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TABLETS AND GRAVE-STONES


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CHEIST CHURCH,


PHILADELPHIA.


COMPILED AND ARRANGED AT THE REQUEST OF VESTRY.


BY


EDWARD L. CLARK,


CHCRCH WARDEX.


PHILADELPHIA:


COLLINS, PRINTER, 705 JAYNE STREET.


1864.

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Christ Church Vkstry Room,
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1864.

Extract from the Minutes of the Yestry of Christ Church,
Philadelphia, held in the vestry room of that church on the
evening of Wednesday, the seventh day of September, 18G4.
*****

" The Warden presented the following communication to
Vestry: —

Philadelphia, 7th Sept., 1S64.
To THE Vestuy of Christ Church —

Gentlemen ; It gives me pleasure to lay before you at this
meeting a copy of the work I have prepared under resolution of
Vestry passed 4th December, 1861, authorizing me to have the In-
scriptions on the Grave-stones in the Burial Grounds of Christ
Church copied and published.

The full inscription on every stone in and around the church
and in the ground at Fifth and Arch Streets has been carefully
copied, as far as legible, and each in turn has afterwards been ex-
amined by a second copyist, to test its correctness. When any
doubt arose as to a name or date, the church records were referred
to, and these having been faithfully kept for over a century and a
half, were of great assistance in verifying the inscriptions. It
gave me much satisfaction to look back through these books con-
taining the records of births, marriages, and burials for such a
length of time, and find how thoroughly systematic and correct
have been the entries.

The extent of the burial-grounds was such, and the grave-stones
so numerous, that there appeared a diflBculty in arranging the dia-
grams so as to make them readily available for reference. This,
however, has been overcome by dividing the plans into sections
and locating the stones in their respective position in each section.
These stones being numerically arranged in the diagram, with the
family name attached thereto, enables every one in the ground to
be referred to, while the corresponding numeral in the printed
matter gives the full inscription on that stone.

Some of the tombs are in need of repair, and if any part of the
income of the church was available for such a purpose, I would



recommenJ that it should be used to pay the expense of putting
these in order. Unfortunately there is none that can be so used.
The sale of this book, however, may possibly produce something
over the cost of publication, and if this should be the case, I
gladly present it to the church for that purpose.

T am, gentlemen, very respectfully yours,

EDWD. L. CLARK,

Church Wurden.

It was Resolved, 'I'hat tlie communication be entered on
the minutes, and that the thanks of the Yestry be given to
the Warden, Mr. P^dward L. Clark, as well for the pains
he has taken in making an accurate Eecord of the Inscrip-
tions on the grave-stones in the burjing-grounds of this
church, as for the generous donation of his publication to
this parish, and that the Secretary be desired to notify Mr.
Clark, in writinjr, of this resolution."



My dear Sir :

In accordance with a resolution of Vestry, made at the meet-
ing held this evening, I inclose herewith an extract from the
minutes.



Yours, very truly,

SAML. WETHERILL,

Secretary Christ Church Vestry.



Mr. EDWARD L. CLAKK,

WiuJeu.



PREFACE



The design of this work is to preserve a record of
the inscriptions on the tombstones in and around Christ
Church and in the burial-ground at Fifth and Arch
Streets. Time has made such inroads on these monu-
ments that many of tlie words are now difficult to de-
ci[)her, and on some of the stones no names are legible
to tell of the remains that rest beneath ; and as so
many associations cluster around these monuments, it
would prove a source of regret in after years that any
now legible should pass into oblivion.

These inscriptions, therefore, have been carefully co-
pied, and are presented to the reader in the following
pages precisely as they appear on the tablets, so that
when the hand of time may have washed away the
memorial as now seen, these words, endeared to so
many family circles, will remain, and the position of
(he graves kept in remembrance.

Representations of the ground plots of the church-
yard and burial-ground have been prepared by actual
survey, and lithographic maps of the same appear
throughout the book. Every grave that is marked by
a stone is there designated by numerals, and corre-



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sponding numbers in the printed matter point out the
full inscriptions as they appear on the indexed stones.
The survey does not include the stones that have been
placed in the ground since October, 1863.

The first diagram represents the plan of Christ
Church with its surroundhig ground. In the year
1861, Church Alley, running along its southern bound-
ary, was ordered by the city authorities to be widened,
and a strip of eight feet in width was taken from the
churchyard for public use. In the ground thus to be
thrown open were seven tablets in memory of the dead
buried there, and the removal of these remains was a
subject of much solicitude on the part of the officers
of the church. It was, however, ordered by the Vestry
that they should be reinterred next to the south wall
of the church building, as near as possible to their
first resting-place. In accordance with this decision
the remains found there were exhumed with the greatest
care, under the superintendence of the wardens, and
deposited in the respective localities as designated in
the plan, the duplicate numbers in the diagram show-
ing their former and present positions.

