Saturday, September 17, 2011

Coats Family Photographs

Martin Coats
b: 1805
d: 1885 in Brockport, NY

Susan Liles Coats
b: 1806
d: 1885 in Brockport, NY

Martin and Susan Coats are my 4th Great Grandparents, the Great Great Grandparents of Shirley Spink Traub and the Great Grandparents of Marjorie Cox Spink. I can see some traits that made it down through lines.

Martin and Susan had a handful of children, 8 to be exact. One of the daughters, Alletta, married Charles Henry Griffin from whom I descend. Another daughter Rebecca married Andrew Morton Oothoudt and moved to Minnesota. From there, the descendants spread to Wisconsin, Oregon and Michigan.

Martin Alexander Oothoudt
b: Aug. 12, 1858 in Sun Prarie, Wisconsin
d: Mar. 22, 1941 in Winnebago, Minnesota
also with his wife Minnie Woodard and children; William, Bethel and Ruby

William Oothoudt and wife Nettie Brown with children

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Knights of Columbus

With over 1.8 million members and just shy of 130 years old, the Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world. If still alive today, Fr. Michael J. McGivney would be proud.

Only 26 years after the national organization was establish, the local Irish Catholic men of Albion decided that it was time to establish a local council. In 1908, Knights of Columbus Council 1330 of Albion, New York was born. Of course, the process was much more complex, however for simplicity, we shall leave it at that.

The original membership was large and the men of Council 1330 selected a distinguished gentleman from the community who was engaged locally as a lawyer.

Past Grand Knight

Thomas Austin Kirby was born March 22, 1868 in Albion, New York, the eldest of three children born to John and Catherin Moynihan Kirby. Kirby attended local schools and worked in his father's foundry for a year before he began to study law under John Cunneen in Albion. For a time he taught at a schoolhouse in South Barre before entering the Cornell University Law School. He graduated in 1889 and was admitted to the practice the same year, starting his practice in Albion in July of that year. In 1891 he entered into partnership with Thomas Hughes and formed the Hughes & Kirby firm. At the time of his death on January 29, 1922, his obituary noted him as one of the greatest orators from Orleans County with his fame extending beyond the borders of this locale. He was the first Grand Knight of Council 1330.

Past Grand Knight

James Anselm Kennedy was born on May 31, 1860 at Albion, New York, the son of James and Eliza Ryan Kennedy. He attended local schools from which he graduated from in 1878. After completing school, he worked several years in local quarries and on local farms before accepting a positions with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company. At the time of compiled history resources for Orleans County, James was in excellent health employed with the railroad. However, a coupling accident shortly after 1900 left him with a missing arm. From that point until his death, he served as the day flagman at the Clinton Street Railroad Crossing. The above image, taken post 1900, is the only image of past Grand Knights that shields the right shoulder from camera view. It is likely that this was done to hide his missing arm. Kennedy died on March 22, 1930.

*This is part of an effort to preserve some of the last images relating to the Knights of Columbus Council 1330*