Monday, August 23, 2010

A Private Pioneer Family Cemetery

By David McElroy
A private pioneer family cemetery lies in the midst of a modern power plant complex at Shippingport.

The Christier Cemetery, containing the body of a Revolutionary War veteran, stands on a hilltop overlook the Ohio River within the Beaver Valley Power Station just east of the Shippingport Bridge.
The tract is part of the original Christ...ier 500 plus acres given to Michael Christier for service with a Virginia unit during the Revolutionary War. He along with John Christier, a War of 1812 veteran, are buried there.
Also interred are three boys who drowned in the Ohio River while traveling in the area and whose families could not be located.
The cemetery was discovered in the 1970s hidden by brush after the tract was purchased for the Beaver Valley Power Station. The utility preserved it.

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