Doug, The George that died in 1853 PEI, age 79, might be the father of the George John Howell that married Mary Alice Ellis Biggs. Mary's husband, George, died about 1859. His youngest child, Mary Alice Ellis Howell was born about 1859, that's after the elder George died in 1853, so they can't be the same George. 1862 Land records for son, Joseph Howell, says his late father helped work the land. The land records are:
RS108 Land Petitions 1783-1918, PANB- F9027 (Provincial Archives New Brunswick)Year 1862 - Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada - East of 112: Bass River
The petition of Joseph Howell of the Parish of Weldford, Kent County...That he is a British subject, over 18 years of age, and is not at present interested in, nor the owner of any other land. That he is desirous of purchasing for actual settlement 93 acres of Wilderness Crown Land, situated as follows: North of Bass River. SE side of "Harly Road and described in the Returns of Survey favor of E. Walker and W. Wilson. Petitioner is the oldest son of the late George Howell has seven brothers and one sister the youngest being only 4 years of age is willing to post bonds to amount of ....County: Kent; Parish: Weldford; Acres 93; If Vacant: Yes; If surveyed: yes, but not paid for; If Improved: yes, partly by the late G. Howell and partly by petitioner.