Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Neil Joseph Brown III

Saint Gabriel's cemetery, Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Standard Speaker, April 1968
Neil Brown III was born on February 5, 1914 in Hazleton.  He's one of the many Browns in my family tree. Sadly, the trail ends with his obituary.  I'm still looking for information on his wife since there was no death of death for Dorothy when I took the picture of their tombstone.  I did find an obituary for her sister who passed away on January 25th 2010 at the age of 92 and listing Dorothy as a surviving relative.  Talk about some great longevity in the Gillespie family!

Well, on to the obituary for Neil who was my 1st cousin twice removed.

"Neil Joseph Brown

Neil Joseph Brown, of 644 N. Wyoming St., died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital.  He had been ill 10 days.

Born in Hazleton, a son of the late Neil and Bridget (Brown) Brown, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

He was employed at the Hazleton Brick Co. and was a member of St. Gabriel's R.C. Church.

he is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Gllespie [sic], and four children:  Neil J. Brown Jr., Allentown; Dennis, Timothy and Patricia, all at home.

Also surviving are these brothers and sisters:  Mrs. John (Nancy) Harkins, Newark, Del.; Mrs. Eleanor Prosser, Mrs. Clyde (Mary) Barth and James, all of Hazleton; Eugene, Levittown, N.J.; Paul, Meadville; John, Philadelphia; Mrs. Charles (Joan) Cann and Charles, both of this city.

A son, Spec. 5 Michael P. Brown, was killed in action in Vietnam Nov. 26, 1967.

The funeral will be held from the Boyle Funeral Home, 100 S. Wyoming St., at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  Solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated in St. Gabriel's R.C. Church at 9:30 and interment will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends may call 3 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Thomas and Leona Dougherty

Thomas and Leona Dougherty nee Ganss, Calvary Cemetery, Drums, PA
When I visited Pennsylvania last summer I went looking for the grave of my great aunt Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Bronsavage.  She was hard to find, but as I searched I took the opportunity to take pictures of tombstones with family names on them.  I don't know if any of them are members of my family though. Most of my family members were buried in Hazleton city's cemeteries and this cemetery was in Drums (close to Hazleton, but no cigar).  We guessed that Helen was buried out there because none of the Catholic cemeteries in the city would want an adulteress and murderer buried there.  In fact she was buried in unconsecrated ground, which has since her burial been consecrated.  Anyway, that was a tangent.  This post is on Thomas and Leona Dougherty after all, and the Dougherty surname is one in my family tree.

Rather than just throwing up the tombstone for Thomas and Leona, I decided to do some quick research.  After all, I'm trying to see if they are any relation...not just someone that shared a surname.  The first place that popped up was the 1940 US Federal Census.  Gosh, I'm loving that it's been indexed (Thanks indexers!).  In 1940 Thomas and Leona was living in Hazleton on Wyoming Street and had two children:  Thomas (Jr), and Conrad.  There was gold in that thar' census (although not for my line) the form of a 76 year old gentleman living with them by the name of Conrad Ganss.  Conrad is listed as Thomas' father-in-law.  So now we know (theoretically) that Leona's maiden name was Ganss.

Thomas' tombstone have a military marker for 1941-1945, but I found no enlistment records for him.  I also did not find him in Hazleton in earlier census records and frankly he would have been in his fifties during WWII.  A possibility, but WWI would have been a better fit.  That doesn't mean he wasn't there (or didn't move there after 1930)...and I'll be the first to admit that I only did a cursory search.  If he is one of my Doughertys then he would have (most likely) lived in the Hazleton area.

Leona, was found in other census records and was living in Hazleton with her parents, Conrad and Catherine.  Conrad and Catherine had (at least) eight children:  Rosal, Anna, Conrad, Walter, Catherine, Hilda, Albert, and Leona.  Judging by the 1900 US Federal Census Conrad and Catherine had 2 children (names unknown) that died young.

No connection with my family in this quick search, but that too is information to a genealogist!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - The Alien & Sedition Acts, Part II

Part two of the Alien and Sedition Acts that were enacted in 1798.  This piece of legislation is pretty straightforward (although it may not appear to be with all the "thereofs" and "aforesaids").  

