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.

Samuel Smith1

M, b. circa 1825

Family: Bridget McIntyre b. c 1825


  1. [S2857] Laura Murphy DeGrazia, Irish Relative and Friends, 1850-1871: "Of Mary McIntyre, a native of the Parish of Kilmacteige, County Sligo, who married Hugh McGlauhin, of County Meath, Ireland. Also of her sister Bridget, who married Samuel Smith, an American by birth. When last hear from, they resided in the State of New York. Any information of them will be thankfully received by their brother, Patrick McIntyre, who lately arrived, by writing to him in care of Patrick Foy, 81 Baxter Street, New York."
  2. [S2858] 1855 New York State Census, New York City, New York,, Accessed by Dolly Purcell, July 2020.

Unknown Smith

M, d. before 1915
  • Name Variation: Unknown Smith was also known as Smyth.
  • Marriage*: He married Mary Reilly.1
  • Death*: Unknown died before 1915.2

Family: Mary Reilly b. c 1878


  1. [S293] Probate Court of Cook County no. 23559 (Doc. 148, page 543), Proof of Heirship.
  2. [S293] Probate Court of Cook County no. 23559 (Doc. 148, page 543), Proof of Heirship, May 10, 1915.

Marlin Snipper1

F, d. 1986
  • Birth*: Marlin Snipper was born.1
  • Death*: She died in 1986.1


  1. [S1785] San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2009,…, Accessed August 9, 2013.

Martin Snipper1,2

M, b. 7 November 1914, d. 30 December 2008

Martin (Cohen) Snipper
Photo courtesy: San Francisco Chronicle
  • Birth*: Martin Snipper was born on 7 November 1914 at New York City, New York County, New York, USA.3,4
  • Name Variation: As of 7 November 1914, Martin Snipper was also known as Martin Cohen.4
  • Marriage*: He married Betty Jane Artiga, daughter of Ricardo Ayala Artiga and Mercedes McIntyre, on 12 June 1964 at Alameda County, California, USA.1,4,5
  • Occupation*: Martin Snipper was the San Francisco Arts Commission Director.2
  • Residence*: He lived circa 2008 at Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA.4
  • Death*: He died on 30 December 2008 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA, at age 94.
    Martin Snipper, S. F. backer of public art, dies
    Martin Snipper, a longtime champion of public art who brought a populist philosophy to the San Francisco Arts Commission as its top administrator for 13 years, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his Haight-Ashbury home. He was 94.

    Mr. Snipper was an artist and traveler with a storied past: He put himself through art school to become a painter with the Works Progress Administration, taught painting to Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and kept traveling through his retirement, celebrating his 89th birthday in Cuba with his second wife, Betty. At first a painter, he later worked mostly in sculpting, said son Rossi Snipper of Minneapolis.

    "He was all about finding that passion in you and doing it," his son said. "He was a pretty independent thinker - he knew what he felt about things, and could be pretty candid about it."

    Mr. Snipper is best known in San Francisco for expanding the Arts Commission during his tenure as executive director from 1967 to 1980, and for helping shepherd the Neighborhood Arts Program into existence 40 years ago. Now known as the Community Arts and Education Program, it takes a grassroots approach to art - funding artists and organizations to work in community settings - and has inspired similar programs in cities across the country. San Francisco's program continues to bring writers into public schools, oversee the city's publicly owned cultural centers, and fund art programs and events.

    "He took the commission from being a sleepy operation ... and transformed arts in this town to a place it had never been before," said Stephen Goldstine, who ran the Neighborhoods Art Program under Mr. Snipper and later became president of the San Francisco Art Institute. "He was a person of unusual vitality - into his 90s he was still driving his truck to a stone yard in San Mateo to pick up marble. Up until months before his death, he was still a remarkable artist."

    Mr. Snipper also ran the now-defunct Summer Pops concerts for 13 years, and the city's annual Arts Festival for 12 years before that. And he secured federal money that allowed the Art Commission to embark on a number of projects that still exist today, such as neighborhood art festivals, community gardens, the program that licenses street artists, and the Arts Commission Gallery.

    "A number of the incredibly rich art festivals that still exist in San Francisco came out of the Neighborhood Art Program," said John Kreidler, who worked under Mr. Snipper as an intern at the Arts Commission in 1974 and went on to direct a similar program in Alameda. "The whole neighborhood arts movement started under Martin Snipper's Art Commission. His legacy is this whole populist movement of using artists and San Francisco's artists in particular to serve the broad population."

    Mr. Snipper was born Martin Cohen in New York City in 1914 and grew up in Los Angeles. During the Great Depression, he rode the rails back to New York with just $5 in his pocket to attend the National Academy of Art, where he met his first wife, Ethel Weiner. Mr. Snipper applied to the academy twice to ensure he would be accepted: once under his given name and once under his mother's maiden name. When he was accepted as Martin Snipper, he adopted the name permanently.

    After he and Weiner were married, they moved to the Los Angeles area, where their daughter, Marlin, was born. She died in 1986. Mr. Snipper came to San Francisco during World War II to work in the shipyards; his family joined him not long after and his son was born in 1949. He and his wife divorced in 1950, and he met Betty Hamilton in 1959, marrying her in 1964. The Snippers spent much of their time in recent years traveling the world, Rossi Snipper said.

    In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Snipper is survived by his sister, Pearl Persily of Vallejo; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

    No memorial is planned.
    San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2009.2,4,3

Family 1:

Family 2: Betty Jane Artiga b. 16 Feb 1923, d. 26 Mar 2013


  1. [S1768] Patricia Morales Tijerino, "Re: A descendant of Patrick McIntyre in El Salvadore...," e-mail to Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, July 15, 2013, Sent at 10:51 p.m.
  2. [S1784] San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2013, Accessed August 9, 2013 online at
  3. [S309] US Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current,, Martin Snipper, database on-line, accessed August 9, 2013.
  4. [S1785] San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2009,…, Accessed August 9, 2013.
  5. [S1105] California Marriage Index, online, Martin Snipper and Elizabeth J. Artiga, accessed August 11, 2013.

Alice Soden1

F, b. circa 1876


  1. [S1218] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Kilnacreevy, Dublin, Line 11, Accessed September 4, 2010,

Anna Maria Soden1

F, b. circa 1898


  1. [S1215] 1901 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Drummuck, Dublin, Line 11, Accessed online, September 4, 2010.
  2. [S1219] 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Kilnacreevy, Dublin, Line 8, Accessed September 4, 2010,

Maggie Soden1

F, b. circa 1902


  1. [S1219] 1911 Irish Census, County Cavan, Stradone, Kilnacreevy, Dublin, Line 8, Accessed September 4, 2010,