I believe someone on this list was looking for Jersey families in Cape
Breton, I hope it was this list. I found a family name "Ingoville" in a
book called "Old Sydney" written in 1911 by Don McKinnon of Sydney.
Although it doesn't say much about the family, it is a cute story that may
appeal to others. I recommend this book, full of wonderful short stories.
The French Willows
Philip Ingoville was a native of Jersey, and when stocking and fitting up
his farm, naturally imported most of what he required from the island of
his birth. Among other goods there came to him a create of dishes. This
crate, having been emptied of its contents, was thrown aside, and after
having been knocked about for a day or two, finally got into the brook. it
was made of willow twigs and some time later these twigs were found to be
sprouting. They were at once taken out and planted. From these twigs grew
the very large number of willow trees still found on the old Ingoville and
neighboring farms, and also, it is claimed, those found at Sydney and in
the surrounding country, including the lone veteran in Victoria Park.
In one way or another, the French willows found their way to different
parts of the island. One incident in this connection may be related. Two
of the early settlers in Malagawatch came to Sydney, over eighty years ago,
to secure their land "tickets", the journey being made on foot and in
winter. On the way they encountered a vicious dog from whose attacks they
barely escaped. Made wise by experience, they armed themselves for the
return by cutting two stout cudgels off one of the Sydney willows. These
sticks, having served their purpose, were taken home and carelessly thrown
on the roof of a sheep-house, where they remained all winter. Early in the
summer they were found to be budding, and were at once stuck in the ground.
To-day these onetime weapons of defence are beautiful, spreading trees,
under whose shade many a weary toiler has enjoyed the cool breezes off the