Beulah Memorial Cemetery
Comments received from our virtual visitors since January 2002
From: DEBEARPA AT aol.com
William McMannis buried in Beulah Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Some years ago, visiting the Beulah Church in researching my McMannis ancestry of the area, we were told its early records no longer exist but that an elderly William McMannis is said to have been buried there in 1812, in a "borrowed grave", its location unknown.
Though lacking proof, my research appears to strongly indicate that this William would be my 4th-great-grandfather McMannis, relative to my 2nd & 3rd (both also named William) enumerated from 1800 in the census of Pitt Twp. and later Wilkins. (Some descendants are buried in Hebron Cemetery, just north of Beulah Church.)
The church office gave me a booklet with a self-guiding-tour map of the cemetery, but with the grave's location not known I didn't make the tour. However, looking through the map at a later time, I noticed the name "McMarris" at grave #65 (beside #31of the tour route, no marker). That I have never come upon this spelling in my research--nor can find it anywhere at all on the internet!--would seem to indicate "McMarris" is a non-existent name. It is quite significant that in the pen-script of that period, the lower-case letters 'r' and 'n' are often easily mistaken for each other. It seems not unreasonable to assume William "McMarris" recorded in the interment record was actually William McMannis.
My belief is further supported by the fact that when I telephoned the church office
(c.1998) to inquire about William "McMarris", the lady who answered was kind
enough to look for record of the name. She called back to say she located it and that the
only information given is that he had served
More recently, an interested former member of the church now living elsewhere wrote to me that a former pastor had once given her the information that he found William McMarris at #94 on page 5 of the interment book, and that the interment took place in 1812 in Section #1 of Beulah Cemetery.
Finally, it is interesting that in the book "Annals of Old Wilkinsburg and
Vicinity" (by Davison & McKee) there is a chapter concerning the Beulah Church in
which it is stated that "Martha McManus [my great-grandmother], wife of James
McManus" [my great-grandfather], was among a group of members who left Beulah to
establish the more convenient First Presbyterian Church
Altogether, my research seems to indicate that Beulah Cemetery's elderly William McMannis was the father of my ancestor William McMannis enumerated in 1800, who was the grandfather of my great-grandfather James McMannis.
Gloria Pace dgpace AT visuallink.com
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