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McCarthy Family of Watertown New York

Updated August 3, 2005

About Our Family Research

Although our families may be separated by distance the one thing that binds us together is the family history we share. Our Keller family of 11 brothers and sisters knew little of our ancestors prior to our reunion of August 15, 2002.In preparation for that reunion I began a genealogical research that revealed a portion of our family history.

Family photos and correspondence that were stored away for many years were gathered and displayed at the reunion. A letter from uncle Bill Keller,our father Carl Quentin Kellerís brother, revealed much about the Keller ancestors who emigrated from Switzerland to the US on the British ship Princess Augusta in 1736. Further genealogical research of the Kellers was not difficult as the Keller familyís history is well documented and easily accessible thanks to the internet. The Hartwig and McCarthy families from whom our mother Mary Ann Hartwig descended were much more elusive and required more sleuthing. Genealogical research became a challenging puzzle for me, the pieces of which I continue to gather.

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  • Mystery McCarthy Photo (25 KB)
    I think this photo may be Charles McCarthy, father of Mary Ann McCarthy or her husband's father, Timothy McCarthy. The photographer is Boeme Photographers in Watertown. Photo dating research indicates that the untidy beard was popular in the period 1860-1880. If we assume the photo date is 1870 and the subject appears to be 50 (the beard is grey) then the subject's birthdate would be around 1820. This would indicate a great great grandfather. I have asked for professional analysis from a photo historian for possible publication in a geneology magazine.
  • Anna McCarthy Hartwig and Mary Ann b.08/15/1920 (39 KB)
    Our mother Mary Ann Hartwig was born the daughter of Joseph Charles Hartwig and Anna McCarthy on August 15,1920 in Watertown N.Y. This photo of Mom and our grandmother Nana was taken by Huested Studios in Watertown. Mom was baptized in St. Patrickís church (the same church where Pop and Nana were married) on September 5, 1920. Her godparents were Nanaís younger sister Bessie (Elizabeth) and brother Alfred James. Momís photo was entered in the Watertown beautiful baby contest for which she won a blue ribbon.
  • Postcard from Joe Hartwig circa 1910 RR worksite (93 KB)
    This is a photo postcard send to Pops mother Emma Sharpe.Compare the steamshovel photos with the one on the Wisconsin historical link below.The link describes a few events that the workers had to endure and the hard working conditions. No OSHA or lawyers standing by ready to sue in those days.
  • Watertown NY 440 Coffeen Street Home (64 KB)
    Anna Eliza McCarthy's mother Mary Ann stands behind Anna's younger sister Bessie (left) a young unidentified girl and Alfred McCarthy. I believe this is the home in which all Nana's family resided including Mom and Pop at one time. The house was located very close to the train tracks which ran behind it. Timothy McCarthy Sr. and his son's worked on the NY Central Railroad System. The 9 children born in NYS to Mary Ann (b.Jan.9,1858 d.Nov.12,1922)and Timothy McCarthy (b.June 1852 d.Apr.24,1936) are Mary E.Devine (b.March 10,1883 d.April 4,1932), Jennie (b.May 1877 d. March 30,1911), Anna Eliza Hartwig (b.Sept.1881 d.March 17 St. Pat's Day 1962)Agnes Snider (b.Oct.1883,d._____ Timothy Bernard ( b.Dec.1887 d._____),Alfred James (b.Jan.1889 d._____) Charles (b.July 1891 d.____) Bessie(b.Feb.1896 d.Jan.9,1935) James Robert(b.Feb.1898 d._____). All were born in Watertown.
  • Mary Ann Hartwig Coffen St. Home (39 KB)
    This is Mom at 440 Coffeen about 1923.A railroad car is visable behind her. The house is currently home to A Touch of Grace Catholic goods store. Interesting considering Mom, Dad and Eileen ventured into the same business.Many thanks to the store owner Kathy for putting me in touch with Watertown relatives Alfred McCarthy and Pat Patterson who have helped provide family information. The Coffeen St. address appeared on an envelope that held a birthday card addressed to Mary Ann Hartwig for her 2nd birthday in 1922.The address was a clue that led to the discovery of more puzzle pieces to be fit together.
  • Anna Watertown Woodruff House lobby circa 1910 (222 KB)
    Anna McCarthy was employed as a switchboard operator at the Woodruff House (hotel) in 1910.The Woodruff was located in Watertown's Public Square which was the hub of many activies including parades and other gatherings.Theodore Roosevelt made a presidential campaign speech from the balcony of the Woodruff when Anna was an employee. The NY Central Railroad Depot was located behind the Woodruff. The Woodruff House stood on the north side of Public Square and was a mecca for visitors from all areas. The hotel was demolished in the mid 1970's.
  • Anna McCarthy Woodruff balcony circa1910 (76 KB)
    That's Anna on the right keeping company with some other women whom I have yet to identify on the second story balcony of the Woodruff House. I believe that's her mother to her left. Are they other Woodruff employees, relatives, or good friends? Could this have been taken on the day Teddy Roosevelt gave his speech? Another puzzle piece. For more views of Public Square and information regarding Watertown's history during this era visit and browse the pages of the Watertown link below. The first photo in the Watertown link shows the church steeple visable in the distance of the balcony photo of Anna. The 6th photo in the link (looking west towards Court St.)shows a front view of the Woodruff House with a trolley in front.
  • Mary Ann McCarthy with daughters Bessie and Anna (54 KB)
    We believe this photo was taken shortly after the death of Jennie McCarthy in 1910. Mary McCarthy is dressed in mourning clothing typically worn at that time. Bessie is on the left and Anna is on the right. Mom spoke fondly of Aunt Bessie and I think she was Mom's favorite aunt.
  • Joe Hartwig and daughter Mary Ann (29 KB)
    This picture is Pop and Mom probably around 1922. I'm not sure where it was taken.
  • Early McCarthy Photo- Timothy Jr and sister (62 KB)
    This photo is a bit of a mystery. The boy is Timothy Jr. and I thought Mom told me the girl is his sister Mary but I'm not certain.
  • Mary Ann McCarthy Ogdensburg, NY (37 KB)
    This is a photo of our great grandmother Mary Ann McCarthy taken in Ogdensburg NY by the James M Dow Studio about 1872. The City of Ogdensburg developed into an important port of entry and railroad center during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with extensive trade in lumber and grains. It's very likely that Mary Ann's mother Mary Boyle and father Charles McCarthy entered the US via Ogdensburg. A link to the history of Ogdensburg is below.
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