John Elliot Woolford, artist and architect

Woolford

In memory of J. E. Woolford, Esq., late Barrack Master, Fredericton, died 12th Jan. 1866, aged 88 years.

In memory of Margaret, wife of J. E. Woolford, Esq.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 6 February 1833:

Died on Wednesday morning last, the 30th ult., Mrs. Margaret Fullerton, wife of J. E. Woolford, Esquire, Barrack Master of this place, deeply and deservedly regretted.

John Elliot Woolford of the Barracks Department was appointed Assistant Barrack Master at Saint John in 1823. He bore the title until 1839 or 1840 when he was described in the New Brunswick Almanack as Deputy Barrack Master, and in 1842 as Barrack Master. He had charge of the army buildings in Fredericton.

J. E. Woolford was in charge of the building of Government House, and the very fine plans of the same are now in the Archives, Ottawa. The contract for building Government House was awarded to Jedediah Slason, and it was built in 1827.

New Brunswick Royal Gazette, 14 March 1826:

Contracts will be received by William F. Odell, Thomas Wetmore and Samuel D. Street… building a college… rough stone, hewn stone for the corners, boards, planks and scantling.

William F. Odell and the Reverend George Best advertised contracts in the New Brunswick Royal Gazette, April 1826, for a building for King’s College. The contract was awarded to James Taylor and also to Cross and Murray of Saint John. J.E. Woolford was the architect, and a model of the college building which he designed stood in his home.

Had there been a public library at that time, Mr. Woolford probably would have designed it, as the following notice suggests:

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 19 July 1839:

Fredericton Library — A General Meeting of the Proprietors is requested at the residence of Mr. Woolford on Friday afternoon next at 21st instance at 4 o’clock to decide upon the selection of a Library Room and such others matters as may be brought before the meeting. By order of the President. R. Gowan, Secretary.

J.E. Woolford resided in Regent Street opposite the Park Barracks until 1841.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 10 July 1839:

Notice "The Subscriber" respectfully intimates to his friends and the Public that he has taken that commodious and pleasantly situated House in Regent Street owned by Captain James Segee next door to J. E. Woolford, Esq. and nearly opposite to Mr. Donald McLeod where he intends keeping a Genteel Boarding House for the reception of permanent and Transient Boarders. Good staffing is required. Joseph Estabrooks.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 1 November 1841:

Welner-Baile Tailoring Shop in the House lately occupied by Barrack Master Woolford, Regent Street.

He was one of the artists who exhibited at the Grand Exhibition in Saint John in August 1842, and was President of the Floral and Horticultural Society of New Brunswick in 1843. He retired in 1859 from the Barracks Department, but remained in Fredericton until his death.

The Head Quarters, Fredericton, NB, 17 January 1866:

John E. WOOLFORD, Esq., late Barrack Master in this garrison was a native of England, born in London; served under Duke of York in Holland, afterwards under Sir Ralph ABERCROMBIE in Egypt where he was present at all the principal engagements. It was there that his merit as a sketcher of landscapes attracted the attention of Lord Dalhousie, under whose patronage he settled in Scotland on his return as an artist. On Lord DALHOUSIE’s appointment to the Government of Nova Scotia, he accompanied him to that country. In 1821 when his Lordship made a tour through Upper and Lower to Lake Superior, he attended him as an artist, and took views of all the principal residences on their route. In 1823 on a change being made in the Barrack Dept., he received his late appointment to this garrison and held it until 1858. It was the plans of Mr. WOOLFORD that both the College and Government House were built. He was married to a lady of the ERSKINE family, related to Lord BUCHAN and the late Lady DOUGLAS wife of Sir Howard DOUGLAS.

Hon. John Ambrose Street and Jane Isabella Louisa Hubbard

Street

I.H.S. In memory of the Honourable John Ambrose Street, died 5th May A.D. 1865 in the 70th year of his age. "And now Lord what is my hope, Truly my hope is even in Thee."

In memory Jane Isabella, widow of the late Hon. J.A. Street, died 29th Sept. 1883 in her 84th year. "Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."

Lot #8 measures 11 x 13 feet. These two handsome memorials are surrounded by a cast-iron fence. The gate has been removed.

John Ambrose Street was the seventh son of the Honourable Samuel Denny Street, born in 1795 at Burton where his father had a large grant. Samuel Denny Street served in the Royal Fencible Americans at the taking of Fort Beausejour and later at Fort Howe under Major Gilfred Studholme. A friend who had served with him since the days when they were 2nd Lieutenants together was Ambrose Sharman who, with his wife, was drowned in the St. John River at Burton in December 1793. John Ambrose Street was named after him. The orphaned Sharman children were sheltered by Samuel Denny Street until such time as they married.

John Ambrose Street married Jane Isabella Louisa Hubbard, daughter of William Hubbard who represented Sunbury County from 1785 to 1792. Their children were Thomas George, Louisa Isabella, William Woodbridge, Mary Jane, James Peters, Sarah Boies, Charles Frederick, Lucretia A.P., John Ambrose, Ambrose Bacon, and Alfred Henry.

J.A. Street was admitted to the Bar in February 1817 and practised at the Miramichi. He was elected in 1833 to the House of Assembly, representing Northumberland County, and re-elected continuously until 1856. In 1840, John Ambrose Street was appointed Clerk of the Crown in the Supreme Court. In 1849 he was made a Queen’s Counsel, one of only five in the province. His Fredericton residence was on the corner of King and York Streets, his law office, a small wooden building adjoining. This stood on part of the property formerly belonging to his father. In 1851 he was appointed Attorney General and in that same year the Hon. James Carter was appointed Chief Justice.

