Wednesday’s Child: Lost Boys

Pine Grove Cemetery

My maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Daniel F. Riordan, is quite a story and I will address his background in a later post. His wife, Mary Alice Hankinson has a huge family, with members on both sides of the United States Revolutionary war. She also has a secret about her parentage that I’ve yet to uncover, I’ll address her later as well.

Today’s post is about their sons. My family knows about their three sons, Percy (my great-grandfather), Harold and Ralph. I’ve uncovered two other sons that died in childhood.

They are buried at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. Perley is buried in Plot: Oxalis Path,Lot-116,Grave-1 and Herbert is buried in Plot: Oxalis Path,Lot-116,Grave-2. Neither of them have a headstone. Daniel, Mary Alice “Muddy”, and their three living boys moved to Los Angeles by 1910 and were living in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Pine Grove Cemetery
Pine Grove Cemetery

Perley Lee Riordan was born 18 Feb 1894 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. He was born after Percy and Harold and before Ralph. He died at the age of four, just shortly before his fifth birthday on 31 Jan 1899 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. The cause of death is shown as “Typhoid [?] Meningitis. The death record states his parents names were Daniel and Mary A Hanbinger, their names were Daniel F. Riordan and Mary Alice Hankinson.

Perley Lee Riordan Death Record
Perley Lee Riordan Death Record

Herbert D. Riordan was born 3 Jul 1896 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA, just two years after Perley. He died 14 Aug 1896 according to his death records.  The cause of death is shown as Cholera Infantum. His parent’s names are shown as Daniel and Mary A. Hankinson.

Herbert D Riordan Death Record
Herbert D Riordan Death Record

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