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This family has been confusing to start researching since I orignally had no idea what Charles Smith’s real surname was. I had heard rumors that it might not have been Smith but I orginally thought that maybe it had been “McGowan” and he changed it to the Anglicized version since McGowan means a “Smith” in Gaelic. When my mother’s cousin Ray Grinold got copies of Charles’ Civil War pension records, all of the questions were answered. I have since had DNA matches with descendants of Jane Goodwin and her first husband, Mr. McGowan. ~mary
- Jane1 Goodwin, b. 1821 in Ireland, resided in New York City, New York. There is a Jane Goodwin, age 15, that arrived in NY 10 Jul 1832.
There is a second Jane Goodwin, age 20, that arrived in NY 5 Jul 1837 with sister, Ellen, 18.
Based on children’s births, Jane’s first husband must have died c. 1843. There is a death announcement for an Owen McGowan on 19 June 1843 in New York City. He lived at 50 Vestry, corner of Greenwich Street. He died after a long and tedious illness.
Based on birth year for son, Charles Smith, Jane must have remarried quickly and her second husband, George Smith, died c. 1848. George and Jane’s son, Charles, is quoted in his Civil War pension affidavit as saying that his father died when he was an infant. Charles was born c. 1848.
Prior to the Civil War, according to pension affidavit by son, Charles Smith, Jane lived on West Forest St. New York City.
There is a death record for a Jane Smith, born c. 1821, age 57. She died on 23 Oct 1878 in Manhattan. She was a widow born in Ireland. It’s possible that this is Jane Goodwin Smith.
She married (1) Mr. McGowan, b. in Ireland, d. c. 1848. Ray Grinold mentioned his name as being Timothy, but I don’t know the source. The 1880 Census record for son, James, states that both parents were born in Ireland.
Children of Jane Goodwin and Mr. McGowan:
- i. Mary2 McGowan b. c. 1841.
ii. John McGowan, b. c. 1842 in New York,, resided in Brooklyn, NYC, New York. John was also in Co. D 102nd NY Infantry Volunteers but only lasted a couple of days before he deserted.
His Civil War military records say that he enlisted, at the age of 19, on 25 Nov 1861 in New York City. He enlisted as a Private and served in Company D, 102nd Infantry Regiment New York. He deserted from Company D, 102nd Infantry Regiment New York on 28 Nov 1861. John’s brothers, James McGowan and Charles Smith, both served in the 102nd NY as well.
There is a John and Margaret McGowan in NYC in 1870s that could be this John. There are quite a few “John McGowans” in New York so it’s difficult to prove. As of now I have not found a DNA match with any descendant of John McGowan.
- iii. James M. McGowan b. c. 1843.
Jane married (2) George Smith, c. 1843 in New York, New York, b. in Ireland, resided New York City in New York, d. c. 1844 in New York, New York. In son, Charles’ affidavit explaining why he changed his name, he states that his father’s name was George Smith, and that he died during Charles’ infancy.
There is a death record for a George Smith on 10 Apr 1848, Death Place: New York City, New York, New York, United States
There is also a burial for a George Smith Birth: unknown , Death: Nov., 1848, Burial: Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County New York, USA Plot: Lot 881, Section 78.
- iv. Charles Edward Smith b. 14 Mar 1844.
- Mary2 McGowan (Jane1 Goodwin), b. c. 1841 in New York, New York, US,, d. post 1910, resided in Manhattan, New York, New York. .
Mary signed a “General Affidavit” at time of her half-brother, Charles’, death in 1910. The affidavit was to help his widow claim his pension. Mary was married and listed as age 69.
She married Joseph Powers, 15 Jun 1863 in St. Josephs, 6th Ave, Manhattan, New York, b. 1842 in Ireland, d. 20 Jun 1900 in Manhattan, New York NY, resided in Manhattan, New York, NY, occupation Car Driver,10 buried in Calvary Cemetery. Joseph’s death record lists his parents as Joseph and Katherine Powers. His mother, Catherine Powers, born c. 1810, Ireland, lived with the family in 1870.
Daughter Julia’s Godmother was a Julia Powers. She could possibly be a sister of Joseph.
In 1870 the family lived in New York City, Ward 19
Joseph age 28 Car Driver b. Ireland
Mary age 27 b. NY
Julia age 7 b. NY
Joseph age 4 b. NY
Charles age 2 b NY
Catherine Powers age 60 (1810) b. Ireland
There was a 12 year gap between son, Charles’, birth and daughter, Catherine’s, birth in 1880.
I can’t find the family in 1880. At the time of daughter, Lucy’s, birth in 1883 the family lived in Manhattan. The address transcription looks like East 59th Street.
In 1900 the family lived on Second Avenue in Manhattan. Joseph was a driver for the Railroad. Mary is listed as having had six children with all six living.
Joseph b May 1842 Ireland. He arrived in US in 1852
Mary b. May 1843 New York; married 1867 dressmaker
Joseph b. Dec 1879 NY; Fish Business
Kate b. Jan 1880 NY
Maggie b. June 1884 NY
Lucy b. Nov 1882 (1883) NY
Joseph Powers died later that year, in June 1900.
In 1905 Mary was a widow. She lived in Manhattan with three of her children.
Joseph 35 Clerk
Catherine 27 at home
Lucy 18 Clerk.
