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Happy New Year Listers;
Thought that we could start of the new year with, the place names of the
county seats for Cape Breton Island.
REF; PLACE-NAMES AND PLACES OF NOVA SCOTIA
ARICHAT, RICHMOND COUNTY - page 18
Arichat is the capital of Richmond County and it is situated on the
southern side of Isle Madame. The name is evidently Micmac in origin,
being derived from "Liksak", "Aliksak", "Nelisak", or "Neliksaak",
meaning the camping ground, or worn, split, or shivered rocks. For a
time the place was called Port St. Mary's.
In 1722, Ruette d'Auteuil, who had been Procureur-General at Quebec
having received a grant of Isle Madame on certain conditions, engaged in
fishing operations at Arichat. But no vigorous efforts were then made to
promote settlement, and by 1726 this grant of Isle Madame was
surrendered. Arichat soon became known for the excellence of its harbour
and the convenience of its fishery. Vessels frequented its coves, and in
1766 two vessels from Jersey or Guernsey, with 18 shallops, were engaged
in the fishery at Arichat. In 1767 Charles Robin and John Robin were
agents at Arichat on Isle Madame and Paspebiac in Bay Chaleur for Robin,
Pipon & Co., of Jersey. By the year 1774 there were 238 persons at
Father William Phelan, who went to Arichat in 1786, was the first
missionary regularly resident in Arichat, and Rev. William Shaw became
the first Anglican rector there in 1828.
It is reported that a school was established at Arichat in 1828, and in
1832 Stephen Bruton and John Walsh were teaching school in Arichat and
Nicholas Doyle was teaching school at Little Arichat. The court-house
which had been built about 1814, was replaced by a new one in 1845. A
post office was established in 1824, and a lighthouse was established in
1851. By 1811 Thomas LeNoir had a blacksmith's shop in Arichat.
On July 20, 1953, the Arichat Seminary, which was the precursor of St.
Francis Xavier college, was opened at Arichat. It was transferred from
Arichat to Antigonish in 1855.
Fishing is a basic industry. By 1839 Arichat had become a busy centre
for coasting vessels, with nearly 200 vessels. For a time Arichat was
one of the busiest ports in the Province.
Its newspapers have included THE WARDEN, which published from 1891 to
1894, and THE RICHMOND COUNTY RECORD which began to appear in 1897.
In 1881 Arichat had a population of 910; in 1956 it was 657.
BADDECK, VICTORIA COUNTY - page 28
Baddeck is located on the north shore of the Bras D'Or Lake. According
to Dr. S. F. Rand the name is derived from a Micmac name, "Abadak" or
"Abadek" meaning a portion of the food set aside for someone or a sultry
place. Dr. Patterson also states that the name is Indian, but that it
means "place with an island near."
Baddeck was known as Little Baddeck until 1851.
Captain Jonathan Jones obtained a grant of land along the Baddeck River
in 1790 and John Leaver and a man by the name of Bentinck settled in the
area shortly afterwards. But the first English settler on the site of
the community of Baddeck was James Duffus, a half-pay naval officer from
Halifax who settled on Kidston's Island in 1819, and was granted land on
the mainland opposite in 1825. the second settler was Joseph Campbell,
in 1829, and the third was James Anderson, 1840.
The first Church built in the Baddeck area was the Presbyterian Church
erected about a mile east of the village to accommodate parishioners at
Red head and head of Baddeck Bay.
In 1858 the first Roman Catholic Church, St. Michael's was built,
through the efforts of some Scottish settlers from the Outer Hebrides.
An Anglican Church was built in the same year.
Although Baddeck is known primarily as a tourist resort it has bad
several active industries in the past. Baddeck's third settler, James
Anderson, established a ship-building enterprise here in 1841; and
thirty vessels were built in the next thirty years. This tradition has
been maintained in the twentieth century, with the most notable product
having been luxury yachts. Other industries have included a creamery and
a cereal mill around the period of World War I.
The Cape Breton Highland Society was organized at Little Baddeck in 1847
and the Baddeck United Agricultural Society was formed in 1848. By 1848
there was a Way office at Baddeck.
Baddeck's peaceful history must have contributed immensely to its
development as a tourist resort. In fact, so quiet was the settlement in
1854 that the county sheriff used the jail as a boarding house and
turned out the prisoners in order to accommodate boarders. Other notable
events in Baddeck's history include the founding of Canada's first Home
and School Association under the direction of Mrs. Alexander Graham Bell
in 1895. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone lived at near
by Beinn Breagh. Bell's experiments there culminated in the flight at
Baddeck of the Silver Dart, the first airplane flown in the British
Empire in 1909. A museum dedicated to Dr. Bell was opened in Baddeck in
Baddeck's newpapers included THE ISLAND REPORTER established about 1884,
THE TELEPHONE, 1898-1909 and the VICTORIA NEWS, 1909-1929.
