Henry, son of Rev. John Pearson


Henry Francis Pearson, 1873 In Peace.

A handsome cruciform tomb lies in this plot, in memory of Henry Francis Pearson, died 13 February 1873, aged 11 years. He died in the scarlet fever epidemic and was the child of the Reverend John Pearson. In 1878, Rev. Pearson was buried here with his son.

The Fredericton census for 1871 lists John Pearson, 41, English, Clerk in Holy Orders, Church of England, with his wife, Fanny, 41, and three children: Frances L., 16, born in Nova Scotia; Henry F., 9; and Ellen M., 7 years. The younger two children were born in Newfoundland.

Records show that Rev. John Pearson was stationed in Newfoundland in the early 1860s. He was sub-dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, from May 1864 to October 1875. A letter was published in a Saint John newspaper demanding to know why the sub-dean of the Cathedral was not appointed Rector of Fredericton to succeed Rev. Charles Lee who drowned in 1873. This appointment had fallen instead to the Reverend George Goodridge Roberts.

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