Col. Frank McAnally Wallace – Police Officer & Veteran of WWI and WWII


Born: August 20, 1901 Died: June 10, 1967 Plot: Section F, Range 1, Lot 2 Frank Wallace had Irish roots, but his parents and his maternal grandfather were all born and lived their lives in the Irish communities of South Philadelphia. Frank was born in …Read More

William J. McCahan (1832-1918) – Entrepreneur Sugar Refiner of Philadelphia

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Born: April 1 1832 Died: March 9, 1918 Plot: Section 001, Lot 9 William James McCahan, was born in County Atrim in Northern Ireland to John and Peggy (Taggart) McCaughan.* William was the youngest of seven children. He was a descendent of distinguished Scottish …Read More

Clifford P. MacCalla (1837-1892) – Lawyer and Grand Master of Masons

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Birth: Jun. 11, 1837 Death: Apr. 24, 1892 Plot: Section 6, Lot 36 Son of successful printer and newspaper publisher James Sherron MacCalla and Ruth White Paynter, he graduated from Central High School (1855) then read law in the office of Francis Wharton LLD …Read More

John “Big Nose” Avena – Mob Boss

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John Avena (center), 1927 Born: Sicily, 1893 Died: Philadelphia, August 17, 1936 John Avena was once known as “the biggest numbers man in South Philadelphia”. Born in Sicily about 1893, John succeeded Salvatore Sabella as Philadelphia’s mob boss in the early 1930′s. It is …Read More

William J. Graham – WWI Veteran and Philadelphia Policeman


Born: November 30, 1878 Died: December 22, 1940 Plot: Section 129, Lot 44 William James Graham was born on November 30, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to William and Margaret (McAvoy) Graham. He was the youngest of six siblings (two boys and four girls).  Sometime …Read More

George Wesley Stroby (1877-1934) – A Founder of the Trilby String Band and Mummers Parade


This story was told to me by my Aunt Viola, Georges youngest child. George Wesley Stroby was born on 23 February 1877 to George B. Stroby and Mary Wilson.  His father was a “Segar maker” and was of Swedish descent.  George was the youngest …Read More

George Ewell – Baseball Player and Oysterman

An Oyster Barrow in front of the Chestnut Street Theater. Artist: Attributed to John Lewis Krimmel (1786–1821)

Born: October 29, 1850 Died: October 20, 1910 Plot: Section 18, Lot 52 In March of 1871, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established.  Baseball would have its first league made up of professional clubs with an established method of determining a …Read More

John Deasley – Baseball Player

Born:  January 1861 Died:  December 25, 1910 Plot: Section 133, Lot 81 John was the son of William and Margaret Gable Deasley and the younger brother of Thomas “Pat” Deasley, a fellow Mt. Moriah Notable.  Both Pat and John were baseball players, but John …Read More

John C. B. Standbridge – Composer, Organist, and Organ Builder

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Born: 1801 Died: December 15, 1871 Plot: Section 47, Lot 22 John C.B. Standbridge was born in England and emigrated to the United States as a child, settling in Philadelphia. In January of 1828 he married Eleanora Gowing, daughter of John and Mary Gowing. …Read More

Matthew Semple (1813-1867) – Doctor and Professor


Born: May 21, 1813 Died: May 17, 1867 Plot: Section 18, Lot 30 Matthew was born to Matthew and Hannah Jackson Semple in May of 1813. The senior Matthew came to America in 1798 and for years operated a shipping business in Philadelphia. At …Read More