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Howard Christian Cemetery

Route 235, Kingston, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/02/02

Showing overview of cemetery in winter; Bill Glen, PEI Genealogical Society, 2007
Showing overview of cemetery in winter
Detail of fenced burial plot; Bill Glen, PEI Genealogical Society, 2007
Detail of fenced burial plot
Farm owned by John R. Diamond, Loyalist Road; Meacham's Illustrated Historical Atlas of PEI, 1880
Farm owned by John R. Diamond, Loyalist Road

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Construction Date(s)

1878/01/01 to 1902/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This cemetery is located behind a residence amid a grove of poplar trees on the north side of the Kingston Road (Route 235) about 150 metres west of the junction with the Linwood Road. There are several remaining headstones, two of which are enclosed by an ornate iron fence.

Heritage Value

The cemetery is valued for its historical association with early settlers to the areas of North River, Loyalist Road, and Kingston.

Charles Howard (1816-1878) was the first to be interred in this cemetery. According to Meacham's 1880 Atlas, it was located in the front corner of 126 acres of land then owned by him.

Other families interred here included Alexander Scott (d. 1882) who was born in Perth, Scotland and emigrated to PEI in 1808. Two of his sons, Major and John, died young of lung disease which today would likely be treatable. James Phillips has two infant children interred here. He was a noted stone and marble cutter, who may have designed many of the stones here personally.

Farmer, John R. Diamond (1809-1902), and his family are also interred here. He had come from England in 1832 and established a farm which he called "Clifton Grange" on the Loyalist Road. An interesting engraving of the property in Meacham's 1880 Atlas shows his Centre Gable house, bountiful grain crop, and cattle. It also shows a train from the PEI Railway chugging by - startling one of his horses who seems to be running away from the "ironhorse"!

Most of the people associated with this cemetery, aside from the Howard family, were members of the Church of Christ denomination. There is no record, however, of a church having been in the area, and it is unknown why the cemetery was established here.

The site was abandoned for many years until it was restored by the PEI Department of Health in 1978. Today, it is again in a neglected condition with tall grass and fallen tree limbs.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/P18

Character-Defining Elements

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

- the location of the cemetery in a treed area
- the size, shape, and variety of remaining headstones with their inscriptions
- the decorative iron fencing which surrounds two of the headstones



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

Architect / Designer




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/P18

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