Category: Chartiers Cemetery

  • Bell Obelisk, Chartiers Cemetery

    Bell obelisk

    A marble obelisk for a family of early settlers in the Chartiers Valley, where the family has taken full advantage of all the surfaces offered for inscription. The cemetery opened in 1861, so it is probable that family members who died before then have not been interred here, but are remembered here as part of family tradition.

  • Stewart Monument, Chartiers Cemetery

    Stewart monument

    A typical zinc monument in most respects, except that it bears no inscriptions other than the name “STEWART” on the base. Instead, the various Stewarts have individual stone markers. Since one of the attractions of a zinc monument was that it could bear a number of inscriptions, thus saving the expense of individual markers, we suspect that there may have been a Stewart family argument over the Stewart family plot.

    Stewart monument
  • Gormley Shaft, Chartiers Cemetery

    Gormley family plot

    This truly monumental monument is the tallest private memorial in the cemetery; only the Civil War monument is taller. It is nevertheless a monument-dealer’s stock item; an identical monument can be found in Allegheny Cemetery. It marks the family plot of the Gormleys, whose patriarch was named James for several generations, until the last James Gormley was finally buried under the epitaph “THE LAST OF THE LINE.”

    Gormley family plot
    Gormley monument
  • August and Rosa Abbott Monuments, Chartiers Cemetery

    August and Rosa Abbott Monuments

    A matched pair of monuments in a late version of the romantic style that was popular in the middle 1800s. August Abbott was born in Saxony, but his inscription is in English, suggesting that his family—unlike many German immigrant families—Americanized in one generation.

    August Aboott Inscription
    Rosa Abbott inscription

    The monuments are signed by the stonecutters, and the signatures are different.

    August Abbott stonecutter’s mark

    Boggs & Lindsey, if we read correctly.

    Rosa Abbott stonecutter’s mark

    Alex. Boggs—again if we read correctly. Perhaps Lindsey retired or died.

  • Sheraden Monument, Chartiers Cemetery

    Sheraden monument

    William Sheraden was the founder of the Sheraden borough that later became the Sheraden neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We have featured this monument before, but not with such fine fall colors in the background.