The first and second sections essentially tells us that the President of the United States can order any alien that s/he feels is a threat to the nation to leave the country under penalty of imprisonment and never being able to apply for future citizenship.  The alien can attempt to prove that s/he is not a threat but the decision rests with the President whether to take any arguments into account.

Section three should be of use to many genealogists.  This is where it's stated that the Captains of ships that arrive in port and contain any aliens must provide information on them (lots of great genealogical data, read the section to see all that's included)  to the official at the customs/port authority.  Now my ancestors (yes, all of them) came over several decades after this act, so I wouldn't have had to use any type of port/ship's manifests from this time period, but I would hope that they are out there and available to those of you that would need to search.  There's a pretty hefty fine on the Captain should he not turn in a complete and accurate list.

Section four tells us that violations/crimes regarding this act will be recorded by the circuit/district courts.

Section five states that any alien ordered to leave the United States may take any items/money that belong to him and that anything left behind is still at his disposal.  I'm not sure why, but I love this part. Probably because it shows that they weren't trying to rob someone blind or put them out of the country to claim their property.

With any luck, part three of the Alien and Sedition Acts will follow along next Monday.  Until then, have fun tending those roots!

"CHAP. LVIII. - An Act concerning Aliens. (u)

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall be lawful for the President of the United States at any time during the continuance of the act, to order all such aliens as he shall judge dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States, or shall have reasonable grounds to suspect are concerned in any treasonable or secret machinations against the government thereof, to depart out of the territory of the United States, within such time as shall be expressed in such order, which order shall be served on such alien by delivering him a copy thereof, of leaving the same at his usual abode, and returned to the office of the Secretary of State, by the marshal or other person to whom the same shall be directed.  And in case any alien, so ordered to depart, shall be found at large within the United States after the time limited in such order for his departure, and not having obtained a license from the President to reside therein, or having obtained such license shall not have conformed thereto, every such alien shall, on conviction thereof, be imprisoned for a term not exceeding three years, and shall never after be admitted to become a citizen of the United States.  Provided always, and be it further enacted, that if any alien so ordered to depart shall prove to the satisfaction of the President, by evidence to be taken before such person or persons as the President shall direct, who are for that purpose hereby authorized to administer oaths, that no injury or danger to the United States will arise from suffering such alien to reside therein, the President may grant a license to such alien to remain within the United States for such time as he shall judge proper, and at such place as he may designate.  And the President may also require of such alien to enter into a bond to the United States, in such penal sum as he may direct, with one or more sufficient sureties to the satisfaction of the person authorized by the President to take the same, conditioned for the good behavior of such alien during his residence in the United States, and not violating his license, which license the President may revoke, whenever he shall think proper.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, whenever he may deem it necessary for the public safety, to order to be removed out of the territory thereof, any alien who may or shall be in prison in pursuance of this act; and to cause to be arrested and sent out of the United States such of those aliens as shall have been ordered to depart therefrom and shall not have obtained a license as aforesaid, in all cases where, in the opinion of the President, the public safety requires a speedy removal.  And if any alien so removed or sent out of the United States by the President shall voluntarily return thereto, unless by permission of the President of the United States, such alien on conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned so long as, in the opinion of the President, the public safety may require.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That every master or commander of any ship or vessel which shall come into any port of the United States after the first day of July next, shall immediately on his arrival make report in writing to the collector or other chief officer of the customs of such port, of all aliens, if any, on board his vessel specifying their names, age, the place of nativity, the country from which they shall have come, the nation to which they belong and owe allegiance, their occupation and a description of the person, as far as he shall be informed thereof, and on failure, every such master and commander shall forfeit and pay three hundred dollars, for the payment whereof on default of such master of commander, such vessel shall also be holden, and may by such collector or other officer of the customs be detained.  And it shall be the duty of such collector or other officer of the customs, forthwith to transmit to the office of the department of state true copies of all such returns.

