On 30/06/2013, at 5:08 PM, Denis and Vicki Moran wrote:
On the left side of the grave the plaque says 'Mary Alice Medina
July 24th 1904, aged 16. Beneath that is Annie, mother of the above, died
April 21st 1940 aged 73.'
Medina is a Spanish surname.
Be aware that in Spanish speaking countries people use both their paternal and maternal
If Mary Alice was born in a latin american country (and possibly elsewhere) the above
would indicate that her father's surname was Medina and her mother's was Turner.
The practice make it very easy for geneologists.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez Fernandez marries Maria Lucia Perez Garcia
Maria keeps her full name - it does not change on marriage.
Jose Mateo Gonzalez Perez
Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez Perez
Still very very common in latin american cultures for the first born male to take his
father's name and the first born female her mother's.
If the parents are hardcore catholic, the first baby might be named Jose Maria (Joseph
Mary) no matter what gender it is.
Mary Alice could well have been born "Maria Alicia".
Just in case you have trouble locating her birth record.