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Robert Gavin (#47101562)
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Bio Photo I'm researching my family's roots. Upon arrival in the USA, my Irish ancestors settled in the Philadelphia, PA area. (One known exception: My great-grandfather Simon Gavin lived in Naugatuck, CT in 1864. He enlisted in the 15th CVI Regiment at New Haven, CT and fought in the Civil War. He was wounded and captured in North Carolina, then released in a POW exchange in 1865 when the war ended. After that, He lived in Philadelphia until his death in 1884.)

My German, French, and English ancestors also settled for the most part in the Philadelphia, PA area, and a few in New Jersey. During the 1940's and 1950's, many of my family migrated from Philadelphia to southern New Jersey.

Surnames of interest to me on my father's side are: Gavin, Fitzgerald, Donalan, and Delancy. On my mother's side are: Chandler, Dreyer, Ege, and Shaffer.

Many of my ancestors are buried in Old Cathedral, New Cathedral,Holy Cross,and Fernwood Cemeteries. These are all located in the Philadelphia area.

At least three of my ancestors on my mother's side were buried in Lafayette Cemetery. Their remains were lost forever, along with about 47,000 others as a result of a 1946 city contract involving Evergreen Memorial Park in Bensalem Township, PA. The city of Philadelphia contracted with Thomas A. Morris, president of Evergreen Memorial Park in Bensalem Township, to dig up 47,000 sets of remains from the run-down Lafayette
Cemetery in South Philadelphia. The bodies were to be buried again on 40 of the 156 acres owned by Evergreen, complete with caskets, drainage, new bronze markers, roadways and perpetual maintenance of the grounds. The 40 acres were renamed Lafayette Cemetery. The reburial, in accordance with the terms of this contract, did not happen.

For source and details of the Lafayette Cemetery scandal, see the following news article:

"Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) October 9, 1988 A TALE OF 47,000 BODIES, FINAL RESTING PLACE UNKNOWN Author: Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer.")

If anyone comes across any of my family names listed above, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you.
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Linda Cox
Gavin family possible connection
Robert, I have a Michael Gavin in my family. His daughter Elizabeth Frances Gavin married a James Lockhart McConnell. Unfortunately they both died young in 1908 leaving my Mother orphaned. Her family was Catholic from Bordentown NJ area, his Episcopalian from Philadelphia, PA If we are "distant cousins" please contact me Thank you Linda Cox
Added by Linda Cox on Jan 04, 2016 7:39 PM
Jayne Allen
RE: Old Cathedral Cemetery
Thank you for your response. Hmmmm.... so if someone married in "The Cathedral" in 1874, would one assume they were referring to SS Peter and Paul? I do not know the Phil. when I saw the proximity of "The Old Cathedral Cemetery" to "Our Mother of Sorrows" church...I made a calculated assumption. Thanks for your help!!! Jayne
Added by Jayne Allen on Dec 19, 2013 10:18 AM
Jayne Allen
old cathedral cemetery, phil
can you tell me if the church featured in your photos of old cathedral cemetery was known as "the cathedral" in 1873???
Added by Jayne Allen on Dec 18, 2013 5:44 PM
Frances Taylor
Frederick Abrams
Hi Robert,
Thank you so much for such a speedy return of my photo request. You are greatly appreciated.
Added by Frances Taylor on Sep 25, 2013 1:30 PM
Dan Oh
RE: Kathryn Lunny
Thanks for the info and keeping me in mind. Cheers!
Added by Dan Oh on Aug 16, 2012 1:33 PM
Dan Oh
Kathryn Lunny
do you know how I can contact the cemetery management office? Who has the records? I'd like to pinpoint the burial location.

She could be interred with other HAINES burials, as that was her first husband's surname.

Thanks again for the effort.
Added by Dan Oh on Aug 16, 2012 10:33 AM
Dan Oh
Kathryn Lunny photo
Thanks for looking. I'm going to leave the request out there just a little while longer. I'll try to contact the cemetery management to see if I can pinpoint the grave.

Much thanks for the effort. I'm a photo volunteer in Chester County, Pa.
Added by Dan Oh on Aug 16, 2012 10:11 AM
RE: Hi Saralyn
Yes, Bob, please do send me an invitation to view your family tree on

Added by Saralyn on May 08, 2012 10:48 AM
Hi, Bob!
I just went looking for Rick's grave and found him, your parents, and YOU!

Nice to connect again.

Saralyn McAfee Smith
Added by Saralyn on May 07, 2012 8:23 PM
Marnie Newman
RE: Myrtle Stover Gehouskey
Thank you sooooo much for your time. I am putting this family together for a woman in Germany. She is the daughter of Raymond Stover. Myrtle was Raymond's older sister. Ultimately we are trying to find his other daughter that was born here in the U.S.. Maybe some day she will search her father in this site & find this post :~)
Added by Marnie Newman on Mar 26, 2012 3:09 PM
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