Martha Braine, wife of Alexander McKilligan


Only the stone base for a once large tombstone remains today to mark the graves of the family of Alexander McKilligan of Fredericton. An inscription included in the graveyard notes of Dr. Hannay, which were given to Lillian Brown Maxwell, read:

Sacred to the memory of Martha wife of Alexander McKilligan, who died April 29th 1866 aged 68 years. A native of Forres, Scotland.

Martha’s age at the time of her death is uncertain. The Fredericton census 1851 gives Alexander McKilligan, aged 32; Martha, wife, 40, and Margaret, mother, 60. The census of 1861 lists Alexander McKilligan, 40, baker; Martha, wife, 40; Margaret Ritchie, niece, 19; and Margaret McKilligan, mother, 77. It is likely that both wife and mother lie buried here, and conceivably Alexander McKilligan himself.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 29 April 1842:

Alexander McKilligan — NEW BAKERY Charlotte Street – Adjoining the residence of A.W. McBeath, Esq.

Royal Gazette, Fredericton, NB, 22 May 1844:

Married at Government House, on the 18th instant, by the Rev. John M. Brooke of St. Paul’s Church, Mr. Alexander McKilligan, to Miss Martha Braine, both of Fredericton.

New Brunswick Directory for 1865-66:

McKilligan, Alexander, City Marshall, Charlotte St. near Sunbury

The Fredericton Evening Capital, Fredericton, NB, 29 May 1886:

Alexander McKILLIGAN was laid to rest in the Old Burying Ground, Fredericton on Thursday. He came to Fredericton 47 years ago from Miramichi to which place he had emigrated from the north of Scotland several years previously. Engaging here in the baking business with Mr. CLARK, whose bake house and shop were in Waterloo Row, he soon branchedout for himself. About that time he married the housekeeper of Lady COLEBROOK wife of Lt. GOV. COLEBROOK. She died long ago and he was buried in the same grave that held his first love. Subsequently he became City Marshall. Marrying a second time, he left the city about twenty years ago, taking up residence on his farm near the junction of the Tay and Nashwaak. There he lived till Tuesday last, periodically coming to town. He was a member of the old St. Andrews Society. He was one of the fathers of curling in N.B. In 1854, John NEILL founded the Fredericton Curling Club and of the eight original members, he alone is left. The others, who have preceded Alex. McKilligan to the grave, were Robert FULTON, Robert THORBURN, John F. TAYLOR, Harry PHAIR, Wm A. McLEAN and James MOORE. McKilligan’s funeral was conducted by Jackson Adams, Undertaker. Rev. A.J. Mowatt performed the ceremonies. McKilligan was 68 years old and leaves a widow and one son.

Abraham Henry Clark, builder


In memory of A. Henry Clark, died in Fredericton, July 11th, 1865 aged 56 years and his wife Christianna, died Feb. 5th, 1887 age 79 years.

Also their son Edwin B. who died at Jacksonville, Florida, April 4, 1871 in the 27th year of his age.

Footstones: “Mother” and “Father.”

Lot #44, 10 x 12 feet, was purchased in 1866 and contains one large stone inscribed on two sides. The engraved symbol on the top of Edwin Clark’s epitaph is an anchor and rope. There were five graves here enclosed by wooden paling painted black. Besides the graves of A. Henry Clark and his wife and son, there are two unmarked graves: Louisa Augusta, born 1 December 1837, died 22 August 1918; and George Samuel Clark, born 7 May 1846, died 12 December 1922.

Abraham Henry Clark, born 19 May 1807, was the eldest son of Samuel Clark and his wife Abigail Jewett. He was born on the farm at Keswick Ridge and became a house builder in Fredericton and was one of the best.

He married, on 7 May 1835, Christianna ("Ann") Bain, born 6 August 1808. This marriage was one of the first performed under the new law which permitted dissenting clergymen in New Brunswick to perform the marriage ceremony. Christianna Bain was of Scottish descent and a devout Christian. Prior to her death she was an invalid for some years.

Henry Clark brought his bride to a large house which he bought and improved — the King Street property of Thomas Everett. He subsequently built two houses in George Street.

The children of Henry and Christianna were Henry Bradford (1836-1921), Louisa Augusta (1837-1918), Charles Frederick (1841-1927), Edwin B. (1845-1871), and George Samuel (1846-1922).

Henry Bradford, the eldest son, a builder like his father, married Hannah Barker, daughter of Andrew Ritchie, also a noted builder of houses. She was a granddaughter of William Anderson, High Sheriff of York County (1801-1811), a noted Loyalist and a trader. His father, John Anderson, long connected with Nova Scotia as a trader and once a rival of Hazen, Simonds & White, bequeathed to his son William Anderson the 10,000-acre Monckton Grant and a tremendous debt. Henry Bradford Clark built the house in George Street, now numbered 759, in which he and his wife first resided and reared a family.

