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Michael Eisan was born ca. 1730 in Pennsylvania, eventually moving to South Carolina where he was living at the outbreak of the American Revolution. During the Revolution Eisan remained loyal to Britain and in 1780 he joined the Stevens Creek Militia, a Royalist unit commanded by Captain Henry Rudolph. During the Revolution he served with Chambers Blakeney, who would also later settle in Ship Harbour. Eisan withdrew to Charleston with the Royalist garrison at Fort Ninety-Six when the fort and surrounding area were abandoned in July of 1781. He then served with the Little River Militia near Charleston and rose to the rank of sergeant. He evacuated from Charleston with the British forces and came to the Halifax-Dartmouth area, where he remained from July 1783 to March 1784.
Eisan moved to Ship Harbour in the mid 1780s and purchased Lot 8 from Daniel Weeks, which included one hundred acres of land at Salmon River. He was also granted one hundred acres of land in East Jeddore in 1787 in return for his military service. In addition he purchased two hundred acres of land in Ship Harbour in 1790, another two hundred acres there in 1791, and Lot 14 in the same area in 1795. In 1796 he petitioned the government for land adjacent to his property in Ship Harbour. In 1813 he shared 800 acres of land at East Ship Harbour with his sons and George McCarthy. He was a trustee of the Ship Harbour school in 1816 and inhabitants of Ship Harbour petitioned for him to be appointed magistrate and Justice of the Peace in 1790.
He married his first wife, Elizabeth Ann, in South Carolina and she later traveled with him to Ship Harbour. He married a second time but the bride’s name is unknown. There is a birth of a Louisa Eisan, daughter and first child of Michael and Hannah Eisan on September 2, 1817. Hannah may have been his second wife. He married his third wife, Sophia Theresa Belinda Lawrence, on November 13, 1831 when he was over 100 years old. The bride was a forty-one year old widow. According to The Pictou Observer dated November 23, 1831, the courtship had gone on for the past sixteen years.
He had at least eight children, the following of which were by Elizabeth Ann Eisan: Michael (c. 1780, South Carolina), Elizabeth (1784, Halifax), John Michael (1785, Ship Harbour), John Hugh (1788), Margaret (1789), Jacob (1792), Mary (1794), Frederick (c. 1796).
Michael Eisan died December 8, 1833 at Ship Harbour, aged 103 years old.
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Created by Laureena Leadbeater, January 30, 2016
Stevens, Robert Kim (2002). Eastern Shore families: Ship Harbour including the localities of Ship Harbour, Lower Ship Harbour, East Ship Harbour. Lake Charlotte: Maritime Imprints.