Captain Andrew William Rainsford, 104th Regiment


Captain Andrew Rainsford of the 104th Regt., his wife Mary Ann. Their son Robert Hall, and his wife Henrietta.

Sacred to the memory of Caroline Frances Farley, died 14th December 1862, aged 42 years, and George Moodie, died March 17th 1863, aged 25 years, children of Captain Andrew Wm. Rainsford.

John A. Adams, 1821-1879. His wife Cecilia, daughter of the late Capt. Andrew Rainsford, 1830-1910. "At rest."

"In memoriam. Weep not. Suffer little children to come unto me." Fanny J. beloved only daughter of Cecilia and J.A. Adams, aged eight years twenty-two days, died in Montreal 29th August 1871.

Captain Andrew William Rainsford was the son of Andrew Rainsford (1734-1820), Loyalist, who had a grant of 500 acres at Kingsclear. Capt. Rainsford served in the War of 1812 with two of his brothers, Charles and Bradshaw, and later settled in Upper Canada. He married Mary Ann Clarke, daughter of Simon Clarke, in Montreal in 1816. Robert Hall Rainsford, their son, a wine merchant, was born in Ontario.

Cecilia Rainsford married John Augustus Adams in Fredericton, 1862. He was a brother of W.H. Adams of Saint John. The couple lived for a time in Saint John, where Fanny Jane was born, before relocating to Montreal.

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.

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.