Miss Louisa Augusta and her youngest brother, George, remained unmarried and resided together for many years in one of the houses built by their father on George Street opposite the Old Burying Ground. George was employed by the Fred Edgecombe company for years as manager of one of the departments in the store.

Thomas James Beckett, lost in the woods


Sacred to the memory of Thomas James Beckett, a native of England, aged 21 years, who fell asleep in the Lord in the woods near Springfield in September, 1863. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord for they rest from their labours."

Helen M. born Oct. 8th 1872, died May 20th 1874. Daughter of Charles W. and M. Helen Beckwith.

The Beckett stone is in a large lot surrounded by a handsome cast-iron fence.

Thomas James Beckett was a son of one of the London directors of the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Land Company. When young Beckett arrived in Fredericton from England, he went directly to the home of John A. Beckwith, Commissioner in New Brunswick for the company. Mrs. Beckwith told him that her husband had taken a party to Southampton to run out some lines for the company. When Mr. Beckwith returned some days later, his wife asked him where young Beckett was, and Mr. Beckwith asked, "Who’s Beckett?" The survey party went back at once and made a fruitless search of the woods. Help was obtained from Fredericton and the regiment was called out. Mr. Beckwith offered a reward of one hundred dollars, but it was about six weeks later when a farmer by the name of Jesse Clark found the body. Thomas James Beckett had fallen over a log, broken his kneecap, and perished.

Cathedral records:

Thomas Beckett of Norfolk, England buried Dec. 8, 1863. Lost in the woods in Sept. 1863.

The little child, Helen, a granddaughter of the Honourable John A. Beckwith, was buried in the Beckett lot eleven years later. Charles W. Beckwith, her father, was a barrister and for many years city clerk of Fredericton. His wife was Mary Helen Glazier. The Beckett family in England objected to the burial and the lot remains otherwise unused.

The Elijah Clark family

Clark / Clarke

Elijah Clark claims a lot NEW PART adjoining Chestnut lot being about sixteen feet front on the avenue, enclosed with a wooden rail fence and marked by monuments to his son William C. Clark and to his daughter. This lot was purchased from R. Woods some 20 years ago, 1866, for the sum of $16.00.

Elijah Clark, born March 31, 1816, died May 18, 1894. Margaret, his wife, born May 22nd, 1823, died Jan. 30, 1908.

Eliza H. Clark, born May 7th, 1848, died June 6th, 1882.

Charles S. Clark, born Aug. 22, 1856, died July 23rd, 1885.

Julia A. Jordon, eldest daughter of E. Clark, born April 25, 1843, died Sept. 13, 1885. Janet C. Jordon, grand-daughter of E. Clark, born March 8th, 1873, died March 8th, 1890.

Duncan McK. Clark, born Sept. 1854, died Nov. 17th, 1883.

M. Alice Clark died June 28, 1915.

Footstones: “W.C.C.,” “E.H.C.,” “J.C.J.,” “C.S.C.,” and “M.C.”

Today there are no monuments for the grave of Elijah Clark nor for his daughter Julia A. Jordon. The marker "W.C.C." is all that remains for William, who died at the age of 20, in 1870.

Isaac Clark, the father of Elijah and uncle of Abraham Henry Clarke was buried here at Fredericton, 1851, in the 89th year of his age. He came from Maine in 1777. During his last sixty years, he resided in Fredericton where he was highly esteemed by the Methodist Society, with which he had been connected for fifty years, and by the inhabitants generally. He was one of the first trustees of the Methodist Church in Fredericton, built about 1808.

Royal Gazette Supplement, Fredericton, NB, 13 August 1842:

Married in the Wesleyan Chapel, Portland at 6 o’clock on Wednesday last, by the Rev. George Miller, Mr. Elijah Clark, of Fredericton to Margaret, youngest daughter of William McKee, of Portland, St. John.

Elijah Clark sold shoes and was also a hatter. His shop was on Queen Street and he lived on Westmorland. He was a Director of the People’s Bank in 1863. Alice Clark, Elijah’s daughter, taught in the New Brunswick Normal School for many years. She was the author of Domestic Economy and Plain Sewing and Knitting, 1890.

Daily Telegraph, Saint John, NB, 19 May 1894:

Elijah CLARK, one of Fredericton’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at an early hour Friday morn., age 78. Deceased was born near Bridgetown, N.S. and removed to Fredericton in 1841 going into business as a hatter. He ran his business successfully until about a year ago when he was forced to assign in consequence of liabilities assumed in connection with the affairs of Geo. Hatt & Sons. Deceased leaves a widow and two daughters, Mrs. Geo. HATT and Miss M. Alice CLARK of the Normal School.