Mary Sheridan

F, b. 1828, d. before 5 May 1870

Family: Michael Sullivan b. c 1826, d. 15 Jan 1915


  1. [S1462] 1850 US Census, Pennsylvania, Northampton, Williams Township, Washington, DC, Page 31A,, accessed February 10, 2012.
  2. [S611] New World, May 28, 1904, Accessed February 22, 2006.
  3. [S301] Michael Sulllivan Grave card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  4. [S301] Michael Sulllivan Grave card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, Lot 34, Block 1, Sect. B.

Emily Sherwood1

  • Married Name: Her married name was Tilton.1
  • Marriage*: Emily Sherwood married Unknown Tilton.1


  1. [S652] Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1947, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive; Record Number: 19471104dn057.

May Sherwood1,2

F, b. July 1856, d. 3 November 1947

Family: William H. Cooley b. c 2 Mar 1852, d. 31 Jan 1907


  1. [S642] Chicago Tribune, January 25, 1918, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive; Record Number: 19180125dn011, Accessed March 10, 2006.
  2. [S652] Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1947, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive; Record Number: 19471104dn057.
  3. [S643] 1900 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Washington, DC, ED 351; Page 20A; Ward 12,; Accessed March 10, 2006.
  4. [S644] 1910 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Washington, DC, ED 667; Page 152B; Part 2; Line 29, Ward 13,; Accessed March 10, 2006.
  5. [S646] 1920 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Washington, DC, ED 795, Page 10B, Ward 13,; accessed March 13, 2006.
  6. [S682] 1930 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Washington, DC, ED 1083, Page 13B,; accessed April 10, 2006.

Unknown Sherwood1




  1. [S652] Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1947, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive; Record Number: 19471104dn057.

Renata Shirk1

F, b. before 1870
  • Birth*: Renata Shirk was born before 1870. Date is estimated based on the date of the birth of her daughter Catharine.1
  • Marriage*: She married John Reck before 1890.1
  • Married Name: As of before 1890,her married name was Reck.1
  • Blog*: Renata Shirk was mentioned in a blog at Batke/Reck Genealogy Blog on 27 March 2010.2

Family: John Reck b. b 1870


  1. [S1150] Catharine Reck Batke, 367-12-0849, Social Security Application, Internal Revenue Service.
  2. [S665] Elaine Beaudoin's personal knowledge Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.
  3. [S1223] The Herald-Palladium, October 29, 1979, p. 10.

Ella Sieler1

F, d. after 1918

Family: Arthur J. Sullivan b. 10 Apr 1889, d. 29 Dec 1918


  1. [S688] Chicago Tribune, December 31, 1918, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive; Record Number: 19181231dn037.
  2. [S1735] Probate file 52249 (Doc. 182, Page 188), Proof of Heirship, testimoney of Ella K. Sullivan, January 17, 1919, 5 pages.
  3. [S857] Arthur Sullivan, Illinois Certificate of death, Micropublication #1852692, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  4. [S684] Chicago Tribune, November 25, 1918, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive: Record Number 19181125dn031.

Louise Simon1

F, b. 3 May 1897, d. 30 August 1977
  • Birth*: Louise Simon was born on 3 May 1897.2
  • Married Name: As of before 1964,her married name was Reich.3
  • Married Name: As of 7 August 1964,her married name was Batke.1
  • Marriage*: She married Karl Batke, son of Martin Batke and Anna Lock, on 7 August 1964. The following article appeared in the newspaper:
    Newspaper article: Mrs. Reich Says Vows
    Pink flowers from the bride's garden graced the altar of th Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the wedding Wednesday of Mrs. Louise Reich and Carl Batke.
    The former Mrs. Reich was attired in a pale salmon dress with matching accessories.
    Barbara Metzler, granddaughter of the bridegroom, was the maid of honor and Elmer Reich of San Francisco, the bride's son, was the best man. Andy Andersen, grandson of Mrs. Reich, ushered.
    A reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Lange, son in law and daughter of Mrs. Reich. Among the out of town guests were Fred Batke of Stockton, brother of the bridegroom; George and J. J. Simon of Visalia, brothers of the bride, and their wives, and William Foote of San Francisco.
    Mrs. Batke is the widow of H. P. Reich. Her children are Mrs. Madeline Andresen, Mrs. G. A. Castleman and Joseph Reich, candidate for Fresno County Supervisor, all of Fresno; Herman Reich of Los Angeles and Mrs. Florence Leike and Mrs. Wesley Jamison of San Jose and Mrs. Lange and Elmer Reich.
    Batke, a retired rancher, is the father of Mrs. Sam Metzler.1,3
  • Address*: As of 14 March 1970, Louise Simon and Karl Batke lived at 4404 E. Lyell Avenue, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA.4
  • Death*: Louise Simon died on 30 August 1977 at Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA, at age 80.2,5

