Winsted On a Whim

On Labor Day, I made a trip out to Winsted to go walk through some cemeteries.  I knew that I had some family buried in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, but I didn’t really plan or make a list of the people I wanted to find.  I just kind of went for it.  And I found that there are a crap ton of Cafferty’s buried in that cemetery!  I took photos of all of the Cafferty stones that I could find; I think I must have some sort of connection to some or all of them, I just don’t know how, yet. So for now, I’m just working on throwing them all up on findagrave.com, since none of them were on there.  Hopefully that will help somebody out.

While there, I was also reminded that my grandmother (my father’s mother), Anna Clara (Mochinske) Maguire is buried there. I was only 12 when she died in 1996, and I don’t remember her funeral at all – I must have gone, though? I don’t think I even really have any memories of her, as a person.  (TODO: get over stupid anxiety about talking to extended family, stop being lazy, and interview some living people.)

Buried along with her were her parents, my great grandparents, Waddick Mochinske & Helen (Grzasewicz) Mochinske.  And even more, Waddick’s father, my 2nd great grandfather, Lawrence Mochinski, as well as some other grand and great grand uncles. One day when I’m as obsessed with my Polish side as I currently am with my Irish side, I’ll be more excited about these finds. Or maybe not, because they haven’t been as difficult to track down as dear Anthony.

When I was done at Holy Trinity, I drove south and then west in search of another similarly-named cemetery: Old Holy Trinity Cemetery. I really had no idea if any of my relatives were buried there; but I thought I would check, since I was out there.  But, I still don’t know if any of my relatives are buried there, because I couldn’t find the cemetery. I see now that Google Maps has the cemetery sitting in the middle of nowhere, with no roads leading to it.  I think I would have to trespass on country folks’ properties in order to get to it. Maybe another time…

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