Column: One Province Becomes Two

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: One Province Becomes Two

Snippet: June 18, 1784 is a notable date for many genealogists with ancestors who lived in the Maritime Provinces at that time. That is the day a royal signature ‘moved’ thousands of people from Nova Scotia to newly created New Brunswick. Others were figuratively relocated to the province of Cape Breton. Although the smaller island province would not sustain itself, the two larger government entities would.

Prior to this date, these lands were one great territory called Nova Scotia. Approximately 20,000 people lived there. After the American Revolutionary War in the United States ended in 1783, the population more than doubled as those who remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada. Around 14,000 alone settled along the St. John River and Bay of Fundy area.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


One thought on “Column: One Province Becomes Two

  1. Very interesting. My husband’s ancestor (Abner Brooks, Senior) was a grant holder in Onslow from 1760 to around 1780-3 and then he (and his family) moved to the Fort Howe area and on to Gagetown, Maugerville and eventually by 1796 got a grant in the Woodstock area. I’m trying to tease out why they made the move from Onslow to Saint John. Have you come across anything about settlers being enticed to the Saint John area around 1780? These would have been pre-Loyalists and I can’t seem to find out much about what might have been going on in the time before 1783. Any help would be most welcome.

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