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A Good Month of Research

Hello All,

Well, I just wrapped up my latest month-long research binge on Ancestry.com. and various genealogical resources.  I now hope that the summer-long rains (that I’ve been bewailing on my Farm Journal) are over, and I can get some crops harvested, and repair the land by cover-cropping..

I did find a lot in my internet, and other, research;  I now know a lot more about the Hollidaysburg/Duncansville/Altoona/Ambridge/California lives of the 18 sons and daughters of old William Dunn and his 3 doomed younger wives, Mary McCloskey, Magdalena Senneger/Fogle, and Louisa Alwine.  I will be writing more about the children, and grandchildren of Wm’s children, in future posts.

I also connected with a living descendant of the Davis family of Allegheny County, Pa.  Since I already connected with a descendant of those Davies of Glamorgan, Wales, I feel a sense of accomplishment.  My great-grandmother, Sarah’s family had been quite a mystery in my life = I did not even know they existed until I began my research 4 years ago.

And one rainy morning I pulled out my few facts, from old papers, that I had about my step-grandfather Joe Adams, who was born in Steubenville, Ohio in 1904.   I was able to find his father George W., and mother Hannah Sharkey.   I also found our Geo. W.’s parents Henry and Rosalin Adams who were born in Pa., and farmed in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio.  I was even more surprised to find Hannah’s Irish born father Neal Sharkey, who was a stone mason.  He married Mary, who was from Kentucky, and they had Hannah and five other children.

By 1910 Geo W. and Hannah Adams had eight (or nine) children in Steubenville, where Geo W. became a foreman in a steel mill.  They moved to Ambridge,  Beaver Co., Pa.  a few years later, and the father and many of his boys found work in the ‘tube mill’, ie. Spangs-Chalfalt.  The Adams, like so many of the new citizens of Ambridge, bought houses that had once been owned by the former Harmony Society, or bought a newer house built by American Bridge Company for the influx of new workers.

Of their children I found some trace of all of them (except Nellie, who might have died young).  John L., George B., and Frank B. Adams were all alive in 1968, according to my Gramp Joe’s obituary.  I found his sister Mary had married George Sivard, of Steubenville, but outlived him and brought her daughter Marianne to live with widowed Hannah by 1930.

I found brothers John’s, George’s and Charles’  WW1 draft registrations, along with George’s WW2 service and Veteran’s burial in Sylvania Hills – where Joe and Jewel, my father, and my brother are buried. Youngest son Earl’s WW2 Enlistment Record and his veteran’s burial in St. Veronica’s (his family’s church) round out my findings.  I think I did go meet a couple of Joe’s brothers when I was a boy.

Well, at least I got to learn more about them, at long last.  When I was adopted into the Marti family, my visits with Joe and his family were limited.  I was encouraged to become a “Marti” after my father’s 1954 death, and my mother’s re-marriage, and my adoption in 1956.  Well, it didn’t take, and I refer to those years of my life as “my Marti-dom”.

Thom Dunn

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