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Joyce (#47027031)
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I have been doing cemetery transcriptions for many years, making them available for fellow genealogists on my web site. Once I finished Franklin County, New York, I decided to expand my site to include Essex County (where my ancestors are from) and Clinton County (since McLellan's records were now in the public domain). I have added a few stones to Find-A-Grave, but it is very difficult to add such large numbers of stones!
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Molly H.
RE: Your photos of Ellen Walsh's gravestone.
That's perfect, Joyce-- thank you SO much for your help with this! You have been a tremendous help!
Added by Molly H. on Jul 27, 2016 4:47 PM
Molly H.
RE: Your photos of Ellen Walsh's gravestone.
Thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart! I really appreciate it!
How do I credit you? Do you want me to use your last name, and if so, what is it? If not, should I say "Joyce, former historian of Moira, who transcribed Old St. Mary's cemetery on the Northern New York Tombstone Project," or something like that? I can provide a link to the website.
Let me know how to credit you. Thank you again!
Added by Molly H. on Jul 24, 2016 8:21 PM
Molly H.
Your photos of Ellen Walsh's gravestone.

my son fit the two stones together photographically, and they absolutely go together, so it definitely says "E . . EN, WIFE OF . . . WARD WALSH, DIED. . . "
It has to be Ellen, the wife of my 3rd great uncle Edward Walsh. My Walshes were the only ones in Moira in the 19th century.

I'm almost positive that the third stone below, saying that she died August 22, 18??, age 45 years, was part of the stone, too. The font is the same, and that is the age that she would be.

(NOTE: I found 1 piece of this stone, incomplete, and was unable to identify additional pieces.)

(NOTE: I found 1 piece of this stone, incomplete, and was unable to identify additional pieces.)

Aug. 22, 18... AE 45 Y'rs. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
(NOTE: I found 1 piece of this stone, incomplete, and was unable to identify additional pieces.)

Ellen Walsh's MEMORIAL IS 156446285 on Find-a-Grave.
Please let me know if I could use your photos (and give you credit, of course) on Ellen's memorial.
Thank you SO MUCH for the transcription project. I can't tell you how much it has helped me!
Molly H.

Added by Molly H. on Jul 22, 2016 3:58 PM
Molly H.
Old St. Mary's-- Walsh
Hi, Joyce,

I don't know if you remember that I wrote to you before about the Walsh stone that you found in the woods behind St. Mary's church in Brushton. I told you that I believe it was of Ellen Walsh, wife of my 3rd great uncle Edward Walsh.

I was in upstate New York and yesterday I had the chance to spend just a few hours in Moira. I went to St. Mary's and went back into the woods to where you have neatly laid out the old gravestones that you found. (Thank you SO much for doing that!)

I did not find the Walsh stone-- I think it might have been overgrown with moss. But I believe I found another piece of the same stone! I matched my photo up with yours and they look like they would fit together perfectly.
The one I took photos of says:
"Wife . .
. . .ward."
If I put it together with the piece you found, it looks like it would say
". . . . en
Wife of
. . . .ward Walsh"
Which fits perfectly with it being Ellen, wife of Edward Walsh!
All the Walshes in Moira in the 19th century were my relatives. Ellen died between 1875 and 1880.
I am very excited about this.
Could I have your permission to publish your photo of the piece of the stone on find a grave along with my photo? I would of course credit you with the photo.
Thank you so much for your consideration of this matter.
Added by Molly H. on Jul 21, 2016 6:05 PM
Molly H.
RE: St. Joseph's cemeteries
Thank you very much, Joyce. I appreciate it!
Added by Molly H. on Apr 28, 2016 2:14 PM
Molly H.
RE: Moira burial permits?
Are there two St. Joseph's cemeteries in Malone, or one?
On Find-a-Grave there are two.
And on the Northern NY tombstone project, two are listed, with different addresses.
Are they connected? How do they happen to have the same name?
Just curious. Thank you so much,
Added by Molly H. on Apr 26, 2016 9:51 PM
Molly H.
RE: Moira burial permits?
Hi, Joyce,
Thank you VERY, very much for all of your helpfulness. The phone number and name will help me a lot. I really appreciate all that you have done!
Added by Molly H. on Apr 22, 2016 9:49 AM
Molly H.
RE: Moira burial permits?
Hi, Joyce,

Thank you so much for replying. And thank you most of all for transcribing the whole cemetery.

