History of the graveyard connected with Cross Creek Presbyterian Church containing also all the inscriptions on headstones and monuments therein, and the names of all known to the author who are buried there
Simpson, James, 1824-1902
Burgettstown, Pa: Enterprise-Call Office, 1894
ABNER BUCHER, died Jan. 28, 1855, in the 55th year of his age.
RACHEL BUCHER, died Jan. 28, 1866, aged 55 years.
JOHN C. BUCHER, died Sept. the 5th, 1869, aged 15 years.
Text taken from page 921 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
JAMES TAGGART MARQUIS was born October 9, 1825, on the farm in Jefferson Township, this county, which is now his home. His grandfather, JOHN MARQUIS, was a native of Wales, and, coming to America, settled near Baltimore, Md., where he remained but a short time. He then came to Cross Creek township, and located on the farm where he died. His wife was formerly SARAH GRIFFITH, a native of Virginia, and they were the parents of nine children six sons and three daughters namely: THOMAS, JOHN, MARY, SARAH, EDWARD, ROBERT, JAMES, ANNE, and WILLIAM.
JOHN MARQUIS (father of subject) was born January 10, 1784, and was trained from early youth to the duties of a pioneer farm. He enlisted in the war of 1812, remaining in the service till the close of the conflict. On November 16, 1816, he married ELIZABETH TAGGART, and they had a family of seven children, namely: SAMUEL F., M.D., JULIA A., MARGARET, JAMES T., JOHN R., SARAH J., and WILLIAM E., of whom are yet living.WILLIAM E., in New Cumberland, W. Va., and JAMES T., subject of the present sketch.
JAMES TAGGART MARQUIS, son of JOHN & ELIZABETH MARQUIS, was a farmer.On January 31, 1861, he was united in marriage with MISS MARY BUCHER, a school teacher, daughter of ABNER BUCHER (who was also a school teacher in early life), and nine children have been born to them, namely: JOHN A., LIZZIE R. (wife of REV. J. B. LYLE), LAWRENCE VERNE, JULIA BELLE, MARY LEE, LULU PAULINE, MAGGIE LENORA (died in infancy), JAMES TAGGART (died March 28, 1890), and NANNIE ARCHER.MR. MARQUIS has always resided on the home farm, and is the owner of 100 acres.
His children are all well educated, several of them having graduated: JOHN A. is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa., also of the Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Pa., now pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensburg, Pa.; LIZZIE R. and MARY both graduated from Blairsville Ladies' Seminary (subsequently MARY taught three years in this same institution); LULU and BELLE attended the Blairsville Seminary (BELLE is now engaged in teaching in the High School Department of Brainerd Institute, Chester, S. C.). In religious connection the family are all members of the Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, of which MR. MARQUIS has been a ruling elder since his ordination, March 14, 1880.
Text taken from page 94 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).(For more details see book)
G. V. LAWRENCE. The genealogy of the Lawrence family, of which this gentleman is a member, is imperfect. Those of that name who became prominent in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania are supposed to have sprung from the brothers who came from England at an early day. A son of one of these settled in Adams County, Pa., about the year 1770, where he afterward died, leaving a family of ten children.
About the year 1788 his widow, with this large family, came over the mountains when there was only a pathway.They settled on a small farm on the headwaters of Pigeon Creek, 8 miles east of Washington, in a cabin, and her the family seven daughters and three sons grew up.All daughters all married in Washington County, and raised families.Some of the later generation are found scattered over the West.
1. JOHN LAWRENCE, the oldest son, married and moved to Beaver County, and was twice elected to the Legislature from that county; afterward moved to Delaware County, Ohio, and died there, leaving a family.One of his sons was educated and studied law, became very prominent in his profession, and served in the Legislature of Ohio.His son afterward served in the Senate of the State.
JOSEPH LAWRENCE, the elder, about the year 1826 married, for his second wife, MARIA, a daughter of JUDGE BUCHER, of Harrisburg, and with her had four sons and one daughter: JOHN J. LAWRENCE (the eldest son); JAMES K. LAWRENCE (the next son, deceased); W. C. A. LAWRENCE (third son); SAMUEL (fourth son, died in Warren in 1862, leaving a widow and no children; she since died in Philadelphia); SUSAN M. (the youngest, remained with her mother until her death which occurred in Harrisburg, in 1860, afterward married MR. MYRON SANFORD, of Erie, Pa.)They raised one son a promising and intelligent young man, but both he and his father are dead; MRS. SANFORD.
2. SAMUEL LAWRENCE, the second son, also moved to Beaver County, Pa., and was prothonotary of the courts for nine years.He was there elected to the Legislature, serving two sessions, and there died, leaving a large family. One of his sons was prothonotary of that county nine years, and afterward an associate judge.
3. JOSEPH, the third son (came over the mountains with his mother when three years old), remained on the farm with his mother, until she died at the age of 95 years.He worked on the farm.He was married about the year 1812 or 1813 to REBECCA VAN EMAN, by whom he had four children: JOSEPH, GEORGE V., SARAH, and SAMUEL.About the year 1823 the mother died, SAMUEL being then a babe, and when five or six years he died.JOSEPH grew up and married ELIZA HORNER, and they both died in February, 1842, leaving four children, all of whom married, and three of them are still living.SARAH, the daughter, married ARD. MOORE, and they raised five children, all of whom are married and very prosperous, living in Carthage, Mo., except one daughter who is in Portland, Oreg.The father of this family died about the year 1866; the mother is still in good health, and lives with the children in Carthage.
The foregoing is a very brief and condensed history of the several children of JOSEPH LAWRENCE, the elder. JOSEPH, the youngest, was elected from Washington County in 1820, and served until 1826, being speaker of the house two sessions; was elected to Congress in 1826.In 1834 he was nominated for the Legislature and elected, and re-elected in 1835; was elected State treasurer in 1836.In 1840 he was again the candidate of the Whig party and elected.He died on April 17, 1842, while a member, and his body lies in the Congressional Cemetery, at Washington, D. C.Like his mother, and all his extensive family, he was a Presbyterian.
We have before referred to his son WILLIAM and SAMUEL as members of the Legislature, and now speak of GEORGE V., his son by his first marriage.He was born Nov. 13, 1818, named after his uncle, GEORGE VAN EMAN, a Presbyterian minister, and raised on a farm of the old home of his grandmother.When 15 he studied with Rev. W. C. Anderson, then boarding with his father, and preaching at Pigeon Creek Church; and one year to the English Department of Washington College.His health failing, and being threatened with pulmonary disease, his father took him back to the farm where he regained his health, and remained there until 21 years of age.For fifty years he was identified with national and State politics. In 1829 he married ELIZABETH WELSH, a daughter of the late WILLIAM WELSH, ESQ., of Washington County, and moved to a farm in Carroll Township, near Monongahela City.About 1862 he came into the town, and has remained there ever since.His first wife died in 1855, leaving two children: MARY VIRGINIA, still at home, and JOSEPH, who died when three years old.In 1857 MR. LAWRENCE was again married, this time to a daughter of REV. JOHN REED, of Indiana County, Pa., and she is still living.Three children were born to them, the youngest of whom died when very young.GEORGE R., the eldest, was educated at LaFayette College, studied law with G. W. Biddle, Esq., of Philadelphia, and after practicing some years in Pittsburgh, died leaving a widow.CARRIE BELLE, the daughter, married DR. C. B. WOOD, a regular physician, and lives near her parents.