In earlier times many prominent individuals were
buried inside of the church. Their remains still rest
there, and throughout the different alterations in the
interior no change -has been made in the relative po-
sition of the tablets placed over their graves. These
are now covered by a wooden floor, which was laid
when the extensive repairs were made in the year 1837.
The stones are placed in the old brick-paved aisles,
which remain unimpaired about one foot below the



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floor now in use. The inscriptions on these stones
were copied before tlie new floor was hiid, and, with the
respective locations of the stones, were transcribed on
the Minute Book of tlie Yestry at the time. It will
be seen that one of these stones indicates the burial
at as early a date as 1700, associating with it the
interesting fact that it has been the silent witness to
the worship of our ancestors and their descendants
during the long and varied period of 164 years.

The property on which the church is built was pur-
chased in the year 1695, only thirteen years after the
city was founded, and when the population numbered
about 3,000. The first church interments were made
in this ground, but the population of the city increasing
rapidly, it was soon found necessary to secure a lot in
the suburbs for a burial-place. Accordingly, in the year
ni9, the ground at Fifth and Arch Streets was pur-
chased, and most of the interments were afterwards
made there. Almost all the old families of Philadelphia
will find that the remains of some of their ancestors rest
in this hallowed ground, as it was for a long time the
main repository of the dead in the city. The earliest
date, as at present seen on the inscriptions, is 1721, but
interments were made there during the year it was
opened, and no stones appear to have been placed over
the graves. It is a cause of regret that tablets were
not always erected over every grave, as memorials of
the departed.

The dingranis that have been prepared to illustrate
this department will enable every grave-stone to be
noted. The first lithograph is a general plan of the



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whole ground divided into alphabetical sections. The
visitor to the cemetery will find on either side of the
main path corresponding letters showing the dividing
line between the sections. Following this line to the
adjoining walls east and west, similar letters will be
seen, and these parallels inclose the space of each sec-
tion. The succeeding lithographs represent the indi-
vidual sections, with every grave-stone located in each,
and arranged in their respective positions as they
appear in the ground. On the plans these are all
numbered, with the family name engraved thereon, and
a reference to the numeral in the pages that follow
the sectional map will show the full inscription as it
appears on the tablet.

Apart from the grave of Franklin, and others of
great interest whose tombs are pointed out to visitors,
there are deposited in this ground the remains of seve-
ral prominent individuals of the past. The records of
the church disclose the fact that Peyton Randolph, the
first President of Congress, was buried here on the
24th of October, 1775; and again, that Francis Hop-
kinson, one of the most distinguished patriots of the
Revolution, was also interred here on the 11th of May,
1791 ; yet a careful search affords no clue to their
resting-place, as no tablets mark their graves. In the
church building, also, there have been several inter-
ments without a memorial. The records of the year
1759 state that Brigadier-General Forbes died on the
10th of March of that year, and was buried in Christ
Church, but there is no stone marking the locality.
A reference, however, to the Pennsylvania Gazette of



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lotli ^Marcli, 1750, fiirnislics the following informa-
tion : —

"On Sunday last, died of a tedious illness, John Forbes,

Esq., in the 49th year of his age, son to Forbes of

Petincrief, Esq., in the Shire of Fife, in Scotland, Brigadier-
General, Colonel of the 17th Regiment of Foot, and com-
mander of liis Majesty's troops in the Southern Provinces
of North America. * * * Yesterday he was interred in
the chancel of Christ Church in this city."

A walk through these burial-grounds affords ample
food for meditation to a reflective mind ; — here, where
rest the remains of so many of past generations who
were the centres of thought in church and state, in
public and in social life; — here, the resting-place of
the high born and the humble, together awaiting the
call of their glorious resurrection.




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and Yard.



CHURCH YARD



This Stoue

is in memory

ESTHER DUCHE

wlio was the wife of

Jacob Duche late of

this city of Philadelphia Esq""

Born in the year of our Lord

noi

And departed this life

on the 22°* day of June Uld

in the 79"* year of her age

And here beneath in
Safety rest her last remains



II.



{Inscription entirely obliterated.)

Note. — This Stone and the adjoining one, No. 3, are located In front of
the site of one of the formei' doorways of the Church, which is now closed
and built up as a window. The footsteps of the worshippers as they weat
in and out the Sanctuary have completely effaced the inscriptions.



III.

(^Inscription entirely obliterated.)



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IV.