- i. Julia Ann L.3 Powers b. 1864.
ii. Joseph W Powers b. 2 Dec 1866 in Manhattan, New York, NY,10, baptized 30 Dec 1866 in St Boniface, Manhattan, New York, NY,11 d. 30 Jan 1915 in Manhattan, New York, New York,10 buried 2 Feb 1915 in Calvary Cemetery, New York,10 resided in Manhattan, New York, New York, occupation Fish Salesman. .
Joseph never married.
- iii. Charles J. Powers b. 14 Jan 1868. iv. Catherine Kate Powers b. 1880 in Manhattan, New York, NY.7 . In 1900, Kate, age 20, lived with her parents in Manhattan, NY.
In 1905, listed as age 27, Kate lived with her widowed mother.
In 1910, Catherine and brother, Joseph, lived in Manhattan, NY at 64 West 144th Street.
In 1915 there was a Catherine Powers, age 35, no occupation, living as a lodger with the Barnes family in New York City.
v. Lucy M. Powers b. 7 Nov 1883 in Manhattan, New York, NY, d. post 1905, resided in Manhattan, New York, NY.
In 1900 Lucy lived with her parents and siblings in Manhattan, New York. She worked as a stocker at a dry goods store.
In 1905, Lucy lived with her widowed mother in Manhattan.
vi. Margaret M. Powers b. 1884 in Manhattan, New York, NY, d. 22 Nov 1904 in Manhattan, New York, NY.12 .
Margaret died in 1904 at age 24 after only two years of marriage.
She married Martin O’Leary, 8 Jun 1902 in Manhattan, New York, NY, b. 1873.14
- James M.2 McGowan (Jane1 Goodwin), b. c. 1843 in New York,2,4 d. 30 Jul 1889 in New York, New York, US, resided East 12th St. in Manhattan, New York, New York, US, occupation Retail Candy Store; Confectioner.2,4 .
James enlisted 4 Feb 1861 in New York City as a Private in Co. D 102 infantry. He enlisted with his brother, John, and half-brother, Charles Smith (aka McGowan)
In 1864 James served in the Ambulance Corp.
He was mustered out on 21 Jul 1865 with his Company at Alexandria, VA.
He married Catherine Baade, 3 Jul 1868 in Seventeenth St Church, New York City, NY, b. c. 1842 in New York, New York, US,2, (daughter of John Baade and Dorothy ?? Baade), d. pre 1900.6 There is a death record for a Catherine McGowan b. c. 1844, died 24 Dec 1898 in New York, New York.
There is another Catherine McGowan b. c. 1841, died 21 Oct 1899 in Manhattan.
In 1880 the family lived on East Twelfth St, NY, New York.
The 1890 Veterans Schedule for New York, New York lists Catherine B. McGowan as “widow of James McGowan”
A family member’s tree has Catherine Baade McGowan’s death date as 5 Apr 1891 in New York, NY with no source.
In 1900, sons John, Peter and Joseph lived next door to Catherine’s sisters in Manhattan.
- i. Charles D.3 McGowan b. 1 Apr 1868.
ii. John Thomas McGowan b. 5 Nov 1872 in New York, New York, US,2,6,, d. post 1933, occupation Painter; Clerk City Dept. of Finance,6,18 resided East 120th Street in New York, New York, US.18 .
In 1900, John lived with his two brothers, Peter and Joseph. They lived next door to their Baade family aunts and cousin.
In 1910, John was still single and living with his brother Charles, his children and their aunts, the Baade sisters.
In May 1910, John and brothers, Peter and Joseph, were pall bearers for their uncle, Charles Smith, in Wallingford, CT
There is an article in the newspaper announcing the resignation of John T. McGowan “whose 33 year career in the city service” which “started with a Tenement House Department clerkship”. He retired on 2 October 1939 as a clerk in the Law Department.
iii. Peter James McGowan b. 27 Sep 1875 in New York, New York, US,6,2 d. 29 Nov 1951 in New York City, NY, occupation Accountant.6 .
In 1900, Peter lived with his two brothers, John and Joseph. They lived next door to his aunts and cousin in the Baade family.
He married Juliette Pultz, 1905, b. 1884 in New York.
In the 1905 New York State Census, Peter and Juliette were newly married and lived in Manhattan, NY
In 1910 Peter and Juliette lived in Manhattan, NY. They had been married for five years. Juliette was listed as not having given birth to any children. Peter worked as an accountant.
He was probably the “P. McGowan” who along with John and Joseph McGowan were pall bearers for their uncle, Charles Smith, in Wallingford, CT.
In 1915 the couple lived on East 13th Street in NY. Peter was an accountant.
In 1920 Peter and Juliette lived in Brooklyn, NY. Peter worked as a city investigator.
In 1930 the couple lived in Brooklyn. Peter worked as a Secretary in Civil Service.
According to newspaper article, Peter retired in 1933.
Peter’s obituary said that he was age 76, secretary of the Board of Estimate for 10 years until his retirement in 1933. He died at this home at 152 E. 72nd Street. He had been in City Service for 38 years. Peter was described as a “life-long firefighting” fan and was an “Honorary Deputy Fire Chief”. His funeral was held at St. Vincent Ferrer’s Church on 3 Dec 1951.
- iv. Joseph F. McGowan b. 6 Feb 1878.
v. Catherine McGowan b. Jan 1880 in New York, New York, US,2 d. 25 Jul 1888 in Manhattan, NY. In 1880 Catherine was 4 months old with birth month listed as January. She lived with her parents and siblings in New York City.
Catherine died at age 8.
vi. Margaret “Rose” McGowan b. Mar 1882 in Manhattan, New York, New York, d. pre 1900. Her birth record lists her name as Rose.
