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michael walsh (#47947658)
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Bio Photo With much of my immediate family growing in and around the Washington D.C area for generations, I was never overly curious about family history. After a friend who was more interested than I found photos of relatives gravesites in other states who were born during the time of Andrew Jackson I was amazed. Even a marker for my grandmother's unnamed infant son which I had seen in home movies had been photographed by someone.
I am most familiar with Arlington Cemetery, Oak Hill and Cedar Hill Cemetery on Pennsylvania Avenue. I have taken many photos for my own enjoyment and for friends over the years, but realize others are often not so near.
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RE: O'Brien/Murray
Nice work.
Wanted to tell you about Mary Burroughs O'Brien,
wife to Richard. Since you linked him to his parents, I thought you might be interested in linking her with at least her mom.
Her mother, also Mary Burroughs, is buried at Congressional Cemetery under the monument of the women killed in the 1864 DC Arsenal explosion.
Mary Burroughs (mom) was born in 1817 to William B. and Sarah Russell. In 1849 Mary Russell marries Philip H. Burroughs. In 1858 Philip was shot, and later died from the wound, leaving Mary a widow.
He is buried At St. Andrews in St. Mary's county where they lived.
She moves to DC and eventually gets a job at the Arsenal. When she is killed it left young Mary, who they called Molly, an orphan.
She is put in St. Vincent's orphanage and later goes to live with some Russell cousins. Then in 1883 marries Richard.
Added by Cristina on Aug 30, 2014 8:35 AM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfer and a big thank you
Hello Michael,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
Josephine Daly Perrell # 114769788
to my care.
I have successfully connected her with her parents, two of her 12 siblings, and one of her two children. Looks like I have a lot to go yet.
As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Aug 01, 2014 9:40 PM
RE: O'Brien/Murray
I will let you go ahead and enter them if you don't mind.
I still would like to meet you some time and help you if I can. I also have some cousins in the general area and a nephew in DC that maybe could help.
As I mentioned my son and his family live in Glover Park, maybe we could enlist some neighbors.
Added by Cristina on Jul 17, 2014 7:40 AM
RE: O'Brien/Murray
Here is who is in the O"Brien/Murry plot.

Michael O'Brien b. 1836 in Ireland d. 10/27/1878
Mary Kennedy O'Brien (wife) b.1840 in Ireland and
died 1919
Their children:
Annie 3/14/1862-9/5/1938
Ellen Marie O'Brien 6/29/1864-2/22/1916
Michael died as an infant
Thomas A. 7/23/1866-12/30/1872
John Daniel 10/24/1868-6/25/1870
Mary Catherine 1/20/1871-1/19/1873
Margaret Alice 1/13/1873-June,1952
William Dennis 7/18/1876-4/15/1940

James J. Murray 1881-3/3/1948 he was married to
Michael and Mary's granddaughter, Gertrude O'
Brien, daughter to Richard their son.
Ralph B. O'Brien 1887-10/22/1966 he was their grandson. Son of their oldest boy Richard who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

If you would be interested, I have a ton of dates and names of those buried at Holy Rood. Too many to write here.
Added by Cristina on Jul 15, 2014 3:26 PM
RE: O'Brien/Murray
How did you ever get that upright. It would have
been extremely heavy.
Thank you so much.
I live in Crofton, MD and my son and family live there in Glover park. I would be happy to meet you there sometime and help you do whatever.
Have you ever contacted Georgetown to get them to do something?
I think this cleanup should be organized and not fall on just one or two people.
Congressional Cemetery has done it. It was in great disrepair and has come back to looking great with lot of volunteers.
PLEASE contact me and I will come over. I am retired so I could come on your schedule.
I have the list of who is there in the site (got it from Georgetown U.) will hunt it up and send.
Added by Cristina on Jul 14, 2014 7:52 AM
I have been to Holy Rood looking for this stone.
At the site we found a stone (like this one), but
it was face down. Did it look to you that this had
recently been turned upside right?
Thank you for the picture. It is definitely my
2nd great grandfather and his family, along with my
great uncle James Murray.
Added by Cristina on Jul 12, 2014 9:05 AM
RE: James Francis Gross
Fact is that I am not a family member of the Gross family, but a good friend is. Due to some memorials that I posted from his ancestors, I was contacted by another Gross family descendant. That got me looking at the materials that I had gathered several years ago and I added a couple more names to Holy Rood.

Thanks for adding photos to my records.
Added by JanFamily on Jun 25, 2014 7:04 PM
James Francis Gross
Find A Grave Memorial# 111529510


Just wondering if you have a family connection to the Gross family or did you just photograph the grave and post it. I am trying to get as much information on the Gross family of Georgetown as possible. Also, from the way you wrote the bio on the memorial it almost sounds as if you have a photograph of the family or were you referring to the gravestone?


Added by JanFamily on Jun 25, 2014 11:02 AM
Thank you so much. Looks like a very peaceful place in the middle of Washington D.C.
I appreciate the time you took to figure out the place without a marker.
Added by Manners on May 22, 2014 6:32 PM
Pat McGrath
Ellen T. Tobin at Holy Rood
I was astonished and delighted to notice the picture you posted of the cleaned up headstone of my gg grandmother. Did you do that? It looks great! This lady has scores of descendants around the metro area, and you have done us all a great service for which we thank you.

Pat McGrath
Harper's Ferry, W. Va.
Added by Pat McGrath on May 13, 2014 4:39 PM
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