Bits and pieces

Received the following obituary notice from the Springfield, MO, 'The Springfield Republican', dated February 5, 1905.

The funeral services of the late Joseph
Willier, will beheld Monday morning at 10
o'clock at the church of the Immaculate
Conception. Interment in the Catholic

....and I was hoping for a volume on his accomplishments.

Eamonn Haverty

This is the name of my contact in Galway regarding the Coughlin/Naughton/Gurteen study. He is a genealogy volunteer. Works in the finance office.

He's still active on it, but one book he needs is out to the bookbinders for repairs after only a century ,or so, of use.

Ball Family Research

At brother Dan's request, I set out to see if I could find out anything about some 'Ball' names that were scratched on the back of an old heirloom shelf of Jill's as well as more 'Ball' names on an accompanying piece of paper.

Initially I worked with Susan Smith, the webmaster of a 'Ball' website. She did a great job with her "Mystery Shelf'. One of the respondents was, in fact, a relative of Jill's, Alice Ball Staves. Alice provided the details of her & Jill's Ball ancestors.

I've provided three pages:
1. Crowell page with the Crowell tree, followed by the charts showing the names on the shelf and the piece of paper.
2.Ball page showing Jill's ancestors, followed by Alice's narrative on her family ties.
3. This provides a link to Susan Smith's Ball website, which provides a more complete chart of this particular Ball wing.


Son Paul's research gave us the information on Daniel Michael and Johannah from their arrival in Boston.

I know that Paul's tried, as have I, to get info on how, when and from where they got to Boston, but to no avail.

I believe that they got here just as Margie's genealogy instructor said, "...they parachuted in"

On the 'Mahoney' page I've tried to attack the info problem from the other side. I've tried to use what info is available in Ireland to try to find the Mahoney origin.

Williers and Railroad History

The Williers activities seemingly followed the growth of the railroads. The period from 1850 to 1870 saw a tremendous growth.

In 1830 there were 23 miles of railroads.
..1850...9,021 miles.
..1870...52,922 miles, with the trans-continental link completed the year before.

There is a Railrod History page.

Odd Notes

Was half watching TV, A & E documentary, when they showed the image of a wedding license. The name that 1st caught my eye was Mary Coughlin, the groom..........Al Capone, (the gangster) !!

Greatgrandfather Joseph L'Huillier (Willier) I believe had a middle initial of "W", deep in my memory I seem to recall that it stood for 'Wilhelm'. Can anyone concur?