The population was 772 in 1956.
PORT HOOD, INVERNESS COUNTY - page 549
This community is twenty-eight miles north of Port Hastings and nine
miles south of Mabou. The Micmac name was "Ragweamkek" meaning "sand
bar". later it was called Juste-au Corps meaning jacket. Samuel Holland
used the name Port Barrington. It was given its present name in Honour
of Samuel Hood, who received the title Viscount Hood in 1796.
An early settler was John Smith who arrived in 1789. Other early
settlers at Port Hood were; Dennis Murphy, first Crown Surveyor of
Inverness County, arriving 1802 from Ireland; John Lewis Tremain, School
Commissioner and early post master at Port Hood arriving 1830 and James
MacDonnell who gave his name to MacDonnell House at Port Hood.
In 1854 a square built light-house was built at the southern end of the
harbour with its light fifty-five feet above the sea.
There was a public wharf at Port Hood in 1862. In 1865 the Cape Breton
Mining Company commenced to mine coal here, but operations were
suspended in 1867. The opening of a coal mine by the Port Hood coal
company and the coming of the railway caused a building boom in 1901. By
the 1950's the mines were running heavily into debt. Subsequently the
miens were taken over by three independent coal operators who formed the
Chestico Coal Mines Corporation, Limited.
In 1826 the Grand Jury recommended that a school be established. Hugh
McPhee and Robert Bull taught school here in 1834. William Ayre joined
them in 1835 teaching at the combined common and grammar school at Port
Hood. A new school was built in 1883 at a cost of $800.00.
The first Roman Catholic Church was a chapel erected in 1812. St.
Cuthbert's Church was built in 1824.
There were about eight or nine Presbyterian families here in 1798. Rev.
James McGregor visited Port Hood in 1818. in 1821 Rev. William Millar
was called to preach to the United Congregation of Port Hood and Mabou.
The two congregations remained together until 1909.
A way office was opened in 1829 and a post office was established in
The Newspapers published in the town have been: THE REFEREE in the
1880's, the PORT HOOD GREETINGS, 1901-1926 (weekly) and INVERNESS COUNTY
BULLETIN and PORT HOOD GREETINGS, 1926.
In 1956 the populations of Port Hood was 412.
SYDNEY, CAPE BRETON COUNTY - page 657
Situated on the south arm of Sydney harbour on the eastern side of Cape
Breton Island, the City of Sydney is the County seat of Cape Breton
County. It was incorporated as a town in 1886 and as a city in 1904. The
Indian name for Sydney harbour was "Cibou" meaning river or inlet. On
DeNys' map of 1672, Sydney Harbour appears as "La R. Denies." Before the
end of the 17th century it was known as Spanish Bay. In Holland's
description of Cape Breton island it was also called Dartmouth Harbour.
It received its present name, Sydney, when the place was founded by
Governor disbars in 1784-1785, and it was named after Hon. Thomas
Townshend, first Viscount Sydney. It was the seat of government when
Cape Breton Island was a separate colony from 1784 -1820.
Its earlier name, Spanish Bay, indicated that it was at one time
frequented by Spanish fishermen. In 1752 there were a number of French
settlers at Spanish Bay. There were a few visitors to the place in the
years following the Seven Years' War, until disbars founded Sydney and
Loyalists and other settlers arrived in 1784-85 and later years. By 1788
the community comprised about fifty houses. In 1802, two hundred and
ninety-nine Scottish immigrants arrived in Sydney from Scotland in a
resumption of direct immigration from that country. In 1833 there were
about fifty or sixty houses in the town besides such public buildings as
the army barracks, the government house, the court-house, the market,
the Anglican Church, The Presbyterian Church and a Roman Catholic
Chapel. In 1854 to the Crimean War, the last soldiers of the Sydney
Garrison were called away and the Victoria Park Barrack were closed.
With the coming of railways sydney became more important as a shipping
pot, particularly for coal. The Sydney and Louisbourg railroad was
completed in 1877, and through railway communication between Halifax and
Sydney was completed in 1891.
