Special thanks to Mr. Gwynfor Ellis, of Bethel, Caernarfon, North Wales, for his invaluable help with Welsh translations and place names.
Er cof am - in memory of
Bu farw - died
Priod - spouse (husband or wife)
Plant - children
oed - age(d)
ml. - years, mis. - months
G.C. - Gogledd Cymru (N. Wales)
gynt o/gynt ger - previously from
trwy ddamwain - through accident
mab mabw ysiedig - adopted son
Slateville Cemetery, like most others, has ongoing maintenance fees. An endowment fund has been established to help with the perpetual care of this historic cemetery. If you would like more information, please contact Bob Scarborough at 717-456-5126. To donate to the fund, please send your contribution to:
Slateville Presbyterian Church
Attn: Patty Fantom
PO Box 637
Delta, PA 17314
For generations, Slateville cemetery, located beside the Slateville Presbyterian Church, has been the final resting place of members of that congregation, as well as Rehoboth Welsh Chapel. Veterans of nearly every American war since the Revolution are buried here.
What sets this cemetery apart from others is the presence of the dark grey tombstones made from local Peach Bottom slate. Beautifully carved with Bibles, flowers, or willow trees, they often mark the graves of immigrants from communities in North Wales. Names such as Williams, Jones, Evans, Roberts, and Griffith dot the cemetery. Many of the stones are inscribed in Welsh, and bear a uniquely Welsh form of poetry known as englyn. The tombstones tell an important part of the story of life in Delta at the time. The native village inscribed is a reminder of a beloved homeland left behind. Able young men died in quarry accidents, and young mothers in childbirth. Parents lost one or more children to illness, sometimes only months apart, and often before the age of five years.
WELSH PLACE NAMES LISTED
BANGOR, BEDDGELERT, BETHESDA, BLAENAU FFESTINIOG, BRYNCRUG, CAERNARFON, CLWTYBONT, COED MAWR, CORRIS, OGWEN, DINORWIG, EBENEZER, FFESTINIOG, LANLLECHYD, LLANBERIS, LLANDEINIOLEN, LLANRUG, PENNAL, PENRHYNDEUDRAETH, PENTREFOELAS, TYN Y MAES, WAENFAWR, BWLCH UCHAF, NANT U CHAF, NANT Y GRAEAN
SIR GAERFYRDDIN (CARMARTHENSHIRE)
Also of interest:
David E. Williams 1820-1887
gynt ger Penrhyndeudraeth
Elizabeth (wife) 1819-1905
David (son) d. 1875, aged 16
Earliest known residents of one of the still-standing cottages in Coulsontown (see Cottages page)
Coming soon: more on those buried in Slateville Cemetery
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