She is not with her siblings after the death of their parents. She probably died young.
- Charles Edward2 Smith (Jane1 Goodwin), b. 14 Mar 1844 in New York City, NY,,, d. 21 May 1910 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, buried 24 May 1910 in Holy Trinity,Wallingford,CT, resided 326 No. Colony St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Pencil Case Maker,Silver Shop; Sand Buffer,Mechanic,23,24,4,
Charles’ military records list a birth year of 1844, however he lied about his age to join. His death record lists his birth date as 14 March 1848. That would mean he was actually age 14 when he joined the Union Army.
Charles was 5’7″, with blue eyes and dark hair.
Charles was a member of Co. D 102nd N.Y. Infantry Volunteers. Charles enlisted under the surname McGowan and therefore, in order for him to receive his pension, he had to prove that Charles Smith and Charles McGowan were the same people. This was done through a collection of affidavits from Charles and other family members. Much of the information below came from those affidavits.
Charles states that at the outset of the Civil War, he was “determined to enlist” and made “several attempts to do so” but was underage. He did not have his mother’s permission to enlist and she threatened to make him be discharged if he did so. In order to not be discovered by his mother, who he says would be searching for someone named Charles E. Smith, he enlisted with his half-brother, James McGowan, on 4 February 1862 under the name Charles McGowan. He stayed enlisted under that name until 1865.
Charles was captured at Black River, NC on 16 Mar 1865. He was brought from Smithfield, NC to Richmond, VA 23 Mar 1865 and was in the Alexandria, VA Prison until 26 March 1865. He rejoined his Company 27 Mar 1865 and was sent to Camp Parole, MD. He was furloughed for 30 days on 2 April 1865. He returned to his Company on 3 May 1865 in New York City and sent to Camp Distribution in Alexandria, VA where he was mustered out on 21 July 1865 with the rest of his company, including brother James McGowan.
Charles’ obituary says that he was a member of Green’s brigade, 12th corps at the battle of Gettysburg and was at Culps’ Hill during that conflict. Later he was with Sherman during the march to the sea through Georgia.
According to a signed “Claimant’s Affidavit” Charles says that his father was George F. Smith and his mother was Jane Smith. Previous to marrying Mr. Smith, Jane was married to a Mr. McGowan. She had three children with him, Mary, James and John McGowan. George Smith died “during my (Charles’) infancy”. He states that while in school he was often called Charles McGowan because of his siblings.
Prior to the war, his mother lived on West Fourth Street in New York City. Charles lived with his employer, Sydney Mount, on Hester St. in NYC. His employer was a “pen and pencil case worker” with a shop on Chatham Square in NYC. Charles entered into apprenticeship with him in 1859. Charles is not listed with Sydney in the 1860 Census.
Charles is listed as living in Brooklyn, NY until 1868, Meriden, CT until 1871, Wallingford, CT until 1882, Hartford, CT until 1887 and finally Wallingford, CT again until his death.
Charles married Margaret “Maggie” E. Wrynn, 28 Oct 1875 in Holy Trinity, Wallingford, New Haven, CT, b. 1857 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,,,23,24, (daughter of Thomas (Rynn) Wrynn and Alice McKeon), d. 1934 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, buried Holy Trinity in Wallingford, New Haven, CT. Margaret dropped the W and went by Rynn.
On May 6, 1882 a newspaper article mentions that Charles was leaving his position at Simpson, Hall and Miller, where he worked for 13 years, to take a more responsible position with Hartford Britannia Co. From 1883 through 1885 Charles E. Smith, buffer, was living at 9 Riverside, Hartford. He worked at 28 High Street. The building at 28 High Street was built in 1860 as an office building. It was first called the Batterson Building at the corner of High and Asylum and later the Lewtan Building. It still stands and has been converted to apartments. In 1889 Charles was listed as working as buffer at Hartford Silver Plate Co 28 High St, with a house in Wallingford, CT. The Hartford Silver Plate Company is listed in Hartford City Directories from 1881 through 1893
In March 1882, there is a newspaper announcement that “Mrs Charles E. Smith” was going to open a shoe store “on Colony Street near the catholic cemetery”.
In the 1880s and 90s, Charles was active in the Democratic Party.
In 1894, Charles owned a building in Wallingford, CT that housed a saloon run by two Morrison brothers. One night in September of that year Charles was in a fist fight with the Morrison brothers. The newspaper said that Charles was in “ill health” and that the Morrison’s beat him badly. Charles’ father in law, Thomas Wrinn, went down to the saloon and got in a fight with the Morrisons. They beat him badly and he went home. He later died of his injuries and the Morrisons were charged with manslaughter but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. Charles was able to return to work on September 25.
In March 1895, Charles was appointed as a Justice of the Peace.
In 1900, Charles was elected Chairperson of the local Democratic caucus. He was active in the Democratic Party throughout the 1890s.
In 1910 Charles and Margaret lived with their daughter Jen and her family at 326 North Colony in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Charles’ cause of death was Bright’s Disease. Charles’ death record incorrectly lists his father as “Terrence Smith”. Pallbearers were John, Joseph and P. McGowan all of New York City, James C. Wrinn, W.S. Fogarty and William F. Wrynn. Flower bearers were Robert Wrinn, Michael Luby, Frank Brown, John McCormick, John Gannon, Gerald McKeon, Arthur Roberge, Thomas Carroll and Charles Wrinn.
In 1930, Margaret was living with her daughter, Jennie, and her husband, George Rundle, and several Grand Children at 144 Church St. in Wallingford.
