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

Edward Dowler (ca. 1815 - 1862)

(Biography and Photographs contibuted by Ellis Michaels & Bill Plack)

     Edward Dowler began to carve tombstones in Washington and Allegheny County in the early 1830's.  While little is known of his beginnings, a quick review of the Census sheets provides us some information about his life.

1840 Census Monongahela, Washington County, PA
Edward Dowler, (1) male aged 15-20 years
  (1) male aged 20-30 years
  (1) female aged 40-50 years

1850 Census, Fulton, Hamilton County, OH
Edward Dowler, 35 years, male, stone cutter, born in PA
Sarah Dowler, 30 years, female, born in PA
Martha Dowler, 8 years, female, born in PA
Mary A. Dowler, 6 years, born in PA
Margaret E. Dowler, 4 years, female, born in PA
James Dowler, 1 year, male, born in PA
Miria Dowler, 2 months, female,  born in PA
Mary Ann Dunn, 58 years, female, born in Ireland

1860 Census 2nd Ward Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
Edward Dowler, 46 years, male, stone cutter, born PA, value personal estate $200
Sarah Dowler, 42 years, female, born in PA
Martha Dowler, 17 years, female, seamstress, born PA
Mary Dowler, 15 years, female, seamstress, born in PA
Marg. E. Dowler, 14 years, born in PA
Ellen Dowler, 4 years, born PA
Menia Dowler, 2 years, born KY

American Civil War Soldiers Database
Edward Dowler, Kentucky
Enlisted as a Private on 19 October 1861
Enlisted in Company D, Provost Guard Regiment Kentucky on 19 October 1861.
Died Company D, Provost Guard Regiment Kentucky on 13 April 1862

US Veterans Cemeteries Database
Name:   Edward Dowler
Veteran's Rank:  PVT
Branch:  US Army
Last known address:  701 Baxter Avenue Louisville , KY 40204
Death Date:  14 Apr 1862
Interment Date:  14 Apr 1862
Cemetery:  Cave Hill National Cemetery
Buried At:  Section A Site 467

1870 Census 2nd Ward Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
Dowler, Sarah, 51 years, female, keeping house, , value personal estate $100, born in PA
Minnia, 12 years, female, born in KY

1880 Census, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
Dowler, Sarah, 59 years, widow, keeps house, born in PA, parents born in OH
Dowler, Minnie, 24 years, daughter, single, school teacher, born KY, parents born in PA

     Wife does not appear to have filed for widows pension, so probably died before 1890's?

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Known examples of

Edward Dowler's

tombstone carvings


Brush Run Cemetery

Peters Township, Washington County



Chartier's Hill Church Cemetery

North Strabane Twp, Washington County



Unidentified German Lutheran Cemetery

Somerset Township, Washington County


John Peter Saulter front

John Peter Saulter back



Wright Chapel Cemetery

Nottingham Township, Washington County



Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery

Bethel Park, Allegheny County



St. Clair Cemetery

Mt. Lebanon Borough, Allegheny County




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