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Edna Mae "Dolly" Alger Acheson
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1915
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 2012
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Daughter of Thomas Monroe Alger Sr. and Edna May Behanna, who were married on 4 Jul 1914, in Donora, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Her father was a foreman/iron moulder and her mother was a homemaker.

Edna had four siblings: Ella, Frances, Thomas Jr and Catherine, as well as eight half-siblings, four born of her father's previous marriage: Hallis, William, James and Virginia and another four born of her mother's previous marriage: Marie, James, Helen and Bartley.

Both of her parents had been widowed by their previous spouses, her mother in 1913 and her father just 4-1/2 months before he married her mother. Upon the death of his first wife, Molly, her father had purchased a cemetery tract that consisted of six individual sites at Monongahela Cemetery in Monongahela, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and he laid Molly to rest in one of the spaces 2 days after her departure.

Following his rather hasty marriage to her mother, the two families merge into one in a home her father owns in Carroll Township... which is the perfect time to launch this eerily haunting non-fictional Alger family fable that I have aptly entitled...


Molly's Malediction:

... No one could prepare this newly formed family for the unimaginable amount of grief that will soon plague them. In the most devastatingly heart-wrenching sequence of events, five youths in this household, each born of the previous marriages of the recently married couple, would lose their lives over the course of the succeeding decade... When the smoke cleared, her father would lose three of the four children born of his first marriage and her mother would lose two of the four children born of her first marriage.

What makes this story even more incredible is that, aside for the first round, which occurred as birth first, then death, the fatality of each of the remaining four children was marked, in syndicate, by the birth of a new one. The pattern is unmistakably chilling. These newborns, who should have been highly susceptible to the contagions that were systematically plucking off their elder half-siblings, appear to be amazingly immune. Each child lost was laid to rest two days after his/her passage in one of the five available spaces at the plot her father purchased after his first wife had passed away in 1914. This happened in five separate cycles, which abruptly terminated once the necropolis was filled to capacity. Oddly, the final sequence begins and ends over the course of just two consecutive days...

~ Cycle 1 ~
B. 04 Oct 1915: Edna Alger
D. 23 Nov 1916: William Alger, 15/16, TB

~ Cycle 2 ~
D. 10 Mar 1917: Hallis Alger, 18, TB
B. 16 Sep 1917: Ella Alger

~ Cycle 3 ~
D. 11 Jun 1918: Helen Connelly, 6/7, TB
B. 15 Oct 1919: Frances Alger

~ Cycle 4 ~
D. 26 May 1921: James Connelly, 11/12, Flu
B. 16 Feb 1922: Thomas Alger Jr

~ Cycle 5 ~
D. 23 Oct 1924: Virginia Alger, 17/18, TB
B. 24 Oct 1924: Catherine Alger

Nearly 40 years pass and the remaining eight children grow up, move out and start their own lives without incident. Then, in 1962, her father passes away, followed by her mother in 1971. The couple were buried beside each other at Mon Valley Memorial Park in Monongahela, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Her half-sister, Marie, made sure that both had a very nice burial marker... As for Molly and the five children buried at Monongahela Cemetery? All six sites remain unmarked to this day.


Edna, who was the first child born in the cycles mentioned above, moved on with her life despite the tragedy that engulfed at least the first half of her childhood. She met a man who would later become a reverend and, together, they embraced a life with Christ, passing their faith on to their children. Her life was a testament to the fact that things of the past do not have to haunt your present.


Marriage: Raymond Beverly "Bev" Acheson, , son of Charles Oliver and Anna (Matthews) Acheson, on 20 Dec 1937, in Washington County, Pennsylvania. At the time of their marriage, Raymond was a chemist.

From this marriage, three children were born: Charles David, Jerry Dean and Lois Jeanne.


After nearly 75 years of marriage, Edna's husband, a 95 year old retired minister, passed away, followed 3-1/2 months later by 97 year old Edna. The two were laid to rest beside each other at Washington Park North Cemetery in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

Occupation: Homemaker

Age: 97 years
Status: Widowed
Cause: Unknown
SS#: 210-03-2036 (Pennsylvania)

Familial Relation: Grand Aunt

- Luana Dawn Alger, 4 Oct 2013



Edna M. Acheson
Born in Donora, PA on Oct 4, 1915
Departed on Nov 1, 2012 and resided in Indianapolis, IN.

Visitation: Monday, Nov 5, 2012, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Service: Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, 10:00am
Cemetery: Washington Park North Cemetery

Edna M. Acheson 97, Indianapolis, passed away October 30, 2012. Her husband R.B., who preceded her in death, called her his "Pastor's wife, Co-Pastor Indispensable."

Edna was a member of Westside Church of the Nazarene.

Edna is survived by her sons, Rev. Charles David (Charlene) Acheson and J. Dean Acheson; son-in-law, Jack Munos, many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanne Acheson Munos who passed away in the Haiti earthquake.

Funeral Services 10am, Tuesday, November 6 at Conkle Funeral Home Speedway with calling there 4-8pm Monday, November 5. Burial is in Washington Park North Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 1717 Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 130, Daytona Beach, FL 32117.



All pertinent information I have included here can be verified by U.S. Federal Census Records for the family in conjunction with various public records, including any documents I may upload to this memorial.

Though I can not prove with 100% certainty that this family's composition and relation status is as I display it to be, I can say that the circumstantial evidence weighs very heavily in favor of the accuracy of these stated familial connections.

Family links: 
  Thomas Monroe Alger (1877 - 1962)
  Edna May Behanna Alger (1887 - 1971)
  Raymond Beverly Acheson (1916 - 2012)
  Lois Jeanne Acheson Muños (1948 - 2010)*
  Hallis Alger (1898 - 1917)**
  William Robert Alger (1900 - 1916)**
  Marie R. Connelly (1906 - 1983)**
  Virginia Elizabeth Alger (1906 - 1924)**
  James William Connelly (1909 - 1921)**
  Helen M. Connelly (1911 - 1918)**
  Bartley P. Connelly (1913 - 1972)**
  Edna Mae Alger Acheson (1915 - 2012)
  Ella E. Alger Wyvratt (1917 - 1978)*
  Frances S. Alger Gembarosky (1919 - 2006)*
  Thomas Monroe Alger (1922 - 2007)*
  Catherine Roberta Alger Zimmerman (1924 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Washington Park North Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Luana Dawn Alger
Originally Created by: William Taber
Record added: Nov 13, 2012
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Edna Mae Dolly <i>Alger</i> Acheson
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Edna Mae Dolly <i>Alger</i> Acheson
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Edna Mae Dolly <i>Alger</i> Acheson
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