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).