Children of Charles Smith and Margart Wrynn:
- i. Thomas Jefferson3 Smith b. 20 Aug 1876.
ii. Charles Edward Smith Jr. b. 10 Aug 1878 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,23,,26 resided in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, d. pre 1910 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT.
In May 1893, Charles was injured at work. His hand was caught in a roller at the Rubber Shop and his finger was smashed.
The family says that he died young, probably never married.
He was still living with his parents in 1900, at age 21.
In 1910, his mother is listed as having given birth to 3 children with 2 living.
- iii. Jane (Jennie) Claire Smith b. 7 Jul 1880.
- Julia Ann L.3 Powers (Mary2 McGowan, Jane1 Goodwin), b. 1864 in New York, New York,7, baptized 1 May 1864 in St. Paul’s RC Church, Manhattan, New York, NY,11 d. 1942 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Baptism sponsor for Julia were Julia Powers (sister of father?) and Edward Carr.
In 1870 Julia lived with her parents and siblings in New York City.
I was not sure about Julia’s marriage to Thomas P. D’Arcy, because her name is “Julia L.” instead of Julia A or P. and her birth year is off by a few years in some records. Other researchers have the wife of Thomas D’Arcy having parents James and Elizabeth Powers. However, I do have DNA match with at least one descendant of Julia and Thomas D’Arcy. And I have a shared match with that person and Rich McGowan, a descendant of James McGowan.
She married Thomas Patrick D’Arcy, c. 1887, b. 1859 in New York,7 d. 1910, resided in Manhattan, New York, NY.7 I haven’t been able to find a marriage date for Julia and Thomas, however, their first child was born in 1888.
In 1900 Julia Darcy is listed as being born May 1865 in New York. Married in 1887. Lived in Manhattan. The couple had three daughters, Mary, age 12, Sarah, age 11 and Irene age 2. Julia is listed as having given birth to five children with three living.
In 1905 Julia, Thomas and their three daughters lived in Manhattan. Thomas worked as a painter.
In 1930 Julia was a widow living in Newton, MA. Her daughter, Irene, and her family lived with Julia.
i. Mary Jane4 D’Arcy b. 14 Mar 1888 in Manhattan, New York, NY,13,7 d. 7 Dec 1913 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. . Her birth record lists her name as Mary Jane. Her death certificate lists it as Mary Alice.
Mary was 25 years old at the time of her death due to Post-Partum Eclampsia. The child was born at 4pm and Mary began having convulsions 4 hours later at 8pm.
She married Gustave J. S. Campbell.
ii. Sarah “Sadie” K. D’Arcy b. 11 Apr 1889 in Manhattan, New York, NY.7,13 .
iii. Thomas Patrick D’Arcy b. 28 Apr 1892 in Manhattan, New York, NY,7 d. pre 1900. He must have died young as he was not with the family in 1900.
iv. Irene D’Arcy b. 1894 in Manhattan, New York, NY.7 .
She married S Rustin, 21 July 1914 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
v. Thomas Francis D’Arcy b. 1895 in Manhattan, New York, NY,12 d. 2 Jul 1895 in Manhattan, New York, NY,12 buried 3 Jul 1895 in Calvary Cemetery, New York, NY.12 .
vi. Maurice Thomas D’Arcy b. 19 Mar 1895 in Manhattan, New York, NY,13 d. pre 1900.7 . He must have died young as he’s not with family in 1900.
vii. Female D’Arcy b. 2 Oct 1896 in Manhattan, New York, NY,13 d. pre 1900.7 . This child probably died at birth. They were not with the family in 1900.
viii. Lucy Hazel D’Arcy b. 11 May 1901 in Manhattan, New York, NY,12,13 d. 4 Mar 1903 in Manhattan, New York, NY,12 buried 6 Mar 1903 in Calvary Cemetery, New York, NY.12 . Lucy was 1 year old, almost 2, at the time of her death.
- Charles J.3 Powers (Mary2 McGowan, Jane1 Goodwin), b. 14 Jan 1868 in New York, New York,9,,11 baptized 21 Jan 1868 in St Vincent Ferrer, Manhattan, New York, NY,11 d. 13 Feb 1899 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, New York City, New York, NY, buried in Calvary Cemetery, New York, NY,36 resided in Long Island City, Queens, NY,35 occupation Electrician.35,36 .
In 1870, Charles, age 2, lived with his parents in New York City.
He married Henrietta Van Twistern, 26 Nov 1889 in Manhattan, New York, NY,14 b. 1870 in New York.35,
At the time of son, Joseph (Louis) birth, Henrietta’s surname is listed as “Firestone” on his birth record. Her surname was Van Twistern on their marriage record.
In 1892, Charles, age 24, Henrietta, age 20 and son, Louis, age 2, lived in Long Island City, Queens, NY. Charles was an electrician.
Charles died in February 1899 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Bronx, NY. The cause of death was Phthisis Pulmonalis (Tuberculosis) and Asthenia.
In 1900, Henrietta was newly married to her second husband, John Guinee. They lived in Queens, NY. Henrietta’s two children lived with the couple.
In 1910, Henrietta was married to a third husband, George D. Burckel. Only son, Louis, lived with the couple.
In 1915 Charles and Henrietta’s daughter was married and living in the Bronx. Henrietta’s third husband lived with the couple. Henrietta was not with them. She may have been deceased.
i. Louis Joseph4 Powers b. 22 Nov 1890 in New York City, New York,35,19 d. 10 Apr 1921 in Manhattan, New York, New York. His birth record lists his name as “Joseph Powers”, son of Charles Powers, 22, b. NYC and Henrietta Firestone, 18, b. NYC
In 1892 he was listed as Louis.
