Covenanter Cemetery
(Miller’s Run Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery)
Chartiers Twp., Washington County, Pennsylvania

Census and history done by Gina Nestor in 1999 and compared with the 1937 census done by the local chapter of the DAR that is published in “Miscellaneous Cemeteries, Washington County, PA, Vol. 1”.   The 1937 census contained some errors and omissions that are corrected in this census.  (Information in parentheses in the census below is from historical sources and not written on the tombstones.)


          The Covenanters originally established a burial ground behind their log meeting house in Canonsburg on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Pitt Street in the early 1800’s.  In 1835, the congregation relocated 5 miles north to what is now Brigich Road and established another churchyard cemetery at that location.  Burials continued to take place at the Canonsburg site until the late 1830’s.  There are no burial records for the Canonsburg Covenanters Cemetery.

          In 1877, the Canonsburg Herald reported the Canonsburg cemetery site was barely visible with only two stones standing and several others lying scattered about on the ground.  The following are the inscriptions that could still be read in 1877. 


·          In memory of Isabelah Johnston who departed this life August 28th 1822 in the 31st yr. of her age.  Also in memory of Robert Johnston who departed this life March 13th A. D. 1831 aged 74 yrs. (Note:  the correct death date is Aug. 29, 1829.  The newspaper reporter apparently misread the date.)


·         In memory of Jannet Smith who departed this life April the 14th 1825, aged 24 years.


·         In memory of Agnes Stormont, consort of David Stormont, who departed his life October the 17th A. D. 1828, aged 70 yrs.


·         In memory of John Smith who departed his life August the 6th, 1837, aged 86 yrs.



          In 1904, the Covenanter Church (now known as Miller’s Run Reformed Presbyterian) sold the old Canonsburg cemetery site to James McBurney of Canonsburg.  Civil engineer, Murray Pollock, was hired to locate and survey the old burial ground in July of that year.  He found the cemetery to be 80 x 160 feet with its location being over the hill toward what is now Town Park.   The lone stone standing was that of Isabelah and Robert Johnston. That stone and their remains were moved to the second Covenanter Cemetery on Brigich Road. 


          Directions to Cemetery: From Hoss's Steakhouse in Canonsburg, go straight across RR tracks at light. This is 980 North.  Proceed on 980 North for approx. 5 miles. Sherwood Valley Pools will be on your left. At the crest of the hill, make a left onto Swihart Rd. After proceeding 4/10 mile, you will see the old Millers Run Church and Cemetery on the right. This is NOT Covenanters Cemetery. Proceed another 4/10 mile and make a rt. onto Brigich Rd. Proceed on Brigich for 1.2 miles. Covenanters Cemetery is at the top of the hill on the right and is surrounded by a chain link fence and gate which is kept locked.  The first row that is seen when coming up the hill is identified as Row 1 in this census.




