Free Will Baptist Cemetery, Marker #28
Edward was born about 8 Sept 1889 and died 19 May 1890 at the age of 8 months and 11 days. We do not know the cause of his death. Edward was the son of Charles and Dora Ellen (Raymond) Nickerson. Although his father died in Allston, Mass and his mother in Yarmouth they are buried in Island Cemetery, the active cemetery for Port Maitland and Beaver River. Edward’s marker is near that of his maternal grandparents, Eleazer and Mary (Porter) Raymond, both of whom he pre-deceased.
In earlier editions of this Old Stones web site there was a major error in Edward’s profile. The error was discovered by a group of Grade 4 students from the Port Maitland School. You can read the story here. The misinformation about Edward still appears on the panel at the Cemetery. It should be corrected in the panel revisions planned for 2014.
Through his mother, Edward is a Mayflower descendant, probably being descended from Mayflower passengers: William Brewster, John Howland and John Tilley.
One of Edward’s ancestors may have been William Knowlton, whose grave marker in Shelburne is among the earliest for any English settler in Nova Scotia—it simply reads “William Knowlton, 1632”.
More about Edward’s family will be found in the Old Stones Family Group Sheet Index.
Please leave a comment if you know more about him, particularly the cause of his death.