One of the early settlers of the Carrick area. We are not absolutely sure of the first name, since the first letter of it is obliterated. “Jenny” is by far the most likely possibility. Here is Father Pitt’s transcription, which is partly speculative:
IN MEMORY OF JENNY O’NEAL who departed this life —— 20th, A.D. 1836 [Aged — years and —] months
Below, a black-and-white picture with a different camera.
The letters are formed very well, but here (as in many other early-settler tombstones) we see that marking out the inscription in advance was not part of the stonecutter’s method. He runs out of space for the name of the deceased, and then again on the next line for the name of the town Canonsburgh (which we no longer spell with an H). He also left out the R in “MEMORY,” and the heading SACRED to the IN MEMOY OF is very decorative but grammatically nonsense.
This transcription preserves the eccentric spelling of the original:
SACRED to the IN MEMOY OF
ROBERT PATTERSON Merchant of Canonsburgh Who departed this life January 31st A. D. 1833 in the 29th year of his age
He was a man of temperance and moral habits as a man of buissness he was unrivell’d as a friend he was truly candid and sincere as a husband and parent [he was] kind & affec[tionate]
Father Pitt took this picture in 1999 with an Argus C3. The Chartiers Hill Cemetery is notable for interesting epitaphs.
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.