Family: Karl Batke b. 16 Oct 1882, d. 14 Mar 1970


  1. [S1105] California Marriage Index, online, Carl Batke/Louise (Simon) Reich, accessed August 13, 2007.
  2. [S1002] U. S. Social Security Administration, Louise Batke, accessed February 3, 2010.
  3. [S1106] The Fresno Bee, August 11, 1964, page 12A.
  4. [S1113] The Fresno Bee, March 16, 1970, page 10-B,, accessed December 27, 2009.
  5. [S1086] California Death Records on line, online, Louise Batke, accessed February 10, 2010.

Virginia Sing1,2

F, b. 30 December 1923, d. 14 February 2008
  • Biography*: She was born Gaither Virginia Sing.3
  • Birth*: Virginia Sing was born on 30 December 1923 at Hernando, Desoto County, Mississippi, USA.2,3
  • Name Variation: As of 30 December 1923, Virginia Sing was also known as Gaither Virginia Sing.3
  • Married Name: As of circa 1941,her married name was Thomas.1
  • Milit-Beg*: She began military service on 17 February 1942 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.4
  • Marriage*: She married James P. Thomas, son of Raymond Patrick Thomas and Bernice Bertha Yucius, circa 1945; Marriage year based on birth year of first child. He took an eight day leave from service on April 16, 1945, could have been the period they were married in Memphis, Tennessee.1,5
  • Death*: Virginia Sing died on 14 February 2008 at Tinley Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA, at age 84.
    Virginia A. Thomas, age 84, late of Tinley Park, IL, beloved wife of James; loving mother Carol (James) Corr, Barbara (David) Marran and James (Janet) Thomas; proud grandmother of Kim (Ken) Wasetis, Jennifer (Bob) Gavigan, Jodi (Larry) Schultz, Jeff (Meredith) Marran, Tom (Kim)
    Marran, Katie (Gary) Throw, Lauren and Heather Thomas; great-grandmother of Zac Schultz, Nick Schultz, Chen Marran and Chieh Marran; caring sister of Betty House and Clarence Sing; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, 9:15 a.m. from the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 17248 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477, to St. Damian Church, Mass 10 a.m. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 5796 Shelby Oaks Dr. #6, Memphis, TN. Visitation Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, from 3 to 9 p.m. 708-532-1635 or Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 15, 2008.6,2
  • Burial*: She was buried on 18 February 2008 at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA; Lot 1406, Section AM.2,7

Family: James P. Thomas b. 12 May 1921, d. 10 May 2011


  1. [S1334] Chicago Tribune, January 8, 1973, page E11, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune, accessed February, 2011.
  2. [S1958] Daniel Moore, "RE: DNA Stuff," e-mail to Elaine Beaudoin, October 28 2014.
  3. [S2327] Dan Moore, "James Patrick Thomas info," e-mail to Elaine Beaudoin, July 10, 2016.
  4. [S2328] "James P. Thomas Service Record", File sent from Dan Moore, July 10, 2016.
  5. [S2328] "James P. Thomas Service Record", Navy personnel file sent from Dan Moore, July 10, 2016;.
  6. [S309] US Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current,, Virginia (Sing) Thomas, accessed February 5, 2015.
  7. [S1959] Chicago Tribune, Feb 15 2008, Provided by Daniel Moore, October 28, 2014.

Mary Smith1

F, b. circa 1856, d. 27 July 1942
  • Birth*: Mary Smith was born circa 1856 at County Cavan, Ireland.2
  • Birth: She was born circa 1860 at County Cavan.3
  • Marriage*: She married Michael Sorahan, son of Andrew Sorohan, circa 1881. Estimated to be a year before birth of first child.
    Unable to locate Marriage record on using all the last name spellings: Sorahan, Sorohan, Soraghan, Soroghan, Sullivan.1
  • Married Name: Her married name was Sorahan.1,4
  • Name Variation: As of 1901, Mary Smith was also known as Soroghan.2
  • Census 1901*: She and Michael Sorahan appeared on the 1901 census of 31 March 1901 at Denbane, Denn Parish, County Cavan, Ireland.2
  • Biography*: Mary reports she has given birth to 11 children, 7 of which are still living.5
  • Census 1911*: Mary Smith appeared on the 1911 census of 2 April 1911 at Denbawn, Denn, County Cavan, Ireland.5
  • Name Variation: As of 27 July 1942, Mary Smith was also known as Sorohan.3
  • Death*: She died on 27 July 1942 at Denbawn, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland.3

