Wednesday, December 31, 2014

52 Ancestors #52: My Mother Dawn

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year's Challenge: "Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.” 

This week's post is about my mother Dawn Maureen (Creighton) Moynahan (1936-1981). 

Dawn Maureen Creighton (1936-1981)

Family Means Everything

This final blog post (52 of 52) pays tribute to my deceased mother Dawn Maureen (Creighton) Moynahan. Family meant everything to her.

Born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia, Dawn (at 20 years of age) and her husband Ernest were sent to B.C. with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1956 . Dawn and Ernest later lived and raised their family in Windsor, Toronto, Mimico and Cooksville (now Mississauga), Ontario. Dawn started her own business "Molly's Bindery" and died from leukemia in 1981 at the young age of 45 years.

I am grateful to have visited both Nova Scotia and the western provinces with my mother Dawn to visit with her friends and our Creighton family.

As a tribute to her too-brief life, here are some of my favourite photos of my mother Dawn taken over the years.

Dawn Is Born - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dawn Creighton (c.1936-37)

My mother Dawn (front right) with her siblings
Claire, Ken, Barb, Jack and Fred ("Bud")
Photo booth shot of Dawn (left) with girlfriends
Dawn with Halifax friends

Dawn Creighton in the R.C.A.F.

Dawn Creighton FCO #278
(pictured second row - third from right)

R.C.A.F. discharge papers: Dawn Maureen (Creighton) Moynahan

Marriage - Bathurst, New Brunswick

Dawn & Ernie with Dawn's father Frederick Creighton


Baby #1 - Comox, British Columbia


Baby #2 - Windsor, Ontario


Baby #3 - Mimico, Ontario

Dawn with her mother Dorothy (Moreland) Creighton

Dawn loved attending dances

Wasaga Beach

At the Melville pool

Dawn's business card

A precious first grandchild
Dawn's vacation with Ernie 

My Top 5 genealogy blog posts for 2014

In 2014, I started to blog my family history as a way of sharing the information that I have gathered over a few decades of genealogical research with the rest of my family. I created 66 blog posts with the majority of posts being generated for the 52 Ancestors Challenge for 2014.

Google search keywords such as "RCAF", "Ice boating", "WWI", Labour Leader", and "Glassblower" contributed to the "visit counts" (in order below) for my top 5 blog posts:
  1. 52 Ancestors #32 : RCAF: Leo Joseph Martin Broderick
  2. 52 Ancestors #44: Ice Boating in Windsor, Ontario
  3. 52 Ancestors #31: John Moreland: From Workhouse to War
  4. 52 Ancestors #26: John Moynahan: Labour Leader
  5. 52 Ancestors #4 Glassblowers in the 1800's
The 5 top countries visiting my genealogy blog were:
  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. France
  4. Germany
  5. Russia
Amy Crow has decided to continue the #52Ancestors challenge in the 2015 with some new twists and I have some posts for 2014 that I have yet to complete. So there will be many more genealogy blog posts to come.

Thank you for visiting my blog and wishing you  a healthy and happy New Year from my family to yours!

This is a wordle that I created using the names of all the ancestors I am researching.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

52 Ancestors #51: Donald Jennings Foreman

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year's Challenge: "Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.” 

This is one of three year-end blog posts dedicated to my husband's family tree. This week it is the Foreman family tree.

I have only recently begun my research on my husband's grandfather Donald Jennings Foreman who lived and worked in Mimico and New Toronto. Donald Jennings Foreman was a Hydro Superintendent in Mimico, Ontario.

Donald Jennings was born on an Alberta homestead on the 6th of March 1911, son of Frederick Dixon Foreman and Anna/Hannah Otila Hegna.

Donald's mother Hannah (Hegna) Foreman (1885-1965) was born in Wisconsin and was the daughter of Ole and Emma (Hanson) Hegna who emigrated from Norway 
  • Ole. O Hegna (emigrated from Norway between 1861-1862) 
  • Emma C. (Hanson) (emigrated from Norway 1872)
Donald's parents (Hannah Hegna and Frederick Dixon Foreman) were married on the 10th of April 1907 in Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. 

