William J. Crewdson, clerk


Sacred to the memory of Wm. J. Crewdson, born in Woolwich, England, June 13th, 1832 [1835?], fell asleep March 16th, 1910 aged 77 years. Also his wife Mary J. who fell asleep October 16th 1884, aged 48 years.

W. Leonard Crewdson died Sept. 18th 1885 aged 19 years. Eddie died Jan. 8th 1879 aged 8 years. Fannie died June 6th 1864 aged 1 year and 8 months. Martha A. died Nov. 6th 1872 aged 2 months. Children of Wm. J. and Mary J. Crewdson.

Leonard Crewdson died March 15th 1909 aged 5 days. Infant son of Walter and Lenta Jennings.

Lot #31. An engraved stone and seven footstones are in a lot measuring 11 x 13 feet, purchased in 1864, surrounded by granite posts and iron bars. A large footstone is inscribed "Baby." Six smaller footstones read "W.J.C. 1910," "M.J.C. 1884," "E.C.," "F.C.," "L.C. 1864," and "S.C. 1885"

William James Crewdson was brought to New Brunswick when very small by his parents, his father being William Crewdson, Clerk of Works, Ordnance Department, sent from England to be in charge of army buildings and maintenance in Fredericton. He held this position for many years. The family home is on Brunswick Street.

William J. Crewdson married Mary Jane Leonard, eldest daughter of William Leonard and his wife, Elizabeth Mercy, in 1861. He is remembered as a short man who stooped forward. He sang tenor in the choir of the Wilmot Church for many years.

In the 1881 census, the household of William Crewdson, 48, Methodist, clerk, includes his wife, Mary J., 47; Herbert, 19, printer; William, 16, clerk; Ernest L., 10; Wesley B., 12, Ellorient G., 4; and Emma Lemare, 42, Church of England, "African," servant.

The Fredericton Evening Capital, Fredericton, NB, 19 September 1885:

Leonard CREWDSON eldest s/o Wm CREWDSON of Fredericton city died yesterday after a short illness in his 20th year.

New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser, Fredericton, NB, 8 October 1890:

Wesley Crewdson s/o W.J. Crewdson and John Kelley s/o Gordon Kelley, expect to leave Tuesday next for Washington Territory. They will probably push on to Centralia, the present home of our former townsman, W. Grant Gaunce.

Mrs. Walter Jennings, Ellorient ("Lenta") G., was the daughter of William J. Crewdson. When she died in 1954, a sale was held at the home in Brunswick Street of household effects acquired over a century.

See also The Old Burying Ground, Vol. I, p. 250.