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Guysborough County (N.S.)

Hart Family

  • Family
  • 1847 - 1964

Joseph Lee Hart (1847-1923) was born at Manchester, Guysborough County, NS. He went to Gloucester, Massachussetts ca. 1870 where he met and married Mary Jane Fraser of Port Hood in 1871. He and his wife moved back to Nova Scotia to Guysborough County ca. 1873 but later re-located to Port Hood where he established a mercantile business which was carried on by his son John S. Hart.

John Smith Hart (1876-1964) was born in Guysborough County but followed in his father’s business in Port Hood until he sold his business to Dan Collie and Angus MacDonald, two brothers in Port Hood. This store burned in the disastrous fire of 1942 that destroyed the main business section of Port Hood.

Stewart Family

  • Family
  • 1836-1950

The Stewart family owned and operated Eleven Mile House (or 11 Mile House), an historic inn and coach stop near the forks of the St. Mary's River at Melrose, Guysborough County located eleven miles from Sherbrooke on the Antigonish to Sherbrooke road. Eleven Mile House was an important social and economic center for Melrose and surrounding areas, offering lodgings, meals, coaching services, and mail delivery. James Stewart (born around 1836, died 1887 and buried in Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke) married Margaret Bollong, the widow of Isaac Cumminger, in 1863 and together they had four children. Their third son, Harry Edwin Stewart (born November 11, 1869) went on to operate Eleven Mile House. He also farmed and lumbered, operated a store from the house, and was involved in provincial elections as a reviser of voting lists. He married Sarah Tate on October 18, 1892 and together they had three children. He died September 10, 1950 in Berwick, Nova Scotia, where his son, William C. Stewart, resided. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Aspen, Guysborough Co.