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The Court Reporter Spring 2018 Kings County Museum

The Kings County Museum is

OPEN Kings Historical Society Board of Directors 2017-2018

Pictured above: Kathrin Grace

Volunteer hours bring May flowers here at the Kings County Museum

President - Maynard Stevens Past and Vice President- Kelly Bourassa Secretary - Jean Gibson Collins Treasurer—Dave Ritcey Curator - Bria Stokesbury Office Manager - Kate MacInnes Adams



June, July, and August Monday– Saturday 9AM-4PM September-December 14th Monday—Friday 9AM-4PM

Summer 2018 The Kings County Museum is welcoming three summer students in May. Ellen Lewis, who is returning for another summer at the museum, and new students Cassidy Lewis and Matthew Kneen-Teed will be here until the end of August. We are excited to welcome the students for the summer and encourage you to stop in and say hello!

From left to right: Cassidy Lewis, Ellen Lewis, and Matthew Kneen-Teed

Saying Goodbye and A Huge Thank you After twenty years, long time chair of the Community and Family History Committee Nelson Labor has decided it is time to retire. The Kings Historical Society Board of Directors thanks him sincerely for his many, many years of hard work and dedication. We are happy to report that Nelson has kindly agreed to continue to assist researchers coming to the archives on Mondays and Wednesdays. We look forward to his continued dedication to the Genealogy Department. In May of 2018 we learned that long time secretary (of 12 years) Glenda Bishop had also decided to retire. Her contribution both to the Community & Family History Committee as well as the KHS has been long lived and greatly appreciated by all. I’m sure that all of our members would echo this thank you and send along their best wishes.

Pictured above: Linda Hart, Bev Sawler, and Nelson Labor

Pictured above: Glenda Bishop


A Bright Group & A Bright New Space During this past year the Burial Grounds Care Society has used the Community and Family History Committee room for their monthly meetings, as well as storing their archives. Some members of this active group approached the KHS Board of Directors about refurbishing the research room over the winter and the Society Board voted in favour of this request. A brighter meeting space now awaits visitors to the archives, thanks to JoAnne Bezanson and her team from the Burial Grounds Care Society; Patti O'Neill, Lana Ashby, Wayne Baltzer, Anne Strong, Harold Redden, and Carmen Legge.

Pictured above: Patti O’Neil, JoAnne Bezanson, Carmen Legge, and Lana Ashby.

Pictured above: The “New” Kings County Museum Genealogy Department

Seeking New Leadership! Have an interest in genealogical research? Are you a people person? We are currently seeking a new Chair and Secretary for our Community and Family History Department if you are interested please contact museum staff for details.

Silent Auction The Kings County Museum is hosting a silent auction! We invite you to visit us at the museum and place a bid on a beautiful hand canned chair, kindly donated by Bill Naylor and Bill Zinck, or a lovely handmade lap quilt, kindly donated by Joanne Bezanson.


Carved Wooden Boot (Pipe Bowl) Permanent Collection 2017.026 c. 1911 (or earlier) Louis Jeremy was born near Brickton, Annapolis County 15 May 1867 to Josiah Jeremy and his wife, Elizabeth Paul. The family eventually settled on the opposite side of the Annapolis River near Tupperville, living in a camp several miles off the main highway at “Horseshoe Bent Meadow Brook” on the South Mountain. Like many Mi’kmaq of their generation, the family lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle, moving with the seasons to gather food and the necessities of the life to which they were accustomed. From his family Louis learned the crafts of his people, weaving specialized baskets and fashioning wood into snowshoes or peavey stocks and axe handles for sale to neighbouring non-natives. He became noted, however, for his particular artistry with This pipe bowl was donated by Alton Palmer and was wood and the variety and delicacy of his carvings. Louis made by famous Mi’kmaw carver Louis Jeremy. never married and lived with his unmarried elder sister, Rebecca Jeremy (1859–1949). Louis Jeremy died 17 Oct. 1947 age 80 and was buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Kingston, King’s County, Nova Scotia. *Information courtesy of the Annapolis Royal Historical Society and artefact currently on display

