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From: "BAClarkson" <>
Subject: Re: [GM-L] MA, RI families to N.S., mid-1700's
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 07:44:15 -0300
Hi Betty. I live in Nova Scotia, just subscribed to the list yesterday and
am delighted that you raise this question. I niaively questionned the
assumptions about all immigrants to north america heading only to the US on
another list and got severely reprimanded.
But you know what? in the last 6 months as I have been learning my families'
genealogy, I find that virtually all moved from the Boston area or New
Hampshire. There was active border crossing ( both ways) in the 1600s
between NS and Maine, and I have kin all across America now. I spent a lot
of time in New England all my life, and just assumed people knew we came
from the same stock. In fact, I have several direct lines going back to
Dutch settlement of Manhatten; some of them came to Canada after 1776,
others well before.
I also subscribed to the BosttonStates on rootsweb who are supposed to
address this very issue, so you might want to check it out. New Brunswick
was partitioned from Nova Scotia in 1784, so both provinces have separate
information. There is a lot of information on line as well; try these sites
to get started on tracing some names:
And here are two big reasons people came here- free land, and loyalists to
the crown. Other than that, while I love my home, you definitely have better
weather. Maybe families were trying to stay together, as clearly they had to
help each other in the desperately hard task of pioneering. People married
both ways of course, so love plays a part. But if you find out more reasons
I d love to know them.
Anyway we love people coming to check out their maritime roots, so check ou
the names and come see us this summer!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Betty" <>
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2006 7:00 AM
Subject: [GM-L] MA, RI families to N.S., mid-1700's
> This morning on the LEWIS List, I read a query about a LEWIS family in
> early Nova Scotia ! I remembered that 5 years ago I had found out
> about a "family reunion" was held in N.S. every year for the descendants
> of . . Waitstill LEWIS !
> I just did a Google search to remind myself of the details, and found this
> web site which offers information about the move to N.S.:
> In the past, I've mentioned a James KIDDER who left Cambridge, MA, in the
> 1750's (I believe) to move to Halifax, NS. No one seems to know why he
> moved up there, but I have just been reminded that he was not alone.
> It seems Waitstill LEWIS also went up there around the same time !
> And, I believe James KIDDER married after he got up there, so that was
> another family. (Can't recall the wife's name at the moment, but the
> information should be in the archives of the Nova Scotia List.)
> As I type this, I am wondering just how many men and families headed up
> to Nova Scotia from New England in the 1750's ! I'm pretty sure I
> posted this question on the Nova Scotia List, and only received a few
> In regards to the family-reunion for the descendants of Waitstill LEWIS,
> I'm not sure they are held anymore. I used to get the Newsletter, but
> it stopped a couple years ago. I got the impression that the ladies who
> held the reunion got older and could no longer plan the event. They
> used to have a web site but I cannot find it this morning !
> (You will find more on "Waitstill LEWIS" by doing a Google search.)
> Betty (near Lowell, MA)
> My LEWIS great-grandparents were in Nova Scotia from 1874 to 1881.
> They were "British Home Children" and had been "shipped out of" Liverpool,
> England, in 1874. Most of the children arriving in 1874 went to
> different homes in Nova Scotia. "Stanley" and Mary LEWIS married in
> NS in 1879, and migrated to Boston in 1881. They raised 13 children in
> Stoneham ! Mary (CORKILL) LEWIS had 3 younger siblings remain in NS and
> one sister married a man from Nantucket !
> I continue to look for information on the family of that sister ---
> George and Esther (CORKILL) COFFIN ---- on Nantucket !
> And, I wouldn't mind hearing from other CORKILL researchers ! The
> father of the children, Evan CORKILL was born on the Isle of Man !
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