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JP Rayder
My ancestors were from Ireland and England - from Co.Clare,Co. Kildare,Co.Mayo,Co.Tyrone,and Dublin.also from Liverpool England,and Middletown NJ, Philadelphia Pa. for the most part, with generations living in Bell Harbor in the Rockaway's N.Y.

Surnames of interest include: Marrs, Tierney,Fagan, Grant,Lovely,Liddy (Leddy),McLaughlin,Slevin, Stanley,Keane


"Dear Ancestor,

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out,
On polished, marbled stone.

It reaches out to all who care...
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist,
You died and I was born.

Yet each of us are cells of you,
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago,
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.

I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come visit you."

(This poem was written in 1906 by Walter Butler Palmer)

I work hard to get my information as accurate as possible and am thankful when other contributors do the same. I generally don't enter information such as inscriptions that are easily readable from the picture (why by redundant?), but I'm happy to make any corrections needed. Just please use the "Edit" tab on the memorial. It's easier to manage the emails that way. Thanks!

Photo's: Please feel free to make copies of the photo's that I have taken and posted here. I do ask that if you post them to other websites please give me credit for taking them as a courtesy.

Added by: JP Rayder
4/16/2013

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