Saturday 17 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: O is for Charles Francis O'Neill

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. O is for O'Neill - Charles Francis O'Neill, my paternal great-grandfather.

Charles Francis O'Neil
Birth: Abt. 1849

Unknown, probably Ireland
Death:23 April 1895 (aged about 46 years)
Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Burial: 26 April 1895
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: Garden Section KG 33
Linked to: Memorial at Find a Grave


There is no surviving grave marker on grave KG 33, in the Garden Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Burial register:
Date of interment: 26 April 1895
Sexton's Number:267103
Registrar's Number:267827
Name: Charles O'Neill
Age: 46 years
Residence: 90 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin / Sir P Duns Hospital.
Mark of grave: KG-33
Date of death: 23 April 1895
Sex: Male
Religious persuasion Catholic
Rank or Occupation Law clerk
Condition: Married
Alleged disease or cause of death: Hemorrhage from lungs
Name and residence of informant:                     William Thompson, 30 Lombard Street, Dublin
Date of issuing order for interment:  24 April 1895
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust

Sadly, Charles is buried in the 'poor grounds' in Glasnevin, basically in a pauper's grave, with 12 others.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse 1: Mary Agnes Donovan (1853-1941, m. 1874)
Son:Charles Joseph O'Neill (1875-?)
Daughter:Catherine Mary O'Neill (1876-1879)
Son: Robert Joseph O'Neill (1878-1957)
Son: John Michael O'Neill (1879-1956)
Daughter: Mary Agnes O'Neill (1881-1960)
Son: Arthur Francis O'Neill (1885-1965)
Daughter: Teresa O'Neill (1886-1951)
Son: Daniel Charles O'Neill (1889-1890)
Son: Francis Patrick O'Neill (1890-1891)
Daughter: Johanna Mary O'Neill (1892-1951)
Daughter:Helena Mary O'Neill (1895-1956) 
John O'Neill                                 
Mother:Margaret (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 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. Haemorrhage from lung sounds very unpleasant..and so young. Was it related to TB I wonder?

  2. Maybe? though his death certificate says he died of cerebral haemorrhage, so we'll probably never know for sure.


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