First Annual Shoudel Reunion- 1924

On September 18, 1924, the first annual Shoudel family reunion was held in Indiana one-half mile from St. Michaels Catholic Church, with 157 Shoudels in attendance.

This news clipping is from the September 29, 1924 edition of the Garrett Clipper in Garrett, Indiana. The reunion was held at the home of the oldest living Shoudel at that time, Michael L. Shoudel. He was maternal my great-great grandfather’s (Balthasar) brother, and was 79 years old at that time. Among the attendees I see that my great grandparents were there: “Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shoudel, along with their children, Magdalen (my grandmother, misspelled name), Paul, Edward and Rita”. I think 150 family members is pretty good attendance, quite a large family. I don’t know how many years the reunions were held. By the third year, even though it was well attended, it was much smaller.

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Reverse genealogy

I again am obsessed with my Galway, Ireland connections, it will just not go away. It’s so maddening. Gedmatch is a website where a person can upload his/her DNA test results and compare their DNA with those from people who have tested at other companies, so it’s an interesting website. I haven’t focused on any part of my DNA results except the Galway Ancestor Project thru Gedmatch. I’ve seen alot of comments from others who also find out they are connected cousins but cannot find the common ancestor connection, just like me.

There are various ways like triangulation to work with DNA matches, but it was really taxing my brain so before I do that, I decided to focus on just one name and try reverse genealogy. Instead of working backwards through time like normal, reverse genealogy is where you find a potential ancestor and work forward hoping to link that potential ancestor with a targeted ancestor.

The Manion/Mannion name is a surname that I have many connections to, in fact, I counted about 20 so far. So I started to make a list of all of these connections, all of the DNA information, email contact information, and notes on who their ancestors are if that information has been provided. I don’t know anyone in my family tree with this surname, but I will make a bet it’s probably connected to Martha Carr, that Irish lass I keep writing about.

I tried to start with the closest connection I have, someone whose most recent common ancestor is 6.0, which would mean that we are seventh cousins and most likely share a sixth great grandparent. That person never responded to my (two!) emails, so then I picked two other connections. Even though they are further, most likely eighth cousins, both of their family trees show that they appear to descend from the same couple, John Manion and Sara Conner, who were both born in Galway in the latter 1600s. I don’t believe Sara Conner is from my Conner line but I will keep that in the back of my mind.

These cousins each descend from different sons of John and Sara’s. So then because I was so determined, I started writing out their family trees, hoping to see if anyone matches someone I know in my tree. Holy cow, what an absolutely huge project. It will take me forever.

The Manion/Mannion name has a very long history in Galway, Ireland, and there are many surname variations, such as Manning. I have that surname also in my matches. The final determination if I am ever able to connect the surname is to then find out John Manion’s connection to Ireland, and then if I am a part of the super huge Mannion clan in Ireland.

A little history about the Mannion Clan in Ireland from their website: “Way back in the third century, six tribes collectively called the “Sogain” came to Galway from Ulster and occupied an area which stretched from the river Clare in the west to the river Suck in the east and from the river Shivern in the north to the Raford river in the south.

These “Sogain” were descended from Sodain, the son of Fiachra Araidh, King of Ulster. They were thought to be originally from a Cruithin (Pict) tribe. The Ó Mannáin were the chief tribe of the 6 Sogain, had their chief seat at Menlach O Mainnin (modern day Menlough in County Galway) until 1617. The clan’s lands were confiscated during the Cromwellian Wars but a small portion was restored to Aodh Ó Mainnín’s family in the Act of Settlement of 1676. From this time, the Mannion clan spread from the clan lands of Killascobe into the surrounding areas of modern counties Galway and Roscommon the following years.”

So wish me luck, I’m going to need it!!

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Edward Bernard “Red” Schoudel

On this Veteran’s Day, we are celebrating my great uncle, Edward Bernard “Red” Schoudel, who bravely fought for our freedom and democracy in World War II. He is my maternal grandmother’s brother.

Uncle Eddie was only 22 years old when he registered for the draft in 1940, single and living in Chicago at the time. He landed on Utah Beach. He was injured in France from an ammunition explosion in June 1944 and had shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life. Doctors could not remove it because it was too close to the spine.

Uncle Eddie was born in 1918 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 74.

Thank you so much for risking your life to defend our freedom and free others from Nazi oppression and tyranny!