Charles Mesham, officer and gentleman farmer

Mesham / Measham

"Thy will be done" In loving memory of Arthur Leonard, the well-beloved and oldest surviving son of Charles and Ellen Caroline Mesham, died June 10, 1874, aged 4 years and 9 months. "Dear Little Arthur, Farewell."

Harbour Grace Standard and Conception Bay Advertiser, NF, 13 January 1862:

On Wednesday, the 1st instant, at St. Thomas’s Church, by the Rev. T. M. Wood, Military Chaplain, Charles MESHAM, Esq., Lieut. H.M. 52nd Regt., to Ellen Caroline, second daughter of Edward L. JARVIS Esq., of this city [St. John’s, Newfoundland].

Arthur Leonard Mesham, born 9 September 1869, was baptised 31 October 1869 and Margaret Ellen Mesham was baptised 13 January 1867, both at St. Thomas Anglican Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Their father’s occupation is given as "gentleman" in the church records. Another daughter, Edith Mary, died 30 November 1871 in Fredericton, according to the Cathedral baptismal records.

The Fredericton census of 1871 shows Charles Mesham, 34, English, farmer; his wife Ellen C., 26; Margaret, 5; and Arthur, 1 year old. Charles Mesham and his wife owned and occupied "Beechmount," which they sold less than six months after the death of their son.

An officer by the name of Measham once occupied the George Botsford place, "Hawthorn Hill" at the east end of Fredericton.

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