Map of Sangamon County, Illinois

While catching up on some of my blog reading this afternoon, I came across a post on the Upstate NY Genealogy Blog where Mr. Hillenbrand explains that maps from are now part of Ancestry as long as you have a subscription. Well, I do, so I decided to take a look. I’ve only glanced at this site prior to now and because I’ve been working on MC’s genealogy, I decided to see what was available for Illinois, and I found something of interest!

Click here to see it larger. But, this is an excerpt from a 1914 map of Sangamon County. This particular section is the southern part of the county. There in the middle, near the line that is the border between Section 28 and 27 are MC’s family.

In Section 28 is B. Galligan is Bartholomew “Bart” Galligan, her 3rd great-grandfather (he also had some land in Section 29, but that is not shown in my excerpt). In Section 27, very near to him are Joseph Faith and Mary A. Faith – her 2nd great-grandparents. Mary A. Faith (nee Galligan) is Bart’s daughter, and Joseph is her husband. On the other side of the Faith’s is an area called Andrew. In his notes of family history, MC’s grandfather noted that his father and uncle, Clancys, operated a grocery store in Andrew. While I knew they operated a grocery store from their census records, I had not yet looked up where Andrew was – well, now I know! Joseph & Mary’s daughter, Anna Marie, would marry Patrick Clancy Sr. Since I don’t see any Clancy names on the map, my guess is that they lived on the Faith property. This is quite interesting.

Looking for John & Delia Clancy

Another entry on behalf of my friend MC for her family genealogy. Until yesterday, I had not been able to locate her 2nd great grandparents, John & Delia Clancy in any census records. Her grandfather’s written account that she gave me yesterday, provided me with the clues that I needed to find them. First of all, I had John’s name as Patrick (which may have been another one of his names), but using John would turn out to be productive.

The clue her grandfather mentioned that helped was that his father, Patrick Clancy born abt. 1869 had played sandlot baseball with Honus Wagner and that the family lived in Pittsburgh during this time. Though I had searched Pittsburgh a little, I still hadn’t located them, so I turned to look at Honus. Who is this Honus Wagner? Some searching revealed that Honus “Hans” Wagner was the son of Pete and Katheryn Wagner and grew up in the Chartiers neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He was born around 1874, so was the perfect age to be playmates with Patrick.

So, I begin to search for Honus and I find him. Pete & Kathryn Wagner are living in Chartiers with their children, Peter, Louis, Bertha, Elizabeth and Henry. Hmm.. no Honus – but a little more searching revealed that he was born John Peter Wagner. So, the Peter is him (right age – although, since he is listed as being 12 years old in 1880, this would make him several years older than his official information.

Now, I search Chartiers for the Clancys and find John & Bridget Clancy (Delia is a nickname for Bridget) are living in Chartiers with their family – inlcuding MC’s grandfather’s father, Patrick. I’m then able to further track the family through two more census given some additional information her grandfather provided – including that the family moved to TN, where I’ve located them in 1900. In 1910, she still has relatives in TN, but I’ve not yet found John & Delia in 1910 or later. Will have to get her to go back to her grandfather 🙂

But,  in doing this, I’ve learned quite a bit about Honus; apparently he is considered one of the best, if not the best, all around players in the  history of the sport, and one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His trading card is the most valuable card ever, having recently been sold for more than $2million dollars by Wayne Gretzky.

History in context, this is why I love  doing genealogical research. I could have cared less about history while I was in school, but through genealogy it becomes much more real.

Patrick Golden’s Congressional Medal of Honor

My next few posts are likely to be posts about genealogy searching I am doing for friends of mine. My obsession lies not only in my family tree, but in others as well!

One family I am working on is that of Clancy family. This family is of Irish descent and from the early 1900’s to present has lived in and around the Springfield, Illinois area. I first started working on this tree (on behalf of friend MC) late spring, and in the past week or so, have come back to it. It is actually quite interesting what some time away from a genealogy can do for you. Since I last worked on her tree, I have been learning even more about doing better searches, different types of sources, etc., and I have found that some of what I’ve learned these past few months have helped me this second time around.

So, I’d been sharing what I’d found with her, and she in turn shared it with her father. Well, today, she brought me a photocopy of some family history she’d asked her grandfather to write down this summer and it is absolutely fascinating! There is some great oral history in her family, so I am on a hunt to confirm as much as I can.

One such tidbit was that her grandfather had a great-uncle who fought during the Indian Wars in Arizona after the Civil War and for his service won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Her grandfather even has a picture of him wearing it. This is Patrick Golden, brother to MC’s grandfather’s grandmother, Delia Golden Clancy.

So, I searched to find any verification of this and found it! The US Army has a website that lists all recipients of this medal. It is divided into sections, so given that her grandfather indicated when Patrick Golden received the medal, it was easy enough to go directly to the list of recipients during the Indian War Campaigns. And, a quick Find-In-Page command later, there is Patrick Golden. —- “Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: Arizona, August to October 1868. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 24 July 1869. Citation: Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians.”

This could possibly lead to a whole slew of research into his military background, that I can’t even begin to think about yet. But, I thought it is cool that I found this – I hope her family finds it of interest.