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Wilson Cemetery - Big Beaver Boro PA

In about 1799 a small group of Scotch-Irish settlers organized a Presbyterian congregation north of what became the village of Greersburg (later Darlington), Beaver County, Pennsylvania. They set up a “tent” church on rural land along the Little Beaver Creek that was owned by early settlers William and Leannah Wilson. Their congregation became known as the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. A few burials were also made at the location – the earliest probably being that of eighty-year-old Thomas Hartshore in 1800. The congregation abandoned this location within a few years. They moved several times in the early 1800’s and eventually settled in the heart of Darlington. Burials continued at the remote Mt. Pleasant Cemetery – usually called the Wilson Cemetery – and at some point the church formally acquired the four-acre parcel of land from the Wilson family. The former owners of the land, William Wilson (1771-1840) and Leannah Wilson (1774-1869), and many of their descendants are interred in the burial ground. The cemetery, which is still in active use today, is located along Route 168 about halfway between Darlington and New Galilee.


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  1. Enjoyed your pictures. I am descended from the Wilson’s and Boyd’s buried in this cemetery.

    Sharon Wilson Harris · 10/19/2013 11:18 AM · #

  2. Thank you for the pictures. I am related to Benoi Wilkinson and his wife Mary Ann Lutz, and their son George Wilkinson and his wife Margaret Richey buried here. Any information or photos you have of these headstones would be so interesting to me!

    Megan Michaels · 12/24/2013 05:04 PM · #

  3. Thanks! I visited the cemetery years ago when my three sons were young. I am descended from Elnathan Cory and Hugh Barnes, both of whose markers you included.

    Terri Gallagher · 01/15/2014 11:39 PM · #

  4. Interesting this Wilson Cemetery name. My maiden name is Wilson and I am from Butler Pa. I can get back to a Aaron Wilson br 1816 in Johnstown who’s father was a William Wilson br Pa no mother listed. Not found any siblings nothing.

    The interest I have besides the Wilson surname is the BOYD surname.

    My father was named William Boyd Wilson and he told me Boyd was a family name but he didn’t know how.

    I did find that Aaron Wilson and wife Mary Ann Westlake had a son William Wilson who had a son named William Boyd Wilson br 1884 d 1914. He was my grandfather Herbert Leyman Wilson uncle. I am assuming that Grandpa named my father after his uncle. However where did his uncle Wm Boyd Wilson get his middle name from besides his father William Wilson?

    I have looked for years and cannot find the connection of Boyd to Wilson. Now I see a message from a Sharon Wilson Harris with both the Wilson and Boyd names in it and thought I would message this board incase anyone knows anything. Holler if you do please slc33@texas.net

    Sharon · 04/21/2014 02:27 PM · #

  5. Does anyone know if there is a person who knows were people are buried at Wilson cemetery, I have a great grandpap Robert Leasure Pierce buried there, my brother was buried on top of my great grandparents Vankirk, His name was Ronald Lipan. I would appreciate any help.
    Thank you
    Glenn Pierce

    Glenn Pierce · 05/29/2014 09:35 PM · #

  6. Could someone find out if a Grace Martha Perdott is buried there. I found a copy of her death certificate and it states she is buried there.
    Thank you.
    I enjoyed seeing the history and photos. Used to visit with my parents many years ago.

    Peggy O'Brien · 01/04/2016 05:41 PM · #

  7. I appreciate this site!
    My ancestors buried in Mt. Pleasant/Wilson Cemetery include
    John C. Dilworth (Civil War Vet)
    Maggie J. Dilworth (nee Kane, his wife)
    Members of her family, Kane
    Members of the Martin family, related to the Dilworths

    I would be interested in finding a plat of the cemetery which we could share for public use and genealogical purposes.

    I visit each summer, and appreciate the grounds maintenance.

    Thank You,
    Marcia Fruit
    03/28/16

    Marcia Dilworth Fruit · 03/28/2016 07:07 PM · #

  8. Can anyone tell me if you have photos of Cory that helped built this church . thank you God bless kim

    KIM MYERS · 04/13/2016 01:05 PM · #