Somerset County, PA

O'Connor Cemetery

5937 Somerset Pike / Route 984

Forwardstown, Jenner Township, Somerset County, PA

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Rededication Ceremony 29 May 2004

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     NEWSPAPER CLIPPING- Davidsville- The O'Connor Cemetery is having a re-dedication and blessing  of the cemetery Saturday, May 29 at 10 a.m.  This will be an outdoor Mass celebration of the graveyard.  The Knights of Columbus, whose founder and first charter signer of the All Saints Assembly of Johnstown, was the former Judge Francis J. O'Connor.
     The Celebration will be held on what is known as the Judge's summer home at Forwardstown of Jenners Township located along Route 985.  The cemetery is located and founded in the year of 1847 with the burial of Francis O'Connor, grandfather of the judge.  The Knights of Columbus of the Father Dodson will be in attendance.
     The parade honor guard of Somerset will also present a salute to the Civil War and all veterans buried in the cemetery.  Music will be provided for the Mass.
     The Rev. Father Henry L. Joly will be the celebrant.  More information can be provided on the beautiful restoration and how it has been accomplished.  For more information contact Pat Chynoweth at 479-4631.


DIRECTIONS TO CEMETERY:

PA turnpike to exit 110, take 601 North to intersection with 985 North and continue on 985 north.

Route 985 North - Just passed Forwardstown business center, the entrance marker is on the left about 15 to 20 feet back from the road. If you pass a long white fence on your left, you've miised the entrance.

Route 985 South - Just passed a white picket fence on the right, entrance marker is on the right about 15 to 20 feet back from the road.


HISTORY OF CEMETERY:

Francis O'Connor immigrated from County Kildare, Ireland in 1812.

He was the prominent road construction contractor for the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Pike otherwise known as route 30 and resided in the valley located here until his death in 1847. After the cemetery was established with the burial of Francis, three unidentified victims of the Great Flood of 1889 were buried in the cemetery. The three markers located near the right hand middle gate indicate their graves. Francis's grandson, Hon. Judge Francis Joseph O'Connor, son of James O'Connor and Elizabeth Croyle, supervised prisoners from Somerset and Cambria County while they constructed the cemetery walls during 1902. From the time of the cemetery's establishment it has been reserved for the burial of the O'Connor's and their relatives. 

(contributed by Jack O'Connor)


WPA Records of O'Connor Cemetery

 


Tombstone Inscriptions

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App, John Weber, h/o Lucille O'Connor, 1896 - 1955, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Berkebile, Laura J., (view 2), 1867 - 1911, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Chynoweth, James P., "Jimmy", 09 Sep 1948 - 16 Dec 2006, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Chynoweth, James Richard, Jr., 02 Feb 1924 - 21 Dec 1995, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Cole, Rosanna, 1799 - 1873, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Felix, Robert M., 02 Aug 1942 - 20 Jul 2003, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Flanagan, Evelyn E., 01 Apr 1924 - 24 Aug 2002, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Graser, Jacob, s/o J. & C., d. 27 Apr 1870, aged 21Y 2M 2D, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Annie C., 17 May 1892 - 31 Aug 1911, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Charles E., 04 Sep 1892 - 19 Sep 1949, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Edward L., 06 Feb 1912 - 25 Jan 1989, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Fred J., (no photo available), 14 Jun 1860 - 05 Jul 1901, Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Frederick H., 1917 - 1925, Our Son, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, H. L., 16 Jul 1914 - 28 Mar 1915, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, John N., 14 Nov 1866 - 26 Jan 1917, Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Ellen, 18 Oct 1872 - 21 Jan 1952, Mother, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, John H., d. 18 Feb 1891, aged 30D, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, John, d. 08 Jun 1889, aged 71Y 6M 21D, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Grasser, Regina M., (no photo avaiulable), d/o J.N. & E., d. 14 May 1917, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Hopps, Elizabeth J., 14 Mar 1906 - 11 Jan 1990, Mother, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Huber, Elizabeth O'Connor, 1911 - 1973, Wife Toots, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Huber, Bernard, Jr., 1910 - 1976, Husband Larry, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Johnstown Flood Unknown Victim, 1889, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Johnstown Flood Unknown Victim, 1889, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Knuff, Joseph, 15 Aug 1855 - 18 May 1926Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Knuff, Mary, [nee Adams], 05 Jun 1857 - 04 May 1928, Mother, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

