Greenwood Union Cemetery

These are photos of tombstones for the Holly and Guernsey family from Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, Westchester County, New York. In addition, William H. and Margaret McQueen Holly, Selah Guernsey, and Harriett Holly (Newman's sister) are buried here, according to the cemetery office records, as well as some other less directly related family. Harriett Holly is buried in the Holly plot with Newman and Annie and Margaret (Auntie), but she does not have a stone. We were not able to find Selah, Margaret McQueen or William H. Holly. However, we were able to obtain their dates of death, and I have transcribed their obituaries below. We photographed William W. Holly's grave, which did not have a stone at that time. However, since then, his grandson, Larry Kloess, has had a stone put on his grave.

The house above is 65 Summerfield Place, Port Chester, phoographed 11 Jun 2004. It is now a rental property. This was Newman Holly's home, and then Margaret Holly's (Auntie's) home until she died. At her death it was sold by Milton Tilley who handled her estate. The photo to the right is the unmarked grave of William W. Holly, Newman's brother. He died at age 79 of apoplexy, 30 Oct 1932, and the burial was handled by his son, Hulyer (or Huyler) Holly.

Hulyer I. Holly was evidently a policeman for the Port Chester Police Department. His wife was Louise Hartlieb Holly. They are buried with other family members in the Hartlieb plot. Hulyer died at age 60 on June 21, 1963. He was the son of William W. and Hattie Holly.

This is hard to read, but it is the stone for Arnold B. Tilley, 1890-1954, his wife Maud H(allenbeck), 1890-1976, and Elsie Smith, 1877- 1969. I think Elsie was Maud's sister. Maud's parents, William A. and Cora Lockwood Hallenbeck, are next to them.

Below are the grandchildren of Annie Guernsey's brother Selah Guernsey. Selah's son John A. had 5 children and four are below. Mary died at age 26 on 22 Oct 1918 of Influenza. She is also buried at Greenwood Union, in Section C but we could not find her grave.

Selah Guernsey (died 16 Oct 1925, age 91), his son John A. Guernsey (died 11 Apr 1948, age 88), and Lulu M. Guernsey (died 8 Sep 1945, age 80) are also buried in Section B. Unfortunately we could not find their graves. Hopefully another visit we will be able to. We wonder if Lulu could be Beulah Hodge Guernsey, John A.'s wife, since John A. is in Grave 7 and Lulu M. in Grave 8. Perhaps Lulu was a nickname for Beulah. And perhaps Annie Guernsey was thinking of John A.'s wife when she named her daughter Winifred Lulu. John A. was Annie's nephew although they were almost the same age.


After an illness of about 5 weeks, Mrs. Margaret Holly, wife of William Holly, died at her residence on Slater Street, on Thursday, at the age of 67 years. Mrs. Holly was the mother of Mrs. John F. Merritt, Newman, Madison, William and Miss Hattie, Holly. The funeral took place from her late residence, on Monday, the Rev. W. F. Wakefield, of the North Baptist Ch. officiating. He preached a most impressive sermon, taking for his text the words "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit," found in the 7th Chapter of Acts, 59th verse. He spoke appreciatively of the deceased, and of her Christian example. Interment was in Union Cemetery, under the direction of John Sloat, the Main Street undertaker.

Port Chester Journal, 20 May 1886. Date of death 13 May 1886.


William Holley, a well known ship carpenter of this village, for many years a resident here, died on Sunday, in the 80th year of his age. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the home of his daughter, Mrs. John W. Merritt, on Haseco Avenue, Rev. W. F. Wakefield officiating.

Port Chester Journal, 28 Jan 1892, Date of death 24 Jan 1892.


After a week's futile fighting against pneumonia, Alexander Newman Holly, whose home is at 65 Palace Place, this village, succumbed yesterday afternoon at four o'clock in the United Hospital. He was removed to the hospital on Monday when the true state of his condition was realized, and everything was done to save his life.
Deceased, a carpenter, was born in the Town of Greenwich, April 6, 1856, and was the youngest son of William H. and Margaret McQueen Holly, of that place. His education was received in Greenwich and all his life he had lived either there or in Port Chester. He was a member of the North Baptist Church and belonged to the carpenter's union.
Funeral services are to be conducted by Rev. Charles Schweikert, of the Baptist Church, Sunday afternoon, at four o'clock at Mr. Holly's late residence on Palace Place. Interment will be made the following morning in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye.
Deceased leaves three daughters, Mrs. Milton P. Tilley, of Chicago, Ill.; Miss Margaret M. Holly, of Palace Place, this village; and Mrs. Roy S. Dearstyne, of Raleigh, N.C., as well as a sister, Miss Harriet M. Holly, of this village; and two brothers William of Port Chester, and Madison Holly who resides in Perth Amboy, N.J. Mr. Holly's wife, who was before her marriage Miss Anna Guernsey, has been deceased twelve years.

Port Chester Daily Item, 20 April 1923. Date of death, 19 Apr 1923.


Following a lingering illness of several months' duration, Selah W. Guernsey, well known resident of the village, died yesterday at his home, 69 Smith Street. Deceased was in his ninety-first year.
Mr. Guernsey was born in Greenwich on January 25th, 1834, a son of the late Solomon Guernsey and Elizabeth Mead. After having spent his early life in Greenwich, he came to Port Chester and had lived here for the past sixty years or more. As a young man he mastered the carpenter trade and followed it throughout life.
Deceased is survived by one son, John A. Guernsey of this village, and by two sisters, Mary Guernsey, of Greenwich, and Mrs. Sarah Jane Waters, of New Jersey. There are also four grandchildren, Walter, Harold, John, and Mrs. Elsie Ramires, all of Port Chester.
The funeral will be private Monday afternoon. Rev. Stanley S. Kilbourne, Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, of which the deceased has been a devout member, will officiate. Interment will take place in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye.

Port Chester Daily Item, 17 Oct 1925. Date of death, 16 Oct 1925.