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)
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
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.
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.
MRS. MARGARET HOLLY
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.
Port Chester Journal, 28 Jan 1892, Date
of death 24 Jan 1892.
ALEXANDER N. HOLLY
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
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
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.
SELAH W. GUERNSEY
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.