Tuesday, 27 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: W is for William Daly

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. W is for William - William Daly, my maternal great-great-great-grandfather.

William Daly
Birth: Abt. 1782
Place unknown
Death:27 July 1876 (aged 94 years)
18 Upper Jane Place, Dublin, Ireland
Burial: 30 July 1876
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: Garden section, IB 105½


There is no surviving grave marker on grave IB 105½, in the Garden Section of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Funeral notice:
Freeman's Journal 28 Jul 1876, p.1
DALY--July 27, at his residence, 18 Jane-place, off Upper Oriel-street, Mr. William Daly, in his 94th year. R.I.P. Funeral will leave for Glasnevin at 11 o'clock on Sunday morning.
Burial register:
Date of interment: 30 July 1876
Sexton's Number:187315
Registrar's Number:187877
Name: William Daly
Age: 94 years
Residence: 18 Upper Jane Place, Dublin
Mark of grave: IB-105½
Date of death: 27 July 1876
Sex: Male
Religious persuasion Catholic
Rank or Occupation Labourer
Alleged disease or cause of death: Old age
Name and residence of informant:   Richard Daly, 18 Upper Jane Place, Dublin
Date of issuing order for interment: 28 July 1876
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust

William Daly is buried in a grave owned by an unrelated family named Toole. When William died, the Daly family paid for his burial but did not take up the right to buy the grave outright. After ten years, they lost this right, and subsequently the Toole family purchased the grave.

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse:      Hannah (Dillon) Daly (Abt. 1792-1840)
Son: Richard Daly (1818-1888)
Son: Michael Daly (1821-Unknown) 
Daughter:Ann Daly (1828-Unknown)
Daughter: Jane (Daly) Byrne (Abt. 1828-1901)

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. It seems you could spend days at Glasnevin following your family’s grave trail.

  2. Absolutely Pauline, my cousin and I intend to spend at least one day there this summer.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!