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Nothing is known of Horatia personally. In the space of 7 years, she gave birth to only two children and died the same day the last arrived. This suggests she had difficulty with pregnancy in general. Oral tradition has it that there were complications during Horatia Jane's birth and a doctor was called to help. He arrived drunk and useless, so was put to bed. She is buried in the churchyard of Old St. Edward's Cemetery in Clementsport.

Tho' future days can ne'er restore the friend
- belov'd, alas! in vain,
Tho' she is seen on earth no more,
O may we meet in heaven again

children of Horatia Nelson Gesner and John Henry Ditmars:

i. Elizabeth, b. 12 January 1826
ii. Horatia Jane b. 23 July 1832

vital records sources: Horatia's birth is estimated from her gravestone, which is also the source for her death date. Her marriage is in the records of All Saints Anglican Church, Granville, NS.


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