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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

An Attempt at a Genealogy Go-Over and Finding a big Oops...

I was listening to the Mondays with Myrt when I heard Thomas MacEntee talk about the genealogy "Do-Over" and the the smaller effort he termed a "Go-Over".  The "Go-Over" timed well with much of what I started to do recently or is it again?  That is, take out the old notebooks, paper files, and transcriptions and review:

1. What do I have - sourced and sad to say, unsourced (stories, hearsay, etc.)

2. What am I missing - sources, sibling information, etc.

AND

3. What did I miss - shame on me, a science person not paying attention to details.

This is a long post...

Well I missed a lot with the McAnally, Campbell, Donnelly lines in my tree.  This line is my paternal Grandmother's line, famous to my family and friends doing family history for saying when asked about her ancestor's, "Who cares, they're dead!"  Thus we were left with a few names, some family lore and not much else.  Having slowly pieced the Hurst side together (see prior post), I embarked on a "Go-Over" with the Campbell-McAnally-Donnelly lines, taking my Go-Over in turns with these families as my first, doing a slow methodical plug and chug through the accumulated material, which I though was minimal.

While routing through the files of these three connected lines, I came across my two big oops in two pieces of data I missed that I have been sitting on for an embarrassingly long time.  One piece was a cemetery lot transcription I did many years ago when starting my research and having slightly less a clue than today and the second being a note in a family group sheet from two Philadelphia city directories.

The research wall involved  Catharine McAnally who married a man with the last name of Campbell, first name was unknown. Catharine was known to be a McAnally from her death certificate1 in which her father was listed as John McAnally. In addition, Catharine was found in the 1880 US Census2  living with her brother Daniel McAnally as well her eventual son-in-law, Thomas Donnelly, who was listed as a bartender with the family.

Catharine was noted to have two daughters, Sarah and Mary J. Campbell2. Thomas Donnelly married Mary J. Campbell in 1885 as noted by the application for a marriage license3 and the 1900 US Census4.

Catharine Campbell (nee McAnally) died 28 November 1906 and was buried in Old Cathedral cemetery at 46th and Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 December 1906. Her brother Daniel was identified in her death notice as being deceased prior to Catherine5. The death certificate for Daniel McAnally listed his burial as also being in Old Cathedral Cemetery6.  Thomas Donnelly and Mary Donnelly (nee Campbell) were also buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery as noted in their obituaries7,8.

The first piece of data I "missed" was from a visit I made to Old Cathedral Cemetery when first starting research and of which I made a transcription of those buried in the "Lot", see Table 1.

Table 1. Old Cathedral Cemetery Record, Lot Holder: Daniel McAnally; Section: R; Range: 2; Lot: 72 (transcribed by William C. Barrett): Note - I was so new to research that I did not even record my transcription date!
Name of DeceasedAgeInterment Date
McAnally Agnes1526 October 1891
Campbell Catharine701 December 1906
Donnelly Thomas6528 December 1929
McAnally John3417 May 1870
McAnally Daniel6313 March 1895
Donnelly Mary746 September 1938
Campbell Peter714 October 1889
Donnelly Thomas114 February 1894
Campbell Thomas J1323 March 1874
Campbell Charles913 January 1885
Campbell Catharine320 January 1885
Donnelly Mary2316 October 1918

The second piece of data missed was from the 1893 and 1895 Philadelphia city directory data that was originally transcribed and more recently was obtained online listing: Catharine Campbell (wid Patk), h 2500 N 2d.

1895 Philadelphia City Directory Entry for Catharine Campbell


The second piece created the first connection of identifying Catharine's husband.   It was know that she married a man named Campbell. She lived with her brother, Daniel, and eventual son-in-law, Thomas Donnelly after his marriage to Mary Campbell via the 1880 Census. Thomas Donnelly listed his residence as 2500 N 2d St. Philadelphia, PA on his marriage license to Mary J. Campbell9. Since it was known from the transcription above of the 189310 and 189511 Philadelphia City directories that listed a Catherine Campbell (nee McAnally) living on 2500 N 2d Street in Philadelphia, as the widow of Patrick, it appears that I had Catharine's husband's name for many years and never realized this. Therefore, the evidence suggests that Catharine McAnally married a Patrick Campbell and together they had two daughters, Sarah and Mary Campbell who married Thomas Donnelly.

Catharine Campbell (nee McAnally) was widowed as evidenced in the 1880 U.S. Census1. From the 1880 U.S. Census, her daughter Sarah was born about 1861 and Mary was born about 1863. An 1870 U.S. Census record indicates a Kate Campbell with two daughters, Sarah and Mary living on Pine Street in Philadelphia (Ward 7)12. Turning to the the Philadelphia city directories, a Patrick Campbell was found living on 2210 Naudain Street (Ward 7) in 186413, 186514, and 186615. No Patrick was found in 1867 or 1868 at this address. However, a Catharine Campbell listed as a widow of Patrick was found living at 2210 Naudain in 186716 and 186817 in the Philadelphia city directories.  Table 2 provides a summary of the data.

