Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Sisters McSherry - Tombstone Tuesday

The Sisters McSherry
Saint Aloysius Cemetery - Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania

Mary C. McSherry - 1909
Annie McSherry 1845-1933
M. Virginia McSherry 1850-1933
Margaret S. McSherry 1856-1933

While in Pennsylvania in search of my husband's McSherry ancestors we came upon this gravestone. The first thought that struck me was three of the sisters passing away in the same year. The next was the fact they had never married.

Once home I researched for information in the local newspapers. Reading various articles and obituaries we discover the sisters living together their entire lives. Sadly the last three sisters passed away in the span of three months.

It seems fitting they are together for all eternity.

obituary from Adams County News - September 18, 1909

Miss Mary C. McSherry

Miss Mary Catherine McSherry died at her home in Littlestown on Wednesday afternoon aged 49 years. She was a daughter of the late Hon. William McSherry.

Surviving her are four sisters, Misses Annie, Cecelia, Virginia and Margaret McSherry all living at home in Littlestown: two brothers, Hon. William McSherry, of Gettysburg, and Dr. Richard McSherry, of Baltimore. Three step sisters and four step brothers also survive.

Funeral Friday morning at nine o'clock from St. Aloysius' church, Littlestown of which she was a member. Interment in Littlestown Catholic Cemetery.

obituary from The Gettysburg Times - August 28, 1933

Miss Margaret S. McSherry

Miss Margaret S. McSherry, West King street, Littlestown, died at her home Saturday at noon. Death was due to a complication of diseases and followed an extended illness. She was aged 78 years.

She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William McSherry, Littlestown.

Surviving are two sisters, the Misses Virginia and Annie McSherry, both at home. She was a life-long member of St. Aloysius Catholic church, Littlestown. The funeral was held this morning with a low mass at 9 o'clock in St. Aloysius Catholic church. The Rev. J.H. Melchoir, rector, officiated. Burial was made in St. Aloysius cemetery, Littlestown.

article from The Gettysburg Times - October 17, 1933

Will Is Filed Here

The will of Miss Mary Virginia McSherry, late of Germany township, was entered to probate in the office of Robert E. Fisher, register and recorder, by the Littlestown National bank. Personal property is listed at $525.12 with no appraisement made of the real estate.

obituary from The Gettysburg Times - November 29, 1933

Miss McSherry

Miss Annie McSherry, 88, of Littlestown, eldest and last of a family of ten children, died this morning at Kirkia Villiage home, Baltimore of infirmities.

She was a daughter of the late William and Eliza McSherry and was the third of the family to die within three months. Miss Margaret McSherry died in August and Miss Virginia McSherry died in October. After the death of Miss Virginia McSherry Miss Anne McSherry went to the Baltimore nursing home.

The late William McSherry, Esq, of Gettysburg, who died about two years ago, was a brother.

Miss McSherry, a life-long resident of Littlestown was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church of Littlestown.

Furneral services Friday morning, meeting at J.W. Little & Son's funeral home at 8:30 o'clock with requiem high mass at St. Aloysius Catholic church, Littlestown, at 9 o'clock the Rev. Father J.H. Melchoir officiating. Interment in the Catholic cemetery.


  1. Thanks for going the extra mile and finding all the obituaries to tell the rest of the story!

  2. Don't know how you're going to take this, but my great-great-grandmother
    is supposed to be the illegitimate daughter of the Hon. William McSherry (1821-1899)

    Here's the twist -- I'm black

    Gary Lloyd

  3. Gary,

    Just checked your Ancestry tree. Very interesting. Actually the McSherry line is my husband's family.

    He didn't know anything about the family until I started working on the family history.

    Would love to compare notes!


  4. Hi, Ruth ...

    I've tried to be rational about this, but the old folks in the family insist My great-great-grandmother, Mary Emma Baldwin-Murray was the illegitimate daughter of William McSherry. The time line is right and all the other details match -- William McSherry, land-owner in Littlestown, lawyer.

    But of course it's purely oral history. But you can't help but wonder how years after Mary Emma died, the story stayed alive.


    Do you have any idea how it can be confirmed at this late date?