A steel plant was established at Sydney in 1901. This resulted in a
large increase in populations. The steel plant continues to be an
St. George's Anglican Church had its beginning in 1785. Built at the
expense of the Imperial Government, the Church was occupied for services
in 1790, although it still had no pulpit, pews or seats. In 1821
arrangements were made to build a tower on the Church. About eighteen
years later this tower was removed, the walls were repaired, and a
steeple was built. In 1859 the structure was rebuilt in stone and in
1863 a chancel and vestry room were added. Rev.. Benjamin Lovell was the
garrison chaplain in 1785. he was succeeded by Rev. Ranna Cossit in 1786
to 1805. Subsequently, the congregation of Christ Church was organized
in 1901 and St. Alban's Parish was also established with the cornerstone
of the church being laid in 1902/
A Roman Catholic Chapel was built between 1802 and 1805, but the town
did not have a resident priest until 1823. St. Patrick's Roman Catholic
Chapel was built in 1826 and it continued to be used until 1874 when the
Church of the Sacred heart was built. The latter church was destroyed by
fire and St. Patrick's Church was again used until a new church was
built in 1890. From 1912 to 1949 the old St. Patrick's Church was used
by the Lebanese community of Sydney. Eventually in 1967 the students and
staff of Xavier College undertook its restoration as a centennial
project. Holy Redeemer Church was built in 1911, St. mary's Church was
built in 1913 and St. Theresa's Church was built in 1934.
The first Baptist congregation in Sydney was organized in 1846. Services
were held in a small building until 1893 when Pitt Street Baptist Church
was erected. Bethany Baptist Church was constructed in 1900-01. These
two congregations merged in 1917 and a new church was dedicated in 1919.
An attempt was made to form a Presbyterian congregation in the 1820's
and occasionally Presbyterian missionaries visited Sydney in the early
days. In 1836, Rev. James Fraser began to serve Eastern Cape Breton from
Boularderie. In 1849 Rev. Hugh MacLeod arrived as a missionary of the
free church. He was inducted in August, 1850, as minister of a
congregation which included Mira, Sydney and adjacent places. In 1852,
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was built in Sydney. A second church
was built on Pitt Street in 1888 and it was enlarged in 1897, and in
1900 another church was built on Bentinck Street. Falmouth Street
Presbyterian Church was organized in 1875 and the building was erected
in the following year. A new Falmouth Street Church was erected in 1905.
In 1925, Falmouth Presbyterian Church united with Jubilee Methodist
Church to form the First United Church. St. James Presbyterian Church
was organized in the Pier District of Sydney in 1900 and the building
was erected in the following year. In 1919 St. Mark's Presbyterian
Church was absorbed by St. James Presbyterian Church, and in 1925 St.
James Presbyterian Church united with Victoria Methodist Church to form
Trinity UNited Church. Brookland Street Presbyterian Church was
organized in 1925 and Westminster Presbyterian Church was organized in
There are two Jewish congregations in Sydney. The Temple sons of Israel
were organized about the end of the 19th century. They acquired a
permanent Synagogue in 1920's. The Hebrew Congregation of Sydney was
organized in 1910 and it built a synagogue in 1913.
A school was opened in Sydney by Edwad Pate in 1786 and he remained
there for two years. In 1796 the sum of 40 pounds was allotted by the
British government to pay a schoolmaster, and William Pooley was the
schoolmaster there in 1816. In 1822 a grammar school was opened in
Sydney. In 1842 an academy was built, and G. B. Watson was the master of
Sydney Academy in 1849. Other schools were opened in 1851, 1865, and
1872. An eight-room building, which became known as the Sydney Academy,
was constructed in 1881. The County Academy was built in 1910 and new
buildings were constructed at Whitney Pier and Ashby in 1912. The Holy
Redeemer School which was destroyed by fire in 1913 was replaced in
1914. A school on Argyle Street was opened in 1919 and another one on
Victoria Road was opened in the same year. An eight-room school was
opened in Whitney Pier in 1931. Two years later the school at Rockdale
was replaced. Two new high schools and an elementary school were built
in 1953. The County Academy was replaced in 1959 and the building of a
vocational High School was approved by 1960. St. Francis Xavier Junior
College was established in sydney in 1951. In 1960 there were sixteen
elementary schools, four junior high schools, and three senior high
schools, with about ten thousand students in Sydney. Sydney also has two
business colleges, the Empire Business College and the Cape Breton
Sydney has had a number of newspapers. There included the CAPE BRETON
ADVOCATE, 1840-01; THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, 1841-46; THE COMMERCIAL
HERALD, 1849; THE CAPE BRETON NEWS, 1849-72; THE CAPE BRETON ADVOCATE,
1872-1901; THE CAPE BRETON TIMES, 1872-C. 1882; THE ISLAND REPORTER,
1884-1907; THE SEMI-WEEKLY EXPRESS, 1879; THE MORNING SUN 1892. Sydney's
first daily, THE RECORD, commenced in 1898. The POST began in 1896. The
two papers merged in 1934 to become THE POST RECORD and in 1956 the name
was changed to THE CAPE BRETON POST. The CAPE BRETON MAGAZINE was
published in 1901-02. A monthly CAPE BRETON AND NOVA SCOTIA was
published in 1902. BRAS D'OR GAZETTE was published from 1904-1929. THE
CANADIAN LABOUR LEADER ran from about 1918 to about 1922 and the BLUE
BANNER was published between 1907 and 1911. Several Gaelic publications
were also published in Sydney including MacTalla from 1892 to 1904.
