Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery
From Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society
A brief history as told by Mr. George Steiner, a parishioner, and a member of DANK, a German-American group:
"Concord Presbyterian Cemetery is one of many located along Brownsville Road. At the time it was founded (probably in the 1840s, judging from some of the stones) only a few farms existed in the Carrick area. Most of the population lived in Birmingham (South Side). The families buried in the cemetery gave their names to many of the streets in the Carrick/Knoxville area, eg, Nobles Lane, Stewart Street."
"The cemetery was vandalized a number of years ago. (You can see the repairs that had to be made to erect the stones after they were knocked over.) It's possible some of the stones are not in their original locations. The rear section of the cemetery is filled in by broken gravestones. You can see partial names, dates, etc."
Among other famous Carrick residents it was also the burial site of John Maugridge Snowden, mayor of Pittsburgh 1825-1829 and namesake of Snowden Township, later renamed South Park Township.
The following information was supplied by John L. Snowden:
My name is John L. Snowden. My Great-Great-Great-Greatgrandfather is buried at the Concord Presbyterian Church. My father Don added a maker there a few years ago.
Title: Centennial volume of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, PA., 1784-1884. Imprint: Pittsburgh : Wm. G. Johnston & Co., Printers, 1884. Physical Extent: 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. This book may be found on line at: Link to Centennial volume of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, PA., 1784-1884.
From pages 200- 203
SOME EMINENT ELDERS OF THE FIRST CHURCH
The Rev. Dr. James Allison, a member of the First Church during his course of study at the Theological Seminary, and who has good reason for continuing his interest perpetually, in view of the excellent life companion he found there, (a daughter of that most useful elder and admirable citizen, Judge Snowden,) and who worshiped with the church during some years after he became editor of the Presbyterian Banner, appeared with the greatest propriety in the pulpit he had so well known during the last two pastorates and a portion of Dr. Herron's and which he has been always so ready to assist every good work, to aid the occasion with the admirable paper which follows:
The duty of preparing brief sketches of the lives and characters and labors the three elders of this church, has been assigned to me. Each one of them had a marked individuality Each one of them occupied a sphere in life, different from the one occupied by the other two; but they were, alike in the estimation in which they, were held by the people, in their attachment this church and in their love to the King and Head of the Church Universal: and their memories are precious heritages, not only to this church, but also to this community, and should carefully preserved for the benefit of those who are to succeed, the present generation.
JOHN MAUGRIDGE SNOWDEN
The oldest of them in age and the first one of them connected with this church, was the Hon. John Maugridge Snowden. Shortly after the first settlement of Virginia, a large family, by the name of Snowden came to that colony. The Snowdens of New York and Pennsylvania are descended from the Snowdens who came from Virginia about the year 1663. William Snowden who was the great ancestor of John M. Snowden, owned land in what is now Philadelphia in 1669, thirteen years before arrival of William Penn. His son, John Snowden, was born there in 1685, and was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian Church of that city. Isaac Snowden son of John, was one of the founders of the Second Presbyterian Church of the same city.
John Maugridge Snowden, better known as John M. Snowden, was born in Philadelphia, in 1776. His father (William Snowden) was a sea captain, and entered the service, of the Continental Congress at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, was captured by British, and died in one of the "prison ships." His mother was a woman of wonderful energy, of a high order of intelligence, great force of character, and most ardently devoted the cause of American Independence. Not only did she assume the support of her three sons and two daughters, disdaining to receive assistance from her Tory relations on the side of her parents, but she performed a difficult and dangerous part that her country, for which her husband bad died, might be free. She was the trusted friend of General Washington, and from her he received, by means of trusted messengers, his knowledge from time to time, of the numbers and operations of the British while they held Philadelphia.
