|Archives & History|
Old St. Lukes has embarked on an ambitious project to place some of its important papers on the web site. Here you will find information about the Whiskey Rebellion, Christian history, land claims of Virginia, and other topics that will be of interest to the serious researcher, historian, or family genealogist. In most of these papers the original spelling and syntax have been kept. Articles related to OSL and American history are also included.
This page is by no means complete, and is an ongoing project. For more information, or to make contributions of historic papers related to Old St. Lukes or the Whiskey Rebellion, contact Rev. Richard W. Davies; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-489-3795.
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|1765 - A very busy year here and there||Rev. Richard W. Davies looks at some of the
"taxing" events leading up to the American Revolution and
|1978 Restoration||A photo of some of the people who helped restore Old St.
|2001 - Unveiling of OSL's Roadside Marker||The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission officially recognizes the significant
role of Old St. Luke's Church in the history of Western Pennsylvania
|A Brief History of OSL's Buildings||Rev. Richard W. Davies traces the edifice of Old
St. Lukes, from the 1790's Frame Church to the restored structure of
|A Dowsing rod and unmarked graves in the Burial Ground||Did you ever wonder if "dowsing"
works? It is science or art..or hokum? Rev. Richard
W. Davies tells the story of a modern day dowser and the Old
St. Lukes graveyard
|A Pittsburgh Benefactor||The story of John H. Shoenberger, an early
industrialist and philanthropist in Pittsburgh, as told by Rev.
Richard W. Davies
|American Coinage and Church Pews||The financial health of the Pittsburgh area was often
affected by a variety of foreign coinage in the early days of the
country. Rev. Richard W. Davies traces coinage, and the
financial health of the local church
|Before and After the Naming of Pittsburgh - 1758||In this 250th Anniversary year of the British occupation
of the site of Ft. Duquesne, Rev. Richard W. Davies writes a
short history lesson, describing the founding of Pennsylvania through
what life was like in the Ohio valley
|Brackenridge, Hugh Henry||A look at the life of one of Pittsburgh's most endearing
characters of the early Federal period - an article by Richard R. Gideon
|Brackenridge on Efforts to Form a New State||Hugh Henry Brackenridge's role in quashing efforts to
create a new state from western Pennsylvania and Virginia; an effort he
later regretted. From the book "Law Miscellanies," and
edited by Richard R. Gideon
|Brigadier General John Neville 1731 - 1803||An article by Rev. Richard W. Davies from the Old
St. Lukes Newsletter of July, 2003 in commemoration of the 200th
Anniversary of the death of General John Neville
|BURIAL GROUND AND GARDEN||Cemetery listings, showing names and locations (where
known) of those buried in the grounds of Old St. Luke's. A
|A series of short news items regarding OSL's role in the
City of Pittsburgh's "Celebrate 250" year 2008, as published
by The Episcopal Dioceses of Pittsburgh
|CEMETERY GRAVESTONES||Examples of CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY's ground-breaking
scanning technology in use at OLS to recover gravestone inscriptions
lost to time
|CEMETERY LISTING - SEE BURIAL GROUND AND
|Cemetery listings, showing names and locations (where
known) of those buried in the grounds of Old St. Luke's. A
CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS IN STAINED GLASS WINDOWS, and LET THEIR BE (GAS) LIGHT
||From the March 2011 newsletter, a double article about Christian Art and how it was once illuminated - by Rev. Richard W. Davies|
|Christopher Gist, pioneer; and Sequoyah||From the March, 2007 newsletter, Rev. Richard W. Davies
assembles information from the Jones family concerning their interesting
relatives, one of whom developed the Cherokee alphabet
|Clergy - The Call for Independence||From the March, 2003 newsletter, Rev. Richard W.
Davies traces the role of the clergy in framing the Declaration of
Coal Mines under Old St. Luke's
|| From the November, 2012 newsletter, a
listing of three coal mines known to have operated very close to OSL
|Colonial Care of the Poor|| Rev. Richard W.