A post office was established at Sydney in 1784, As early as 1816 Micmac
couriers carried mail from sydney to Halifax and return. A new federal
building was completed in Sydney in 1957.
Sydney has had several court houses, one was built about 1868; another
was built in 1901; and it was replaced nearly sixty years later.
The population of Sydney in 1966 was 32, 767.
Happy hunting everyone.
Hi everybody and Happy New Year!
I haven't posted anything in quite a while but I read the messages every day. I have found more information on my family and it has lead me to ask if anyone knows about the Episcopalian faith on Cape Breton Island. Turns out that my GGGreat Grandfather John Murphy and his wife were Episcopalian. I am guessing that perhaps his parents may have been as well. Also, is there another list like this for Newfoundland? My GGGreat Grandmothers family (Wills) immigrated there and settled in St. Johns Bay, but I have conflicting information as to when.
>From my research I had suspicions that My GGGreat grandfather John Murphy worked for the telegraph company in Newfoundland when they laid the first transatlantic cable in 1858, and I found a book which confirmed that for me. It feels great when you get something like that right, isn't it? The family information still has him born on Cape Breton Island in 1833 to 1836.
Thanks in advance for the help. Have a great new year.
I have been kept away from the lists until the last month since last June.
Withdrawal symptoms were terrible.
I am researching the following:
MORLEYS, MACADAMS of Cape Breton
I have much information on the Morleys that I'll share but nothing past my
grandmother Isabel MacAdam of East Bay who was married to Henry Fred
TREMAINES of Cape Breton and Halifax
I have a fair amount of information about the Tremaines
ARMSTRONGS of the Annapolis Valley.
The Armstrongs I have researched the longest and have a fair amount of
them that I am willing to share.
BOWLBYS & BISHOPS of the Annapolis Valley
I have a fair amount on these families also.
Cheers and a Happy New Year to everyone
No, I have not read them all....
"What shall I do with my books?" was the question; and the answer, "Read
them," sobered the questioner. But if you cannot read them, at any rate
handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open
where they will. Read on from the first sentence that arrests the eye. Then
turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, take soundings of uncharted
seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on
your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you know at least
where to find them. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not
deny them at least a nod of recognition. If they cannot be your friends, let
them at any rate be an acquaintance.
It is a mistake to read too many books when quite young. A man once told me
that he had read all the books that mattered. Cross-questioned, he appeared
to have read a great many, but they seemed to have made only a slight
impression. How many had he understood? How many had entered his mental
composition? How many had been hammered on the anvils of his mind, and
afterwards ranged in an armoury of bright weapons ready to hand?
It is a great pity to read a book too soon in life. The first impression is
the one that counts; and if it is a slight one, it may be all that can be
hoped for. A later and second perusal may recoil from a surface already
hardened by premature contact. Young people should be careful in their
reading, as old people in eating their food. They should not eat too fast.
They should chew it well.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)
In memory of those who went before us ...
DAUPHINEE _ Harold Napean, born Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, June 8, 1915,
passed away peacefully December 25, 2000. Predeceased by wife Dorothy and
son Richard. Survived by daughter Sheila (Tom); daughter-in-law Patricia;
grandchildren, Nolan (Dixie), Doug (Jen), Christine (Mike), Lee-Ann
(Travis); as well as Margaret Hamel. Harold served as Captain in the Royal
Canadian Regiment during World War II. He was an active member of the Royal
Canadian Legion, Mason belonging to Canada Lodge 156, also the Al Azhar
Temple Provost Corp. Harold was an avid photographer with special interests
in the farming community surrounding Calgary and his much beloved Rocky
Mountains. Interment Queen's Park Cemetery, January 5, 2001 at 2:00 p.m.
Calgary Herald, Area Code 403
SCHOPP _ (Whittle) Helen Grace, born September 23, 1910 in Londonderry,
Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Passed away December 24, 2000. Memorial
services to be held at Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Dr., West
Vancouver, Friday, December 29, 2000at 1:00 p.m.
