Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, almost: 'Angels heard on high'






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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thank You, Thank You for the nomination

Hi Everyone,

This post is a little out of character, okay a lot, for a cemetery blog; however, I want to acknowledge, and say thank you, to whomever nominated this blog for Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs 2011.


THANK YOU!!! I feel very honoured to be nominated alongside wonderful and inspirational cemetery blogs, such as Cemetery Explorers. Again, THANK YOU! I very much enjoy the process of producing this blog, sharing the photos I've had the honour to shoot, and learning about the history of the individuals who have gone before us.

A lot of wonderful blogs have been nominated, so if you would like to visit them click here, and if you would like to vote, click here. Voting is open until 20 December, and you may vote as often as you wish. Earlier I tried to put the Family Tree badge in this post, but it kept showing up all wobbly, but now thanks to Carol at Reflections From The Fence (a wonderful blog which is also nominated), I now have the badge.

There's been a lot of cemetery talk around our house lately. Kind of odd that we've chosen the holidays to discuss such things. Anyway, initially I had decided I want my ashes placed in a football (soccer ball for our North American friends) and booted into the ocean off the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare Ireland. Trouble is I might float around for too long, and without a headstone I would be left with no great quotation to pass on to future generations. Oh well, guess I'll have to keep thinking about it. Hopefully I have a lot more time left to think about it. Thank you again. :)

Cheers! Jennifer

Tombstone Tuesday: Urns: Classic, shrouded, and heavily cloaked





In many cemeteries you will find stones with urns atop them. The urn is a classic Greek and Roman symbol of mourning. With the body viewed as a vessel of the soul, the urn holds the cremated remains so that the soul might ascend to Heaven. The ancient Romans used the urn as a repository for the ashes of the dead, and it was always shrouded out of respect. The urn is a very popular symbol of mourning in Victorian Cemeteries, and Mount Jerome is no exception; however, while it is fairly common to see a shrouded urn, some of the urns here are heavily cloaked rather than lightly shrouded.





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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Sir John Gray, M.D., M.P

Yesterday I wrote a post about Mrs. Farrington, a woman upon whose grave marker a number of people to whom she was connected are named, none of whom are interred within her grave at Mount Jerome Cemetery. This is the grave of one of those named on Mrs. Farrington's marker, Sir John Gray, M.D., M. P..

In addition to being a medical doctor and member of Parliament, Gray also served as chairman of the Dublin Corporation Waterworks Committee from 1863 until his death. He is credited with playing a key role in the 1868 introduction into Dublin of a reliable pure water supply from the Vartry Works in County Wicklow. Sir John Gray was also the owner of The Freeman's Journal Newspaper.

In 1879 a monument dedicated to the Nationalist MP was erected on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street). The monument stands close to the original Abbey Street location of the offices of The Freeman’s Journal.

Sir John Gray died at Bath, England, 9 April 1875, aged 59; his remains were returned to Ireland where he was honoured with a public funeral at Glasnevin. He is interred in the prestigious O'Connell's Circle of Prospect Cemetery at Glasnevin. There is a doorway leading to the crypt in which he is interred; above it, at ground level, stands this beautiful marble headstone.

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Reference:
Webb, Alfred. A Compendium of Irish Biography, M.H. Gill & Son, Sackville Street Dublin, 1878.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mystery Monday: Mrs. Farrington: her gravestone, their story



Although the grave marker reads "In loving memory of Mrs. Farrington", we learn little about her because she is described only in terms of her relationships to others, particularly to the men in her life. On the marker we learn of her father, Hugh Lane, her grandsons, the Grays, all of whom are interred elsewhere, and, by virtue of her surname, her husband Mr. Farrington. Hugh Lane and the Grays all have found their places in the history books; however, here on the stone marking her final resting place, Mrs. Farrington is not even afforded the courtesy of her first name. Although it is by no means uncommon to see such a grave, on which a woman is defined in terms of those powerful men to whom she was connected, it gives us pause to wonder, exactly who was Mrs. Farrington?