Although not reared in that tradition, John Ambrose Street was one of the strongest supporters of responsible government in New Brunswick.

When John Ambrose Street was appointed Attorney General, the Street family was one of the most prominent in the province. George Frederick was a Justice of the Supreme Court, William Woodbridge was a successful commission merchant and a mayor of Saint John, Alfred Lock was a barrister in Saint John, and two other brothers were clergymen. His large house at the Miramichi was occupied by his son, James, who married Miss Libby Cunard.

New Brunswick Reporter, Fredericton, NB, 5 May 1896

Died at the residence of his son, William Woodbridge Street, Esquire 75 Charlotte Street, St. John, on Wednesday morning the Hon. John Ambrose Street of Fredericton, Barrister-at-Law and Queen’s Counsel, in the 70th year of his age.

Executors were William Ward and Charles Street.

Fanny Augusta Ward

Ward

Fanny Augusta Ward, died February 13, 1866. "I know that my Redeemer liveth."

Footstone: “F.A.W.”

Lot #45 was jointly owned by the Robb and Ward families.

Fanny Augusta was born in 1835, a daughter of the Venerable Archdeacon Coster. She married Henry Ward, M.D., an Englishman thirteen years her senior. Dr. Ward was a surgeon with one of the regiments and the son of a physician, Edward Ward. Their son, Philip, was born about 1857 and a daughter, Christiana, in 1859. According to Cathedral records, Walter George Edward was baptised 7 February 1861, Arthur Charles on 4 July 1862, and Emma Mabel on 30 July 1863.

Dr. Ward was married, secondly, 7 July 1867, to Louisa Isabella, daughter of the Honourable John Ambrose Street, Attorney General of New Brunswick. Dr. Ward in 1871 had his office at the corner of St. John and Queen Streets.

Saint John Globe, Saint John, NB, 11 March 1893:

The death is announced at Bournemouth, England, Feb. 5, of Mrs. Louise L. Ward widow of Dr. Henry Ward. The lady was the d/o Hon. John Ambrose Street and is the second member of the family whose death is announced in the past few weeks. Dr. Ward was formerly in the Royal Navy. His first wife was a Miss Coster of Fredericton. He practiced for some time in Carleton (St. John) and afterwards removed to Fredericton and then went back to England.

Reverend William Smithson and family

Smithson

George C. Hunt and William Smithson claim as joint owners a lot, 18 1/2 x 20 1/3 feet. Situate between the lots of the late Asa Coy and Albert McCausland in the 3rd section north. Surrounded by an iron fence with two gates, one marked W.H. Smithson and the other George C. Hunt. This lot was purchased by the above gentlemen about 1860 from George Botsford, the then Secretary.

Lot #101. In 1886, this lot was claimed by Sophia A. Hunt, the second wife of George C. Hunt, a trader and sea captain.

In memory of Rev. William Smithson, b. 1796, d. May 15, 1860. Also his wife, Elizabeth, b. 1801, d. Jan. 28, 1887. "The memory of the just is blessed."

In memory of Georgianna A.H. Gill, b. Dec. 18, 1842, d. Jan. 25, 1913. "She hath done what she could." Also Julia E. Smithson, b. April 12, 1830, d. Mar. 19, 1908. "At rest." Daughters of Rev. William Smithson.

A footstone inscribed "A.M.S." could be misplaced and may properly belong in the Saunders plot.

The Reverend William Smithson was born in Yorkshire, England, and was for over forty years a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was resident Methodist minister in Fredericton in 1829, and a Wesleyan minister in Sheffield, 1836-37, subsequently living in St. Stephen and Sackville. His wife was Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Lieut. James Harrison of the New Jersey Volunteers who had settled in Sheffield where Elizabeth was born.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 27 March 1833:

d. 11th inst. Sackville, N.B., Sarah Jane Smithson 2nd d/o Rev. W. Smithson, Wesleyan Missionary, age 3 weeks, 4 days.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 3 February 1841:

Died on the 18th inst. of croup at Milltown, St. Stephen, aged 3 years and 6 month, Thomas Harrison, second son of Rev. Smithson, Wesleyan Missionary.

New Brunswick Reporter, Fredericton, NB, 4 June 1858:

At Woodstock, on Tuesday 1st of June, by the Rev. S.D. Lee Street, rector, Mr. W.H. Smithson, Druggist of Fredericton, to Miss Louise J. youngest daughter of Charles Perley, Esq. M.P.A.

Daily Telegraph, Saint John, NB, 1 February 1887:

The death is announced at Fredericton, of Mrs. Smithson, relict of the late Rev. William Smithson, and mother of Mr. W.H. Smithson, of the General Post Office, Ottawa, Jan. 31, 1887.

The oldest of the three stones marking the Smithson lot is now illegible. When Elizabeth Smithson died in 1887, the inscription read "Husband and Wife." A stone in memory of the son, William H. Smithson (died 1850) has disappeared. The third and tallest stone commemorates the death of two Smithson daughters, Julia and Georgianna.

The census of 1881 suggests that the husband of Georgianna Smithson was most likely Joseph Gaynor Gill, born 1834. According to Wesleyan Methodist Church christening records, Joseph was the son of Thomas and Catherine Gill. He is not buried here. The stone house of Ensign Thomas Gill, Maryland Loyalist, still stands in Lower St. Mary’s.