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McGovern Cemetery
Overton, PA

July 09, 2001 Contributed by Elaine Frey
Note: Located just outside Overton, Bradford County, PA. This cemetery is another sad story in the way stones have disappeared and been let go to the point that they are almost unreadable. There were four tall monuments (I think) and just a few stones. I tried to get everything that was readable and had to work hard for a couple of them. Here is my best effort.


O'Neill, Daniel born 1801 - died 1881 on the same stone
O'Neill, Bridget born 1816 - died 1858 on the back of the stone
O'Neill-- new stone erected by great great grandson, John F. O'neill - 1977. Note: Right beside it is the old stone for Bridget

Harden Monument:

Harden, Bridget - died August 24, 1877 - Aged 49 years. Daughter of Edward
Margarett McGovern - Wife of Thomas Harden
McGovern, Thomas - March 17, 1822 - Oct. 15, 1844 (Ireland)
McGovern, Margarett R. - died March 14, 1844 - Aged 22 years. daughter of Thomas and Bridget Harden.
McGovern, Mary - died Aug. 27, 1867 - aged 6 weeks

McGovern Monument

McGovern, Edward - Born in the County Gavin, Ireland 1799
"Emigrated to the United States 1833. Was among the first Catholic pioneers of the Region - 1842. Died in the Lord April 1, 1876. A Loving husband, A fond father, A kind neighbor and a devout Catholic. Requiescat in Pace."
Editor's Note: In St. Basil's, Dushore, PA, During 100 Years: 1838-1938, the author, Reverend Francis E. Tourscher, OSA, reports the full original inscirption on this stone and the significance of its location:

In the Cemetery plot where the Chapel stood on the McGovern farm, is a granite block monument. On this block is the following inscription: Edward McGovern born in County Cavan, Ireland, 1799. Emigrated to the United States in 1833. Was among the first Catholic pioneers of this region in 1842.--Died in the Lord April 7, 1876. A loving husband, a fond father, a kind neighbor, a devout Catholic. Requiescat in Pace. On this same block are also the names of Mary Conmey, wife of Edward McGovern, died April 5, 1868, and Patrick McGovern, son of Edward, died May 8, 1893 (Footnote 12).
McGovern, Francis - Son of Edward & Margaret McGovern. died March 17, 1844 in the 6th year of his age. Note: There was a second stone for Francis leaning against the monument.
McGovern, Anne - Daughter of Edward and Margaret McGovern, died in Lancaster, PA, Dec. 29, 1912. Aged 71 years.
McGovern, Patrick - Son of the late Edward and Margaret McGovern. Died May 8th, 1893. Aged 67 years.
Mcgovern, Margaret - Consort of Edward McGovern. Born in County Fermanagh, Ireland. 1799. Died April 5th 1888. "She was a lady of strong Faith and sterling virtues, a kind neighbor, a devoted wife and mother. She left her children a legacy of a bright example."

Coggins, Bridget - died Dec. 1, 1862 -Aged 19 yrs 6 mo (?) Daughter of Thomas and Mary Cogans
Cogans, Mary - died Oct. 9, 1855 - aged 40 years. Wife of Thomas Cogans
"A native of the parish of Killglass Co. of Sligo Ireland. Requiescent in Pace."
Coggins, Cathar----- died Dec. 4, 1862 - Age 23 yrs 3 mo (?) Daughter of Thomas and Mary Coggins.
Note: There was a stone face down in the ground. My guess is that it was Thomas Cogans/Coggins' stone
Broken stone - No Name - Aged 10 mo, 11 days - May her soul rest in peace. Amen
Nagle (?), Mary - wife of Patrick Nagle (?). and Daughter of Thomas Coggin: Age 25 years 9 months 20 days. July 20, 1860.

Andrews, John M. died August 12, 1850

O'Brien Monument

O'Brien, Jennie A. - died Jan. 4, 1883 - aged 3 yr 8 mo 14 da
O'Brien, Alice L. - died Jan. 20, 1883 - aged 2 yr 4 mo 24 da
O'Brien, John J. - died Jan. 16, 1883 - aged 10 yr 8 mo
O'Brien, Daniel T. - died Jan 18, 1883 - aged 6 yr 2 mo 13 da
Children of D. F. and Kate O'Brien

Conmey Monument

Conmey, John - died Feb. 26, 1889 - aged 82 years
A native of Castle Connor Co. Sligo, Ireland
Jane - Died Oct. 5, 1894 - aged 78 years - wife of John, a native of Droheda, Ireland
Editor's Note: Jane's last name is known to have been Flannagan from other sources. Also, she was the second wife of John Conmey, whose first wife, surnamed McAuley, died young.--Bob Sweeney

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