Venerable Fr. Tolton’s grandmother is at rest in an old Catholic cemetery in Kentucky

November 13, 2023 | The Catholic Missourian

On a wintry January day at the old St. Theresa Cemetery in rural Meade County, Janice Mulligan laid a simple wreath of magnolia leaves on the grave of Matilda (Hurd) Chisley — a woman who spent her life in slavery and whose grandson is now a saint in the making.

Matilda, who died in 1836 at age 30, was enslaved on a farm belonging to John Henry Manning.

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