I am just following the newspaper article and trying to match the article to the graveyard.So this is what it says on the front page.James F Ryan, a Civil War Major in the 63rd McKeesport unit under General Alexander Hays, was killed by a horse April 19 1887 a week before he was going to visit relatives in Ireland.
It says his brother Bishop Stephen V Ryan, the Bishop of Buffalo NY, will say the Funeral Mass.HB Sinclair will lead the funeral procession down Walnut St.All businesses will be closed.
So from just the few first lines on the front page we know that James Ryan was a Civil War Major. We know he served in the McKeesport 63rd unit.We know he his brother who is a Catholic Bishop.We know he died April 19 1887 when a horse bucked him against a fence next door to his house. We also know he has relatives in Ireland.
We also know he is Catholic.We also know that all the businesses closed the day of the funeral.
Then by Census records we know that my great grandfather was living in the same house as James Ryan.
Oh yes by additional information we know the Methodist Minister lived next door.He was the one who found James Ryan on the ground.The Dunseith and Lewis family were Methodist married into some Catholic French shoemakers.I guess because they did so much walking it would be nice to have some shoemakers in the family Catholic or not.
So it's a record and it goes on.It goes on because they did bury James F Ryan and it tells where and why. I would just give Judge Judy the newspaper and say read it yourself.She would say Bert, let me look at that.