THE MYSTERY OF
LITTLE ELLA GREENEN'S BURIAL
 
On September12, 1861, Peter and Mary Greenen suffered the death of their six year olddaughter, Ella (Ellen) probably due to a childhood illness.

Click on the picture to see it full size
Two days later, on September 14, Peter receiveda deed to a plot in the Oakdale Cemetery in Urbana; obviously for the purposeof Ella's burial.  A (rather poor) copy of the deed is shown below. The plot was 128 square feet which is a plot sufficient for three graves. It is defined as Lot 3 in Section 65... an area of the cemetery which cameto be known as "Irish Row."
 

Click on the photo to see it full size

Shown above is a transcriptof the Peter Greenen's deed to the burial plot in Oakdale cemetery.


Click on the photo to see it in full size
 Thephoto above shows Jamie Graham-Hayes (great great granddaughter of Peter& Mary Greenen) during our visit to "Irish Row" during November of2000.
The row of graves along the road andbehind Jamie is known as "Irish Row."

Click on the photo to see it in full size.
As of our visit inNovember of 2000, the cemetery still has a very good record of the PeterGreenen cemetery plot.  The photo at left clearly shows the lot designationas the last entry of the log book page shown... spelled Greenon. In addition, the entry shows clearly on the cemetery blue print.
It is interesting to see the "row" of Irishnames which gave this section of the cemetery its name.  Most interestingis the observation that there were Quinns and Kains in the parish. It is recalled that both these names appeared as baptismal sponsors forPeter and Mary's children born in Ireland; and one wonders whether theseQuinn's and Kains had connections with the Greenens in Ireland; and perhapswere drawn to Urbana by the same incentives and mechanisms.

The mystery surrounding this gravesite andburial centers on the question of whether it was ever used; for it is knownthat "Little Ella" also has a gravesite in Indianapolis, which was ultimatelythe home of her parents and most of her siblings.   At firstglance, the cemetery entry in Indianapolis (Holy Cross, Section 7-C, Lot128) would appear to be the site of her original burial in 1861. [One reading of this assumption is that it might be "absurd" to think thefamily would purchase a gravesite in Urbana two days after her burial wasrecorded in Indianapolis.]  Research is now underway to try to resolvethis "mystery."   The research has thus far yielded some problems:

TO RETURN TO THE MAIN PETER GREENEN PAGE,CLICK ON YOUR "BACK" BUTTON... OR CLICKHERE.