Known Tombstone Carvers

of Pennsylvania

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These pages seek to identify and document the known tombstone carvers in the state of Pennsylvania, from all time periods.  If any one has any information about additional tombstone carvers to be included, or have additional information to add to an existing carver,  please feel free to contact Ellis Michaels or Bill Plack

William Cline (1786 - 1839)

L. M. Cline

(Biography and Photographs contibuted by Bill Plack)

     L. M. Cline, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, was the son of William Cline (1786-1839) and Elizabeth Cline (1793-1845). Although William Cline was shown as a stone/marble cutter in an unofficial list of early settlers of Greensburg, I have never seen any tombstones signed by him. The tombstones for William and Elizabeth, shown below, were both carved by their son, L.M. Cline.

     A list of voters, residing in Greensburg, who voted at the Court House on November 4, 1836 includes “Louis Mcline”, an obvious misspelling, as a stonecutter. George Dallas Albert’s 1882 “History of the County of Westmoreland” mentions that some beautiful monuments in the (old) St. Clair Cemetery were cut by Lewis M. Cline of Greensburg. I don’t know if his first name was correctly Louis or Lewis since he always signed his stones simply “L.M. Cline”.

     His stones, dated 1817 to 1845, all in Westmoreland County, ranged from the relatively simple to unique works of art. Unfortunately, some of his best stones are now deteriorating.

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Known Examples of

L. M. Cline's

Tombstone Carving


Brush Creek Lutheran Cemetery

Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County


Harrold's Reformed Lutheran Cemetery

Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County


Long Run Presbyterian Cemetery

North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County


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