52 Ancestors: #29 Mary Viola Gunther Schuck

Posted on July 18, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

Mary Viola Gunther is my great-aunt. She was born 06 February 1887 in Ranshaw, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and is the daughter of Andrew [Andreas] C. Gunther and Eva Meisberger Gunther (see my post 52 Ancestors: #6 Andreas C. Gunther).

Mary V. Gunther married John J. Schuck on 12 June 1907 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. They had nine children: John V., Louis L., Wilbert E., Eymard G., Mary E., Theresa G., Marguerite, Cyril and Eva.

Mary died on 12 January 1972 and is buried in Saint Edward’s Cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

I don’t know much about Mary Viola Gunther Schuck so I would appreciate any information.

 

Week 29 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors: #28 Helen Patchkusky Shuda (Saturday Night Fun)

Posted on July 13, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

I decided to incorporate the challenge of Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings to “Do Some Semi-Random Research” into my 52 Ancestors posts. His challenge:

1) Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like Roots Magic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very first person on your list of C surnames is. Or the first person on your list of J surnames. Or P surnames. Or any other name you need to research. Your choice!

Using my Family Tree Maker Index, the first person on my list of “P” surnames is Helen P. I do not know her surname so I do not have any information on her parents.

2) What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research? It’s OK to do more research if you need to – in fact, it’s encouraged!

I obtained her name as Helen P. from her tombstone. “P” is most likely her middle initial since the tombstone was for both she and her, husband, Enoch Shuda. According to the 1920 US census, Helen was born in Pennsylvania about 1898 (her tombstone states 1896). Her parents are both listed as Lithuanian. The 1930 US census shows her age at first marriage as 19, so she married Enoch Shuda about 1917. Helen and Enoch have three children—Amelia, Theresa, and Thomas. Helen died in 1992 at the of 96.

Eureka! Doing this semi-random research turned up an obituary for Enoch J. Shuda. He was known as Nick Shuda and was the owner and operator of the Nick Shuda Café in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Locust Gap is in Mount Carmel Township. The obituary states that he married the former Helen Patchkusky of Mount Carmel on 30 November 1916 in the Church of Our Lady. It also lists all the survivors. Wow, eight grandchildren. I will be able to fill in a lot of detail for Enoch and Helen with this document.

3) How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

Helen is not a direct relation. She is the wife of my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Enoch Shuda.

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Tombstone of Enoch J. and Helen P. Shuda, Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

 

Week 28 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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Wordless Wednesday – Roaring Twenties Bikers!

Posted on July 9, 2014 in Family Photos

I am using this theme to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.

Wordless Wednesday – Roaring Twenties Bikers! Lewistown 1

This photo was unidentified and in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our mother.

I am truly wordless about this one. The back of the photo has Lewistown written in pencil. I assume that is Lewistown, Pennsylvania, since that is where (if not all) most of my US ancestors resided. I think that the woman on the left may be my grandmother, Lorraine [Ilene] Gunther Noble, but I could be very wrong.

If possible, I would like to firm up the identifications, so I am open to any information or corrections concerning this photo.

 

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Father’s Mother’s Patrilineal Line

Posted on July 5, 2014 in Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings has given us this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment:

1) What was your father’s mother’s name?
2) What is your father’s mother’s patrilineal line? That is, her father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father’s mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.
4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.

1. My father’s mother was Anna Bianchi Furlani (1894 – 1973). She was born in Atlas, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to Bonaventura Bianchi (1855 – 1906) and Mary [Maria] Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944).

2. Anna patrilineal line was:

  • Bonaventura Bianchi (1855 – 1906), who was born in Italy, and married Mary [Maria] Bunt Bianchi ( 1865 – 1944), who was born in Bohemia, somewhere in Europe possibly around 1880.

And there we run smack into my brick wall.

3. Anna had four brothers and seven sisters.

  •  Peter Bianchi (1882 – bef. 1930), married Katie Gower in 1908. They had two daughters and one son, Vincent (1911 – 1970).
    • Vincent Bianchi, son of Peter Bianchi, may have married and had children.
  • Henry Richard Bianchi (1885 – 1955), married Else R. Shuda (1887 – 1959). They had one daughter.
  • Leon (Attilio) Victor Bianchi (1891 – 1949), married Helen Grochowski Toczylowski (1890 – 1962). She had two sons and one daughter from a previous marriage. Together Helen and Leon had three sons:
    • Victor Bianchi (1925 – 1997), son of Leon Bianchi, married Vera Sisi. They had one daughter.
    • Gerald Bianchi (1927 – 2009), son of Leon Bianchi, married Theresa Way (1924 – unknown). They had two sons:
      • Gerald Bianchi, Jr. was born 1955. Marriage and children are unknown.
      • David Bianchi (1958 – 1960).
    • Anthony Victor Bianchi (1928 – unknown), may have married and had sons.
  • Charles Bianchi (1898 – Unknown) and Mary Zelinski (1901 – Unknown) had one daughter born in 1923. I have a marriage application for them but it does not show that a marriage actually took place.

