Hon. John Ambrose Street and Jane Isabella Louisa Hubbard

Street

I.H.S. In memory of the Honourable John Ambrose Street, died 5th May A.D. 1865 in the 70th year of his age. "And now Lord what is my hope, Truly my hope is even in Thee."

In memory Jane Isabella, widow of the late Hon. J.A. Street, died 29th Sept. 1883 in her 84th year. "Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."

Lot #8 measures 11 x 13 feet. These two handsome memorials are surrounded by a cast-iron fence. The gate has been removed.

John Ambrose Street was the seventh son of the Honourable Samuel Denny Street, born in 1795 at Burton where his father had a large grant. Samuel Denny Street served in the Royal Fencible Americans at the taking of Fort Beausejour and later at Fort Howe under Major Gilfred Studholme. A friend who had served with him since the days when they were 2nd Lieutenants together was Ambrose Sharman who, with his wife, was drowned in the St. John River at Burton in December 1793. John Ambrose Street was named after him. The orphaned Sharman children were sheltered by Samuel Denny Street until such time as they married.

John Ambrose Street married Jane Isabella Louisa Hubbard, daughter of William Hubbard who represented Sunbury County from 1785 to 1792. Their children were Thomas George, Louisa Isabella, William Woodbridge, Mary Jane, James Peters, Sarah Boies, Charles Frederick, Lucretia A.P., John Ambrose, Ambrose Bacon, and Alfred Henry.

J.A. Street was admitted to the Bar in February 1817 and practised at the Miramichi. He was elected in 1833 to the House of Assembly, representing Northumberland County, and re-elected continuously until 1856. In 1840, John Ambrose Street was appointed Clerk of the Crown in the Supreme Court. In 1849 he was made a Queen’s Counsel, one of only five in the province. His Fredericton residence was on the corner of King and York Streets, his law office, a small wooden building adjoining. This stood on part of the property formerly belonging to his father. In 1851 he was appointed Attorney General and in that same year the Hon. James Carter was appointed Chief Justice.

Although not reared in that tradition, John Ambrose Street was one of the strongest supporters of responsible government in New Brunswick.

When John Ambrose Street was appointed Attorney General, the Street family was one of the most prominent in the province. George Frederick was a Justice of the Supreme Court, William Woodbridge was a successful commission merchant and a mayor of Saint John, Alfred Lock was a barrister in Saint John, and two other brothers were clergymen. His large house at the Miramichi was occupied by his son, James, who married Miss Libby Cunard.

New Brunswick Reporter, Fredericton, NB, 5 May 1896

Died at the residence of his son, William Woodbridge Street, Esquire 75 Charlotte Street, St. John, on Wednesday morning the Hon. John Ambrose Street of Fredericton, Barrister-at-Law and Queen’s Counsel, in the 70th year of his age.

Executors were William Ward and Charles Street.

Descendants of Jacob Segee

Segee

William V. Segee, born 8th June 1801, died 6th October 1875.

George N. Segee, born 5th January 1818, died 10th October 1865.

Little George, born 26th April 1864, died 26 August 1865.

Lucy Ann Roberts Creighton, wife of George N. Segee, born 20th April 1829, died 19th January 1920.

Sarah E. Segee, born 10th May 1813, died 2nd July 1870.

One tall stone in a lot once enclosed by a wrought iron fence. Only the east portion now remains.

Jacob Segee of the Loyal American Regiment came to New Brunswick in 1783 with his wife Mercy and their sons John, William, Joseph, and James who became a steamboat captain on the St. John River.

William Vincent, George N., and Sarah E. were children of Captain James Segee and his wife, Sarah G. Noble. George N. was the father of Mrs. James Lemont of this city who died in August 1954. Sarah Elizabeth was the grandmother of the late Frederick A. Payne of Lincoln, she having been the first wife of Andrew Payne; her son, Robert Payne, married Amanda Glasier. Mary Ann Segee, another sister, was the mother of the Honourable A.G. Blair.

William Segee (1767-1840), brother of Captain James Segee, lived on and owned what was formerly the Edward Simonds [or Symonds] farm near the present site of the Agricultural Research Station in Lincoln. He conducted quite a large business in pine timber and ship-building, and the place was called Segee’s Bluff.

