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J. D. Fallon & Son ledgers

Collection MS-2003-061: J. D. Fallon & Son ledgers


  • Creation: 1888 - 1943
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1907 - 1943

Scope and Contents

Consists of ledger books kept by the J. D. Fallon & Son Funderal Home, the bulk of which recorded specifics of each contracted funeral. Information about the deceased individuals, many of whom were of Irish descent, includes place of birth, parents names, occupation, cause of death, and place of internment, as well as details of the funeral arrangements. Additional ledgers include a general accounts book for the business and an early deeds delivery list.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note

J. D. Fallon & Son Funeral Home was originally established in 1875 by John D. Fallon (1847-1925) at 730 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He was later joined in business by his son George S. Fallon (1886-1953). After the deaths of both John and George, the funeral home was managed by George's wife Marguerite M. (Deschamps) Fallon and one of their daughters. In 1939 the business relocated from Centre to Greenough Avenue, where it remained in the family until Marguerite's retirement in 1976. She sold the business to Ronald West, who merged it with another longstanding Jamaica Plain funeral business, the Brady Funeral Home, to become the Brady & Fallon Funeral Home.


"About Us." Brady Fallon Funeral and Cremation Service website.

"Display Ad 11." Daily Boston Globe, October 22, 1939, p. B33.

"Marguerite M. Deschamps Fallon."

Massachusetts. “Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915.” “Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.” Database with images. 2016.

Massachusetts. Suffolk County. 1880-1940 U.S. census, population schedules. 2016.


6 Linear Feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



These ledgers document the work of J. D. Fallon & Son Funeral Home in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Funeral accounts include place of birth, parents' names, occupation, cause of death, place of internment, and details of the funeral arrangements for each of the deceased, many of whom were of Irish descent.


Arranged chronologically.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Related Materials

Thomas Murray family papers, MS.2000.017, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

J. D. Fallon & Son Ledgers
1888-1943 (bulk 1907-1943)
Lynn Moulton
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States