Former Bear River First Nation chief to facilitate basketry workshop at Kings County Museum in Kentville By Kirk Starratt for the Kings County Advertiser KENTVILLE, NS - It’s an event that will celebrate the contributions of the Mi’kmaq people through a partnership between Kentville’s business and cultural communities. The Kentville Business Community and the Kings Historical Society will present a Mi’kmaq basket making workshop at the Kings County Museum in Kentville on June 16. Participants will learn to weave a six-inch basket without handles out of white ash. Facilitator Frank Meuse, former chief of the Bear River First Nation, said he doesn’t do many workshops but he doesn’t mind sharing his skills with others. “It’s wonderful that people are willing to take time out to learn about this aspect of our culture and this craft, so I’m looking forward to the day and hopefully it will be a fun day for everyone,” Meuse said. He said it’s important to build partnerships to move forward, not only in government but in arts and other areas. Meuse said it’s important to take time to share our stories, crafts and skills with each other and, in doing so, break down barriers. The program will begin with a traditional smudging ceremony and sharing circle followed by basket making and ending with a closing circle. Meuse said circles and cycles play a significant role in Mi’kmaq culture and this is a natural way of doing things. He said beginning with a sharing circle can serve as an ice breaker and demonstrate Mi’kmaq democracy. Continued on Page 11: 4

A Royal Opening Friday May 18th marked a special occasion for the Kings County Museum as it opened it’s latest exhibit, Wedding Belles Bridal Shop, along with hosting a public celebration in honour of the about to be wed Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The event was highly successful and we greeted one hundred visitors. Guests were welcomed into our courtroom where they were invited to sign a card that will be sent to their Royal Highnesses offering congratulations on their marriage. Town Crier Lloyd Smith, and other dignitaries, were led into the courtroom by bagpiper and KHS member Ed Coleman. The celebrations featured a proclamation from the town crier and addresses from Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow, Kings County Mayor Peter Muttart, and KHS President Maynard Stevens. After these greetings our guests enjoyed tea and fancies and many made their way to enjoy our newly opened exhibit: Weddings Belles Bridal Shop. The Kings Historical Society would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who attended our event and to the volunteers that helped to it a smashinh success


On the Kentville Hotel From Kentville: A Historic Sketch by E. J. Cogswell 1895 “Kentville for a long times consisted of nothing but the old Horton Corner, and the principal places of resort were first the Royal Oak, and then the Kentville Hotel and Bragg’s Hotel, which was called Mulloney’s or the Victoria House afterwards. As I said before, the first Kentville hotel was the Royal Oak. The next was the Kentville Hotel which is still standing. The old Royal Oak was becoming too small, unfit for accommodation of the public, so a company in which, I think, Caleb The Kentville Hotel, now known as The Stagecoach Inn H. Rand was largely interested, built the present Kentville Hotel. This was a large commodious establishment and was kept successively by George Terry, Thaddeus Harris, James Lyons and others, and was for many years the famous coach house of Kentville and the Military road. It was the news centre and before the railway days, and before newspapers were as plenty as now it was a favourite resort and on the arrival of the coach many of the leading inhabitants assembled there to hear the news. How earnestly Harry Kilcup with his inspanned (to harness) horses was watched for as he drove gaily up to his hotel; but like Goldsmith’s renowned hotel.

“This vain transitory splendor could not all Restrain the tottering mansion from its fall” The Railway came and the glory of the Kentville hotel vanished away.”

Kings County Museum Computers Get an Upgrade The computers in the Community and Family History Department at the Kings County Museum are updated and made ready to assist our visitors. Many thanks to Kelly Bourassa, who donated and then installed two new computers in this Department! Kelly has also been busy updating all of office computer software to newer versions and getting everything ready to go for our hardworking volunteers, staff, and visitors. Thanks Kelly! Pictured above: Kelly Bourassa


New to the Kings County Museum Back in Print and Back in Our Gift Shop! Oxen Their Care, Training, and Use by Carmen Legge is the perfect book for oxen owners and enthusiasts alike. Legge, in his work, compiles his years of experience with oxen into a wonderful guidebook. Legge covers a variety of topics in his book, including: Raising and working with oxen, and making shoes, yokes, and bells. If you are looking to learn more about oxen from a trusted and true source, this book is for you! From the author of the Union Street CafĂŠ Cookbook comes another collection of recipes from the Kitchen of Jenny Osburn. The Kitchen Party Cookbook Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs and Good Times in the Maritimes includes a variety of recipes from dips and snacks to larger meals. This book has a recipe for everyone and will make your next party a success.

