CARROLL was found in: Tamaqua; Shenandoah; Mahanoy Township (includes Lost Creek, the birthplace of one child); or New Castle Township.
A Directory of the Eleventh Census of the Population of Schuylkill County. Lebanon, PA: E.E. Schartel, Publ., 1891.

3- Wills :

The Schuylkill County Register of Wills recorded wills and estates for the period in question, the Index to Estates for 1811-1936 was researched and no Andrew CARROLL was contained in the index. The Index to Wills Book #1 was also reviewed and no Andrew CARROLL was contained. An individual may not be contained in either of those if he/she died without real property (such as real estate, for example), so not all those who died will be found in either of these listings. Index to Estates, Schuylkill County, 1811-1936. County Archives and Record Management. Schuylkill County Courthouse, Pottsville, PA.

4- Newspaper Compilations and Book Index

The Miners’ Journal newspaper was a newspaper in Schuylkill County. The Schuylkill County Historical Society has an index compiled by staff of deaths listed in that newspaper. This is the only newspaper there for which deaths are indexed. For the period 1829-1899 two CARROLLS were listed, but no Andrew. One was “A.H. CARROLL, but the date of death was too early and it was a female who died in New Jersey. I’ve listed those below for your information exactly as they appeared:
Carroll, A.H. 55. Blarestown NJ 09/26/1847 wife of J F of Port Carbon, at son in laws Rev J A Reily
Carroll, Joseph F, aged, Port Carbon 01/25/1855
The Miners’ Journal, compiled index to deaths, 1829-1899 , #250A, Schuylkill County Historical Society, Pottsville, PA.

For the period 1899-1935 there were no matching CARROLLS of any first name who died in 1900 or before.

The Miners’ Journal, compiled index to deaths, 1899-1935 , #250B, Schuylkill County Historical Society, Pottsville, PA.

The Index to Schuylkill County and Its Residents includes an index to primarily prominent residents. No Andrew CARROLL or Catherine CARROLL was included
History of Schuylkill County, PA with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., 18

I'll just taking a raincheck for awhile on the question of when our ancestor died. Ther are either no known written sources, or we have not yet hitten on the right ones.I'am always open to any research suggestions., and your comments are very welcome.On the otherhand, the new-found knowledge about Andrew's Irish origins, could just push me on to research with the LDS genealogy services in France . If I could get a microfilm for St Canice's cathedral in Kilkenny in the future, this may begin a new research possibility.

As we often say in genealogy "to be continued ".

Have a great day and see you soon.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A closer look at the J J Carroll tavern photo

My sincere Thanks go to Mr. Marvin Barrash.This gentleman, who knows my friend Rita, is a whiz with photo enhancement. Marvin has isolated some details out of the J J Carroll tavern.

Once again, the tavern in Tamaqua :

Marvin got this :

From the sign on the extreme right hand side.One can read the word "cigars".

From the large sign that looks like a coat of arms.

Picking out the lettering on the sign.

Finally, the small sign at the left of the entrance :

It appears to read LV Girard, which made Rita think of Leigh Valley, and Girard, as in Girardville. This sent her searching for any photo clues, and she found this one in Girardville :

This is not the same tavern, but it is another site of the Mollys.We still do not know why the words " LV Girard " are up there. Perhaps it has to do with other Hibernian society branches ?

Speaking of Girardville, Rita came up with an interesting link about Girardville and the Mollys
. This one is named Hometown Tales

Any clues or information relating to the signs or possible meanings would be welcome. I did not grow up in Schuylkill County, so I do not have a close working knowledge of the area.

The blog is open for your comments, as usual.

Have a nice day and happy hunting to all .

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This is a traditional Irish recipe that was graciously given to me by my friend, Rita Bianchetto.


Pre-heat oven to 350°

3 ½ cups sifted Flour
½ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Golden Raisins (Golden raisins are plumper but regular can be used)
2 teaspoons Caraway Seeds
2 Eggs beaten with fork
16 ounces Sour Cream


Mix all dry ingredients well with a fork

>Add beaten eggs – mix thoroughly

>Add Sour Cream – mix thoroughly till blended

>Knead all together

>Use margarine or PAM and grease bottom of loaf pan>NOTE: use margarine because butter burns easily.

>Lightly flour bottom of loaf

>Fold into loaf pan and press into sides

>Bake 1 hour

NOTE: Add 5 to 10 minutes to cooking time if using glass loaf pans.
After 1 hour test center with toothpick

Thank you again Rita, for sharing this delicous recipe.

Have a nice day.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Schuylkill County links

I would like to Thank me friend Rita, for sharing the follow links on Schuylkill County. The first concerns the city of Tamaqua. This is where the JJ Carroll saloon was located (see following post).

The link comes from Tamqua station . This gives a very complete description of what is called the "Tamaqua National Historical District ", which contains 976 buildings, and several sites ,structures, and monuments.I have never been to Schuylkill County; but I can easily imagine myself using this article to discover some of the interesting historical sites in town.

The second link is from the website, JimThorpeToday . Through a group called the "Baker street irregulars", which are admirers of Sir Conan Doyle, we learn that Doyle's novel "The Valley of Fear" is based on the Molly McGuire murders. Read " Following the Molly Trail ", to discover more on the Molly McGuire sites, and to see a few pictures. Including this one :

This is how the JJ Carroll saloon looks today .If you didn't know that the saloon was once there, you would pass right on by ! Compare with the older photo of the saloon ( scroll down to the next post).

The final link is the list of the Molly McGuires from the Pinkerton & Reading Railroad files. The AOH stands for "Ancient Order of Hibernians ". This can be an useful list for all those who do genealogy in the Anthracite region.

Thank you again, Rita, for the website links. We all will be learning many new things.

Have a nice day.