In early life, John M. Snowden was apprenticed to the celebrated Mathew Carey, to learn the "art and mystery of printing." And the influence of Mr. Carey was felt by his apprentice during his entire. after-life. Mr. Snowden's first, venture on his own account, was in the establishment of a newspaper in connection with his brother-in-law, Mr McCorkel, at Chambersburgh, in this State. But in 1798 they removed to Greensburg, Westmoreland county, where they published "The Farmers Register,' the first newspaper in west after the Pittsburgh Gazette. It acquired a large circulation and wielded great political influence. Here he united with the Presbyterian Church, of which Rev. William Speer, father of the venerable and beloved Dr. James R. Speer, of this city, was then pastor While in Greensburg, he, married Elizabeth Moor, daughter the Hon. John Moor the first President Judge of Western Pennsylvania, and who was one of the leaders in the organization and defense of Pennsylvania at the time of separation from Great Britain. She was in every way fitted to be the wife such a man. Her death took place December 2, 1860.
In 1811, Mr. Snowden removed to Pittsburgh, purchased the Commonwealth newspaper, from Ephraim Pentland, and changed the name to the Mercury, the office of which was at first on Market street, between Third and Fourth streets, and afterwards on Liberty street, near the head of Wood. He continued to be editor of this paper, which was widely circulated and exerted great power upon the public mind, until 1831. In the meantime he published a number of valuable works, and had a large store. By means of the press his sale of books, his social relations, his undoubted integrity, his interest in public affairs and his activity in every good work, he was widely known and recognized as one of the leading citizens of the State of Pennsylvania. He was of medium stature, lithe physical structure, quick in perception and decided in action.
Coming to Pittsburgh about the time that Dr. Herron took charge of this church, he united with it and afterwards was elected one of its elders (in 1812.) He was strongly attached to his pastor, and his pastor set a high estimate upon his sound of judgment and devout piety. The early history of this church was written by Mr. Snowden, and is still in existence. When Pittsburgh obtained a City Charter he was elected an Alderman. He was a Director of the Bank of Pittsburgh, Recorder of Deeds under the administration of Gov. Wolf, Mayor of this city in 1825, '26 and '27, and Clerk of the Orphans' Court.
His close habits of study, his long and varied experience,his broad common sense, and his judicial mind, fitted him, in a remarkable degree, for the important duties devolving upon him when he became Associate Judge with the Hon. Benjamin Patton. He was appointed April 16th, 1840, recommissioned March 31st, 1841, and held the office at the time of his death. While or bench he received high commendations from the public and from the Bar. On more than one occasion be differed with the President Judge as to the law, and so expressed himself to the jury, as he had a right to do. Several times he exhibited an acquaintance with the principles of common law, also of statutory law, which surprised old and learned attorneys. When one of the most intricate and important cases ever tried in this county was pending, the attorneys on both sides agreed, if the President Judge, would retire, to go on with the trial before, A ssociate Judge Snowden. The President Judge left the bench, and Judge Snowden tried the case in a way that elicited the highest admiration and the profoundest respect.
Mr. Snowden stood high in favor with General Jackson. He had recommended a gentleman to President Jackson for an important office. Shortly afterwards a friend of another applicant for the same office appeared before the President and denounced the man recommended by Mr. Snowden, as being utterly unfit for the place. Old Hickory, with eyes Flashing fire, roared out: "How dare you say that? Do you think John M. Snowden would recommend a man unfit for the position? No, never by the eternal!" Mr. Snowden's man got the office.
On the 2d of April, 1845, Mr. Snowden died suddenly of disease of the heart. Years before he had been told by his physicians that his death would be sudden and that it might occur at any time. When the Summons came he was ready to obey, The Pittsburgh Post, of April 3d, 1845, said: "There can be no move evidence of the high estimation in which Judge Snowden was held, than the deep and general concern which is manifested at his death by all manner of persons. Every one seemed to feel that his departure had left a void that cannot be filled. To family and friends, it is useless to say the loss is irreparable."
"Mr. Snowden--a man of strong mind and judgment in all things, worldly and spiritual, was considered a great acquisition to the eldership. I have often heard my father speak of the efficiency of Mr. Snowden and, Mr. Denny, in church courts especially." (Mrs. Smith April,1882.)
This picture is the property of The Snowden Family Collection, and may be used for any non profit purpose if you site the source as The Snowden Family Collection.
(Footnote: This is from Susan Lloyd Rutledge Johnson:
"In some places John M. Snowden's middle name is listed as Maugridge and in others as Morgridge.
