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Higgins? No, O’Leary: Part One

Higgins? No, O’Leary: Part One

I’ve been working on my brother-in-law’s Murphy-Higgins line for a few years.  While I was able to find many generations of research done on both his Boisvert and La Grange lines, the Murphy-Higgins line moved at a snail’s crawl. The trouble starts with his Great Great Grandmother. She was a widower before 1900.  Documentation wise she fell off the face of the earth after 1900.  The only information we had to go by was a photograph ca 1900 with her…

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These Death Certificates Complicate Things

These Death Certificates Complicate Things

I thought it would be a nice addition to my brother-in-law’s Christmas present if I found his Higgins line.  So many databases have been added to the web since I last tackled this line two years.  I might get lucky. What I know: 1.  His great grandmother was Margaret Higgins 2.  She was born in Ireland about 1840. 3.  She married Dennis Patrick Murphy around 1860, most likely in New York. 4.  In 1870 and 1890, the family lived in…

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That Darn Smith Family!

That Darn Smith Family!

I’m reassessing the Smith La Grange connection.  I’ve got a hypothesis…not really a theory since I can’t prove any of it. Yesterday, it dawned on me that John La Grange’s wife, Miss Unknown Smith, could not possibly Henry J. (or Henry I.) Smith’s daughter.  They would be almost the same age! So, I am working on another angle.  I believe they are siblings. Henry’s family is as follows (taken from the 1850-1910 Census Records) Henry I. (or Henry J.) Smith…

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Revisiting the Smith Lagrange Conundrum

Revisiting the Smith Lagrange Conundrum

I’ve posted a couple of times about a research problem involving John Lagrange who died before 1840. He was the son of Elias “Jellis” Lagrange and Annatie Van Patten, of Albany Co., NY. In the 1840 Census, John Lagrange is listed next to Henry Smith in Duanesburgh, Schenectady Co., NY. John’s son, John S. Lagrange has Smith listed as the Maiden Name of his mother on his death certificate. My thinking was that Henry Smith was John Lagrange’s father-in-law. Until…

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