Obituaries – 1800s

AVERY, James – Died at Fox Harbour, T.B., on Jan. 5th [1894] after a short illness, James Avery, aged 59, leaving a wife to mourn her sad loss. (Harbour Grace Standard, January 23, 1894)

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AVERY, Rebecca – Died at the same place [Northern Bight], on March 10 [1894], after a short illness, Rebecca, wife of J. Avery, aged 30 years, leaving a husband and four children to mourn their sad loss. (Harbour Grace Standard, April 6, 1894)

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BAKER, Ann – Our Heart’s Ease correspondent, writing us under date of June 29th, [1892] says:—” It is my sorrowful duty to-day to acquaint you with a very sad accident which occurred here on Friday last, 24th instant [June 1892] three persons named, respectively, Jasper Yoe, aged 52 years; William Benson, 15, and Ann Baker, 25, were the victims. The packet skiff of Northern Bight left that place on the above-mentioned date. The destination of the boat was Fox Harbor, but she had to call at several places on the way down, to land the mails. At 10 o’clock p.m., when entering the mouth of Heart’s Ease, the skiff was upset. William Martin and his brother, while returning from the fishing ground, saw the skiff bottom up, pulled alongside, and righted it. Then, to their surprise, they found two dead bodies—one of them, poor Yoe, tangled in the fore-sheet, the other, the woman, in the bottom of the skiff. Young Benson’s body has not yet been recovered. The mails were in a bad condition, streaming with water. I cannot say whether any of the letters or papers were lost.” (The Telegram, July 8 1892)

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BALSON, Mary – Died at Heart’s Ease, T.B., on Feb 11 [1894], after a short illness, Mary, beloved wife of Eliol Balson, aged 21 years, leaving two children. – R.I.P. (Harbour Grace Standard April 6, 1894)

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BENSON, William – Our Heart’s Ease correspondent, writing us under date of June 29th, [1892] says:—” It is my sorrowful duty to-day to acquaint you with a very sad accident which occurred here on Friday last, 24th instant [June 1892] three persons named, respectively, Jasper Yoe, aged 52 years; William Benson, 15, and Ann Baker, 25, were the victims. The packet skiff of Northern Bight left that place on the above-mentioned date. The destination of the boat was Fox Harbor, but she bad to call at several places on the way down, to land the mails. At 10 o’clock p.m., when entering the mouth of Heart’s Ease, the skiff was upset. William Martin and his brother, while returning from the fishing ground, saw the skiff bottom up, pulled alongside, and righted it. Then, to their surprise, they found two dead bodies—one of them, poor Yoe, tangled in the fore-sheet, the other, the woman, in the bottom of the skiff. Young Benson’s body has not yet been recovered. The mails were in a bad condition, streaming with water. I cannot say whether any of the letters or papers were lost.” (The Telegram, July 8 1892)

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COOPER, Charity (nee Sellars) – Full of years and honor – an old lady died at Random Island Lighthouse, on the 30th January [1899], whom history brings one back to the old fighting days of England. The old lady was Mistress Charity Cooper, relict of the late William Cooper, and mother of Mr. H.T. Cooper, the well-known keeper of Random Island Light. She came from the old British stock and was the daughter of the late Daniel Sellars who was an officer in the British navy, and served under Admiral Nelson for seven years and fought with him in several engagements. Her death severs the connecting-link for the past and present. She leaves two sons and over ninety grand and great-grandchildren.- Halifax papers please copy. (Harbour Grace Standard, April 1, 1899)

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FROST, Levi – Died at Northern Bight, on Mary 8 [1894], Levi, second son of Nehemiah and Jane Frost, and nephew of Mr. L. Frost of this town, aged 23 years, leaving a wife and one child and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss. (Harbour Grace Standard, April 6, 1894) 

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FROST, Sarah – Died at Northern Bight, Random South, on the 29th of December [1883], after a tedlous illness, Sarah, the beloved wife of Mr. Eli Frost; leaving a large circle of friends to mourn their loss. (The Evening Telegram, January 11, 1884)

