|Bryan M Spellman|
THE COLORFULL SPELLMAN’S
John Spellman was the first Spellman to set foot in the United States of America.
He settled down in a quiet town called Newburgh where he raised his family.
John married Rosanna Greene and together they gave birth to 8 kids. Their oldest son Joseph married Elenora Daley a local of Newburgh and started a family of their own not to far down the road from his parents on Ann St. They attended St. Patrick's Church a Roman Catholic Church. In 1880 they gave birth to Francis Joseph Spellman. Francis grew up in a traditional Irish- Catholic family and married another Roman Catholic Alice Keown in 1901. Shortly after their marriage Alice gave birth to her first and what would end up being her last kid. William Edward Spellman. Due to complications during the pregnancy Alice passed away leaving Frank to care for the infant who in 1905 died from Spinal meningitis. Eight years later while walking past a Salvation Army open air he saw a beautiful young woman. They fell in love. So Frank, so in love with this woman decided it was better to be rejected by his family than to risk loosing her, becoming Protestant. Now to this day we are not exactly sure what happened between Frank and his family but ideas fly that seeing how back then it was unacceptable to be Protestant, that Frank’s parents and ancestors disowned him. Leaving no trace of his family for the future of the Spellman. All for a woman he met at an Open-Air, Her name Eva Fox. Soon the two would get married and have their first kid Francis William Spellman. Now why do you suppose Frank, instead of having his first-born son be a Jr. decided to change his middle name? No one knows for certain but I think it was in the memory of his first son William. Then there would be Harold and then Arthur. These Spellman brothers were talented in many ways and a surprising fact is that they all in the Salvation Army Band, Two Cornets and a Trombone. A tradition that is being carried on in Bryan Spellman (Cornetist), using the very same cornet that was played by the late Francis “Fran” Spellman, the Grand Son of Harold A. Spellman, Sr. and Son to Harold A. Spellman, Jr. and Patricia A. Bissell. Harold, Sr. also had two daughters before his son, Sandra Louise, and Sharon Alice. Tragedy struck when Sandy-Lou was playing in a neighbors yard and a clothes pole crashed and hit Sandra on the head. She was only 5 years old. Sharon soon had a little brother to beat around when in December of 1953 Harold, Jr. was born or as he was known to the Spellman's as the "Irish Prince”, but Sharon would soon find out that she was not able to win anymore. And competition was on her heels. Stories still fly at the dinner table about Smashed Drums and a Punched out Humpty Dumpty Doll face, and a bloody nose and many... many... more. Sharon went on to marry an Englishmen from Canada. Falling in love at a concert at the infamous Saddle Lake Camp, The band? The Willow Tones a Brother Duo group of non other Than The Adnams Brothers, Derek Adnams soon became a citizen of the United States but not until after serving as an M-P during the Viet-Nam War, another very interesting story. I can truly say that the Spellman's have always have and always will have interesting dinner time conversation and stories about "when I was a kid" and the Tradition continues with the brother, sister duo of Bryan and Jessica Spellman.
OCTOBER,2004 FAMILY EXPEDITION
From Oct.2-4 my father and I traveled to our ancestors soil in Newburgh, NY. The trip was excellent. We started the adventure by visiting St. Patrick's Cemetary where we found the final resting spot for John and Rosana Green Spellman, The first Spellman's to set foot in the United States of America. My hope was to find alot of the Spellman's in that cemetary but that was not the case. So we headed to Calvary Cemetary, the newest for St. Patrick's Church, but not untill we got something to eat so