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Robert Gavin (#47101562)
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Bio Photo I'm researching my family's roots. Upon arrival in the USA, my Irish ancestors settled in the Philadelphia, PA area. (One known exception: My great-grandfather Simon Gavin lived in Naugatuck, CT in 1864. He enlisted in the 15th CVI Regiment at New Haven, CT and fought in the Civil War. He was wounded and captured in North Carolina, then released in a POW exchange in 1865 when the war ended. After that, He lived in Philadelphia until his death in 1884.)

My German, French, and English ancestors also settled for the most part in the Philadelphia, PA area, and a few in New Jersey. During the 1940's and 1950's, many of my family migrated from Philadelphia to southern New Jersey.

Surnames of interest to me on my father's side are: Gavin, Fitzgerald, Donalan, and Delancy. On my mother's side are: Chandler, Dreyer, Ege, and Shaffer.

Many of my ancestors are buried in Old Cathedral, New Cathedral,Holy Cross,and Fernwood Cemeteries. These are all located in the Philadelphia area.

At least three of my ancestors on my mother's side were buried in Lafayette Cemetery. Their remains were lost forever, along with about 47,000 others as a result of a 1946 city contract involving Evergreen Memorial Park in Bensalem Township, PA. The city of Philadelphia contracted with Thomas A. Morris, president of Evergreen Memorial Park in Bensalem Township, to dig up 47,000 sets of remains from the run-down Lafayette
Cemetery in South Philadelphia. The bodies were to be buried again on 40 of the 156 acres owned by Evergreen, complete with caskets, drainage, new bronze markers, roadways and perpetual maintenance of the grounds. The 40 acres were renamed Lafayette Cemetery. The reburial, in accordance with the terms of this contract, did not happen.

For source and details of the Lafayette Cemetery scandal, see the following news article:

"Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) October 9, 1988 A TALE OF 47,000 BODIES, FINAL RESTING PLACE UNKNOWN Author: Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer.")

If anyone comes across any of my family names listed above, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you.
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RE: Mary McCormick Slattery Morrissey
I haven't looked at my findagrave site for a few months and missed your last email.
See the 1880 census for Colorado, Larimer Co. Loveland.
Morrissey, John age 32 born Ireland RR
Mary age 33, born Ireland
Josie 10, born Ireland
John 9, born Iowa
James, George, Mary b. Colorado
Josie and John are the children of John Slattery Sr.

1900 Census Colorado, Ouray, Ridgway
Morsey, John W. b. June 1851
Mary b. March 1852
married 25 yrs. 13 children 10 living
Slattery, John T. single, b. May 1871 Iowa

My uncle, who did the oringinal research on the family, wrote that when the Slatterys arrived in America they went to Iowa because they had a relative there. I have a cousin who said they went from Iowa to Nebraska to homestead. I suppose John Slattery Sr. died in Nebraska and then Mary took the two children to Colorado where two of her brothers were living.
Added by MAM on Feb 26, 2017 2:28 PM
RE: Mary McCormick Slattery Morrissey
I have a photo of Josie Slattery with a note that she married George Martin. On the Colorado Statewide Marriage Index 1853-2006 there is an entry for the marriage of George Martin and Josie Slatery on July 21, 1889 in Fort Collins, Larimer CO. George was 28 and Josie was 19. That would be close to where the Morrissey family lived. I could not find any further record on the censuses of George and Josie. The only thing I have been able to find out about John Slattery was from the censuses.
Added by MAM on Aug 31, 2016 7:47 PM
joanne mary
RE: anna maria
Okay so far after several phone numbers I got to speak to someone(215-283-2000). She gave my number to the person in charge of the cemetery. He is going to call me back. She said I could make an appointment to meet him there. I will keep you posted on that.
While I was waiting I found out from phila gene. web site. A gentleman was there yesterday.
He told me when you look at the cemetery map, the lot goes from left to right. The range starts at the bottom of the section. Mine should be closest to St Peters ave and very close to St Marys.
I will let you know if I find anymore out.
My section is O range 1 lot 63 anna maria marsteller. Also there are rementers and shuts.
Added by joanne mary on Jul 11, 2016 10:41 AM
joanne mary
RE: anna maria
If I find any information out I will let you know. Keep up the good work!
Added by joanne mary on Jul 09, 2016 7:24 PM
joanne mary
RE: anna maria
When was the last time you were there?
Last week the sign stated the office has been closed for awhile. I think I will try the archdiocesan research ctr. Hopefully they can help.
Thanks again,
Added by joanne mary on Jul 09, 2016 1:58 PM
joanne mary
RE: anna maria
Good Morning,

I was referring to Anna Maria Marsteller 1806- 12-6-1884. Memorial #146701303. You did not send me a picture.
I seen a cemetery photo on the find a grave website taken by you. It might have been a general photo or it could have been taken by her gravesite. I could not find a headstone. There are a total of seven ancestors buried there.

The grave is section O range 1 lot 63. I was hoping you could tell me where direction range 1 and lot 63 are. I know where section O is.
I would appreciate any help.
Added by joanne mary on Jul 09, 2016 7:29 AM
joanne mary
anna maria
Hi Robert,
Anna is my ggggrandmother. Thanks for the picture. I was at the cemetery a few years back and I could not find any stone. I was just there again not knowing the office was closed. I know where section O is. Do you know where is range 1,lot 63? Is this where you took the picture? Thank you in advance.
Added by joanne mary on Jul 08, 2016 7:21 PM
Linda Cox
Gavin family possible connection
Robert, I have a Michael Gavin in my family. His daughter Elizabeth Frances Gavin married a James Lockhart McConnell. Unfortunately they both died young in 1908 leaving my Mother orphaned. Her family was Catholic from Bordentown NJ area, his Episcopalian from Philadelphia, PA If we are "distant cousins" please contact me Thank you Linda Cox
Added by Linda Cox on Jan 04, 2016 7:39 PM
Jayne Allen
RE: Old Cathedral Cemetery
Thank you for your response. Hmmmm.... so if someone married in "The Cathedral" in 1874, would one assume they were referring to SS Peter and Paul? I do not know the Phil. when I saw the proximity of "The Old Cathedral Cemetery" to "Our Mother of Sorrows" church...I made a calculated assumption. Thanks for your help!!! Jayne
Added by Jayne Allen on Dec 19, 2013 10:18 AM
Jayne Allen
old cathedral cemetery, phil
can you tell me if the church featured in your photos of old cathedral cemetery was known as "the cathedral" in 1873???
Added by Jayne Allen on Dec 18, 2013 5:44 PM
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