First of all thank you for the info about the Lowellville cemetery being online now. It will make my research much easier.
My father is also up there in age. He will be 75 on Nov 17th.
I would love to get your father and my father together to talk about Joe McCreary, his grandfather. Of course I would also like to be there to take some notes. Dad lives in Enon Valley, PA and I live in Boardman, OH.
My father has many memories about his grandfather and his employment at Carbon Limestone. I'm sure that these 2 men would have a hoot sharing and talking together.
Your father is one of the few people who might remember anything about Cecil McCreary, Joe McCreary's 2nd son. He was estranged from his family for many years and we have only some very early pictures of him. I have located 2 of Cecil's children, a son Pat and a daughter Shirley from his 2nd marriage and some of Cecil's grandchildren from both of his marriages. Cecil's had 2 older sons, Cecil, Jr. who died in the Korean War and Earl who passed away about 2 years ago were from his 1st marriage.
Ruth was the 2nd oldest daughter of Joe McCreary and although her only daughter has passed away, I have found her granddaughters.
Joe McCreary, Jr. has a daughter and 3 grandsons that would love to have any remembrances regarding him.
NOW, about Maud, she was the grandddaughter of Ransom and Julia Boyle McCreary and she was married to a Miller. Ransom and Julia's son Murt McCreary married Mary Ann Antibus. Murt is buried in the Hillsville Cemetery with Ransom and Julia but Mary Ann Antibus McCreary and her 2 daughters, Edyth McCreary and Maud McCreary Miller are buried with Mary Ann's father in the Lowellville Cemetery.
I have info on Ransom and Julia and their children but have not been able to confirm their relationship to my McCreary family although they all lived in the Hillsville, PA area at the same times.
We had a "First Ever McCreary Cousins Reunion" on Aug 16th of this year at the Mahoning Township Park in Hillsville, PA. It was the first time that many of Joe and Minnie Cerfoss McCreary's grandchildren had met each other.
My own grandfther, Herbert Leslie McCreary, nicknamed STATS, died in 1942 in Detroit, MI shortly after Joe McCreary's wife Minnie had died in Struthers, OH.
I was born in 1949 so I never had the chance to know him and this has been what has driven me to find and connect this family.
My father, Don McCreary was born in Lowellville, OH. He has many memories of his father and mother, Winnie Buchanan McCreary, and his youth in that area. His siblings were/are, Joe, Bob, (both deceased) and Edie and Chuck. Would your father remember any of them?
Also buried in the Lowellville Cemetery are Joe and Minnie's infant son Charles, Joe McCreary's brother Carl and his oldest sister Lizzie (Mae) McCreary Damon Ludwig. I also believe Joe's parents, according to their obis, Miller and Melissa "Jane" Kelly McCreary are buried there as well as possibly their young son named Martin that died at 12. None of these except the infant named Charles have any tombstones to mark their graves. And since all records were destroyed in a fire in 1923 I have only their obits and death certificates to go from. I believe they are all buried together in one corner lot with Joe, Minnie and Charles.
Again, I thank you very much for your info and your response.
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