RE: The McPike Family Cambria County I'm sure they're all related somehow. This Daniel that I just looked into came straight from Ireland in 1852. It mentioned it in his obit and in different census records that he immigrated that year and was from Ireland. Plus I have the 5-Volume set of "Catholic Vital Records of Central PA" and it also backs up that this particular family came from Ireland (Londonderry) according to their church records. I'm thinking that if they're related, they may be cousins who came over to PA later on??
RE: The McPike Family Cambria County You're very welcome. Some people have differing opinions about adding obits, etc. to memorials, but I see them as valuable resources, especially for graves that are unmarked with no headstone of offer any data.
St. Columba's is a pet project of mine. Not counting the people that have been re-interred in other cemeteries over the years, there are 2/3 more unmarked graves than marked. As I get a lead on a family surname buried there I've tried to trace the family out and find as many of them buried there as I can. With PA having our death certificates on-line, that really helps- especially when finding babies that were previously unknown.
Until you requested Arthur McPike's photo I wasn't aware of any McPike's buried there at all. I transcribed the cemetery several years back and not all of what I found is on Find-A-Grave yet. With your Arthur, I did some digging at the library for obits which spider-webbed out even further.
Daniel and Mary (Mullen) had a very small family but Daniel was one of 7 McPike's that came to Johnstown. A couple of them moved out of the area early on, but most stayed local. Since this is a new family that I've never researched this is all preliminary but I have a lot more leads to follow. Some of Daniel's sisters married into the Hunt, Shaffer, Kane and Quinn families. Daniel's sister Bridget Shaffer died young leaving a toddler Frank which Daniel claimed as his adopted son.
The Quinn's are buried at St. Columba's as well, all in unmarked graves, as is Daniel's brother James McPike and his family. I didn't get this far yet, but I'm guessing his sister Kate Kane is there, too. She died in the 1889 Johnstown Flood but I know Kane is a popular name for that cemetery.
There seems to be another McPike line that settled in the Altoona area (Henry McPike) very early on, too, but so far I can't find a connection. I wouldn't be surprised if there was one, though, since McPike isn't a popular name in this area. Daniel and his siblings all stem from an Arthur and Mary McPike.
There are a couple of obits I still need to pull at the library once I regroup after organizing what I found so far. I can let you know what I find if there is any Franklin County, PA connection (or anything else you'd be interested in). I still have more obits that I found that I still have to process and build memorials for but with being active duty Army, family, etc., it just takes some time as I do this as time is available.
RE: Thomas William Gorman I was unclear. I ment that Thomas William Gorman's death cert. was on his mother's memorial. 151295546. Would you like to move or add it to Thomas Gorman memorial 124548020? Thanks. Rita
Peter Baum & History of Wyandot County Thanks for the book extract about Peter. I think it refers to his uncle Find A Grave Memorial# 64706535, so am adding the info to his memorial. Hope that's O.K. and thanks again!
Isaac Kirby Hi Sandra, It is noble of you to endeavor a measure of heroism for Gen. Kirby, but unfortunately, this hypothesis will not be pasted in his Bio. You see, you have been a contributor for a bit longer than myself, which should allow you to carry a wealth of knowledge about this cemetery registration site. This is not a genealogy web site, therefore our only concern is the final resting place of the deceased. Secondly, Find A Grave has already warned contributors not to create lengthy entangled biographies, especially since their servers do not possess limitless capacity for these protracted Bios. Your efforts are well noted, but will not be executed.