Hilary’s Early Life!

July 3, 2013

Here are some photographs of Hilary McKanna, my Aunt Vivian’s husband, taken in his younger years, probably taken in Alaska:

Hilary as a young boy

Hilary as a young boy

Hilary with another boy that might be one of his brothers?

Hilary with a boy not named?

Hilary with a boy not named?

In this following photograph we see Hilary in a happy mood.  The writing on the back had C. Penglase and I wonder if this is the C. Penglase that married Helena Mary McDonald, daughter of great Uncle Angus McDonald who would know be Hilary’s father-in-law Ronald’s brother?

Hilary with friend - C. Penglase

Hilary with friend – C. Penglase

This photo is one of my favorites of Hilary.  My memories of him were he was a gentle and kind man.

Hilary by the stairs about 1920

Hilary by the stairs about 1920

This photo was taken in 1923:

A Portrait of Hilary McKanna 1923, just before his marriage to Vivian

A Portrait of Hilary McKanna 1923, just before his marriage to Vivian

My curiosity and the inspiration of the blog:  A Convergence of Families has pushed me to try a few internet searches and I found some additional sites that will further the McKanna family history:

The McKanna House and Family from a descendant of James Adelbert McKanna:

http://www.lauralei.com/McKanna/History.htm

The Rooney Family in Canada which mentions the parents of Michael and Katherine

http://www.rooneys-minnesota.com/rooney-family-in-canada.html


Hilary McKanna’s Family!

June 20, 2013

There is definitely connection between the Angus McDonald family, the McKanna family and the Penglase family.

The story is that Vivian met Hilary at Uncle Angus McDonald’s home in West Seattle. Angus’s daughter Helena Mary McDonald married a Claude Penglase and had George Robert Penglase.  I have shared the information on the Penglase family when I posted about Angus McDonald’s family on this blog before. Angus is Keith’s uncle and Ronald’s brother.

Hilary’s parents were Michael Bernard McKanna and Katherine Rooney.

There is a blog that shares information on the McKanna family:

A Convergence of Families:  Willis and Hermsen, McKanna and Rooney, Steltjes and Fleming, Caldwell and Lynch at the following link

http://willisgene.wordpress.com/the-mckanna-family-pioneers-of-the-northwest/

There is more at this blog so take your time to explore.  I am not an expert on the McKanna’s but I do believe the writer is one.

The Convergence blog tells the story of the McKanna’s.  The spelling of the name was apparently McCanna in the beginning.

The blog also has a picture of the tombstone of Michael Bernard McKanna.

Robert “Mickey” McKanna, Michael and Katherine’s grandson, told me the story of how he and his kids hiked up to see the gravesite at Miner’s Cemetery, on top of the Chilkoot Pass, near Lake Bennett in British Columbia. This was no small feet to get to the cemetery.  I was visiting Mickey at his cabin in 2002.

“Michael came over from Ireland and settled in Stearns Co., Minnesota.  There were locust infestations for 4-5 years in a row and that is when they then moved onto Fargo, ND where they had a child.  In Miles City, MT they had Emmett and Phillip (Mickey’s dad).  They moved on to Douglas, Alaska where they had Hilary who was apparently the youngest of the clan.  Michael McKanna, the grandfather, was starting back to the US and became sick at Lake Bennett south of Fairbanks. 

Years ago Mickey took two of his sons on a hike to find this grave’s location.  A forest service person marked the trail for Mickey so they could find the cemetery.  It had 13 graves of which one was his grandfather Michael.  Michael died at 49/50 years old.  Mickey thinks that his aunt made it to the grave because of the style of the inscription.”  Spoken by Mickey McKanna grandson. 

Source:  Journal of Trip to Yakima and Spokane, July 2002, by B. J. MacDonald. There are Spracklins who live in the Miles City, Montana area.  The Spracklins are one of Keith’s older families through his grandmother Amarilla Spracklin Barclay.

Based on my notes from Mickey I have the following information about this family.

Please be advised that I only have this information that follows because I was curious. When I knew Mickey I was a munchkin so I didn’t pay any attention to this stuff.   This family of the McKanna’s is only related to my family by marriage.  So I have not taken the time to really dig and get the facts.  I refer you to the Convergence blog I listed above for the real story.

Michael apparently emigrated from Ireland per Mickey’s sharing, but I have no detailed information on him other than his death and there is a picture of the tombstone on the above mentioned blog.  Katherine was born about 1852 maybe in Canada and died about 1939.

NOTE:  Find A Grave has a tombstone for a Katherine A. McKanna buried in the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Goldendale, Klickitat County, WA.  The dates are 1852 to 1939.  Of course I would have to verify this information.

The children of Michael Bernard McKanna and Katherine A. Roovey

1.  Elizabeth McKanna 1875-1930.  She married a man named Robert Willis, and had a son names James E. Willis 1912 to 1930.  See the Convergence of Families blog.

