Now that you’ve gotten the big picture describing where I’m headed with my next big research project, let’s recap where we left off in our last foray into the Stevens family Irish immigrant connections.
Frank Stevens—his interactions with his five siblings, his letters home while serving in the Navy during World War II and his post-war service in the United States Air Force. (If you have joined us here after that point, I’ve hyperlinked to some of those posts; if you want to know more about any of those episodes in Frank’s life, all you need do is click on the highlighted words.)
William and Agnes Tully Stevens. I spent quite a bit of time covering family stories of the Tully family in Chicago, but only included Will’s part of the story as it intersected with the Tully narrative. We’ve already shared Agnes’ wedding day, back in June of 1912. Just to give a little insight into the Fort Wayne man Agnes was marrying, there were some posts on Will—actually starting the trail with a letter from his step-mother following Will’s passing in 1946.
John Kelly Stevens, had passed away when Will was forty five. Will’s mother, Catherine Kelly Stevens, had been long gone, herself, having died shortly after he was born.
John Kelly Stevens had had much the same experience in his own young life, too, as his own mother—also named Catherine Kelly, incidentally—had died following the birth of his younger brother.
With these few wisps of family history now ensconced in my files, I’ve got much work to do yet, before facing the possibility of flying to a foreign country to continue this Stevens family research. Consider this list of review posts as the items to include in my “needs assessment” for a research To-Do list.
Tomorrow, we’ll take inventory of what I know, so far, about each of the players in this research challenge, and where each trail leaves me cold at the brink of the western shores of the Atlantic.