Donald's mother was a dressmaker at the time and his father's occupation is listed as carpenter on the marriage certificate below.

Marriage certificate of Donald Jennings Foreman's parents (Source: Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004 Author Publisher Operations, Inc. Publisher Date 2012 Publisher Location  Provo, UT, USA
Between 1907 and 1911, Frederick Dixon and Hannah (Hegna) Foreman made their way to Calgary Alberta where daughters Lola (Nichola) and Geraldine and, their first son, Donald Jennings were born. Frederick's occupation is listed as carpenter.

In 1921, the Foreman family moved to Beamsville, Ontario and two more children were born: Shirley (born 1914 in Alberta) and Kenneth (born 1920 in Ontario). (Patricia was born later in 1922)

Donald Meets Margaret Veronica Conlin 
Donald Jennings & Margaret Veronica (Conlon) Foreman

Margaret Veronica Conlin was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Greer) Conlon who were from Ireland an Scotland (respectively).

Donald Jennings Foreman lived on Lakeshore Blvd and  worked in Mimico, Ontario as a Hydro Superintendent. The couple had three sons: Tom,  Joe and Pete.

Donald died suddenly at St. Michael's hospital In Toronto. The funeral was held at St. Leo's church in Mimico and he is buried at Mount Peace Cemetry on Cawthra Road, Mississauga.
Donald Jennings and Margaret (Reta) Foreman
Aboard the "Queen of Bermuda" in 1958
1965 Voters list for Mimico, Ontario
Donald J Foreman was a Hydro Superintendant

Toronto Star
June 22, 1967 (Page B37)
1967 funeral card for
Donald Jennings Foreman

Donald's Three Sons: Tom, Joe and Pete

(Left to Right) Pete, Tom and Joe

Tom Foreman (1933-1998)

Joe Foreman (1935-1999)


Pete Foreman
Peter Foreman
December 1957

52 Ancestors #50: John J. Plaus (1912-1966)

Port Credit Park dedicated to the memory of
John J.Plaus

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year's Challenge: "Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.” 

I have just started genealogical research on my husband's family.

This weeks blog post is dedicated to his matrilineal family line and his grandfather John J. Plaus for whom a park was dedicated in Port Credit, Ontario. J.J. Plaus had served on the Port Credit Council (Deputy Reeve) from 1959 to 1966. The park was dedicated to him September 12, 1971.

J.J. Plaus Park, Port Credit, Ontario

From the 1921 census we learn that John's father Richard Plaus (born 1870-1937) was a machinist in Pembroke Ontario. John's mother Margaret (Vendette) Plaus was born 23 dec 1875 and died the 28th May 1927 in Renfrew, Ontario.

1921 Census: J.J. Plaus (8 years old) with
parents Richard and Margaret Plaus
and sister Gertrude

Richard Plaus (1870-1937)
death certificate

Margaret (Vendette) Plaus (1875-1927)
death certificate

Plaus Pedigree Chart

Margaret (Vendette) Plaus' parents were John Baptiste Vendette and Elizabeth Ludgate

Richard Plaus' father John Plaus was born in Quebec (died 2 November 1937 Pembroke Ontario) and his mother Catherine O'Donnell was born in Ireland.

John Joseph Plaus

1959-1960 Port Credit Council
Standing from left to right are: J. G. Reid, Solicitor; J. V. Holland, Councillor;
L. Magness, Clerk-Treasurer; and A. D. Thomson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer.
Seated from left to right are: J. G. Naish, Councillor; T. E. McCollum, Deputy-Reeve; J. C. Saddington,
Reeve and J. J. Plaus, Councillor.

9 November 1966 clipping

16 November 1966 clipping
23 November 1966 clipping

1966 Funeral card for
John Joseph Plaus

Headstone for John Joseph Plaus

The Georgetown Herald February 10 1966 - pg 2

Port Credit Council, 1961-1963
Port Credit Council, 1964-1965
Port Credit Council, 1966-1967

5 October 1966