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Harbour Grace Necrology 1844 - 1898

Just a score from the hundreds of "Happy Events" in the 19th Century, of HARBOR GRACE. They were all compiled by the late R. Connelly of Harbour Grace, and on file at the Harbour Grace War Memorial Library.
The death of the Rev. George Baring COWAN, Minister of St. Paul's Church, Harbor Grace, took place on Wednesday, June 12. At the funeral services the Rev. Mr. Blackman preached a beautiful and persuasive discourse from Job, Chapter 21, verses 23-26. A native of Bristol, he came to Newfoundland in July. 1841, and was ordained soon after and appointed to the mission of Burin. In 1842 he was appointed to Carbonear, and in August of the next year, he succeeded the Rev. G.A. Addison as the Rector at Harbor Grace. At the time of his passing, the deceased was in his 27th year, leaving a wife and two children to mourn their irreparable loss.

Died suddenly on December 14, at the Grove, in the 75th year of her age, much regretted, Ann, relict of the late Mr. Matthew KEARNEY, formerly a merchant of Harbor Grace. The deceased was a daughter of the late Charles GARLAND, Esq., J.P. and Surrogate of of this District.

Died on board "Margaret Ridley", on her passage from Brazil to New York, on February 27, Charles STERLING, age 20 years, younger son of William STERLING, Esq., of Harbor Grace, much regretted by his parents and friends.

Died the same day on board the same vessel, much regretted, Edward PARSONS. Aged 29, son of the late Mr. Henry PARSONS of Bears' Cove.

Died on Saturday, June 5, after a lingering illness, much lamented by his parents and friends, James, eldest son of Mr. P. ROHAN of Harbor Grace.

The remains of the late Mr. James FOX, whose demise took place on Tuesday week (October 12) at St. John's, where he had resided for the last several years, were conveyed to Harbor Grace in the Steam packet on Friday evening, accompanied by a large number of his sorrowing friends. Immediately after the corpse was landed, the mourners were joined by the B.I.S., the Clergy, Medical Gentlemen, and a large concourse of his friends and acquaintances, who there- upon moved in procession to the old Catholic Church-yard, where the last painful duty was performed to the remains of the deceased. Mr. FOX has been a resident of the Harbor Grace for nearly 40 years, and had enjoyed the confidence of a large circle of friends

Died on Wednesday evening, October 13, in the 84th year of her age, Emma, relict of the late George GADEN, Esq., formerly of St. John's, merchant, and mother of G.C. GADEN, Esq., Sheriff of this District. Her funeral took place at St. Paul's Church on Sunday, 17th, and was numerously and most respectably attended. The remains of the departed lady are deposited in the family vault on the north-side of the main entrance to the church.

Died on Sunday, December 12, after a long illness, Bertram, son of the Rev. Bertram JONES, Episcopal clergyman of Harbor Grace, in the 3rd year of his age.

Died on Tuesday, December 14, after a short illness, Charles, son of the late Mr. Nicholas PAYNE of Harbor Grace, aged 17 years.

Died on Saturday evening, June 10, in the 74th year of his age, Thomas DANSON, Esq., Senior Police Magistrate, for many years a leading merchant in this district, and the last of a respectable family which had been established at Harbor Grace for nearly a century. The deceased, through the course of a long life, earned for himself the reputation of an honest man, and in all his decisions on the Bench, his judgement was invariably guided by a strong sense of justice and a conscientious desire to do what was right. The funeral obsequies took place at 3 p.m. on June 14.

Died on the morning of May 19, after a short illness, Maria, wife of the Rev. Alexander ROSS, Minister of the Scotch Free Presbyterian Church, Harbor Grace.

Died at Harbor Grace on Wednesday, August 24, Mr. Henry RUTHERFORD, merchant, a native of Roxburshire, Scotland, aged 37 years.

Died at Harbor Grace on Monday, January 21, after a short but painful illness, Mr. Jeremiah BRODERICK, aged 39 years, leaving a wife and a young family to deplore the loss of a kind husband and an affectionate father. The deceased lost his life by inflammation brought on by a cold caught in jumping overboard to the rescue of the Captain of the "Marian Ridley".

Died on board brig "Saxon", on his passage from New York to Harbor Grace, William, second son of Mr. Robert WALSH of this Town, aged 25 years.

Died on Saturday, January 27, after a short illness, Captain Samuel GORDON, in the 64th year of his age.

Died at Riverhead on January 12, after a brief illness, Mary, relict of the late Edward SHANNAHAN, aged 84 years. Deceased was a native of County Kilkenny, Ireland, and a resident of Harbor Grace for over 60 years.

In its issue of May 12, 1883, the STANDARD wrote: "We record today the death of three very old, much respected and well known inhabitants of Harbor Grace, whose united ages reach the sum of 260 years: Mr. Patrick KELLY, Mr. William POWER and Mr. John SINNOTT. The two first-mentioned were the fathers-in-law respect- ively of our esteemed townsman, Mr. C.L. KENNEDY and Mr. John HOGAN. The family relatives and friends of the deceased have our warmest sympathy."

Captain Nicholas HANRAHAN died at Harbor Grace on November 9, at the age of 80 years. In 1861 he brought in the biggest load of seals ever landed from a sailing vessel, namely, 11,000, in the brig "Glengarry".

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