|Harry Fyock (#47588035)|
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SLATE HILL CEMETERY - Armstrong Co., PA -- It took me considerable time to locate this cemetery partly because not many poople knew it by that name. It seems there was a name change, or attempted name change to Cownshannock Cemetery. By pure accident I inquired of a caretaker at another cemetery in the area. He walked me tot he top of a hill, pointed across the valley and said there is Slate Hill Cemetery - over there. I said WOW! how do I get there? He then gave me directions, very accurate ones I might add. He then asked me how I knew it as Slate Hill Cemetery. I replied that some of those buried there are my ancestors and I have some family history of them. That is when he told me that not many people refer to it as Slate Hill anymore.|
One of the people buried there is my 2nd great-grandfather; Rev. George Rairigh b. 22 Aug 1793 and d. 10 Oct 1856. I have a copy of his Last Will & Testament which contains the following information regarding that cemetery. In distributing his land he included this bequeath "EXCEPT 1/4 part of an acre, where our graveyard is, which I give to my friends and neighbors for a burying ground." Evidently he owned the ground this cemetery was located on and it was the family burial ground.
A little more trivia regarding that cemetery. A person by the name of Archie F. Rairigh drew a plot map of that cemetery in 1909, a copy of which in 1991 was on display at the Carson-Boyer Funeral Home in Rural Valley, PA. Is it there as of 18 Nov 2011? I don't know. But to cemetery buffs it might be worth your time to check it out when you are in Rural Valley.
A facismle of that map was produced by Frank & Virginia Shoupe in 1991. It is that map from which I gather information.
I will be adding missing names to the cemetery listing. Some have first names, some don't. I believe that this information is accurate due to it being produced in 1909.
A little bit of further information regarding Rev. George Rairigh. The old building across the road at the intersection of Miller Road I was told is the church where George preached.
Also I have a copy of a book titled "The Church of The Brethern in Western Pennsylvania" which has much Rairigh history in it. It seems George, on a few occassions, walked to Ohio to attend church functions there. He swam rivers on his journey.
Enjoy my friends in genealogy research. --- Harry
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