Hoping to do a "reverse search" with a gravestone inscription

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A parish researcher in Co. L/Derry, Ireland found a gravestone inscription, which I believe is that of my mother's family. However, he could not tell me where the cemetery is located, in which the stone is found. My mother's family was from nearby in Co. Antrim. Was wondering if someone might be skilled enough to find the location of the gravestone. The inscription reads ...

ERECTED BY MARGRET JUNKIN, U.S.A. IN MEMORY OF HER FATHER JAMES JUNKIN, DIED 2ND FEB. 1872, AGED 49 YEARS. AND HER MOTHER, MARGARET, DIED 3RD DEC. 1886, AGED 76 YEARS. ALSO HER SISTER, MARY, DIED 27TH DEC. 1932, AGED 76 YEARS.
WikiTree profile: James Junkin
asked ago in Genealogy Help by George William Haas G2G1 (1.4k points)
edited ago by George William Haas

https://www.gravestonephotos.com/search/az.php?letter=J

I tried searching this website but did not find any Junkin surnames.

4 Answers

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Hi George! How tantalizing!

Maybe this will help, or somewhere else in this site: http://www.rootsireland.ie/ifhf/generic.php?filename=sources.tpl&selectedMenu=sources#gravestone

I tried a straight text search in Google, and I tried FindAGrave, but neither produced any results.

Best of luck!

Shirlea
answered ago by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Mach 5 (51.2k points)
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It appears he may have died in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Here is a record from Ancestry from the Ireland Civil Registration Death Index: 

Name: James Junken
Estimated birth year: abt 1823
Date of Registration: 1872
Death Age: 49
Registration district: Ballymena
Volume: 1
Page: 128
FHL Film Number: 101586

 

Emerald Ancestors has a record that shows a Margaret Ballantine married James (not shown) in 1850 in Antrium. I searched with his last name but nothing came up, so perhaps it is not a record for them. The date seems to work, though. I do not have a membership to Emerald Ancestors so I can't see all the details.

answered ago by S Willson G2G6 Mach 9 (96.6k points)
His last name is also found spelled as Junkin in his son, Joseph's death certificate from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 1940. The death cert gives both James Junkin and Margaret Ballantine's names as his parents.
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Have you ever tried searching for a grave by using Google images?  You could Google "The name" grave , headstone, 1765 etc.

 I've had a bit of luck with this
answered ago by Anne X G2G5 (5.5k points)
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Sounds like the memorial inscription was either created in 1932 or added to in 1932 with the passing of Mary.

Maybe it is located in the cemetery where Mary is buried.  Do we know where her passing occurred or where she is buried?

As far as that goes, do we know where Margaret is buried?
answered ago by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Mach 5 (51.2k points)

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