Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Rev Ernest J Fitzpatrick & Wife Nell

Tombstone Tuesday – To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

I'm doing my Paternal Grandfather this week - here is his gravestone - Nell (Ellen Olive Clement) Found in Union Cemetery, Plymouth, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Monday, October 24, 2011

Military Monday - Corporal Ernest J Fitzpatrick

Here is my Paternal Grandfather's discharge papers. His obit says " During World I, he srved overseas with the 41st division from 1917 to 1919. He was awarded the Purple Heart from the federal government in 1932 in recognition of his special acts of bravery in combat action.

After having contacting VA they can not confirm that. Is there another way to find out? Any help appreciated.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Obituary Sunday - Rev. Ernest J Fitzpatrick

I've decided to dedicate this week to my Paternal Grandfather - Reverend Ernest James Fitzpatrick. He is rather a roadblock for me for several reasons.

1) I never met him since he died 10 years before I was even born and 4 years before my parents were married.

2) He was born in Canada (Toronto) and it seems to be hard to get records from there sometimes. (He became a naturalzed a citizen of the US)

3) He fought in WWI for the US Army while still a citizen of Canada. As it says in his obit he won a Purple Heart, but have yet to prove Have send to VA for more details, but they couldn't find anything. Is there another source to check out?

4) It is said that his father was a missionary and he (grandfather) got some of his education over in South Africa. I have written several times to verify with no results.