Styles Funeral Home at 507 Fourth Street in South Troy was
opened by Thomas A. Styles in 1909. Thomas Augustus Styles
was born in Troy on January 14, 1884 to William Styles and
Kate Keyes. His father William was an Irish immigrant and
a "puddler" in an iron foundry, and his mother
Kate Keyes was the daughter of Irish immigrants.
William Styles died December 1, 1895 at the age of 45 when
Thomas was age 11. Perhaps because of his father's early
death, Thomas left school after finishing eighth grade at
St. Joseph's Academy in 1898 to work at the Troy Laundry
at the age of fourteen. In 1900, seventeen year old Thomas
was an apprentice carpenter. At twenty years old in 1904
Thomas went to New York City to learn the undertaking profession
which led to his opening his own Funeral Home in 1909.
On June 2, 1907, Thomas Styles married “Mamie”
Mary Agnes Fox and they had four children, Marion Catherine,
Thomas, Edward and William. Two of the sons, Thomas and
William, follow their father into the funeral business.
Styles Sr. and his wife "Mamie" Fox Styles
Augustus Styles died in 1949, having operated the funeral
home for 40 years. The following quotation from the book,
Prominent Citizens of Troy and Rensselaer County, published
in 1925, indicates how esteemed Mr. Styles was in the local
community - In the duty of caring for the dead, Thomas
Augustus Styles, of Troy, New York, serves the people of
Rensselaer county in a professional way and through his
genial spirit and deep appreciation of the ethics, as well
as the responsibilities of his work, has won his way to
a position of the highest esteem among people of this section.
The family incorporated the funeral home then as the Thomas
A. Styles’ Sons, Inc. Funeral Home. Tommy Styles went
on to become the Rensselaer County coroner, while William
Styles primarily operated the funeral home. In 1960 the
Styles family purchased a house on Pawling Avenue which
they then had moved across the street and established as
a second branch of the funeral home at 498 Pawling Avenue.
Styles Brothers - William and Thomas
Fourth Street Styles location closed in 1975 and the Pawling
Avenue location closed in 2001.
After Thomas Styles died in 1974, his son also named Thomas,
took over running the funeral homes for the next 26 years.
A special thanks goes to Thomas, Jr., for bringing these
interment books to the attention of the Troy Irish Genealogy
Society and allowing us to transcribe the records and post
them on the TIGS website.
Genealogy researchers will find lots of useful information
in these records. Many of the individual records will show
the following details: