Revolutionary War heroes buried in the graveyard adjacent to Philadelphia’s Old Saint Mary’s Catholic Church
Proclamation at the gravesite of Commodore John Barry
Let the patriot, the Soldier, and the Christian
Who visits these mansions of the dead
View this monument with respect.
Beneath it are interred the remains of
Commodore John Barry
Father of the American Navy.
He was born in the County of Wexford in Ireland
But America was the object of his patriotism
And the theatre of his usefulness.
In the Revolutionary War, which established the
Independence of the United States, He
Bore an early and active part as a Captain in their
Navy and after became its Commander-in-Chief.
He fought often and once bled in the cause of freedom.
His habits of war did not lessen his
Virtues as a man, his piety as a Christian
Or his practice as a Roman Catholic.
He was gentle, kind and just in private life,
Was not less beloved by his family and friends than by his grateful country.
The number and objects of his charities will be
Known only at the time his dust
Shall be reanimated and when he who sees in secret
Shall reward openly.
In full belief in the doctrines of the Gospel
He peacefully resigned his soul into the arms of his Redeemer
On the 13th of Sept. 1803, in the 59th year of his age.
Signer of the Constitution of the United States of America
Deputy from Pennsylvania to Federal Constitutional Convention
May 25, 1787 – September 17, 1787
Erected by the Pennsylvania Constitution Commemoration Committee 1937
General Stephen Moylan
A native of County Cork, first president of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, Muster-Master of the Continental Army, Aide-de-camp to George Washington, commanded 4th Continental Light Regiment of Dragoons (Moylan’s Horse), appointed Brigadier General and given command of all cavalry units.
Posing before Barry’s statue, neighboring Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the lovely colleen Peggy Conboy, James Francis Smith, and Wexford-born John Masterson, after participating in the Barry Day Parade, circa 1955.