finding your roots

American Revolution

Charles Thomas Smith May 14, 2012

My grand mother told me that we had people in our family involved in all wars dating back to the American Revolution. This is when I told her I was going to enlist for the VietNam War back in 1971. She had scolded me not to enlist, that our family had shed enough blood for the country. I did not enlist as I wanted to, and I always wondered if what she said was true or was she protecting me. My grandmother’s maiden name was Anna Dooley and her father’s name was William Dooley. They lived in New York City. My Grandmother was born in 1902. I have no pictures of my grandmother.

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  • Dori

    May 21, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Do you have more specific information? There are several Ann Dooleys born around 1902 in NY. Do you know her mother’s name?

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