What Exactly is a “Joiner”, Anyway?

My ancestor William Hallett¬†(1615 – 1705) is rumored to have been apprenticed to a “joiner” in his youth. But what exactly is a joiner, anyway? The answer is a little complicated…

So, Why “Hell Gate”?

Back in the mid 1600s, my 9th Great-Grandfather William Hallett owned a farm on the western edge of Long Island, in the area that is now present day Astoria. It was known as “Hellgate”, or “Hellgate Neck” named after the dangerous portion of the East River that bordered it. But why the name “Hellgate”?¬†

William Hallett, the Original King of Queens

Born: 1615, Dorset, England
Died: 1705, Queens, New York
Sally’s 9th Gr. Grandfather

The Winthrop Woman

Born: 1610, Sussex, England
Died: 1673, Queens, New York
Sally’s 9th Gr. Grandmother

A Stitch in Time

A brief look at Manhattan’s “Garment District” in the early 1900’s

Frances Ann Traina

Frances Ann Traina
Born: 19**, Brooklyn, New York
Sally’s Mother

Liborio “Sal” Traina

Born: 1907, Sicily
Died: 1980, Melbourne, Florida
Sally’s Grandfather

Maria Katherine Ficarrotta

Born: 1908, New York, New York
Died: 1993, Titusville, Florida
Sally’s Grandmother

Augusta “Willie” Moseman

Born: 1909, New York, New York
Died: 1998, Delhi, New York
Sally’s Grandmother

John Patrick Woznick

Born: 1908, Elmhurst, New York
Died: 1983, Seaford, New York
Sally’s Grandfather