Ann [MacDonald ] Batten
Looking for any information on a Samuel T.SNOW & Elizabeth CRAFT who
witnessed the marriage of Isaiah H.SNOW & Anna Elizabeth RICHARDSON,
Indian Harbour, Hfx. Co. in Sept 1868. Unable to connect Samuel T.SNOW
to my family at the present time but feel that he must in some way be
related to have been a witness for the noted wedding. All info welcomed
Don aka snowseeker
The British sailed into Gaburus Bay on the afternoon of 2 JUN1758 with 150 ships and 14,000 men; the French defenders of Fort Louisbourg numbered but 3,000. The surrender was accepted 26 JUL and French power in what had been Acadia was no more. A recent posting suggested that some of the soldiers under British command then went on "...to capture Isle Saint-Jean" located to the west of Cape Breton. The Island at the time was occupied by some 4500 unarmed Acadian men, women and children, no French military presence. No "capture" ensued, except that of the peaceful farmers and fishermen and their families. The soldiers came to herd some 3500 of them aboard vessels for the second phase of that cataclysmic denouement suffered by the Acadians, the Deportation. They were forced at gun-point by these "brave" soldiers onto vessels lacking in adequate food and soon overcrowded; many perished enroute to Europe. As many as 1500 escaped, crossing to the mainland on the Chignecto Isthmus and on to the St. Lawrence, others manned their ships and headed for St. Pierre/Miquelon. Let this be the record. The "capture" of Isle Saint-Jean? "We did upon a pretense not worth a farthing, root out this innocent, deserving people, whom our utter inability to govern or reconsile gave us no right to exterpate." EDMUND BURKE (1729-97), British statesman, on the Deportation.
I am interested in your family due to the north Uist connection. My
ancestor Donald MacDonald came to Cape Breton (Whycocomagh - Salt Mountain)
from North Uist in 1827 - his father was Archibald and thus his eldest son
was Archibald. I wonder if there is a connection. I generally try to save
all related information on families with some kind of link just incase I
later can make a match.
Donald came from the Hoogary region of North Uist but I know his Uncle Angus
MacDonald who came later lived in Solas, North Uist. Our family tended to
use the MacDonald but I have seen letter written using the M'Donald so I
assume anything goes.
Always like to hear from people with potential connections in North Uist and
any where else. Most of my family tree is on file at Family treemaker but I
have not updated it recently. My line is J. K. MacDonald from Whycocomagh
and the Allan "Kelly" MacDonald's of Stewartdale. I am descended from both
of these lines.
---- Original Message -----
From: Frank Beazley <beazleyf(a)hfx.eastlink.ca>
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2000 2:37 PM
Subject: [NS-CB-L] Request for Aid January 26,1833
> To the Honourable Thomas N Jeffery,President of the province of Nova
Scotia and it's dependencies
> We the undersigned most humbly submit.
> That we are residing on the rear of south side
of St.George's Channel County of Cape Breton about four miles from the sea.
We are residing in this remote place since four years past and after all our
endeavors for our livelyhood we are not able to support ourselves and
families and chiefly we concede the mildew has been the cause of our decay
and it ruins all our crops this year and we are therefore poor and indignant
without means of subsistence. We were likewise destitute of money or
clothing when we landed here from Scotland and had many things to encounter
in supporting ourselves since that period. We therefore beg cause to present
our case to your honour on account of the disadvantage that we sustain for
the want of provision. It is our humble request that your honour would be
pleased to receive our wants and to bestow upon us any proportion of
provision that your honour shall think expedient according to our
> We the undersigned shall conclude with the respect and veneration which
are due your honour and your distinguished.....? and most respectfully
subscribe ourselves .
> Your Honours
most obt.and humble
> St.George's Channel
> Bras Dor Lake
> County of Cape Breton
> January 26,1833
> Signed; Norman McPhail,Niel McPhail,John McPhail,Hugh McPhail,Archibald
McDonald,Christian McDonald(Female) Malcolm McDonald,Hugh McDonald,Duncan
McKenzie,Angus McKenzie,Niell McPherson,Roderick McDonald,Roderick
Morrison,Donald Morrison,Angus Morrison,Alex Steward,Alex Ross and Ann
McGigean ? widow.
> Life was not easy for our ancestor's as they were starting out in a new
country. I am passing this on for the interest of anyone researching in this
area. I would like to receive any information on this group of people as I
am a descendent of Archibald McDonald and Ann McPhail. I do not known how or
when they arrived here but I suspect they arrived around 1828/29. Archibald
McDonald was from North Uist. I do not know about the rest.
> Frank Beazley
> ==== NS-CAPE-BRETON Mailing List ====
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To the Honourable Thomas N Jeffery,President of the province of Nova Scotia and it's dependencies
We the undersigned most humbly submit.
