I prepared a year before taking my trip to Worcester, MA, as I went for the specific purpose of researching and walking in the spirit of my ancestors. I was pleased with my results even though my research in the cemetery is not complete.
The first thing I did was to print out this really cool map of Hope Cemetery and get the address. On the Hope Cemetery website, I made inquiries to the Friends of Hope Cemetery as to specific family members that were possibly buried there. They do an initial search without a fee.
|The Hope Cemetery Map helped me locate the gravesites
of my Ancestors once I arrived on the premises.
119 Webster Street, Worcester, MA
It was a very cold and rainy day when my daughter and I went to the Hope Cemetery the first day. We drove around looking for the basic area of where my ancestors were buried. We were able to find My Great Grandmother Nora Ann (Gilliam) Cully and her son William E. Cully as their tombstone inscriptions were both written behind the other. We were unable to locate Nora’s husbands headstone Ambrose E. Cully. At this point, I figured it might have sunk. A few feet away, I located Jane B Collins headstone with her husbands name inscribed on the back. I took some photos but most were accidently lost.
The first two in the front and across from each other.
On the second day to the cemetery, I went to the cemetery office and inquired about family burial records. I gave the names of Hannah Gilliam, Jane B. Collins, Ambrose E. Cully, Nora A. Cully and two male stillborn babies that my Great Grandmother Nora had given birth to.
Below are the documents that were given to me. There were other names on the record cards that I had not researched before the trip.
Owner of the Plot: Ambrose E. Cully
Area 108, Paid Nov. 11, 1911 $35
William E. Cully was buried on Sep. 17, 1912 in grave (R F 3). Nora Ann Cully was buried on Nov. 11, 1911 in grave (R F 2). Ambrose E. Cully (according to this record was 53. Not the correct age was buried on May 11, 1925 in Grave (R F 1).
|Bottom writing of top card
If you can help with what it says, let me know.
I tried to interpret what the wording says above. What I have: F? of L? B? W? from east side Marker & number on south side
Owner: Gilliam, Hannah D. wid Daniel
Perpetual Care: $50
Date May 8, 1905, Price $25
Hannah Gilliam (75) was buried on Feb. 25, 1914, in grave (R F 2). Sarah A. Moore (60) was buried on Nov. 3, 1909 in grave (R F 1). Jane Foreman (29) (daughter of Hannah Gilliam) was buried on April 26, 1905 in grave (L F 2)
The last names of the two stillborn infants (Scully) were mis-spelled, should be Cully. Their grave was a mass grave for babies at the time and it was the generous contribution of a donor that paid for the burials. (Info given by the Hope Cemetery office clerk).
Section 5395-74 P.C. $50 Area 31 1/2
Owner $6 #6909 Paid July 9, 1902
The father of the stillborns were Ambrose E. Cully. On May 25, 1910 Infant Cully was buried and on July 8, 1902 Infant Cully was buried. The mother was Nora Ann Cully. I did not get the opportunity to see the gravesite as I got this information on my second visit, which was a Sunday and did not have time to locate it.
Section 6772-76 Area 117
Owner: Collins, Jane B. widow of Jos. A
Paid $30 on Dec 12, 1911.
Representative: Osborne A. Cully, 504 Wilson Street, Clinton, Mass 1936
Joseph A. Collins (80) was buried on Nov 27 1911 in grave (R F 1). Jane B. Collins (85) was buried on Sep. 14, 1925 in grave (R F 2). Nora, Cully* (24) was buried on April 1, 1936 in Grave (L F 2).
Note: Reserve L F 1 for Floyd O Cully on order of Osborne Cully. Notify him of any other burial.
This last card answered some questions for me. I did not have a death record for Osborne Cully but knew he died young. I know for sure that he died after April 1936 since his sister Nora Cully died on April 1, 1936. *Nora Cully was named after her mother Nora as her mother died after giving birth to Nora Jr. Another interesting fact in this last card is that Floyd O. Cully is not buried at Hope Cemetery in Worcester but a cemetery in Lynn, MA, as he died in later years, and much after his Uncle Osborne Cully. Floyd O. Cully was Nora A. Cully Jr.’s son.
My relations to each of these ancestors below:
Buried @ Hope Cemetery
Ambrose E. Cully: Great Grandfather
Nora A. Cully: Great Grandmother
William E. Cully: Grand Uncle
Joseph A. Collins: 2nd Great Grand Uncle
Jane B. Collins: 2nd Great Grand Aunt
Nora Cully, Jr.: Grand Aunt
Hannah D. Gilliam: 2nd Great Grandmother
Sarah A. Moore: No relation documented
Jane B. Foreman: Great Grand Aunt
Cully, Infant #1: Grand Uncle
Cully, Infant #2: Grand Uncle
Mentioned on Burial Cards:
Osborne A. Cully: Grand Uncle
Floyd O. Cully: 1st Cousin 1x Removed
Daniel Gilliam: 2nd Great Grandfather
Hannah D. Gilliam and Jane B. Collins are sisters.
Hannah’s children are: Nora A. Cully, Sr. and Jane B. Foreman
I will be researching the relationship of Sarah A. Moore.
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