Thursday, November 20, 2014

AHA - A SULLIVANS LINK!

More news on the Reynolds family.  Familysearch has marriage records for the children of Edward & Mary [Dolan] Reynolds.  Lo and behold, I found an entry for a previously-unknown daughter, Anna M. Reynolds who married a William Sullivan!! She was born about 1885, thus did not show up in the 1880 census.  I also found Edward & Mary Reynolds in the 1900 census - living at home was the "new" daughter Anna, plus a son James who appears to have the same year of birth as son Joseph from the 1880 census.  [Don't know yet if the 2 boys are one and the same.]  However, the 1900 census also indicated Edward & Mary had had 8 children, only 4 still living.  How sad!  Still living were daughter Mary [married to Kristian Danielsen]; the 2 children still at home [Anna & James]; and one more.  Looking at the childrens' marriage records, son Edward married in 1895; Patrick married 1904; and Anna married 1906.  Thus son Edward must have died between 1895 when he married, and 1900 when the federal census was taken.

I did follow Anna [Reynolds] & William Sullivan through the 1930 census; they had a son William [b. about 1910] and a daughter Mary [b. about 1908].  My father was born 1922, so these cousins [actually niece/nephew of his paternal grandmother] were 12 and 14 yrs older than he.  

I also followed the Reynolds son Patrick & his wife Margaret through 1930; they had 4 children. Still more checking to do on that family.

All in all...a great find!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

AND MORE YET!

Found in the online NYC marriage index at the Italian Genealogy website:

Surname/ Given Name/ Month/ Day/ Year of Marriage/ County / Certificate #/ Soundex

    Doolin Mary Aug 8 1869 Manhattan 5786 D450
    Raynolds Edward Aug 8 1869 Manhattan 5786 R543

Lo and behold, familysearch.org has an extract of the marriage record:

New York Marriages, 1686-1980 for Mary Doolin

Groom's Name: Edward Raynolds
Groom's Birth Date:
Groom's Birthplace:
Groom's Age:
Bride's Name: Mary Doolin
Bride's Birth Date:
Bride's Birthplace:
Bride's Age:
Marriage Date: 08 Aug 1869
Marriage Place:                     Mount Vernon, New York, NY
Groom's Father's Name:       John Raynolds
Groom's Mother's Name:      Anne Kelly
Bride's Father's Name:          Patrick Doolin
Bride's Mother's Name:        Mary Mulhall
Groom's Race:
Groom's Marital Status:
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race:
Bride's Marital Status:
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00160-7
System Origin: New_York-ODM
Source Film Number: 1544270
Reference Number:

So, Edward and Mary Reynolds named their firstborn child, John [who died young] after his paternal grandfather.  Second child, Mary, named for her mother and/or maternal grandmother; next child, Edward, named for his father; son Patrick named after his maternal grandfather; last son, Joseph--don't know.  Perhaps after one of his parents' grandparents.

Mount Vernon, New York...my father grew up there.  Seems the family resided in Westchester County from the 1850's, beginning with Patrick Dolan /Doolin and his family.  I'll have to look into the history of the county - what was the draw there?

Ancestry has free access to immigration records this week, through Labor Day; perhaps I'll find the immigration record for Patrick Dolan /Doolin or Edward "Raynolds". :-)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

BREAKTHROUGH !

Thanks to familysearch.org, I have an extract of the marriage certificate of Kristian Danielsen and Mary E. Reynolds, listing her parents' names.  [The marriage date does match the index entry I'd found online some time ago: 30 Oct 1898, Bronx NY.]  Mary's father was NOT John Reynolds [per her death certificate] - it was Edward Reynolds.  Her mother's name was Mary Dolan [or Dulan], daughter of Patrick and Mary Dolan [Dulan].  Thus Mary Reynolds Danielsen named her second son, Edward, for her father.

I've found a few census entries for these families.  Patrick Dolan emigrated from Ireland between 1840-1845, and resided Westchester, New York from at least 1850 through 1870.  He and his wife Mary had 3 daughters, the older two born Ireland, the youngest, Mary Dolan, born New York.  His occupation was always listed as "laborer" in the federal censuses, but he also showed assets of $1000 to $1500.  He died probably between 1870-1880.  

Patrick's daughter Mary Dolan married Edward Reynolds about 1868-1870; they lived with her father [who was probably widowed] in Westchester as of the 1870 census.  Edward Reynolds was born in Ireland; nothing has been found on his family or immigration as of yet.  At 1880 he and Mary had 3 sons [another son having died young] and a daughter, Mary Reynolds who would grow up to marry Kristian Danielsen.  Cannot locate Edward Reynolds or his wife Mary in the 1900 census; they may have been deceased by then.  [I have found possible entries for two of their sons in 1900.]

This also answers the question as to where Mary Reynolds and Kristian Danielsen met:  he worked in Westchester as a waiter as of the early 1890's, and she was born and raised in Westchester.  Their 1898 marriage took place in the Bronx although a 1903 City directory showed their residence still in Westchester.  It's possible the nearest courthouse was in the Bronx.

Again - thank you familysearch.org !


P.S.  The Sullivan connection remains up in the air, as Mary Reynolds had no sisters!



Friday, June 3, 2011

One other unrelated Sullivan family...

According to Raymond Danielsen [son of Christian Jr. / grandson of Kristian Sr. and Mary [Reynolds] Danielsen], he had Sullivan cousins on his mother's side of the family.  It's possible my father met these Sullivan cousins through his uncle Christian [Jr.]'s family, but they would not have been blood relatives. 


Nothing but dead ends so far trying to connect Sullivan to Reynolds!