Francis Comuskey was a piano player in New York City. He was the son of Henry Comuskey, who was the son of Mary Kilraine and her second husand, Patrick Comuskey (her first husband was Patrick Craven; he was the grandfather of my grandmother Margaret Craven).

Francis went by the stage names Francis Craven and Knuckles O’Craven. He died on February 8, 1973. From his obituary in the Waterbury (CT) American:

“He played at the 21 Club in New York, the Stork Club, Leon and Eddy’s and for the past several years was playing at the Gay Nineties Club. He was chosen to play the piano at several of the Astor family weddings in Newport, R.I. and played piano for the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was a member of the Waterbury Lodge of Elks and New York Musician’s Union.”

What a marvelous branch of the family tree. According to Ancestry.com, Francis was my first cousin 2x removed.

The writing around the edge of this photograph is Grandmom’s.


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