1827 petition Fish Lot owners at Freeport
Fish Lot Owners at Freeport,1827.
Imagine the surprise of the settlers at Freeport, Annapolis County (now Digby County), when they discovered the lands they had lived on for over forty years had never been granted. They immediately petitioned the government to have their grants confirmed. Names on Petition are : Albright, Crocker, Cronin, Dodge, Haines, Israel, Jones, Klinchy (Klingsoehr ?), Moore, Morrell, Payson, Perry, Plumb, Powell, Prime, Ryan, Suthern, Thurber, and Whiteneck. ( John Thurber)
To: His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir James Kempt, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief, in and over His Majesty’s Province of Nova Scotia and its dependencies, Chancellor of the same, etc. etc. etc.
The petition of Several Owners and Possessors of Fishing Lots situate
and lying round Dartmouth Cove, in Long Island in St. Mary’s Bay -----
That the said
Island was divided into Fishing and Farm lots upwards of forty years ago, and
that a Grant passed, under which a great many persons entered into possession ,
and have ever since peaceably and quietly held and enjoyed the said Fishing and
Farm lots and have made extensive and valuable improvements thereon.
refer Your Excellency to the plan hereto annexed, and beg leave to State, that
the Several lots from No.1 to 56 are Farm lots, and the Fishing lots to which
they allude, are the small lots round the cove, or Harbour, called in the plan,
Dartmouth Cove ---
Petitioners further State to your excellency, that it has ever since the
passing of said Grant, been supposed and believed that the same included the
said Fishing lots and all the said Island lying between the line of Farm Lot
Number One and the Water, and under this supposition and belief the said Fishing
lots have been built upon and improved, have descended from Father to Son and
been transferred in diverse ways, and your Petitioners have ever rested secure
and satisfied that their title thereto was perfect in every particular --- But
your Petitioners have lately learned with surprise that the grant above
mentioned, only includes the Farm lots and that the said Fishing lots are not
contained therein, as appears to have been the intention at the time the said
Grant passed, and as your Petitioners have always been led to believe was the
Your Petioners refer Your
Excellency to the Schedule or paper annexed, which contains a true list of the
names of the several persons who are now the rightful owners and possessors of
the said Several Fishing Lots. And Your Petitioners pray that in consequence of
the valuable and extensive improvements made by them, and those whose Estate
they have in the said Fishing lots, and also in Consideration of the various
transfers thereof which have taken place during a period of upwards of Forty
Years, Your Excellency would be pleased to pass a General Grant of the several
Fishing lots to your petitioners, according to their respective rights and
interests, as set forth in the annexed List, that the titles and possessions of
your Petitioners thereto may be perfected and Confirmed…
Petitioners will ever pray..
Signed by Charles Jones,
Agent, and sworn before M. Tobin, M.P., on December 15, 1827.
A List of the Fishing Lots lying round Dartmouth Cove in Long Island,
with the names of the Present Owners and Occupiers, who have applied for a Grant
of Confirmation :
# 1,2,3,4,5,6. --- John Suthern, Owner , occupied by George Morrell, who is
descended. ( John Suthern was a Lighthouse Keeper at Westport, and
grandfather of Joshua Slocum. George Morrell, who moved from Westport to
Freeport was the first Ferry Operator on the Freeport side of Grand Passage.
This land would be all of the area now known as Fish Point – J.T.)
# 7 – not occupied, owned by Holland Ephraim Payson.
#8 – not occupied, owned by James Haines.
# 9,10 – house thereon, owned by Charles and Edward A. Jones
# 11 – occupied, owned by Nathaniel Perry
# 12 – occupied, owned by Mary Haines, widow of Nicholas Haines.
# 13 – occupied and owned
by Mark Thurber, “over forty years”.
# 14 – occupied, owned by George Prime.
# 15 & 16 – occupied, owned by Joseph Crocker.
# 17,18, 19, and Western half of # 20 – occupied, owned by Isaac
# 20, Eastern half – occupied, owned by Elisha Payson.
# 21, 22, 23, -- occupied, owned by Baltashazzar Israel.
# 24 – occupied, owned by Charles and Edward A. Jones.
# 25 – occupied, owned by Elisha Payson.
# 26 – occupied, owned by Henry Albright.
# 27 – not occupied, owned by Clement Cronin.
# 28 & 29 – occupied, owned by Patrick Ryan.
# 30 – occupied, owned by Jacob Moore.
# 31 – occupied, owned by William Moore.
# 32 – occupied, owned by John Whiteneck.
# 33 & # 35 – Estate of Plumb, owned by Benjamin D. Dodge, of
Weymouth(?). ( this is probably the lands of John Plumb, an early settler here
# 34 – occupied ? – owned by Mrs. Catherine Klinchy ( probably
Klingsoehr, as this was originally owned by Christian Klingsoehr, Hessian
soldier and Loyalist who came to Clements, N.S. and then to Freeport. --- J.T.)
# 36 & 37 – occupied, owned by Mrs. Catherine Plum(b).
# 38 & 39 – occupied, owned by Nathaniel Powell.
# 40 – occupied, owned by Charles Jones.
Note : The 40 Fish Lots began at Fish Point (#1 to 6), near the
present-day government wharf,
continued around Roney’s ( Ronan’s) Point(# 7,8,9,10), up the western side
of the cove (# 11 to # 20), across the head of the cove
( # 21 to #26), down the eastern side of the cove (# 27 to # 40). – J.T.
Transcribed and contributed by John Thurber.
Source: N.S. Archives, Anything in brackets are my own comments/thoughts, as well as the note at the end, John Thurber.
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