In 1900 Louis and sister, Mazie, lived with their mother and her second husband in Queens, NY.
He enlisted in the US Army on 9 January 1913. He was age 21 and a hospital orderly at the time. He was discharged on 23 October 1916.
Joseph died 10 Apr 1921 in Manhattan. He was single. His parents were listed as Charles Powers and “Henrietta VanTrystem”..
ii. Mary “Mae” “Mazie” Powers b. 7 Nov 1893 in Astoria, Queens, New York,37, d. July 1987 in New York,38 resided in Bronx, New York.
She married Joseph Hagelman on 3 May 1913 in Manhattan, NY.
In 1915 Joseph and Mae lived in the Bronx. Mae’s step-father, George Burckel, age 44, lived with them. Henrietta is not with the family.
In 1920 the family lived in Queens, NY. Their son, Joseph Jr, was 4 years old.
In 1925 the family lived in Long Island City, Queens, NY. Children Joseph Jr, age 9, Ellenore, age 3, and Edmund, age 1, lived with them.
In 1940 the family lived in Queens, NY. Joseph was an electrician. Sons, Joseph age 24, Harold, age 12, and Ronald , age 7, lived with the couple.
- Charles D.3 McGowan (James M.2, Jane1 Goodwin), b. 1 Apr 1868 in New York, New York, US,2,,10 d. 13 Oct 1933 in Manhattan, New York,,10 resided 341 East 121st Stree – t in New York, New York, US, occupation Foreman at Pencil Factory.
In 1880, Charles was age 12, living with his parents.
He married Alice Harriet Smith, c. 1890,6 b. June 1870 in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Connecticut,7,13,10 d. 26 Aug 1904 in Manhattan, New York, New York, US.18,36,10 Alice’s parents , James Smith and Elizabeth Dennington, were born in England.
Her son, Edward’s birth certificate lists her birthplace as “Pittsburg”, however, all other birth certificates list her birthplace as Bridgeport, CT.
At the time of son, Edward’s, birth the family lived at 282 Avenue B, New York City.
1900 Census says that Charles and Alice were married for 10 yrs. They were living in Manhatten.
Alice died in 1904 at age 34.
In 1905, son Arthur lived with Charles’ aunts Elizabeth, Dora and Margaret Baade in Manhattan. I can’t find Charles or the other three children that year.
In 1910, Charles and children were living with his three aunts, Elizabeth, Dorothy and Margaret Baade.
In 1915, Charles, and his three sons, Edward, Pete and Arthur lived with the Baade sisters. Catherine was not with them.
In 1920 and 1925, Charles and only Peter and Arthur were living with the aunts.
In 1930, Charles, age 62, was living with aunts Margaret and Dora.
Note on Ancestry tree for family: Charles’ son, Peter, was “born and raised in Harlem. His mother died when he was very young. He and his siblings were raised by his German great aunts ( one was named Dora) who also raised his father and his siblings!”.
i. Catherine Elizabeth4 McGowan b. 11 May 1892 in New York, New York, US.7,18,19 . Her birth record lists her first name as “Catherina”.
In 1900 Catherine lived with her parents and siblings in Manhattan, NY
In 1910, at age 17, Catherine lived in Manhattan with her father and siblings. They lived with her father’s aunts. Catherine worked at the pencil factory.
Catherine did not live with her father and brothers in 1915.
I can’t find Catherine for sure in the 1920 Census. There is a Catherine McGowan, age 28, working as a nurse in Manhattan. Her father is listed as being born in New York, which matches, but it also says her mother was born in New York, while Catherine’s mother was born in Connecticut. It’s possible that since Catherine was so young when her mother died she didn’t know where her mother was born.
One family member has her death as occurring in New Jersey.
ii. Edward James McGowan b. 31 Jan 1894 in Manhattan, New York, New York, US,18,19,,,13 d. 15 Jan 1979 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio,25 occupation Post Office Letter Carrier,42, resided in Bloomfield, Essex, New Jersey.42 .
In 1910 Edward lived with his father and siblings in Manhattan with thier father’s aunts.
Edward was single at the time of the WWI Draft in 1917. He lived in Manhattan.
He married Marie Schneider, 11 Jun 1919 in Manhattan, New York, NY,14 b. 1897 in New York City, New York,14 d. 1946 in Bloomfield, Essex, New Jersey, buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield, NJ.44 She was the daughter of Joseph Schnieder and Mary Weissman.
In 1930 Edward, Marie and sons lived in Bloomfield, Essex, New Jersey.
In 1940 Edward, Marie and sons lived in Bloomfield, Essex, NJ. Edward was a letter carrier for the Post Office
At the time of the World War II Draft they lived in Bloomfield, NJ. Edward worked for the Post Office
Edward McGowan Sr, Pompton Lakes, NJ. Edward J McGowan Sr, 87, died Monday in St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland. Mr. McGowan was born in New York. He had lived in Pompton Lakes for 20 years. Prior to his retirement in 1955, he was a mail carrier in West Orange. He served with the armed forces in World War II and was a member of Pompton Lakes American Legion Post 235. Surviving are two sons, Robert of Cleveland and Edward of Pompton Lakes. Seven Grandchildren and Seven Great Grandchildren.
iii. Peter John McGowan b. 17 Aug 1897 in New York, New York, US,18,,,41,42,13 d. 17 Oct 1967 in New York, New York, US, occupation US Postal Dept Employee,41 resided 341 E. 120th Street in New York, New York, US.41 .
