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First Community Cemetery

28 Main Street, St George, New Brunswick, E5C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/04/11

Tombstone of Capt. Peter Clinch; Town of St. George
First Community Cemetery
Tombstone of Col. Hugh McKay; Town of St. George
First Community Cemetery
Photograph of commemorative plaque; Town of St. George
First Community Cemetery

Other Name(s)

First Community Cemetery
Loyalist Cemetery
Cimetière loyaliste
St. Mark's Cemetery
Cimetière St. Mark's
Old Cemetery
Ancien cimetière
Anglican Church Cemetery
Cimetière de l'église anglicane

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/12/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

First Community Cemetery is a United Empire Loyalist cemetery located adjacent to St. Mark's Anglican Church in St. George. It can be viewed and accessed from Main Street or New Street. The designation includes all of the grave sites, grave markers and tombstones from 1784 to 1876.

Heritage Value

First Community Cemetery is designated a Local Historic Place for its age and for the important people that are buried there.

First Community Cemetery was established in 1784 by Captain Peter Clinch, Founding Father of the town. Children of Capt. Clinch signed over the land and authority for First Community Cemetery to St. Mark's Anglican Church in 1821. Until that time, people of all faiths were buried in this cemetery.

Important persons buried there include Col. Hugh McKay (1721-1818) and Capt. Peter Clinch (1752-1816). Both were United Empire Loyalist, officers in the King's New Brunswick Regiment and Representatives of Charlotte County in first House of Assembly for New Brunswick at Mallard House in Saint John.

Source: Charlotte County Archives, St. Andrews, NB - St. George Historic Places File #014

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe First Community Cemetery include:
- the good condition of tombstones and grave markers of various stone material.

The character-defining elements that describe First Community Cemetery in association with important people include:
- tombstone of Col. Hugh McKay;
- tombstone of Captain Peter Clinch.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date

2006/04/11

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1784/01/01 to 1876/01/01
1821/01/01 to 1821/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type

Current

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Charlotte County Archives, St. Andrews, NB - St. George Historic Places file #014

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

1173

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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