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Historic Landmark Preservation Commission: McMasters Cemetery

McMasters Cemetery, view from entrance gate

Headstone of Peter Kivett (1726-1794)

The first known Kivett in America.

Headstone of Barbara Kivett, 1729-1797

Wife of Peter Kivett.

Headstone of William Ezekiel Aldridge, d. 1787

Earliest identifiable burial.

View of cemetery section

McMasters Cemetery entry sign

Read the History of the McMasters Cemetery

Read the Cultural Heritage Site Designation Resolution

The well preserved McMasters Cemetery is located off Soapstone Mine Road near Liberty. This private community burial ground contains original stones dating back to the late 1700s which mark the graves of some of his area’s first settlers. These include William Ezekial Aldridge, fourth great-grandfather of former First Lady Laura Bush; and Revolutionary War Patriot Peter Kivett, the immigrant ancestor of almost all Americans bearing this surname.  As has been the case for many years, this site is maintained by the Peter Kivett Family Association.