Oct 4, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Tree Stump Tombstone for a Pioneer

This unusual tombstone is in the shape of a tree stump.  I came across it last weekend at a visit to Lebanon Church Cemetery in West Mifflin, PA.  This is a very old cemetery dating back to the late 1700's.  I remember seeing it from the back on another visit to this cemetery in the spring.  I didn't even realize it was a tombstone, thought is was odd there was a tree stump in the middle of the old graves---duh!

Here is a view from the side.  There is an axe on both sides.
The inscription reads:
Robert Brierley
A Pioneer of
Mifflin Township
1749 - 1837
Also His Wife
Elizabeth
At Rest

The Brierley family was one of the first families to settle in Mifflin Township in the late 1700's.  There is a major road in West Mifflin, Brierley Lane, named after them.  I do not believe this is Robert & Elizabeth's original stone, it is much too new.  Perhaps descendants or the Historical Group that works to preserve this cemetery erected it in recent years.  Still very unique and quite real looking especially from the back.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool tombstone. A wonderful tribute for a pioneer.

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