John Blair, carpenter


In Memory of John Blair, died May 8th, 1891, aged 73 years.

“Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep / From which none ever wake to weep” / Erected by his loving wife… C. Blair

This lot, #158, described in 1886 as being up against the George Street fence, is nine feet square, bounded on the east by the Johnston-Hogg lots and on the west by Estey.

John Blair, buried here, was the second son of John Wesley Blair and his first wife, Frances Sarah, daughter of the Honourable John Murray Bliss, who died when John was 14 years old. The children of this marriage were John, Sophia, Murray, Andrew, and George. The eldest child, William Palmer, born 1815, apparently had died.

John Wesley Blair had been a widower for four years when he married, secondly, Margaret Johnston. The children of this marriage were Mary, Duncan, Thomas, and Alexander Henry. Both wives were “of good family.”

John Blair was a carpenter, as were his father and grandfather. His widow Catherine McLaughlin lies buried beside him. She and her sister Martha were both teaching in 1858.

From the Old Burying Ground records, City of Fredericton:

John Blair claims on behalf of himself, his brothers George and Andrew and his sister Sophia Schleyer, children of the late John Blair, a lot in burial ground, size about 8 by 30 et Situate in the old part, not enclosed, but marked by a monument to the late John Blair and wife. Claimed by possession of over 50 years.

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