2.  James McKanna – no further information on this child? Again check out the Convergence blog for more information.

3.  Emmett Joseph McKanna 1879-1958.  Emmett Joseph was born 8 Jun 1879 and died 15 Mar 1958 in Yakima, Yakima Co., Washington.  He is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Yakima not too far from the McDonalds that I have been posting about.  I stumbled on this family when I was researching the Calvary Cemetery where Ronald, Nellie, Miriam, Gordon, Vivian and Eddie are buried.

He married Lillian Mary Penglase who was born 28 Feb 1885, and died 6 Dec 1975 in Yakima and is buried next to her husband.  Thanks to the Convergence blog for this piece of information about Lillian’s last name.

Private funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima for Mrs. Lillian M. McKanna, longtime Yakima resident who died Friday in Seattle.  Mrs. McKanna moved to Seattle upon the death of her husband, Emmett J. McKanna, who was a longtime real estate agent in Yakima.  She moved to Seattle to live with her daughter.  Suvivors include a son, Emmett Jr. of California; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Dietzen of Yakima and Elizabeth McFadden of Seattle; two sisters Frances Barnhill of Los Angles and Rose Moran of San Francisco; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Source:  Obituary for Mrs. Lillan McKanna (Out of Town), December 11, 1975, Yakima Newspaper (Unknown).  Found at the Calvary Cemetery office in Yakima, WA.

These are note cards copied by the Calvary Cemetery office showing information on the burial location of these burials:

McKanna, Vivian (Leola) Age 82 618 So. 3rd St. Selah, WA 98942
Blk D, Sect 84, E 1/2 Gr 2, Langevin & Mussetter 14 Nov. 1984, 6/18/81 $185.00 Buril $311.31) pd 12/3/84
McKanna, Lillian M. age 90 Blk D, Sec 26, W1/2, Gr 6 Dec 12, 1975 Fisher-Kalfus Funeral Home, Seattle, St. Pals $331.75 pg. 4/27/1976
McKanna, Emmett J., Age 78 Blk D Sect 26, W 1/2, Gr 5, Mar 19, 1958, St. Paul, Fr. McRath. S&S.
McKanna, Lt. John Willis Blk D, Sec 26, W/12, Gr. 7, Aug 14, 1943, Age 28 Shaw & Sons.

Emmett's tombstone in Calvary Cemetery, Yakima

Emmett’s tombstone in Calvary Cemetery, Yakima

JohnWillisMcKanna LillianMaryMcKannaTombstone

John Willis McKanna and Lillian Mary McKanna’s tombstone

They had:

a.  Lt. John Willis McKanna 1915-1943 was born 23 Jun 1915 and died 10 Aug 1943.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Yakima next to his parents.

b.  Emmett McKanna Jr.  b. ________ died after 1977 in La Jolla, California.  He married a Marjorie J. Young and she died 2 Nov. 1977 in La Jolla, California.  They had Susan who married a Humiston and Sarah who married Schneider and had John and James.

c.  Mary McKanna married a Dietzen

d.  Elizabeth McKanna married a McFadden

4. Philip McKanna 1896-1941 was born 1896 in Montana and died about 1941 in California?  He married a Kathleen who was born about 1898 in Washington and died in California?

A curious piece of information at Find A Grave has a Phillip F. McKanna born May 17, 1884 d. August 6, 1940 in the same cemetery at the Katherine above – Holy Trinity?

The children of Philip and Kathleen:

a.  Alice McKanna born about 1928

b.  William McKanna born about 1926 and died about 1970 and may be buried in Arlington Cemetery, VA?  He married Marilyn Jean Pebley and had about three children.  Bill was in the Navy and Air Force?

c.  Robert “Mickey” John McKanna born about 1930 in Alaska.  He married Christine Henschield on 9 Aug. 1958 in Spokane.  She died several years ago.  They had 6 children.   Mickey is the nephew of Hilary McKanna and came to live with Hilary and Vivian.  See below.

d.  Mary Jane McKanna born about 1933 may have married a Teratino.

Apparently Philip McKanna was married a second time to an unknown person and had 3 children a Hugh, Phil and a Francis.  I have very little information about this marriage.  Mickey said it was a prior marriage that gave him 1/2 siblings.

1940 Census – Linden Lane, Line 34, 629, 99, 12, 20.00, McKanna, Philip, Head,  M, W, 55, M, No., 44, 30, Montana, XOXO, No, No, No, No, O, 8, 13, 130, No. McKanna, Kathleen, wife, 1, F, W, 42, M, No, 42, 10, Washington, No, — McKanna, William, son, 2, M, W, 14, S, yes, H1, 9, Washington, McKanna, Alice, daughter, 2, F, W, 12, S, yes, 5, 5, Washington, McKanna, Robert, son, 2, M, W, S, yes, 5, 5, Alaska. McKanna, Mary Anne, daughter, 2, F, W, 7, S, yes, 1, 1, Alaska.