Davies provides insight into a time when the "established
church" provided civil services
|Dramatis PersonŠ||Notes about some of the principals of the Whiskey
Rebellion - compiled by Richard R. Gideon
||A look at the early postal system in the United States
from 1787 to 1906 - From the November, 2005 newsletter by Rev. Richard W.
French and Indian War
|Information concerning the French and Indian War, and activities coincident with the war|
|"Fee Tail" 200 Years Ago this Year||Traces the lineage of Old St. Luke's Church to the
"Fee Tail" will of Maj. William Lea. An article by Rev.
Richard W. Davies
|General Daniel Morgan - Sharpshooter||Rev. Richard W. Davies looks at the life of Gen.
Daniel Morgan, patriot and Federalist, and his connection to the Whiskey
|Grave Changes over the Decades in Pittsburgh||The dead sometimes do not remain "undisturbed" in their graves. Rev. Richard W. Davies discusses the relocation of the dead in and around the Pittsburgh area|
|Health in Pittsburgh||A table showing the decline in death due to a variety of diseases
|Historic Site Marker||A pictorial of the events surrounding the unveiling of
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Historic Site Roadside Marker
|History and Incidents of Old St.
|A selection of vignettes from the days when St. Lukes had
an active congregation
|Holmes Jr., Obadiah (1760 - 1834)||From Doddridge's "Notes on the Settlement and Indian
Wars," Obadiah Holmes Jr. (who is buried at Old St. Lukes) and
his role in the Moravian Indian massacre.
|Isaac Craig and Pittsburgh's
First Glass Factory
Following in the footsteps of Albert Gallatin, Isaac Craig opens the
first glass factory in Pittsburgh. An article by Rev. Richard W. Davies
|James Fries and his dog
"Whiskey" were here in 1794
Perhaps not as well known, the FRIES REBELLION nearly matched the Whiskey
Rebellion in terms of the government's response to the "House Tax"
protest. An article by Rev. Richard W. Davies
|JAMESTOWN, Founding of a Nation and the Anglican Communion||
Rev. Richard W. Davies sheds light on the beginning of the Anglican Communion
in the United States
|Jane Lea Nixon, Pioneer Woman in the Chartiers Valley||Rev. Richard W. Davies looks at one of the endearing characters of early OSL and Chartiers Valley history - Jane Lea Nixon PDF
|John McMillan & Francis Reno||
What happens when a Presbyterian pastor and a Methodist student get together in early western Pennsylvania? An article by Rev. Richard W. Davies PDF FILE FORMAT
William and Nelson, Dorothy - marriage record
|From the 1774 record of marriages performed at Christ
Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
|Lea, William - pay voucher||A 1770 pay voucher for Major William Lea, who left the land
upon which Old St. Lukes was built.
|Lee, Henry ("Light Horse Harry") and Washington County||"Light Horse Harry" Henry
Lee, the father of Robert E. Lee, is sent by President Washington to
quell the disturbance in western Pennsylvania. An article by Rev.
Richard W. Davies PDF file format
|Lesnett, Christian||Christian Lesnett was a cabinet maker who moved to
western Pennsylvania after service in the French and Indian War.
Lesnett Road, in Upper St. Clair Township, is named for him
|Lewis, Meriwether||"Meriwether Lewis in Our Midst" - Rev. Richard
W. Davies describes Pittsburgh's role in the Lewis & Clark
expedition, and offers a short biographical sketch of Meriwether Lewis
|Louisiana, or Virginia, or Pennsylvania||Rev. Richard W. Davies traces a short history of
claims and counter-claims to the region of Western Pennsylvania
|McFarlane, Capt. James||A photograph of the tomb of Captain McFarlane gives
another view of General Neville. Captain McFarlane is buried in
the Mingo Creek Cemetery. The perspective is by Rev. Richard W.
|Militias, A Standing Army and the Whiskey Rebellion|| Rev. Richard W. Davies describes the condition of
the army in post-Revolutionary War America
|Miller, William||From INCIDENTS OF THE INSURRECTION IN THE WESTERN PARTS
OF PENNSYLVANIA IN THE YEAR 1794, by Hugh Henry Brackenridge, an account
of the pivotal incident that sparked the outbreak of hostilities.