            BEGGS, Alexander, d. Jan. 30, 1850 in the 80th year of his age, Row 5
BEGGS, Margaret CLYDE, d. Jun 12, 1857 in her 85th year of her age, wife of Alexander Beggs, Row 5
CARITHERS, Ella M. GEORGE, b. Jul 25, 1855, d. Sep. 12, 1913. wife of the Rev. W. W. Carithers "They rest from their labours and their works do follow them." Row 5
CARITHERS, Rev. W.W., D.D, b. Dec. 19, 1854, d. May 20, 1930. (D.D. - Doctor of Divinity), husband of Ella George Carithers, Row 5
CRAWFORD, Margaret, d. Mar 12, 1855, aged 6 mos., 1 day, daughter of Matthew & Ursula Crawford, Row 5
CRAWFORD, Matthew, b. Mar 15, 1802; Departed this life Sep. 30, 1894, husband of Ursula Crawford, Row 6
CRAWFORD, Oliver P., b. Dec. 27, 1838, d. Jan 4, 1898, son of Matthew & Ursula Crawford, Row 6
CRAWFORD, Robert, d. Apr. 10, 1858 in the 7 years of his age, son of Matthew & Ursula CRAWFORD, Row 5
CRAWFORD, Ursula D. Hastings, b. Jan. 11, 1818, Departed this life May 29, 1896, wife of Matthew Crawford, Row 6
CUBBAGE, John, b. Jan. 12, 1812, d. Aug. 4, 1880, Row 6
ESTMAN, Jane H. GORDON, d. Dec. 7, 1904, wife of Thomas ESTMAN, Row 4
GEORGE, Agnes, d. May 4, 1852 in the 66th year of her age, wife of David George, Row 5
GEORGE, David, d. Feb. 17, 1866 in the 75th year of his age, husband of Agnes George, Row 5
GEORGE, Eleanor, d. Jul 10, 1854 in her 23rd year. 1st wife of Robert Scott George, Row 5
GEORGE, Elizabeth, departed this life Jun 24, 1842 at the age of 25 years, Row 5
GEORGE, Jane SLATER, d. Jan. 29, 1901, age 81 years, 3rd wife of John George, (daughter of James & Martha Thompson Slater), Row 4 (*DAR census mistakenly lists Jane S. George as James George)
GEORGE, John, b. Jan 28, 1808, d. Feb. 6, 1887, husband of Jane Slater George, Row 4
GEORGE, Maggie, d. Oct. 27, 1876 in her 39th year. 2nd wife of Robert Scott George, Row 5
GEORGE, Margaret Robison HAMILTON,, b. 1842, d. 1916. "I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help." Psalm 121, wife of Robert James George, Row 4
GEORGE, Mary, d. Feb. 28, 1899 in her 73rd year, Row 5
GEORGE, Robert James, b. 1844, d. 1911, "I am to be gathered unto my people, bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephraim on the Hittite." Gen: 49: v. 29, 30, 31, 32, son of John and Jane George, Row 4
GEORGE, Robert Scott, b. Jan. 24, 1826, d. Aug. 1, 1905, Row 5
GIBSON, Sarah B., d. Nov 1, 1904, age 5 mos, daughter of J.D. & M.W. Gibson, Row 1
HARBISON, Adam, b. 1826, d. 1904, husband of Nancy Harbison, Row 4
HARBISON, John, b. 1848, d. 1913, son of John & Nancy Harbison, Row 4
HARBISON, Matthew Alexander, b. 1853, d. 1878, son of John & Nancy Harbison, Row 4
HARBISON, Nancy, b. 1828, d. 1903, wife of Adam, Row 4
HARBISON, Nannie, b. 1860, d. 1898, wife of Matthew Alexander Harbison, Row 4
HARBISON, Samuel A., b. 1861, d. 1946, son of John & Nancy Harbison, Row 4
HUNTER, Mary, d. Nov. 29, 1856 at the age of 27 years, Row 3
HUNTER, William, d. Jan. 30, 1863 (of typhoid fever) at Belle Plains, Va., age 22, in the Civil War, Private, Co. D, 10th Pa. Reserves, GAR Marker, Row 3
HUSTON, Allison, d. Mar 14, 1868, age 70 years, wife of John Huston, Row 5
HUSTON, John, d. May 3, 1873 in the 89th year of his age, husband of Allison Huston, Row 5
JOHNSTON, Isabelah, departed this life on Aug 29, A.D. 1829 in her 31st year, wife of Robert Johnston, Row 1
JOHNSTON, Robert, departed this life on Mar 13, 1831 age 74 years, husband of Isabelah Johnston, Row 1
KEARNEY, Elizabeth J, b. 1871, d. 1921, Row 4
KEMPS, Nancy, d. Apr 2, 1851, wife of Matthew Kemps, (age 35 years), Row 3
KEMPS, Thomas S., d. Mar 21, 1885 at the age of 38 years, (son of Matthew & Nancy Kemps), Row 3