Growing Up in Cape Breton Chronicles the childhood of author Marilyn Jones from 1940 to 1950 in rural Cape Breton. Jones includes a number of stories in her memoir and reminds us all about the ups and downs of childhood. The book also includes a number of pictures which illustrate further the stories that can be found in the book. If you are from, or interested in, Cape Breton this lovely memoir is for you.

High Resolution Colour copies of the A.F. Church Map By section or community Kings County is divided into 14 numbered districts. Each district has been scanned at a very high resolution so that, if desired, specific areas can be enlarged from the original scan while maintaining the original sharpness and clarity. 8 x 10 scans are available from the Museum for $15. Custom 8 x 10s can be specially ordered through the Museum for $15. These scans are also available as 8x10 scans matted (black) for $25. Electronic copies are also available, please inquire in the office. 16 x 20 scans of any section or custom area can also be ordered through the Museum for $25.


Annual Kings Historical Society Potluck Picnic June 26, 2017 5:00 PM

1158 Steadman Rd, Centreville, Bring a chair, utensils and food to share! We will be joined by members from The Burial Ground Care Society.

Seaside Park Hotel Exhibit Opens Join North Mountain United Tapestry as they open for the season on June 2nd with their exhibit: “The Seaside Park Hotel”. The Exhibit is being curated by History Committee Lead Pat Kemp. The exhibit focuses on the Seaside Park Hotel from it’s inception in the 1840’s tp the grand opening in 1910. Come catch a glimpse of the era in which this hotel thrived! Open: June: Saturday 9-5 July Friday 1-7, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 1-5 North Mountain United Tapestry 3201 Long Point Road Harbourville

Pictured above: The Seaside Park Hotel

An Iconic Brand= A unique Donation In 1879 founder Henry Birks opened a small jewellery shop in Montreal. Over the next 135 odd years that company, and its iconic blue gift box, came to represent the finest in Canadian jewellery and giftware. Many a bride would be pleased to open a wedding gift and find the well-known blue shade of a Birks Box poking out. This set of Birks coasters was recently donated to the museum by Minnie Blanche (Beals) Sowerby of Kentville. *Artifacts are currently on display for the summer in our “Recent Acquisitions” exhibit 8

Recent Acquisitions Exhibit Now Showing Sanatorium China Permanent Collection 2017.015 c. 1904-1970 In the nineteenth century Tuberculosis, “The White Plague”, was one of the leading causes of death in North America. The Nova Scotia Sanatorium, built in 1904, was established to treat patients suffering from the contagious condition. In her history of Kentville, “The Devil’s Half-Acre”, author Mabel Nichols states that between 1905 and 1938 some 5,000 patients were treated at the Sanatorium. Estimates for survival rates given in 1909 stated that only 50 % of patients, even after undergoing treatment, would live for five years. The hospital expanded quickly especially after WWI to treat soldiers returning from Europe. Treatment for Tuberculosis often took months or even years so to better improve morale and rehabilitation for patients life at “The San” evolved to offer many jobs and entertainments similar to the outside world. Patients could learn vocations skills, crafts, and eventually enjoy the services of a radio station, library, post office, newspaper, and movies. This small cup donated in 2017 by Cathy MacKenzie bears the logo of the Sanatorium and is a tiny tangible reminder of this terrifying condition.


A Glimpse into The Bridal Belles Wedding Shop Exhibit

Gibson Woods Church to Become Cultural Tourism Destination Originally published by Nova News Now

A former segregated school in rural Kings County will soon be transformed into an educational tourism destination. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is committing $69,770 in Innovative Communities Fund cash in support of renovations at the Gibson Woods United Baptist Church. Funding has also been allotted for land improvements to the Mathieu Da Costa African Heritage Trail.

“It is a pleasure to recognize the community spirit, passion Pictured above: Gibson Woods church and leadership exemplified by Geraldine Browning and other community members who are volunteering their time to honour African Nova Scotians’ rich contributions to the province and country,” said President of the Treasury Board and Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison in a press release February 7. “The entire region will benefit from the positive impacts of their commitment to transform the historical setting of Gibson Woods United Baptist Church into a tourism destination for visitors and residents alike.”

