Calvinist Baptist Cemetery, Marker #8
Wellington Jackson is one of the few people buried in these three cemeteries who has no known relatives in the area. He died in Beaver River while serving here as a minister in the Calvinist Baptist Church where, begining in 1859, he assisted Rev Aaron Cogswell. Wellington was born in Wilmot, Annapolis County abt 1814 and died of consumption (tuberculosis) on 10 March 1864 at the age of 50. He was the son of Francis Jackson. We know nothing about Francis or the woman who became Wellington’s mother. Wellington married in Saint John N.B. Mary Jane Coggins of Westport, Brier Island whom he probably met while he servied in the Baptist Church there. There are no known children from this marriage.
Here is a letter written by Joseph Bancroft on behalf of the church in Westport to The Baptist Missionary Magazine of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick that appeared in the issue of 4 January 1836. It concerns Wellington’s ordination.
I am directed to inform you of the Ordination of brother Wellington Jackson, to the charge of the church at Brier Island on the 31st of March last, at 3 o’clock.
Brother Jackson having visited this place in the early part of winter, was gladly received by the people, and invited to remain for a time and preach. At length, by the unanimous voice of the church, he was invited to its pastoral office; and in order to enable him more fully to perform his ministerial duties, the church thought proper to call his Ordination. Accordingly, having sent to the neighboring churches for assistance, Mr. Burton of Yarmouth, and Mr. Randal of Sissiboo, attended. Deacon Crocker, and brother Prince of the Long Island Church, also sat in Council. Having gone through the usual examination quite to their satisfaction, the Council recommended proceeding with the ordination. Mr. Burton then preached a very appropriate and interesting sermon from 1st Tim, chap 3, verse 1. Mr Randal asked the questions; the ordaining prayer was offered by Mr. Burton. Mr. Randal gave the charge, and Mr Burton the right hand of fellowship; the concluding prayer by the candidate. We may truly say that it was a solemn and interesting session, and we hope a day long to be remembered.
More about Wellington and his family appears in the Old Stones Family Group Sheet Index.
Please leave a comment if you have any additional information about Rev Mr Jackson, particularly about his family. his parents, and whether he and Mary Jane had children.