Deed for Additional Cemetery Land

The first part of the deed for the additional cemetery land.  Click to enlarge.

The first part of the deed for the additional cemetery land. Click to enlarge.  The synagogue’s copy of this deed is preserved in the Rauh Jewish Archives, MSS #107, Box 3, Folder 8.

On September 18, 1919 the Homestead Hebrew Congregation purchased 2.3 acres of land adjoining the original cemetery for $1500 from Jacob F. and Honora M. Weber. You can read the whole deed in this PDF.

Note this worrying clause:

SAVING and excepting unto John Munhall, William Munhall, Anna M. Munhall and Robert J. Munhall, Administrators, of Michael Munhall, their heirs and assigns thereout, all the coal in and undersaid (sic?) land, together with the right to enter, dig, mine, carry away all of said coal without any liability for support, of or damage to the surface or anything on it, and the right to transport other coal through and under said land and with all the other usual mining rights.

Yikes!

This map shows how the new ground expanded the cemetery.

The yellow area contains the original cemetery lots. The blue area is the additional lot. (Adapted from the Plat Book of Pittsburgh, Southeastern Vicinity, 1900.) While this map depicts the land in its proper geographical direction, visitors to the cemetery see it in the opposite direction, entering today where the E in in 9TH AVE is and looking up the hill towards the bottom point of the blue triangle.

 

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