|MONTOUR’S OHIO RIVER ISLAND AND JOHN NEVILLE||A short history of Pittsburgh's major
Ohio River island by Rev. Richard W. Davies PDF file format
|The MOTIVATIONS TO BEGIN AND END CHURCH BUILDINGS||What were the reasons for
constructing or tearing down a church building in 19th Century
Pittsburgh? Find out in this article by Rev. Richard W. Davies,
which includes a listing of Public Events in Pittsburgh 1845-1869 PDF file format
|Neville, General John||A ledger from the Craig-Neville plot in section 11 of the
Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
|Neville - History of
General John Neville
|A short history of General John Neville, including the
names of his wife and children.
|NEWSMAKER LIGHT HORSE HARRY LEE||The father of Robert E. Lee makes news in the Western Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Rebellion -- an article by Rev. Richard W. Davies PDF
|Nixon, Sgt. Thomas||A letter to Sgt. Thomas Nixon (buried at Old St. Lukes), congratulating him on
firing the last shot into Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox
|Oh! Those Pittsburgh churches||Rev. Richard W. Davies explores the development of
Pittsburgh church life during the period 1754 to 1805
|Parkinson's Ferry, "Whiskey Point" and Monongahela||Combined problems threaten the stability of the Western
Pennsylvania region, culminating in the "Whiskey Rebellion" --
an article by Rev. Richard W. Davies PDF
|Reno, Rev. Francis||A short biography of Rev. Francis Reno (1758 - 1836),
first settled Episcopal clergyman west of the Allegheny Mountains.
|Restoration Memories||From the Old St. Lukes Newsletter, April, 2000.
Cleaning and restoration work in the years 1949 and 1963.
|Role of Clergy and Albert Gallatin||Albert Gallatin counsels moderation and peace while
doubting the Constitutionality of the Whiskey Excise Tax - not unlike
many local clergymen -- an article by Rev. Richard W. Davies PDF
|South, Daniel||Daniel South served in the French and Indian War
|Steel, David||David Steel is responsible for establishing a garrison
fort on the land now occupied by Old St. Lukes
|The Strategic Location of Old St. Lukes||A discussion of the reasons for locating Old St. Lukes
along Chartiers Creek
|Steamboats, Livelihood and Fire||What did the early settlers in the Chartiers Valley do for a living? Rev. Richard W. Davies answers that question and more - PDF FILE FORMAT|
Similar Churches - Maryland and Pennsylvania|| Rev. Richard W. Davies
explores the similarities between OSL and Emmanuel Church in Cumberland,
|The WASHINGTON FAMILY STONE and
OLD ST. LUKE'S CHURCH
|Rev. Richard W. Davies describes how a stone from
the Washington family home in England became part of the wall of Old St.
| West Augusta County, Virginia, Court
|Virginia Court records pertaining to the dates 1775 - 1778.
The BOLD faced references are those tied to Old St. Lukes.
|West Augusta County, Virginia, District of||The act of the Virginia legislature creating West Augusta
County, and defining the boundaries thereof.
|West Augusta County, Virginia, Map of||An original map of the area of Western Pennsylvania claimed by
Virginia, and was included as part of the court records for the period
1775 - 1780
|A short discussion of the petition attempt to create a
new state west of the Allegheny Mountains
|The Whiskey Flags||Vexillologist Richard R. Gideon describes the flags used
during the Whiskey Rebellion. Reprinted, courtesy of the North
American Vexillological Association and copyright holder Richard
R. Gideon PDF
|Why, Aaron Burr, did you fire?||OSL Director and Historian Rev. Richard W. Davies
recounts the events leading up to the July 11th, 1804 duel between
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
|William Lea's 1787 Pennsylvania Land Patent||OSL's existence on William Lea's land is courtesy of King George III. Rev. Richard W. Davies describes how Lea got his land patent PDF FILE FORMAT|