Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - "Maude M. McCrae, 86, resident of Brockton"

On November 9, 1988, my great-grandmother, Maude M. (Monroe) McRae, passed away. 

Born in 1902, Maude was originally from Nova Scotia and arrived here with her family in the early part of the 20th century. She made her home in Brockton, Mass and was a lifelong resident of the city. She married Frederick J. McRae, a man ten years her senior, in the early 1920's and gave birth to their only child together, Clayton Frederick McRae, on June 9, 1921. 

At some point after that, Maude went insane. In one instance, Maude was found selling pencils on the side of a street. Maude ended up being committed and remained so for the rest of her life. By the time Maude died in 1988, both Clayton and Fred were dead (Clayton in 1982; Fred in 1951). 

Following her death, a funeral service was held at South Easton Cemetery on November 22. 

As well as being survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews, Maude was also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Monday, Nov. 21, 1988 , The Enterprise - Page 15

Friday, September 23, 2011

Funeral Card Friday - Mrs. Harvey D. Monroe

On Saturday, May 4, 1963, the funeral of my great-great grandmother, Mrs. Olive (Feener) Monroe, took place at her home in Brockton, Mass. Interment followed in South Easton Cemetery, South Easton, Mass.

Olive passed away two days before.

Monday, May 6, 1963, Brockton Daily Enterprise

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Monroe's in South Easton Cemetery

For many years, I had been searching for the grave of my great-grandmother, Maude M. McRae. All I knew about her was that she had passed away in November of 1988  in Brockton, Mass after being institutionalized for many years. I didn't have her obituary to tell me where she was buried nor did any family member know. 

So imagine my luck and surprise when I went to South Easton Cemetery on August 4th, to retake some pictures of another grave as well as search for a couple others, and stumbled upon this! I was shocked and incredibly pleased. And I was even more pleased when I saw that she was buried with her parents! 

I've always said that I usually stumble across the most important things I need by accident. And that day was proof!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Harvey D. Monroe

On Thursday, January 8, 1948, my great-great grandfather, Harvey D. Monroe, passed away unexpectedly at his home. Originally from Nova Scotia, Harvey emigrated to America with his family in the early 1900's and made his home in Brockton, where he remained until his death. 

Harvey operated an fuel, oil business in Quincy, Massachusetts alongside his son, Lemuel R. Monroe, and stepson, William Wentzell.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 11 from the funeral home located at 81 Green St. Brockton. Interment followed at South Easton Cemetery, South Easton, Mass.

Friday, January 9, 1948 , Brockton Daily Enterprise - Page Two

Friday, January 9, 1948 , Brockton Daily Enterprise - Page Two