O’Conor Graves (St. Joseph’s, Cockeysville)

A few years ago, I took my first trip to a cemetery to look for my ancestors’ graves, hoping to gain more details into their lives. St. Joseph’s, Cockeysville has a small cemetery next to the parish. I am not sure how active this cemetery is anymore, but it is well maintained and easily accessible; the church and connecting school are still operational. This Catholic church was founded in 1852 in the area known as Texas, Maryland, serving the mainly Irish immigrant population who worked in the nearby limestone quarries (this limestone was used in the building of Washington Monument along with many other national and state buildings). More on the history of Texas can be found here.

This cemetery was the perfect starting off point for my “dead-people hunting” as I lovingly call it. I love old cemeteries, though they do give me the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Its small footprint made it easy to traverse the whole site within a couple hours (with some help from my family). What made it even easier was the unusual surname I was looking for, O’Conor.

O’Conor is not an uncommon name, generally speaking, but the way in which it is spelled is. Within Maryland, I can confidently say that anyone with the last name of O’Conor is almost definitely related to me, as most spell it O’Connor (with two n’s). The name actually started out as Connor when my ancestors first immigrated but decided to change it (that’s a story for another post). Any O’Conors to be found at St. Joseph’s Cemetery were my ancestors.

James O’Conor, his wife, Sarah Farrell, and almost all their children are buried here, with one four-sided marker.

I also found the grave of Margaret Carroll Connor, wife of Patrick Connor. Patrick is the brother of James O’Conor, giving additional proof to the fact that the O’Conors were originally Connors (along with many other pieces of evidence, like census records).

And then there were these plot markers:

There are a few Hugh O’Conors in the family, but my guess is that it is the plot of Hugh O’Conor (1832-abt 1880), the brother of Patrick Connor and James O’Conor.

The O’Conor-Dalton plot is probably that of Thomas J. Dalton (d. 1940), his wife Mary Elizabeth O’Conor (1863-1903), and possibly their family. Mary is the daughter of John O’Conor/Connor (abt. 1825-1912) and Elizabeth Doyle (1840-1890) and the niece of Patrick, James, and Hugh.

Hopefully, in the future, I can revisit this cemetery and go through the graves again with new information I have gained since my last visit. Stay tuned for more about the O’Conor family.

To learn more about those mentioned in this post, visit my family tree http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/15338424/family (you must be a member of Ancestry.com to view it).

What is this Blog?

Welcome, all, who have stumbled across my humble, little blog. Here I will be sharing a variety of information related to my ancestors and genealogy, in general.

Who am I?

I am a self-taught genealogist. I am not a professional, but am happy to share my experiences and what I have learned with everyone, hopefully giving others ideas they may not have thought of or connecting with distant relatives. I would consider myself an armchair-genealogist – I try (very hard) to do as much research as I can from the internet and my computer. Yes, I am lazy, but I am also very busy, and as much as I would love to, cannot devote time and money to traveling to world to visit different cities and archives. One day, I would love to do so, maybe when I retire in 40 years… But I have found that the resources available on the internet have progressed so much from what there was, even 5 years ago, and is growing everyday. You just need to know where to look.

As the title of this blog suggests, I am based in Baltimore, Maryland and much of my family has never left the city and surrounding areas. I love Baltimore, especially for genealogy research. It’s a big enough city to have plenty of resources, but small enough that it is easy to identify ancestors in census records, newspaper clippings, etc. As anyone from Baltimore can attest, we lovingly call it “Small-timore” – everybody knows everybody, and if they don’t, then they know somebody who does.

I am descended from mostly Irish and Italian immigrants, most of whom immigrated directly to the Port of Baltimore in the 19th century, but I do have roots in Maryland and America that go back well into the 17th century.

What this blog isn’t.

This blog will not be a direct, word-for-word, recitation of my family tree; that is boring, and probably no one but me cares. I have an account on Ancestry.com for those who are interested in that sort of thing. I will not include family members that are still living or are deceased recently enough that I feel it is improper and an invasion of privacy to others to talk about them.

What this blog is

I will highlight and profile certain ancestors who I think are interesting or important (assuming I have enough information on them to make it so). My plan is to have posts about certain areas like good sites to visit, how to restore photographs, how to (roughly) date a photograph, tips and advice, how to organize your tree, etc.

If you have an questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to answer if I can.