Source:  Philip McKanna Family, 1940 US Census, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, Block 5, SD#18, ED#59-58, Sht#3A, April3-4, 1950, enumerator Randal W. Brooks.  Ancestry.com.

5. Robert McKanna  - This is Bob and Theo of which I have lots of pictures from Vivian’s photo album, loaned to me by Mickey McKanna.

Bob and Theo 1926

Bob and Theo 1926

6.  Hilary Michael McKanna born 11 Jun 1892, Douglas Island, Alaska and died 18 Oct 1957 in Medical Lake, Spokane Co., Washington.  He is buried in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Spokane.  He married my Aunt Leola Vivian McDonald 25 June 1924 in Cheney, Spokane Co., Washington.  I have posted about this marriage in past posts.  Vivian is Keith’s older sister as you will remember.

Note:  Internment has a listing for the St. Joseph Cemetery in Spokane, WA and there are McCannas and McKannas buried there including Hilary.

http://www.interment.net/data/us/wa/spokane/stjoe/st_joseph_mq.htm

Vivian & Hilary 1925

Vivian & Hilary 1925

When Philip, Hilary’s brother died suddenly, Bill the son was invited to come and live with Hilary and Vivian in Greenacres, Spokane, WA where they settled.  Mickey McKanna came to visit his brother and liked it and decided to stay.  Hilary and Vivian didn’t have children of their own so Bill and Mickey became very important to them.

Hilary with his nephews Mickey and Bill McKanna

Hilary with his nephews Bill on the left and Mickey McKanna 1945

Now you know why Keith, the subject of this blog, and his siblings all knew Mickey (Robert John McKanna) and his brother Bill (William).

Ronald S. McDonald, Bill McKanna, Vivian and Hilary 1940's.

Ronald S. McDonald, Bill McKanna, Vivian and Hilary 1940′s.

The photo above shows the connection to the McKanna’s.  Ronald (R.S.) McDonald is the father of Vivian and she is standing between her nephew Bill McKanna and her husband Hilary McKanna.

Again, for more details about the McKanna family and Hilary’s and Bill’s ancestors see the blog: A Convergence of Families:  Willis and Hermsen, McKanna and Rooney, Steltjes and Fleming, Caldwell and Lynch at the following link and take a look around for more information.

http://willisgene.wordpress.com/the-mckanna-family-pioneers-of-the-northwest/


Leola Vivian and Hilary McKanna begin Married Life!

June 6, 2013

The story is that Vivian met Hilary at Uncle Angus McDonald’s home in West Seattle.  Uncle Angus had spent time in Alaska although I have not been able to prove it. Angus McDonald was the older brother of R.S. and I have posted on his family previously in this blog.

The posts covering Angus are: “The Family of Angus McDonald – Eldest Son, The Legend of Uncle Angus McDonald, World War I, My McDonald Cousins Serve, Angus’ Wife Louisa Jane Hanson.” The dates 2/16/2012 to 3/22/2012.

Vivian is standing next to a very young boy in the following photo and the date on the photograph is Seattle, August 1924 which would be after the wedding.   The only boy I am aware of that would be close to the age of this child may be Helena Mary McDonald Penglase’s son George Robert Penglase.  There was definitely a link there with Vivian and Uncle Angus.

Vivian with boy in Seattle?

Vivian with boy in Seattle?

The certificate for Vivian’s wedding survives:

Vivian and Hilary's Marriage Certificate

Vivian and Hilary’s Marriage Certificate

It reads:  Certificate of Marriage #35111, State of Washington, County of Spokane, …on the 25th day of June in the …1924 at Cheney in the county of Spokane and State aforesaid.  I the undersigned Catholic Priest by authority of a license bearing date the 24th day of June A.D. 1924 …did join in lawful wedlock Hilary M. McKanna of the County of Yakima, State of Washington and Leola V. McDonald of the County of Spokane, State of Washington.  Witnesses were Robert J. Willis and Miriam McDonald, signed by the groom and the bride.  Also signed by Rev. John E. Lyons, Residence St. Rose Church, Cheney, Wash. 

I also have another document that has more information on it from which this fancier license was created.  Under Hilary is states that he is 32 years old, single and has not been married before. He was residing in Yakima.  He was born in Douglas, Alaska to Michael Bernard McKanna and Katherine Rooney and both were born in Canada.  Vivian’s side has her full formal name of Leola Vivian McDonald residing in Cheney.  She is 22 years old, single and has not been married before.  She was born in Minnesota to Ronald S. McDonald born in Quebec and Grace Barclay born in Minnesota.  It does state they were married at the St. Rose Church in Cheney, WA.

