I mentioned this week that I would like to attempt to create a family-tree for a close, family-friend. The couple I needed help with were John Francis FITZGERALD and Hazel OGDEN who probably married in MA in 1930. They might have been teen-agers when they married, or at least Hazel was a teen. I've been trying to find out when John was born, and I might need to drive to Cambridge to find out.
Because of my queries and the responses from some very helpful researchers, I found out that Hazel was born in New Brunswick in 1912. Her father had been born in Nova Scotia, but seems to have gone over to New Brunswick to marry and have some of their children. The OGDEN family moved to Hampden, ME, ~1914, and that is a town away from Bangor. Hazel's mother and some of her siblings seem to have moved down to Cambridge, MA, during 1920's. They were there in 1930 census, and Hazel was 17.
The many children and grandchildren of John and Hazel FITZGERALD of Cambridge, MA, know almost nothing about their father (grandfather). He died in 1952 when the children were young. The family-story is that he was somehow related to "Honey Fitz" FITZGERALD. If I need to, I will drive to Cambridge and try to find out the names of John's parents. Since I don't know his year of birth, I can't do any other research on him - yet.
But, I have placed several queries on the FITZGERALD Boards, and have received some important, tidbits of information. The researchers have said that I needed to read 2 books: "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys" and "American Presidents and their Ancestors." And, I should read an NEHGS article about the ancestors of "Honey Fitz." I found out that is on-line. The first book has a family-tree chart in it.
I'd like to summarize what these books and charts (and old postings) say. Please don't ask me for "sources" or for "verification." I'm just offering this summary for your consideration:
The top of the chart has James FITZGERALD and Hannah (UNKNOWN) (possibly McCARTHY) in County Limerick, Ireland. Only 2 sons are mentioned on chart, Michael and Edward / Edmund FITZGERALD. Michael seems to have died in Ireland. His wife was Ellen WILMOUTH, and she seems to have come to Boston with their son, Thomas. Michael's brother, Edward / Edmund, also came to Boston, probably both around 1840. Edward had a first wife, Mary LINNEHAN, and had daughters with her. His second wife was Ellen PUNCH and they had children, including 3 sons, James, Edwin, and Patrick FITZGERALD.
Thomas married Rosanna COX in 1857 US, and they reportedly had 12 children. Their first child died very young, and later 2 daughters died as an infants. So, there were 9 children surviving childhood and that was 9 sons. The 4th son born to them was John Francis "Honey Fitz" FITZGERALD (1863-1950).
Edward and Mary FITZGERALD had a daughter, Mary, who married in 1854 to Michael HANNON. They had 9 children, and one of their daughters, Mary HANNAH married her cousin, "Honey Fitz," in 1889. John and Mary had 6 children and their first was Rose - who became Mrs. Rose Fitzgerald KENNEDY. They had 3 sons, Thomas and John, Jr., both married and had children. I couldn't find info on son, Frederick, who died Age ~30.
To get back to Thomas FITZGERALD born in Ireland, he had 4 siblings, including 2 brothers, James and Michael. One researcher believes that James, b1837 IRE, went to either Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland, first, and then later came down to Boston. To confuse researchers, his uncle, Edward FITZGERALD had a son, James, b1836 (first cousin with James, b1837).
So, in summary, for all the people who think they are somehow related to "Honey Fitz" FITZGERALD, important politician in Boston, it's entirely possible. He had 8 FITZGERALD brothers. (I found information on-line for 4 of the brothers; not the other 4.)
The man I'm trying to find out about was John F. FITZGERALD, probably born in MA between 1895 and 1912. So, he would have been the age of Honey Fitz's nephews, or of his many cousins. But, the only nephews with name, John, (on-line) were born in 1881 or 1915.
Thank you for your time.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
(I still can't post to the Lists. But, I'm told the most probable culprit is -- Comcast. And I will call them today.)