Rev. John B. Brownell, missionary


Rev. John B. Brownell for 37 years an esteemed Wesleyan minister died March 27th 1864, aged 61 years. Having served his generation by the will of God he fell asleep.

Also his wife Mary, who entered into rest December 15th 1870, aged 66 years. "I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness."

And their granddaughter, Mary E. MacGibbon died May 14th 1866, aged 6 years.

Footstones: “Mary Brownell,” “Mary E. McGibbon,” and “Rev. J.B. Brownell ‘Of such is the kingdom of heaven’.”

This plot was enclosed by a wrought iron fence, and on the plan of the graveyard is marked "W. McGibbon". The New Brunswick Directory for 1865-66 shows a lumber merchant named William McGibbon on Brunswick Street near Northumberland.

Lieut. David MacGibbon, Loyalist, in 1784 obtained a land grant for 550 acres at Douglas on the north side of the St. John River. In 1785 he married Anne Drummond, a sister of Jacobina, Mrs. Dugald Campbell. Their children were Anne, Susanne, John (1793-1863), and Alexander (1795-1841). There may be a family connection.

Rev. John B. Brownell was never established in Fredericton. He was a missionary from England and administered chiefly in the West Indies.

New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser, Fredericton, NB, 1 April 1864:

d. Fredericton city (York Co.) 27th ult., age 62, residence of his son-in-law, Wm McGibbon, the Rev. B. Brownell, Wesleyan Minister, left widow, one daughter, having buried in different parts of the world all his other children, to the number of 12.

Daily Telegraph, Saint John, NB, 17 December 1870:

d. Thursday 15th inst., Mary Brownell age 66, relict of Rev. J.B. Brownell. Funeral by express train to Fredericton from residence of her son-in-law, Wm McGibbon, Esq., corner King and Pitt Sts. (St. John) Monday 8:30 a.m.

Robert Baxter and family


Lot #75. There are eight graves in this lot, 6 x 8 feet, situated between that of Robert Weeks and the monument in memory of the Reverend John Brownell. The lot was purchased in 1808 from Henry Chestnut. There is one fairly new stone, complete with engravings.

Robert Baxter.

Louisa D. Baxter,

Nancy Baxter,

Harriet L. Baxter,

Hedley V. Baxter.

Robert Baxter kept a candy store. Harriet Louisa, daughter of Robert Baxter, was born 20 January 1867[?] and baptised in the Methodist Church in Fredericton on 1 February 1873. Louisa D. Hovey, Mrs. Baxter, died 15 December 1919 at Nashua, New Hampshire. Her last surviving daughter, Laura, died 18 May 1937 and is buried there.

Lovell’s Directory 1871:

Baxter, Mrs. Louise, Queen, Fredericton, widow of Robert/Storekeeper

The 1881 census for Fredericton lists Louisa Baxter, Methodist, English, dress maker, aged 40 years, widow. In her household were John Baxter, 20, tanner; Robert, 19, store clerk; Hedley, 17; Laura, 15; Charles, 13; and Hattie, 11.

Gleaner, Fredericton, NB, 4 July 1890:

News was received in the city last night of the death of Hedley Baxter at Haverhill, Mass. to which place he moved from here some 4 or 5 years ago. Deceased was employed for a number of years at Neill’s hardware store. The remains will be brought here for interment.

Gleaner, Fredericton, NB, 7 July 1890:

The funeral of Hedley BAXTER, the particulars of whose sad death at Haverhill, Mass., were given in Saturday’s ‘Gleaner’, took place from N.B.R. station upon the arrival of the train Saturday afternoon. The remains were accompanied by the deceased’s two brothers, Charles Baxter and Robert Baxter and Mr. Blake, a companion of Hedley’s, who walked together behind the hearse. The interment took place in the old burial ground, Rev. Payson conducting an impressive service.