Finding Information on
Tombstones by doing a word search on
“Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers” by Daniel
on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website
MOTHER - AMELIA IRVING -
Wife of A B SMITH
Died April 14, 1864 - Aged 49 years
A metal tombstone in a New Brunswick Burial
that looks to be granite but is made of metal
By the amount of
food that had been packed into the ice chest in the trunk, one
would think Aunt Ethel was taking us on a trip to the States
instead of having a picnic lunch while taking Gram to visit
cemeteries where some of her relatives and friends were
I was to sit in the front seat in the middle which wasn’t very
comfortable. Poor Cliff was squeezed into the back seat with
the three adult ladies.
Since Gram was lame and needed to use a cane while walking
over the rough terrain and through the bushes, I was to hold
on to her. This was in the days before the gasoline lawn
mowers so cleaning up the cemetery meant using a bush scythe
and leaving about five inches of sharp bushes sticking up.
We had visited six cemeteries before it was decided we should
find a shady spot to spread a tablecloth on the ground and eat
the picnic lunch.
When we pulled into the cemetery, I noticed a truck parked at
the other side. Once I had finished some sandwiches, I picked
up three of Aunt Sadie’s freshly made and sugared doughnuts
and went to see what the men were doing.
The truck was from a Monument Company and a beautiful black
granite tombstone was being installed. It was like no other
one that I had ever seen.
Just as the men were getting ready to get it on the base, I
heard a horn tooting and knew I was being summoned.
At the supper table, I was telling all about this beautiful
tombstone which did not seem to be interesting anyone. Finally
Dad looked at me and said, “Maybe you could get a newspaper to
make it part of the news.” This caused a snicker to go around
Little did he know that items about tombstones were published
in the newspapers in the past.
Too bad, Dad wasn’t still around to watch me do a word search
on “Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers” by Daniel
Johnson on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website
and see the many references to tombstones.
September 15, 1894 - Saint John - The Daily Sun: At St.
Andrews on Sept. 12 - A monument consisting of a grey granite
base and a black granite pedestal and shaft, altogether 12
feet high, made from stone quarried at Gibson Stuart and
Hanson's quarry, Bocabec, has been erected in the Rural
Cemetery in memory of Claude M. Lamb and his wife Annie
Stevenson. The monument was manufactured and polished by
Douglass Bros. of St. Stephen and is the first made from
November 29, 1895 - Saint John - The Daily Telegraph: A
monument was erected in the Rural (Fernhill) Cemetery a day or
two ago. It is of Italian marble with a granite base and about
11 feet high and contains some six tons of stone. The base is
4 feet 9 inches square. The body of the monument is surmounted
by a heavily carved cap and urn. The stone marks the grave of
the late Wm. S. Green of the firm Dearborn & Co. The
design is by H.H. Mott and the carving and workmanship are by
John S. Seaton.
April 2, 1896 - Fredericton - The Gleaner: John Moore,
the marble worker, has imported to this city the most handsome
monument ever seen here. It was purchased in Aberdeen,
Scotland and is known as pearl black granite. The monument
stands about ten feet high from the top of the base. On the
base rests the plinth which supports the polished dye. This
tapers off to a cup on which is an urn. The word Grieves is
cut into the plinth while on the dye or column is the masonic
August 16, 1895 - Sussex - Kings County Record: A
handsome monument is to be placed in position in the cemetery
at Upper Corner on the grave of the late William A. Stockton.
The monument is gray granite from Spoon island, Charlotte Co.
and weighs some 20,000 pounds
August 25, 1893 - Sussex - Kings County Record: At
Hampton on Saturday a fine Italian marble monument was set up
in the cemetery by Mr. Kinsailer for John Morrel of Darling's
Island, in memory of his wife.
May 28, 1881 - Saint John - The Daily Telegraph: The
Rev. Canon Harrison monument of Spoon Island granite, ten feet
high, has been erected on the Forget-me-not path in the Rural
Cemetery (Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John).
Like other family researchers, I enjoy roaming through
cemeteries. I was quite surprised to find a tombstone that
looked liked granite but upon touching it, realized it was
made of metal.