Lagoy, Michele Ann's father's second cousin is Sullivan, Carolyn
|Details:||Lagoy, Michele Ann's father's mother's father's brother's son's daughter is Sullivan, Carolyn|
Thanks to Beatrice Sullivan's obituary, I had eleven living relatives to contact on the James S. Sullivan line of the family. Eleven! All I needed was for one of them to be willing to talk to me. I started looking up names and phone numbers in the white pages online. Some of the names didn't have phone numbers listed. One person didn't return my call, but I had many names to contact. I was drawn to the name Angelique Phyllis Sullivan. ( It was on a public record I had found; see previous blog post.) Her mother Beatrice's obituary gave Angelique's married name and the New Jersey township where she currently lived. That information led me to her phone number. I called it leaving the message I had honed stating who I was, that I was seeking genealogy information as I believed we were related. After several rounds of phone tag, we spoke. I believe she left me two messages before I could get back to her. She seemed eager to talk to me and I soon learned why. She was a foster child of the Sullivan's who came into their home when she was 18 months old. At some point, she started using "Sullivan" as her last name until she married. She was eager to contact me because she heard that a biological sister lived out West and her name started with an "M." So a "Michele" calling out of the blue from California saying we were related, piqued her interest. I was sorry to inform her that I was not a close biological relative but she confirmed that my research had yielded the right Sullivan family.
Relationship chart showing Annie and I are third cousins. Our ancestor in common is Denis Sullivan.
|Details:||Lagoy, Michele Ann's father's mother's father's brother's son's son's daughter is Reedy, Angelique|
|Names:||Lagoy, Michele Ann father Lagoy, William Paul, Jr mother Sullivan, Mary Bernadettefather Sullivan, Charles Joseph brother Sullivan, James S. son Sullivan, Joseph Francisson Sullivan, Joseph James, Jr. daughter Reedy, Angelique|
We talked about Staten Island. She grew up there and having already located me on Facebook, saw the photos I had of the Lyons' pool. She and her siblings swam there as children but never knew the pool was named after a mutual relative, Joseph H. Lyons.
We discussed her Aunt Carolyn and her Uncle Jack's family. Annie, as Angelique is called, told me that her late Uncle Jack had two married daughters whose names she gave me. That was another reason I had trouble tracing this family branch; Jack only had daughters whose last names changed upon marriage. According to Facebook photos, they are fair skinned with blue eyes like many of the Sullivan descendants. They look more like my Dad than I do! They reside on Staten Island to this day. Annie told me that her Cousin Karen might have some of their Aunt Carolyn's family history notes as Carolyn knew a lot about the family. Contacting her is on my genealogy to do list.
Here is what I do know about their Aunt Carolyn strictly through genealogy research. Carolyn Sullivan (1937-2011) was the Carol Ann Sullivan listed on the 1940 census I located. Note to self: learn about Soundex. That would have saved me hours of fruitless research time looking for a Carol Ann Sullivan. I discounted all records of Carolyn Sullivan because of that mistake on the census!
Carolyn never married so there was no record of marriage for her. I even paid the City of New York to conduct a record search hoping to find a married surname that I could trace. I missed her in the Social Security Death Index because I insisted on looking for a Carol Ann Sullivan and stopped searching each time the records showed a Carolyn. (Ironically, Carolyn spent decades working at the Social Security Administration.) For some reason, I kept looking for her even though female relatives are harder to trace. It turned out she had something to tell me about the ancestors. Eerily, I pictured her in a wheelchair talking about her knowledge of the family. Annie told me at the end of her life, Carolyn fell on some icy steps and was wheelchair bound after that. I searched for her obituary online where I found what she wanted me to know. Carolyn was buried in the family plot located in St. Peter's Cemetery in Staten Island, NY. A light bulb went off in my head and I called the cemetery to inquire about the location of the plot. I was told there were ten other people in that plot besides Carolyn! The list of names included Carolyn's parents, grandparents, a child named George who died as an infant, and my ancestor: Elizabeth O'Sullivan who I learned died in November of 1899. My great-great-grandmother was buried with my great-grandfather's brother's family, a few rows from our family plot. Thanks Carolyn!
|1940 US Census showing Carol Ann ( Carolyn) Sullivan living with her family on Markham Place in Staten Island. Notice the family paid $40 a month in rent and Joseph made $2100 a year as a letter carrier for the Post Office.|
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/app/obituary.aspx?n=Carolyn-A-Sullivan&pid=152419742#sthash.E9drYtPy.dpuf