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Parrsboro (Cumberland County, N.S.)

Melanson Smith, Jeanie F.

  • Person
  • 1941 - 2010

Jeanie was born on October 11, 1941 in Springhill NS to Raynold and Gladys (O'Rourke) Melanson. Jeanie spent her childhood and teenage years growing up in Parrsboro NS. In February 1966 Jeanie married David Smith and they made their home in River Hebert NS, where they raised three daughters. Jeanie had a passion for helping others. As a Majorette teacher in River Hebert and neighbouring communities she focused more on self confidence , inclusion and equality, than on talent and ability. Jeanie was a business owner of Smith's General Store and Take Out from 1975 to 1985, she measured success not in profits and possessions, but in the opportunity to encourage, inspire and teach countless teenagers as a friend. Accomplishing much throughout her life as a board member, community volunteer and charity fundraiser. Jeanie was most proud of the instrumental role she played in organizing three successful Parrsboro School Reunions (1989, 1994 and 1999) and the longstanding record she held as a top individual fundraiser in the Run for the Cure. Jeanie passed away on September 3, 2010.

Collins, William Miles

  • Person
  • 1864-1962

Born in Advocate Harbour, NS on 18 April 1864 to Charles Wallace P Collins and Elizabeth Ann Lank. In 1880, at the age of sixteen Collins went to sea initially on steamers. He later turned to sailing with this brother, Captain Frank Collins and his sister Lauretta’s husband Captain Eli Knowlton. His first voyage across the Atlantic was transporting timber on the Endymion to Liverpool, England. After several years of sailing Collins received his master’s certificate in 1892. However, he continued to sail as a mate for some time with the Spicer brothers. In 1900, Collins took his first command on the barque Edward L. Mayberry, from New York to Wellington, New Zealand and was accompanied by his wife Margaret Ellen (Ellie) Reid. Together, Margaret and Collins had six children. Collins sailed the Evade a three-masted schooner for ten years. In 1911, he retired after more than thirty years at sea. He purchased a farm in West Advocate which had a small store. In 1919, at the age of fifty-four, Collins came out of retirement to take command of the Adamac and then the Edward A. Cohan sailing across the North Atlantic. Collins last command was the schooner E.H. Wharton Davies built in West Advocate. He passed away on 17 August 1962 in Parrsboro, NS in his ninety-ninth year.

Byers, Conrad

  • Person
  • 1943-2017

Conrad was born February 15, 1943 in Parrsboro. He was a local historian who also operated the Time Frame Photos, photo studio. Conrad was hired as a historical reference/curator for 2 years at the onset of the Age of Sail Museum and continued to be a strong supporter of the museum until his death.

Dewis, Sinclair

  • Person

Sinclair Dewis is the Great Grandson of Captain Robert Dewis and Emily Spicer. He has taken an active role in gathering the Dewis family history for years.

Hatfield family

  • Family
  • 1740 -

John Hatfield was born in 1740 in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England. Early in the American Revolutionary War, he was a Sergeant in the 4th (Kings Own) Regiment of Foot, where he served in Boston, Staten Island, and Brooklyn before being discharged on March 10, 1777. He was then appointed Captain in the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers, a unit based largely out of Staten Island on April 15, 1777. He served with the Volunteers in the Battle of Savannah under Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell on December 29, 1778. Later, he served in the 1779 Quebec campaign with Robert Rogers's Kings Rangers.

He was married on June 28, 1778 to Mary Lockerman at New York City’s Trinity Church, by the Loyalist Reverend Charles Inglis, Rector and Chaplain in the regiment and who later was made Bishop of Nova Scotia. Family oral history indicates that Capt. John Hatfield eloped with his wife-to-be, Mary Lockerman, bringing her from Staten Island to New York in a small row boat. She came from an anti-Loyalist Knickerbocker family.

John and Mary had three children. The family sailed from New York to Nova Scotia with 2,000 Loyalists circa 1783. They arrived first in Yarmouth and then moved to the Parrsborough Shore. They landed and took possession of land at Fox River. He was granted 700 acres in 1784 at Lot 51 in Fox River, "on the shore of Minas Gut." He retired from the Kings Rangers with half pay in 1792.

The Hatfields prospered, and purchased more land, some years before the present town, Parrsboro, (first called Mill Village) was named. John Hatfield took an active part in the development of Parrsboro district. He was appointed by the Court of Sessions in 1794 as Surveyor of Highways and he was again appointed in 1799. Captain John Hatfield passed away on November 16, 1804 and was interred in uniform within the Hatfield family burying ground near the mouth of the Fox River. Approximately, 50 years later Mary (Lockerman) Hatfield was buried in the churchyard of the Holy Trinity parish of Port Greville, Nova Scotia.

Morris family

  • Family
  • 1793 -

Lutheran Morris was born in Woodbridge, Sussex Co., New Jersey (East Jersey) on 17 October 1739. Lutheran served as a member of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers during the American Revolution. He married Catherine Swan (circa 1739 – circa 1759), of Scottish decent. Lutheran had 15 children including John, Benjamin, Nancy, Samuel, Joshua, Randall/Randolph, Henry, Dorothy, Charles, Isaac, Thomas, Catherine, William, Mary and Lavinia. He was one of the first settlers at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, where he became a farmer. His children were all baptized at St George's Anglican Church in Parrsboro, NS and Lutheran is shown as being baptized as an adult on Dec. 12, 1878 at St. George's Anglican Church in Parrsboro Township. Later in life, Lutheran was a member of Methodist Church in Advocate Harbor, N.S. Lutheran died at Advocate Harbor, on September 14, 1839.

Crossman family

  • Family
  • 1861-

George Edward Crossman was born on February 18, 1861, in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, to Olivia Jane Lewis (Crossman), age 27 and William Crossman, age 39. He was the older brother to five sisters and two brothers. George married Eudevilla Spicer Ayer in Amhesrt, Nova Scotia, on April 12, 1884, when he was 23 years old. George and Eudevilla had ten children: Emma May, Harry S, Buddy, Martha Mattie, Lottie Emma, Rosanna Blanche, Nellie, Cathleen, Marion, and Elizabeth. Census records indicate that George Crossman lived in Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1901, and 1911. He passed away on June 26, 1940 in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, at 79 years of age.

Yorke family

  • Family
  • 1790 -

Edward Yorke was a born circa 1790 in Yorke Settlement, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia to Jones Yorke and Susannah (Vickery) Yorke. Edward worked as a farmer. He married Ann Nancy Hatfield on 25 July 1816 in St. Georges Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. They were married by Jeese Lewis, J.P., commissioned to perform marriages according to the rites of the Church of England. Edward and Ann had three children: Mary (Yorke) Newcombe, Elizabeth (Yorke) Smith and Harriet (Yorke) Bentley. Edward passed away circa 1850 in Parrsboro, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.

Welch family

  • Family
  • 1854-

Joshua Welch was born on September 7 1854 in Port Greville, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. He was married to Emilne Welch (1862 – 1938) of Fraserville, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Emilne gave birth to their daughter Lottie Bell on 17 December 1892 in Wards Brook, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Their daughter, Lottie Bell, married Stewart Ayer and had one child Jessie Fraulen (Welch) McCully. Census records indicate that Joshua lived in Parrsboro in 1881, Port Greville in 1891, 1901 and 1921.Joshua passed away on 28 July 1927 in Port Greville, NS.