i stopped at the St Mary's cemetery in Haydenville and found my 2nd great grandparents headstone. As I was looking at it, I found two names on the back that I didn't recognize. A William and George Healey. A little searching on ancestry.com
and I found them as 'wards of the state' and boarding at a house in Williamsburg. I asked a friend to help me out and I was surprised at what info I received.
It appears that they became foster children of my great grand uncle and his wife. They lived with them for many years and eventually moved out on their own. But then I got a real shock when I read some of the newspaper articles that were forwarded to me. It turns out that George Healey was murdered along with two others in Easthampton in 1977.
He was a boarding at a house in Easthampton when the landlords son appeared and killed the mother, daughter and George. A niece of the assailant survived the attack. The son was eventually tried and convicted.
I remember the murders, but never knew there was a family connection.