Gravesite of Cow Head's First Settlers
Cow Head, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0K, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Gravesite of Cow Head's First Settlers is located on a narrow strip of land at 023 Cow's Head Road, Cow Head, Newfoundland and Labrador. The designation includes the gravesite and surrounding property.
The Gravesite of Cow Head’s First Settlers has been designated a municipal heritage site because of its historical values. John Charles and Mary Payne were the first settlers of the community of Cow Head, and they arrived in Newfoundland in the early 1800s from England. East Burin was their winter base and they travelled by boat each spring to Cow Head for the fishing season. In autumn they moved back to East Burin to overwinter. In 1816, on their way to or from Cow Head a son Charles was born. After Charles' birth, John and Mary decided to winter in Cow Head and made their home in nearby Tuckers Cove. The Gravesite of Cow Head’s First Settlers is the resting place of matriarch of this family. A lone headstone for Mary Payne remains as the only marker on this site, and it reads “In memory of Mary Payne who died….age 69 years”.
Source: Town of Cow Head, passed by a motion of council at a meeting held on February 17, 2003.
All those elements that reflect the early nineteenth century gravesite, including:
-the inscribed headstone; and
-the open space surrounding the gravesite.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
1816/01/01 to 1870/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Dr. Henry Payne Community Museum 143 Main Street Cow Head NL A0K 2A0
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