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a.k.a. - Tara Hill (Terra Hill) Cemetery
a.k.a. - Greensprings Catholic Cemetery
a/k/a - Old St. Thomas Cemetery
a/k/a - Old Whitaker Cemetery
Eliza and Glencairn Road
West Mifflin, PA
(Photo: Courtesy of Lois Lyman,
Posted: September 12, 2011
This small West Mifflin, PA
cemetery, over past generations referred to by a variety of names
(see list of a.k.a's above), contains the remains of early
settlers and local Indians whose influence and contributions are
documented in "Biographical Review, Volume 24, Sketches of
leading citizens of Pittsburg and the vicinity, Pennsylvania
(1897)". The most
prominent headstones are those of Thomas and Nancy (Whitaker) West
and the Oldshue families. (Source: Homestead & Mifflin Township Historical
Society, Vol. 2, No. 5.).
Family names associated with this
area, named "Tara Hill", were: Whitaker, West, Kenny and Maginn.
Further details may be found in the
Mifflin Township to West Mifflin Borough, p. 119 (TARA HILL)"
Relative excerpts from 3 different
issues of newsletters, courtesy
of Mifflin Township Historical Society newsletter archives,
are available for reading and downloading (CLICK HERE), with the
understanding they are copyrighted material and not to be sold for
Combined efforts over the years by
Homestead & Mifflin Township Historical Society; "community
service" helpers; local neighbors and Girl Scouts have helped give
this cemetery a well maintained appearance.
Information collected by Edwin S.
Hodge (now deceased), September 30, 1983:
This cemetery is on the northeast
corner in West Mifflin Boro. It is in Section R-21 page 15 of the
Geographia Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh, Edition of 1978. This cemetery is marked by a wrought
iron fence on four sides, overgrown heavily with briars, busy low
hanging trees and copious poison ivy. Some stones were read, there
were about six that were too badly eroded to read. There were at
least two graves with field stone markers but no inscription.
contributed by Lois Lyman, September 10, 2011:
When I was growing up in the Homeville
area of West Mifflin, there was a small cemetery very near where I
lived. It had a dilapidated iron fence and was always
overgrown with weeds. Earlier this summer (2011) when I was
over that way, I swung by the cemetery to check it out. It
was a pleasant surprise. The cemetery is being mowed and has
a new black aluminum fence. So I set about making my
The cemetery is at the corner of Eliza
and Glencairn streets in the Homeville area of West Mifflin.
It is across the street from Homeville Elementary School which was
Homeville Junior High School back in the 40's, 50's and 60's
when I lived there. In addition to the few granite
tombstones, there are about a dozen weathered, broken, and
unreadable limestone and fieldstone markers. The cemetery
has no sign, but it was known as the West Family Cemetery when I
lived in the area.
Readings recorded by Edwin S. Hodge
The following inscription was on a
marker near the front:
Some of the early settlers of West Mifflin
are buried here. An unknown number of settlers
and Indians lie in unmarked graves within and
beyond the fence.
Thomas West died Jan 20, 1863 Aged 70 years
Nancy West died April 30, 1870 Aged 67 years
monument held the names of
At the base to the left there was a foundation for a stone, but
the stone was missing.
At the right of the base a stone bore this
Martha Ann Oldshue
Born Oct. 17, 1924
Died Aug. 18, 1903
On an opposite face from Lincoln Oldshue there read
Mary H. Oldshue
Thomas L. Oldshue
Thomas L. Oldshue
born Dec. 2, 1846
April 2, 1887
died June 3, 1877
stone for Charles Oldshue
On a single marker
John W. Oldshue, M. D.
Frances Gulick Oldshue
Arrows on the stone pointed to
John’s grave on the right and Frances’ grave on the left.
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