The way I understand the story, my side started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1850 with the birth of my great-great grandfather George Purtell. From where his parents came, I don't know, (Ireland?).
At some point in time he may have been the one to move the family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a child I believe I overheard comments regarding their affiliation with a brewery, (wishful thinking, SCHLITZ?).
My great-grandfather, George Henry Purtell was born 9-20-1875 and may have been the one to move the family to Chicago in the first decade of the new century. He is buried in Chicago.
I do know for a fact that twin aunts lived in Milwaukee until their deaths, (perhaps in the 70's), as occasionally they would come to Chicago for the holidays. One's name was Mary; I don't recall the other's.
My grand-father's name was Charles George Henry Purtell. He was born May 23, 1903 and died in 1965. He was a real character, although, too trusting, (which is how he got ripped off all the time). He invented the electric meat slicer, but, his best friend stole the blue prints and got the credit.
Grandpa Charlie also taught Johnny Weismuller, (1932? Olympic swimmer and gold medalist\T'V's Tarzan), how to swim. They used to swim in the Chicago River which is infamous for its pollutants. To what degree the river was polluted back then, I don't know. They have worked on reviving it and it now has edible fish in some areas.
I am completely confused as to my heritage as I am supposed to be equal shares of German, English, Irish, and French. I know my father's mother was 100% German; my mom's mother is 100% English, and her father is 100% Irish. So where does the French come from unless my grand-father was 100% French?
The entire family seems to think Purtell is an Irish name, however, why did my grand-father have a French-English dictionary. And, why does he look French with his dark hair. They're all deceased now and those whom are alive don't seem to remember or know.
I am going to continue with my presumption that I am correct. Yet, how can all the other Purtell family's be Irish?
I would be interested in any tales you can share with me. Again thank you for your time. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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