Whether Bonaventura had any brothers is unknown. The descendants of Peter Bianchi and Leon Bianchi may offer some candidates for the Y-DNA test with additional research.

This was an enlightening exercise since I did not think I had any living Y-DNA candidates in my family. I was pleasantly surprised and I look forward to completing this research. Thank you, Randy.

 

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Society Saturday – A Mid-Summer Genealogical Event!

Posted on July 5, 2014 in Local Societies

Society Saturday – A Mid Summer Genealogical Event! CCGS Mid Summer Genealogy Event Flyer

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52 Ancestors: #27 My Great-Grandfather – Thomas Noble

Posted on July 4, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Possible 50th anniversary photo of Thomas Noble and his wife, Margaret McGinn

Thomas was born on 26 November 1851, the son of Edward Noble and Mary Devine Noble. He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and his parents residence was listed as 14 Court Paul Street of that city. He was baptized in Saint Joseph’s RC church on 30 November 1851, with sponsors Patrick Kayne and Mary Melia.

I first found Thomas with his parents and siblings in the 1861 UK census–all living in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England. I then traced the entire family in the 1870 US census living in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Thomas’s Declaration of Intent [to naturalize] filed on 24 August 1875 states he arrived in the United States on 28 November 1865, aged 14. His Petition of Naturalization was also filed on 24 August 1875.

Thomas Noble married Margaret McGinn on 19 Oct 1876 at Saint Edward’s RC church, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Thomas and Margaret had eleven children, two of whom died according to the 1900 US census. The surviving children were Edward F. Noble, Christopher A. Noble, Thomas Noble, Jr., Anna Noble Ryan, James A. Noble, John Noble, Mary Noble (no marriage data), and Leonard Noble. Thomas owned his own home and was a coal miner all his life. He died 24 March 1934 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and was buried in Saint Mary’s cemetery on 27 March 1934.

 

Week 27 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating the 4th of July?

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Family Photos

I am using this theme to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.

Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating the 4th of July? Unknown27

This photo was unidentified and in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our mother. It seems to be decorated for a holiday. I am presuming Independence Day, July 4th since the shrubs and trees are in bloom. This house is most likely located in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, which may have a late spring since it is in the mountains.

I think the figure on the right may be wearing a military uniform, which may date this photo in the late 1910s. I do not recognize any of the people in the photo but I believe they may be a part of my Meisberger line. My 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald Meisberger, owned four lots with houses on them, which he left to four of his children when he died in 1900.

One house went to my great-grandfather, Andrew Gunther, who was married to Eva Mary Meisberger, Theobald’s daughter. Based on another photo that I published in my Wordless Wednesday post “Andrew C. Gunther and Family,” this may be Andrew’s home. Andrew had three sons who would have been of an age to enlist in WWI.

If possible, I would like to firm up the identifications, so I am open to any information or corrections concerning this photo.

 

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52 Ancestors: #26 Tombstone Tuesday – Josephine Bianchi Bridy

Posted on July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Tombstone of Josephine Bridy in Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel, PA. Photo courtesy of Robert David Miller. Find A Grave Memorial# 116490814.

 

My great-aunt was baptized Violet Josephine Bianchi in Our Lady of Mount Carmel church on 18 August 1889 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Her baptismal record is the only document I have found so far that includes her first name of Violet. She seems to go by her middle name of Josephine.

Based on analysis of the records, Josephine was born in New York. Her mother, Mary Bianchi, would have been about 4 months pregnant when their ship landed in New York harbor in December, 1888. Josephine was born May 1889 but then baptized in Mount Carmel on 18 Aug 1889. So this family traveled from New York to Mount Carmel with three or four other small children and a newborn infant between May 20 and August 18. I am still trying to determine exactly where Josephine was born in New York. Could it possibly have been at the processing center?

