Thursday 15 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: M is for Mary Anne (Keogh) Devine

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 one. M is for Mary - Mary Anne (Keogh) Devine, my maternal great-great-grandmother.

Mary Anne (Keogh) Devine
Birth:      Baptised 9 February 1834

Lucan, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Death:30 May 1893 (aged 59 years)
4 Walls Cottages, Canning's Place, Dublin, Ireland
Burial: 1 June 1893
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: Garden Section, WE 77½


There is no surviving grave marker on grave WE 77½, in the Garden Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Burial register:
Date of interment:1 June 1893
Sexton's Number:259142
Registrar's Number:259847
Name: Mary Anne Devine
Age: 53 years
Residence: 4 Cannon [Canning's] Place, Sherrard Street, Dublin
Mark of grave: WE-77½
Date of death: 30 May 1893
Sex: Female
Religious persuasion Catholic
Rank or Occupation Labourer's wife
Alleged disease or cause of death: Icterus [jaundice]
Name and residence of informant: Kate Devine, 4 Cannon [Canning's] Place, Sherrard Street, Dublin
Date of issuing order for interment: 31 May 1893
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust

Mary Anne shares her grave with her husband Mary Anne and her daughters Anne and Catherine.

They were buried in a pre-used grave. Also buried with them are Kate Maria Jardine who died in 1881, James Murphy who died in 1872, Patrick Downey who died in 1845 and Letitia E Cass who died in 1842. After ten years the Devine family's option to purchase the plot expired in 1903 and another unrelated person, Sarah Anne Lambe, was interred with them..

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:John Devine (c. 1838-1898, m. 1859)
Daughter:Catherine (Devine) McGrane (1864-1917)
Daughter: Christina (Devine) Byrne (1867-1947)
Jeremiah (Darby) Keogh (Unk. - Bef. 1866)
Mother:Jane Crosby (c.1806-1891)
Brother:Thomas Keogh (c. 1845-1898)
Brother:Martin Keogh (c. 1839-1897)
Brother: John Keogh (1844-1902)

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. I have never seen the word icterus for jaundice new word for the day. Marvellous that the Dublin cemeteries trust has such good records.

  2. I'm still so puzzled at the idea that unrelated people coudl be buried in the same grave...

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    1. It's probably unique to Glasnevin Cemetery. :-)

  3. I only wish Letitia Cass was a relative.

  4. Yes icterus is a new to me word as well. :) Not sure how I will be able to fold it into conversation today but I will give it a good go. Apparently from the Greek word ikteros also meaning yellow bird, the sight of which was meant to cure jaundice. Because I know you wanted to know.

    1. Interesting, I wonder, was it a particular yellow bird specific to Greece, or would any old yellow hammer do?

  5. That's quite a crowd in one plot.

  6. Nah! I have one family grave in Glasnevin, it didn't feature in this series yet, it had 17 people in the grave going back to 1832, all seemingly my relatives, though the earlier records weren't as informative.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!