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

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

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

Thomas T. Tasker (1799-1892) – Engineer, Industrialist, Inventor, Millionaire, and Pastor

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Born: May 12, 1799 Died: January 27, 1892 Plot: Section 130, Lot 1 Thomas T. Tasker, Sr. was born in Yorkshire, England of humble beginnings and grew throughout his life to be a very wealthy man, greatly respected by the cities of Philadelphia and …Read More

Jearum Atkins (1815 – 1897) – Inventor


Birth: August 20, 1815 Death: February 25, 1897 Plot: Section 153, Lot B Jearum Atkins is not a household name like that of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. However, he was responsible for important, incremental improvements in engineering technology during the Industrial Revolution. One …Read More

Robert S. Menamin (1833-1887 ) – Publisher


Born: December 2, 1833 Died: April 19, 1887 Plot: Section 42, Lot 61 Robert S. Menamin was born in County Tyrone, Ireland and immigrated to America with his parents when he was 3 years old. His family first settled in Washington D.C. where one …Read More

Samuel Sloan – Architect


Born: March 7, 1815 Died: July 19, 1884 Plot: Section 11, Lot 20 (Moved here from Raleigh, NC and buried February 4, 1885) Samuel Sloan was one of four children born to William and Mary Kirkwood Sloan in Chester County, Pennsylvania. At a young …Read More

John Welde – Beer Brewer

Born: about 1839 Died: August 2, 1901 Plot: Section 6, Lot 66 In 1884, John Welde, a German immigrant, established a brewery in Philadelphia on the corner of Broad and Christian Streets. A year later, he formed a partnership with John Thomas, a Philadelphia …Read More

Colonel Thomas Fitzgerald (1819-1891) – Writer & Dramatist


Born: December 22, 1819 Died: June 26, 1891 Plot: Section 44, Lot 28 Colonel Thomas Fitzgerald was born in New York City. He first worked as a journalist for the New Brunswick Fredeonian. He moved to Philadelphia in 1844 and worked for the Bulletin …Read More

John Mundell, Sr. and Jr. – Shoe Manufacturers


Plot: Circle of Saint John John Mundell and Co. was a shoe manufacturer with a factory at 13th & Cherry Streets in Philadelphia. John Mundell, Sr. was born in Moneymore, County Derry, Ireland, where his father was a shoemaker. He established the John Mundell …Read More