Sacred to the memory of Stephen E. Atherton, died Feb. 2nd 1875, age 40 years, 11 months. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord".
Frances, wife of Stephen Atherton, 1835-1925.
Frances, wife of John Russell, 1806-1892.
Footstones: “F.A.,” “S.E.A.,” “F.R.”
Stephen Atherton was the father of Harry Atherton of this city, and brother of Dr. Alfred B. Atherton. Lovell’s Directory 1871 shows S.E. Atherton with a grocery and liquor business at Queen and Brunswick. He was a surveyor of lumber in 1871. John Russell, Stephen Atherton’s father-in-law, died in 1875 and is buried in the lot he owned jointly with Simmons, his business partner.
New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser, Fredericton, NB, 3 February 1892:
The funeral of late Mrs. John Russell took place on Monday. The remains were interred in the old burial ground. Mrs. Stephen Atherton, daughter of the deceased, is at present very ill with la grippe.
This burial lot, next to that of Manners-Sutton, was owned jointly by Isaac Simmons and John Russell. Part of an iron fence remains.
Sacred to the memory of Sarah A. beloved wife of Isaac W. Simmons, who departed this life on Aug. 6th, 1874 in the 42nd year of her age. Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep.
The Simmons stone is engraved on two sides.
Sacred to the memory of George R. who departed this life on July 25th, 1859 in the 20th year of his age, son of John and Frances Russell. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
John Russell died April 2nd, 1875 ae 72 years.
Footstones: "S.S." and "FATHER."
Simmons and Russell had a tannery on the bank of the river at the end of Westmorland Street. They manufactured leather and patent leather, and their business was so profitable that a short railway ran from their premises along Westmorland Street to the main line. John Russell was also a tinsmith.
The Morning News, Saint John, reported on 23 January 1854 that Mr. Isaac W. Simmons and Miss Sarah A. Russell, both of Fredericton, had been married "on the 5th inst." by the Reverend Mr. Churchill. Sarah was a daughter of John Russell and his wife, Frances, who is buried in the Atherton family plot.