Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Unbroken Chain of Gravestones

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another challenge for us today:
For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to: 
1)  Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones - how many generations can you go back in time?  Do you have photographs of them?
2)  Tell us and/or show us in a blog post of your own, or in a comment to this blog, or in a Facebook status or a Google+ stream post.
This is a very interesting project. I worked on my father’s line this week and found four generations of female ancestors where I have tombstones. Thankfully either I took the photos or they were photos that my friends took for me.

My grandmother, Anna M. Sullivan Hork, was buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.[1]
Los Angeles National Cemetery - photo taken by L. Gorrell ©

Her mother, Anna M. Gleeson Sullivan is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co, Montana.[2]
Mt. Carmel Cemetery, photo taken by L. Gorrell ©

Her mother, Margaret Tierney Gleeson is buried at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon.[3]
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, photo taken by L. McCorkle ©

Her parents, John Tierney & Ann Murray, were buried at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Fallowfield (now Ottawa), Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada.[4]
St. Patrick's Cemetery, photo taken by S. Swindell ©

[1] Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, photo taken by L. Gorrell, 1996.
[2] Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Anaconda, Montana, photo taken by L. Gorrell, Summer 1999.
[3] Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, photo taken by L. McCorkle, Summer 2004.
[4] St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada, photo taken by S. Swindell, Summer 2007.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

On this day, Birth of William Cyril Hork, July 10, 1899

William Cyril Hork was my paternal grandfather. He was born 10 Jul 1899 in Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana to John Anton Hork and Julia Sievert.[1]

He was baptized at St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula, Missoula County, Montana on 16 Jul 1899 by J.B. Carroll, S.J.[2] His parent’s names were listed as Casper A Hork and Juliana Civert.

So had he been born in Hamilton and then the family traveled six days later to Missoula to be baptized? Or had he really been born in Missoula?

The birth certificate for William Cyril was created in 1941 as a delayed birth registration. Three pieces of evidence was used to support his birth date:
  • Family Bible, dated 1866, showed William Cyril Hork born July 10, 1899 at Hamilton; his father  John Anton Hork born in Germany and his mother Julianna Sievert born in Joliet, Illinois; and that he was the tenth child listed in the bible.
  • Mabel M. Lindstadt, Superintendent of Schools of Ravalli County, signed and dated 10 Sep 1941 that Cyril Hork’s name appeared on the school census list of Hamilton School District no. 3 and showing date of birth as Jul 10, 1899, and mother as Julia Hork.
  • Copy of Baptismal Certificate issued on certificate form of church, signed by Rev. Russell White, S.J., pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, Missoula, stating “Cyril William Hork, child of Casper A Hork and Juliana Seivert was born July 10, 1899 and baptized July 14, 1899.”
These were all sworn before the notary public, E.M. Tucker on 18 Sep 1941.

Once I saw this birth certificate I was anxious to find a copy of the bible. I did finally discover which family line had the bible and they sent digital images of the pages. Now that I see the reference to school records, I need to seek out those, too.

So the baptism record answered the question of where he was born. It stated the birthplace as Hamilton. St. Francis Xavier was opened October 9, 1892.[3]  St. Francis Church in Hamilton began in 1896, and the first eleven years, priests from Missoula's St. Francis were in charge.[4] So it is quite possible that William Cyril had been baptized in Hamilton but the sacrament was recorded in the Missoula church's records.

Baptism, William Cyril Hork, St. Francis Church, Missoula, 1899

Happy 118th Birthday!

[1] State of Montana, Birth Record of William Cyril Hork (certificate copy), 1899, File No. 1266 in Helena, recorded Sep 1941.
[2] Baptism of William Cyril Hork, St. Francis Xavier Church, Missoula, Montana , 1899, Item #1418.
[3] "History," St. Francis Xavier,
[4] "About Our Parish," St. Francis Church,

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

On this day: Birth of Mary Martha Gleeson, 8 July 1863

Mary Martha Gleeson was born in Carleton County, Ontario, Canada on 8 July 1863 to John Gleeson and Margaret Tierney.[1] She was the second daughter and fourth child born to John and Margaret.

She was baptized on 2 August 1863 at St. Phillip’s Catholic Church by Father O’Connell. James Douras and Susan Smith were the sponsors.[2] James Douras was John’s sister, Honora’s husband, or rather, Mary Martha’s uncle. At this time, I don’t know who Susan Smith was. Was she a relative of John or Margaret Gleeson, or was she an in-law like James Douras? [Note: Mary Martha’s brother, John, married a Susan Smith later in 1894, but this was not the same Susan.]

She moved to Dakota  Territory with her parents around 1880 and married her husband, Warren Edmond Gilbert on 9 Sep 1886 in Mitchell, Davison Co, South Dakota. A newspaper article about the marriage:
"Gilbert-Gleeson.  At the Catholic church in this city at 8:30 am Thursday, by Rev. Father Sheehan.  Mary Martha Gleeson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gleeson and Warren E. Gilbert, of Grand Forks.  A wedding breakfast was served at 11 o'clock, and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert took the train east at one o'clock.  They will visit Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Minnewaukon before going to Grand Forks, where the groom is engaged in the insurance business."[3]
Before 1900, the family moved to California, where their daughter, Muriel Martha Gilbert was born, 19 Oct 1895.

Mary Martha lived a long life. Here is a newspaper article with photo of her 98th birthday. She lived at the geriatric hospital, Santa Teresita Hospital.[4]
98th Birthday celebration
 She died 14 Sep 1962 in Pomona, Los Angeles County at the age of 99.[5] She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, but there is no marker.[6]

Happy 154th Birthday, Mary Martha!

[1] St. Phillips Church, Richmond, Carleton Co, Register, vol. 2, 1863, B32, Mary Martha Gleeson; digital images, "Ontario, Canada, Parish registers, 1836-1917,”FamilySearch (  : viewed 7 Jul 2017); citing FHL 1304679 item 2.
[2] ibid.
[3] “Gilbert-Gleeson,” Mitchell Daily Republican, 10 Sep 1886, p 3, digital image, ( : viewed 7 Jul 2017).
[4] “Birthday Girl,” Newspaper clipping, newspaper unknown, July 1961,
[5] "California Death Index, 1940 thru 1997," database,   (; citing The California Department of Health Services Office of Health Information and Research vital Statistics Section, 1962, Los Angeles Co, Mary M. Gilbert.
[6] Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, California, Section G, L1009, grave 2; author visited cemetery 1 Aug 2008 and found no tombstone.

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