Family: Michael Sorahan b. c 1836, d. 27 Jan 1909


  1. [S2454] Michele Cahill, "Thomas Cahill and Kathryn Teresa Sullivan Family Group Sheet", Provided to Elaine Beaudoin on March 10, 2017.
  2. [S2459] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbane, Dublin, Form A, page 3, Accessed March, 2017.
  3. [S2534] Mary Sorohan, Death registration, Accessed September 16, 2017.
  4. [S2458] James Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Birth record no. 215, Record provided by Eileen Sullivan, March, 2017 (June 26, 1882).
  5. [S2466] April 2, 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Denn, Denbawn, Dublin, Form A, Accessed March 2017.
  6. [S2456] Mary Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Cavan, Denbawn, birth registration Page 90, line#433; ID# 01990422, Accessed March 15, 2017; Code number page 01990422. (June 6, 1884).
  7. [S2461] Michael Sorahan, Ireland, County Cavan, Ballinaugh, Denbawn birth record no. 396; code # 01925036, Accessed March 16, 2017; certificate received from Eileen Sullivan. (Deecember 21 1888).

Olen Albert Smith1

M, b. 9 June 1918, d. 13 September 1995
  • Birth*: Olen Albert Smith was born on 9 June 1918 at Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia, USA.1,2,3
  • Nickname: Olen Albert Smith also went by the name of Toad.4
  • Occupation*: He was U. S. Navy in October 1940.1,3
  • Marriage*: He married Selma Batke, daughter of Henry Batke and Katherine Reck, on 23 October 1940 at St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan, USA; Married by Louis Nuechterbleu (sp?). Witnesses: Henry Elli and Mrs. Henry Elli both of South Bend, Indiana.1
  • Residence*: Olen Albert Smith lived on 25 October 1940 at 214 Dewey, Buchanan, Michigan, USA.1
  • Residence*: He and Selma Batke lived on 29 October 1979 at Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA.5
  • Residence: Olen Albert Smith and Selma Batke lived before 1980 at 431 Beals Place, Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma, USA.6
  • Marriage*: Olen Albert Smith married Agnes Donley.3
  • Death*: Olen Albert Smith died on 13 September 1995 at South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA, at age 77;
    Olen Smith
    -- Olen A. Smith, 77, of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Buchanan, Michigan, died Wednesday, September 13, 1995, at Healthwin Hospital, South Bend, Indiana.
    The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Swem Funeral Home, Buchanan. Memorials may be made to the City of Buchanan for the Buchanan Commons or Buchanan High School Athletic Department.
    Mr. Smith was born June 9, 1918, in Virginia. He retired as the independent owner and operator of Reclamation Oil Fields after 38 years. He was a navy veteran of World War II.
    Survivors include: two daughters -- Judy Maxwell of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and Cheryl Richeson of Decatur, Alabama; a son Roger Smith of Coloma, Michigan; three step daughters -- Polly Koenegsknect of West Bloomfield, Michigan; Christine Gardner of Noblesville, Indiana, and Linda Morrer of Charlotte, North Carolina; a stepson, John Donley of St. Joseph, Michigan; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Selma Batke, in October 1940 (sic) and by his second wife, the former Agnes Donley, 1n 1981.3,2
  • Burial*: He was buried on 18 September 1995 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan, USA.3

Family 1: Selma Batke b. 28 Jan 1918, d. 24 Jul 1980

Family 2: Agnes Donley d. 1981


  1. [S1042] Certificate, Olen Albert Smith and Selma Batke marriage of October 23, 1940, FHL #1954313.
  2. [S1002] U. S. Social Security Administration, Olen A. Smith, accessed February 15, 2010.
  3. [S1168] Tri-City Record, September 20, 1995.
  4. [S1122] Donald Fredrick, "Batke documents, December 9, 2009," e-mail to Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, December 9, 2009.
  5. [S1223] The Herald-Palladium, October 29, 1979, p. 10.
  6. [S1167] The Herald-Palladium, July 25, 1980.