Sophronia Clark Huestis Atherton


Lot #183. This lot, containing three stones, was enclosed with an iron railing with the name B. Atherton on the gate. The owner marked on the plan is Sophronia Atherton. The Bailey stone, six feet high, of black granite, is engraved on one side only.

In memory of Julia Ann, wife of B. Atherton, died February 12, 1864, in the 52nd year of her age, also Benjamin Atherton, born May 15, 1813, died February 23, 1883. "Forever with the Lord."

Lewis Carl Huestis died August 1, 1859 aged 34 years, Sophronia Hustis Atherton, born Oct. 9, 1836, died Jan. 22, 1913. "Blessed are the dead, who died in the Lord."

Sacred to the memory of Mary M. Huestis, d. Jan 21, 1881.

Sacred to the memory of Gordon P. Bailey, born April 21, 1851, died July 5, 1900. "Come to God." Also his wife Annie M. 1859-1933. "At rest and at home".

Sophronia was Benjamin Atherton’s second wife and the niece of his first wife, Julia Ann. Julia Ann Atherton was a daughter of William Clark.

The first husband of Sophronia Clark, Lewis Carl Huestis, was a widower when he married her on 16 January 1855. The marriage was performed by Rev. James Tupper of Queensbury, Baptist, and witnessed by Thomas H. Huestis and Elizabeth Clark. His daughter, Mary Huestis, was already married to Robert Pengilly at that time. She died in 1893 and is buried in Section I, in the Huestis plot. The lineage of the Mary M. Huestis who is buried with the Athertons is uncertain.

When Lewis Carl Huestis died in 1859, his widow, Sophronia, came to live with her aunt, Julia Ann, Mrs. Benjamin Atherton, and eventually married her uncle, Benjamin. Sophronia Atherton had two children, William M. and Anne ("Annie") M. Huestis, by her first marriage and a daughter, Mary C. Atherton, by her second. Annie, who married Gordon P. Bailey, is buried here with the Athertons.

Mary Huestis Pengilly, travelling poet


Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 29 September 1841:

Died at Saint John on the 27th ult in hope of a joyful resurrection, Ann, wife of Robert Pengilly, in the 31st year of her age.

Morning News, Saint John, NB, 2 February 1847:

Married at Queensbury County of York on the 16th instant by the Rev. D. McCurdy, Mr. Robert Pengilly of St. John to Miss Mary Huestis daughter of Lewis Heustis Esq of the former place.

Warrants, Journals of the House of Assembly, New Brunswick:

To Mary Pengilly, late Mary Huestis, the sum of twenty pounds in full for her services as teacher to the 31st of December, 1850.

Mary Huestis and Robert Pengilly had five sons and one daughter. Their home in Saint John was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1877. By 1883, Mary Huestis Pengilly was living in Massachusetts. In October of that year, she was admitted to the Provincial Lunatic Asylum in Saint John. Her Diary Written in the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, self-published in 1885, refers to the election as Alderman of her son, Thomas M. Pengilly, and to his brother Lewis going "800 miles beyond Winnipeg surveying." For Valentine’s Day, 1884, the Saint John Globe published a list of 225 marriageable men, which included one Thomas Pengilly, "the most silent member of the Common Council board."

Daily Telegraph, Saint John, NB, August 5, 1893:

A Dubuque, Iowa despatch of the 3rd says: Mrs. Mary Huestis PENGILLY died at Mercy Hospital today and her remains will be forwarded to Boston on receipt of instructions from her son, a druggist there. She left the asylum, Saint John, N.B. nine years ago and thereafter travelled through the country selling poems which she said the angels had inspired, and her diary criticizing the management of the St. John asylum. She reached here two weeks ago and was adjudged insane, but being sick was sent to the hospital. – Deceased was well known in this city. Her son carried on a drug business in the city market building and was also a member of city council.

Mary Huestis Pengilly died in 1893 and is believed to be buried in the Huestis plot. Her father is buried in Section J with the Athertons.

Benjamin, Deborah, and one Mary Huestis


In Memory of Benjamin A. Huestis, who died May 27th 1849, aged 45 years. Also his wife Deborah J, died Jan 20th 1862, aged 68 years.

Sacred to the memory of their daughter Mary M. Huestis, died Jan 20th 1880, aged 55 years.

A list of those in business in Fredericton, 1840, includes Huestis, boarding house, Queen Street.

Census, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1861:

Huestis, Deborah D., 68, h of F, U.S., Baptist

Mary M, daughter, 35,

Janet Estey, daughter, 27

Spencer, grandson, 2

There are three by the name of Mary Huestis buried in the Old Burying Ground. (See also and, in Section J, Atherton.)