Monday, 12 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: J is for John Wynne

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. J is for John - John Wynne, my maternal great-great-grandfather.

John Wynne
Birth: c. 1820

Dublin, Ireland
Death:5 September 1911 (aged 91 years)
24 Halliday Square, Oxmantown Road, Dublin, Ireland
Burial:      8 September 1911
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: Garden Section, Q - 97


There is no surviving grave marker on grave Q - 97, in the Garden Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Burial register:
Date of interment: 8 September 1911
Sexton's Number:332199
Registrar's Number:333042
Name: John Wynne
Age: 67 years [not correct]
Residence: 24 Halliday Square, Oxmantown Road, Dublin
Mark of grave: Q-97
Date of death: 6 September 1911
Sex: Male
Religious persuasion Catholic
Rank or Occupation Shop assistant
Alleged disease or cause of death: Senility
Name and residence of informant: John Fegan, 24 Halliday Square, Oxmanstown Road, Dublin
Date of issuing order for interment: 7 September 1911
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust

John shares his grave with his wife Bridget and their baby son, Patrick.

Four strangers were also buried in the grave, Mary Butler of Pimlico who died in 1833, David Butler of Townsend Street who died in 1837, Richard Hudson of Fishamble Street who died in 1837 and Richard Judge of Townsend Street who died in 1841.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:Bridget (Hynes) Wynne (1830-1895, m. 1849)
Daughter: Margaret (Wynne) Vaughan (1850-1883)
Son:John Wynne (1851-1923)
Son:Joseph Wynne (c. 1855-1910)
Son:James Wynne (1857-Unknown)
Daughter:Mary Agnes (Wynne, Finley) Walker (1860-1934)
Daughter:Isabella (Wynne) Perrody (1863-1930)
Son:Patrick James Stephen Wynne (1866-1868)
Son:Patrick James Wynne (1868-1937)
Son:Phillip Augustine Wynne (1870-1931)
Daughter:Agnes (Wynne) Fegan (1877-19221)

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. This is an interesting concept you chose for your A to Z. Was it common to bury strangers in a family plot?

  2. Strangers were not normally buried in family plots. But, Glasnevin Cemetery offered a service where people could pay for a single burial, rather than purchase the entire plot. And presumably, when purchasing a family plot, it was cheaper to purchase a 'used' plot, when family finances could only stretch that far.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!