A True Mystery At Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn

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!  

Now back to Holy Cross…  There is a nice big Tierney headstone at the site of James F. Tierney and Sarah Beattie Teirney, but only James is listed… and it is on a side stone, next to the main stone.  There may be other Tierneys there too, but according to the office staff there, I need to pay a fee to the cemetery to research it.  Needless to say, I already sent in the request!

Now at the Beattie headstone, I found the first grave that is as I expected it to be.  A nice big stone with lots of names on it.  Even one I have no idea who it is.  At the bottom of the stone is a fairly recent inscription (1977) listing a Philip F. McCarthy (b. 1856, d. 1971).  As far as I know, we have no McCarthy’s in our tree.  So was this a mistake?  Did someone change their name?  Is he a family friend?  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll find out more when I get some information back from the Cemetery.

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Philip (Phil) Hayes is the CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC. As CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC, he served as a Technology Solutions Consultant and Web Applications Programmer for fortune 500 companies, large municipalities and hospitals. He is fluent in the SQL, ColdFusion, PHP and Javscript programming languages. He is also a power user of the WordPress Content Management System, commonly used for blogging. Phil's latest product development includes a service called 'Map The Past'. The advanced, yet easy to use functionality offered in this product will enable its members to "Walk in the Footsteps of Their Ancestors". Phil became a Genealogy addict when in 1998, his Uncle, Lloyd W Lewis, sat he and his wife down on the deck of his Uncle's Pennsylvania home and told them the story of his Great, Great Grandfather Henry W. Lewis, the Privateer. The story was so intriguing that Phil found himself yearning for more details. Hence…. Philip Hayes, the Genealogist was born. Leveraging his technology skills, Philip has grown and developed the family tree well beyond what his Uncle could have ever dreamed of. Combining the power of technology and the primary sources from historical documents, Philip developed his own family history web site, based on the Word Press Content Management System (https://www.hayesfamily.us). Upon publishing the site, it has inspired many people to develop interest in the family's history and has connected Philip to several undiscovered relatives and their family stories. Phil is a member of numerous historical and genealogy societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists

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