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Styles Funeral Home Records

507 Fourth Street
and
498 Pawling Avenue
Troy, New York

A Multi Volume Index of Burials Transcribed
From the Records of the Styles Funeral Home

Styles Funeral Home – 507 Fourth Street, Troy, NY

The 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.

Thomas Styles Sr. and his wife "Mamie" Fox Styles

Thomas 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.

The Styles Brothers - William and Thomas

The 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:

Age and Date of Death.
Home Address & Occupation.
Place of Birth.
Names of Father, Mother, Spouse Along With Their Place of Birth.
Where the Services Were Held. May identify the Home Parish.
Names of Newspapers Where Obituary Was Published.
Date of Birth On Some Entries in Book 3.

 

Book 1 - Styles Funeral Home Burials, 1909-1927

Book 2 - Styles Funeral Home Burials, 1927-1938

Book 3 - Styles Funeral Home Burials

 

 

 

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