The family of Edward Yardy, King’s Printer


Sacred to the memory of Mary Yardy, died April 11, 1871, aged 83 years. "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff will comfort me."

William Yardy died Dec. 25 1863, aged 85 years.

Sacred to the memory of Edward Yardy, died Aug. 24, 1901, aged 89 years. "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Sacred to the memory of Catherine, wife of Edward Yardy, died Nov. 25 1883, aged 66 years. "Her children rise up and call her blessed."

Mary Ellen d. of Edward and Catherine died Aug. 30, 1843, ae 3 months.

Separate headstones. This plot was purchased by Edward Yardy from Henry Chestnut.

Edward Yardy, born 1814, came to Fredericton from Ireland with his parents, Mary and William, in 1821. He was a printer in the office of the King’s Printer. Edward Yardy was married in 1841 to Catherine Smith. The family home was on St. John Street, adjacent to the site of the Farrell brick house. Edward Yardy’s parents lived with their son.

Edward and Catherine Yard’s fourth daughter, Julia Alice, married Charles Victor Twiss of Boston in 1874.  Another daughter married Charles Archibald Welsh (or Welch) who was the son of carpenter Anthony Welch, for some time verger of the Parish Church, Fredericton.

Fredericton Evening Capital, Fredericton, NB, 16 October 1884:

Edward Yardy’s connection with the printing business in this Province extends over a period of 65 years. He entered the office of the ‘Star’ published in Saint John city by Mr. Younghusband and subsequently went with Mr. Seeds & Cameron who took the ‘Star’ and afterwards published the ‘Observer’. In 1837, he went to Fredericton and entered the ‘Royal Gazette’ office, then published by the late Mr. Simpson. Mr. Yardy was foreman of the Gazette for a number of years. Mr. Yardy and his two daughters with his son, who had come from Boston to accompany them to their new home, left this morn. for that city.

New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser, Fredericton, NB, 5 September 1885:

Death of a Fredericton boy – Intelligence has been received of the death of C. Archie WELSH at his home in Beverly near Boston, Mass. The cause of his death was heart disease. His wife was the daughter of Edward YARDY, lately of this city. The Boston ‘Post’ says that he constructed some of the finest buildings in Boston among them being the New Old South Church, the palatial residence of Martin Brimmer, the Art Museum and the St. John’s Memorial Church, Cambridge. He was 53 years old and leaves a widow and son.

Carleton Sentinel, Woodstock, NB, 11 July 1896:

Edward Yardy, Boston, Mass. is visiting his daughter Mrs. W.H. Everett of this town. He is accompanied by his daughter, Susie Yardy. Mr. Yardy was be remembered as the veteran printer, who was foreman of the ‘Royal Gazette’, Fredericton for over half a century. He is now in his 88th [?] year, but is hale and hearty.

John Williams and John C. Williams, carpenters


In memory of Eliza, wife of the late John Williams, who died Feb. 17th 1889, aged 84 [?] years.

John C. Williams, born Oct. 27th 1837, died Nov. 18th, 1873. Erected by his wife. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."

The Williams lot was purchased from Henry Chestnut in 1864.

John Williams, husband of Eliza, was a carpenter and a builder. He built and lived in the first house below the gaol on George Street.

John C. Williams, also a carpenter, was his son.

The eldest daughter of John and Eliza Williams, Elizabeth H., married John Robinson in 1857. The widow Eliza Williams and her children, John, Henry, Emma, and Fanny, shared a house with the John Robinson family in 1871.

Colonial Farmer, Fredericton, NB, 30 October 1871:

m. Christ Church, 18th inst., by Rev. J.C. Pearson, Charles C. VAIL, Carleton (St. John) / Frances M. WILLIAMS d/o late John WILLIAMS, Fredericton City.

Leonard Weeks and family


Sacred to the memory of Leonard Weeks who departed this life February 16, 1882, aged 62 years.

Sacred to the memory of Margaret Anne, wife of Leonard Weeks, who departed this life April 19, 1888, aged 57 years.

Chas. Wesley, son of Leonard and Margaret Weeks, died January 2nd, 1867, aged 20 years.

Little Ida

Sacred to the memory of John and Ida.

Leonard Weeks was in the hardware business on York Street. He built and lived in what later became the rectory of the Parish Church.

The Loyalist, Fredericton, NB, 23 November 1843:

m. 11th inst.,by Rev. Wm Hall, Leonard WEEKS / Miss Margaret Ann CHANEY, both of this place

The Daily Telegraph, Saint John, NB, 19 May 1876:

m. 17th inst., at residence of bride’s brother, Paradise Row (St. John) by Rev. Howard Sprague, A.M., assisted by Rev. C.B. Woodcock, Albert S. HAY of (St. John) city / Jennie R. WEEKS d/o Leonard WEEKS, Esq., Fredericton

Daily News, Saint John, NB, 17 April 1880:

d. Friday eve., 10th inst., Margaret Ann WEEKS w/o Leonard WEEKS, Fredericton, 57th year. The remains will be taken by Monday morn. train to Fredericton for interment, leaving her son’s residence Paradise Row, Portland (St. John) 7 o’clock. (Halifax, N.S. and Fredericton papers please copy)

The Daily Telegraph, Saint John, NB, 17 February 1882:

d. Portland (St. John) Thursday night, 16th inst., Leonard WEEKS, late of Fredericton, age 61. Funeral from his son’s residence Paradise Row, Saturday morn. 7 o’clock. Remains will be taken to Fredericton by 8 a.m. train.

William J. Weeks was married to Margaret C. Watson on 13 July 1839, and John Weeks "of Portland" was married to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. William Yardy, on 13 August 1835. They are probably brothers of Leonard Weeks who is buried here.

Julia Anna Hanford, first wife of Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley


Sacred to the memory of Julia Anna wife of S. Tilley died 27th March 1868 aged 45 years. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

Julia Anna was the youngest daughter of James T. Hanford of Saint John, and the first wife of Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, a father of Confederation. They were married in 1843 and had a large family. Later, when married to his second wife, Alice Chipman of St. Stephen, Tilley was known as Leonard rather than Samuel.