Private James “Jimmy” Parsons


In Memory of Private J. Parsons, died May 23rd, 1885, aged 20 years. This tablet was erected by his comrades of "A" Company, Royal School of Infantry

The Parsons lot is between the Colter and Anderson lots.  A handsome marble tablet marks the grave of "Jimmy" Parsons, son of Andrew Howard Parsons of Fredericton, who died of black diphtheria.

Daily Sun, Saint John, NB, 26 May 1885:

Private Parsons, Infantry School Corps, who was sent home from Sussex, with an attack of diphtheria, died in the hospital at Fredericton Saturday afternoon and the remains were interred the same eve. with military honors, a firing party in charge of Sgt. WILSON turning out from I.S.C. and 71st batt. The Fredericton brass headed the cortege and services at the grave were said by Rev. F. Alexander. Parsons belonged to Oromocto (Sunbury Co.) and removed with his family to Fredericton last spring. He was unmarried.

Fredericton Evening Capital, Fredericton, NB, 3 December 1887:

The memorial tablet in memory of the late Private J. parsons is now completed and ready for setting up in the Rural Cemetery, Fredericton. It reflects the greatest credit of John Moore from whose work it was sculptured.

There are also four small tombstones belonging to the Parsons family erected by B.L. Parsons, sister of Private J. Parsons: "My brothers Jimmy and Andrew," "Jane, our pet sister," and "Mother." Miss Parsons’ brother Andrew, considered the best painter in his day, was born in 1871 and died three months short of 100 years of age.