SEC. 4.  And be it further enacted, That the circuit and district courts of the United States, shall respectively have cognizance of all crimes and offences [sic] against this act.  And all marshals and other officers of the United States are required to execute all precepts and orders of the President of the United States issued in pursuance or by virtue of this act.

SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for any alien who may be ordered to be removed from the United States, by virtue of this act, to take with him such part of his goods, chattels, or other property, as he may find convenient; and all property left in the United States by any alien, who may be removed, as aforesaid, shall be, and remain subject to his order and disposal, in the same manner as if this act had not been passed.

SEC. 6.  And be it further enacted, That this act shall continue and be in force for and during the term of two years from the passing thereof.

APPROVED, June 25, 1798."

Friday, August 10, 2012

Census Saturday - Siamese You Say...

Well, I say you're wrong....but being an indexer for the 1940 US Federal Census is a thankless job sometimes.  Still, when looking up Walter and Elizabeth Bagovich in the newly indexed 1940 census, I just about fell out of my seat laughing when I saw this:

Siamese, eh?  So I'm looking at this going, "Wow, this is either 1) some neat new information, 2) the wrong person, or 3) a transcription error."

So let's take what's behind door number 3 because when I looked at (and zoomed in on) the actual image I could see that under race, the census taker attempted to write in "Lithuanian" instead of the standard letter response (it should have been a "W" in this case).  I can understand why the indexer would have had a difficult time making out what was written.  It's certainly easier for me knowing a bit about their ancestry.

Sadly, there's nowhere for me to submit a correction for their race.  I can actually understand this one.  Can you imagine all those crazies trying to insist that the census taker got it wrong because their couldn't possibly be [insert race here] in their ancestry!  So since the surname was transcribed as "Bagowick" I could submit a correction with a name variation of "Bagovich" and place in the comments block that the race is also transcribed incorrectly and should be Lithuanian. Although the naughty census taker apparently didn't follow the instructions when filling in that bit!

Another error...Walter and Elizabeth weren't born in Pennsylvania.  At least that's family lore (and not yet verified), but previous census records tell me I'm correct (unless they were all wrong!).

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Placing a Face with a Name

I've posted about Aloysius McElwee previously.  I've always wondered what he looked like.  The other week I became acquainted with another cousin in a completely unexpected and delightful way.  I met my (sort-of) cousin, Charles McElwee, by posting and asking questions on my hometown's historical society's Facebook page.  He was such a blessing to have been able to send me a picture of Aloysius to go with the name!  I can't thank him enough!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Walter Bagovich

I don't post very often on my step father's side of the family so I thought I'd share the photo of his grandfather's tombstone.

Walter (Wladas) Bagovich was born in 1883 in Lithuania (we don't know where yet) and died in 1940. He is buried in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.  Walter married Elizabeth (still working on her maiden name) around 1912.  They had four known children: Andrew, Mary, Frances, and Nellie.

I'm still researching his death date and once found, I will be requesting a death certificate!

Amanuensis Monday - The Alien & Sedition Acts, Part I

OK, so I've wanted to do some research and posts on U.S. immigration for some time now.  It's not a terribly exciting series of posts here, but I figured that the best way to research it was to go back and read and transcribe the laws that had been passed.  Luckily the laws that had been passed aren't quite as long-winded as they are today, and I have no intention of even attempting to transcribe any legislation from my lifetime.  I value my sanity far too much.

Why did I want to do this as an Amanuensis Monday series of posts?  Well, it's for me mostly, but I was amazed at the number of friends I had that would say something along the lines of, "Well, when my ancestors came over, they did it legally."  That statement takes history way out of context, because the immigration system was not always as it is today.  In fact it's not all that rare to find ancestors that came to America and never applied to become American citizens.  Others may have started the ball rolling, but never finished the process and just lived the remainder of their lives in America as aliens.

Today's transcription was taken from the Library of Congress (but you can see an image of the original legislation signed by John Adams by clicking here) and is called "An Act to Establish an Uniform Rule of Naturalization" and was enacted in 1798.  I won't lie.  There's plenty there to bore you to tears and leave a puddle of drool on your keyboard.  Section 1 is the most important (in my humble opinion), as it tells us tells us that:

1) Anyone wanting to become a U.S. citizen needs to make his declaration 5 years beforehand,
2) Needs to have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years beforehand,
3) and, If we're at war with your native country, tough luck.