Some records list his middle name as James, however, his World War II Draft Registration and his Military Service records list his middle name as John.
He is described as having light blue eyes and dark brown hair.
Peter served during World War I as a private. He never served overseas. He was stationed at Camp Wheeler and discharged on 22 Dec 1918.
In 1920 Peter, age 21 lived with his great aunts, the Baade sisters, with his father and brother, Arthur. He worked as a clerk at the Post Office.
He married Zita Irene Carson, 30 Jun 1928 in St Margaret’s RC Church,Bronx, New York, b. 1891 in Canada,45,46 d. 1980.
In 1930 and 1940, the family lived in Manhattan. Peter worked for the US Post Office.
At the time of the World War II Draft Registration the family lived in Manhattan and Peter worked at the Post Office at Station 82, Bloomingdale’s, New York City.
iv. Arthur William McGowan b. 25 Mar 1900 in Manhattan, New York, New York, US,18,41,42,39 d. 1971, resided 341 East 120th Street in New York, New York, US, occupation Repairman: Western Electric Co.41 .
Draft registrations lists Arthur as being Tall with Blue eyes and brown hair.
In 1910 Arthur and siblings lived with thier father and Great Aunts Elizabeth, Dorothy and Margaret Baade in Manhattan, NY
In 1925 Arthur, his father, and brother, Peter, lived with Margaret and Dora Baade. Arthur was working as a clerk for the Board of Education.
He married Ellen Monaghan, 30 Aug 1925 in Bronx, New York, New York.47
Arthur and Ellen had three children including Gerald A. McGowan and Mary Ann McGowan.
- Joseph F.3 McGowan (James M.2, Jane1 Goodwin), b. 6 Feb 1878 in New York, New York, US,2,6,,42 d. 9 Jun 1944 in New York, New York, occupation Stenographer; Secretary for Lawyer.6,45 .
He married Ann Veronica O’Brien, 17 Jun 1903 in New York, NY, b. c. 1876 in New York,45 d. 1948.
In 1910 and 1920 Joseph, Ann and children Raymond and Margaret lived in The Bronx, NY. Joseph was a stenographer at a law office.
In May 1910, Joseph and brothers, Peter and Joseph were pallbearers for thier uncle, Charles Smith in Wallingford, CT.
In 1930, Joseph and Ann lived in the same house as a William J. Baade and wife Helen. Probably a cousin.
At the time of the World War II Draft in 1942, Joseph and Ann lived at 681 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
i. Raymond J.4 McGowan b. 14 Feb 1904 in New York City, New York,45,42, 1987, occupation Audit Adjuster.45 .
In 1930, Raymond was age 25 and living with his parents.
He married Alice (maiden name unknown) McGowan, b. 1905 in New York.49
In 1935, Raymond, Alice and daughter, Mary Alice lived in Philadelphia, PA.
In 1940 they lived at 141 Ocean Ave, New York, NY. Raymond worked as Assistant Superintendent of the New York World’s Fair.
At the time of the WWII Draft, Raymond was married and living at 770 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
ii. Margaret (Marjorie?) C. McGowan b. c. 1910 in New York.45 . In 1930 her name is recorded as Marjorie.
- Thomas Jefferson3 Smith (Charles Edward2, Jane1 Goodwin), b. 20 Aug 1876 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,23,31,,, resided in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Buffer, Silver Finisher,51,31 d. pre 1920. . For some reason, Thomas has two birth certificates on file in Wallingford. One lists the above birthdate, the other lists 20 Jul 1877. His Draft registration lists the 20 Aug 1876 date.
He married Cecelia Madden, 5 Sep 1898 in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut,24,31, b. July 1877 in Meriden, Connecticut,,31, d. 7 Sep 1962 in New Haven, New Haven, CT.
Cecelia was the youngest of nine children of Luke M. and Catherine Malloy Madden. They were both born in Ireland. In 1880 the Maddens lived on North Colony St, Meriden, CT.
At the time of their marriage, Thomas was age 22, a silver polisher. Cecelia was 21. She lived at 50 Willow Street, Meriden.
On 9 September 1898 there is a newspaper announcement that “Thomas Smith and bride have returned from their wedding trip and are residing at North Colony Street.”
In 1900 and 1910, the family lived on No. Colony St. in Wallingford, down the street from Thomas’ parents and siblings.
At the time that he filed his draft registration in 1918, they lived at 15 West Ave, Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT.
Thomas is described as being of Medium Height, 5′ 7 3/4″, Stout Build, 200 lbs and having Blue eyes and dark hair.
In 1920, Cecelia was widowed and living with her 5 children on Grove St., in Meriden, CT. Youngest son was born 1915, so Thomas must have died sometime between 1914 and 1920.
In 1922 City Directory she is listed as living at 247 Cook St., Meriden.
In 1930, only Charlie and Warren still lived with her on Prospect St, Meriden.
Shortly after the census Cecelia must have moved to New Haven. She is listed in 1930 City Directory as living at 118 Mansfield St, New Haven with daughter Catherine.
In 1932 through 1940 she lived at 39 Cottage St, New Haven.
i. Harold Francis4 Smith b. 8 Aug 1899 in Connecticut,31,38, occupation Electrician; Mach Operator,53, 10 Jul 1965 in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut,38,57 resided in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut.57 .
