Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Three Pados

Mary, John, and Anne Pado. Photograph. Undated. Digital image. Privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Santa Barbara Co., California. 2009.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

A Noble Life: On the Railroad

Life on the railroad - especially in its early days - was hard. The physical labor was exhuasting, there were long hours away from the family, and it was dangerous. Men were frequently injured, often fatally. But the railroad connected our country and made east/west travel much more accessible.

I have absolutely no idea who these men are or where the photo was taken. The original photo was found in a very old family album which I borrowed from my cousin (and need to finish scanning!). On the back of the photo it says, "fa. rat[words covered by black paper stuck from photo album] was taken before I got sick. No good."

I'm not aware that any of my paternal family worked for the railroad. Perhaps one of these men is a cousin? A family friend? How did he get sick? One or all of these men is somehow connected to my grandparents or great-grandparents... I just wish I knew how.

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Unknown Railroad Workers. Photograph. Undated. Digital image. Privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Santa Barbara Co., California. 2009.

Article composed for the 12th Edition, Smile for the Camera: A Noble Life.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

DAR Genealogy Workshop

Members of the Captain Henry Sweetser Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be holding a Genealogy Workshop on Sunday, April 19, 2009, from 2:00-5:00 p.m., in Santa Maria.

Anyone wishing to work on ANY kind of DAR application, or DAR-related genealogical research, is welcome at this workshop... whether it's your DAR membership application, current members' supplemental applications, or that "stuck-on-you" research (you know, those stubborn ancestors who are holding up your application, and you have just about given up?). Help will be provided!

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact the Captain Henry Sweetser Chapter DAR.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Little Grave Robber

"Put That Back!" (Oak Hill Cemetery, Ballard, Santa Barbara Co., California). Digital Image. Photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, April 2, 2009.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Patrick & Johannah (Genan) McGraw

My great-great-great grandparents, Patrick and Johannah (Genan) MCGRAW are buried in Saint Edwards Catholic Cemetery in Afton, Iowa.

PATRICK MCGRAW and wife, JOHANNA, both born in County Clare, Ireland, came to the United States before 1855 and worked on the railroad in Pennsylvania until 1865, when he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, where he farmed until he moved to Ringgold County, Iowa, north of Beaconsfield.

Both are buried at Afton. He died February 25, 1888, age 80 years. She died September 17, 1901, age 82 years.

Children: JOHN; MICHAEL; PATRICK; BRIDGET, who became SISTER MARY AMELIA, Sisters of Charity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; JAMES; THOMAS; MARTIN.[1]

1 "A History of the Catholic Church, Decatur County, Iowa: Together with Biographical Sketches of Early Families, Priest and Mother Parishes" By Edward J Harkin, published by s.n., 1956.

Photo of Patrick and Johanna's headstone by Find A Grave volunteer

For additional sources and information about this family, please contact me.

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