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Saratoga (#46965279)
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I have added these memorials, mostly from the historic cemeteries of Charleston to memorialize all the individuals who have contributed to the history of Charleston.

If I don't respond to a request for transfer it means I prefer to retain the memorial.

In the event a photo of a headstone is not included, it generally means that the memorial information was taken from a cemetery transcription or death record. One of those who did the transcription was Elizabeth C. Curtis. Without her efforts cemeteries such as Trinity United Methodist and Old Third Central Presbyterian Cemetery records would not be included or available since neither of the above church exists today, including the cemetery and headstones. I found out on January 21, 2010 that internment's of Old Third Central Presbyterian Church Cemetery have been moved to Riverview Memorial in Charleston.

Some of the headstones at the Circular Church were impossible to read, however the church had previously documented many of the graves sites by plot #'s. In those cases where I could not read the headstone I used the information from the church records found at the Charleston library to identify the headstones. I did list the plots #'s on the majority of the memorials.

A special thanks to the work of Clare Jervey published in 1906 with the transcription of St. Michael's. Her transcription allowed me to include much that was unreadable.

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Katie Holland
Memorial# 75774554
Find A Grave Memorial# 83613200 is the accurate transcription for John Philip Holland (no "s") not the way Affiliate Record Identifier 75774554 says.
Added by Katie Holland on Oct 22, 2016 10:00 AM
Dee Hurdle
RE: Lucia Grainger
Thank you!
Added by Dee Hurdle on Oct 21, 2016 4:11 PM
Dee Hurdle
RE: Lucia Grainger
Hi, there. May I ask how you found Lucia's parents' names? I have records from the Charleston Orphan House saying that W. C. Grainger married widow Lucia Brown and the two boys (Wm. and Geo.) who were in the Orphan House were indentured to him and Lucia. I find no record of a marriage of Lucia to anyone and her death cert. says she is a widow, presumably of John Brown.

May we exchange notes? Please reach out to me at Thanks:-)
Added by Dee Hurdle on Oct 21, 2016 2:04 PM
Sharon Lavash Hawkins
RE: Haigh
You're very welcome and thank you! :)

~ Sharon
Added by Sharon Lavash Hawkins on Oct 19, 2016 5:12 AM
RE: McGarey
hmmmm..........Francis listed as father. Possible, but not a certainty.

Ah well, no answers, and more questions. Isn't that always the way?

Thanks for your help. I'm sure some day I'll find an answer to this and all the other bricks in the wall that are my own family too.

Added by kboggsfavorite on Oct 18, 2016 5:33 PM
RE: Thomas F. McGarey # 47272645
Not sure that would be him........none of the other names listed look even remotely familiar, other than the parents Patrick & Mary. It's possible, but unlikely.
Added by kboggsfavorite on Oct 18, 2016 5:28 PM
RE: Thomas F. McGarey # 47272645
Wow! You have completely turned decades of my late mother-in-law's research on its ear! This is outstanding! Our records are based on a letter that her father, Thomas F. McGarey (1895-1977) had written to a niece who was compiling HER McGarey ancestry. In it, he stated that Patrick McGarry (whose last name was eventually changed to McGarey, but not explained when, how, or why) was his grandfather, married Mary Healy. They were buried in Lawrence Cemetery in a plot marked as "McGarry", but all in it were spelled McGarey. Otherwise, all the other names/relations are correct.

I'm copying/pasting the text from his letter here:

"The McGarey name was spelled McGarry when these Irish forebears arrived in this country around 1840, and the marble slab at the entrance to the McGarey family burial plot in st. Lawrence cemetary, Charleston, bears out this fact with the bold inscription MC GARRY. How they ever changed· it to McGarey I will never know. My grandfather, Patrick McGarry (his tombstone reads McGarey) was born in Rusky", Longford County, Ireland., He brought to this country four nephews; James, Frank, William and John. My grandfather married Mary. Healy, who was born in Ireland and whom Patrick met when he came to Charleston. Of the nephews brought to Charleston John left and went to Pittsburg, William was killed in one of the seven-day battles in Virginia during the Civil War. Frank moved to Macon, Ga. after the war and James went to New York City and subsequently to Pittsburg. James was the father of the Very;Rev. Monsignor Patrick McGarey, now about 90 years of age, and still rector of one of the largest parishes in the Pittsburg diocese. "

I'm not certain if you are in the Charleston area, but if so, if you ever get a chance to go back to the cemetery, could you check to see if there is a Patrick McGarey? It's a new mystery to be solved, but then again, no one was ever able to trace Patrick and Mary, so maybe we were barking up the wrong tree all along.

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I took the liberty of adding a picture of Thomas' wife, Mary Maud Cade McGarey, that I found in the McGarey's files. There is no indication of the date it was taken, only her birth/death dates and Charleston, SC. If I discover any other McGarey pictures, I'll add them as well.

I greatly appreciate your answering me so quickly.

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Added by kboggsfavorite on Oct 18, 2016 3:05 PM
Thomas F. McGarey # 47272645
I am curious as to how you came about the names of Thomas McGarey's parents. He was my husband's great grandfather, and according to an incredibly detailed genealogy left by his son, Thomas F. McGarey II (and followed up on by his daughter, Miriam McGarey Favorite, who was a genealogical historian), Thomas F. McGarey's parents were Patrick McGarry and Mary Healy (Patrick being born in Ardagh, Moydow, Longford, Ireland about 1792) and Mary possibly born in England.

If you could please let me know the source of your information, I would greatly appreciate it so that I can try to confirm.

Many thanks.

Karen Boggs Favorite
Added by kboggsfavorite on Oct 18, 2016 1:19 PM
RE: James Bentham #136108564
Ok. Thank you again so very much for answering all these questions.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2016 10:00 AM
RE: James Bentham #136108564
Thank you! Looks like I hit a goldmine of information. Are you a direct or collateral descendant of James? I am still looking for information on his daughter Harriet Sophia Bentham Leefe and her husband Benjamin Leefe. Their son John Bentham Leefe ended up marrying a New Orleans belle in New Orleans, but there aren't any records of his parents Benjamin and Harriet there either.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2016 9:49 AM
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