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Name those McGees…



I have a couple of picutres of the McGee family that are mostly unidentified.  Really hoping that my McGee cousins recognize  some of these folks! The above picture came from Nora McGee Pierce, my grandfather’s sister.  There is unfortunately no year on the picture but has to be before 1926.  Here is what I DO know:

From left: William McGee (1856-1926), J Norman McGee (1894-1952), the woman next to Norm maybe be Mary Ellen Murphy McGee (?),  the last lady on the right in this row is Martha Flynn McGee (1865-1949)

Back row: Nora McGee Pierce (1903-1932), Orrin Pierce (1885-1936), Unidentified,  Madeline McVay McGee (1894-1967)






Pretty much the same thing with this photo, taken before 1926. I don’t know who any of the children are, the man with the pipe on the left is J. Norman McGee, the man behind him is his father William McGee, the next man is unidentified (also sitting near William and Norm in the first picture), Madeline McGee is next, in front of her maybe Nora McGee Pierce? The standing woman is Martha Flynn McGee.




It’s not as bad as the doll…

Being an only child, there are many photos of my dad.  This is my dad (James McGee) in 1937, he was 7 years old.  There is no information about where is was taken.  I can see bit of my brothers, nephews and my sons in the picture. The ears are a distinctive McGee trait which my father and grandfather shared!    The horse is a little creepy – but nowhere near as scary as the smoking doll from a couple of weeks ago!!

Nightmarish Doll


I came across this picture of my dad recently.  It was taken in 1938, my dad was about 8 in the photo.  It isn’t the greatest picture, the exposure is off and it isn’t clearly focused, this was the best I could do with it.  Looks like just a relaxing evening at home with a super creepy  doll – if you look closely it actually has a cigarrette dangling out of its mouth. I am honestly not sure what to think of the whole set up but it is a very unique picture!

Sorry in advance for any nightmares…


Christmas at Williamsburg


Back row: Meg Kelly, Terry Marshall Kelly, Rosann Kelly, Kay Marshall McGee Front row: Maureen Kelly, Mary Ellen Reardon, Beth Kelly 1993 Williamsburg, VA

This is one of my all time favorite pictures! I came across it the other day out of nowhere and took it as a sign that it should be shared. The picture was taken in December of 1993 at Colonial Williamsburg.  My sister Eileen must have taken the picture.  Several of the ladies of our clan met in Williamsburg for a long weekend. My sweet cousin Beth works there and we had such a fun trip. Everything was decorated for the holidays and was just beautiful.
We almost weren’t able to make the trip. On the day we were to leave Buffalo was enjoying bit of a snowstorm – did anyone see the Bills game this weekend? It was kind of like that! We were the last flight out as they were closing the airport. I can still remember watching them de-ice the plane.
We had so many laughs and made great memories on this trip. Beth still works at Williamsburg and her sisters Meg and Maureen live there now too. Maybe it’s time for another trip…


I am  sucker for a good infographic – I mean who isn’t? …no, just me?  Oh well, I am sharing a fun thing  that I came across today.  This was made by and it used my family tree.  Check out the average age of marriage – 28?!  Also this says most of us were born on Sundays and our average age of death is really young – yikes!

It is just a fun quick way to look at the family tree, of course it is always changing and evolving. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



Navy Day

October 27 is recognized as Navy Day, a day to honor past and present members of the United States Navy.  For today’s Picure Day I am sharing a photo of my very favorite member of the Navy, my uncle Ed Marshall.  Uncle Ed served in the Navy which allowed him to graduate from Notre Dame University.  He was an aeronautical engineeer, he helped design a Navy plane and worked for NASA.  He was part of the team that designed the oxygen pack that the  Apollo 11 astronauts wore during the first moon walk.  It is on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space museum.  Uncle Ed may have been a “rocket scientist” but he was also very down to earth. He had that wonderful ability to make you feel as if you were the most important person in the room.  As a kid I always remember how he would take extra time to talk to me.  I can’t imagine that anything I told him was terribly riveting but he always made me feel like it was interesting to him.

What other members of the family served in the Navy?  Let me know and I will add them

Joseph Pfundstein

Thomas Pfundstein




Clergy Appreciation Day

1940’s Adam with Fr. Adam, Sr. Miriam, Sr.Augusta, a niece, and Fr. Edward


October 9 was Clergy Appreciation Day – who knew?  This picture has been shared before but it always makes me smile to see it!! The photo was taken in the early 1940’s (Adam died in 1942).  Maybe they were all together for a special occasion or maybed it was just a Sunday dinner.  Whatever the reason it looks like they were having a great time!  I can’t even imagine how proud Adam and Theresa must have been about their son’s in the Clergy and of the their daughter’s who became Sisters.

**Update**  Thank you to Loretta Hawkes who was able to give me some more details about the above picture. From Loretta:

Three times a year the nuns were allowed to come home. After they had dinner at Grandpa Grandma’s house, all the brothers and sisters would come for coffee or tea, including all the grandchildren. Everybody brought a cake or cookies and took turns visiting with the nuns and priests. The Josephite nun in the picture was a friend of the family not a niece. Her name was Sr. Grace. All we grandchildren had fun playing outside until it was time for us to come in to have a treat.. At this time, Aunt Tess was hostess and chief cook. After Grandpa passed away, Aunt Elsie Wengler took over the affair also in Glendale where most of us lived. I think I am the eldest of my generation to tell these stories. My last brother, Dick, passed away in May at 94 years of age. I will be 90 in Dec..

Happy Anniversary


Happy Anniversary to my cousin Mary Claire and her husband Dick.  They were married this week in October 1976.  The picture was taken at the Stafford Country Club in Stafford, NY.  I love everything about this picture – Mary Claire is gorgeous. All 5 of the Marshall children are here with spouses as are many of the Marshall cousins.  The clothes and hairstyles are fabulous!

A Boy and his Dog.

Today’s Picture day features my dad, Jim McGee  and was taken in approx 1941-42.  There are no other details on the picure, I don’t know where it was taken or more importantly – what the dog’s name was!  It is such a sweet picture though, they both look like they are enjoying the ride.  As an adult my dad still loved both boats and dogs.  I can remember many, many camping trips that included an afternoon on a boat a lot like this one fishing with him.  They are some of my favorite memories of time spent with him.

One of the most interesting things about the McGee pictures is that they often include dogs/cats.  Somehow it is one of those small details that brings people to life for me.

This Week in Family History

One of these days, when I have a little spare time… I am going to work on a calendar to mark family events  past and present.  This is a pretty busy week , we remember 9/11 and celebrate birthdays and anniversarys.  For today’s Picture Day I am including pictures of family celebrating events this week, let me know if I am missing anything!!!

September 9 – Anniversary for my brother and sister in law Mike and Laurie

September 9 – Birthday for my neice’s husband, Allen



September 13 – Cousin birthday buddies! Birthday of Beth Kelly and me!!



September 14 – Birthday of my Grandfather Ed Marshall, born in 1892!


September 11 – Anniversary of my Mom and Dad’s wedding in 1954












**Update**   I can not believe that I left 2 very important events out.  When I was doing this last week I had that awful nagging feeling that I was forgetting something and thanks to my cousin Beth now I know what it was!!! September 13 is a very busy day in family history in addition to 2 birthdays it is also the wedding anniversary of both Ed and Dottie Marshall and Jim and Terry Kelly!

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