With the wedding of Frances Laskowski’s cousin set to eclipse her own special day in August, 1929, it got me wondering just where that earlier wedding was held. After all, since the July bride was a resident of New Hampshire, not New York, perhaps the event in question was not even close to home. Though six weeks before Frances was set to marry Philip Hanlon, the McCann-Hennessy wedding may have entailed some extensive travel, thus making aging grandparents too exhausted—or even unavailable—for Frances’ subsequent big day.
With that in mind, I did some further searching in newspaper archives. Fortunately, there was a record of the July wedding published in the Brooklyn Standard Union. The Wednesday, July 10, 1929, article wasn’t very helpful, though. Besides lacking that tell-all guest list that cousin Frances’ wedding had included, an enigmatic entry noted the bride’s parents resided in Manchester, then listed the church as “the Blessed Sacrament Church, Euclid Avenue.”
Okay: Euclid Avenue in Manchester? Or somewhere in New York? I had to find this out!
Pursuing genealogical research in this Internet age certainly can spoil a soul. Googling “Blessed Sacrament Church” and “Euclid Avenue” led me to a self-styled Catholic Church history blog, and a page featuring the establishment of a church by that same name and address. Of course, I gave no thought at the time as to the possibilities that there might be scores of churches by that name on all the Euclid Avenues of the world. Fortunately for me, one of the first search results pointed me to Brooklyn, and I snatched it up.
So, as it turns out, there was no long journey for the Laskowski grandparents to New Hampshire to witness the marriage of their oldest grandson in his bride’s home town. If they were in attendance at all, it involved a trip to a ceremony not far from their own New York City home in Brooklyn. Perhaps, after all, their absence from the guest list for granddaughter Frances’ wedding was simply a matter of the weariness of old age, not any snarky retort to imagined family rifts.
Miss Viola Patrice Hennessy, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. George N. Hennessy, of 78 Norwood avenue, Manchester, N. H., was married recently to Valentine J. McCann at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Euclid Avenue. The ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. John Keely [sic], was followed by a reception. Miss Mary Conway was maid of honor for Miss Hennessy and George Hennessy, brother of the bride, was Mr. McCann's best man. Mr. and Mrs. McCann will make their home in Manchester.
I looked for other churches on Euclid Avenue and can only find one in Cleveland - and given the church in Brooklyn is in the "right neighborhood" (i.e., less than 4 miles from Kew Gardens) I think you are 100% right!ReplyDelete
Of course, that leads to the question of what she was doing in Brooklyn - was she living there before she got married?Delete
Now, that's the key question, Iggy. I have no idea why she was there. That's something I'll have to check out. Maybe her brother lived in New York.Delete
Pardon the messy link.Delete
George N Hennessy in the New York, State Census, 1915 is shown with daughter Viola P. living in the Bronx (NYC). Perhaps George moved out of the city ... retirement?
78 Norwood Avenue is in Brooklyn... less than 1/4 miles from the Blessed Sacrament Church, Euclid Avenue...
Hmmmm...while I'm not as familiar with this side of the family, I am thinking the entry in Brooklyn is our Viola. Not so sure about the one in the Bronx.Delete
Who knows how the family ended up in New Hampshire. All I've been able to find is that my dad and his bride were living up there in time for the next census. Perhaps they did a house swap?
The Society Writer had all the info she just didn't include the list of family members attending, sometimes I think it was a space thing. :)ReplyDelete
That's a good point, Far Side. Sometimes the decision doesn't have anything to do with all the reasons we'd think.Delete