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i want to re-start my old button making business. and i'm fundraising for it. with gifts!

back in the late 70s adn early 80s i put myself through 2 years of college (before i had to drop out for health issues) and paid for 2-3 sf&f conventions in so cal (i livedin nor cal) every year by making and selling buttons.

i started off with a badge-a-minit hand press.

in the mid 80s i was given a desk press.

and in the late 90s i made a huge number of buttons for the buffy bronze parties in los angeles.

but my hands/arms gave out and a better (ie less painful) machine wasn't in the cards then.

since then i've sold some buttons through zazzle, but of course they get most of the profit. and i would like ME to get it!

i'm on very high doses of 3 meds for my mast cell disorder that add up to way too much on a limited income that was already at the nothing discretionary level, so i'm trying to restart my button business now.

i've researched machiens, and the tecre 2.25" one has great reviews, is solidly built, and i found it for less than the equivalent badge a minit (which has terrible reviews).

my fundraiser is at gofundme here: https://www.gofundme.com/Catastrfy

you can see my autisticat designs here: https://www.facebook.com/Autisticat/
and some of my button designs here: https://www.facebook.com/StealthGeekery/

there's autisticat postcards and pillows and starcats toys for thank you gifts.

and please pelase spread word of this.

A little mystery solved

Apr. 27th, 2016 09:55 am
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I found out what happened to a son of my second great grandmother. He's always been a name and date of birth and no other information. He was born after the 1861 census in England and then he appears in three Canadian record - a passenger list that documents the family arriving in 1869, and the 1871 and 1881 census. That's it. I assumed he died young, but had no idea when or where. I know now!

I was doing a random search online through old local newspapers, when I spotted a reference to a Mrs. Morley. "Not Drowned" was the header that caught my eye. While the article was not about my gg grandmother, it was about her daughter-in-law and four children. (According to the records I've found so far there were only three children in that family at this point. So another mystery to dig into.)

It's one of those good news/bad news items. It seems Mrs James Morley and her four children had been presumed drowned by their home community.Fortunately for the Morleys, the ship they were to take didn't stop at the place they were waiting. Unfortunately for twenty year old Benjamin the ship stopped where he was and he boarded the Asia on Sep 13, 1882.

The wreck of the Asia is quite well known to those interested in Great Lakes ship disasters. Not me, but if you look on line there's quite a bit of information available. There are ballads written about what happened, and plenty of finger-pointing after the fact, but the end result was the Asia sank Sep 14, 1882. Anywhere from just under a hundred to one hundred and twenty lives were lost. There were two survivors. Benjamin Morley was not one of those two.

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Use the coupon code "freeshipdna" for $9.95 off each order you make. Family Tree DNA is going on sale today, too, until Tuesday.

This is all for DNA Day, the day they finished sequencing the human genome.

brick wall goes boom! \o/

Apr. 17th, 2016 11:26 pm
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One of my brick walls is ^h^h was Thomas Brennan and his wife Catherine.

In 1842 they were in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, Ontario, 3 lots south of my 3rd ggps.

In 1851 they were in Sydenham, Ontario, where Thomas was working as a laborer (the other Brennans farmed) -- and two of the younger Brennan brothers were boarding with the family next door and also laborers.

In 1861, the Thomas Brennans were in Holland Twp, where my 3rd ggps had settled in the 1840s, 2 lots above them.

Thomas is on the same lot in the 1865-1866 Directory of Grey Co. And that's the last he's seen.

Years ago I found a widowed Catherine Brennan with 3 kids that matched in Chicago in 1880, but couldn't find any proof one way or the other.

I still don't have PROOF, but now I have a lot of circumstantial evidence, partially through more records at ancestry.com, partially from a findagrave listing for a daughter of Thomas Brennan and Catherine Comerford in Chicago, and partially for an Irish record of the marriage of Thomas and Catherine in Co Kilkenny -- just over the county line from the other Brennans in Co Carlow, about 2 miles to the northwest.

That Thomas and Catherine were married in 1833. The two eldest daugthers of my Thomas and Catherine (Ann and Margaret) were born in 1836 and 1838. (The parish baptismal register for ~1800-1840 is missing for Muckalee parish, argh)

My Thomas and Catherine move to Ontario and had 6 more children: Catherine, Mary, Ellen, John, Thomas, and Julia.

Thomas last appears in 65-66 in Grey Co, Ont. Catherine first appears as widow of Thomas in Chicago in 1867. She's living at the same address, 120 Milwaukee Ave, as Edward Comerford, her son in law (yes, also her maiden name; I don't know if they were related, but they WERE both from Co Kilkenny). In 1867 Edward built a family home on Halsted. In 1869 Catherine Brennan lists that address.

In 1871 she and her sons are missing -- but Margaret Brennan Comerford, her husband Ed, their kids, and her younger sister Ellen Brennan are on Halsted.

In 1881 Catherine, her sons John and Thomas, her divorced daughter Ellen, and Ellen's children are living together on Libery. Ellen's ex-husband's will (in California) mentions the three children by name and that they are living with their mother in Chicago.

Catherine died in 1892 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery. Margaret died in 1925 and is also buried there (I don't yet know if they are in the same plot). She death record lists her parents by name and her place of birth as "Kilkenna, Ireland"

I went through the records I have for St. Lazarian RC in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, for another researcher, the one who posted the marriage of Thomas and Catherine. The other person's names include Hosey, Comerford, and Byrne in Kilkenny near the Carlow border.

The families seem to have very close ties with both the Brennans and other families that married into the Brennans: Lawlor/Lalor, Roach, Mara, Jordan, and Rice. (My 3rd ggm was a Jordan. Her brother married a Lawlor and her sister married a Mara. Her husband's brother John married a Rice and their sister Catherine married a Roach.)

So, based on the patterns and the circumstantial stuff, I feel about 95% confident that I've found the right family. I'm hoping I can find descendents at some point to compare DNA with.


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