My Joseph Kennedy is the father of Sarah Kennedy (?-1930), of whom I know very little because she (and her husband) died and orphaned my grandfather Michael John Flanagan (1927-1997) when a toddler. Grandpa knew nothing about his grandfather, other than that he thought his last name was Kennedy.
While cleaning out my email inbox this weekend, I came across a photo one of my cousins snapped of my orphaned grandfather Michael John Flanagan’s (1927-1997) baptism record. He shot this quickly a couple years ago with his iPhone. I’ve been holding off posting it until I could get a good scanned copy of the […]
I mentioned yesterday that I suddenly stumbled upon the burial place and a headstone photo for my great-grandmother Sarah Kennedy Flanagan. The cemetery was kind enough to promptly respond, but I was very disappointed to learn that their records contain no further information about my great-grandmother or any family that might have been in charge of her funeral or burial.
Today I somehow stumbled upon a burial entry memorial and headstone photo for my great-grandmother Sarah Kennedy Flanagan, on Find A Grave. Thank you so much to Find A Grave volunteer Phyllis Meyer for taking the time to record a virtual memorial for Sarah!
USS Thompson refuels from USS Arkansas, April 1944. Department of Defense photo. When my grandfather, Ship’s Cook 3rd Class Michael John Flanagan (1927 – 1997) left the USS Mervine on February 20, 1948, he transferred to the USS Thompson for his final month of service in the Navy. The USS Thompson (DD-627) was a Navy destroyer commissioned […]
USS Mervine (DD-489) off New York Navy Yard, 23 January 1943. Photo courtesy of the US National Archives. As Memorial Day approaches, I am honoring a World War II veteran who thankfully made it back home — my grandfather Michael John Flanagan (1927 – 1997). Grandpa claimed to have served on multiple Naval ships while […]
Kathleen and Ben Robledo. Since my parents are both still alive, I won’t share their marriage year or Mom’s maiden name, but many decades ago today, my folks got hitched. And they are still madly in love. Their marriage is an example to us all, and set a very high bar for us kids to […]