Thursday, September 22, 2011

Catholic's Pocket Manual containing card showing death of Thomas T. Riley, who died 23 Dec 1915

The above card was found in a Catholic's Pocket Manual, published by Catholic Stores in 1905.  It shows that Thomas T. Riley died on 23 December 1915.  

Note: see reader's comment below for more information on Thomas T. Riley

The little book also contained three other cards, one of which, also dated 1915, names the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Everett, Massachusetts.  

That clue sent me to the 1910 Census for Everett, Massachusetts, where I found a listing for a Thomas Riley, who was born about 1855 in Ireland and was then a widower with four daughters living in his household: Mary, Bridget, Elizabeth and Ella.

Whether or not, this is the Thomas T. Riley mentioned on the card above, I don't know.

Front cover and title page of the book:

If you have an insight into the identity of the Thomas T. Riley who died on 23 December 1915, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks

A map of Everett, Massachusetts:

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  1. Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 at has a death record for Thomas T. Riley at 139 Broadway, Everett, on that date. This is the same address as the 1910 census. Parents: James Riley and Catherine Higgins, both born in Ireland. Thomas was 60 years old and working for the gas company. He died of pneumonia. Informant: Mary Riley of 139 Broadway. Thomas is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. (where a lot of my wife's family is buried.)

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  2. Ha - I knew you'd come through, Ed! Thanks once again for solving a mystery for me.