Friday, February 25, 2011

Lost and Found--Archie Holleran

Archie Holleran

Thank you to Leslie over at Lost Family Treasures who has inspired me to also poke through antique stores looking for family items that might find a home through a blog article. I found this photo in an antique store in the Cheat Lake area of West Virginia during a vacation over July 4th, 2010.

The back of the photo is marked, "Archie Holleran." I turned to ancestry and was able to locate an Archie McGuffie Holleran, who could be the man pictured.

Archie McGuffie Holleran was born on April 14, 1880 in Venetia, Washington County, Pennsylvania the son of John and Elizabeth Holleran. I believe that Elizabeth's maiden name is McGuffie. Archie lists his employment as music teacher on his World War I draft registration. John and Elizabeth raised their family on a farm in Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

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  1. How terrific that you found out so much information about Archie!

  2. Wow! Talk about a "blast from the past"! I was thrilled to see this picture of Archie McGuffie Holleran, whose grandparents were Archibald McGuffie and Ann Bennet. I have been researching the Bennet genealogy for more years than I would like to admit.
    So nice to connect a picture and a story to this distant relation. The last record I can find on him was the 1930 U.S. census, when he was living with his retired father and brother on the old family farm. Archie was listed as a bookkeeper. No grave marker, no death record to be found (online anyway), so here his image and story rise up again, just a couple of weeks before what would have been his 142nd birthday. We are still thinking of you, Archie!!!