Hay tombstone in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington D.C.


Hay tombstone in Rock Creek Cemetery
(photograph ~2000)
1931 newspaper article
Rock Creek Cemetery dates back to colonial days, and for a long time was the largest cemetery in America (website).

Three Hay generations are buried in Rock Creek Cemetery: Oliver Perry Hay (1846-1930) and his wife Mary Emily Howsmon Hay (1848-1931), three of their four children, and one grandson. Their daughter Frances Steele Hay (1876-1962) and their son Robert Howsmon Hay (1882-1952) and his wife Alma Elizabeth Bischoff Hay (1885-1956) are buried with Oliver Perry and Mary Emily Hay under one tombstone which reads:

Oliver Perry Hay
May 22, 1846-Nov 2, 1930
Mary Emily Hay
April 20, 1849-Jan 28, 1931
Robert H. Hay
Nov 16, 1882-May 9, 1952
Alma E. Hay
Mar 23, 1885-May 6, 1956
Frances S. Hay
Jan 21, 1876-May 21, 1962

Although Alma's death certificate lists 1884 as her birth year, her actual birth year is 1885, as engraved. No birth record was found (searched 1883-1886), but her 1889 Concordia christening records lists her birth year as 1885, her 1900 census lists her birth as March 1885, her marriage license in Dec 1909 said she was 24, and her June 1912 son's birth record said she was 27 -- all confirming a 1885 birth year.

In a neighboring plot is Oliver Perry and Mary Emily Hay's daughter Mary Lucille Hay Minnick (1873-1955) and her husband John Dufton Minnick (1868-1957).

Oliver Perry and Mary Emily Hay's son William Perry Hay (1871-1947) died in Bradenton, Florida. His burial place is not confirmed but is thought to be next to his first wife Annie Aletha McKnew Hay (1869-1938) who had also died in Bradenton and was buried at Washington Memorial Park Cemetery (now known as George Washington Cemetery and Mausoleum, in Adelphia,MD also listed as in Hyattsville).

Also nearby in a neighboring plot are Oliver Perry and Mary Emily Hay's grandson (Robert and Alma's son): Donald Albert Hay (1912-1978) and his wife Eleanor Alma Dankenbring Hay (1913-1974).