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August 04, 2007

Tommie Crowley's Grave

As I mentioned in my earlier post, my sister and I found our uncle Tommie's grave at the cemetery in Isabel on March 27th. Its location had been lost to family members. My dad thought he recalled that Tommie was buried at Isabel, but wasn't sure where. The photos below show Tommie's grave marker, as well as views of the Hillview Cemetery where he is buried. The cemetery records show a plot registered to or occupied by a Mr. Crowley adjacent to Tommie's grave. Our best guess is that our grandfather had purchased two plots when Tommie died unexpectedly of appendicitis, although we are not sure why he would have done so. Was it the knowledge that death could strike unexpectedly at any time, as it had in young Tommie's case?

Something else about the cemetery--the Protestants and Catholics are buried in different sections of the cemetery. Naturally, Tommie was buried in the Catholic section. Our Uncle Neal's first wife, Dorothy, was from the Tidball family, and we found a lot of folks with her last name buried in the Protestant section. That was a bit of a surprise. However, we were told later in Faith by folks who had known Neal that Dorothy had converted to Catholicism when she married Neal.

You can click on the photos to enlarge them.

--Mike Crowley

Mike Crowley Saturday, August 04, 2007


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