About

Dan

Here I am, researching family history and looking at old pictures.
I guess I kind of like it.

This blog is an exploration of my family roots in Philadelphia and Williamstown, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware.

– Dan

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8 thoughts on “About

  1. Fantastic work you’re doing here, Dan! I could say ‘Thank-you’, but I don’t know if that would be enough for the service that you’re providing this family. You’ve opened the door to our past and letting us know who we are, where we came from, and most important…giving my kids a history. xo

  2. Hello Dan, my name is John Hughes I am the eldest son of John and Mary Hughes formerly of Saint Edwards Parish on Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. My parents were lifelong friends of Father Thomas Patrick Craven. The five Hughes children knew him as Uncle Tom. Uncle Tom baptized us and gave us almost all the sacraments, including marrying all five of us. My youngest brother Thomas Patrick Hughes is named for him. To say we all loved him very much would be an understatement. I have been to Williamstown 2 or 3 times as a kid not counting the day he was laid to rest. My brother Joseph built the coffin that he lays in, a fine piece of Oak. He would have it no other way. He wanted a wood box. My father was part of the Monday night guys they met every week. I was fortunate enough to have attended a couple of times I was just a kid and,or a young adult and I wish I had paid more attention. I vividly remember the Casa del Carmen, Shirley and Gerald and the Three Kings parades. I remember singing Kumbaya there as as a kid. Uncle Tom was always there for me especially in hard times when I needed advice. He was like my second father especially after my father had passed, and I miss him dearly. I got to thinking about him as I do from time to time the other night and wondered how I would be able to find the house in Williamstown and his grave. So as we do in these times I Googled his name and I found this! I’ve read the whole thing top to bottom all the posts. You have done such a fantastic job and have filled in all the blanks for me. I have to admit it wasn’t easy for me. I would like to visit Williamstown, The house, his grave, the burning underground coal fires which I remember so well. Hopefully this summer I will get to do that, possibly with some of the Monday night guys that are still with us. I could go on and on but I won’t do so here. It would be great if you could contact me my email address is listed. Thank you so very much for what you have done here it’s truly awesome and I appreciate it and I’m sure all the people that Uncle Tom touched in his life would be in complete agreement sincerely John C Hughes

    • Dear John, thank you for your message. I really enjoy hearing from people who knew Fr. Tom. I have more things to post, I’ll have to get back to doing it. It’s nice to know people appreciate the blog. I have a memory of Case del Carmen too, and like you said I wish I had paid more attention. I’ll send you an email.

      • Dan it was my pleasure! I will be sure to let my family and others know what you are doing here. In addition if I find anything that may be of interest I will be sure to let you know. My mother has quite a lot of photographs as do I that are stashed away.
        Looking forward to see what else you have
        Thanks again! John H

  3. Hello Dan, my name is John Hughes I am the eldest son of John and Mary Hughes formerly of Saint Edwards Parish on Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. My parents were lifelong friends of Father Thomas Patrick Craven. Continued next post

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