Tag Archives: Shafts

Stockton Monument, Allegheny Cemetery

A grand classical pillar for David Stockton, who died in 1858, and his family. Although age has softened the edges, the inscription was deep enough that it is still quite legible. Observant viewers will note the moon in the upper right corner of the picture.


Batsch-Stapf-Angloch Shaft, South Side Cemetery

An attractive marble shaft that reminds old Pa Pitt of the rook from a chess game. It was put up in about 1877 to mark the plot of an intertwined set of German families. Fridolin Batsch, who died in 1877 at the age of 31, is almost certainly the same woman who came into the United States from Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1866, at the age of 21. Since she came steerage, the family must have done well in the next decade to afford this monument.

Wood Shaft, Allegheny Cemetery

In this section of the Allegheny Cemetery are several circular burial plots, in which there is usually a prominent central monument—like an obelisk—with a number of graves orbiting it, all inside a stone ring. The Wood plot includes this somewhat elaborate shaft, which originally supported an urn at the top; the urn has fallen, and old Pa Pitt sure is glad he wasn’t there when it happened.

Reverend Charles Walther Monument, Smithfield East End Cemetery

This octagonal shaft includes a very unusual portrait head of the Rev. Mr. Walther, along with an open book on which there is an inscription that Father Pitt could not quite read. The date of birth appears to be 1784, but old Pa Pitt could not make out the date of death. The style of the monument is of the 1860s or so, and one suspects that this is one of the monuments moved here when the cemetery moved from Troy Hill. (The Smithfield Cemetery was originally downtown; it moved to Troy Hill in 1860 and to its final home in 1886—thus the name “Smithfield East End Cemetery,” to distinguish this location from its former locations.)