Friday, 16 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: N is for New York - Jane (Daly) Byrne

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 place, so to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. N is for New York. where Jane (Daly) Byrne, my maternal great-great-great-grandmother, was buried.

Jane (Daly) Byrne
Birth: Abt. 1828

Death:28 December 1901
Jamaica Avenue and Enfield Street,
Burial:31 December 1901
St John's Cemetery

Middle Village, Queens, New York, United States
Plot:Section 16, Row M, Grave 11
Link to:Memorial at Find A Grave

Gravesite: There is no surviving headstone on Jane's grave. The flag shows the grave location. Photograph courtesy of Find A Grave member JP Rayder (#47325025), used with permission.

Funeral notice:

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 30 December 1901

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:Francis Byrne (died bef. 1869, m. 1846)
Son:Francis Byrne (abt. 1850-1912)
Daughter:Hannah (Byrne) Comiskey (1852-1926)       
SonCharles Byrne (Abt. 1857-Unk,)
Daughter:Jane (Byrne) Cunningham (Abt. 1860-1887) 
Daughter:    Catherine (Byrne) Carroll (1861-1930)
Father: William Daly (Abt. 1782-1876)
Mother       Hannah (Dillon) Daly (Abt. 1792-1840)
Brother: Richard Daly (1818-1888)
Brother: Michael Daly (1821-Unknown) 
Sister:Ann Daly (1828-Unknown)

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 member 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. It seems the tree has become Jane’s gravestone. I love obits that tell where the person came from and at least a little of their lives.

    1. I like to think they planted a little plant to mark her grave when they buried her, and it's become the tree. I love the obits that name the siblings and children with their married names.

  2. Pauleen is right. Obits are worth their weight in gold.

    1. Yes, though they were not that common in Ireland until near the 20th century for the majority of the population and it's only in recent years that they provide much more than the time of the funeral.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!