I am a descendant of the Hon. John M. Snowden as follows: John Maugridge Snowden's daughter Nancy Snowden married Robbert Robb, Esq. Their son John Maugridge Snowden Robb is my great-grandfather. We have always spelled the middle name as Maugridge and I have only seen it spelled Morgridge on a couple of web sites that speak of the Hon. John M. Snowden. I believe the spelling "Morgridge" to be incorrect."
I have corrected this as suggested by Ms. Johnson.)
John M. Snowden
Details of the Concord Cemetery
Concord Presbyterian Church is located at 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. The church was established June 19, 1832. The original church was moved to the rear of the property when the new church was built in 1885. The old church was used as the first Carrick grade school. The new church was used until the present church was built in 1915. The cemetery is located next to the church. The Veterans Survey of Cemeteries, a WPA project in 1935, listed the cemetery as having 200 graves and 15 veterans graves.
This reading is a compilation of several done in 1992 by Mary Grace Denk, Betty Felix, and Nancy Long. It was reviewed by a return visit to the cemetery in 1999 by Jeanne Will and Nancy Long. Many of the stones are illegible and appear to have repaired and placed in rows, not necessarily in the order of the original burial. For this reason, this list has been placed in alphabetical order.
Notes in parentheses are either comments or questionable dates.
Entries marked ** are taken in whole or in part from Allegheny County Cemetery Records, Vol 1, compiled by Mrs. David A. Scott, Chairman, D.A.R., Jan 1965.
Posted: June 4, 2009 Last Update: June 4, 2009
SURNAME, FIRST NAME, BIRTHDATE, DEATH DATE, OTHER
AMBLER, Abram, Born Yorkshire England, April 18, 1819, Died June 11, 1856
AMBLER, Ann, 1816–1876, Mother
AMBLER, Samuel L., 1848-1879, Brother
BARNES, Hannah, Died Apr 29, 1885 in her 77th year (shares stone and inscription with John Barnes)
BARNES, John, Died Apr 9, 1885 in his 84th year. “It doth not yet appear that we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (Inscription on stone for John Barnes and Hannah Barnes)
BEGGS, Margery, wife of Reuben Beggs, Born Nov 2, 1830, Died Feb 2, 1875
BEGGS, Nancy, wife of Reuben Beggs, Born 1812, Died April 30, 1868, Aged 56 years
BELTZHOOVER, Hetty T., Born May 18, 182(?), Died May 20, 1889 (shares stone with Silas, Elizabeth and Caroline Pryor) (photo)
BENNETT, Catherine, wife of Daniel Bennett, Born in England, Dec 2, 1818, Died Jan 22, 1853
BENNETT, Daniel, April 12, 1815, April 6, 1892, Father
BENNETT, James, Born May 13, 1812, Died July 30, 1862, Aged 50 years, 2 months & 17 days (photo)
BENNETT, James, Died March 17, 186(?) (could be 1861)
BENNETT, Mary, wife of Thomas J. Bennett, Born July 22, 1812, Died May 6, 18(?)
BENNETT, Phebe, July 2, 1822-Nov 7, 1897
BENNETT, William, Born Oct 16, 1849, Died Apr 29, 1885
BRAUFF, Jonathan, 1801-1890 (photo)
BRAUFF, Levena M., 1808-1875
BRAUFF, unknown/illegible (photo)
BRAUFF, William M., Born Feb 28, 1826, Died Nov 16, 1862 (photo)
BRAWDY, John, 1780-1857**
BRIGGS, ______, 1857-Aug 1880
BRIGGS, Ann, born in England in Hatla 1793, Died Jan 14, 1854, Mother (shares marker with William Briggs)
BRIGGS, Edwin Theodore, Born Jan 17th, Died Jan 20, 1860
BRIGGS, John Harry, S of M & C S Briggs, Died Nov 26, 1863 aged 6 years 2 mos & 20 days (Engraver name on botton of marker – J.H. Stuart, Birmingham)
BRIGGS, William, Born in England in Yorkshire 1795, Died Dec 6, 1870, Father (shares marker with Ann Briggs)
BRINDLE, Sarah, Died Sept 30, 1850, Aged 65 yrs 6 mos 3 days, wife of Peter Brindle, Sr.
