Esplen Monument, Chartiers Cemetery

This marble monument for John Esplen and his wife Catharine was probably put up when Catharine died in her forties; unfortunately, the inscription on her side is becoming illegible, and old Pa Pitt was not able to make out the exact age or date—perhaps 1868. John died at 67 in 1894 (by which time marble was all but extinct as a monument stone in Pittsburgh); if the date 1868 for Catharine’s death is right, she was probably a few years older than he was. Is this a branch of the Esplen family for whom Esplen, the former borough (now city neighborhood) at the mouth of the Chartiers Creek, is named?

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