Sunday Morning – Remembering Francis Joseph Malloy

I have had this post in the draft section for a few years. I think it is well overdue.

Draft

In 2014, Patricia told me in an e-mail that she was an open book. She was also afraid I would think she was a kook because of the amount of exchanges on Ancestry. Being certain Patricia is an open book I guess I can write about what she wrote me about her father.

Daddy was in the Coast Guard (Navy) during the war. He was a remarkable man. Joined at 18. They became his legal guardian until he turned 21. Received Congressional Lifesaving medal. Received a commission during the war and retired as a Commander after 39 years. He never complained or blamed his background. Spoke French and was U.S. representative to the Paris Peace Talks and the International Lighthouse Conference.

daddy grave

He never complained or blamed his background.

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Sunday Morning – William D. Parsons?

I know it’s only Friday morning, but I had thought of slowing down after I had been binge-searching for information on Parsons photographer…

So according to my third cousin Sandy, this young woman on this cabinet card can’t be Ada Pendlebury, Francis Joseph Malloy’s mother, and probably this is not Francis Joseph Malloy, Patricia’s father…

Parsons photographer -  a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

There is very little information about Parsons photographer on the Internet. This is what I had found…

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A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers: 1839-1900 (The Online Edition) Edited by Ron Polito from Research by Chris Steele & Ron Polito Version 1.0 ©2018

PARSONS, WILLIAM D.
1883 [Street Address Not Given]
1885 4 Park.
1887 [Street Address Not Given]
1889-96 15 Park.
1893-96 17 Park.
1898 [Street Address Not Given]
1903 36 Park.

What about these cabinet cards then?

picture of a young child - North Adams, Massachusetts

Lyon’s New York Studio, 85 Main St., North Adams, MA (1890s) cabinet image

picture of a young child - North Adams, Massachusetts

Holden & Webster

However last night Sandy helped me again with my binge-searching, and I just had to share…

Hi,

Photographer worked 1853-1860 and later. The baby is hard to figure out the date. And the women all date to middle 1880s.

Hope this helps you somewhat.

Sandy

Str…..ike Three!

I struck out a lot of times since 2007 when I began searching for people’s ancestors.

Sandy just wrote me, so in a sense it is sort of a breaking news on Our Ancestors…

In looking into this photo of the woman. It was taken about middle of 1880s. And this women you mentioned would be about 10 years old. Woman in photo looks older. I did a little research on them also. As Ada was born about 1880 in Conn….

Men are harder but maybe about 1885-1887.

Sandy

Parsons photographer -  a man - Adams, Massachusetts

To which I replied…

So this can’t be Ada Mathilda Pendlebury born around 1877 (no definite date).
Am I right to think all the other women’s photos were taken around mid-1880s?

Also the little boy? Could that photo have been taken around the same date since we have the same photographer? If so he could not be Francis Joseph Malloy born in 1909.

So many questions…

I could not find much information on the Internet about the photographer, and when and where he had his photo studio.

Parsons photographer -  a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

Francis Joseph Malloy 1909?

All this being said…

Who is this young woman who looks to be in her twenties in around 1885?

Young woman born around 1865 in Massachusetts?

Sunday Morning – In circle Oscar Boisjolie

I just can’t help helping…

A comment written last Thursday on Our Ancestors.

I am a Bosjolie, my name is Monique Bosjolie (maiden name) and my grandparents were from Lyon Mountain, NY; before that, from Canada, I’m sure. I have done a little digging, and the Bosjolie name has been changed every so often over the years, stopping around the turn of the century. I am interested in learning more about my family heritage. My grandmother’s name was Patricia (Peets) Bosjolie, and grandfather was Roy Bosjolie. His brother was Steve Bosjolie, but I believe he changed his last name slightly.

To which I replied…

I will look into it.

I had written a lot about the Boisjoli family.

https://wp.me/pExNc-3pt

These Bosjolies on this headstone are related to Louis Griveau and Toinette Ménard who are also Oscar Boisjolie’s ancestors.

Louis Griveau is the 6th great-grandfather of the husband of an 8th cousin 2 times removed.

When to stop?

I think I know…

Update – You tell me…

Written 5 years ago when Patricia first wrote me…

I have always wanted to understand how someone could put a little boy in an orphanage and never see him again. The “whys” of it continue to haunt me.When he died, I promised myself I would try to find out his story and until now had hit brick walls.

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Is this young child Francis Joseph Malloy, the father of Patricia?

picture of a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

You tell me…

Francis J Malloy

Francis Joseph Malloy
U.S. Coast Guard WWII
Aleutian Islands

Quonset hut in the background

montage Francis Joseph Malloy

Francis was born in 1909 and was put in an orphanage in 1914. He never knew why. Patricia wanted to know why because Francis Malloy’s parents had more children after him.

I have always wanted to understand how someone could put a little boy in an orphanage and never see him again. The “whys” of it continue to haunt me.When he died, I promised myself I would try to find out his story and until now had hit brick walls.

This little child’s picture was part of Joe’s collection of old pictures. I did not pay too much attention to it since there was no caption. The only clue is the photographer… Parsons – Adams, Mass.

Francis was born there!

These are more pictures from Joe’s collection.

I am sure these people are related somehow to Francis.

The problem is how?

Binge-searching?

Patricia had a gut feeling that her father’s mother Ada Pendlebury is this woman seen on this cabinet card.

Patricia (me) has continued to follow the blog and is very grateful for new information. I believe these are family pictures. More of a gut feeling than fact but the very last picture looks exactly like my nieces and daddy.