June 27 was the 107th anniversary of the marriage of Josephine Bianchi and Mario Bridy on 27 June 1907 in St. Peter’s Church in Mount Carmel. Their witnesses were his brother, Henry Bridy, and her sister, Mary Bianchi. Josephine and Mario had four children: Albert, Alma, Lester and Lillian. I have not found this family in the 1930 US census so there may be additional children. In the 1940 US census, there is only Josephine and Mario in the household.

Josephine died in 1965 and is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery located in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

Week 26 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors: #25 Geraldine Gunther Parry

Posted on June 27, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

My great-aunt, Annetta Geraldine Gunther was born on 18 April 1889 in Ranshaw, Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Andreas C. Gunther and Eva M. Meisberger (http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/wordless-wednesday-andrew-and-eva-gunther/).

She married Thomas John Parry on 31 July 1909. My sister received this date back in 1977, when Geraldine was still alive. My sister recorded the marriage location as Northumberland County and that is what I had in my files. When

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Ellen Parry, age 6; Geraldine Gunther, age 28; and Bertram Parry, age 3. Photo abt. 1917

I began this post, I decided to do a quick check at Ancestry.com to see what I could fill in.  I found the missing 1920 and 1930 US census records, but I could not find her in the 1940 US census so far. I also found a monkey wrench…I mean marriage record for Thomas Parry and Geraldine Gunther. This church record provided the following information.

  • Name of Man: Thomas Parry
  • His Residence: Shamokin, Pa.
  • Name of Woman: Geraldine Gunther
  • Her Residence: York, Pa
  • By Whom Married: Joseph Solon Peters
  • When Married: July 31, 1909
  • Where Married: York, Pa.

It was surprise to me to see her residence listed as York, Pa., but the biggest surprise was the church.  The church was the Emmanuel United Church of Christ in York, Pa. I can tell you from my searches that Geraldine Gunther is not that common a name. This is a woman whose sister almost became a RC nun. Even though his and her names, his residence and the marriage date are all the same as my other sources, this could be a big coincidence and this couple are not my ancestors but…  I will be pursuing this some more.

I remember great-aunt Geraldine, having met her a couple of times. She was supposed to be the one with money and everyone always envied her.  But, although, she lived a very long life, she suffered from diabetes and lost at least one leg. I also found out that two of their four children died young-one at 8 months and the other at 9 years. So I don’t think she had a very happy life.

 

 

Week 25 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors: #24 Mickey Furlani in the News!

Posted on June 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
52 Ancestors: #24 Mickey Furlani in the News! Chester Times 2 25 1957 pg 26 M Furlani sm.

Mickey Furlani Breaks All-Events Record! Chester Times, February 25, 1957, pg. 26

One of my fondest memories of my mother was her passion for ten pin bowling. Marguerite Mary Noble, known as Mickey, was born in Ranshaw, Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on 21 May 1918. She married William C. Furlani in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania on 26 Jul 1941. She and my father lived in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania until I was four years of age when we moved to Essington, Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania around 1947.

I knew that NewspaperArchive.com had copies of the local newspaper for Delaware County. It originally began as the Chester Time and eventually became the Delaware County Daily Times. So today I did a search in that database for ‘Mickey Furlani.’ The search returned 143 articles and, I checked them, everyone featured my mother and not some other Mickey Furlani.

While a few of the articles contained news about her involvement in scouting most mentions were there because she had high scores in some league or tournament. My mother is the photo top left. She just won both her class and all-events in the Chester City WIBC Tournament.

I think the article I have here is from her first year bowling. I think this is so because I have memories of her telling us that she won the Chester City tournament in her first year and scored even higher than the highest class. In fact, according to this article, her all-events score broke a record for the tournament.

She went on to win many more tournaments and league games. My Dad was an excellent bowler as well and both she and my Dad played in leagues several times a week and went at least one evening on their own to practice. Needless to say bowling was also featured regularly on our TV. It was a great era to be passionate about bowling with some of the biggest names in pro bowling—Don Carter, Carmen Salvino and Dick Weber. There is a family story, if I remember correctly, that Dick Weber was in town one time for some tournament and saw my mother bowl. He was so impressed that he spent some time with her giving her instruction and tips to improve her skills.

She had to give up bowling when her emphysema got too bad and I always thought that was the day she gave up on life although she lived an additional fifteen years before dying of emphysema on 25 May 1985, four days after her 67th birthday.

 

 

Week 24 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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