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Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Contributed by Patty Harris Aug. 2007


The following article was written by Bill Montgomery and was submitted by Patty Harris.

EAST FINLEY CEMETERY RESTORED
[Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, East Finley Twp.]
by Bill Montgomery
Weekly Recorder - November 8, 2002 page 3



The Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church was established about 1878-9 with 40 members, mostly from Old Concord Church. The cemetery is located one mile off Rte 232, northeast of the Old Bartholdi Post Office. There was also a store in this building at one time. Alexander and his son, Spencer, ran the store and post office. It is now know as Razz Thomasí Church of God East Finley Twp., Washington Co., PA.

Emaline Elliott (daughter of William and Nancy Elliott) married Alexander Montgomery. She was one of the two score members to go from the Concord Cumberland Presbyterian to organize the Fairview congregation. Spencer Montgomery was elected an elder of the church in the fall of 1908 and had attended but one meeting prior to being stricken with paralysis in Dec. of 1908, which resulted in his death. He died 2/28/1909. The first minister of the church was named Keener.

The burial ground was laid out in two different sections. A horse and buggy was able to drive up on the hill and in between the two burial grounds.

The church was still standing in September 1924, when the chairs were sold to the Fairmount Methodist Church. No one seems to know just when the church was torn down. The church was sold to William Andrew and he used some of the lumber to build a barn, which has since burned down. In 1919 some of the stones were used to build a base of the Peeís Bridge in East Finley township.

My wife and I along with a few volunteers, have been working to restore the cemetery. When we found it, quite a few of the stones had fallen and were turned over, making them impossible to read. The briars, weeds, vines, and bushes were taller than us. In the process of restoring, we found many stones just lying abount the brush. We have collected them and will display them in some type of dignified manner. Weíve poured concrete footers and reset the fallen stones, cut down trees and burned many, many piles of brush for three years, restoring the lower section of the cemetery to itís original state. There are a few things left to do and them itís time to start on the upper half of the cemetery.

The Cemetery was originally organized in 1877 with the following Board of Mangers: John Irwin, Robert & Sadie Bell, John Nelson Montgomery, Silas Montgomery, Spencer Montgomery, Henry Lindley.

In the year 2000 a new Board of Managers was established with the following members: William E and Lee Montgomery, Jay D. Albright, James Craig, Iona Montgomery Welling, Margaret R. Brownlee, Irma Jo Hall.

The following people are buried in the cemetery:

 

NAME WORDS INSCRIPTION BORN DIED COMMENTS
Catharine Montgomery  wife of Jesse, Sr. 3/19/1821  6/7/1861  
George Montgomery son of J&C 5/8/1857  11/27/1862  
Silas Montgomery son of J&C  2/11/1849  11/3/1876  
Infant Montgomery child of J&C - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4/22/1851  
Martha Irvin Montgomery wife of Jesse, Jr. 9/11/1864  3/25/1899   
(Jessie - 8/19/1859) is listed on the stone [above], but [she] remarried and is buried in the Prosperity Cemetery)         
Jessie Lenora Montgomery dtr of J&MI  11/24/1884 - - - - - - - - - - - - - (listed on parents stone, but buried in the state of California)
John Irvin Montgomery son of J&MI  10/17/1895 (same as sister) - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Horatio Nelson Towne     2/20/1909 age 79 years  
Sarah Towne Martin wife of A. Martin 4/7/1864  9/3/1890  
Mary J. Elliott    3/23/1852  5/21/1888  
Infant  son of SE & MJ Elliott  - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5/21/1883  
Alexander Montgomery   8/6/1825  5/25/1890  
Emaline Montgomery    3/24/1827  4/15/1910  
Caroline Keener    2/16/1861  10/1/1892  
Edith Grace Keener    6/24/1886  1/12/1892  
E.G. Alexander    6/8/1821  12/17/1895  
Hannah Alexander   6/24/1829  1/25/1895  
Elizabeth McKeak Whisson   9/28/1844  1/11/1917  
Joseph Whisson    1843 - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Abslom Ashbrook    11/26/1818  5/30/1898  
Sabine Ashbrook    1829  5/15/1906  
Mary M. Ashbrook   - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1880 25 yrs old  
Simon Ashbrook    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8/1/1883 37 yrs old  
William S. Gray    3/5/1858  2/14/1890  
Sarah S. Gray   6/19/1850    
Elsie Gray    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2/1890  
John C. Craig    1842  1916  
Hester A. Craig    1848  1923  
John Trimble    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7/12/1886  
J. S. Danley  (No other info) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Martha L. Danley    8/16/1850 - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Osco W. Danley    11/5/1870  8/11/1888  
Laura B. Danley   5/20/1883  6/28/1883  
John M. Elliott    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9/5/1809  
Mabel Elliott    5/30/1886  1/30/1892  
Jennie Elliott   12/29/1891  4/9/1895  
Elizabeth Elliott    1902  4/1/1903  
Della May Elliott    2/2/1906  9/12/1906  
Valentine Blakeway Elliott   7/17/1831  2/4/1905  
Nancy Dougall Elliott    8/11/1836  4/17/1911  
Elizabeth Elliott    6/15/1865  11/24/1881  
Martha Elliott    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3/9/1858  
Infant Elliott son of V&N (No further information) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Leona May   5/1/1897  8/23/1899 (Note from Webmaster: What was her surname?)
Warren Curry    1855  1924  
Alice Curry    1853  1933  
Olive D. Curry   1883  1894  
Sarah Curry    1830  1911  
Silas Montgomery   6/18/1830  8/27/1883  
Margaret M. Montgomery   5/7/1837  2/17/1902  
Elliott Wilson Montgomery    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9/15/1877  
James B. Montgomery    7/27/1856  9/13/1920  
Kate M. Montgomery    9/13/1859  8/28/1930  
Catherine Montgomery   2/20/1892 - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Silas Montgomery   6/22/1880  8/12/1902  
Ada L. Winget    12/19/1869 5/18/1901  
John Irvin    8/4/1835 3/6/1916  
Elizabeth A. Irvin    11/17/1842  2/2/1898  
Cad B. Irvin    6/16/1874  8/27/1882  
Johnie    12/15/1872 3/21/1873  
William M. Irvin   5/15/1862  8/7/1885  
Margaret Irvin    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1/24/1872  
John Irvin   - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10/31/1819  
James Irvin    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3/22/1856  
James Irvin   - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3/25/1836 8 days old (s. of James and Martha) 
Martha Irvin    - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10/11/1839  
Martha Irvin      12/25/1839 3 mo. Old (dtr of James and Martha) 
Elizabeth Irvin      10/31/1823  
Will M. Irvin  No further information      
Son of J. E. Irvin   12/15/1872 3/21/1873  
Son of J. E. Irvin   6/18/1868  8/27/1868  
         


NOTE: The table was not used in the original article.  Also, Bill Montgomery used a capital B before the birth dates and a capital D before the death dates; the webmaster removed these letters to make it less cluttered in the table.  The webmaster added dashes (- - - - ) to indicate no date.


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