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Albany Little Zion Baptist Cemetery

22246 Trans Canada Highway - Route 1, Albany, Prince Edward Island, C0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/02/02

Showing overview of cemetery with highway on left; Bill Glen, PEI Genealogical Society, 2007
Showing overview of cemetery with highway on left
Showing site of cemetery with trees in background; Bill Glen, PEI Genealogical Society, 2007
Showing site of cemetery with trees in background
Showing location of former church; Meacham's Illustrated Historical Atlas of PEI, 1880
Showing location of former church

Other Name(s)

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Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1898/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This cemetery is located in Albany near the Trans Canada Highway and the junction of the Bradford Road. It was once the site of a church, but this no longer exists. The cemetery never had any formal tombstones and today the site is a grassed area with a backdrop of spruce trees to the north and is bordered by agricultural land to the west.

Heritage Value

The cemetery is valued for its historical association with the former Little Zion Baptist Church and the English settlers to the area.

Meacham's 1880 Atlas of PEI shows a church on this site on land owned by Benjamin Boulter (1832-1888). His father, Benjamin Boulter, Sr. (1792-1857) had emigrated to PEI with his brother, Henry Oliver Boulter, in 1810 from Plymouth, England. In addition to farming, the senior Boulter was a lay Baptist preacher. In 1834, he was ordained and ministered to the people in Tryon and Albany. Despite his death in 1857, the faith he had inspired was growing in the area and by 1879, a church was built on land owned by his son. Another son, John Foy Boulter, donated the lumber for the building.

This church stood until 1949 and was used by many other Christian denominations, including Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, and members of the Church of Scotland. The building was sold in 1959 and moved off the site.

The first recorded burial in the cemetery was the infant of Arnold and Annie LeFurgey in 1898. It is believed that there are nine burials on the site, but the dates of the others are unknown. Their names include: Thomas, Cannon, Holt, and Boulter. Rev. Boulter was interred in the Tryon Peoples' Cemetery.

The site never had any gravestones. Graves tended to be outlined, but no evidence of this remains.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/P21

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the cemetery is shown in the following character-defining elements:

- the location of the cemetery in Albany near the Trans Canada Highway
- the unmarked graves on the site

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date

2009/02/02

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/P21

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4310-20/P21

Status

Published

Related Places

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