Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Family Photos & Negatives

Recently, I de-cluttered a storage closet and found a large number of old family photographs and negatives. Some of the photographs were in pretty rough shape and the negatives were quite old as well.

Many of the negatives in these yellow envelopes had photos from the 1930s

Scanning Negatives With Your Smart Phone

When I told my sister about the large quantity of negatives, she told me that she had downloaded an app to her smartphone called FilmBox by Photomyne! Once I downloaded the app and developed a method for holding on to the negatives (using tweezers), I was able to go quickly and capture images of the negatives on my iPhone.

Left to Right: Grandson Danny and brothers Ernie, Raymond and Gerald Moynahan

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dr. Albert Eugene Casey's Blackwater Irish in Ontario

When my brother, sister and I searched for our Moynahan roots in Ireland in 2019, the Kerry locals directed us to the Sliabh Luachra area on the Cork/Kerry border. "That's where the Moynahans are" said the owner of O'Carrolls Cove Restaurant (Kenmare Bay) and sure enough, we found three cemeteries and many, many Moynihan's/Moynahans there.

See blog post "Try Where the Old Chapel Was at Freemount” .

I researched the Sliabh Luachra area and learned that this area was also the ancestral grounds for a Dr. Albert E. Casey (1903-1982), an Alabama pathologist, who collected Irish records from this area obsessively through the 1900s and published them in a 16 volume collection called, "O'Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and the Upper Blackwater"

Fast forward to October 2020, the Essex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society invited the Olde Sandwich South and Area Historical Society (OSSAHS) to give a presentation for their October 2020 meeting and I learned that some other Irish settlers in Sandwich South (Ontario) were from the same Blackwater area in Ireland as well!. 

Source:"Casey Aid" by Michael Patin http://sites.rootsweb.com/~irlker/pdf/caseyaid.pdf

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Memoirs of James Moynahan Published On Amazon

It gives me great delight to announce that the Memoirs of James Moynahan are now available in eBook AND paperback form on Amazon. 

I am SO delighted to see this work published and available to others. 

I have been aware of the existence of these memoirs since 2002 when I was corresponding with Lynn and Andrew Muras' aunt June Frances Woeber (1930-2014). I regrettably lost touch with June, and I often wondered what could have possibly happened to those papers? 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Pictures = 1000 Words: Ray Krolicki & Jacqwyn Moynahan

 "A picture is worth a thousand words" is an English language adage meaning that complex and sometimes multiple ideas can be conveyed by a single still photograph. 

When I received the wonderful photo below (taken in August 1941, Santa Monica) of  Ray Krolicki (1920-1986) and Jacqwyn Mary Moynahan (1918-1994) from the Muras-Woeber-Moynahan photo collection, my first reaction was "Ray has two legs!"

Photo: Courtesy of the Muras-Woeber-Moynahan Collection:
Ray and Jacqwyn (Moynahan) Krolicki

With thanks to Zelda (Moynahan) Woeber (1901-2002), the reverse side of the photograph contained over one hundred words explaining the circumstances of this photo. That led me to research some more details not previously known!

Monday, September 14, 2020

John Moynahan:" Son Of A Ford Worker"

In 2014, I created a blog post to honor my Uncle John Moynahan (1934-1987), 52 Ancestors #26: John Moynahan: Labour Leader.

Circa 1935: John Moynahan in the arms of his father Ernest Moynahan
with his mother Rhea (Coughlin) Moynahan and sister Patricia Moynahan
Today's blog post, on the 33rd anniversary of my Uncle John's death September 15, 1987, repeats most of my 2014 blog post with additional photographs and news clippings. This post is VERY, very long. It was impossible to make it brief.

A testament to a life unfairly cut far too short that accomplished so very much in such a short time.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Our Museum: Bernard Moynahan's Wallet

During the period of COVID-19 in 2020 when all of the archives and museums around the world were forced to close, many museums and individuals started posting photos with the hashtag #MyMuseum on twitter .

"As we grow older 
many of us create 
our own museum of things..."