Beneath this marble are interred

the remains of

ROBERT ERWIN and ANN his wife

United in one upwards of 4Y years

Their separation was but short

Ann died on the 9"^ Nov^ HDl

Aged 85 years

Robert on the 30"' June lt93

Aged 78 years.

Mutual in thought, in confidence the same.
Industry was their motto, and honesty their fame.



V.



Beneath

This Stone are interred the Bodies of

PETER and ELIZABETH KNIGHT

Elizabeth Knight departed this life

February 20'" 1793

Aged 66 years and 8 months

Tlie Christian, Neighbor, Friend, Companion, Wife,

May draw a bright example from her life.

Of all her duties she omitted none ;

Nor did an action she would wish undone.

Such was her worth. If worth deserves a tear,

Let every friend of virtue shed one here.

Peter Knight departed this life

February 27*" 1802

Aged 79 years & 5 months.

My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound ;
Then burst the chains with sweet surprise.
And in my Saviour's image rise.



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VI.

To

Tlie Memory

of

MRS RACHEL WILSON

who

after discharging the Duties

of the Wife, of the Mother

and of tl>e Friend

departed this Life April 14"^ ItSG.

Loved, honoured & lamented

by her Husband

The Hon''" James Wilson Esq""

By a numerous Family

of Children

And by a large Circle of

valuable Acquaintance

And Friends.



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YTT.

Here lieth the Body

of

MRS ANN G RAEM E

Wife of Doctor Thomas Graeme

She departed this Life May 29'" 1765

Aged 65.

Forgive, Great God, this one last filial Tear !

Indulge my sorrow on a Theme so near!

This Earth Born Strain indulge, that mourns the Blest,

And doubly mourns because they were the Best.

Tho' Truth remonstrates, Self Love will prevail,

And link the Beam in Nature's feeble scale.

A God and man once wept on Lazarus dead,

Tho' Power divine recalled his soul when fled.

A poor frail Being — a Mother gone ;

The Tomb scarce closed before a Sister 's flown.

Each was a Guide, a Pattern, and a Friend ;

Slie prays to join when fleeting Life shall end.

DOCTOR THOMAS GRAEME

Died Sep' 4"^ in2 Aged 84.

The soul that lived within this crumbling dust
In every Act was Eminently just.
Peaceful through Life, As peaceful too in Death,
Without one Pang he rendered back his breath.

Also the Body of

JAMES YOUNG who departed this Life

Jan^ 28"^ 1779. Aged 50 years.

And of

CHARLES STEDMAN

who departed Sept. 28'" 1784 Aged 71 Years.



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YIII.

To the Memory of

LADY ANN KEITH

Obiit July 31 Ano Doniiny It 40

Aged 65 years.

Here lyeth the Bodyes of REBECKAH

and RACHEL G R A M E - Twins, who died

in their infancy 1T28.

Also here lyeth the Bodyes of PATRICK

and ELIZABETH GRAME Twins, both

died infants 1131.

Also here lyeth the Body of WILLIAM

GRAME. Obiit September the 23'<^ 1733.

Aged 10 years.

Also here lyeth the Body of THOMAS

GRAME Jun^ Obi i. September the et^^

Ano Doniiny 1141. Aged 26 years.

And also here lyeth the Body of THOMAS

GRAME YOUNG, who departed this life

the 11"^ of June 1756. Aged 8 months.

Also here lyeth the Body of M. JANE YOUNG

Obiit January the 28'" Anno Dominy 1T59.

Aged 32 years.

Also here lyeth the Body of JANE YOUNG

who died an infant 1759.

Here lieth the Body of
MRS ANN STEDMAN

who departed this Life

March the 3^'^ 1766

Aged 40.

NoTR. — Lady Ann Keith was the wife of Sir William Keith, Lieut. Go-
vernor and Commander-in-Chief of the Province of Penu.^ylvania. He
took a gro.1t interest in the prosperity of the Church, as appears from the
Minutes of Vestry of Christ Church, of which hody he was elected a mem-
ber in 1717.



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IX.

ELIZABETH FERGUSSON

Toe true sympathizer

with the afflicted daughter of

Thomas and Aun Greem

"Wife of Hngh Henry Fergnsson.

" ISOl. '

Eliza — caused this stone to be laid

waits with resignation and hnmble hope

for rennion with her friend

in a more perfect state of existence.



X.



Here lieth the Body of
CAPT. WILLIAM DOWELL

who departed this Life

June 8-^ 1768

Aged 49 Years.

A good Husband, a sincere Friend
and an honest Man.



XI.

In memory of

WILLIAM MASTERS CLARK

Son of Joseph and Mary Clark

Born Angust 24'^ 1802

and departed this life

Septeml>er 3^ 1807

Aged 5 years & 10 days.



