Goldfinch, Henry

Henry Goldfinch

Free Will Baptist Cemetery, Marker #34


Epitaph: In thy name shall they rejoice all the day and in thy righteousness shall they be called. Also a circled chain with the inscription Parted below united above.

Henry was born in London, England 25 September 1820 where he was christened a month later. He died on 22 July 1886, presumably near Beaver River where he lived much of his life. His wife, Matilda Bennison, is buried next to him. We don’t know the date of their marriage. In addition to Henry and Matilda, two of their eight children are named on the grave marker: Sarah who died in Curaçao and Arthur who was lost at sea. Although Henry was baptized in the Church of England he later became a Free Will Christian Baptist. The family probably attended the church that stood on this cemetery site.

According to 1871 and 1881 census records Henry was a farmer.

More information about Henry and his famiy appears in the Old Stones Family Group Sheet Index.

The limestone Goldfinch grave marker is the only one in this cemetery that is known to have the signature of the carver. It is S P Osgood whose business was located on King Street in Saint John. This may have been one of the last grave markers he carved as the business ceased about the time of Henry’s death.

Please leave a comment if you have any additional information about Henry, his marriage and his family. It would be good to learn the location of the family farm.


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