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Re: Moffat's from Ireland to Western PA
Posted by: Kathleen Herron (ID *****6277) Date: November 02, 2012 at 11:11:43
In Reply to: Re: Moffat's from Ireland to Western PA by Cathy Bekian of 94936

Okay - so this is where posting a very detailed query comes into play. When you are at a brick wall, another set of eyes may sight a detail that you've overlooked, or have access to unusual databases.

If they are buried together, I think you can feel comfortable following Robert & Jane' papertrails for more clues as to IRE townland .... dates of death on these 3 buried in the plots?

Your post:
"George Moffat emigrated from Ireland mid-1800's. Had a sister Jane who married William Stewart. Jane and her two daughters are buried at Union Dale Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Jane's death certificate lists her parents as George and Mary. George died shortly after marrying Catherine Dunn and fathering two sons. No records of his marriage or death have been found. Jane is buried with Robert Moffett and another *****Jane Moffat who was married to John C. Dickson***. Where in Ireland did this brother and sister come from, and how were the other Moffetts related?"

Name:       George Moffit
Age:       26
Birth Year:       abt 1824
Birthplace:       Ireland
Home in 1850:       Lawrenceville, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Gender:       Male
Family Number:       851
Household Members:       
Name       Age
James Moffit       28 all born in IRE
George Moffit       26
Andw Taggart       24
Joseph Moffit       18
Wm Kennedy       13
Wm Stewart       30
Jane Stewart       30
Jno Mccready       26
"Western Pa. Genealogical Society Quarterly
vol. 33, #1, 2006
pg. 3 "Marriages & Deaths from "The Preacher"
..official newspaper of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church...continued as "The United Presbyterian"
Part 2: 1 January 1851-Dec 1852
abstracted by Suzanne M. Johnston
pg. 13...
6 Aug 1851
On the 29th ult., by Rev. John Douglas, George Moffat of Peebles Township to Catherine Dunn of Pittsburgh"

please check; & site map & full text simple search

Know this Dunn researcher?

lynn dunn

all these surnames are related somhow to my KIRKLAND AND LYNCH family. all in alleghany co. mifflin, twp. versaille, elizabeth twp area 1781 to present. can anyone help? thanks lynn dunn


I see your old posting --- any updates to this?

Name:       Andrew Soles
Age in 1860:       60
Birth Year:       abt 1800
Birthplace:       Pennsylvania
Home in 1860:       Mckeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Gender:       Male
Post Office:       Mckeesport
Value of real estate:       View image
Household Members:       
Name       Age
Andrew Soles       60
Catherine Soles       27
Lenora Crawford       17
David Crawford       20
George Moffit       7
Joseph Moffit       6

Now to my query:

The only information I have ever found regarding my ancestor George Moffat is a ship manifest and an entry in the 1850 US Census records that locates him, his sister Jane, her husband, William Stewart, a James Moffat and a William Moffat as living in Lawrenceville. I know that he married Catherine Dunn (there is much information available regarding her and her family) and that they had two sons, one in 1852 and one in 1854. There is no record of George after that. I know that she opened a dry goods store in McKeesport as a widow and married Andrew Soles about 1860. Thanks to your website I now know that ***"George Moffat of Peebles Twp and Catherine Dunn of Pittsburgh**** were married by Rev. John Douglas on August 6, 1851" - it seems to indicate that this comes from the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church records.

Could someone please help me expand on this information. Do any records from that church still exist? If so, how could I access them? Have the cemetery records in and around Lawrenceville been compiled in any way - if so, would George Moffat be on any of the lists? Catherine Dunn Moffat Soles is buried in Versailles Cemetery in McKeesport, and George's sister Jane is buried in Union Dale Cemetery in Sharpsburg, but we have never found any record of when George died or where he was buried.

I was named for Catherine Dunn so this couple has been the focus of my genealogy research for many years, but this is the first breakthrough in a very long time. Of course, finding where George came from in Ireland is my eventual goal - I've visited Catherine's birthplace in Aidrie, Scotland.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance or advice.

Cathy Bekian
Los Angeles, CA

A: Thank you for your kind words about our website. Unfortunately, we do not have any information on George Moffat or his family.

If your ancesotr had died in Lawrenceville during the mid-nineteenth century, it is possible that he was buried in the Washington Burial Ground, which was also called the Lawrenceville Burying Ground. For the story of this small, but important burying ground, please read Monster on the Allegheny . . . and Other Lawrenceville Stories. The last known burial there took place in 1879.

We have tried to locate the records from this burial ground, but were told that they were turned over to the City of Pittsburgh or that the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education had been given them when the Washington School was erected on the grounds. Both institutions claim that they do not have the records. Our fear is that the records were disposed of many long years ago, or are lost in some warehouse or other storage facitlity.

We don't know where the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church records are, but we do know that this church became the United Presbyterian Church. The 7th United Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville was located on 44th Street at Cessna Way. It is now a parking lot for Zalewski's Funeral Home. Try contacting the Pennsylvania Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh or the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania to see if they can tell you about the records.

If anyone can help, please contact Cathy at

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