Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday

One of my last posts, which seems like ages ago, showed a photo of William and Mary Dooley’s gravestone. William and Mary share their final resting place with other Dooley relatives including Celia, James, John and Mildred. My daughter asked, “Who are Celia and James?”

Celia Dooley was a little girl who passed away 7 December 1902. Her cause of death was determined to be pneumonia. Her passing certainly was a sad day for the family. William Dooley who passed on 10 April 1902 preceded her in death by a mere eight months. 1902 brought sickness, death and sorrow to the Dooleys.

 "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922," index and images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 25 July 2012), Celia Dooley, 1902.

Celia’s death certificate reports important information regarding her passing with the exception of her parentage. After reviewing the family tree and taking Celia’s  birth/death dates into consideration, it seems likely that Celia was the daughter of William Dooley or one of his brothers, Stephen or David F.

The 1910 census reports that Stephen and wife, Sarah, had two children and only one living child whose name is recorded as Sadie.

Brother David F. and his wife, Elizabeth, had two children. None of their children had survived according to the 1910 census.

Both brothers and their spouses were of childbearing age and it appears likely that Celia may have been a child to one of the Dooley Brothers.

It may also be possible that Celia was a child of William and Mary Dooley; however, William and Mary’s descendants don’t recall a child named Celia. They are a tight-knit family and certain of their history.

At this point, Celia’s parentage cannot be determined. I will keep my eyes open and ask questions as I meet more of the Dooley clan. 

Looking forward to consistently posting once again.


1 comment:

  1. Wow. What a mystery. Best wishes for solving the puzzle.