And now for the sad children stories:
Child of Rev. Green of "NA AS Mission"
- I have no idea what "NA AS" means.
One of the saddest markers that I saw today.
- twins die within 2 days of each other.
- since they were only 7 months old, I wonder if they were just weak and sick, or maybe it was something like small-pox or diphtheria?
- and an end to today's pictures with an unusual font that caught my eye.
Na As Mission
I wonder if this is a rendering of "Nass Mission." What I've been able to discover so far is that a permanent mission was established in the Nass Valley area, at Gigoix (Kincolith) in 1867 by Rev. Robert Tomlinson, an Anglican medical missionary, who had begun the Anglican Nass Mission at Greenville / Laxgalts'ap. The first European-style buildings were established in 1879. In the 1890s, a Rev. Collison joined Rev. Tomlinson and Collison stayed and died there in 1922.
Is it possible that there were others involved with that mission and that the child was brought here for burial?
Last edited by Nostradama; 04-24-2010 at 08:02 PM.
Reason: major typo
Laxgalts'ap (the main village in Nisga'a territory) got its English name of Greenville from Methodist Missionary Alfred Green (the AE Green mentioned above?) , who was based there in the late 19th Century. It is about 24 km upstream from where the Nass River empties into the Pacific Ocean.
I'd bet you're right on with this one, Smokey. I know guesses shouldn't be made when trying to figure out what happened exactly when, etc., but my money's on your conclusion--that the child buried here was the child of A. E. Green of Greenville, and his wife. We have to factor in that a lot of these immigrant Englishmen tended to marry later in life, and to younger women. Who knows? He may very well have married late, and to a Nanaimo girl. Perhaps that's why their child is buried here.
Last edited by Nostradama; 04-25-2010 at 10:38 AM.
"Horatio"--reaching way back in this thread
There's a marker for a Horatio Hilton, born January 14, 1828; died July 28, 1890. He would have been named after a British Navy hero, Lord Horatio Nelson (1758 - 1805) who basically saved England from invasion by Napoleon with his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, in which he was killed. More than a maverick, Lord Nelson had already lost one arm and the sight in one eye in previous battles in his career. It may just be myth, legend, or lore, but when younger and not in command of a battle, the commanding admiral ran up flags ordering a certain action. Nelson, sensing what the flags were going to command and disagreeing with it, put his spotting glass to the eye that no longer worked, and went right ahead and did as he pleased. Whichever battle that happened in, he won, too.
Rightly known for a long time as "The man who saved England."
Humorous postscript: I always get a laugh when I see someone in a sailboat with flag decorations on the lines from the mast. They buy them as a set, I guess, but one of them is the infamous "yellow jack", a black circle on a yellow ground. What that one means is "I have plague aboard." (Or sometimes yellow fever or cholera.) Ships carrying plague would come close enough to shore that the flag could be read, and come no farther. They didn't dock.
A solid yellow flag was the 'yellow jack' while a black circle on a yellow flag signifies the letter " I " and is also used to signify a turn to port.
Last edited by Nostradama; 04-25-2010 at 04:03 PM.
I visited the centre-section of this cemetery today, enjoying a 2.5 hour visit of walking methodically down the rows, in the sun and breeze.
Some artsy attempts:
I had a few distractions, given the view and the nice weather:
....and I finally found Pete Maffeo's marker. (see next post)
There must be a rule in Nanaimo that grave-markers for Mayors should be plain and simple. Leave the showy upright markers for the other people....
Here is the marker for Mayor Pete Maffeo:
- I'm facing Howard avenue.
- Pete's marker is the one in the middle front.
Ancestor marker, right beside Pete
Pete's marker. 1896-1968
-Why did they have to make it so tough to read?
Alderman George Bryce.
- Dick Mah is mentioned for thanks for his work on the information-kiosk for the No.1 Mine Explosion site.
- Was Harold Good a downtown merchant? I recall his name, and my father thinks he was a downtown businessman.
- such a simple "worn looking" stone, for someone who died recently.
More shots from May 1, 2010:
More May 3, 1887 Mine Explosion victims: