Monthly Archives: April 2013

Crossing the Pond to Roots in Ireland

I’m getting closer… Below is an obituary from 1929 for the 99 year old (!) brother-in-law of my great-grandfather, Jeremiah Desmond.  It’s the first evidence I’ve  found that links a related ancestor to Ireland and why he came to America. … Continue reading

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Aunt Grace

Grace Desmond, my sweet and much beloved aunt, in 1913 when she was about 22 years old. Grace traveled the Chautauqua Circuit as she, an accomplished pianist, and her troupe of fellow entertainers, brought culture to rural America in the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hoping you’ve forgiven us for all those April Fool’s Day birthday pranks we pulled on you over the years! Happy 104th, Dad. Love, Patti

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