Another Brick Wall Bites the Dust

Another Brick Wall Bites the Dust

I've been searching for clues into my great-great-grandfather's past since I began researching my genealogy seven years ago. According to my grandfather, John Peterson was born in Sweden, and he married an American woman, Celestia Merrill, around the turn-of-the-century. Gramps and his parents lived with John and Celestia when they were first starting out as [...]

Amy’s Boys

Amy’s Boys

Amy (Merrill) Horey published hundreds of articles on herself, her husband and her nine children--Kathryn Clara (b. 1908), Leota Jean (b. 1909), Vera Ethel (b. 1911), George Merrill (b. 1914), Kenneth Arthur (b. 1915), Elmer Nelson (b. 1917), Clarence Herbert (b. 1919), Barbara Ann (b. 1925) and Millicent Marie (b. 1927)--in the community's newspapers, and [...]

I Love Lucy’s Jamestown Connections

I Love Lucy’s Jamestown Connections

When my grandparents were first married in 1968, they rented a forest green, two-story home on Highland Avenue in Jamestown, New York. Gramps had just returned from Vietnam, and he was bartending at his friend Sam's bar--called Pilly's Harbor--downtown. One evening, while he was having a few beers with friends, Lucille Ball--the Lucille Ball of [...]

The Mystery Brother

The Mystery Brother

In July of 1907, Maryanna Louisa Witkowski, the daughter of Nicholas and Marcella (Mintkiewicz) Witkowski, left Poland for the small town of Dunkirk, New York to marry a man she had never met. She and Casimir Marczynski, a widower with six young children, were wed on August 26, 1907 at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church. At [...]