That is simplifying it to say the least.  The rest of the act deals mostly with the registration of aliens, what happens should aliens not register and fees for all of this joy.  Also interesting to note is at this time the U.S. Secretary of State was the head of immigration.

Again, this act is the first of four that were labeled the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.  The others will find their way to a blog post in the near future (unless my fingers fall off first).

"CHAP. LIV. - An Act supplementary to and to amend the act, intituled [sic] 'An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization; and to repeal the act heretofore passed on that subject.'

SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,  That no alien shall be admitted to become a citizen of the United States, or of any state, unless in the manner prescribed by the act, intituled [sic] 'An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization; and to repeal the act heretofore passed on the subject,' he shall have declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States, five years, at least, before his admission, and shall, at the time of his application to be admitted, declare and prove, to the satisfaction of the court having jurisdiction in the case, that he has resided within the United States fourteen years, at least, and within the state or territory where, or for which such court is at the time held, five years, at least, besides conforming to the other declarations, renunciations and proofs, by the said act required, any thing therein to the contrary hereof notwithstanding:  Provided, that any alien, who was residing within the limits, and under the jurisdiction of the United States, before the twenty-ninth day of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, may, within one year after the passing of this act - and any alien who shall have made the declaration of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, in conformity to the provisions of the act, intituled [sic] 'An act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and to repeal the act heretofore passed on that subject,' may, within four years after having made the declaration aforesaid, be admitted to become a citizen, in the manner prescribed by the said act, upon his making proof that he has resided five years, at least, within the limits, and under the jurisdiction of the United States:  And provided also, that no alien, who shall be a native, citizen, denizen or subject of any nation or state with whom the United States shall be at war, at the time of his application, shall be then admitted to become a citizen of the United States.

SEC 2. And be it further enacted,  That it shall be the duty of the clerk, or other recording officer of the court before whom a declaration has been, or shall be made, by any alien, of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, to certify and transmit to the office of the Secretary of State of the United States, to be there filed and recorded, an abstract of such declaration, in which, when hereafter made, shall be a suitable description of the name, age, nation, residence and occupation, for the time being, of the alien; such certificate to be made in all cases, where the declaration has been or shall be made, before the passing of this act, within three months thereafter; and in all other cases, within two months after the declaration shall be received by the court.  And is all cases hereafter arising, there shall be paid to the clerk, or recording officer as aforesaid, to defray the expense of such abstract and certificate, a fee of two dollars; and the clerk or officer to whom such fee shall be paid or tendered, who shall refuse or neglect to make and certify an abstract, as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That in all cases of naturalization heretofore permitted or which shall be permitted, under the laws of the United States, a certificate shall be made to, and filed in the office of the Secretary of State, containing a copy of the record repeating the alien, and the decree or order of admission by the court before whom the proceedings thereto have been, or shall be had:  And it shall be the duty of the clerk or other recording officer of such court, to make and transmit such certificate, in all cases which have already occurred, within three months after the passing of this act; and in all future cases, within two months from and after the naturalization of an alien shall be granted by any court competent thereto: - And in all future cases, there shall be paid to such clerk or recording officer the sum of two dollars, as a fee for such certificate, before the naturalization prayed for, shall be allowed.  And the clerk or recording officer, whose duty it shall be, to make and transmit the certificate aforesaid, who shall be convicted of a willful neglect therein, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars, for each and every offence [sic].