The stone reads:

In loving memory of Mrs. Farrington
Daughter of Dr. Hugh Lane of Limerick
died at Charleville House Rathmines
Nov. the 1st 1862
"Her end was peace"
And of her grandsons
John Wilson Gray A.B. T.C.D Barrister at Law
eldest son of Sir John Gray M. P.
Died November 1872
Interred in Abury Park Cemetery London
And of George Walter Gray who died Aug. 1879
at Vartry Lodge Balleybrack
And of Dr. William Darcan Gray L.R.C.S
Who died January 1886 at Sydney N.S.
Interred at Poorwood Cemetery Sydney
And of 
Lady Gray
Who died 27th April 1887
At Charleville House Rathmines

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, almost: The Monument Shop: Mount Jerome

We may not like to think about it, but if you are going to be buried in a cemetery, in a marked grave, at some point you have to visit the tombstone store. Here are some shots of the quirky one at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross, Dublin.






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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Clinch, Coleman, Walsh family grave: Swords, County Dublin

Erected by
Mrs. Jane Walsh
of Swords
In Memory of her beloved mother
Catherine Clinch
who died June 30th 1948
aged 73 years
Also her Brother James Clinch
died Nov. 6th 1853
aged 28 yrs.
And her father Fredrick Clinch
died Septr. 15th 1866 aged 90 years.
The above named Mrs. Jane Walsh
died July 6th 1876 aged 80 years.
Also Joseph Christopher Coleman
who died 22nd Feb 1954 aged 64 years
and his wife Catherine Coleman
died 1st Jan 1966 aged 77 yrs.
Their son Joseph Coleman
died 7th April 1994 aged 67 yrs.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Matrilineal Monday: From my matrilineal tree: Kettle, Fitzpatrick, and Ward graves: Swords, County Dublin, Ireland

Sacred
To the memory of
Thomas Kettle of Drynam.
Who died 22nd September 1871
aged 72 years.
And his beloved wife Alice who died
24th September 1855 aged 55 years.
Also their beloved daughter
Mrs. Mary Fitzpatrick
who died 23rd April 1871 aged 39 years.
R. I. P.
Andrew J. Kettle 1833-1916
I. H. S.
In Memoriam
Charles Stewart Kettle
Newtown, St. Margaret's County Dublin
died 29 June 1952.
Also his beloved wife
Beda
died 11 June 1956
And his brother
Dr. Laurence J. Kettle
died 27th August 1960.
And his sister
Catherine Kettle
died 13 September 1967.
In loving memory of
my dear sister Teresa Fitzpatrick
died 25 December 1929 Swords.
Also her sister Alice Ward
died 27 May 1952 aged 91 years.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Order of Discalced Carmelites: Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland

Discalced Carmelite Friars are men who follow a consecrated way of life inspired by the Rule of Saint Albert, as it was interpreted by Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross. The word 'discalced' comes from the Latin 'discalceatus' which literally translates to shoeless. In this case it is used to denote membership in a community governed by strict practice and renunciation of worldly comforts. A distinctive feature of the Discalced Carmelite way of life is the focus on meditative prayer. In addition to daily Mass and Divine Office, the friars spend two hours in personal prayer each day. They live in very small communities, usually comprised of only four to six people.


The mandate of the Carmelite Friars is to serve the larger community principally by helping people with their practice of prayer, whether they pray regularly or have forgotten how to pray. In the words of the Friars: "We try to give our celebration of sacraments or the way we run our parishes a prayerful quality that is distinctive. We invite people to join us in our prayer. We pray with and for people. We give individual accompaniment and retreats and courses on prayer."

For more information visit the Website for Discalced Carmelite Friars

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

William Carleton: a novelist who intimately knew the lives of his characters


It could be said that Irish novelist William Carleton wrote not from imagination, but from experience. Born into humble surroundings on 4 March 1794 in the town of Prillisk, Clogher, County Tyrone, it is said that his skill in recounting peasant life was due to his experience of it. His father was a tenant farmer, an unsuccessful one, and in order to survive he had to move his family from farm to farm. As a Catholic child in British ruled Ireland, Carleton was forbidden to attend school, and so he received his primary education in the hedge school system. As a teenager he did receive formal education at the Classical Schools at Donagh and Glaslough in north County Monaghan.

Although he wrote several works, the best known of these is Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry. The book is described as "a tableau of the life of the country people of the north of Ireland before the famines of the 1840s altered their pattern of existence forever." Following the publication of this book he published other novels including Fardorougha the Miser (1839), Valentine McClutchy (1845), The Black Prophet (1847), The Emigrants of Ahadarra (1848), The Tithe Proctor (1849), and The Squanders of Castle Squander (1852). In The Squanders of Castle Squander Carleton touches on many of the issues affecting the Ireland he knew, such as the influence of the Church, landlordism, poverty, famine, and emigration.