His death is recorded in the Sentinel and Advertiser, published every Saturday by Edward Ward, Office Phoenix or Tank House, Fredericton, NB:

At his residence, on the 4th inst., Mr. William Segee, age 73 years deeply lamented by a large circle of friends. Mr. Segee was one of the United Empire Loyalists who came here with his father, Jacob Segee, in 1783, and from that period until the day of his death sustained an unblemished character which endeared him to all who knew him.

See also The Old Burying Ground, Vol. I, p. 291.

Fanny Augusta Ward

Ward

Fanny Augusta Ward, died February 13, 1866. "I know that my Redeemer liveth."

Footstone: “F.A.W.”

Lot #45 was jointly owned by the Robb and Ward families.

Fanny Augusta was born in 1835, a daughter of the Venerable Archdeacon Coster. She married Henry Ward, M.D., an Englishman thirteen years her senior. Dr. Ward was a surgeon with one of the regiments and the son of a physician, Edward Ward. Their son, Philip, was born about 1857 and a daughter, Christiana, in 1859. According to Cathedral records, Walter George Edward was baptised 7 February 1861, Arthur Charles on 4 July 1862, and Emma Mabel on 30 July 1863.

Dr. Ward was married, secondly, 7 July 1867, to Louisa Isabella, daughter of the Honourable John Ambrose Street, Attorney General of New Brunswick. Dr. Ward in 1871 had his office at the corner of St. John and Queen Streets.

Saint John Globe, Saint John, NB, 11 March 1893:

The death is announced at Bournemouth, England, Feb. 5, of Mrs. Louise L. Ward widow of Dr. Henry Ward. The lady was the d/o Hon. John Ambrose Street and is the second member of the family whose death is announced in the past few weeks. Dr. Ward was formerly in the Royal Navy. His first wife was a Miss Coster of Fredericton. He practiced for some time in Carleton (St. John) and afterwards removed to Fredericton and then went back to England.

Dr. James Robb

Robb

Lot #45 was jointly owned by the Robb and Ward families. Today there is no sign of the wooden fence which once enclosed the lot.

Sacred to the memory of James Robb, M.D., Professor of Natural Science in the University of New Brunswick, born at Stirling, Scotland, Feb. 2, 1815, died at Fredericton, N.B., April 2, 1861.

Erected by members of the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew as a token of respect for the memory of one who long and ably filled the office of their President and who was universally esteemed as a gentleman, a scholar and a benefactor to this Province.

A St. Andrew’s Cross marks this grave.

Dr. James Robb, who joined the staff of King’s College in 1837, was the first professor of Chemistry. He had studied medicine in Edinburgh University but was more interested in Natural Science. He came to New Brunswick to accept the position of lecturer in Chemistry and Natural History in King’s College. A loved and respected teacher, Robb devoted himself to the agricultural interests of the Province. He was appointed Secretary of the Provincial Board of Agriculture when it was established in 1858. His valuable collection of species is now in the New Brunswick Museum.

Dr. Robb was a surgeon, 3rd York County Militia. He was prominent in the formation, 23 April 1847, and continuance of the Fredericton Athenaeum, a scientific and literary society of which Archdeacon Coster was president. Robb was the secretary, and prepared the astronomical material for the almanac issued by the society. In 1849 he was a chosen a member of the first Council of Fredericton. It was he who designed the city’s coat-of-arms.

Dr. Jack, Dr. Robb, and Marshal d’Avray together weathered the stormy criticism of King’s College during the 1850s, until in 1859 the Act to establish the University of New Brunswick was passed. All three are buried in this graveyard, near the grave lot of John Gregory, a foremost critic. Although James Robb and John Gregory held different views as to the necessary curricula for New Brunswick youth, when James Robb was president of the St. Andrew’s Society in 1860, the first vice-president was John Gregory.

Dr. Robb’s wife, Ellen, was a daughter of the Venerable Archdeacon Coster, and she is buried here beside her husband in an unmarked grave. Their daughter Catherine E. married John Black, a barrister of Fredericton. In 1900 when Mrs. Clarke Murray of Montreal founded the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire, Mrs. John Black formed the first Chapter.