I have had a long interest in family history and genealogy since my childhood in Glasgow, Scotland. Find a Grave is a fantastic site and supported by dedicated members who deserve more than gratitude for their efforts.
My paternal family name JOHNSON originates from the Western Isles of Scotland in the general area of Argyll and Mull although many generations lived in the old village of Partick, Glasgow since the 1840's.
My grandmother's maiden name was McCAFFERTY, her extensive family were from the adjacent villages of Crosslee and Houston in Renfrewshire, Scotland although their ancestors origins were Laghy and Mullinasole, County Donegal, Ireland.
My grandmother's uncles Francis (Frank) and Patrick (Paddy) emigrated to the USA in 1907 and 1910 respectively, working as stonemasons in the Western states such as Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and South Dakota building many of the now historic buildings. They laboured on the Old Post Office in Fort Collins, CO and churches and schools on the Indian Reservations at Fort Defiance, AZ and St Francis, Todd County, SD.
Frank remained in Fort Collins, Patrick returned to his wife's home of Samuels, KY.
Their descendants are now spread across the USA including CO, SD, UT, KY and CA.
Thanks to this site I have found a photo of the Patrick and Maud McCafferty who are buried in Nelson County, KY. Patrick's son, Alec Cameron McCafferty sen. was a golf professional at Nibley Park, Salt Lake City, UT and his grandson Alec Cameron McCafferty jr. USMC fought at Tarawa and awarded a Purple Heart at the Battle of Saipan. Much of this information was given to me by John Tuttle McCafferty of Louisville, KY shortly before his death in 1993.
I must add that, with thanks to K.E. Tuttle, I have now discovered the resting place of Frank McCafferty, his wife Ethel Tuttle and their family who are buried in Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, CO..
What stories lay in the shadows of gravestones?