Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas In Heaven Uncle Nat

My heart is with loved ones who will be celebrating the life of my uncle Napoleon Sanders of Morehead City, NC today. Merry Christmas in heaven Uncle Nat. I know you are celebrating being reunited with your dear Rosa in heaven. Love you and miss you both.











Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Funny: Take A Moment And Enjoy Something Whimsical

If you can at some point during this crazy busy holiday season, just take a moment and enjoy something whimsical. When things get entirely too serious, if you just look at something silly and laugh for a minute it will take the stress level down just a bit. I have to thank my best friend for reminding me of this. She has some really cute decorations this year around her house that I can't help but smile when I look at them. That's when I said to myself, "You know what, I could use a bit of that here at my home." So I went out and found myself a bit of whimsy and you know, it helps. :)













Thursday, December 18, 2014

Finishing up with Thomas Harris...For Now.

Finishing Up With Thomas Harris...For Now --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey --Thomas Harris, Larchmont, NY, Livery Business


A few weeks back I did a series of posts on my maternal 2nd great grand uncle Thomas Harris of Larchmont, NY. If you missed that series, here are the links to those posts:

Thomas Harris's Ambition Takes Him To Larchmont, NY --Part one

Thomas Harris's Ambition Takes Him To Larchmont, NY --Part two

More Details About Thomas Harris's Election Loss


Not So Wordless Wednesday: Some Of The Things Thomas Harris Probably Saw



When I left off with my 2nd great grand uncle, Thomas Harris of Larchmont, NY, the year was 1908. He had just finished holding a $10 a plate dinner at the Plymouth Inn in celebration of his 45th birthday. He was often described in newspapers as the "millionaire negro" of Larchmont. You can read an example of this here. Specifically, take a look at the last newspaper article featured in that post.

Anyway, Thomas seemed to have done quite well for himself. He had been successful at running a livery business for quite a few years. In 1903, he made a run for the position of Receiver of Taxes in Larchmont, NY but lost. Even after the loss he remained a well respected member of the community. According to this next article, he even received a letter of sympathy from Theodore Roosevelt when he lost the election.


Finishing Up With Thomas Harris ...For Now -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey --The Washington Post ,June 15, 1908, Thomas Harris, Larchmont, NY
 The Washington Post, June 15, 1908, Page 3


I found hints that after 1908, Thomas Harris's fortunes took a turn for the worse. 

On the 1910 Federal Census for Larchmont, NY, it shows that Thomas was the owner of his own home. His occupation was shown to be a proprietor of a garage. He's married with three children and his younger brother was residing with them.

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York; Roll: T624_1088; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1375101

Residence:  53 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont, NY  House with mortgage.
Household members: 

Thomas Harris
Lulu Harris --wife
Thomas F Harris --son
Jackson B Harris --son
Howard H Harris --son
Samuel Harris --brother
Mary Monroe? --aunt

According to the 1915 New York State Census, the family was living in the village of Mamoroneck on Woodbine Ave. The family had moved. Was this due to economic reasons?  Here, Thomas's occupation was listed as a gardener. What had happened to the livery business?

Source Information Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Source CitationNew York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 03; Assembly District: 02; City: Mamaroneck; County: Westchester; Page: 12

I went back over my newspaper clippings that I had collected regarding Tom and found this.

New Rochelle Pioneer, Page 5, December 3, 1910

So in December 1910 he sold off his horses and carriages with plans to replace them with taxicabs the following Spring. Hmm. Sounds like perhaps that never came to pass. Then I remembered that a couple of months ago Lynne Crowley,a researcher with the Larchmont Historical Society, had sent me some information she had found on fultonhistory.com about my Thomas Harris. 

New Rochelle Pioneer, Saturday, March 7, 1912


This foreclosure notice for property owned by Thomas Harris, probably highlights why the family was shown living in a different location in 1915.  I mentioned before in an earlier post on Tom Harris, that I thought his wealth had been exaggerated in newspapers. How and why remains unclear at this time but my 2nd great grand uncle's fortune definitely took a hit after 1910.  

The last census that Thomas Harris shows up on is the 1920 Federal Census. His occupation has gone through yet another change. Now it's noted that he's a freight checker. The household resided at 90 Rockland Ave in Mamaroneck Village.

Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York; Roll: T625_1275; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 62; Image: 982Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.


I believe that Thomas died some time between 1920 and 1921. I haven't come across a death certificate for him yet, but I did find his wife listed as a widow living in Mt Vernon, NY at 112 North Railroad Ave in 1921 and 1922 according to city directories for that area.  

I have more work to do on this branch of the Harris's but for now that's all she wrote. :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Book Of Me: Prompt 58 --What Do You See?