Table 2. Analysis of City Directory for Patrick and Catharine Campbell.
Name Address Year
Patrick Campbell 2227 Pine 1861
Patrick Campbell 2210 Naudain 1864
1865
1866
Catherine Campbell
(widow Patrick)
1867
1868
Catharine Campbell 2225 Pine 1870
1871
This data suggests that Patrick Campbell died between 1866 and 1867. The Catharine Campbell in 1870 and 1871 is listed as a widow, no husband name but 2225 Pine is within close proximity to Naudain. The evidence of two daughters of the same age, with the same names, together with previously identifying Patrick Campbell as Catharine's husband suggest that this is the Catharine McAnally wife of the "newly" identified Patrick Campbell.

A search of Philadelphia death records/cemetery returns finds a Patrick Campbell death notice for 186618, about 3 years after Mary was born. The death return notes the residence address as 2210
Naudain Street and Patrick was listed as married. In addition, the return notes that Patrick was buried at Old Cathedral Cemetery - at the time known as Cathedral Cemetery.

Since Patrick is not in Daniel McAnally's plot, it appears that a return to Old Cathedral Cemetery is in the near future.  The death certificate for Patrick identifies his parents as James Campbell and Sarah ______.  Since Patrick and Catharine had a daughter named Sarah, it might be that she was named for  for Patrick's mother. 

Thus, my first Go-Over result was identifying and sourcing the previously unknown Campbell as likely to be Patrick.  Since he was not in the same cemetery lot, it begged the question, who were all these people?

From prior work on Thomas Donnelly and his family, it was determined that the Donnelly family interred in Old Cathedral Cemetery in Daniel McAnally's lot are in Table 3.

Table 3. Donnelly Family buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Lot Owned by Daniel McAnally.
Name Interment Date Relationship
Donnelly Thomas 28 December 1929 Father
Donnelly Mary (nee Campbell) 6 September 1938 Mother
Donnelly Mary [AKA: May] 16 October 1918 Daughter
Donnelly Thomas 14 February 1894 Son

Several questions still remain, who was Agnes McAnally and how did she come to be buried with this family? Who are the remaining Campbell's in the lot owned by Daniel McAnally? Is John McAnally the brother of Catharine and Daniel?

Table 4. Unidentified Connections buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Lot Owned by Daniel McAnally. 
Name of Deceased Age Interment Date
McAnally Agnes 15 26 October 1891
McAnally John 34 17 May 1870
Campbell Peter 71 4 October 1889
Campbell Thomas J 13 23 March 1874
Campbell Charles 9 13 March 1885
Campbell Catharine 3 20 January 1885

Focusing on the McAnally line, an analysis of the inferred birth dates of Daniel McAnally and Catharine Campbell (nee McAnally) as well as John and Agnes (Table 5).  John McAnally might be a brother to Catharine and Daniel based purely on supposition from their birth years.  No U.S. Census data or city directory has shown a John McAnally living with either Catharine or Daniel.

Table 5. McAnally's buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Lot Owned by Daniel McAnally.
Name of Deceased
Age
(from burial record)
Birth Year from Records
Death Year
McAnally Agnes
15
1876
1891
Campbell Catherine
(nee McAnally)
70
1833[from 1870 Census]
1837[from 1900 Census]
1836[from Death Certificate]
1843[from 1880 Census]
1906
McAnally John
34
1836
1870
McAnally Daniel
63
1832[from 1880 Census]
1895

There is no evidence that Daniel McAnally married as evidenced in his death certificate which listed him as single19.  Thus Agnes is not likely his daughter.  A death notice in the Philadelphia Record for October 23, 1891 indicate that Agnes McAnally was the daughter "of the late John and Margaret McAnally", listing her burial in Old Cathedral Cemetery.  


This might connect Agnes and John, further research may yet provide a connection to Daniel and Catharine McAnally.

This now leaves several Campbell's unaccounted for in their relation to Catharine McAnally (Table 6).

Table 6. Unidentified Campbell's buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Lot Owned by Daniel McAnally.
Name of Deceased Age Interment Date
Campbell Peter 71 4 October 1889
Campbell Thomas J 13 23 March 1874
Campbell Charles 9 13 January 1885
Campbell Catharine 3 20 January 1885

A search resulted in the death return for Peter Campbell, in which he is listed as a widower, worked as a mill hand, and was living at 199 James St, Falls section of Philadelphia (Ward 28)20. A death notice search indicated that Peter is the brother of a Henry Campbell21. A search of Henry Campbell in the Philadelphia city directories finds several interesting discoveries.

