United Church of Canada Cemetery
Cimetière de l'Église Unie du Canada
Alexander Gibson Memorial Cemetery
Cimetière commémoratif Alexander Gibson
Gibson Family Plot
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Gibson Family Plot is situated on the southwest elevation of the United Church of Canada Cemetery, also known as the Alexander Gibson Memorial Cemetery, located on Canada Street in the Marysville neighbourhood of Fredericton. The plot consists of a large central white granite monument encircled by 27 burial markers, many of intricate design.
The Gibson Family Plot, which consists of a large white granite family monument, encircled by 27 smaller stones, is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with the Gibson family. Alexander “Boss” Gibson, local entrepreneur, was largely responsible for turning the fledgling town of Rankin Mills into the prosperous industrial town he later renamed “Marysville” after his wife, Mary (Robinson) Gibson. Alexander Gibson, his wife, their children, siblings and other family members are buried or memorialized in the family plot.
The historic value of the plot is also embedded in its contribution to the landscape of the cemetery. The distinct circular arrangement of graves is unusual and is unique in the United Church of Canada Cemetery. This element of distinctiveness, combined with its prominent location on the southwest elevation of the grounds marked by the largest and most ornate monument on the site make it the distinguishing feature of the grounds.
The Gibson family grave markers carved of white granite are the most intricate in the cemetery; the detail and individuality in design set them apart from the simpler stones of the same material and age found throughout the grounds. The stones feature elements such as floral motifs, draperies, Masonic symbolism, ornate “G” initialling and other details.
Source: City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places file, “Gibson Family Plot”
The character-defining elements associated with the Gibson Family Plot include:
- memorialisation of 27 Gibson family members;
- prominent location on the southwest elevation of the Alexander Gibson Memorial Cemetery;
- central monument and individual markers of white granite, along with several black granite markers;
- “G” symbol featured on several of the markers;
- size of the central monument and the detail of the markers reflecting the wealth and social situation of the Gibson family;
- visibility of large ornate central monument;
- intricate carvings on the central marker and many of the individual markers;
- unusual circular arrangement of the individual burials.
Local Governments (NB)
Heritage Conservation Act
Local Historic Place (municipal)
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Philosophy and Spirituality
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Fredericton, Local Historic Places file, "351 Canada Street"
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