Somehow I have the feeling that Edward, his wife Ellen, and his mother Johanna are buried in Old St. Mary's. The rest of the family all have stones in new St. Mary's, even the babies that died. So I can't imagine they would not have erected a stone for the matriarch of the family. She was not the first one to die, and those that died before her have stones. (But I will probably never know for sure, thanks to whoever decided to plow the stones into the woods to make a parking lot.)

I did talk to Kathleen again, and she told me about the oldest records being thrown out, in the 1970's, I think it was. So I understand that the records do not exist. :-(

Thank you again so very much for all of your kindness in transcribing the new St. Mary's and also for trying to read those broken stones of old St. Mary's!

Thanks to you I know where many of my family members are buried.

And thanks to you I found out when several of my family members died.

Thanks to you I found out about a cousin who died as a baby that I did not know about.

And thanks to you I found out that there was a Walsh buried in Old St. Mary's.

Thank you for photographing that stone and publishing the photos and the words from the stones. I was so moved when I saw the photos.

I hope to get to Moira in the not-too-far distant future to visit the cemeteries. Will I be able to see that Walsh stone somewhere? And is there someone who has a map of where the family plots are in the new St. Mary's?

Thank you very much, and all the best to you!
Added by Molly H. on Apr 18, 2016 6:25 PM
Molly H.
Moira burial permits?
Hi, Joyce,
First, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for walking the cemeteries and transcribing every stone in the town of Moira! I can't tell you how enormously helpful your work has been to me. You transcribed the stones of many of my Walsh family members--- all the Walshes living in Moira in the second half of the 19th century were related to me.
I believe that broken Walsh stone in St. Mary's old cemetery might be my 3x Great Aunt Ellen Moran Walsh.
Your transcription of the broken stone is:
"... EN
... OF
... IED"
I think it could be for "Ellen, Wife of Edward Walsh, Died . . . " She died between 1875 and 1880, and her stone isn't in the new St. Mary's. What do you think? Would that be too late for St. Mary's old?
The other reason I am writing to you, besides in gratitude, is that I have a question.
My 3x great grandmother Johanna McCarthy Walsh lived in Moira from at least 1860 to 1880. She was born in about 1800 in Ireland. She died sometime between the 1880 and the 1900 U.S. censuses. Because she doesn't have a stone in the new St. Mary's, I was assuming that she was buried in St. Mary's old.
But after I found all of your transcriptions, that didn't seem right to me. Johanna has at least one grandchild buried in St. Mary's new cemetery while she was still alive: Willie Walsh who died in 1877. Her sons Martin and John are buried there, too, and all of their children who died in Moira are as well.
If her daugher-in-law Ellen was buried in St. Mary's old, maybe her son Edward is buried there with his wife. But all the rest of the family who died in Moira is in St. Mary's new cemetery. If a family member was buried in the new cemetery while Johanna was still alive, why wouldn't Johanna have been buried there?
I saw that you wrote in a note that the town clerk has a burial permit for every person buried in Moira. I contacted Kathleen Laramay, the town clerk of Moira, and she tried to look for the burial permit for me. She said, however, that the books are unreadable until 1910. Do you have any advice for how I could find the burial permit for Johanna Walsh, who died between 1880 and 1900?
Thank you so very much for any help or advice that you can offer. And thank you again for your WONDERFUL volunteer work.
Added by Molly H. on Apr 06, 2016 5:51 PM
Don M
Henry Hall photo Moira
Thank you so much for the photo of Henry Hall's marker. It is very kind of you to make such an effort and I want you to know I appreciate it immensely!
Added by Don M on Jul 23, 2015 4:21 PM
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