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James Oscar Byrne and the Luck of the Irish

March 17, 2016 1 Comment

James Oscar Byrne (1840 – 1879)
2nd great-grandfather
Sarah Helena Byrne (1878 – 1962)
daughter of James Oscar Byrne
Olga Fern Scott (1897 – 1968)
daughter of Sarah Helena Byrne
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Olga Fern Scott
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

My second great-grandfather was born in County Meathe, Ireland and immigrated to the United States during the potato famine with his family.  He arrived in New York at the age of 7 in 1848.  His family took up residence in Wilna, Jefferson County, in upstate New York.  I know from notes left to me by his daughter, my great-grandmother, that he and his brother Luke operated a saw mill in Michigan before they moved to Kansas.  She wrote that they sent all the wood to build homes in Kansas from that mill.  On the Kansas census of 1875 he says he moved to Kansas from Wyoming, which was pretty wild at the time.  He was married to Hattie Peterson, age 19, and her parents lived next door to them in that census.  James owned a large piece of property, much larger than Hattie’s family, and his profession was listed as farmer.

James and Hattie had 2 daughters born in Ladore, Kansas, where James is buried.  After all the adventures he endured crossing the ocean (a voyage during which two of his siblings died), lumber speculating in Michigan, making it to Wyoming, and settling on the frontier in Kansas he died in 1879 at the age of 38, when my great-grandmother Sarah Helena was less than a year old.  I don’t know the cause of death.  He was probably the only Catholic in his wife’s family, and maybe the only Catholic in my entire ancestry.  I was Catholic for a year when I went to boarding school because I didn’t like to go to long Moravian church services and being Catholic was the only way to get out of it.  My parents did not object.  I wonder if that was some kind of calling from clan O’Byrne that lead me to do that.  I will never know but on St. Patrick’s Day I feel proud of James Oscar and his adventurous spirit.

Erin Go Bragh!

Irish Love

Irish Love

Emiline P Nicholls, 3rd Great Grandmother

August 25, 2013 3 Comments

The grandmothers

The grandmothers

My 3rd great-grandmother was born in Somerset, PA in 1837.  She became the second wife of Thomas Peterson, a widower, in Ohio in 1855.  Her parents had moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio before 1850.  I know her father, Amos, was a teacher, but have no records of the schools, or the times.  After the Civil War she moved with her husband and children to Kansas to homestead. She survived Thomas by many years, and in 1920 was living at the home of her daughter, Harriet.  She is the short one on the right side of this photo.  The age of my Uncle Ernest on the left side tells us this was taken in Ladore, Kansas about 1918.

Emiline P Nicholls (1837 – )
is my 3rd great grandmother
Harriet Peterson (1856 – 1933)
daughter of Emiline P Nicholls
Sarah Helena Byrne (1878 – 1962)
daughter of Harriet Peterson
Olga Fern Scott (1897 – 1968)
daughter of Sarah Helena Byrne
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Olga Fern Scott
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

Since both Emiline and her mother were born in Somerset I have joined the Somerset Historical Society and have engaged the services of the professional genealogists on the staff.  Next week I will have the chance to visit not only the place, but also have the fun of doing some fully professional investigation.  I expect to learn a lot about the history of the area and what was happening when my family lived there.  If I am lucky I will also find some information on Emiline’s husband, Thomas. Since I have been doing this research for so long I am excited to learn how the pros approach it.

Bigamy in Oswego

July 12, 2013 3 Comments

My great-grandfather, Edward Scott, was the telegraph operator in Oswego, KS.  His first wife, my great-grandmother, divorced him for having another family.  He was born in Ohio, the son of a Civil War veteran. His mother, Maria Pendergrass moved to Kansas with Edward after her husband died.  He and Sarah Helena married and  had four daughters together, the last daughter born in 1905.  By then Edward already had a son who had been born in 1902, with his other woman, Edna.  Edna and Edward married in 1909 and lived in Oswego until he died.  This must have been a major scandal at that time. Labette, where is daughters lived is very close to Oswego.  I can’t imagine how he could keep this situation secret for very long.  Somehow my great-grandmother was able to get a teaching job and make ends meet.  She managed to get my grandmother through undergraduate school with a teaching degree before she married my grandfather. That seems like a big deal at the turn of the century.  I don’t know if he saw his daughters after the divorce or not.  He is one of the black sheep never mentioned.

Edward Ewing Scott (1874 – 1941)

is my great grandfather
Olga Fern Scott (1897 – 1968)
daughter of Edward Ewing Scott
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Olga Fern Scott
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse
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