Saturday, January 28, 2017

52 Ancestors: William Herbert Whitehead

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.
Week 3 is late, as I realized I hadn’t gotten to the Whiteheads yet in OneNote, though everything is in Legacy.  William Herbert Whitehead is my mom’s maternal grandfather.IMG_0082-1
William, who went by Bill, was born 29 September 1896 in Buffalo, Erie, NY to Charles and Anna May (Sanderson) Whitehead, who had recently immigrated to the US from Canada.  He was their first child and would eventually have a brother and sister (Harry Hobson and Adeline.) He was baptized at the St. James Episcopal Church (in Buffalo) 11 December 1904.
Whitehead William Herbert Engagement Announcement
He married Vera Louise Julia Gress 28 March 1921 in Buffalo and had 6 daughters, the first of whom, Elizabeth, died in infancy.  Bill worked for Sacony Mobile Co., retiring as the head clerk in payroll.
He died 25 Oct 1965 at Buffalo State Hospital and his cremains were interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery and Crematory on 27 October 1965.
Newspaper from:
"Whitehead-Gress," The Illustrated Buffalo Express, 30 Jan 1921, p. 4, col. 2; digital images, Old Fulton New York Post Cards (http://www.fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 23 Jun 2009), Tom Tryniski, "New York State Historical Photos & Newspapers 1817 Thru 2007". 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

52 Ancestors: Lillian Eichorn

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.


Week 2 is my mom's paternal grandmother, Lillian Eichorn Casell.  Lillian was born 22 December 1908 in Buffalo, Erie, NY.  Her parents are William and Augusta (Tross) Eichorn.  Lillian was the fifth child and fifth girl in the family, though she would get a little brother in 1914.

Lillian married Alfred Casell 11 Jul 1928 and preceded to have a daughter followed by three sons.  This must have been a big change for her and Al, as he also grew up in a house surrounded by sisters.

Lillian died 19 December 1938 of lobar pneumonia along with myocardial failure (toxic) and rheumatoid arthritis.  She was buried on what would have been her 30th birthday at Acacia Park and Resthaven Memorial Gardens in North Tonawanda, Niagara, NY, in a lot owned by her brother-in-law Friendly Amidon (married to her sister Clara).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

52 Ancestors: Alfredo Marco Casillo

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.

Week one is my mom’s paternal grandfather, Alfredo Marco Casillo, also known as Alfred Macro Casell.Casell Alfred
Alfredo Marco Casillo and twin sister Angela Caterina (also known as Angelina) were born 28 June 1906 in Buffalo, Erie, New York to Marcantonio and Carolina (Izzo) Casillo.  They had one older sister, Amelia, and would have four younger siblings, Lucy, Clara, Roberto, and one who died young whose name I still need to find.

Alfred married Lillian Eichorn 11 July 1928, also in Buffalo.  They had four children, Beatrice, Robert (my grandfather), Alfred and James.  After Lillian died in 1938, Alfred placed his children in The Evangelical Lutheran St. John's Orphan Home for the next 9 years.

Alfred worked for the railroad, just like his father.  He had his name changed officially to Alfred Casell in 1941.  In his later years he became very involved with his church and was an elder for the Bremen Street Bible Students Church.

He died 25 January 1981 in Buffalo and was buried four days later in Acacia Park & Resthaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York.  The plot he is in belonged to his son Robert and is, unintentionally, within seeing distance of where is wife Lillian is buried (my grandfather was unaware of his mother’s burial location when he and my grandmother bought 4 plots together.in Acadia Cemetery).  His obituary was published 27 January 1981 in the Buffalo Courier-Express.

I am missing a few documents for Alfred: his death certificate (I need to bring the right documentation when I go to Buffalo), the 1910 federal census, the 1925 New York census, and a copy of his probate packet (will ask my mom to get next time she goes to the Clerk’s office.)

52 Ancestors: Angela Rosa Palmiero

Amy Johnson Crow at  No Story Too Small  began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I wi...