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Souvenir of Loretto Centenary

 LORETTO CENTENARY.31

sion set apart a portion of the land donated and consecrated it for a cemetery. Faithful and persevering during the half decade of pioneer mountain life, too brief a period in which to see even the commencement of the realization of his hopes, Captain Michael McGuire was all too soon called to his eternal reward. He died November 17, 1793, in the 76th year of his age, and was the first to be interred in the ground which he had donated for the purpose of a cemetery. After 111 years the fullness of his ambitious designs is fully realized. The little settlement that he founded on these rugged heights has grown into a populous and prosperous community, and his progeny has multiplied and filled the land. Many of his descendants of the sixth generation, as well as of the fifth and fourth, are living today. For many years his grave was marked by a large brown slab of mountain sandstone, on which a brief epitaph was sculptured; but later on this was replaced by a neat marble tombstone which bears this inscription:

HERE LIE THE MORTAL REMAINS
OF
CAPTAIN MICHAEL M'GUIRE.
DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. 17, 1793.

He manifested his zeal for the glory of God
and the salvation of souls by bestowing this land for
the benefit of the resident clergy.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE. AMEN.

Erected by A. J. McGuire, of Baltimore, and R.
Scanlan, of Loretto, in 1856.

CAPTAIN RICHARD M'GUIRE.

    Richard, son of Captain Michael McGuire of Revolutionary fame, was born in Frederick County, Md., December 12th, 1771. He came with his father to what is now Allegheny Township, Cambria County, in 1788, and on May 15,


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