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GOOBY, RICHARD – Three men drowned – by the arrival of a boat from Random, we learn that a sad drowning accident occurred at that place on Friday night last, resulting in the death of three men. It seems that two men, named respectively, Richard Gooby and Wm. Gregg left their homes on the above mentioned day to put another man, (whose name we have not ascertained) (illegible) South West Arm of Random, and nothing has since been heard of them, except that the boat has been picked up so that it is only too certain that the poor fellows have met a watery grave. – Trinity Record (Twillingate Sun and the Northern Weekly Advertiser, January 14, 1888)

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HISCOCK, Maria – Died at the same place [Heart’s Ease], on Jan. 8th [1894], Maria Hiscock, aged 13 years. (Harbour Grace Standard, January 23, 1894)

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JACOBS, Julia – Writing under date of the 2nd [February 1892], a Heart’s Ease correspondent says – “A very melancholy accident occurred here on Wednesday last, 30th ult. Two young girls name respectively Mary Ann Peddle, aged 13 years, and Julia Jacobs aged 12 years, while skating on the salt water ice, broke through a short distance from the shore, the latter falling on the former and keeping her from breathing over the surface. People ran from all quarters and succeeded in rescuing Julia Jacobs before the vital spark had fled, but poor little Mary Ann, having disappeared beneath the surface, was not recovered in time to save her life. After considerable exertion the body was borne to the shore. The rescued girl rapidly regaining strength and will soon be all right again. The people did everything in their power, but they had to beat through the slob, which was too thin to walk upon and yet too strong to get a boat through. The mother of the deal girl is in a condition of great prostration. I may have mention that this unfortunate woman’s poor relief was stopped some three years ago. She had two sons from whom she received some help; but one of them died last year of la grippe and the other is on his death-bed. I sincerely hope our kind-hearted and sympathising government will take her case into favorable consideration and render such help as they, in their wisdom may deem proper. – Trinity Record, Jan. 16. (Twillingate Sun and the Northern Weekly Advertiser, February 6, 1892)

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JANES, Archibald – Died at Northern Bight, T.B., on Feb. 25 [1894], after a lingering illness, Archibald Janes, aged 48 years, leaving a wife and four children to mourn their sad loss (Harbour Grace Standard, April 6, 1894)

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KING, Ann – At Saint Jones, South West Arm, on the 12th inst., after a long a painful illness, Ann, aged 44 years, beloved wife of Mr. Simeon King. (Evening Telegram, January 22, 1889)

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MANUEL Mahala – Died at the same place [Heart’s Ease], Jan. 13th [1894], suddenly Mahala, wife of Moses Manuel, aged 50 years. Deeply regretted by all who knew her. (Harbour Grace Standard, January 23, 1894)

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MARTIN, John – A sad case of drowning is reported by a contemporary:- At West Hearts Ease, Random, on Thursday the 15th [May 15, 1881] a little boy named John, son of Mr. Eli Martin, was out in a boat with another boy younger than himself; whilst handling an oar he fell overboard, having over-balanced himself, and the boat drove ashore with the other little fellow in it. Efforts to save him were unavailing, and it was only after two days that his body was recovered. The lad was about nine years of age, and his death has cast quite a gloom over the village. (The Evening Telegram, June 2, 1881)

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MARTIN, Joseph – At Fox Harbor, Random Oct. 8th after a long illness Joseph Martin, aged 22 years ; leaving a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss. (Reprinted from the Harbour Grace Standard, October 25, 1892