In 1933 Harold and Mae lived at 33 Bunker Ave, Meriden, CT.
In 1940 the family lived at 214 Sherman Avenue, Meriden, CT. Harold was a grinder for General Motors.
At the time of the World War II Draft, Harold and May lived at 214 Sherman Ave, Meriden, CT. Harold worked at New Departure Mfg Co.
He married Mae J. Dovik, b. c. 1910,57 d. 10 July 1965 in Meriden, New Haven, CT.57
ii. Catherine V. Smith b. 12 Nov 1901 in Connecticut,24,,57 22 Nov 1979 in Hamden, New Haven, CT,57 resided 77 Welton St in New Haven, New Haven, CT,57, occupation Nurse.40,61 .
In 1930, Catherine and her sister, Margaret were boarding on Orange St. in New Haven, CT.
1930 City Directory for New Haven lists Catherine and her mother living at 118 Mansfield St. in New Haven.
According to SSDI, Catherine’s last residence was 23452 Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City, Virginia, United States of America, however, her last benefit had gone to New Haven, CT. Connecticut Death Index lists death place as Hamden, CT with residence in New Haven.
She married George Gerhardt Bahnson, c. 1932 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, b. 3 Sep 1901 in New Haven, New Haven, CT,,,60,57,38 d. 07 August 1974 in New Haven, New Haven, CT,57 resided 77 Welton St in New Haven, New Haven, CT,63,57,61 occupation Grocery Salesman.63
George’s parents were Albert and Martha, both born in Germany (1920 Census for New Haven, CT ). His siblings were Frances Oscar Bahnson b. 21 Mar 1898, and Ernest Bahnson b. 17 May 1899 (a mail carrier) both in New Haven. George was the couple’s sixth child.
In the 1920 Census for New Haven, CT, they were listed as Albert , 24, b. Germany, Martha Oertler, 23, b. Germany. Albert was a grocer.
In 1930s George and siblings Arthur and Alfred were listed as working at Cedar Hill Coal Co.
The family lived at 1576 State St.
iii. Margaret M. Smith b. 20 Dec 1904 in Connecticut,24 d. 30 July 1982 in Branford, New Haven, CT,57 occupation Clerk: SNET,57 resided 148 Ocean View St. in Branford, New Haven, CT.57 . No children.
She married Carl D. Mitchner, b. 16 Sep 1904,57,38 d. 24 June 1966 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut,57 resided in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut.57 SSDI says residence was East Haven, CT.
iv. Charles “Charlie” E. Smith b. 10 Aug 1911 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,53,56,57 d. 9 Feb 1989 in West Haven, New Haven, Ct,57 occupation Clerk at Demko Co.,57 resided in Meriden, New Haven, CT.57 .
In 1930 Charles was age 18, single and living with his mother and brother in Meriden.
In 1940 Charles, Caroline and daughter Jacqueline lived in Meriden. Charles worked as a gas station attendant.
At the time of his WWII Draft, Charles was married to a Caroline Christine Smith. They lived at 30 Williams St, Meriden. Charles worked at New Departure Co in Meriden, CT.
In 1967, Charles and Martha had been living in New Haven and “removed to Wallingford”.
He married (1) Caroline Christine (maiden name unknown) Smith, c. 1941, b. 1915 in Connecticut.58
He married (2) Martha ?? Smith, b. c. 1927, resided 70 Horsley Ave in New Haven, New Haven, CT.
v. Warren H. Smith b. 4 Feb 1914 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,56, d. 1 Aug 1988 in Salem, MA,64 resided in Meriden, New Haven, CT.56 . No children.
In 1930, Warren, age 15, lived with mother and brother in Meriden.
In 1933 Warren is listed as a student living at 139 Highland Ave in Meriden, CT.
In 1940 Warren was single, living in Boston, Massachusetts, working as an aeronautics salesman.
In Feb 1946 Warren was made General Sales Mgr for Northeastern Airlines in Boston.
In August 1947 Warren was named as District Supervisor in New England for Irish Airlines.
- Jane (Jennie) Claire3 Smith (Charles Edward2, Jane1 Goodwin), b. 7 Jul 1880 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,50,31,24,,30,26 baptized Holy Trinity in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, d. 22 Sep 1966 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,57, buried Holy Trinity Ce in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,66 resided 144 Church St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Housewife.
Jen entered the Convent School in Baltic in Nov 1892. In June 1893, there is a newspaper announcement that Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith and their daughter, Jen, had returned from attending the Baltic Academy commencement in Baltic, CT. The Academy of the Holy Family is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Baltic, Connecticut. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich.
She married George Clark Rundle, Oct 1899 in Holy Trinity, New Haven, Wallingford,CT,24,30 b. 14 Nov 1876 in Mount Hope, Morris, New Jersey,51,,31,24,65,30 (son of Nicholas Cock Rundle and Agnes Ann Clark), d. 16 Jul 1935 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,66 buried Holy Trinity in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,66 resided 326 North Colony Street in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Paver,Railroad,Fireman.24,65 According to his nephew in law, Ben Farrow, George’s mother did not approve of him marrying a Catholic. She supposedly said “George can come home anytime, if he leaves that Catholic girl”
On 23 Oct 1899, there is an item in the New Haven Register saying that George Rundle and bride were just returned from their wedding trip and will be living on Colony St.
In 1900, Jennie was age 19, she and husband, George Rundle, were living with her parents in Wallingford.
In 1910 the family lived at 326 North Colony with Jen’s parents. George owned his own concrete company. Jen is listed as having given birth to 5 children with four alive.
