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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More on the Sheehan, Cline, Walker, Brook Birth's and Marriage's~Parsons and Gorman Divorce Document~November 04, 20087 Brattleboro Reformer Newspaper Article regarding Tolba, Incorporated:

Household 413: Living on West 180th Street in New York, New York County, New York State on April 23, 1930 were the Manhattan household of:
12. Frank Lawrence Sheehan-renter-"white" age 44 yrs-married-Chaffeur-Taxi driver
13. Leona nee: MacDonald-wife-"white" age 38 yrs-married-born Connecticut
14. Edward B. Sheehan-son-"white" age 10 yrs-single-born New York
15. John F. Sheehan-son-"white" age 12 yrs-single-born New York
April 27, 1942 World War 2 Draft Registration Card-Serial Num. 1700 for Frank Lawrence Sheehan of 471 West 153 Street in New York, New York, Age 56 years, born in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 21, 1885. Apparently his son, Frank Lawrence Sheehan, Jr. of Statford Avenue in the Bronx, New York.Frank Lawrence Sheehan Sr.'s employer was May Seidler of 291 Broadway in New York City, New York. He listed his home address as his place of employment.
2nd section of WW2 Draft Registration Card for Frank Lawrence Sheehan, Sr. His race was indicated by him (or the Registrar Leah White), 5.' foot 3" inches tall and 134 pounds in weight. Grey eyes, brown with gray balding hair, and a light complexion. It is also mentioned that Frank Lawrence Sheehan, Sr. had a left ear that was "cauliflower". This condition is common amongst boxers, amateur/professional wrestlers, rugby players and mixed martial artists.
Copy of Certificate of Birth in the State of Vermont for Cathy Ann Cline, born August 29, 1963 in St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont. Her parents were Charles Cline (36 years old) who was identified by his wife as "white". He was born in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont and worked at Fonda Container. Betty Joyce (nee: Reynolds) Cline was also born in Swanton, Vermont, age 34 at the time of their daughter's birth. The wife identified herself as "white" as well, thus making the daughter identified as "white", because both her parents were "white" on this document.
Certificate of Birth in the State of Vermont for Kevin James Walker, born on the date of August 26, 1965 in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. He was identified as "white" on the Birth Certificate. His father was Robert James Walker who was identified as "white" born July 03, 1932 in St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, and whose occupation was "laborer". Kevin James Walker's mother was Gloria Dorine (nee: Martell) who was also identified as "white", born on March 18, 1933 in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont. Her occupation was listed as "housewife".
Certificate of Marriage dated June 13, 1981 in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont for James Robert Walker, Jr. who was born March 01, 1960 in Vermont to James Robert Walker, Sr. and Glora (nee: Martell). His bride was Cathy Evelyn (nee: Cline) who was born August 29, 1963 to Charles Cline and Betty (nee: Reynolds).
Certificate of Birth for Melody Lynn Walker, born on January 28, 1983 at 10:14 a.m. in St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont to her parents Cathy Evelyn (nee: Cline) age 19 years and her husband James Robert Walker, Jr. age 22 years. Notice that there is no longer any indication for "race" or "ethnicity" on the birth record form any longer by early 1983.
Certificate of Birth for Walker Tenney Brook dated February 18, 1986 at 3:04 p.m. in Morrisville, Vermont to his parents Judy Lee (nee: Tenney) age 35, born in Lancaster, Coos County, New Hampshire, and Munro Spalding Brook age 48, born in New Rochelle, New York. Again, NOTICE that the Birth Certificate form does not allow "ethnicity" or race to be identified on the form for the infant child any longer.
Vermont License and Certificate of Marriage for Anthony Michael Sheehan born on June 03, 1964 in New York. His residence is 91 Brook Street in Croton on Hudson, Orange County, New York 10520. His parents were Roger T. Sheehan born in New York and Roger's wife Signe Elizabeth (nee: Erikson) also born in New York. NOTICE the address.
