Sunday, February 17, 2008

In search of Patrick

Well, I'm stumped. I've made phone calls to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic cemetery in Weymouth where Patrick Tierney would more than likely have been buried back in 1900, but he did not appear to be listed in their records. The cemetery, which was founded in 1850, was certainly open for business during Patrick's day. But where is Patrick, who I thought to have been laid to rest there in 1900?

It is now 107 years ago since Patrick Tierney passed away. He and his family had moved to Quincy from the North End just a few years before, and he must have been suffering from illness for quite some time. His obituary on page three of the Quincy Patriot Ledger of August 7, 1900 indicates that before his passing he had suffered "an illness of several years". According to the listing of his death on the civil registry, Patrick died of mitral stenosis. Just 59 years old but worn out from a hard life of stress and labor, he left his family to pass to the next life.

Patrick's death record in the civil registry lists him buried in Weymouth, but I cannot seem to find him there. Family members who died after him, beginning in the 1920's, are buried in New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan, Boston, Suffolk County. Patrick is not among them. But where is he?

I've had other ancestors trouble me with hard to find information and missing records, but many of Patrick's records were easy enough to find. I just can't find where he is buried.

Must I search through all the cemeteries (where an Catholic Irishman might have been buried) in Norfolk, Suffolk and Middlesex counties in order to find him?

Patrick, oh Patrick, will you ever turn up?

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