This stone has been covered here before. It names my great grandfather Pierson George Still, his wife Mary Kilpatrick Still and three of their children. I chose this one today because today – 17 February – is the day Mary Kilpatrick Still, my great grandmother, and her stillborn child died in 1916. They are buried together at the Old
Mary was born to James Kilpatrick in
November 1884. She was one of seven children who all immigrated around the same
time and settled near each other in the Main Line area (near Ireland ). Her two brothers returned home
to Philadelphia .
Her sisters married and settled in the Ireland Eastern US.
Mary met Pierson Still while he was working as a blacksmith on the Main Line and she was a domestic for a family there. They
married in 1908. They had two girls – Margaret Nora and Dorothy – who died in
infancy; two boys – my Uncle Jim and my grandfather Lloyd – who lived full
lives; and a stillborn son. The stillborn son was buried with her. Sadly, no
mention of him is included on the stone though.
Her father-in-law Franklin Still also passed on 17 February but in 1931.
was Pierson’s father. He had been born 31 March 1853 to George David Still and
Sarah Bing. On 6 November 1884 he married Sarah Jennie VanHorn. They had six
children, including my Pierson. Franklin
was a school teacher, an inventor, and worked at a steel mill. Franklin
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015