The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is...
My Family Tree Places.
We are back in New York, but this time I have a mystery in Brooklyn.
When I can't find any more info on Ancestry I try searching for my ancestors under Google Books. One of my cousins did this with Colonel Richard Seale of Ireland, who we knew died in Rathangan, Ireland in 1817 and was buried in Clonenagh Churchyard, Laois.
From The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: November 1, 1870-May 31, 1871:
It seems that our Col Richard Seale had a daughter (name unknown Seale) who married John M. Kelly, probably in Ireland, and they immigrated to Brooklyn, New York. In these letters John Kelly is pleading with Ulyssees S Grant to intercede on his behalf in claiming an inheritance he believes is due his wife from her fathers estate, when he died over 50 years ago! This volume shows three letters Kelly wrote to Grant between 1871 and 1873.
So the challenge now, is to find any descendants of this John M. Kelly and his wife of Brooklyn, NY and try to discover who the wife is and their history.