The Book Of Me:  Prompt 58 --What Do You See? How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link:
http://www.anglers-rest.net/book-of-me-written-by-you.html.

This week's prompt is - What do you See?

Having seen the image what is the thing you thought? Write that down.
Does what you have written have any resemblance to how you view life?  Half full or half empty
Describe how you feel after you have reflected. Does that differ from your immediate thoughts?

That glass is for sure half full! I have always answered as such when asked this question. I guess you could say I am an optimist. I think of myself as an optimist with a realist tip. I look to the positive but let's just say I know when to call a game.

Having seen the image, the first thing that came to my mind was how incredibly fortunate my family and I are. We have each other. What a gift it is to have a family. There's not a day that goes by when one or both of my kids don't do or say something that just floors me. It might be in the way they act. I'll see a mannerism of my husband on my son's face. I might catch a phrase coming out my daughter's mouth that I know for a fact originated from mine. I see my husband hug them both with such sweet tenderness. Gosh I am truly blessed!

Take time this holiday season to tell your friends and family how important they are to you. Honor them. Love them. Cherish them.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Book Of Me: Prompt 57 --Life Chapters

The Book Of Me:  Prompt 57 --Life Chapters   How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link: http://www.anglers-rest.net/book-of-me-written-by-you.html

This week's prompt is - Life Chapters

Is your life divided into chapters?
How has that happened? Has it naturally evolved?
Can you easily reflect where one chapter ends and another begins?
Are there any surprises?
Are those Chapters determined by people and / or places / or significant events?

I would say that I could divide my life in four chapters. They've evolved naturally enough to coincide with geographic moves or phases of personal growth. 

Chapter one:  This would cover when I was born to the point my family moved to Long Island just before my tenth birthday. That time period in my life I had the most contact with my extended family. My grandparents were alive and well and my aunts and uncles lived within driving distance of my family's house in Cambria Heights, NY. For holidays and birthdays, everybody saw everybody. Either my parents, brother and I would visit them at their houses or they would come see us at ours. The family bond was tight. 

Chapter two:  This stage lasts until I graduated from college so it covers the ages of 10 through 22. For me, moving to Long Island meant freedom. The rules were different. There weren't any bars on the windows of our house on Ethan Lane. I could ride my bike off my block. Neighbors would look out for the kids in the neighborhood instead of assuming they were up to no good. It was simply a different experience. This sense of freedom only increased when I went away to college. I finally felt like there was a space where I could develop into my own person. I could figure out what I liked and disliked and not worry about other peoples' opinions of me. This was a great time of self discovery.

Chapter three:  Chapter 3 spans ages 22 through 32.  During this time I decided not to explore a position in accounting, even though I had obtained my bachelor of science in the field. It just wasn't for me. After college, I took a position selling radio advertising to area businesses. That job wasn't for me. I think I lasted only 9 months there but the good thing that did come from it is that I met my husband. I was in retail management for few years and then eventually took a position as unit manager for a call center. Those were the carefree years before marriage and children. When I could sleep in on a day off. My sweetie and I could go away for the weekend on a spur of the moment trip. Ah...memories (Sigh.) These were my "on my own" years. I could at last declare to world that I was a grown-up. Sadly, these were also the years that many of my loved ones transitioned over to become one with the ancestors. 

Chapter four:  This chapter should be called Motherhood and Marriage. This covers from age 32 to the present. As we all know, when you become a mom, everything changes. Boy, there were changes! I had all the books. I did all my reading and studying beforehand. Still, you know how it is. You can never be fully prepared for what happens once they place that baby in your arms. The hardest thing by far was sleep deprivation. Thankfully, my kids are older now so they only rarely wake me up in the middle of the night. They almost killed me though from lack of sleep when they were ages 3 and under. I love them to pieces and wouldn't change a thing. They are the reason I was put hear on this earth. I feel that my husband and I have grown so much since we've become parents. We had our struggles but we remained committed to each other. We are now on the other side of all that, closer now for having gone through it. 

Now as I'm writing this it feels like that in the past year I've begun a new chapter. We'll call it Chapter 5 for now. I have had a mental shift. I am much more compassionate with myself. I am an introvert and I feel that I can wear that badge proudly. I don't have to pretend to be something that I'm not. I think I have just started to step into the space of the me that I have always wished to become.

© 2014, copyright Andrea Kelleher. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom! How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Happy Birthday to the loveliest lady I know!
I appreciate you and your wisdom so much.
Loved spending time with you today.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Same Pose. Two Faces



My daughter  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
My daughter --Probably 2010



Andrea Kelleher How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Me  --November 2014



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