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PEDDLE, Mary Ann – Writing under date of the 2nd [February 1892], a Heart’s Ease correspondent says – “A very melancholy accident occurred here on Wednesday last, 30th ult. Two young girls name respectively Mary Ann Peddle, aged 13 years, and Julia Jacobs aged 12 years, while skating on the salt water ice, broke through a short distance from the shore, the latter falling on the former and keeping her from breathing over the surface. People ran from all quarters and succeeded in rescuing Julia Jacobs before the vital spark had fled, but poor little Mary Ann, having disappeared beneath the surface, was not recovered in time to save her life. After considerable exertion the body was borne to the shore. The rescued girl rapidly regaining strength and will soon be all right again. The people did everything in their power, but they had to beat through the slob, which was too thin to walk upon and yet too strong to get a boat through. The mother of the deal girl is in a condition of great prostration. I may have mention that this unfortunate woman’s poor relief was stopped some three years ago. She had two sons from whom she received some help; but one of them died last year of la grippe and the other is on his death-bed. I sincerely hope our kind-hearted and sympathising government will take her case into favorable consideration and render such help as they, in their wisdom may deem proper. – Trinity Record, Jan. 16. (Twillingate Sun and the Northern Weekly Advertiser, February 6, 1892)

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SEWARD, Mark – Died at Gooseberry Cove, Trinity Bay, on the 2nd inst. [January 1891], Mark, youngest child of Thomas and Rosanna Seward, aged 4 years. (Evening Telegram, January 29, 1891)

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SEWARD, Mary Ann – Died at Heart’s Ease, T.B., on Jan. 6th [1894] of paralysis, Mary Ann, beloved wife of Richard Seward, Sr., aged 72 years, leaving a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss. (Harbour Grace Standard, January 23, 1894)

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SHAW, Catherine – Died at Heart’s Ease, on the 7th inst. [June 1891], Catherine, the beloved with of Daniel Shaw, leaving a husband and 4 child to mourn their sad loss. (The Evening Telegram, June 12, 1891)

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SHAW, Margaret – Died at Little Heart’s Ease, T.B., on March 22nd, Margaret, beloved wife of John Shaw, Sr. aged 90 years. (Harbour Grace Standard, April 6, 1894)

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THOMAS, Henry L. –  At Hodge’s Cove, Random Sound, on Feb 14th [1898], after a long illness, Henry L. Thomas, aged 44 years, leaving a wife and 3 children to mourn their sad loss. (The Evening Telegram, March 3, 1898)

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VARDY, Cecelia. – Death At same place [Heart’s Ease, Trinity Bay], Jan. 10th [1882], Cecelia, daughter of James and Maggie Vardy, aged 6 years. (Harbour Grace Standard & Conception Bay Advertiser, March 4, 1882)

At Hears Ease, Trinity Bay, Jan 10th [1882], after a short illness, Cecelia, daughter of James and Maggie Vardy, aged 6 years. (Evening Telegram, January 26, 1882)

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VARDY, George. – Death At Heart’s Ease, Trinity Bay, Jan. 18th [1882], George Vardy, Esq., J.P., a native of Southampton, England, aged 62 years. (Harbour Grace Standard & Conception Bay Advertiser, March 4, 1882)

At the same place [Hearts Ease, Trinity Bay], Jan. 18th suddenly, George Vardy, J.P.,  a native of Southampton, England, aged 62 years, 40 of which he spent in this country. The deceased is deeply regretted by a large number of friends.  (Evening Telegram, January 26, 1992)

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Yoe, Jasper – Our Heart’s Ease correspondent, writing us under date of June 29th, [1892] says:—” It is my sorrowful duty to-day to acquaint you with a very sad accident which occurred here on Friday last, 24th instant [June 1892] three persons named, respectively, Jasper Yoe, aged 52 years; William Benson, 15, and Ann Baker, 25, were the victims. The packet skiff of Northern Bight left that place on the above-mentioned date. The destination of the boat was Fox Harbor, but she bad to call at several places on the way down, to land the mails. At 10 o’clock p.m., when entering the mouth of Heart’s Ease, the skiff was upset. William Martin and his brother, while returning from the fishing ground, saw the skiff bottom up, pulled alongside, and righted it. Then, to their surprise, they found two dead bodies—one of them, poor Yoe, tangled in the fore-sheet, the other, the woman, in the bottom of the skiff. Young Benson’s body has not yet been recovered. The mails were in a bad condition, streaming with water. I cannot say whether any of the letters or papers were lost.” (The Telegram, July 8 1892)

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Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, April 2015

Updated October 2016

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