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Conroy-Harvey (#47873668)
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Sarah Conroy
We have finally deciphered the poem epitaph on Sarah's stone. It took aluminum foil and a brush and two other cousins' work to get it. I put the epitaph on her site, but here it is for the record:
Hopes are crushed and hearts are broken
Drear the fireside now and lone
She the best loved and the dearest
Far away to heaven hath flown.

We also noticed at the bottom of the monument (on James' side) is the name of the marble dealer who provided the stone, J. B. Johnson & Son.

Anyway, mystery solved, I hope.
Added by FamilyMan on Jul 20, 2014 7:29 AM
RE: Sarah Conroy
Third cousins once removed:

Our common ancestor is Sarah Coulston (Byrne) O'Rourke-Conroy. She is your great-great grandmother and my great-great-great grandmother.

Her eldest daughter, Mary Elizabeth O'Rourke, and son Peter Corneileus (Neil) O'Rourke/Conroy were siblings.

Mary's daughter, Lucy Sara Miller, and Neil's son James Austin Conroy were first cousins.

Lucy's daughter, Mary Esther Chenoweth, and James' daughter, Georgia Conroy, were second cousins.

You and my father, Richard Clark Rock (1922-2006) are third cousins. I'm one generation removed from that, hence third cousins once removed. I am fourth cousin to your children.

My grandmother was nine months old when her mother died in St. Joseph in 1903, and was raised by her father, who moved to Kansas City a few years later. She never knew any of her mother's relatives, and we only met a few of our Miller cousins when I started doing family history in the 1970s. I believe you are the first relative I've been in contact with from the O'Rourke/Conroy side.
Added by FamilyMan on May 25, 2013 9:21 PM
RE: Sarah Conroy
Well, I have been to St. Mary's and viewed Sarah's and James' marker up close, and it's close to impossible to read, as you might tell from the photographs. The stone has a striped grain pattern, and the letters are carved very shallow, very small, and in an italic-type font, and I was unable to read it while there, and was unable to obtain a decent rubbing of the stone. I can tell that it IS a poem, but I cannot tell what. I can tell that James' stone contains his Civil War record, and that someone tried to trace the poem with blue ink (Please, folks, NEVER do that to a gravestone!!).

I will try again, as the overcast sky worked against me (no contrast in the light), and I will try again on a very sunny day with black & white film to get a better image. I also got a suggestion from another genealogist to try a different kind of rubbing (using tinfoil and a brush). I will try again later in the summer.

I added a listing for your ancestor, Neil Conroy (Peter Cornelius O'Rourke/Conroy); he's connected to both James and Sarah, and if you'd like to administer this one, let me know.
Added by FamilyMan on May 25, 2013 6:03 PM
RE: Sarah Conroy
Hey, cousin,

"Can you possibly decipher the inscription and post it here?"

At the moment, no. Last time I visited the cemetery, the nearby rectory was closed and couldn't find the marker on my own (a very cold day). I've seen a photo that a cousin shot, but have been unable to read the lower part of the stone from their photo.

I will plan on visiting again this spring (I'm in KC area) and getting a rubbing of it. THEN maybe we'll know what it says, although I'm guessing it may be a poem, as James has one on his stone as well.

BTW, we are third cousins once removed.
Added by FamilyMan on Apr 17, 2013 8:42 PM
RE: Thomas Harvey can transfer him back to me if you want to.
Added by NANCY W on Apr 17, 2013 4:17 PM
RE: Thomas Harvey
Not related.....just an avid Find A Grave person.

Added by NANCY W on Apr 17, 2013 9:44 AM

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