Anthony Michael Sheehan's wife was/ is Donna M. (nee: Pladl) born on December 20, 1963 in New York state. Her residence is the same as her husband's. Her parents were Claude J. Pladl born in New York, and Mary C. (nee: Keohane) also born in New York state. Anthony Michael Sheehan and Dorothy M. (nee: Pladl) married on March 26, 1994 in Rockingham, Vermont.
44657 Vermont Record of Divorce or Annulment 96-002011 of Marcus Paige Parsons, born May 13, 1949 in Spencer, West Virginia. He was living at 61 Main Street, Apt. 216 in Brattleboro, VT 05301. His ex-wife Kevin Ruth (nee: Gorman) Parsons, born in Miami, Florida on November 09, 1944. She was living at 176 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT 05301. They married in Annapolis, Maryland on February 08, 1984. This "absolute divorce" from Mrs. Kevin Parsons by her husband Marcus Paige Parsons was completed on December 24, 1996 upon two years and five days after they last resided as a couple in the same household.
November 04, 1997 Page 09 of the Brattleboro Reformer Newspaper: (This article was mentioned in a previous post on this blog as follows:  On November 4, 1997 the Brattleboro Reformer, our local newspaper, ran an article entitled, "Local Abenakis Sponsor Language, Culture Revival". The article was written by Susan Johnson a staff member of the Reformer. The article focused on the work being done by Tolba to create a safe place in our area for Wabenaki people to gather, learn our culture, and share with our children." We like to give the children the sense of community and safety that perhaps the greater community has lost". Kevin Parsons was quoted as saying. Tolba is grateful to Ms. Johnson at the Reformer for coming to speak with us and for printing an accurate portrayal of the work Tolba is doing.")
The actual newspaper article reads as follows:
"Local Abenakis sponsor language, culture revival"
By SUSAN JOHNSON, Reformer Staff
BRATTLEBORO - Concerned about the loss of of an almost timeless heritage, Abenakis in southern Vermont are working to educate themselves and their children about tribal culture.
The incorporation of the Brattleboro-based Tolba Clan as a non-profit this spring has brought new vigor to educational programs for Abenakis as well as other tribal people in the area.
"We like to give the children the sense of community and safety that perhaps the greater community has lost," said Kevin Parsons of Tolba. "We are focusing on the positive aspects of our culture and our traditions."
While the majority of members in Tolba are of Abenaki heritage the organization embraces all tribal people and draws from populations in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, Parsons said.
"Tolba is not just Abenakis. There are different tribal people in the area and Tolba activities are an opprotunity for Native Americans to get together with neighbors and have a common bond," Parsons said.
Although there are a number of tribal organizations and weekly events in southern New England, the traditions of the Abenaki do differ greatly from those of other tribes, such as the western Plains Indians or the Iroquois.
"We never wore long fringe, you can't walk in the woods with fringe," Parsons said. "Now we go to powwows wearing our own regalia and we stand out!"
Parsons said that through Tolba, a number of different programs and events are being offered, including a course in the Abenaki language.
"Who people are, they think, how they feel is lessened by denying them their language," she said.
Through a grant from the Boston-based Haymarket People's Fund, a language course is being offered on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Norwich University building on Linden Street.
Parsons said the Abenaki language differs significantly from European languages.
"It is the being of the thing rather than just word that connotes the thing."
Tolba recorded a definite victory this spring after Parsons persuaded Brooks Memorial librarian Jerry Carbone that the library was spelling Abenaki incorrectly in its listings. In turn, Carbone, using source materials that Parsons provided, persuaded the Library of Congress to change the spelling on all its listings.
As well as the language course.....See ABENAKI, Page 18
Abenaki....Continued from PAGE 9:
Tolba is sponsoring programs on traditional crafts and foods, drumming and woods lore. This spring and fall Tolba hosted tw0-day gatherings at the Green Mountain Camp.
Fearing reprisal, many people have denied their Abenaki heritage or had only celebrated their culture behind closed doors, Parsons said.
"Revival of different folkways and revival of our language will help form the children with a different heart, to be different people than we are," she said. "We have had only bits and pieces of the whole because our culture has been fractured."

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