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That all white persons, aliens, (accredited foreign ministers, counsels, or agents, their families and domestics, excepted) who, after the passing of this act, shall continue to reside, or who shall arrive, or come to reside in any port or place within the territory of the United States, shall be reported, if free, and of the age of twenty-one years, by themselves, or being under the age of twenty-one years, or holden in service, by their parent, guardian, master or mistress in whose care they shall be, to the clerk of the district court of the district, if living within ten miles of the port or place, in which their residence or arrival shall be, and otherwise, to the collector of such port or place, or some officer or other person there, or nearest thereto, who shall be authorized by the President of the United States, to register aliens:  And report, as aforesaid, shall be made in all cases of residence, within six months from and after the passing of this act, and in all after cases, within forty-eight hours after the first arrival or coming into the territory of the United States, and shall ascertain the sex, place of birth, age, nation, place of allegiance or citizenship, condition or occupation, and place of actual or intended residence within the United States, of the alien or aliens reported, and by whom the report is made.  And it shall be the duty of the clerk, or other officer, or person authorized, who shall receive such report, to record the same in a book to be kept for that purpose, and to grant to the person making the report, and to each individual concerned therein, whenever required, a certificate of such report and registry; and whenever such report and registry shall be made to, and by any officer or person authorized, as aforesaid, other than the clerk of the district court, it shall be the duty of such officer, or other person, to certify and transmit, within three months thereafter, a transcript of such registry, to the said clerk of the district court of the district in which the same shall happen; who shall file the same in his office, and shall enter and transcribe the same in a book to be kept by him for that purpose.  And the clerk, officer or other person authorized to register aliens, shall be entitled to receive, for each report and registry of one individual or family of individuals, the sum of fifty cents, and for every certificate of a report and registry the sum of fifty cents, to be paid by the person making or requiring the same, respectively.  And the clerk of the district court, to whom a return of the registry of any alien, shall have been made, as aforesaid, and the successor of such clerk, and of any other officer or person authorized to register aliens,who shall hold any former registry, shall and may grant certificates thereof, to the same  effect as the original register might do.  And the clerk of each district court shall, during one year from the passing of this act, make monthly returns to the department of State, of all aliens registered and returned, as aforesaid, in his office.

SEC. 5.  And be it further enacted, That every alien who shall continue to reside, or who shall arrive, as aforesaid, of whom a report is required as aforesaid, who shall refuse or neglect to make such report, and to receive a certificate thereof, shall forfeit and pay the sum of two dollars; and any justice of the peace, or other civil magistrate, who has authority to require surety of the peace, shall and may, on complaint to him made thereof, cause such alien to be brought before him, there to give surety of the peace and good behavior during his residence within the United States, or for such term as the justice or other magistrate shall deem reasonable, and until a report and registry of such alien shall be made, and a certificate thereof, received as aforesaid; and in failure of such surety, such alien shall and may be committed to the common gaol, and shall be there held, until the order which the justice or magistrate shall and may reasonably make, in the premises, shall be performed.  And every person, whether alien, or other, having the care of any alien or aliens, under the age of twenty-one years, or of any white alien holden in service, who shall refuse and neglect to make report thereof, as aforesaid, shall forfeit the sum of two dollars, for each and every such minor or servant, monthly, and every month, until a report and registry, and a certificate thereof, shall be had, as aforesaid.

SEC. 6. And be it further enacted,  That in respect to every alien, who shall come to reside within the United States after the passing of this act, the time of the registry of such alien shall be taken to be the time when the term of residence within the limits, and under the jurisdiction of the United States, shall have commenced, in case of an application by such alien, to be admitted a citizen of the United States; and a certificate of such registry shall be required, in proof of the term of residence, by the court to whom such application shall and may be made.

SEC. 7.   And be it further enacted, That all and singular the penalties established by this act, shall and may be recovered in the name, and to the use of any person, who will inform and sue for the same, before any judge, justice, or court, having jurisdiction in such case, and to the amount of such penalty, respectively.

APPROVED, June 18, 1798."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Katherine Boegel

Catherine (Melzer) and William Boegel

I posted previously on how information can be wrong in obituaries and Catherine and her husband, William, were the examples I used.  I figured that it was about time to transcribe Catherine's two obituaries.  One is short, sweet and to the point (and lacking in genealogical excitement) and the other is certainly longer and filled with more detailed information.  Sadly, you can see what the obituary looks like for this longer one.  The newspaper must have been bound and when they microfilmed it the left side of the obit was a casualty.  Catherine's obituary was on the front page of the paper and on the far left side.  She was apparently important enough to have her passing make front page news, but the image doesn't do it justice.

