Friday, January 11, 2008

Where was your family in 1908 ?

To begin the New Year's genealogy projects, I have accepted a challenge by my friend Lisa. She is not only the author of Small leaved shamrock( her Irish heritage in Schuylkill County,PA) but also has yet another beautiful blog named 100 years in America.

This time, Lisa turns back the hands of time through her Hungarian ancestors of Croatian descent. You can read the original article on 1908 here.
It is through 100 years in America ,that Lisa challenged her friends to write about their ancestors and the lives that they led in 1908.

If I could have the marvellous oppurtunity to do time travel, I would return to Philadelphia in the year 1908 A.D. This is what you could see in my three families in Philly:

Carroll Family

In 1908, John Joseph Carroll and Jennie McEntee( my great-grandparents), were parents of 4 living children. John was 47 at this time,and Jenny 46.John was born in Schuylkill County,Pa, and Jenny in Philadelphia.

The head of the family, struck me as being a such a handsome lad. I could easily imagine him singing good old fashioned Irish tunes. I don't know if he was gifted for song, but he was said to be for playing the organ. John worked in the Pennsylvania Railroad, up until the time that he could no longer work because of illness.

This was John Joseph Carroll :

And this was Jennie Mc Entee in her older years :

As for their children, my grandfather John Bernard was 20 years old in 1908, his brother Andrew was 18, and brother Edward, 16. There is also a sister named Agnes, but I do not have any date of birth for her.

My family history has it that my Grandfather, John Bernard Sr, that would have cheated on his young age ( he was 16) when he enrolled in the U.S. Navy. If true, that would have been in 1904. Already in the 1900 Census, John Joseph had been unemployed. Probably, John Joseph's illness of the father had forced him out of work ( in the 1900 Cenus, it was said that he was unemployed), and his eldest son took it upon himself to seek employment.

If that tradition was true, then, young John Bernard Carroll was certainly not in town in 1908.In the 1910 Census for Boston, MA, he was listed on the now legendary U.S.S. Missouri.

In 1900, the family lived at1935 Waterloo street. At the time of my grandfather's death, 21 March, 1914, the family lived several blocks up the street at 1916 Waterloo street .My poor great-grandad died from the disease he contracted in the coal mines, called Miner's asthma.

McEntee family

The family of Jennie McEntee;

The parents of Jennie were namedPatrick McEntee and Agnes Haines.They were my great-great grandparents.Patrick was born in Ireland ( village still unknown) and Agnes was born in England.Patrick was 78 in 1908, yet Agnes had passed away in 1907.This couple was supposed to have 24 children, but I have only been able to identify 12 of them,which included a nun, named Sister Obdulia, and a Lay brother, Sixtus.

In the 1880 Phildelphia Directory, Patrick was listed as a Tinsmith at 2023 N 2nd St.When Jennie married John Joseph Carroll, she was at this address.

I have no pictures of this family.

Hansen family :

The family of my paternal grandmother.

In 1908, Christian Hansen and Catherine (Kate) Morris were probably living at 2037 American street ( in the Philadelphia Directory in 1909 at this address).

Christian would have been aged about 28 years,and his wife Kate, about 31 in 1908 ( birthdates still to be found).Christian was US born (listed as born in NJ on his daughter Mary's marriage license), and Kate was Irish born.

I must have been destined to have railroaders in my family tree. As John Joseph Carroll, Christian worked in the Pennsylvania Railroad. He worked both as breakman and freight conductor in his career.

Christian and Kate had listed 3 children in 1900; Mary,William and Thomas later Census returns, two other children were listed;John and Catherine.

In 1908,Mary ( my Grandmother), was 17 years old, Wiilliam was 15, and Thomas was 10.The last two children were born in 1901(John) and Catherine in 1909. My grandmother was listed in the 1910 Census as a "clothes mender". Like for her future husband, John Bernard Carroll, she only had basic schooling. But, both my grandparents were literate .

I only have one photo of Christian which was taken when he was older :

This is Kate :

My Grandmother, Mary Agnes Hansen .

I find it very sad that excepting Mary and John, all the other children deceased either in childhood or as young adults( without marrying

This post dedicated to my ancestors who worked hard and sarificed so that their children may have better tomorrows.

I love you all .


pastprologue said...

Hi, Barbara,
My families are from Philadelphia, too! I enjoyed the post, and especially the photos.

barbara said...

Hello Donna,
Very pleased to meet you !
Great to meet a fellow genealogist doing Philly.
I will stop over to your blog soon.
Happy hunting and see you oon.