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.