The William Joseph Heron family


In memory of William H. Heron, died 22nd December 1868 in the 70th year of his age. A native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Also his wife Janet, died 17th April 1869 aged 83 years.

J. W. Heron died July 26, 1875 aged 46 years. M.C. Heron died April 29, 1884 aged 64 years. Native of Scotland.

Lot #29. This tombstone with its four graves is enclosed within a fence consisting of a heavy iron rail supported by dark stone posts.

New Brunswick Royal Gazette, 1 December 1818:

LIEUTENANT HERON, 74th Regiment, returns his sincere thanks to the inhabitants of Fredericton and its vicinity for their kind exertions in endeavouring to extricate him from his perilous situation, when lost in the woods during the 25th, 26th, and part of the 27th ultimo, and assures them he shall remember their good wishes with gratitude as long as he lives. Barracks. Monday Morning, 30th Nov. 1818

In 1824 Joe and Mary Heron had a farm on Heron’s Lake. The Heron Farm was a show place in its day, and when the Prince of Wales came to New Brunswick in 1860 he was taken to Heron’s Lake for fishing. After the family had died or left the vicinity the farm was maintained as a summer hotel for some years. It was renamed the Killarney House; Heron’s Road leading to the farm and Heron’s Lake were also renamed Killarney.

Sept 13 [1886]. Elizabeth Savage claims for herself, Janet Tait, and her husband James Tait and their children the right of interment in a lot in the B. Ground formerly owned by the late William Heron, situate in the New Part of Ground near the corner of George and Allen Streets. Marked by Monument to the late William Joseph Heron. The above claimer thinks the lot was purchased by the late William Heron about twenty years ago.

Elizabeth Rebecca Sewell, wife of Henry White


Elizabeth Rebecca Sewell, wife of Henry White of Victoria County, is believed to have been born in Massachusetts. She died in 1827 and is thought to be buried here. The grave is unmarked.

According to family records, Henry and Elizabeth White came down river as far as the mouth of the Nashwaak. There Mrs. White left the canoe, intending to walk to the homestead on the Nashwaak while her husband continued down the St. John River to visit their married daughter, Mrs. Savage. She had walked only a few rods when she arranged a handkerchief on which to sit, and there Thomas Gill found her lying dead.

She died on Thursday, 16 August 1827, and a coroner’s inquest was held on the following Saturday. She was buried on Sunday, 19 August 1827.