The Certificate of Marriage was recorded  in Book 32, page 458, Spokane, WA on 27 June 1924 by John Gifford County Clerk and M.F. Harvie Deputy.

The Happy Couple 1924

The Happy Couple 1924

Two years later this picture was taken of Mr. and Mrs. in 1926 in Spokane.  So by that time Hilary and Vivian had made the move to Spokane. Later they would settle in Greenacres (east of Spokane).

Mr. & Mrs. Spokane WA 1926

Mr. & Mrs. Spokane WA 1926


Angus’ wife – Louisa Jane Hanson

March 22, 2012

Louisa shares the tombstone with her husband Angus at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle, Washington.

Angus and Louisa McDonald

Certificate of Death Louisa Jane McDonald, 3268 38th Ave. SW, died April 7, 1939. She was white, widowed. Husband Angus McDonald. Date of birth Sept. 12, 1866. She was 72 years old 6 months 25 days old at death. She died at home. She was born in Scandinavia, Wisconsin. Father was Ole Hanson born in Norway. Mother was Lena born in Sweden. Helena Penglase was the informant. Interment in Calvary Cemetery on 4/10 /1939. Bonney-Watson handled the arrangements. She died of a metastic carcinoma of the abdomen. C.A. Anderson signed from 47…California Ave. #1360. 

The Family History Library has films of the death certificates for Washington State up to about 1952 and the Everett Stake has a nice collection. The films are little challenging to figure out.  Large cities can be on several films.  There is an index. 

Funeral Announcement for Louisa McDonald

In past posts on Angus I have shown the census for the family and in the 1920 U.S. Federal for Seattle, Washington Albert and a Frank Hanson were living with them at that time.  I got curious to see if I could find Louisa’s family and go a little further back.

Her father was Ole Hanson and her mother was Lena and they had the following children:

  1. Albert H. Hanson born about 1853 in Norway
  2. Sena Hanson born about 1858 in Norway
  3. Maggie Hanson born about 1861 in Norway
  4. Anthony Hanson born about 1864 in Wisconsin
  5. Louisa Jane Hanson born in 1866 in Wisconsin
  6. Frank G. Hanson born about 1868 in Wisconsin

The 1880 and 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Ole and Lena Hanson has them living in Eau Plains, Portage Co., Wisconsin.   Apparently Ole was not in the 1880 and Lena was on her own raising the family.   

pg. 5 Line 35, 28, 27, Hanson, Ole, 46 M, W, Laborer, Norway. Hanson, Lena, 44, F, W, keeping house, Norway. Hanson, Albert 13, M, W, laborer, Norway. Hanson, Sena, 12, F, W., at school, Norway. Hanson, Maggie, 9, F, W, at school, Norway, Hanson, Anthony, 6, M, W., at school, Wisconsin. pg. 6. Line 1, Hanson, Louisa 3, F, W, Wisconsin. Line 2, Hanson, Frederick, 1, M, W., Wisconsin

Source:  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Eau Plaine, Portage Co., Wisconsin, pg. 5 and 6, P.O. Plymouth, enumerated 8 June 1870 by a Peter Grove.  Ancestry.com.

Line 28, 42, 95, Hanson, Lena, W, F, 54, widowed, Weaver of carpet, born Sweden, cannot write, parents born Sweden. Hanson Albert, W, M, 24, son, single, mill hand, born Norway, father Norway, mother Sweden. Hanson, Magdalena, W, F, 18, daughter, single, keeping house, born Norway, father Norway, mother Sweden. Anthony, W, M. 16, son, single, mill hand, 6 mos., born Wisconsin, father Norway, mother Sweden. Louisa, W, F, 13, daughter, single, born Wisconsin, father Norway, mother Sweden.

Source:  1880 U.S. Federal Census, Eau Plaine, Portage Co., Wisconsin, pg. 18, SD 11, ED [187], enumerated June 21, 1880 by a [Jas I.] Ennis.

Sena and Frederick are not in the 1880 Census which is very interesting.  I believe I started to have trouble with the Ole Hanson family and could not find them in the 1860 which means they might have been migrating at the time?  There are lot of Ole Hanson’s so it might take awhile to figure out if he did submit naturalization papers or when they actually arrived.

As usual, I try to identify the location of  a family history site but I am having trouble with Eau Plaine, Wisconsin.  I was also having trouble with Scandinavia with just a Google search.  So I caution you regarding these locations. Counties have a tendency to change as an area develops and places come and go.  I have not done much research in Wisconsin and I am not comfortable continuing at this time. 

There is more to be done on Great Uncle Angus’ family and it would be fun to figure out where he took out his naturalization papers?  Tracking Angus has been difficult and I have a big gap between 1881 and 1897, then another gap up to 1910.  I just wish I could find them in the 1900 U.S. census or the 1901 Canadian?

Me and Angus' Family


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