It just occurred to me that on the McCabes’ headstone I found recently, my great-great grandmother is missing.
There are epitaphs on the stone for my ggg-grandparents, Thomas (d. 1880) and Helen McCabe (d. 1884) of Co. Sligo, Ireland.
There is also an epitaph for my gg-grandfather, Owen McCabe, their son, also from Sligo (d. 1886).
But Owen’s wife Helen (Kelly) McCabe, who outlived him by as much as 20 years, is absent from the stone.
Owen and Helen’s children are also absent. Because they were all girls, this leads me to believe that they all married and were buried with their husbands.
Did my missing gg-grandmother remarry as well? The last I hear of her is in the 1900 census, where she is living alone, still as Helen McCabe, and she is about 73 years of age. How realistic was it for a woman in her 70s to remarry at this time?
I guess I’ve got to go digging for a death certificate…
Poor Helen. Where are you?