The idea of sharing photos of of treasures and trinkets from "our own museum of things" inspired me to create this series called  #OurMuseum. Here is my great uncle Thomas Moynahan's leather wallet.

Thos. Bernard Moynahan's Wallet 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Story of Rose LaCroix (1909-2002)

"Family is more than blood" as the saying goes. Families can include those who you welcome in and who share the highs and lows of life with you, and those who you love with all your heart. 

I have always been curious about a woman named Rose LaCroix (1909-2002) who is buried in the Moynahan family plot. She is not related to the Moynahan family (genealogically) and family lore recalls her as a very special friend of my great uncle Gerald Moynahan (1908-1961). Gerald served as a medic in the Second World War after which the story about Rose and Gerald becomes less clear.

Gerald Moynahan (1908-1961) and Rose LaCroix (1909-2002)
(Photo credit: Jerome Boyle)

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Assumption Cemetery - Windsor, Ontario

In the 1956 aerial view of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario below, the Assumption Cemetery can be seen in the bottom right. This blog post pays homage to the cemetery, its history and to the countless people who, even this year and THIS month (during COVID-19 restrictions and challenges), are working toward preserving this special place for future generations.

Aerial View Of The Ambassador Bridge Showing The Heavy Traffic,
(Assumption Cemetery is on the southeast
corner of Wyandotte Street West and Huron Church Road;
Assumption University is visible north of Wyandotte Street West;)
Source: Southwestern Ontario Digital Archive
Established in 1748, Assumption cemetery is the oldest European (Roman Catholic) cemetery in Ontario. It was relocated to its third and present site in 1859, from what was the Cemetery’s second home, the area now known as Assumption Park.

NB: In an ongoing effort to decolonize my settler ancestor story-telling, I have included information at the end of this post on "The Non-Protection Of Canadian Aboriginal Heritage (Burial Sites And Artifacts)" with additional details on The Sandwich Burial site (AbHs-24, formerly AbHs-2.) which "consists of two documented Native burials... many burials ... under Sandwich Street near the Ambassador Bridge." (Douglas 1964)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Our Museum: James Annal's Model Ship

During the period of COVID-19 in 2020 when all of the archives and museums around the world closed, many museums an individuals started posting on twitter with the hashtag #MyMuseum.

In particular, I was inspired by the tweets being posted by @farmersfriend who shared a photo and story of an item from his personal museum every day on twitter. He wrote, 

"As we grow older many of us create our own 
museum of things..."

I loved it! The idea of sharing photos from our personal museums inspired me to create this new genealogy series entitled  "Our Museum". 

This model ship is a treasure in #OurMuseum because it was made by the hands of our 2nd great-grandfather James Henry Allen Annal (1849-1930) who was a sailor and built model ships as a hobby.

My brother has been the caretaker of this most valuable family heirloom passed down to him through the generations.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Malachi D. Moynihan - Escaped The Noose Twice!

Through the years of researching Moynahans from Kerry, Ireland, I have come across so many different surname spellings: Moynihan, Moynahan, Moynehan, etc.

I feel compelled to collect them all even if there is no paper or DNA trail to connect them to my ancestors. I collect their stories and whatever facts I can gather about their lives and share them online in my "Moynahan Scrapbook". In the story that follows, misspelling of a surname saved Malachi's life!

Malachi D. Moynihan Escapes the Noose Twice!

Source: Screenshot: https://museum.canoncity.org/

Malachi's story takes place in Canon City, Fremont, Colorado and involves a mule, a murder and a mean-spirited railway section boss named Fitzpatrick.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Windsor's Whale of A Tale

I have been fascinated with the subject of whaling ever since I learned that my 2nd great-grandfather  James Henry Allan Annal (1849-1930) was a sailor and "as a boy was on a whaling expedition for three years in the Arctic" and "sailed every windjammer on the Great Lakes a hardy and fearless sailor," until his retirement at 73 years of age!

