Abraham Henry Clark, builder

Clark

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.

John Anderson and Family

Anderson

John Anderson died Feb. 3, 1886 aged 66 years. Also Mary, his wife, died Jan. 3, 1895 aged 77 years.

Rachel I., wife of Samuel Owen, died May 4, 1886, aged 42 years. Also Mary Anderson, died May 3, 1864 aged 2 years & 6 months.

John A. Jewett, 1886-1951

Arch. H. Jewett, 1841-1922, Eliza J., 1852-1928

Footstones: "Mother" and "Father."

John Anderson, liquor dealer and grocer, owned property on George Street extending from Regent Street halfway down the block to St. John Street. He was born in Ireland and his wife in Wales. They attended the Kirk. One daughter, Rachel Isabelle, married Samuel Owen who had a dry goods store in Fredericton for many years. Another daughter, Eliza Jane, married Archibald Henry Jewett, a son of David Jewett and grandson of the Loyalist Daniel Jewett. John Anderson Jewett was their son.

This lot, #84, was originally fenced with tall cement posts and an iron rail. Samuel Owen’s little daughter, Mary, was the first to be buried in this lot.

Stair B. Agnew and family

Agnew

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.