Welsh Hill Cemetery

The following list of burials in Welsh Hill Cemetery was compiled from several existing lists and photographs obtained circa 1986-1992, and 2005 additions as described below. An X in the photo column indicates that there is a photograph of the gravestone in our collection. Note that some names were recorded by one transcriber and not the other. Errors are likely, but an effort has been made to do the best we can with what remains visible in this abandoned graveyard. Hopefully, it will be helpful to a descendant of someone listed here. To view some of the photographs, click here. If you are a descendant of any of the individuals for which we have photographs, please e-mail me and I'll send you the photo as an e-mail attachment.

Update, September 2005

A local Girl Scout, her family and several volunteers are currently working on restoring this cemetery. They are doing a wonderful job up righting and restoring fallen stones and documenting all information contained on them. She expects to publish a full report of her findings in mid 2006. A preliminary list provided to MCGS included some stones not previously listed, and excluded some previously found, indicating that some which were visible before are now buried. They will continue to work while the weather is good and then return in the Spring. I visited the site in September to meet them, take some additional photos and see what had been accomplished. I was very impressed with the painstaking, thorough job they are doing. Below is an updated list including new information. Revisions will be made as information is available.

Update, June 2006

The project is nearing completion and we hope to have a revised list soon. At our June 2006 MCGS meeting Alessa spoke about her project and displayed photographs of the stones and a map of the cemetery. There continues to be controversy over the formal name of the cemetery. There are those who insist that the name is Sidler Hill Cemetery and those who grew up in the neighborhood who say emphatically that it is Welsh Hill. Others say they grew up calling it the "Irish Cemetery." Until it is proved otherwise, I'll continue to call it Welsh Hill and will trust that you know to what I'm referring. No one challenges the fact that the cemetery was the burying ground for St. Joseph's Catholic Church and that burials ceased in that cemetery when a new cemetery was opened in Mahoning Township, adjacent to the present Odd Fellows Cemetery. The majority of the burials appear to be Irish, but there are obviously surnames familiar to other ethnic backgrounds, including German and Welsh.

Update, April 2007

We now have the completed booklet and CD on the Sidler Hill/Welsh Hill Cemetery, complete with photographs of all stones and a map of their locations.

Last NameFirst NameMiddle or MaidenBornDiedAgedCommentsListed byListed byListed byPhoto
___ottPat___12/23/1855Native of IrelandX
BrownSimon07/19/187565 ySRBRJAMX
ConaughtonJames05/182010/14/1871Born in the Parish of Sligo, IrelandSRBRJAMX
ConaughtonMary11/23/186784 yw/o James Conaughton, d/o James & Margaret Boughan. Parish of Ballymole, County Sligo, IrelandSRB RJX
CurtinHannah05/16/186116 yd/o Dennis & Elizabeth CurtinSRBRJ says Hanna CurrinAMX
DetrickLydia A.02/15/1864?29y4m11dw/o David DebrickSRBRJAMX
DenninMatthew03/04/18632y3ds/o Patrick & Jane DenninSRBRJAMX
DillonMary09/12/187222 yw/o John Dillon, Born in the parish of __, County __. IrelandSRBRJAMX
DoughertyMargaret08/18/186230yBorn in IrelandRJAMX
EnglishBridgetw/o John EnglishX
FallonCatherine J.11/12/1882?60 or 69?w/o Michael FallonSRBRJAMX
FallonMichael05/10/1884Our BrotherSRBAMX
FallonMichael10/29/188260?Our ParentsSRBRJX
FinniganAliceCouchran02/05/187268 yw/o James Finnigan. Native of Ireland.SRBRJX
FinniganJames11/28/185870 yb. in IrelandSRBRJAMX
HallinanMary03/12/187740 ySRBAMX
HurleyHenryRJAM says Harley or HurleyX
JacobsJoanna03/12/186523 yw/o Daniel Jacobs, d/o Daniel & Juia Holland of the parish of Ballenabonny, County Cork, Ireland.RJAMX
KellyPhillip7/187765 yBorn in the Parish of ___, Ireland.SRBRJAMX
Mc?JohnRJAM says John McGonnon
McC.A.All four on one stoneX
McC.H.All four on one stoneX
McC.J.All four on one stoneX
McC.L.All four on one stoneX
O'BrienWilliam07/19/1865 or 186340?Erected by Patrick O'Brien to the memory of his brotherSRBRJAMX
OwenJamesRJAM says OwensX
PriestBridget06/17/18562y4m?d/o John & Bridget PriestSRBRJAMX
ReyneJohn12/--/187226SRBRJAM says PeyneX
RoeTerrence?/28, 1875AMX
RyanMary Ann07/20/18621yd/o Thomas & Catharine RyanSRBRJAMX
ShevlandThomas08/04/182304/29/1860Born in the Parish of Killarney Co. Monaghan IrelandAMX
WilliamsMary C.12/16/1885SRBRJAMX

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