Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday:Patrick Niland Family

I have been working on the Nilands lately and last week after finding death certificates for Patrick Niland and a couple of his babies I made a trip back out to Holy Cross Cemetery to see if there was a headstone for him. I was so happy when I found it . The citation for this is: Holy Cross Cemetery(Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania), Patrick J. Niland Family marker, section 34, row 12, lot 40, grave 1, photographed by author, 27 Aug 2014.

Also buried here are Patrick's wife, Margaret Flynn Niland, Margaret's brother, Thomas Flynn, baby Patricia Niland, baby Patrick Niland, Margaret Kelly, Sarah C. Niland Mosser, Charles M. Mooser and baby Frances M. Mooser. Sarah is Patrick and Margaret's only child to live to adulthood. I have not identified Margaret Kelly as yet. According to the cemetery record baby Patrick, baby Patricia and Margaret were all buried 21 May 1929. I found Patrick's death certificate, he was stillborn 9 Feb 1904, he was buried 10 Feb 1904 in Holy Cross Cemetery. The citation for this record is:"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915," index and images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDGP-LTG:accessed 17 Aug 2014), Patrick J. Niland in entry for Patrick Niland, 09 Feb 1904; citing cn 4005, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1003725. Then on Ancestry I found the Holy Cross Burial record showing the burial date of 10 Feb 1904 matching the death certificate, but there was a notation above his name that he was "removed to 34-12-40 on May 21, 1929". The citation for this record is: Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985([database on-line]. accessed 17 Aug 2014, cited from Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:Historical Society of Pennsylvania. So it looks like these three were moved to this grave after Patrick J. Niland died. I have not found death records for baby Patricia or Margaret Kelly so I don't know when they actually died. I did find another baby, Mary, who was stillborn in 1907 but her records do not indicate that she was moved. The citation for her death certificate is:"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915,"index and images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JFC7-RC3: accessed17 Aug 2014), Patrick J. Niland in entry for Mary Nilau, 19 Oct 1907; citing cn 26062, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1402910.  I will continue to look for Patricia and Margaret and see what I find.