He died at Sandford, County Dublin 30 January 1869, and is interred in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin.

His wife must have had a presentiment in inscribing on his stone that he was "one whose memory needs neither graven stone nor sculptured marble to preserve it from oblivion". In fact, every summer since 1992 County Tyrone has played host to the William Carleton Summer School, one of Ireland’s most significant literary festivals. Their mandate is to celebrate the life and writings of the novelist William Carleton, 1794-1869. The School is held from the first Monday in August until the Friday of the same week in the district which Carleton knew best, the Clogher Valley.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, almost: Robert Whitby Crips, a mother's loss


The inscription reads:
This tomb is erected by his mother
In remembrance of a beloved and deeply lamented son
Robert Whitby Crips
An affectionate but mournful tribute
To the worth and excellence of him whose memory
Lives in her heart.
"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God"
The memory of the just is blessed


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cusack Family Vault: Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland

Interred within this impressive vault of the classical style are the following members of the Cusack Family

JAMES WILLIAM CUSACK M.D.: born 26 May 1788, died 25 September 1861. A highly respected doctor and contemporary of William Wilde (father of Oscar).

The small black tablet on the tomb face reads: Here rest in God | JAMES WILLIAM CUSACK
died 25 Sept 1861 aged 73 | FRANCES, his wife died 18 Nov. 1880 aged 88 |
THOMAS BERNARD CUSACK died 14 Feb. 1864 aged 32 | HENRY THOMAS CUSACK died 6
Jan. 1865 aged 44 | SOPHIA ANNE his wife died 10 Feb. 1877 aged 50 | ATHANASIUS
FRANCIS their son died 5 Jan. 1887 aged 31 | JAMES WILLIAM CUSACK died 5 Oct
1868 aged 44 | Sir RALPH SMITH CUSACK Kntd died 3 Mar 1910 aged 88 | JAMES
WILLIAM his son died 28 Oct. 1886 aged 34 | “Thou will keep them in perfect
peace”.

The white tablet on the base reads: KATHLEEN PATRICIA JOBSON died 16th
Oct. 1919 aged 42 | “ He giveth his beloved sleep”. | BESSIE WATSON CUSACK died
26th Aug. 1922 aged 70 | “Return to me, for I have redeemed thee”. | MARY ALICE
CUSACK died 24th March 1925, aged 72. | “He bringeth them unto the haven where
they would be: | Then are they glad, because they are at rest”.

The bottom tablet on the face of the tomb reads: DOROTHY ALISON CUSACK | 25th June 1898 – 25th
March 1993 | H. V. CUSACK C.M.G., C.B.E. | 26th June 1895 – 20th March 1996 |
R. R. B. CUSACK JOBSON | 3rd August 1916 – 2nd November 1999 | E. P. C. CUSACK
JOBSON | 18th September 1917 – 29th July 2004


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Exact transcriptions from Ireland Genealogy Project Archives.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Huguenot Communal Plot: 1713-1830: Mount Jerome Cemetery


This large communal plot is the result of the 1966 exhumation of graves from the Huguenot Cemetery at Peter Street, Dublin. In 1966 the land on which the cemetery was located was under the ownership of the Trustees of the French Huguenot Fund, and they wished to sell it. In 1966 a statute was created and passed by the Irish government called THE HUGUENOT CEMETERY DUBLIN (PETER STREET) ACT 1966, and passage of it allowed for the disinterment of the remains of approximately 300 persons, the demolition of the mortuary chapel, and the sale of the property to W. & R. Jacob & Co. Ltd. (the biscuit and cracker company), with whom a deal had already been struck. You can view the details of the Act on the Irish government website Irish Statute Book.

The remains of the Huguenots, including many children, were reinterred in Mount Jerome Cemetery in what is politely referred to as a "communal grave". The long grey headstone on which the names of the reinterred are inscribed is made of limestone and measures nine metres in length by two metres in height.

The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church in France. Free to practice their faith due to the 1598 Edict of Nantes, they fled France in record numbers in the 17th century when in 1685 King Louis XIV passed the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes and imposed Catholicism as the French state's only acceptable religion. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 of the 200,000 Huguenots who fled France settled in Ireland.



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Friday, November 12, 2010

Walk this way....







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