Wilkins Mausoleum, Homewood Cemetery


Wilkins mausoleum

Of all the mausoleums in Pittsburgh, this is the one that most deserves the name. It is a kind of scale model of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the tomb of King Mausolus, which gave its name to all other freestanding above-ground tombs. The Wilkins family, early and influential settlers, lived at Homewood, the estate that later became this cemetery; and their mausoleum commemorates generations of Wilkinses past. Because the inscriptions vary in style, old Pa Pitt speculates that they duplicate inscriptions originally cut in old tombstones.

Wilkins mausoleum
Inscription

WILLIAM WILKINS
BORN IN CARLISLE, PA.
DEC. XX A. D. MDDCCLXXIX
DIED AT HOMEWOOD
ON THE XXIII DAY OF
JUNE A. D. MDCCCLXV.

MATILDA DALLAS WILKINS
BORN IN PHILADELPHIA
NOV. XXIII A. D. MDCCXCVIII
DIED IN PHILADELPHIA
DEC. XXVIII A. D. MDCCCLXXXI

Inscription

CATHRINE HOLES WILKINS
(& INFANT DAUGHTER)
WIFE OF
WILLIAM WILKINS.
BORN 26TH OF DEC. 1788
DIED 31ST OF JULY 1816.

RACHEL HOLLINGSWORTH,
SISTER OF WM. WILKINS
& WIFE OF
JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH, ESQ.
BORN IN CARLISLE,
JUNE 21ST, 1769.
DIED IN PITTSBURGH,
SEPT. 8TH, 1844

Inscription

IN MEMORY OF
A. J. DALLAS WILKINS,
BELOVED SON OF WILLIAM
& MATILDA WILKINS.
DIED THE 28TH OF JULY 1834,
IN THE 13TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.

Inscription

BREVET MAJOR
JOHN SANDERS,
UNITED STATES ENGINEERS U.S.A.
BORN AT LEXINGTON, KY.
MAR. 12TH 1810.
DIED AT FORT DELAWARE
JULY 29TH, 1858.

Wilkins mausoleum

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.