Nan's story tells of the passing of two of Anne Hoey's boys. I always found this part of the story heartbreaking; I would think of each Christmas (I still do now) and wonder how the family ever came through such a horrific experience.
"There were two boys, Stephen (named for Anne's brother) and John born between 1860 and 1865. They had been given ice skates for Christmas and John fell in the pond while trying them out for the first time. Stephen tried to rescue him and when they were pulled out, they were tightly wrapped in each others arms ."
I have tried to find more detail on this accident and death - I found an entry in Manhattan Bodies in Transit -- for a John Nolan - who was reported drowned on March 8, 1869. His death was reported by John Nolan. According to this coroner's report, John is buried in Calvary Cemetery. My grandmother's story notes that a baby who died - Thomas - is also buried in Calvary.
Stephen's body was not registered; I am wondering if this means that they did not find his body after all?
I found an entry in the March 17 1869 Daily Item (Port Chester's newspaper) mentioning the death of John Nolan - age 6. His death date is given as February 8. The entry does not mention a drowning and there are no articles in preceding issues about an accident or a drowning. These dates match with the coroners report mentioned above so I think this is perhaps the death notice for John Jr.