KENNEDY, Margaret, b. Mar 6, 1819,  d. May 22, 1864, wife of David Kennedy, Row 2
McBURNEY, Jenny G., d. Apr. 25, 1874 at the age of 3 years, daughter of John R. & Lizzie K. McBurney, Row 1
McBURNEY, John R., d. Jul 28, 1896, age 66 years, husband of Lizzie Robb McBurney, (son of James & Jane Acheson McBurney), Row 2
McBURNEY, Lizzie (Elizabeth) K. Robb, d. Jun 30, 1893 at the age of 58 years, wife of John R. McBurney, (daughter of George & Jane Robb), Row 1
McCLELLAND, Jane HOWE, d. Jul 31, 1877 at the age of 63 years, (2nd wife of Richard McClelland), Row 5
McCLELLAND, Richard, b. Jun 14, 1805, d. Jul 22, 1886. "Then they are glad because they be quiet so He bringeth them unto their desired haven." Row 5
PEACOCK, (Baby), b. Jan. 3, 1888, d. Feb. 6, 1888, (child of) James M. and Margaret R. Peacock Row 3
PEACOCK, Lizzie Stacey, b. Mar 28, 1852, d. Jun 29, 1881, 1st wife of James M. Peacock, Row 3
PEACOCK, Mamie, b. Jan. 3, 1888, d. Feb. 6, 1888, Daughter of James M. and Margaret R. Peacock, Row 3
ROBB, George, d. Nov. 18, 1861, age 65 years, husband of Jane George, Row 2
ROBB, Jane GEORGE, d. Dec 22, 1876, age 75 years, wife of George Robb, Row 2
SCOTT, A. (Walter), b. Jul 16, 1881, d. Sep 4, 1899, (son of John & Lizzie Bolton Scott), Row 2
SCOTT, Cora A., b. Aug 22, 1885, d. Oct 25, 1905, (daughter of John and Lizzie B. Scott), Row 2
SCOTT, Infant, d. Mar 15, 1871?, son of R. A. & M. R. Scott, Row 3
SCOTT, J. Ray, b. Feb 8, 1890, d. Feb 11, 1890, (son of John and Lizzie B. Scott), Row 2
SCOTT, John, b. 1837, d. 1916, husband of Lizzie B. Scott, Row 2
SCOTT, Joseph, d. May 14, 1861 in the 75th year of his age, husband of Sarah Scott, (1st Lt. under General Harrison in War of 1812), Row 3
SCOTT, Lizzie (BOLTON), b. 1852, d. 1913, wife of John Scott, (daughter of David Bolton), Row 2
SCOTT, Nancy, d. Oct. 4, 1883 at the age of 52 years, (daughter of Joseph & Sarah Douglass Scott),  Row 3
SCOTT, Sarah (DOUGLASS), d. Aug. 2, 1882 in the 88th year of her age, wife of Joseph Scott, (daughter of Patrick Douglass), Row 3
SLATER, Anna M., b. 1881, d. 1934, Row 6
SLATER, Annie D. Martha, b. Dec. 1, 1857, d. Mar 9, 1872, daughter of Thomas and Christiana Slater, Row 4
SLATER, Bess M., b. 1884, d. 1944, wife of George Slater, Row 3
SLATER, (Baby), d. May 1, 1843 at the age of __weeks and __days, Row 4
SLATER, Christiana J., b. 1822, d. 1897, wife of Thomas Slater, (daughter of William & Margaret George Thompson), Row 6
SLATER, Emma Christina, b. 1862, d. 1924, (daughter of Thomas & Christiana Thompson Slater), Row 6
SLATER, Emma, d. Aug 2, 1901 aged 38 years, wife of Dr. George W. Slater, Row 6
SLATER, George W., M.D, d. Mar 7, 1919, age 65 years, (son of Thomas & Christiana Thompson Slater), Row 6
SLATER, George, b. 1886, d. 19__ (last two digits are not etched into the stone), husband of Bess M. Slater, Row 3
SLATER, James Renwick, d. Apr 28, 1851 at the age of 1 yr. 4 mos. and 24 days, son of Thomas and Christiana Slater, Row 4
SLATER, John George, Entered into rest Sep 28, 1888 at age 47, Row 6
SLATER, John R., b. 1849, d. 1921, (son of Thomas & Christiana Thompson Slater),Row 6
SLATER, John, b. Mar 8, 1808, d. Mar 29, 1883, husband of Margaret Thompson Slater, (son of James & Martha Thompson Slater), Row 6
SLATER, Margaret Estelle, Asleep Aug 31, 1913, "Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.", Row 6
SLATER, Margaret McCOY, b. Jul 27, 1829, d. May 20, 1899 "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." Wife of Rev. William Slater, Row 4
SLATER, Margaret GEORGE THOMPSON, b. Jul 10, 1799, d. Apr. 3, 1883, wife of John Slater, (1st husband was William Thompson), Row 6
SLATER, Mary Burnside, b. 1857, d. 1921, Row 6