Ciiurrf) garlJ.



XII.

To the memory of
THOMAS morgan' MASTERS

who departed this Life

May T'" 1799

Aged 34 years 9 months.



XIII.

Sacred

To the Memory of

MRS MARY CLARK

Wife of Joseph Clark

who departed this life Aug' 24''' 1802

Aged 40 years & 3 months.

Au affectionate wife, a most tender Mother, a sincere Friend

and kind Mistress.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth.

Yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their

labors and their works do follow them.

Also of
JOSEPH CLARK

who died Nov: 26"* 1836
Aged 76.



XIT.

Underneath this Stone lieth

the Body of

THOMAS M CLARK

Son of Joseph & Mary Clark

who departed this Life
the 27'" day of Aagnst 1798
Aged 11 years and 7 mouths.



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XV.

Sacred to the Memory of
WILLIAM MASTERS Esq

who departed this Life ' ^ J
August 5-^ IT SS. - ■" '



Aged 53 years.



XVI.

Beneath this Marble are deposited

the last Remains of

SARAH. Wife of William Masters

And

Second Daughter of Evan Morgan

who departed this Life May the — ,.

A. D. 1T«5S.

Aged 2S years.

And of WILLIAM MASTERS

who departed this Life

Aged - -

'SoTE. — Tlie records sho-w that Sarab. 'wife of WlUiam Masters, T«-as buried
i» CLrisI Chiirch Yard aihh May, ITdS.



XV IT. I

Mr. EVANMORGAN ;

{R'.tHiituIer of the inscription not legible.^ \

2»oTS — Tlie Eecvrds of the Chnrch show that Evan Morsan was buried I

I3th Februanr, 1763. Mr. Evan Moi^n was a member of the Vestry of i

Christ Church for a noi&ber o: years: wa^ Warden in 1749 and 1700, and |

aadn in ITii and 17oS. j



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XVIII.

Underneatli this Marble lie the Remains of

MRS ANN BOND

The late amiable Consort of

Thomas Bond Jun"'

and Daughter of the worthy and much lamented

Evan Morgan Esq

She departed this life

the 6'" of April ITTi

Aged 29 years

The Body of her only Son
THOMAS BOND

was also here deposited, who
died a month before her at 3 years old

Round them, ye Angels, constant vigils keep ;

And guard, fair Innocence, their sacred sleep

Till that bright Morn shall make their beauteous clay

To bloom and sparkle in eternal Day.



XIX.

Underneath are deposited the Bodies of

SARAH EASTON. Aged 27 Years

Consort of David Easton

of Alexandria

And

MARY EASTON Their daughter Aged 20 months.

The former died 13"' of Deceml)er 1795

The latter G'"^ of February IT 96.



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XX.

Sacred

To the Memory of

MRS ANN MURREY

Widow of

Tlie Rev"^ Alexander Murrey

who departed this Life

May 24'" 1811

Aged 81 years & 2 months.

XXL

Sacred

To the Memory of

The Reverend DoC- ALEXANDER MURRAY

Born in Xorth Britian

Educated in Kings College

Aberdeen.

Peparted this Life

Septem^ the U'" 1793 Aged GO.

A truly honest Mau.
Reader wlioe'er thou art
Strive to attain this Character.

A Wit 's a feather, and a Chief 's a rod ;
Au honest Man 's the noblest work of God.



XXII.

In Memory of
MARGARET

Daughter of John & Elizabeth

Ross

Who departed August 20'" 1766

la her 19'" year.



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XXIII.

In memory of

MRS ELIZABETH SIMS, wife of

Mr. Bnckridge Sims

and third Daughter of

Evan Morgan Esquire

who departed this Life

the 30"' day of May 1798

Aged 57 years.

Ami left her disconsolate Husband

to mourn her loss

in humble hope that he shall

hereafter meet her again in

a better world where sin

and sorrow will be

no more.



XXIV.

In memory of
MR BUCKRIDGE SIMS

who departed this Life

the 27"^ of September 1799.

Aged 78 years.

XXY.



Stay, Reader, stand
And spend a tear
Upon the dust
That slumbers here.
And whilst thou read'at
The state of me,
Think on the glass
That runs for thee.



12 Cljurct Sar&.



XXVI.

Here lieth the Body of
RACHEL, the wife of

William Reason
who departed this Life

Anno. Dom. It — .
Aged 42 years.



XXVII.

In memory of
VIOLETTA, The Wife of Edward H

who departed this Life

December 22" 1U1.

