Alexander Cumming’s daughter married J.J. Fraser, died young

Cumming/Cummings

Lot #126. This lot was claimed by E. Cumming and marked by a monument to the claimant’s father, the late Alexander Cumming. The lot is enclosed with stone posts and bars and is located between the Robinson and Cameron lots.

In memory of Alexander Cumming, died January 5, 1866, aged 50 years. Also, his wife, Mary Ann, died 2nd May, 1875, aged 54 years. His infant son, James Johnson Cumming died March 27, 1865, aged 1 year.

This is a tall imposing stone. The back, now largely illegible, was inscribed:

Martha, wife of John James Fraser, died March 28th, 1871, aged 28 years, and their infant children, Alexander Rankin died Aug. 10th, 1868, aged two months, and Janet Isabella Cumming, died May 18th, 1870, aged one year.

Alexander Cumming and Mary Ann Fleming were married in 1841 by Rev. John Birkmyre at St. Paul’s Church. Alexander Cumming was a merchant until 1844, then, according to the New Brunswick Directory for 1865-66, he served as City Treasurer for over 20 years. His eldest daughter, Martha, married John James Fraser on 17 September 1867.

John James Fraser (1829-1896) was born in Beaubears Island and came to Fredericton as a young lawyer from Newcastle in 1851, when the Honourable John Ambrose Street was appointed Attorney-General.

J.J. Fraser had been for a short time a member of the Legislature and his subsequent career is well known: he was Premier (1878-1882), Attorney-General, Justice of the Supreme Court, and finally Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick from December 1893 until his death in office, 24 November 1896, in Italy.

Census, Fredericton, NB, 1881:

Cummings, Sarah E., 32, NB, Presb, Scotch

Cummings, Janet J., 34, NB, Presb, Scotch

Cummings, Samuel, 19, NB, Presb, Scotch, Store Clerk,

Cummings, Joseph, 30, NB, Presb, Scotch, Sleeper Inspector,

Fraser, John James, 51, NS, Presb, Scotch, Atty General & Premier of NB, widower

Fleming, Elizabeth, 60, Ireland, Meth, Irish

Stewart, Agnes, 14, Scotland, Presb, Scotch

J.J. Fraser was married secondly, in 1884, to Jane Maria Paulette Fisher, eldest daughter of Hon. Charles Fisher. Jane died 22 October 1907, and is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. She bequeathed the Fraser home, "Farraline Place" on Waterloo Row, to the philanthropic King’s Daughters as a home for elderly ladies.

2 thoughts on “Alexander Cumming’s daughter married J.J. Fraser, died young”

  1. George Bidlake’s Forest Hill Cemetery: A Biographical Index says this:

    John and Martha were married Sept. 1867 and had two children who died in infancy. [These are the children who are buried with their mother in the OBG, mentioned above. – Editor] Jane, d/o Charles and Amelia (Hatfield) Fisher, was born July 15, 1856. John and Jane were married May 14, 1884 and had no issue.

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