BURGESS, Harriett, wife of George Burgess, Born Dec 12th, 1803, Died Dec 4th, 1877
BURGESS, SR., George, Born Apr 29, 1796, Died Aug 23, 1874
COWAN, John, born Feb 22, 1810, Died June 14, 1883, Aged 73 years 3 mos 20 days, Father (Engraver A Beggs & Son, Allegheny) (shares marker with Louisa E. Cowan) (photo)
COWAN, Louisa E., Born July 30, 1815, Died May 11, 1883, Aged 68 years 9 mos 11 days (Engraver A Beggs & Son, Allegheny) (shares marker with John Cowan) (photo)
COWAN, Margaret, wife of W. Cowan, died 1854 in the 19 year of her age
COWAN, Sarah E., June 11, 1843, Sep 23, 1927 (photo)
COWAN, William, Nov 9, 1805, Aug 23, 1883, Father (photo)
DORAN, Mary, Wife of Danis Doran, Died April 20, 1850 in the 28 year of her age (Engraver J. H. Stuart)
FLOYD, Jane, wife of Benj Floyd, Born in England Feb 1, 1822, Died Jan 6, 1853
GOODWIN, Milesent, wife of Thomas Goodwin, ___of_____England, born July 12, 1787, Died Aug 23, 1862
(H)ARRIS, J.D., Co F, 18th PA Cav, GAR Marker
JACOBS, Elizabeth (shares marker with Daniel (OE)CELL
KELLER, Catharine, Our Mother, Died Sept 23, 1862 in the 77 year of her age KELLER, John
KELLY, James M., aged 26 years
KENNEDY, _______, 1839
KENNEDY, Ann E., wife of Isaac Kennedy, Born Dec 10, 180(?), Died Mar 10, 187 (?), (shares marker with Isaac Kennedy)
KENNEDY, Isaac, Born March 6, 1806, Died Dec 11, 18(?) (shares marker with Ann E. Kennedy)
LAFFERTY, Ann, Died May 22, 1824**
LAFFERTY, James, Died August 21, 1832, aged 67 yrs**
LEONARD, John, Died June 18, 1812, aged 58 yrs**
LEWIS, Elizabeth, Consort of William Lewis, Died May 26, 1848, Aged 61 years (photo)
LINHART, Catherine, Died Feb 4, 1868, aged 97 yrs, Mother (shares marker with Jacob Linhart) (photo)
LINHART, Jacob, Died Dec 14, 1844, aged 71 yrs 2 mo 20 days, Father (shares marker with Catherine Linhart) (photo)
LONGDEN, Hannah Elizabeth, Born Aug 8, 1859, Died Sept 29, 1860
McCLEARY, James, 1835-1902, Father
McCLEARY, James, Died March 9, 1839, in the 80 year of his age
McGIBNEY, Elizabeth W., wife of Ross McGibney, Died June 2, 1868 in the 36 (or 26) year of her life
McKEE, Robert, Died June 9, 1848**
McKELLY, Alexandre, Died June 13, 1857, aged 80 years**
McLUCKIE, Susan, 1837-1913, Mother
MILLER, Sallie B., daughter of T.N. & S.W. Miller, Died June 12, 1861, aged 17 months 4 days
MONTOOTH, Jackson, Died July 22, 1877, in the 68th year of his age
MOORE, Margaret, Mar 1, 1830, Aug 27, 1872 (Large monument at front of cemetery, William Moore also on monument) (photo)
MOORE, William, May 23, 1819-Mar 5, 1899 (Large monument at front of cemetery, Margaret Moore also on monument) (photo)
NOBLE, John, Oct 27, 1822-May 11, 1884 (photo)
NOBLE, William, Born Jan 14, 1738, Died Feb 26, 1888, Father (Engraver named on stone - J H Stewart, Birmingham) (photo of 3 stones, John, William in middle, illegible Noble on right)
O’NEAL, Denny, In Memory of D O’Neal, departed this life, Died Sept 20, 1836, 31 yrs 10 mos 3 days** (photo)
(OE)CELL, Daniel, (shares marker with Elizabeth Jacobs)
OGDEN, John, Born October 21, 1802, Died January 18, 1859, Father
OGDEN, Louisa Iantha, daughter of J. W. & Mary E. Ogden, Born Dec 20, 1858, Died July 17, 1859 (lamb on top of stone)
OGDEN, Mary E., wife of J. W. Ogden, Born Oct 3, 1835, Died Dec 23, 1868 (photo) OGDEN, Mary, Born November 21, 1803, Died Jun 10, 1875, Mother
PHILLIPS, Children of J. & E. Phillips (double marker)
POLLOCK, (?), 18(?) – 18(?)