SLATER, Renwick G., Fell asleep Mar 1, 1892 at the age of 19 years, Row 6
SLATER, Renwick, b. Oct. 20, 1863, d. Jun 1, 1884 at the age of 21 years, Son of P. & H., Row 3
SLATER, Rev. William, b. Aug 25, 1813, d. Mar 24, 1889, "They that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars forever and ever." Husband of Margaret McCoy Slater, pastor of Miller’s Run Reformed Presbyterian Church 1843 – 1887, Row 4
SLATER, Thomas, b. 1819, d. 1906, husband of Christiana Thompson Slater, (son of James & Martha Thompson Slater), Row 6
SLATER, William M, b. 1854, d. 1938, Row 4
SLATER, William Thompson, b. 1847, d. 1919, (son of Thomas & Christiana Thompson Slater), Row 6
SMITH, Jannet, departed this life April the 14th 1825, aged 24 years.
SMITH, John, departed this life August the 6th, 1837, aged 86 yrs
In Memory... consort of David Stormont, who departed this life Oct. 17 A.D, 1828, age 70 years, Row 2
TAGGART, Alexander, b. Jun 1, 1828, d. Jan 22, 1904, Row 1
TAGGART, James M, (b. 1831) son of John & Jane M. Taggart, (no death date), Row 2
TAGGART, Jane M, d. Apr 12, 1861, wife of John Taggart, Row 2
TAGGART, John, d. Nov. 15, 1857, husband of Jane M. Taggart, Row 2
THOMPSON, Christiana G. ROBB, b. Aug. 9, 1830, d. May 13, 1870, 1st wife of William G. Thompson, (daughter of George & Jane George Robb), Row 2
THOMPSON, Elizabeth C. (SHANE), b. Apr 18, 1834, d. May 30, 1918, 2nd wife of William G. Thompson, (daughter of Henry & Margaret Musser Shane), Row 2
THOMPSON, Elizabeth E., b. 1863, d. 1920, (daughter of William G. & Christiana Robb Thompson), Row 7
THOMPSON, Etta H., b. 1859, d. 1937, (daughter of William G. & Christiana Robb Thompson), Row 7
THOMPSON, Emma Jenny, b. Sep 15, 1856, d. May 7, 1870. “These died in faith, Also our eldest daughter Jenny”, daughter of William G. & Christiana Robb Thompson, Row 2
THOMPSON, William G, b. Feb 11, 1831, d. Feb. 11, 1897, (son of William & Margaret George Thompson, husband of Christiana G. Robb Thompson, husband of Elizabeth Shane Thompson), Row 2
WALKER, George W, Entered into rest Jul 8, 1921, aged 84 years, (husband of Grettie Slater Walker, Row 6
WALKER, Grettie (Margaretta) A. SLATER, Entered into rest Nov. 20, 1888 at the age of 43 years, wife of George W. Walker, (daughter of John and Margaret Slater), Row 6
WALLACE, Eleanor, d. Dec. 1899, 3 mos old, daughter of R. W. & N. C. Wallace, Row 1
WALLACE, Jane, d. Jan 29, 1887 in her 70th year of her age, Row 1
WALLACE, John, b. Oct. 7, 1815, d. Jun 28, 1876, wife of Mary J. Taggart Wallace, Row 1
WALLACE, Joseph, died Feb. 1901, 2 days old, son of R. W. & Nettie C. Wallace, Row 1
WALLACE, Joseph, b. 1824, d. 1904, husband of Sarah McBurney Wallace, Row 2
WALLACE, Katherine Eleanor, b. 1871, d. 1890, Daughter of Joseph & Sarah McBurney Wallace, Row 1
WALLACE, Mary Ann, b. 1820, d. 1902, Row 1
WALLACE, Mary HOCH, b. 1887, d. 1931 at the age of 44, (wife of Ebenezer B. Foster Wallace), Row 6
WALLACE, Mary J. TAGGART, b. Jan 27, 1827, d. Aug 5, 1902, wife of John Wallace, (daughter of John Taggart), Row 1
WALLACE, Mary, d. Apr 17, 1858 in the 74th year of her age, wife of Robert Wallace, Row 1
WALLACE, Robert J., b. 1852, d. 1919, (husband of Clara Boyle Wallace, father of E. (Ebenezer) B. Foster Wallace), Row 6
WALLACE, Robert, b. 1821, d. 1898, Row 1
WALLACE, Robert, d. Aug 23, 1855 in the 77th year of his age, husband of Mary Wallace, Row 1
WALLACE, Sarah McBurney, b. 1832, d. 1897, wife of Joseph Wallace, (daughter of James & Jane Acheson McBurney), Row 2
WALLACE, Thomas George, b. 1895, d. 1901, son of R. W. & Nettie Wallace,  Row 1
WALLACE, Walker, d. Jan 12, 1861 at the age of 34 years, Row 1

Note: There are many missing, broken and unreadable stones.