I have missed every goal for this week in posting something. I had planned to write something daily that would encourage the hunt for ancestors and while I was formulating topics in my head, they never did get transferred to paper. But the week has not been a total waste. I have connected with a … [Read more…]
The year was 1900 and the residents of the Mott Haven community in North New York City were preparing for the 12th Census of the US. The area was quite different than it is today. Now, over 110 years later, what did neighbors know about their family connections? The answer to the question is obscure … [Read more…]
When you look at family history, there are a number of mysteries that will turn up. No one remembers why something happened, no one knows how that person was related or no one know the exact details of an event. Family history research is full of lore. Stories that have been told for generations with … [Read more…]
William James Acker was the son of Rose Hannigan and Henry Edgar Acker. His story began with his birth in February 1897 and gets more interesting as he grows up. Read more to find out about the life he led.
In August 1887, William Henry Haring and Mary Ellen were married in the Melrose section of the Bronx. They went on to have six children over the next fourteen years of marriage before moving their family to New Jersey. Three daughters and their son went on to marry and have families. This is a breakdown of those children and their descendants.
In researching our family tree, only four of the first generation siblings went on to raise families: Mary, Rosanna, John and Denis. To that point, I think we have exhausted those lines of descendants for my grandfather’s generation, and possibly even to my father’s generation. It is only the descendants of my current generation that … [Read more…]
In the 1880 US Census report for New York City, the family of Patrick Hannigan was enumerated on June 8, 1880 while living on 149th Street. In the enumeration, there were five children listed: Mary (11); Cornelius (9); James (7); Lizzie (5) and Rosanna (3). A sixth child, my great-grandfather, was born that day. The … [Read more…]
A caretaker at the Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Throggs Neck section of the Borough of the Bronx provided the following information regarding the burials of my Hannigan ancestors. The address is: Saint Raymond’s Cemetery; 2600 Lafayette Avenue; Bronx, New York Catherine Hannigan acquired two plots on September 7, 1884 in Section 2, Range 6, Grave 17/18 for the … [Read more…]
Mary was the oldest sibling of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Hannigan. William and Mary were married on the fourth day of August 1887 in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at Courtlandt Avenue and East 154th street in the Melrose section of the Bronx, New York City. Pastor Charles J. Wielding conducted the ceremony. The information on the reverse provides … [Read more…]
Mary Ellen Hannigan was the first child born to Patrick and Catherine in Morrisania, New York. Morrisania was located north of New York City on the east side of the Harlem River in Westchester County. In 1874, the area was annexed to be part of the Twenty-Third Ward of New York City. The twenty-third ward was the … [Read more…]