Naturally, when I heard the story about a 68-ton black finback whale named "Colossus" who visited Windsor, Essex co., Ontario in 1936, I had to investigate!
The Windsor Star: 12 Apr 1978

Monday, June 8, 2020

Who Was Henry Collins?

(Photo is undated and found on Page 53 of " St Mary's Anniversary Booklet 1874-1974" , Maidstone, Ontario)
My great-grandfather John Moynahan (1866-1933) is smiling in the photo above with Henry Collins and this is unusual because in  ALL of the other photos that I have of him, he always looks so serious!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Searching for the Descendants of Matthew and Catherine (Carr) Minahan

When I started researching my Moynahan family history, I spent all of my time looking through the historical records for Essex county, Ontario. Later, in the 1980s, I struggled finding records in Kent county, Ontario where two brothers, Matthew and Timothy Moynahan, moved to Tilbury and married two sisters, Catherine and Julia Ann Carr.

Today's blog post is about the family of Matthew and Catherine (Carr) Moynahan. The idea to write about them was triggered last February when I noted that February 1877 must have been a particularly rough month for this family.

Source: Windsor Star: The Vault: showing Main St. in 1887 with Essex county on the left and Kent county on the right.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Epidemics and Pandemics and the Ancestors

I’ve been researching ALL of the pandemics and epidemics that OUR ancestors survived through the ages (emphasis on “SURVIVED” otherwise WE would NOT be here right now).

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Telling My Ancestor's "Settler Stories"

I believe in the power of story and the importance of telling family stories for future generations. Family narratives can aid in building resilience in children especially the stories about the hard stuff endured by our ancestors (like "we came here with nothing"). Hearing about our ancestor's setbacks and losses (and how they got through them) can be a "secret super power" for our children when they have to overcome some inevitable obstacle in their life.

I have been struggling to find a way to write the story about our settler ancestors in the context of the first nations people. Our present day awareness and important ongoing dialogues flowing from the 2009 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. make this an important and necessary part to include with our family history narratives. I want to show how the first nations existed and interacted with our ancestors ..... But how to do that with pure intentions, honor and respect?

To start, I have collected settler stories from various Essex and Kent county pioneers during the same time period of our ancestor's first arrival in Ontario.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Happy Anniversary: The First Sandwich South Council 1893

I want to thank Wendy Pulleyblank-Cunningham who is the administrator for the Facebook group "Growing up in Sandwich South Twp. (Oldcastle, Maidstone, Paquette Corners)"

She recently posted that "127 years ago in January 1893 the first Township of Sandwich South Council met at the home of Downey/McCarthy hotel & tavern in Oldcastle. This home still exists today on Hwy #3 & Oldcastle Side Road. Many descendants of the first council members still reside in Sandwich South....We truly have a rich heritage!"

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Moynahan Scrapbook: Dr. Edward J Monahan

 A great genealogical tool for finding our ancestor's photographs and memorabilia, is using the eBay alert feature.

Over the years, I have located a number of photographs for sale on eBay like this one about Dr. Edward J Monahan who extracted a crucifix from a woman's throat in Boston Massachusetts in 1923!


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Johnny Murray: The Dashes Between B-M-D

My family tree has grown from 3001 ancestors in August 2019 to 4031 ancestors and I attribute most of the additions to my "On This Day" practice where I manage my online databases on the anniversaries of the ancestor's birthdays, marriage anniversaries, and death dates.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Halifax Explosion: A Tomlin and Moreland Update

On the morning of December 6, 1917, there was an explosion in the Halifax Harbour that injured 9,000 people and killed 2,000.

