Minnie Jones Rose 1887-1968

I have been thinking a great deal about Minnie Jones Rose since we were told to shelter in place.  

Minnie was my maternal great grandmother. She died the year before I was born, so we have never met. I don't know a whole lot about her. I can't find her in a census until she is a 23 year-old married mother. Despite all the research challenges she has given me, Minnie continues to be one of my most fascinating ancestors.  

She was born in 1887 in St. John's, NY and raised in Johnsontown, two towns tucked into the hills of Rockland and Orange County Counties, and washed away to build Harriman State Park.  Born to a single mother, her father was never revealed, and I can only imagine what kind of hardships that presented.  She was a widow before age 50 and she raised 5 children.  A devout Methodist, Minnie forbid chores or sewing on the Sabbath.  Stitch on Sunday, rip them out on Monday, she would say.  

When I first expressed interest in learning more about Minnie and the loss …

Martha or Bathsheba?

Elizabeth Cassidy Schuler is my great-great grandmother. She was born October 1849 in New York City. She was the daughter of George Cassidy and his wife Martha.  Or was it his wife Bathsheba? This is my attempt to sort through the evidence and determine if Bathsheba Williams and Martha Cassidy are indeed the same person- wife of George, mother of Elizabeth and her brother William and my three times great grandmother.  

Let's begin with the 1850 US Census. George Cassidy is living in NY's enumeration district 2, ward #18, George is 31 years old, born in NY and his occupation is recorded as soda water. He is residing with Martha, who we assume is his wife. Martha is 26 years old and born in Ireland. The couple reside with William, age 5 and Betsey, less than one. Also, living with the family is John Williams, a 60 year old carpenter, born in Ireland.  

The family remains intact in the 1855 NY State Census. They are residing in the 14th ward of enumeration district 1. George is now…

Donkey Basketball, Anyone?

I have learned to look for genealogy, family history and local history in interesting and unusual places.  I have been rather successful in searching E-Bay for the towns and names I research.  

A few weeks before Christmas I searched Haverstraw, NY in E-bay and came across this nugget!  It is a poster advertising an event at Haverstraw High School on December 16, 1929-- Donkey Basketball. I believe it is the the police dept. vs. the fire depts.  The poster is in good condition, its a bit faded but it is ninety years old! This seller did an awesome job packing it safely.  

Donkey basketball? I had never heard of such a thing!  From what I can tell it seemed to be a popular fundraising activity ages ago in more rural areas.  I can't imagine riding a donkey, let alone doing it while trying to play basketball. Let's face it, I can't imagine playing basketball, let alone on a donkey.   

What I love most about this little gem is that it lists all the participants!  The two that mad…

Annie Clark and William Schuler

On this day, February 17 in 1901 my great grandparents Annie Clark of Haverstraw Village and William Schuler of Congers were married at St Peter's Church. I love to think of them walking down the aisle at the church I visited so many times as a girl. 

 This is a clipping from the Rockland County Times.  I have been very lucky to find so many great and family history related clippings at the Hudson River Valley Heritage Historical Newspapers Database, available through the New CityLibrary website.  It is a treasure trove of information! I am grateful to have access to it.  

While the clipping claims they were going to live in Congers, they lived in Haverstraw and raised their seven children there.

Harry from France

Harry Schuler, my second great grandfather was born on this day in 1842 in Paris, France.  I refer to him as Harry from France to differientiate him from the other Harrys in my family, of which there are many and because he is my Schuler, who got on a boat, from France and came to America. 

Harry did not come alone, he was about 2 years old and travelled with his mother, the elusive Catharina Blick and his older sister Leonie.  Catharina was 25 and Leonie was 4.  They reunited with Louis Schuler and settled for several years in New Orleans, where Louis and Catherine had seven more children.   There is a lot more research to be done (isn't there always?) but I am confident in saying that all but three of their children reached adulthood and all but one, stayed in New Orleans, while all the others moved north to New York. 

Harry's first New York address is Clinton Street, where he lived with his brother Louis and his wife Ellen.  Soon Harry meets Elizabeth Cassidy, who lived on…

New York Family History Conference

I am off to New York today.  I am attending the New York Family History Conference hosted every two years by the New York G & B.  This year's conference is in Tarrytown, NY so I will be in my old backyard.  

This is my first trip back home since 2015.  While I do want to see some friends and visit a bit with family, I am really focused on the conference and want to experience every minute of it.  I have limited time and feel like I am squeezing an awful lot in to a short amount of time.  I would have loved to have set aside some time to do some research, visit the Rockland Room of the New City Library or walk through some new cemeteries, especially the one in Stony Point, NY.  I know a lot more than I did when I first started researching and there are many new ancestral places to visit.  The biggest obstacles to my research always seem to be time and money.  

Since I am staying in Tarrytown, I am hoping to make time for a quick excursion to the Old Dutch Church and Burying Groun…

Leonie Schuler Goulemus: A mystery in two or more parts

Leonie Madeleine Schuler was born in France in 1840.  She immigrated in March of 1845 to America with Catherine, her mother and her younger brother, Henri, known in the US as Harry. (Harry is my great great grandfather.)   

 The family reunited with their husband/father, Louis Schuler and settled with many other French/Germans in the fourth ward of New Orleans.  Louis and Catherine went on to have seven more children.  By 1880, Leonie is the only family member remaining in Louisiana. She is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in the tomb pictured above.   Also in this tomb is Frank/Francois Goulemus, Leonie's husband and six other people, Kleins, Karchers, Vitranos, all names I do not recognize.  Why do I not know these people? You wouldn't be buried with friends or casual acquaintances, members of what in genealogy circles we would refer to as the F.A.N. club, would you? My thinking is that these six other people must be relatives or closely connected to Leonie or her husband.  But w…