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Death Certificate of Eugene Grace

This is the front of the death certificate for my great-grandfather, Eugene Grace.  His occupation is given as motorman, birthplace is given as Vermont, name of mother is Catherine Travers, name of father is Edward Grace.  The cause of death is given as Pulmonary Tuberculosis, place of burial is Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY.

It also states that he went into the hospital on July 27, which means he died after spending 16 days in City Hospital.

Death Certificate, side 2

This is the second side of the certificate, stating that his wife’s name is Anna Grace.  All of this information is already known, it just reaffirms that this is the death certificate for the right person.

The address of Eugene and Anna and their family was 306 East 83rd St.  Here’s a photo of the building.  The dark gray one in the middle has the 306 on the door.   That’s where my grandfather lived from the time he was born until he was 3.

And here’s a google map link to the same address.


On January 14, 1917, Eugen Grace was married to Anna J. Canning at St. Monica’s Church in Manhattan.

Anna was born in Athenry, Galway on 29 October 1892, the daughter of Murty Canning and Theresa Quinn. 

She arrived in Boston on October 26, 1911 at the age of 19 years from Queenstown, Ireland on a ship named Ivernia.  On the ship’s manifest she lists her closest relative in Ireland as her father, Murty.

We don’t know how her path crossed with that of Eugene Grace, but by the time she was 24 years old, the two were married.  They lived together in a Manhattan apartment at 306 East 83rd Street.

As of 1918, Eugene was a ship fitter’s helper at the Standard Shipbuilding Corp. on Staten Island.  By the 1920 census he lists himself as employed by the BRF railroad as a laborer. 

This may be the time when he a conductor for one of the trolleys that travelled over the Queensborough bridge. 

Queensborough bridge trolley:


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