Joseph and John Fleming, Keepers of the Alms House


A tall monument is in this large lot, bordered by an iron fence between granite posts. The name Fleming once marked the gate. The lot was purchased by Joseph Fleming in 1856.

Joseph Fleming was the Keeper of the Alms House in 1851. He died on 15 July 1875, aged 87, at the home of his daughter Mary Cumming[s]. Another daughter, Sarah Fleming, was born in 1811 and died 8 March 1882, aged 71 years. Sarah and Joseph both lie in unmarked graves.

In memory of John Fleming, born 1816, died Dec. 17, 1875 aged 59 years. Isabella Fleming died Sept. 25, 1858 aged 1 year. Joseph Fleming died Dec. 15th, 1865 aged 12 years.

Robert Hastings Fleming l859-1929

John Harper 1855-l942

Footstone: "I.F."

In 1851, according to the census, John Fleming was 33, Irish, and living with his sister Sarah in the home of Prof. James Robb. He is described as Master and Steward at the college, a position he held for thirty-three years. His first wife, Ann, was born in 1825.

In the 1871 census, John Fleming was aged 54, living with his wife, Jane, 35, and his children: John H., 15; Robert, 12; Martha, 10, who later married John Harvey; Jane, 8; and Alexander, 6 years old. He was then the Alms House Keeper, as his father had been. John Fleming’s children are buried here with him.

John Harper, a brother of Jane, John Fleming’s second wife, was a carpenter and lived in Prince William. He and his wife Hannah had two children, Frederick William and Wellington J.F. Harper.

See also The Old Burying Ground, Vol. I, p. 324.

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


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.