This blog post is an update to previous posts about the impact of this explosion on our ancestors:
  1. My grandmother Dorothy Moreland was only seven years old and was living with her sister Florence at a foster home because her father John Miller Moreland was overseas fighting in WWI. The foster home at 500 Gottingen was destroyed.
  2. My 2nd great-uncle Francis Clifford Tomlin was a tinsmith at the Hillis & Sons Foundry and searched day and night through the ruins of north end Halifax and the next day's blizzard looking for the bodies of his daughter, mother-in-law, 4 sisters-in-law and their families; 3 brothers-in-law; all those who worked with him at the Foundry. He died of meningitis on March 21, 1918 and when the Halifax Relief commission refused to give his widow, Maggie a survivor's pension, she was angry and made a point of carving into her husband's headstone that he was a victim, putting the date of the explosion before the date of death. This post is the story about his family that survived.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sr Chrysostom Honora Moynahan (1862-1941)

Sr Chrysostom Honora Moynahan
AEF chief nurse buried with military honors. | American Women in World War I

Mrs. Mary Moynahan's Horseback Mishap

This blog post is about Mary Moynahan and a serious injury she sustained after being thrown from a horse while taking a beginners' class on November 14, 1933.
Source: Lansing State Journal; Oct 7, 1936

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mary (Moynahan) Weyburn (1829-1851)

This blog post is about Mary Moynahan of Sandwich, Ontario who married Dr William Weyburn of Detroit, Michigan in 1849 .

Like Denis Moynahan (1823-1865) of  Sandwich township Mary's life was also cut short (she died two years after her marriage at the age of 22)which means that I know so very little about her.

1849 Detroit Marriage

This is the only record of the marriage between Miss Mary Moynahan and Dr. William Weyburn.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Another Mystery Solved: John Miller Moreland's Second Wife

My great-grandfather John Miller Moreland's (1882-1940) life story has always been filled with some surprises, some challenges and even more unknowns.

John Moreland was only six-years-old when his mother Agnes Bell Hind died and, because his father was at sea (worked on ships as a "fireman" and later remained in Melbourne Australia), John was sent with his sisters to a Scottish workhouse and later enlisted in the British Army. 
My great-grandfather John Miller Moreland (1882-1940)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Moynihan Hedge Schools and Irish Education

My Kerry ancestors arrived in Canada without having had the benefit of an education. This was in large part the result of the Penal Laws. My Irish ancestors could not read and write when they arrived in North America (which explains the variations in the spelling of our surname Moynahan/Moynihan/Minehan)

In the 1800s, my great-grandfather John Moynahan became a teacher (with his sister Nellie) in Essex Ontario and education became a very important part of our family history.

This blog post summarizes what I have learned about education in Ireland before our ancestors emigrated.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Louise M. Minihan - I Found Her At Last

Tracking women in your family tree can feel like an insurmountable challenge and that is why I am so delighted this week because I finally found Louise M. Minihan - the daughter of James Minihan (1840-1899) and it happened entirely by accident!

And then I found her mother Frances E. (Hiles-Minihan-Kellerher) Keeler in New York City where she died under tragic circumstances.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Story of the Orphaned Colorado Moynahans

This is a complicated story to tell because it is full of tragedy but also remarkable events that want to be told. It's the story of the three children of Matthew and Amy (Smith) Moynahan of Colorado, USA: James (1903-1946), Donald (1906-1954) and Robert (1910-1963).

Friday, October 18, 2019

So Many Stories - So Little Time To Tell Them

I love to tell the ancestor's stories. So many new stories have come to me in recent weeks that I cannot possibly keep up and write about them all but I DO have a few interesting ones lined up already in the queu!

October 2019 Research documents

Friday, October 4, 2019

Blessings: Distant Cousins Find This Blog!

When I started this blog in 2014 , I did so because I wanted to share the photos and stories of the ancestors with my family. With my blog, I could give a little bit at a time. A picture here, a story there, in the hope that someone out there would enjoy and appreciate what I was sharing.

I never knew at the time that one day I would be writing about what my blog has given back to me!

Through the "Blogger Contact Form", this past summer I met three distant cousins for the very first time:
  1. June 2019: A distant 2nd cousin from our Foreman family tree contacted me
  2. July 2019: A distant 5th cousin from our Colorado Moynahan family tree contacted me
  3. August 2019: A distant 4th cousin from our Tilbury Moynahan family tree contacted me

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