That we are residing on the rear of south side of St.George's Channel County of Cape Breton about four miles from the sea. We are residing in this remote place since four years past and after all our endeavors for our livelyhood we are not able to support ourselves and families and chiefly we concede the mildew has been the cause of our decay and it ruins all our crops this year and we are therefore poor and indignant without means of subsistence. We were likewise destitute of money or clothing when we landed here from Scotland and had many things to encounter in supporting ourselves since that period. We therefore beg cause to present our case to your honour on account of the disadvantage that we sustain for the want of provision. It is our humble request that your honour would be pleased to receive our wants and to bestow upon us any proportion of provision that your honour shall think expedient according to our circumstances.
We the undersigned shall conclude with the respect and veneration which are due your honour and your distinguished.....? and most respectfully subscribe ourselves .
Your Honours most obt.and humble
Bras Dor Lake
County of Cape Breton
Signed; Norman McPhail,Niel McPhail,John McPhail,Hugh McPhail,Archibald McDonald,Christian McDonald(Female) Malcolm McDonald,Hugh McDonald,Duncan McKenzie,Angus McKenzie,Niell McPherson,Roderick McDonald,Roderick Morrison,Donald Morrison,Angus Morrison,Alex Steward,Alex Ross and Ann McGigean ? widow.
Life was not easy for our ancestor's as they were starting out in a new country. I am passing this on for the interest of anyone researching in this area. I would like to receive any information on this group of people as I am a descendent of Archibald McDonald and Ann McPhail. I do not known how or when they arrived here but I suspect they arrived around 1828/29. Archibald McDonald was from North Uist. I do not know about the rest.
I made a rare trip to the Halifax Archives today and found the following list of occupants of land at Morrison's Harbour,Bras Dor Lake,St.George's Channel in 1832.
Lot's 1 to 3 Roderick Morrison the second
Lot 4 & 5 Roderick McDonald
Lot 6 & 7 Archibald McDonald ( My gggrandfather from North Uist)
Lot 8 Roderick Morrison the first
Lot 9 John McPhail
Lot 10 Allan Morrison
Lot 11 Norman McPhail
Lot 12 Niel McPhail
Lot 13 John McLean
Lots on the water:
John Scott,John Ross,John McLeod,Alex Ross,Malcolm Matthison,John Kennedy and Widow Morrison.
I am looking for any information on the history of this group particularly Archibald McDonald who at some point prior to 1829 married Anne McPhail who's parents are unknown to me. It appears from the records this settlement was founded around 1830.
CAPE BRETON POST - MARCH 6, 1982
MRS. INA FERGUSON - FEB. 24, 1982
GLACE BAY - Mrs. Frank Ferguson Fortune, Sherbrook Street, Glace Bay,
received news of the death of her sister Mrs. Ida Ferguson in Mansfield,
Mass., on Feb. 24, 1982. She was 73.
Mrs. Ferguson was the former Ida Melbourne, daughter of the late Edward
Melbourne and Abigail (Billard) Melbourne. She was formerly from Rose
Survivors include two daughters: Abigail and Carol: two sons; Bud and
Gary,, Mansfield, Mass.; sisters: Mrs. Frank Fortune (Pearl) and Mrs. Al
Provoe (Abbie), Glace Bay; Mrs. James Aspro (Emily), Norwood Mass.; and
Mrs. Herb Anderson (Sylvia), Cape Cod.
Her stepmother, Mrs. Winnifred Melbourne resides on Alexander Street,
Glace Bay, and there are two half-sister; Mrs. Lawrence McLeod (Ruth)
and Mrs. Charlie Fraser (Edna), Glace Bay. There are also five
She was predeceased by her husband, Duncan Ferguson in 1975.
Burial took place in Mansfield on Saturday, Feb. 27.
[note though the caption has her first name as INA, in the obit she is
listed as IDA]
TERRANCE LAFFIN - MARCH 5, 1982
BRAS D' OR - Terrance Laffin, 54, of Bras d' Or died Friday, March 5,
1982, in Victoria General Hospital after a brief illness.
A life long resident of Bras d'Or, he was a son of Daniel and the late
Mary Ellen (Tobin) Laffin. He had been employed with Princess Colliery
and for the past 10 years as a seaman on the draggers. He was a member
of St. Joseph's Parish, Bras d'Or.
He is survived by his wife the former Kay MacIntyre, one son Ronald and
one daughter, Melody; six brothers, Nicholas and John, Bras d'Or;
William, Ontario; Robert, Florence; Patrick, Point Aconi; Daniel, Little
Pond; five sisters (Ella Mae) Mrs. Sylvester Marsh, Mill Creek; (Marie)
Mrs. Gerald Nunn, Bras d'Or; (Frances) Mrs. George Snow, Toronto;
(Irene) Mrs. Cecil Steele, Westmount and (Laura) Mrs. James Fraser,
He was predeceased by one sister Genevieve.
