Thursday, 8 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: G is for Margaret McGrane

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting places, so, to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each ancestor. G is for McGrane - Margaret McGrane, my maternal great-great-grandmother.

Margaret (McGrane) Byrne
Birth: November 1851

Dublin, Ireland
Death:9 December 1930
1 Lower Jane Place, Dublin, Ireland
Burial: 10 December 1930
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: St Bridget's Section, DH-193½


There is no surviving grave marker on grave DH-193½, in St Bridget's Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Funeral notice:
Evening Herald, 10 December 1830, p. 3
BYRNE (Dublin)-December 9, 1930, at her residence, 1 Lower Jane Place, Margaret, beloved wife of the late Francis Byrne; deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons and daughters, brother and sister, and large circle of friends R.I.P. Funeral fro above address to-morrow (Thursday) after 10 o'c Mass, to Glasnevin.
Burial register:
Name: Margaret Byrne
Age: 68 years
Residence: 1 Lower Jane Place, Dublin
Mark of grave: St Bridget's, DH-193½
Date of death: 9 December 1930
Sex: Female
Rank or Occupation Labourer's widow
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust

Margaret shares her grave with her husband Francis, her daughter Margaret, her son Patrick and an unrelated baby Charles Byrne, who died in 1891.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse: Francis Byrne (c. 1850-1912, m. 1871)
Son:Myles Byrne (1873-1928)
Son: James Byrne (1874-1948)
Son:Francis Byrne (1876-1950)
Son: Charles Byrne (1878-1879)
Daughter:Margaret (Byrne) Fay (1879-1932)
Daughter: Mary Anne (Byrne) Vickers (c. 1882-1960)
Daughter:Jane (Byrne) Fay (1883-1919)
Son: John Byrne (1885-1930)
Son:Michael Byrne (1887-1889)
Son: Patrick Byrne (1890-1923)
Son:Paul Byrne (1891-1959)
Daughter: Kate Byrne (1893-1931)
Son: Benjamin Byrne (1896-1966)
Father:Myles McGrane (1830-1881)
Mother:Margaret (Doyle) McGrane (1831-1903)
Brother:Francis Joseph McGrane (1856-1931)
Sister:        Sarah Jane (McGrane, Daly) Teeling (1861-1927)
Sister:Mary Anne (McGrane) Jackson (1863-1937)
Sister:    Catherine (McGrane) McDonnell (1865-1912)
Brother:    Michael McGrane (1868-1929)
Sister:    Alice (McGrane) Vickers (1871-1927)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.

The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.


  1. You could spend all day at Glasnevin touring your family grave sites.

    1. I intend to, Pauleen, just waiting for the summer weather, and being allowed to leave my county, and I plan to bring a picnic and some like-minded cousins. :-)

    2. If all of those family members are at Glasnevin it will be quite a picnic.

    3. And I'm not finished with them yet, Jill, hope it's not all too much of the same for the blog.

  2. Why was an unrelated baby buried with an entire family?
    That's very strange. Or else, there's a story to be told there.

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  3. Maybe there was a mix-up, Sarah, my family did lose an infant with the same name. I wrote about it here.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!