Our Curiosity Shop is Online! The Kings County Museum Curiosity Shop serves as a permanent fundraiser for our museum. Visit us at:, or visit the main office of the museum to see all the treasures we have for sale.

Summer is Coming! Why not explore the museums, cultural spots and special places that make our own neighbourhood so special. To help you plan your Kings County Exploration we suggest visiting the one website that has it all for planning your adventure: Lighthouses, heritage homes, beaches, campgrounds, parks and historical highlights you’ll find it all here!


In Memoriam Since the publication of our last newsletter we have lost a member of the society who made great contributions to the field of genealogy. Peggy Jane LeBlanc (1961-2017) passed away on November 21, 2017 at home in Kentville. Our deepest condolences are extended to her family and friends.

Continued from page 5: Everyone will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak if they wish. Meuse said they’d likely use a talking stick. Whoever is in possession of the stick is the only one who can speak at that time while everyone else listens and waits their turn. This empowers everyone in the circle, making them feel a part of something and that they belong. Meuse said he will be teaching participants traditional weaving techniques. There is a lot of work involved in making a basket from the point the tree is harvested to the finished product. “If you were to build one basket from start to finish, you’re looking at probably a week’s process,” Meuse said. You might have to visit up to 100 white ash trees before finding one that is ideal for making baskets. Each has its own unique characteristics and some are easier to work with than others. He said it’s always good to give thanks for the tree and its life and this is important to emphasize. Once you harvest the tree, you have to split it down and pound out the basket splints with a mallet. The splints are scraped until the surface is smooth and clean, graded and cut to length. Each splint is taken from a growth ring of the tree so it represents one year of the tree’s life. “You want them fairly fine, so you want to find a tree that’s grown very slowly so the growth rings are a lot tighter and thinner. That will make it easier to make baskets,” he said. Meuse said he would have all the wood prepared for the workshop participants but he will tell them about the process involved and demonstrate how you get the finished splints. He said the actual weaving is probably the easiest part of the whole process. Collaborative effort Kings County Museum office manager Kate MacInnes Adams said the basket making workshop also represents a burgeoning partnership between the Kentville Business Community (KBC) group chaired by Dave Reid and the Kings Historical Society. It’s the first project the two groups have officially partnered on. Registration for the basketry workshop’s 15 spots filled in less than 24 hours and there is now a waiting list. A $50 registration fee covers the cost of all materials. MacInnes Adams joined the KBC’s events committee last year because she wanted to get more involved in community happenings. She felt there was a need for closer communication among members of the business community and those involved in cultural entities like the historical society and CentreStage Theatre. The KBC, CentreStage and the historical society partnered last year on a multicultural festival and plan to do so again this year. MacInnes Adams said the workshop is a great example of how community groups can come together to support one another. The synergy created by these collaborations can result in some great community events. “We are one, we make up what people come to Kentville to experience,” she said. “It’s not just the businesses, it’s also the cultural side of things.” Although the basketry workshop takes place on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is being held in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, which falls on June 21. MacInnes Adams said they wanted to hold the workshop on a Saturday, so they scheduled it five days ahead of National Indigenous Peoples Day. She said the workshop would celebrate the significant contributions of the Mi’kmaq people by offering an opportunity to learn the basics of the traditional skill of basket weaving and observing traditional Mi’kmaq ceremonies. 11

A Craftsman Remembers, by Gordan Hansford - One man recounts his personal view of serving in the Second World War as a “craftsman” – a soldier who worked behind the front lines at various tasks to keep everything running smoothly. These soldiers acted as engineers, electricians, and mechanics, among other jobs, and Hansford’s account captures what it was like for him and other craftsmen. $15.00 plus 10. S&H, only 1 copy left.

Books for Sale

Gone Fishing by Ed Coleman— A Chronicle of stories from the river banks in Kings County NS. A must read for the fishing fanatic, or those interested in Kings County rivers and landscapes. $20 plus $7 S&H Gaspereau: A River Runs Through It, by L. Ross Potter - This book with its authentic stories, its many pictures, and genealogical data, gives an excellent view into the past, and preserves so much for posterity. Its easy styles and entertaining, informative content will appeal to the interests of a wide range of readers. $40. plus $12. S&H.