The body will rest at the G.R. Francis and son Funeral Home, Sydney
Mines. Mass of Requiem will be in St. Joseph's Church, Bras d'Or, Monday
at 10:30 a.m. with interment in the parish cemetery.
MRS. FRANK HILLIER - MARCH 5, 1982
NEW WATERFORD - Mrs. Francis Hillier, 54 of 472 Ninth Street, died
shortly after admission to the New Waterford Hospital, Friday, March 5,
Mrs. Hillier was a member of Mount Carmel Parish.
She is survived by her husband Francis; sons Daniel, of Toronto; Robert
and Paul, at home daughters Mrs. Judy Manshak, of Texas; Mrs. Marie
Harte, of Vancouver; and (Donna) mrs. Daniel Blewer, of New Waterford;
brothers Arthur Ransom; Francis Ransom, Wallace Ransom, all of New
Waterford; step brothers Victor and Angus MacDonald, both of New
Waterford; sisters (Clara) Mrs. Tom Pearson of New Waterford, (Ida) mrs.
Alfred Murphy, of Dominion; and (Veronica) Mrs. Regis MacDonald of New
Waterford. There are seven grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers.
She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Ransom.
McGillivray's Funeral Homes announced that the body will rest at the
family home, 472 Ninth Street and the funeral mass will be held Sunday
at 2 p.m. at Mount Carmel Church. Burial in Parish Cemetery.
ALICE L. HOLMES - MARCH 5, 1982
Alice L. Holmes, 90, a resident of the Cove for the past 11 years, died
at the Cove Friday, March 5.
Born in Homeville, she was the daughter of the late William and Alice
She was a member of the United Baptist Church, a secretary with the
Dominion Coal Company for many years and was a member of the Women's
Institute of Nova Scotia.
Miss Holmes was widely known in the area, and looked after children from
the Bairncroft home for many years.
She was unmarried.
A sister, Carrie Spencer and five brothers, Wallace, Robert, Tom, Bert
and Oliver predeceased her.
The body will rest at the Sydney Memorial Chapel after 7 p.m.
The funeral will be held from the chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev.
Willis Henderson officiating. Interment will be in the Homeville
FRANK L. DERRIEN - MARCH 5, 1982
Frank Louis Derrien, 99, of 160 Howe Street, died Friday March 5 at his
Born in Spzet, France, he came to Canada in 1919 and was employed in the
nail mill at the steel plant for some 40 years.
He was a veteran of World War One, and a member of St. Theresa's Parish.
He is survived by his wife, the former Herriette Teletchea, one son,
Frank Joseph, Edmonton, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The body is resting at the T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St.
The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from St. Theresa's Church.
CAPT. JOHN ROSE - MARCH 3, 1982
NORTH SYDNEY - Capt. John Rose, a resident of North Sydney died
Wednesday March 3, 1982, in Quebec City. He had been employed as the
captain of a vessel. Upon arrival at North Sydney the body will rest at
the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home. Arrangements to be announced.
Hi List -
I need some help. I'm trying to find out anything about my ancestor - "Captain Sanderson". All I know is that he supposedly died sometime before 1760. His widow married a man by the name of John Webster, who was a Sergeant in the 45th Regiment of Foot which saw action at the last siege of the Fortress at Louisburg in 1758. This same regiment was part of the British force which was later sent to capture the Isle Saint Jean (now P.E.I.). John Webster stayed on in PEI with his new wife and her 4 young children by Captain Sanderson. I am directly related to one of those children.
It may be that Captain Sanderson died during the last battle in 1758. Is anyone aware of a source of information about casualties from that time? I have seen the name spelled Saunderson, and have identified other Saunderson's in the same regiment. But all these men survived until after 1760.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Searsport, ME USA
Very touching, Ann
Heather, NB Canada
From: D&ABATTEN <batten(a)telusplanet.net>
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Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000 2:36 PM
Subject: [NS-CB-L] Memorium to Granda
>If I may indulge myself......I would like to honor my grandfather ,of who's
>family I am researching , in saying.....
>It was on this day , Dec. 23 , 1964 , 36 yrs. ago that my Granda passed
>away after suffering terribly from Cancer.
>In Memorium of John D. MacDonald , born Feb. 3 , 1911 in Inverness C.B.
>son of Alexander S. and Isabel [ McDonald ] MacDonald .
>Died Dec. 23 , 1964 in New Waterford C.B.
>All my life Granda I felt a bond to you , a man I really didn't know , for
>you left this life too early and I was never afforded the honor of having
>you around as I was growing up. But I was always aware of your presence and
>importance , and it is because of my desire to know you that I have
>this search . You must have left a great impact on that toddler you once
>bounced on your knee.......I surely must have known your love for
>you have always been in my heart....
