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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church

760 Howard Road, Howard, Northumberland County, New Brunswick

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Howard, NBThis cemetery is located at the oldest Roman Catholic Church in continuous use in the Diocese of Saint John. We were there on a beautiful summer day in 2004. My grandmother was well that year and came with my mother and me on our meanderings upriver, the whole time telling us stories about people sadly long gone. There is one story she remembered from her early days, passed down even though the people involved had been dead over 50 years before she had been born.

Headstone - William and Mary Hogan, buried at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Howard, NB

I came upon a large headstone, laid flat on the ground, surrounded by an iron rail. I could barely make out the name to be Hogan. Nan told us how the Hogans had come from Ireland, and had a large family once they settled on the Miramichi. One day in the 1850's, the parents, William and Mary, had gone out in the wagon and were crossing the river at the Forks, at Howard. They loaded onto the ferry, but after it had pulled away from shore, the horses spooked and bolted, dragging the wagon into the river. William and Mary were entangled and both drowned, leaving behind a family of ten children. In the 1851 census, the children were all still living at home, the oldest age 28 and the youngest only 6 years old.

The headstone is broken and quite worn, but I have it mostly transcribed. If anyone would like to take a stab at filling in the blanks, please e-mail. There's a high-res picture if you like, just click on the photo to the right.

ERECTED BY THE CHILDREN OF
WILLIAM AND MARY HOGAN
IN MEMORY OF
THEIR BELOVED PARENTS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
------------- ON THE
10th AUG 1852
WILLIAM
Born 25th Dec 1799
MARY
Born 12th Feb 1804
AND MARRIED 14th
SEPT 1822
Here lie the friends most loved, the parents most dear
Who -------------- friendship might divide
Or gave their children grief but when they died


Family of William and Mary Hogan:

William Hogan was born December 25, 1799. He married Mary Thompson, who was born February 12, 1804, on September 14, 1822. They died August 10, 1852. This information is all from their headstone. According to the 1851 Census, they came to New Brunswick separately, William first in June 1819 and Mary in June 1822, so this puts their marriage in New Brunswick. However, according to the same census, their first child, Bartholomew, was born about 1823 in Ireland, and came to New Brunswick in in June 1826. It is possible that this information is incorrect, and that he was actually born in New Brunswick, or perhaps he was adopted. All the other children were listed as having been born in New Brunswick. William and Mary had ten surviving children listed on the 1851 census.

Children of William Hogan and Mary Thompson:

 

i.

Bartholomew Hogan was born about 1819 in Kinsale Cove, Ireland, and died May 6, 1888, in Blissfield Parish. He married Nancy Fearon. She was born in 1834 in New Brunswick. They had four children:

 

1.

John Edward (b. 1858)

 

2.

George Hogan (July 26, 1860 - July 27, 1933) married Catharine Ellen Kelly (April 17, 1869 - November 13, 1940) on July 8, 1897. She was the daughter of Peter Kelly and Ellen Fitzpatrick of Derby. George and Katie had seven children.

 

3.

Mary E. Hogan (b. 1864)

 

4.

Nancy L. Hogan (b. 1867)

After his parents' deaths, Bartholomew became head of the family. According to the 1861 Census, living with Bartholomew's family in 1861 were his siblings Catharine, Hannah, William, James, and John. However by this time William had married Catherine Donovan. Daniel is listed in Bartholomew's household in the 1871 Census.

 

ii.

Catharine Hogan, born about 1828

 

iii.

Daniel Hogan, born October 9, 1929 (baptised September 12, 1830 at St. Patrick's) and died June 29, 1914

 

iv.

Hannah Hogan, born about 1831

 

v.

Mary Hogan, born about 1834 and baptised February 23, 1834 at St. Patrick's

 

vi.

William Hogan, born about 1837. He married Catharine Donovan, January 21, 1856 at St. Patrick's in Nelson

 

vii.

Elizabeth Hogan was born about 1839

 

viii.

James T. Hogan was born about 1841

 

ix.

Nancy Hogan was born in 1843. (She may have died June 20, 1895 in Newcastle, not married, but I have to check this.)

 

x.

John Hogan was born in 1845


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