Aged

Note.— This slab has the part broken off which contains the husband's
last name. The records of the Church, however, show that Violetta, wife
of Edward Hicks, was buried 2ith Dec'r, 1747.



XXVIII.

(iVo inscription.)

Note. — Tomb of the late Thomas Butler, Esq., who was buried here on
le 0th of April, 1S38. lu his will he bequeathed to Christ Church an an-
uity for the preservation of this tomb and the coffins contained therein.



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XXIX.



{No Si one.)

Note.— The remains of Major Geii'l Charles Lee are supposed to rest he-
ncath this spot. He died iu Philadelphia on the 2d Oct. 17S2, and was
buried, accordiug to the Church Records, in Christ Church Yard on the 4th
of same month. No stone marked his grave, but tradition placed it next
to the grave of G-en'l Mercer, near the old wall adjoining Church Alley, at
the spot indicated there by No. 29. In 1S61 Church Alley was ordered to
be widened by action of our Courts, thus cutting off about eight feet of the
Church yard, which is now occupied by the outer sidewalk. All tlie re-
mains of those who had been interred in this strip of ground were care-
fully removed and deposited in new coffins immediately next to tlie Church
building. The remains of Gen'l Lee were removed and re-interred at tlie
spot designated in the plan by the same numeral, 29, between the first and
secoud windows East of the S. W. door of the Cliurch.



XXX.

Yault of Christ Church.
Rev<i JOHN WALLER JAMES, Rector of this Church

"I know that my Redeemer livetli"

Note. — Mr. James was Assistant Minister of Christ Church for four years
preceding his decease, and was elected Rector on the 21st July, 1836, on
the death of Bishop White. The Church building was then undergoing
repair, and, visiting the interior of the State while the work was progress-
ing, he was taken ill and died at Huntingdon on tlieHth August following.
A substantial Church was erected to his memory in that town, mainly by
the contributions of the members of Christ Church. A mural tablet, No.
56, was placed in the Church as a memorial of the estimation of his worth
by the congregation.



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XXXI.

The family Vault of
THOMAS RICHE Esq.

Note. — The two mural tablets on the adjoining wall indicate the inter-
ments in this vault. The inscriptions are as follow: —

In this Vault are deposited the remains

of THOMAS RICHE Esq died Nov. 2"^^ 1792

Aged 68 years. SARAH RICHE his wife

died June 29'M791. Aged 61 years.

JULIANA P. RICHE died DeC^ 7^^ 1789.

Aged 18 years.

MARY SWIFT died Feb^ 7^*^ 1790
Aged 35 years.

GRACE COXE died April 17*1^ 1790

Aged 23 years

LYDIA RICHE died Feb^ 25*^^ 1817

Aged 64 years.

In this Vault are deposited the remains
of Mrs SARAH REDMAN died March 12*1^ 1825

Aged 6T years.

Mrs SARAH COOMBE RICHE died Nov 12^'^ 1833

JULIANA RICHE died September \B^^ 1857.

MAGDALEN PEEL SWIFT died Sep* 30*^ 1859

THOMAS REDMAN RICHE

Died December 19"' 1861

MARY GRACE RICHE

Died February 13"^ 18G3



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XXXII.

The Family Vault of WILLIAM WHITE
and ROBERT MORRIS; the latter of whom

was financier of the United States

during the Revolution - died the 8""

May 1806. Aged 73 years: The

former Rector of this Church & Bishop

of tlie Diocese died the H''' of July 1836.

Aged 88 years 3 months and 13 days.

The first interment iu this vault was Esther White, Relict
of Colonel Thomas Wliite and Mother of Bishop White. She
died 21st Dec'r, 1790, aged 71 years.

Note.— A member of the late Bishop's famUy has fuinished the follow-
ing record of the subsequent iutermeats in this vault: —

MARY, wife of Robert Morris and

Sister of Bishop White.

HENRY MORRIS Son of Robert & Mary Morris.

born July 24*'^ 1784 died Dec. 1^' 1842.

At one time Sheriff of Philad'' C^.

ELIZA JANE wife of Henry Morris

born Sep. 25^'' 1794 died March 4*'' 1844.

• MORRIS son of Robert &. Mary Morris.

CAROLINE NIXON wife of Robert Morris M. D.

born 1810. died March 30'M837.

MARY Wife of Right Rev^ Wm. White

died 13"'Dec^ 1797. She was

the daughter of Cap' Henry Harrison

one of the Wardens of Christ Church

and Mayor of Philadelphia iu 1767.

The following children of William & Mary White
ELIZABETH- wife of Gen^ John Macpherson

born Jan^ 28"' 1776. died 1830



(E'luxt'i) garli.



MARY wife of Enos Bronson


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