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Peck Burial Ground

Riverside-Albert, Albert Co, N.B.

Rte 114, coming into Riverside-Albert turn left on McLelan Ave. Drive directly down to the end of the road. Park across from the last house. Walk towards the river for about 200 to 300 meters.

 

                                                              

 

 

     Stone found at entrance of burial ground

 

 

First Burying Ground - Peck Family

Earliest English settlers in this locality arriving 1765. Herein lie Abiel Peck  first settler and ancestor of the Hopewell Pecks. Restored by Col. C. W. Peck, V.C., D.S.O.  a descendant in respectful admiration of his forefathers

 

 

 

 

 

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William was in his 24th year leaving a wife; only a few months married, to bewail his untimely fate.

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Abiel Peck Jun'

was in his twentieth

year

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Burial Ground

 On above stone:

Reader, with solemn thought survey this grave and reflect on the untimely death of thy fellow mortals, and whilst as a man and a Christian, thou read'st the melancholy narrative drop a tear for thy country's loss: On the 28th Nov. 1804, a canoe in the river hopewell filled and sunk, and by which fatal accident two promising young men were Launched into Eternity. The bodys of the unfortunate were found and interred in one grave near this stone, which is erected by their disconsolate parents as a gratefull tribute to the memory of their dutiful and virtuous children:

 

 

 

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Here lies interred the body of

Capt Abiel Peck

a native of Attlebury Massachusetts

who departed this life

October 28, 1814

in the 59th year of his age

 

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Erected by James Peck

In Memory of his wife

SABINA

who died March the 1st

1822 in her 20th year

leaving a husband only 13

months married & a chiild

a few hours old

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Sacred to the Memory of

Thomas Peck

who died Oct 16, 1825

in the 58 year of his age

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Here lies interred the body of

Abiel Peck a native of

Boston, and one of the first settlers

of this place who on the 16th of

December 1802 unfortunately

perished in a boat, in the 73rd

year of his age. Leaveing

upward of three score descendants

 to lament his melancholy fate

 

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Note: I also found in the N.B. Provincial Archives

Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics - Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 94 Number 2773

Rank 32 - Date February 12 1894 - County Saint John - Place Saint John Newspaper: The Daily Sun

"hopewell Hill (Albert Co.) Feb. 8 - On the bluff on the bank of the river near riverside, known in the past as Red Bank, are the remains of what is probably the oldest burial ground in this part of the county and which contains the dust of many of the first settlers of Shepody. Many of the tombstones are so worn that the inscriptions are almost obliterated...Tombstones are also erected here to the memory of the early ancestors of the pearson family."

 

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