>You can be proud of your son , my Da.....he is here with me today during
>this Christmas time as he tells me all the good things about you.......He
>a wonderful father!
>We will meet again someday...
>love your grandaughter
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If I may indulge myself......I would like to honor my grandfather ,of who's
family I am researching , in saying.....
It was on this day , Dec. 23 , 1964 , 36 yrs. ago that my Granda passed
away after suffering terribly from Cancer.
In Memorium of John D. MacDonald , born Feb. 3 , 1911 in Inverness C.B.
son of Alexander S. and Isabel [ McDonald ] MacDonald .
Died Dec. 23 , 1964 in New Waterford C.B.
All my life Granda I felt a bond to you , a man I really didn't know , for
you left this life too early and I was never afforded the honor of having
you around as I was growing up. But I was always aware of your presence and
importance , and it is because of my desire to know you that I have started
this search . You must have left a great impact on that toddler you once
bounced on your knee.......I surely must have known your love for me.....for
you have always been in my heart....
You can be proud of your son , my Da.....he is here with me today during
this Christmas time as he tells me all the good things about you.......He is
a wonderful father!
We will meet again someday...
love your grandaughter
To Lark, Jean, & List, My Arnold John Robert Cranton was a big man (tall) &
big bones. He had a long face, not round. His daughter Myrtle Sarah
Cranton was tall for a woman (6' even). Her sons Kenneth & Robert were 6'3"
& 6'5". Then on down the line, my sons are 6'5", 6'4", 6'2''. Thought
you'd like to read his obit from Pine City, Pine County, Minn Dec 14, 1934.
It has a lot of clues in it. I have tried to trace these clues, to no
avail. Perhaps sharing this, someone can come up with something that I
LAST RITES FOR ARNOLD CRANTON
Another of the old pioneers of this section has answered the call of the
Grim Reaper and gone on to his last reward. Arnold John Robert Cranton
better known to his many friends in this section of Minn as "Cape" Cranton,
passed away last Fri morning Dec 7 at one o'clock after a brief illness of
but a couple of days. He has been failing for the past year, but his
condition did not become serious until a couple of days before the end came.
Funeral services were held on Mon of this week, Dec 10 at 10 o'clock frim
the Immaculate Conception church with Fr. O'Donahue officiating, & interment
was in Calvary Cem. Casket bearers were H.A. Borchers, Albert Neuhamer,
R.T. Allen, Al Oman, Robert Wilcox & W.A. Sauser.
Arnold Cranton, son of Robert Cranton & Jane Ross Cranton was born at
Sidney, Cape Breton Island., Nova Scotia, May 34, 1862 & was 72 years, 6 mo,
& 13 days old. His early boyhood was spent in the land of his birth & when
a boy of 17 he came to the states with people from Cape Breton & settled
first at Stillwater, a lumbering center. In those early days every young
man (the newspaper has some confusion here) the woods & on the drive in this
as lumbering was the big industry of a frontier state. Arnold worked in the
woods & on the drive in this section of Minn where lumbering was in full
swing & the ring of the woodsmans axe could be heard. In every direction.
He came into this section of Pine County shortly after coming to the state &
for the past 54 years has been a resident of this community.
Aug 17, 1890 he was united in marriage at St. Croix Falls to Miss Delia
Bordeaux & to that union two dau were born, Rose & Myrtle, who with the wife
& mother survive. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Rose McGilvary of
Duluth. Rose the oldest dau, now Mrs. E.T. Newhouse, of Chicago was present
for the funeral. Mrs. L.A. Mason,(Myrtle) the youngest dau is making this
city her home. Other relatives present at the last rites were Mr. & Mrs.
Tom McGilvary & dau Margaret of Duluth.
About 30 years ago, after leaving the river & the woods, Mr. Cranton opened
a confectionery store in this city & this store was operated by him up until
several years ago, when blindness made it impossible for him to carry on.
The nickname "Cape" derived from Cape Breton, his birthplace, was given him
many years ago & "Cape" Cranton & his little confectionery became a local
institution. His store was the rondesvous for many of the old timers who
liked to gather there & talk over old times. "Cape" was able to speak
Chippewa quite fluently in the early days, as many early settlers were able
to do, & it was quite an event for the youngsters of that day to get "Cape"
& the late John Vaughan together to talk the language of the native
Americans. Because of his failing sight, Mr. Cranton was prevented from
leaving the house of late, only when accompanied by someone & that
condition irked him greatly. He had hundreds upon hundred of friends, who
were deeply grieved to learn of his death & who extend to those who are left
theri deepest sympathy.
I did share this with Geo King's web site last year so you might have seen
this, but most of you haven't. Enjoy. Betty, Ventura, CA
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Date: Friday, December 22, 2000 8:02 PM
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