Dee Notaro's Blog – July 2014 Archive (7)

Those Wonderful, Intelligent Irish Genes - Thank You, Ireland

General John Alexander McClernand, born May 30, 1812, Kentucky, self- educated lawyer at age 20 and private in Blackhawk War with Abraham Lincoln as his Captain. Son of Dr. John, immigrant from Antrim, Ireland and Fatima Cummins (her ancestors were part of the Jamestown…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

In Researching the Slaton Family - A Wee Bit Irish

Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Sshe was the daughter of Carmen Louise (née LaPorte) and John Watson Slaton, both of whom were waiters. Dorothy Lamour was of French Louisianan, Spanish and Irish descent. Her parents' marriage lasted only a few…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 26, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Are You an Irish 'Hostler'?

If your great grandfather listed his occupation as a hostler – what did he do?

The word is spelled "hostler" in American English, but "ostler" in British English. It traces to c.1386, meaning "one who tends to horses at an inn"—and also, occasionally, "innkeeper." It is…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Question for Members

New genie class started and participant is descended from a McSweeney. Have looked into this and found they come from a Gallowglas Sept. First I have heard Gallowglas. Article on Wikipedia very informative.  Anyone want to blog on this and in 1800 where would the McSweeney Clan be living?

Added by Dee Notaro on July 12, 2014 at 9:23am — 3 Comments

Mistresses, Concubines and Fitzies in Your Family Tree?

When a "family detective" starts researching  “Royalty” connected to one’s family, there arises  women known as “Mistresses” and “Concubines”.  Most Kings had them. Do you know the difference in these terms or “titles”?

A concubine can be part of a harem, or a…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 10, 2014 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Irish Lady Who Gave Them Hell

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837- 30 November 1930) was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World. Mary…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Occupations Gone by the Wayside: Knocker-Up

Back before there were affordable and reliable alarm clocks, the occupation of a knocker-up made a few pence a week in England and Ireland by using a long, lightweight stick, often bamboo, to tap on their clients’ upper floor windows and wake them up so they could get to…


Added by Dee Notaro on July 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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