Mary Harrold

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Mary Harrold

Birthplace: Newry, Louth, Ireland
Death: November 01, 1890 (78)
Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pa
Place of Burial: St. Mary's, Hollidaysburg, Pa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Neal Harrold and Agnes Murphy
Wife of Hugh Craig
Mother of Thomas Harrold Craig; John Aristedum Craig; Bridget Craig; George W. Craig; Agnes JoannaJane Craig and 2 others
Sister of William Hugh Harrold; Jane Harrold; Anne Harrold; Hugh Harrold and Neal Patrick Harrold

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About Mary Harrold


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Obituary: Morning Tribune, Altoona, November 3, 1890 (copy - doc # 4 - original in scrapbook of T.H. Craig)

Mrs. Mary, widow of the late Mr. Hugh Craig after a protracted illness, the result of a cancerous malady, died at her home on Mulberry Street east of Union; yesterday morning at 3:00. She was among the oldest and best known residents of our town (Hollidaysburg), having resided in our midst for more than half a century....She was born in Ireland, in the town of Newry, county Louth, on the 15th day of August 1812. ...She came to the U.S. with her parents NEAL AND AGNES HARROLD in early life and settled near Alexandria, Huntingdon County, this state, and on January 7 1834 was united in marriage to Mr. Hugh Craig. Their family comprised of five sons and two daughters, of whom only sons survive. These are Hugh, George, and John of Altoona. James H. of Gaysport and Thomas who for may years has occupied a responsible position in the custom house at San Francisco, Ca. Mary was preceded to the tomb by her husband, for 50 years one of our best known citizens in 1885. Three of her sons served in the Union Army during the rebellion. These were Thomas-Lt. Col of the 84th Pa. Volunteers: James of the 14th U.S. Infantry and wounded at Gettysburg, and George of the 22 PA. Cavalry.

She leaves two sisters: Mrs. Annie Keife of Decatur, Ill. and Mrs. Jane Anderson of East Freedom, Blair County. Mrs. Craig was all her long life ever since her girlhood days a consistent member of the Roman Catholic Church and for many years a member of St. Mary's Church, Hollidaysburg, Pa. She was a noble hearted woman, a devoted mother and her death is regretted by her large circle of friends and neighbors. The funeral will take place on Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock with a Requiem Mass celebrated in St. Mary's church by the pastor Rev. Father Donnelly. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetary, Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Doc #73)

Pat Riley Alves note: The church records of Most Holy Trinity from 1832 show Maria Hurl as a baptismal sponsor in 1832 (earliest they have); so we know the Hurl/Harrolds were here by then. She was a sponsor for Ford, Jacobum, son of Jacobi/Annae McDonogh on 4-1-1832

On his father Thomas Harrold Craig's death certificate, Charles F. Craig indicated that Thomas's father Hugh Craig was born in Ireland but that Thomas's mother Mary Harrold was born in Virginia. This is contrary to any other information we have on Mary Harrold, so most likely is incorrect. However, in a letter, Emma Craig, cousin and wife of Charles, indicated that "Grandmother {Mary} 's brother Wm. Harold lived in Richmond, Va.

A Neal Harold was godparent to a Joanna McGonigal on 21 Sept. 1830 in St. Pat's Parish, Newry (child born near Bellefonte) cited in Cath. Records of Central Pa.vol 1, pg 186.

Western Pa. Genealogical Quarterly, Vol 12, #2 pg. 21 (LDS Book Cat. 974.8 B2 wg) From the Blair County Whig:

HARROLD 12 August 1851 - Vol 2 #16: In this borough, on Thursday last, Mrs. Agnes Harrold, aged 63 years last February, mother of Mrs. Craig (the death of whose daughter is above mentioned), wife of the late MR. NEAL HARROLD and daughter of the late MR. PETER MURPHY of RIVERSTOWN, COUNTY OF LOUTH, IRELAND. 1904 - Irish Heraldry, Topography History (941.5 - c.94 - S.M. L.D.S.) The County Louth map shows Riverstown in Section A-2 of Ardee Barony, northeast of Ardee. Listed as Riverstown Ho. "Ardee stands on the River Dee and has two old castles." "Louth is classical ground (Cuchullin was there) - the secene of the chief events of the ancient Irish epic, the "Cattle Raids of Cooley." Ruins of two monestaries are located ther - Monasterboice (St. Bothius - 522a.d.) and Millipont Abbey (12th Century)

In July, 1995 I visited Monasterboice with Sharon and Dan Flower. It is in the Boyne valley and contains the most beautifully carved "high crosses" in all of Ireland. Carved in stone during the high period of gothic design in Ireland.

We visited the area of Ardee where Riverstown Ho. had been listed. It was a weekend and the town offices were not open. We found what we think was the location and saw a wooded area that likely contained a large manor house, which, we presume was Riverstown

NOTE: On daugher Bridget's baptismal record she is listed as MARY HURD

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Mary Harrold's Timeline

August 15, 1812
Newry, Louth, Ireland
Hollidaysburg, Pa
February 21, 1840
Hollidaysburg, Blair,Pa
August 21, 1842
Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pa
March 1845
Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pa
February 9, 1848
Hollidaysburg, Blair, Pa
May 27, 1852
Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 67
Hollidaysburgh, Blair, Pennsylvania, USA