A Henry Campbell was found to be living at 2210 Naudain in 186322, the exact address that Patrick Campbell lived with his wife Catharine McAnally. There are multiple Henry's throughout the directory, however focusing to James St., Falls section, Henry Campbell was found at 199 James St, Falls in 188523, 188724, and 188825. A Henry Campbell was found at 191 James St, Falls in 188226, 188327, and 188428 as well as at 201 James St, Falls in 188929. Focusing on the Falls section of Philadelphia, a Henry Campbell is listed at 105 Spencer, Falls in 187930 and 188031, 118 Spencer, Falls in 188132, 128 James, Falls in 187833 and 146 Queen, Falls in 187634. A death return was found for Henry Campbell, he died on 20 June 1889, was married and lived at 199 James St, Falls35. Thus, this is likely the brother to Peter Campbell noted in his death notice.

A search of the city directories for Peter Campbell resulted in many entries. However one significant find was a Peter Campbell living at 2500 N 2d in 1884 with Catharine Campbell and Thomas Donnelly. Peter's age as ascertained from the burial information and death notice make him about 20 years older than Patrick Campbell, somewhat unlikely to be siblings but not impossible. Peter Campbell might possibly be an uncle to Patrick and thus, Catharine. There is no evidence to suggest this other than inferring from ages, being buried in the same lot with Catharine and her family and Peter living with Catharine.

Further searching of the city directories finds a few entries for a Peter Campbell in the area that Catharine and her family lived later in Philadelphia. Since Peter in 1884 was listed with the occupation liquor, a focus was paid to that in the search:

Name Address Year Occupation
Peter Campbell 1508 Cadwalader 1860 liquor
1320 N Front 1864

1300 N 2d 1866 liquors
500 E Dauphin 1880 bartender
1881
2500 N 2d 1884 liquors

The potential conclusion is that Peter Campbell buried with Catharine and her family is related, possibly as an uncle.  More research can now be done on Peter and Henry, is he Patrick's father?

There are now three names remaining in the plot that have not been analyzed.

Name of Deceased Age Interment Date
Campbell Thomas J 13 23 March 1874
Campbell Charles 9 13 January 1885
Campbell Catharine 3 20 January 1885

A search of the Philadelphia Death Returns find that Thomas J. Campbell was the son of a Peter Campbell and Bridget ______. The circumstantial evidence is that Thomas is possible Peter's son, buried in the some plot in the cemetery. Peter would have been approximately 43 years old when Thomas was born in about 1861.

Thomas Campbell's death certificate (d. 1874) indicated his parents as a Peter and Bridget. The US 1860 Census shows a record for Peter Campbell with wife Bridget and son Thomas in Philadelphia (17th Ward). Thomas is listed as 1 month old. A Thomas with a Peter is in the US 1870 Census (Ward 18, District 53) but Bridget is no longer found. Since Peter was a widower at his death this might represent Peter and his son, and Bridget his wife has passed away between 1860 and 1870. Thomas is listed as 11 years old. At the time of Thomas' death, the place of residence was listed as 1327 Mascher St. in the 17th Ward. This area was close to where Catharine Campbell lived later with Daniel McAnally and Thomas Donnelly.

A Bridget Campbell death was found in 1870 in the Philadelphia Death Certificates search however the address listed was for the Municipal Hospital.

Searching the death notices for Charles and Catherine both in 1885 indicates parent as Patrick and Bridget. No census for the family has been found. It is unsure how this Patrick Campbell and the Patrick Campbell identified as husband to Catharine McAnally are related.

Concluding this long post, it seems that the "Go-Over" resulted in several potential discoveries and identified areas to further research this McAnally-Campbell connection.  Going over:

1. What "did" I have?

  • More than I realized sitting on cemetery transcript and potential relationships as well as city directory data clearly linking Catharine McAnally to a Patrick Campbell.

2. What am I now missing?

  • Clear link for relationship of Patrick Campbell, Peter Campbell and Henry Campbell.  
  • What is connection to Patrick identified as father of the children Charles and Catharine buried in Old Cathedral
  • Is Peter and Thomas circumstantially reviewed the right Campbells buried with the McAnally, Donnelly families

3. What DID I miss?

  • I missed originally the likely identification of Catharine McAnally's husband as Patrick Campbell from transcription of city directory information
  • I missed searching the names originally for death notices that might have linked some of the family
  • I missed the potential collateral lines

I am sure there is more but taking a step back, it seems the Go-Over will be very helpful as I review other lines and get better at proper sourcing, transcribing records immediately into my tree and logging my research better to improve accuracy and identify the next steps.



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