Category Archives: Family History

The Most Funnest Thing Ever….

For the last few years Mr. Ed has been thinking about writing his life story.. his memoirs so to speak.  He even started, then stopped several times.  But this year was THE year, and it was a lovely experience for … Continue reading

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Bridget Shane and the Supreme Court of Iowa

Since I’m not a lawyer this lawsuit and its eventual appearance in the Iowa Supreme Court are somewhat baffling to me.  However, after reading the text for the 100th time (give or take a little) it seems to me that … Continue reading

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Bridget Shane Handwriting Analysis

Recently I asked Paula Sassi to analyze the handwriting of my great-grandmother, Bridget (Hogan) Shane.  Here’s a sample and Paula’s conclusions: Bridget Shane’s handwriting sample. “Bridget Shane’s handwriting shows that she was a quiet and somewhat stressed individual.  As the … Continue reading

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Robert Shane Probate File

Good Evening, The probate file for Robert Shane contains 46 pages, all hand written.  So rather than post them all I put up a few and try to explain a bit about what was going on and hopefully point out … Continue reading

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Robert Shane in America

Robert Shane’s life seems shrouded in mystery and contradiction. Most ancestors I’ve written about have conveniently left pictures or writings, but except for one picture presumed to be Robert I really have nothing except the rather sparse records.  Here then, … Continue reading

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Obituary, Bridget (Hogan) Shane

The remains of Mrs. Robert Shane, a former resident of this vicinity who died at her home in Cedar Rapids last Saturday night, were brought to this place last Tuesday morning for interment. The funeral was held at the Church … Continue reading

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Michael Joseph “Joe” Shane

Joe Shane was the fifth child of Bridget Hogan and Robert Shane. Records indicate a birth year of anywhere from 1861 to 1870 depending on the source.  When he was just young man, Joe went off to find his fortune … Continue reading

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