|This is a
an article published May 1972, in the 'Keyhole', quarterly publication
of Southwestern Pennsylvania (GSSP). It was submitted by Joseph
[Ed Note: My Third
Grand Parents James and Jane Claffey are buried here.]
Go Southwest on Route 40 from
PA for 2.9 miles. Cemetery is situated
on the right side of
road enclosed with a cyclone fence.
In 1794, a Catholic pioneer named Henry Montague settled near West
PA. His home became a center for
Catholic pioneers and missionaries passing
through. Mass was offered up in this
chapel about the year 1811 by Father
O'Brian, the first stationary priest of
This is the first authentic account we
can obtain of the celebration of devine
in the county.
The old wagon Road from Washington D. C., to Wheeling, W. Va. and the
which occupied nearly the same bed as
present National Pike, was a route
sometimes taken by the early Catholic
to the West. This road passed
near the house of Mr. Montague. The
and illustrious Fenwick, afterwards the
first Bishop of Cincinnati, OH, passed
this route on his first missionary journey
into the then wilderness of OH in the
and unattended, stopped at the house of Henry Montague, held
devine service, ministered to the few
families around, and consecrated or
blessed a small plot of ground on the
of his host as burial place for the Catholics
scattered around. This is the oldest
of Catholicty in the county (Washington
Co, PA) Mr. Montague, his wife and
and a number of old Catholic settlers are
|1. Charles Coner
Died Sept. 1839
Age 6 Years
2. George Coner
1839 Age 4 Years
3. James Conway
28, 1831 Age 21 Yrs. 9 Mo 6 Days
4. Tully Conway
25, 1836 Age 70 Yrs.
5. Ann consort of Tulley Conway
Died Sept. 25, 1838, Age 58 Yrs.
Dec. A. D. 1837 Age 53 Yrs.
7. Robert Robison Died Sept
Age 72 Yrs.
8. Arthur Higgins Died Sept.
Age 65 Yrs.
9. William Higgins Died A. D. 1828
Yrs. & 9 Mos.
10. Henry Montague Died Sept. 11,
11. Rosanah Montague wife of
Died May 20, 1836, Age 80 Yrs.
12. Simon Montague Died June
Age 40 Years
13. Jane Cavannah A
Longford County, Ireland
Died July 10, 1824, age 63 Yrs.
14. Margaret Egan Died Aug,
1 Yr & 8 Mos.
[13 and 14 are
in same grave with an inscription across bottom of stone
near ground which says 'Stone erected by Laughlin Egan'
that he was father of baby and son-in-law of
Laughlin Egan was
married to Jane's daughter Mary Cavannah.
15. Jane wife of James Claffey
Died Nov. 15,
1844 No age
16 James Claffey Died
1837 age 65 Yrs.
Sept. 1839 Age 2 Yrs.
18. Martha NO LAST NAME Died Sept.
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