In 1918, George and Jen lived at 326 No. Colony St, Wallingford, CT. George was listed as working for a gun mfg.
In 1920 the family still lived at 326 No. Colony. Jen’s father was deceased. Her mother was not with them.
In 1930, the family was living at 144 Church St. George is listed in census as working at the Roller Paper Mill. Jen’s mother lived with them.
“Grandma Jen”, as she was known by grandchildren and great grandchildren, was an active member of Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford.
i. Corrine4 Rundle b. 7 Jul 1900 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,50,24,65,30,57 17 Jan 1991 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT,57 occupation Stenographer at Steel Mill.
On July 9th 1900 there was an announcement in the paper saying that Mr. and Mrs. George Rundle had “welcomed a baby girl”.
She married Ralph D. Moore, 9 Aug 1920 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, b. 13 Jun 1898 in Connecticut,,62,63,,,57 d. 5 Sep 1982 in Meriden, New Haven, CT,57 occupation Automobile Salesman.,70 He was the son of Howard and Lida Moore.
In 1930, Corrine and Ralph lived with her parents at 144 Church St.
In 1940, the family lived at 151 South Whittlesey Ave., Wallingford, CT.
Corrine lived with daughter, Karen, at the time of her death.
ii. Margaret C. Rundle b. 19 Sep 1902 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,57,24,65,30,70, baptized in Holy Trinity, Wallingford, CT, d. 29 Apr 1986 in Meriden, CT, resided 146 Church St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Homemaker.
She married William “Bill” Grinold, 2 Feb 1921, b. 18 Jun 1902 in Meriden, New Haven, CT,,53,,70,38,72, resided 146 Church St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,70 occupation Purcasing Agnt; Prod Mgr; President-Wlfd Steel Mill,70 d. 25 Apr 1999 in Meriden, New Haven, CT,76 buried St. John Cemetery in Wallingford, New Haven, CT.76 Son of William Grinold and Ada Beldham. Bill was from “old” Meriden family and a member of the Episcopalian Church.
In 1930, Margaret and Bill lived next door to her parents on Church St. Bill’s occupation at the Steel Mill was listed as Purchasing Agent.
In 1937, Bill and Margaret took a 3 week cruise, leaving 5 Jan from New York and returning to same port on Jan 25th.
In 1940, Bill was listed as “Raymond” and occupation was “Production Mgr” at the Steel Mill.
Bill Retired from the Wallingford Steel Mill in 1967, but remained as Chairman of the Board for several more years.
“Being with him through the years, 70 years or so, I followed most of his activities and participated in many of them with him,” said Grinold’s son, Raymond R. Grinold. “One fond memory, back in 1962, was in horse racing. We won the New England Futurity. Steel Viking was our horse. That was the race of the year for 2-year olds (in New England) and we won it on a day where there was everything but a hurricane.” Grinold received the owners’ distinguished service award from the New England Horse Racing Association.
He was also involved in civic, social and fraternal associations. He was the director of the Boy Scouts of Central Connecticut Council, and director and past president of the United Fund, now the United Way. He was a member of The Farms Country Club, Wallingford Elks Club, Wallingford Country Club, the former Home Club of Meriden and the Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, Pa.
iii. Charles Smith Rundle b. 23 Sep 1904 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,24,65,30,70,38,57 baptized in Holy Trinity, Wallingford, CT, d. 9 Apr 1979 in Meriden,CT,57 buried in North Main St.,Wallingford, CT, resided 144 Church St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Shipping Clerk-Wallingford Steel Mill; Steelworker.70 .
He married Marion Elizabeth Ratcliffe, 12 Oct 1927 in Meriden, New Haven, CT, b. 18 Jul 1906 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT,,30,70 (daughter of Fred Ratcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Kieft), baptized 16 Dec 1906 in Holy Trinity, Middletown, Middlesex, CT,77 d. 16 Aug 1978 in Meriden,CT, buried North Main St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, occupation Housewife.
iv. George Arthur Rundle b. 11 Dec 1907 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,24,65,70 baptized in Holy Trinity, Wallingford, CT, d. 29 Oct 1966 in Meriden, Middlesex, CT, buried Holy Trinity in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, resided 144 Church St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,70 occupation Fireman.
Art was president of Local 1326, International Association of Uniformed Fire Fighters, a member of the Wallingford Personnel and Pension Appleals Board, and a member of the Eagles Football Association.
Art died of a heart attack suffered while fighting a fire a movie theater one street over from Church St.
He married Charlotte “Lottie” Ritz, b. 15 Feb 1910 in Connecticut,,70 d. 17 Feb 1980 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, resided 144 Church ST. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT. She was the daughter of William and Josephine Michonski Ritz.
v. Robert Nicholas Rundle b. 25 Aug 1910 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT,57,65,30,70 1 Jul 1981 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT, buried North Main St. in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, resided Wood Acre Rd. in Hebron, CT, occupation Capt. CT State Police.70 .
In 1930s and in 1940, Robert and Olga lived with his mother and brother, Art, at 144 Church St., Wallingford.
He married Olga Charnysh, Jul 1935 in Connecticut, b. 19 Dec 1914 in Connecticut,53,,70, (daughter of Peter Charnysh and Amelia Dzyag), d. 3 Oct 1987 in Essex Junction, Chittenden, Vermont.84
vi. Alice Alma Rundle buried in Holy Trinity, Wallingford,CT. She died as an infant.
vii. Joseph Rundle. Premature infant.
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