Francis Straton and family


The Straton family lot contained eight stones, a broken base, and a footstone. The eight stones have been replaced by a large new stone. A marker in the shape of a cross, inscribed “Minnie” and “Frank,” also stands in this lot.

In memory of Sarah Jane Straton, born 1817 died 1864, aged 47 years.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 12 November 1842:

Married on Monday the 31st ultimo, in Christ Church, Fredericton, by the Venerable Archdeacon, Francis A.H. Straton, Barrister-at-Law, to Sarah Jane, eldest daughter of the late George P. Bliss.

Francis A.H. Straton was a grandson of Lieut. James Straton. He was appointed Clerk of the Executive Council on 30 May 1856 and remained in office until his death. He was also a senior partner, with J. Henry Phair, of the law firm of Straton and Phair. The Phair and Straton families were connected by marriage.

Francis Straton married Sarah Jane Bliss in 1842. They lived with her widowed mother and numerous family members in Brunswick Street for many years. He moved his family to another house, 736 Brunswick Street, a few months before Sarah’s death. There were ten children by this marriage.

In memory of “Minnie” who died at the age of nine years, and “Frank” who died aged two years. ‘Not dead but sleeping.’

According to the Cathedral records of 1860, “Minnie” was Mary Harriet Rebecca Straton. “IHS,” a stone in memory of Andrew William “Andy” Straton, was erected by his cousin and friend Bliss Carman. Andrew Straton died a young man. There is also a footstone inscribed “A.W.S.”

In memory of Barry Straton, died October 10, 1901, aged 47 years.

Barry Straton was a lawyer but did not practice. Not as well known as his cousins, Bliss Carman and Charles G.D. Roberts, he wrote poetry of exceptional merit. He lived all his life with his grandmama in the oldest and original part of the large house in Brunswick Street upon what was once the John Murray Bliss grant. He never spoke to his stepmother, Augusta, who lived in an addition to the home. He died in Maugerville. For over sixty years this house at 736 Brunswick Street was known as Straton Manor and remains so today.

Sacred to the memory of John M. Straton, first mate of the Barque GENII.

Morning Telegraph, Saint John, NB, 7 October 1869:

Perhaps one of the most appalling disasters which the storm of Monday night brought about is the loss of the new barque “Genii”, 500 ton Register at New River… She sailed in ballast from St. Andrews on Friday last and arrived at New River on Saturday morn. to load deals for Liverpool under charter of J.E. Knight, Esq., lessee of the mills of Messrs. Prescott & Lawrence at that place. There were some 60,000 feet of deals rafted and ready to be put on board on Monday. The raft being completed, it was placed under the lee of the breakwater which, it was thought, would offer it ample security from the effects of the coming storm. The pilot of the ship, Capt. James Clarke of St. Andrews, had been put ashore and it was intended that he should be taken on board ship again toward night. The Stevedores, George and Peter McVicker had come from Mascarene bringing their crew, six in number, with them, and thus all, except the Pilot were on board when night came on. The following are the names of the men who were lost: Charles Bayley of Westport, Brier Island, Capt.; John M. Straton of Fredericton, Mate…

The eldest son of Francis A.H. Straton, was a victim of the disastrous Saxby Gale that occurred in the 26th year of his age. Jack Straton perished on 4 October 1869 and his remains were returned to Fredericton. He was buried with “Masonic and military honours” from his father’s Brunswick Street home. Old schoolmates and friends erected a stone in token of their respect and esteem. A small base is all that remains, and a footstone inscribed “JMS.”

In memory of James Murray Straton.

James Murray Straton was gazetted Second Lieutenant, New Brunswick Artillery, 14 April 1863, according to the New Brunswick Journals militia list of 1867. He was buried from the Cathedral on 9 October 1869, at the age of 25.

In memory of Francis A.H. Straton, died June 16, 1900, aged 88 years and his second wife Augusta, died February 23, 1906, aged 76. Their daughter Mary Isabella Straton died Dec. 28, 1956 aged 86 years.