As luck would have it the majority of the information that isn't visible in the crease is relative easy to make out, especially when comparing some things between both obituaries.  I'm a bit bummed about the name of the city/region in Austria that she was born in was lost in the microfilming process.  I haven't done any searching to recover the lost information, but at least I've got a good bit of it.  It should help (unless, of course, the information is wrong!).

Catherine and William are my husband's 2nd great grandparents.

Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter,  24MAY1927

"Expires at St. Kilian

Mrs. William Boegel Dies Today at Home of Son, Raymond

Although confined to her bed by illness for 10 days Mrs. William Boegel died unexpectantly at 7:50 a.m. today at the home of her son, Raymond Boegel, at St. Kilian, passing away in her sleep.  Surviving the deceased are seven children.  William of Kewaskum, John and Ray of St Kilian, Peter of St. Bridget, Mrs Catherine Bonleder of St. Kilian, Theresa at home and Mrs. Gebhart Strobel of Milwaukee.  The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Friday from the Catholic church at St. Kilian.  Burial will be in the church cemetery."

The Campbellsport News,
"Mrs. Catherine Boegel

Mrs. Catherine Boegel, age 80, passed away at the home of her son Raymond in St. Killian at 7:50 o'clock Tuesday morning following a (unk) years' illness.

Mrs. Boegel was born in Bischof (unk), Austria, December 12, 1846, and immigrated to this country at the age of 22 years settling at St. Kilian where she has since resided.  She was united in marriage to William Boegel on October 13, 1874, at St. Kilian.  Her husband preceded her in death four years ago.

She leaves to mourn four sons and three daughters namely:  William of Kewaskum; Kate (Mrs. Joseph Bonlender), John and Raymond of St. Kilian; Peter of Kewaskum; Mary (Mrs. Gebhard Strobel) of Milwaukee; and Theresa at home.  Two sisters and three brothers also preceded her in death.  She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Friday morning at St. Kilian's Catholic Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery.  The pallbearers are: Or(unk) Strobel of Milwaukee, Adelbert and Roman Boegel, Reynold and Oth(unk) Bonlender or St. Kilian and Ar(unk) Boegel of Theresa.  Rosemarie (Boegel) and Elvira Bonlender are the (unk) girls."

Friday, August 3, 2012

Funeral Card Friday - A Mysterious Card

I visited my sister in Iowa last weekend and had a great time.  Before I left she passed on to me 4 Funeral/Memorial Cards that were in a Bible that had been given to her. Two were for my 2nd great aunts, Catherine and Mary Quirk; one was a memorial card for President Kennedy (different than the one I'd previously posted); and then there was a card for Joseph J. Skernolis.

I have no ideas who this young man was.  It's not a name I recognize from my family tree and as the card was from 1963 and my family still (to the best of my knowledge and research to date) hadn't begun marrying outside their Irish ethnicity yet, I doubt he is in my family tree.  He was 19 when he died, but that's all I know.  Was he a student they knew?  A friend of the family's?  More likely than not he fits into one of those 2 categories.

I can't find anything online about him (just on Find A Grave) and since I'm now farther away from Pennsylvania than I have been in awhile, there is no visit home in my immediate future.  There are some things that I could do from a distance to find him, but since I've narrowed it down to him not being a member of the family I don't think I'll be wasting resources looking.  I'll wait until next summer and if I get back home, I'll pull his obituary and visit his grave.  Perhaps I'll get lucky and come across someone that knew young Joseph before then and will be able to fill in the blanks and let me know his story.

UPDATE:  Amazing how that happens isn't it?  I Google-searched Joseph last night before posting this and Find A Grave was the only thing that popped up.  After posting, I decided to Google again and a post on an Ancestry message board came up (didn't come up when I searched Ancestry...hmmmm).  Joseph was not a member of my family's church, but the information posted on his death (not a full obituary) said that he was a pianist.  I wonder if my grandmother Mary Quirk may have known him.  She was a music teacher.  Come to think of it, my mother may have known him.  He was around her age.