The Hayes Family History Site

Including Members Of The Hayes, Tierney, Lewis, Beattie, Sheehan, Yerks, Condos, Smith and Other Families

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Calvary Cemtery is the final resting place of Patrick Hayes, son of Patrick Hayes and Johanna Couhy.  Also brother to Ellen, Bridget, Mary Hayes Morrison, Edward and John. Special thanks to “ronzoni” at for the photo.

Calvary Cemetery

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Finding distant cousin’s most certainly has it’s advantages in genealogy.  After a brief introduction, my newest found Beattie cousin (John, of Toronto, Canada) sent me one of the most exciting things I have seen in quite some time!  Pictures of the gravestone for Eliza Gordon, Robert Bettie and…. drum roll please….David Beattie.  The gravestone overlooks beautiful Kirkcudbright and the River Dee.

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The Hayes Branch Cemetery Headstone Photo Album contains pictures from various cemteries for the following surnames.

  • Lewis
  • Tierney
  • Beattie
  • Hayes
  • Hanley
  • Colwell
  • Gackstetter
  • Bishop
  • Graham
  • Hayes
  • Sheehan
Last Updated: December 7, 2008

With the help of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Volunteer Jack Stanton, I was able to discover a treasure-trove of information about several Sheehan and Hayes relatives who are interned at the Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Bedford, NH. (see “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness” – A Must For The Genealogy Toolbox!).

I had contacted Jack by email and asked him to photograph the grave stone of two Great, Great Aunts who I knew were buried there; Margaret Simpson and Hanorah Sheehan. What I got was a picture full of surprises and the location of internment for some others I had been looking for, for some time.

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After studying the information provided to me in the Internment Report and comparing it to my uncle Lloyd’s notes and census records, I have identified several people buried at the Beattie plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.

First, I believe “Mary Beattie & Infant” (b 1864, d. 1904) may be the wife of John J. Beattie.   John J. Beattie is the brother of Sarah Beattie, my great grandmother.  John J. Beattie and Mary had four children; John, Mary, Margaret and Angela.  Although John J. Beattie does not appear to be buried here, everything else seems to be matching up.  According to my Uncle Lloyds notes,  one of John’s children died of a brain injury in their teen years.  This appears to be John Jr (b. 1892, d. 1907).  I’ll pull the death certificate in the coming weeks in order to determine the exact cause of death and relationship.

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After waiting close to eight weeks, my long awaited Internment Report has arrived for the Beattie’s and Tierney’s buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. After paying $75 for the report, I find it raised more questions than it really resolved.

Back in July 2008, I made a trip to Holy Cross after learning from two death certificates that James F. Tierney and Mary Dillon Beattie were buried separately there. The staff at Holy Cross was kind enough to point me to the two grave sites which were on opposite ends of the cemetery.

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The other day, when I visited Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn to check out the Tierney and Beattie grave sites, I discovered something VERY odd.  First, our family does not seem to be into entering subsequent family members deaths onto tombstones.  We seem to just add them to the graves.  Only the first to die seem to get listed.

I found the same thing over at Green-Wood Cemetery.  Only Henry and Anna Lewis are listed on the headstone there.  BUT THERE ARE 8 OTHER LEWIS FAMILY MEMBERS BURIED THERE!   Read the rest of this entry »

There are multiple records indicating several relatives of the Yerk’s family are buried here, at St. Georges Cemetery in Mount Kisco.  The headstones are heavily worn, but still read with the name “Cutler”.

In 1761,  a mission church, then called Saint George’s (now St. Mark’s), was established on a plot of ground across the street from the current Friendly’s Restaurant on East Main Street, just south of the Northern Westchester Hospital complex. (The area was then referred to as North Castle, explaining early references to “Saint Mark’s North Castle” as opposed to “Saint Mark’s Mount Kisco.”) Read the rest of this entry »

The Green-Wood Cemetery has long been considered one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries and is the final resting place of nearly 600,000 persons, including some of history’s most memorable figures. Since its establishment in 1838, The Green-Wood Cemetery has offered a dignified selection of burial options including an urn garden, columbarium, community and private family mausoleums, as well as traditional, in-ground burials, all in a historic, non-sectarian setting. With 478 acres filled with thousands of trees, flowering shrubs and four lakes, The Green-Wood Cemetery offers eternal tranquility among timeless beauty.




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After my first experience at the New York City Records Archives, I took a short trip on the subway to Brooklyn where the Green-Wood Cemetery is.

After a VERY LONG walk on a 90+ degree day, I found the area where the plot for ten lewis’s was supposed to be.  It took me over 20 minutes to find the grave stone, even with the help of a plot map.  The stone is wedged between two shady trees and only contains the names of Anna Roche Lewis and Henry William Lewis.  Since there were ten lewis’s there, I expected something a little larger.
So, buried in Green-Wood Hill Cemetery are:
  • Anna Roche Lewis
  • John Henry Lewis
  • Walter F. Lewis (Don’t now how he fits in yet… stay tuned)
  • John Lewis
  • Joesephone (Mary Jo) Lewis
  • margaret F. Lewis
  • Andrew J. Lewis
  • Catherine Hanley Lewis
  • Bertam E. Lewis
  • Sidney V. Lewis