In July 1866, Francis A.H. Straton married, secondly, Augusta, daughter of Benjamin L. Peters. For his second marriage, F.A.H. Straton had a house built adjoining the family homestead. They had two children. Their son, Brooke, is buried at Rumford, Maine. Their daughter, Mary I. (“May”), was blind. She died at the home of Walter P. Fenety, where she had resided for more than fifty years, and is buried in the family plot.

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.

Stair B. Agnew and family


Agnew, Sophia Winifred 1768-1820

Agnew, Stair 1758-1821

Agnew, Elizabeth Louise 1809-1827

Agnew, Stair B. 1808-1848

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 26 December 1827:

Died on Tuesday last, Elizabeth Louise, youngest daughter of the late Stair B. Agnew, in the 18th year of her age.

New Brunswick Courier, Saint John, NB, 19 February 1848:

d. Eastport (Maine) 4th inst., Stair B. Agnew, native of Fredericton (York Co.) and descendant of Rev. John Agnew, an Episcopal clergyman of Virginia, age about 40..

Judging from the dates, Stair B. Agnew (born 1808) would be a son of Captain Stair B. Agnew (born 1758).

The Reverend John Agnew, who formerly had been rector of the established church, parish of Suffolk, Virginia, came to New Brunswick as chaplain of the Queen’s Rangers. He and his son Captain Stair Agnew, also of the Queen’s Rangers, moved up from Maugerville having acquired the thousand-acre Anderson Grant at the mouth of the Nashwaak River. They were half-pay officers.

Rev. John Agnew renovated Anderson’s trading post “Moncton” which stood on the site of old Fort Nashwaak, and Captain Stair Agnew built a home for himself on the opposite shore of the Nashwaak, later called the Barker House. This house was torn down in 1954 and a motel was built upon the site.

When Rev. John Agnew, who was elected a member for Sunbury County in the New Brunswick legislature and who otherwise had been a prominent member of the community, died at the age of eighty-five in 1812, Captain Stair Agnew moved across the Nashwaak to his father’s house and his daughter, Winifred, Mrs. Guy Jewett, then lived in the house he had built.

Sabine’s Loyalists of the American Revolution, Vol. I:

Agnew, Stair. Believed to have been a son of the Rev. John Agnew. He was certainly from Virginia, and a Captain in the Queen’s Rangers, and settled at Fredericton where he resided until his death, in 1821, at the age of sixty-three. He enjoyed half-pay. While attached to the Rangers he was taken prisoner and carried to France, and was not exchanged until near the close of the war. It seems that at the Battle of Brandywine he was severely wounded, and while on passage to Virginia, for recovery, was captured by the French squadron. Franklin, Minister to France, was appealed to, to effect his release and that of others made prisoners at the same time. Captain Agnew’s letter from the Castle of St. Maloes, February 26, 1782, details the circumstances of his captivity, and contains some tender allusions to his “aged and beloved mother.” He closes: “O, God! who knows, perhaps she at this moment, from an independent affluence, is reduced by the vicissitudes of the times to penury. My heart, afflicted with the misfortunes of our family, can no more —–.” He was a member of the House of Assembly of New Brunswick for thirty years, and a magistrate of York County for a considerable period. His wife, Sophia Winifred, died in that county in 1820, at the age of fifty-two.

Stair B. Agnew died at the age of 63, having been a distinguished officer, fearless and independent in political and public life, advocating reform in the administration of the province on many occasions. After a trial in 1800, the defendant Stair Agnew sent a challenge by his counsel, John Murray Bliss, to the presiding judge, the Honourable Isaac Allen. The challenge was refused, whereupon he challenged Samuel Denny Street, the counsel for the plaintiff, and a duel ensued. They and their seconds, John Murray Bliss and Captain Anderson, were indicted but never tried.

Stair Agnew was a friend of Edward Winslow and was a pallbearer at his funeral in 1815. He was of Scottish descent of Lochnaw, Wigtownshire. Stair Agnew and his wife very likely are buried near the Winslow graves, which are unmarked. The family income ceased with his death and possibly no tombstone was erected. His heir found it impossible to manage, and in a very few years the family fortunes in New Brunswick had failed utterly.