Posted in Family History, O'Neill, Taff

Bill’s DNA Results


No big surprises in Bill’s ancestry.  From working on his genealogy it appears most of his ancestors can be traced back to immigrating from Ireland.  I do have one major brick wall on his side.  His paternal grandfather, William H. O’Neill.  Most of the first-born son’s on that side of the family were named William.  No one talks much about him…all I have heard was he was a ne’er-do-well.  From census records he and his wife were living separately after their 3 children were born.  I did find his death certificate…apparently he was found with broken ribs along the side of a highway-cause unknown.  My husband’s father is the one who identified him…but both parents were listed as unknown.  This was even a surprise to my husband…said his Dad never told him much about his grandfather.  And my father-in-law passed away over 20 years ago.  Am hoping this DNA analysis will result in being able to break down that brick wall!



Posted in Family History, Taff

Tombstone Tuesday – Howard Bryant Taff

Used with permission. Donna Elliot, Photographer. Howard B. Taff headstone. Philadelphia, PA. JPEG

Howard Bryant Taff was my husband’s maternal grandfather and was born on December 19, 1894 in Somerville, Massachusetts as the second child of Patrick Henry Taffe and Anna Jane Smith. He had six siblings, namely: Edward Gregory, Henry Godfrey, Martha, Helen Elizabeth, Margaret Ruth, and Gertrude Rose. When he was 23, he enlisted in the United States Navy on May 29, 1917.  He serviced as a Pharmacist’s Mate in WWI in France. When he was 25, he married Katherine Lydon, daughter of Michael Lydon and Margaret McGrath, in 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died on June 15, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Howard Bryant Taff and Katherine Lydon had only one child that lived to adulthood, Katharine Taff.