Ada Pendlebury was the widow of Wanton H. Pettit who died of heart failure on December 17, 1900.

Wanton Pettit 1900

Wanton and Ada were married in 1899.

Ada remarried on April 1st, 1907.

marriage Thomas and Ada

Thomas was a laborer and Ada worked as a warper. Thomas was 20 years-old and Ada was 30 even if 27 is written on the marriage record.

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Source Internet

Their first child was Francis Joseph Malloy born on February 14, 1909, in North Adams, Massachusetts. Francis would be this baby boy.

Parsons photographer -  a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

His father Thomas James Malloy was born on July 12th, 1887 in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, and he died on June 4th, 1937.

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Ada Mathilda Pendlebury was born circa 1877 in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and she died on February 11th, 1951 in Housatonic, Massachusetts.

Ada Mathilda Pendlebury

Ada could also be one of these three women…

 

But for now I will be following Patricia’s gut feeling on Our Ancestors.

This is Ada’s life story taken from my Ancestry family tree…

Ancestry Person – Ada Mathilda Pendlebury

Binge-searching?

Binge-writing?

This is post 1461…

Parsons photographer -  a man - Adams, Massachusetts

Thomas James Malloy?
Wanton Pettit?

Base hit?

I am so glad Patricia is still following Our Ancestors… She is one I did not scare away.

Patricia (me) has continued to follow the blog and is very grateful for new information. I believe these are family pictures. More of a gut feeling than fact but the very last picture looks exactly like my nieces and daddy.

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Francis Malloy was born on February 14, 1909, in North Adams, Massachusetts. He is Patricia’s father.

1909-1975

Yesterday, I was wondering if Patricia was still reading my blog. Patricia wrote me in 2014 that Francis Molloy’s parents placed him in 1914 at the Brightside orphanage in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her father never knew why.

Now I think I know and I want to tell Patricia about it.

The more I look at this photo, the more I am sure I have found Francis Malloy’s baby picture.

Parsons photographer -  a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

I think these old pictures shared by my third cousin Joe in Plainville are related to Francis Malloy’s parents, Thomas James Malloy and Ada Mathilda Pendlebury. Thomas James Malloy was born in 1887 and he died in 1937. Ada Mathilda Pendlebury was born in 1877 and she died in 1951.

Are Francis Malloy’s relatives here on these old cabinet cards?

Ada Mathilda Pendlebury?

Patricia (me) has continued to follow the blog and is very grateful for new information. I believe these are family pictures. More of a gut feeling than fact but the very last picture looks exactly like my nieces and daddy.

Strike two?

Francis Malloy was born on February 14, 1909, in North Adams, Massachusetts. He is Patricia’s father.

1909-1975

Yesterday, I was wondering if Patricia was still reading my blog. Patricia wrote me in 2014 that Francis Molloy’s parents placed him in 1914 at the Brightside orphanage in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her father never knew why.

Now I think I know and I want to tell Patricia about it.

The more I look at this photo, the more I am sure I have found Francis Malloy’s baby picture.

Parsons photographer -  a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

I think these old pictures shared by my third cousin Joe in Plainville are related to Francis Malloy’s parents, Thomas James Malloy and Ada Mathilda Pendlebury. Thomas James Malloy was born in 1887 and he died in 1937. Ada Mathilda Pendlebury was born in 1877 and she died in 1951.

Are Francis Malloy’s relatives here on these old cabinet cards?

Strike two?

Death strikes at home – The 1918 Flu Epidemic Kills Thousands in New England

Source

The 1918 Flu Epidemic Kills Thousands in New England

A doctor at Fort Devens wrote a letter to a friend describing the 1918 flu epidemic:

Tending a patient at Fort Devens.

“This epidemic started about four weeks ago, and has developed so rapidly that the camp is demoralized and all ordinary work is held up till it has passed. All assemblages of soldiers taboo.

“These men start with what appears to be an attack of la grippe or influenza, and when brought to the hospital they very rapidly develop the most viscous type of pneumonia that has ever been seen. Two hours after admission they have the mahogany spots over the cheek bones, and a few hours later you can begin to see the cyanosis extending from their ears and spreading all over the face, until it is hard to distinguish the coloured men from the white. It is only a matter of a few hours then until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate.

“It is horrible. One can stand it to see one, two or twenty men die, but to see these poor devils dropping like flies sort of gets on your nerves. We have been averaging about 100 deaths per day, and still keeping it up. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a new mixed infection here, but what I don’t know.

“My total time is taken up hunting rales, (crackling sounds from the lungs) rales dry or moist, sibilant or crepitant or any other of the hundred things that one may find in the chest, they all mean but one thing here — pneumonia — and that means in about all cases death.”

About John Malloy of 55 Columbia Street…

Looking for Ada Pendlebury

If this is Francis Joseph Malloy…

picture of a young child - Adams, Massachusetts

whose parents placed him an orphanage in 1914, then it’s plausible these people were his relatives. One could be his mother Ada Pendlebury, or his grandmother Philomene Alexandre. One could be his father Thomas James Malloy or his grandfather Thomas James Malloy Senior…

 

Old photos want to tell their secrets like Agnes Molloy’s photo I once thought was Bertha.

Molloy child

Being wrong is part of the process to learn who was who on old pictures. I am no expert on facial recognition, but who knows if someone will find this blog and identify who were on these 8 cabinets cards.

What about Ada Pendlebury which is not a household name?

Ada Pendlebury married three times.

To be continued…