POLLOCK, David, Born May 17, 1795, Died April 24, 1876 “Strangers into life we come and dying is but going home”
POLLOCK, Elizabeth, wife of David Pollock, (rest of stone is illegible)
PRYOR, Caroline, their daughter, born April 1, 1834, Departed this life March 28, 1844 (shares marker with Silas D. Pryor, Elizabeth Pryor, & Hetty Beltzhoover) (photo)
PRYOR, Elizabeth, consort of Silas D. Pryor, Born Dec 10, 1795, Departed this life Mar 28, 1850 (Shares marker with Silas D. Pryor, Caroline Pryor, & Hetty Beltzhoover) (photo)
PRYOR, Silas D., Born August 11, 1792, Departed this life April 1, 1851 (shares marker with Elizabeth Pryor, Caroline Pryor & Hetty Beltzhoover) (photo)
REECE, Ephriam, Died Aug 30, 1866, Aged 25 yrs 2 mos & 6 days
SCOTT, Deborah, July 10, 1858, Aged 2 months & 29 days (shares marker with Margaret Stewart)
SNOWDEN, John M., In memory of the Hon. John M. Snowden who was born in the City of Philadelphia on the 13 day of January AD 1776 and who departed this life 2 day of April AD 1845. As a man he was honored and respected and revered as…………(illegible) (photos #1, #2)
STANFORD, Cordelia, daughter of Thomas & Jane Stanford, Died May 12, 18(51), Aged 16 yrs & 3 mos & 5 days “Beneath this stone sleeps the one who was our joy & pride, a flower that was lent to us, that budded, bloomed and died”
STANFORD, Thomas F., Born March 1, 1811, Died Nov 16, 1891 “All Is Well”
STEWART, Claudeth, consort of George Stewart, died April 9, 18(52)
STEWART, Elizabeth, Consort of George Stewart, Died April 9, 1857, Aged 81 years**
STEWART, Eugenia, dau of B.U. (?) & M.A. Stewart, Born May 22, Died Mar 7, 1888
STEWART, George, died December 27, 1846 aged 68 years**
STEWART, Margaret, wife of Samuel Stewart, Died April 26, 1858, aged 30 years “My wife and babe” (shares stone with Deborah Scott)
STEWART, Mary, Died Aug 5, 1868, aged 58 yrs 8 mos 11 days
STEWART, Robert, Died July _____
STEWART, Sarah, Born July 18, 1820, Died Jan 10, 1893, Our Mother, “At Rest”
WALLACE, Capt. Charles C., who died Feby 15, 1859, aged 27 years 3 months & 12 days
WALLACE, Grace L Bell, wife of Samuel Wallace, Died Aug 27, 1862 in the 66 year of her age, Mother
WILLETT, Orzilla, wife of Wm. Willett, Died Aug 31, 1866, aged 82 yrs, Mother WILLETT, Wm., Died July 25, 1896, aged 82 yrs, Father (beside marker for Orzilla Willett)
WILLIS, James J., Born Aug 20, 1874, Died May 7, 1877
WOODFORD, Jane, Born July (?), 18(?), Died March 1(3), 1871
_________, Jane, Died Jan 28, 1865
_________, Mary, Died 1854
_________, Mary, Died Nov 5, 1865, aged 58 yrs 8 mo 11 d
_________, Sarah, Died 1857
_________, Sidney, Private 2C Co B 77 Reg P.V.
SMALL MARKER STONES IN CEMETERY:
M.A.W. N.R. S.D. N.B. M.B. A.E.K. J.B.J. – A.O.J. (double small stone) M.S. E.P. J.J.W. G.B. C.L. J.L. J.O. M.O.