A breakthrough? A gift? A false lead?

A quaking Ancestry leaf brought me an intriguing surprise today.

A  distant relative of my husband Bill – I’m guessing they may be fourth cousins – posted on Ancestry an article he’d found on newspapers.com. Consequently the leaf notified me of a new hint.

QuinnstoCalvaryThe St. Paul Globe story (dated 17 November 1900) reports that five bodies were being removed from an Inver Grove cemetery and transferred to Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul. Further, “the bodies have been buried for some time.”

Could  the re-interred “Mrs. Quinn” be Bill’s 2X-great-grandmother, Hanorah/Honora Quinn, who may have died sometime between the 1857 and 1860 census enumerations, probably in Dakota County?

Her son James “died of sunstroke in his Inver Grove harvest field,” according to an 1868 Dakota County newspaper.

James’ daughter Mary died in 1884, per Dakota County probate records.

(Thanks Peter B. for your research! Is Rilley really Riley? Are Bridget Quinn and Margaret Quinn the same person? I hope you can help me solve these mysteries.)

 

 

 

 

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