McCoy, Lucille O'Connor, 11 Dec 1907 - 09 Aug 1982, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Amanda, 06 May 1848 - 04 Mar 1934, erected by J. Paul O'Connor, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Alice K., [nee Kelly], 1873 - 1928, Mother, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Alice Klein, 03 Nov 1906 - 24 Nov 1978, w/o Francis J., (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Edgar C., 19 Aug 1921 - 14 Feb 1961, S/Sgt 302 Ord BN WWII, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Helen S., 14 Aug 1922 - 20 Jan 1989, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Elizabeth Croyle, w/o James, 1833 - 1918, Mother, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Francis J., 15 Jul 1902 - 08 Jun 1957, Judge Allegheny County, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Mary K., 06 Apr 1921 - [07 Feb 2006 SSDI], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Francis J., Jr., 29 May 1941 - 19 Aug 1994, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Francis J., 21 May 1918 - 21 Oct 2003, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Francis, d. 1847, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Frederick K., 26 Feb 1938, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, James Philip, 1904 - 1938, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, James, 05 Nov 1820 - 05 Oct 1896, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, John, 1819 - 1886, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Hester, His Wife, 1822 - 1903, [nee Croyle], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, John R., (view 2), 1850 - 1926, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Magdelena (Grasser), (view 2), 1858 - 1944, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, John R., 1850 - 1926, Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Susanna, 1862 - 1934, Mother, [nee Hyndman], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Frank L., 1882 - 1963, Son, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, John S., (no photo available), 1889 - 1937, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Joseph P., 05 Apr 1921 - 25 Feb 2006, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, J. Paul, 1892 - 1955, Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Maude R., 1898 - 1972, Mother, [nee Rininger], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Laura, 1862 - 1922, Sister, [nee Keller], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, family plot marker, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Margaret, 1801 - 1882, [nee McNulty], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Mary Alice, (no photo available), d. 08 Feb 1942, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Paul L., s/o J. Paul & Maude, 1924 - 2002, WWII flag marker, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Peter Jerome, 1863 - 1942, Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Rebecca, 1859 - 1901, Sister, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Richard C., 1878 - 1903, Son, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Richard, 1826 - 1893, Grandfather, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Margaret, 1826 - 1889, Grandmother, [nee Cole], (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Robert J., 26 Feb 1926 - 01 Mar 1926, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, Sarah C., (no tombstone erected), 03 Jul 1919 - 06 Jul 1919, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

O'Connor, William J., (no photo available), 29 Nov 1881 - 18 Jan 1958, Son, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Paxton, Larry, 1951 - 2004, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Riffle, Samuel, (view 2), 1834 - 1922, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Riffle, Eliza, (view 2), His Wife, 1842 - uninscribed, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Saylor, Dorothy Ann (Rucker), 02 Dec 1945 - 17 Nov 1994, married 09 Mar 1963, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Saylor, Earl F., 27 Mar 1900 - 16 Feb 1976, Father, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Saylor, Eva J., 22 Dec 1909 - 27 May 1943, Mother, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Saylor, Floretta Jean, 05 Aug 1933 - 23 Aug 1989, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Saylor, John A., 1938 - 1938, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Saylor, Rose Mary, 07 May 1942 - 04 Nov 1998, (contributed by Jack O'Connor)

Willie, Estella C., 1879 - 1926, [nee O'Connor), (contributed by Jack O'Connor)


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