Ordering Information Books and CDs may be ordered by e-mail or by phone, (902) 678-6237. or on line If you wish to mail your order, our address is: The Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville NS, Canada, B4N 2E2. Payment will be received by cash, cheque, money order, Master Card ,Visa. And Pay Pal. If you are making payment by credit card please enclose the credit card number and the expiry date. Please add the appropriate shipping and handling fees.

Oxen: Their Care Training and Use - An intensive guide concerning caring for, training, and using Oxen. The book is written by a long time oxen caregiver, Carmen Legge, and reflects his high level and knowledge and expertise. $25 plus $7 S&H The Union Street Café Cookbook— Tested and true recipes from the kitchen of the Union Street Café, guaranteed to make your next event a hit. The Kitchen Party Cookbook, Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs and Good Times in the Maritimes - A collection of recipes that come from the heart. Jenny Osburn complies a selection of delicious recipes that we are sure you will love! $26.95 plus $7 S&H

As Ever, by John Bishop Grant– A collection of WWI letters written by Harold Fletcher Bishop from 1915-1919 while he was overseas during WWI. The book also includes a historical context for the areas Harold was stationed, and a condensed Bishop family tree. $20 plus $10 Shipping.

Growing up in Cape Breton— A Memoir by Marilyn Jones about her childhood in Cape Breton 1940’s-1950’s. A wonderful read for anyone who’s interested in Cape Breton.

Affairs With Old Houses—This very readable and highly enjoyable book chronicles the experiences of an eclectic selection of owners and older houses around Nova Scotia. $20 plus $12 shipping and handling.

Planter Nova Scotia: 1760-1810. The year 2010 marked the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the New England Planters in Nova Scotia. Follow the history of these people who played an important role in Nova Scotian, and Canadian history. There are four different books in the series, all by Julian Gwyn. Each one is on a different township, Horton, Cornwallis, Newport, and Falmouth. $7.00 plus $3.00 shipping ($8.00 for 4 books). If all four volumes purchased at same time $25.00 plus $8.00 S&H.

Burnt Lands, Lockshoes, Shivarees – Historical Sketches on Kings County, by Ed Coleman. This book is a collections of historic sketches that Ed wrote for local newspapers over the past 20 years. The book, 193 pages covers a variety of topics and includes a number of local postcards. Cost is $21.99 plus S&H $8.00. Building for Justice - In this beautifully illustrated volume, James W. MacNutt, Q.C. has succeeded in compelling us to look at courthouses in a different way. Building for Justice is a celebration of a monumental architecture that, along with the buildings of church and state, forms one of the cornerstones of our society. The cost is $32.00 and includes shipping.

Hannibal Hoops - Hannibal Hoops follows the story of a young slave boy born on a plantation in South Carolina. During the American Revolution he ends up in Nova Scotia where he chases his dream of returning to his people’s homeland, Sierra Leone. By: Gordon M. Haliburton. $20.00 plus $7.00 S&H. The Nova Scotia Eatons - A genealogical record of the local Eaton family that dates back all the way to the year 1640. By: Charles Ernest Eaton. $5.00 plus $14.00 S&H.

Comfort Me with Apples— A book chronicling the history of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association starting from 1863-2013, and stories from apple growers. $20 plus $10 S&H

Small Communities, Big Dreams - The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival celebrates a unique way of life that relies on the tenets of hard work, good fun, faith, and rural values. This book celebrates 75 years of Apple Blossom history, a local festival that has a special place in the hearts of many. $21.00 plus $4.00 S&H.

Verses From The Valley by Gordon Hansford. Gordon has a keen sense of humour and a talent for seeing beauty and interest in everything from a ugly earwig to his military experience. These interests are reflected in this book of Gordon’s poetry and sketches. Cost is $12.99 plus S&H $6.00.

Nova Scotia’s Golden Age of Sail - This map of Nova Scotia shows where important ports were, lighthouse locations, where pirate’s treasures were buried, and even sea monsters and a ghost ship sighting happened! $1.00 plus $2.00 shipping.

Grist From The Mills – a History of Sheffield Mills by Sheffield Mills Women’s Institute. This book was originally printed in1967 and printed again in 2012. This interesting history of the village of Sheffield Mills, Kings County has been a popular book. Cost $25.00 plus S&H $8.00.

Second Chance - Life in Nova Scotia during the American Revolution by Glenn Ells. $20.00 plus $5.00 S&H.

From the Brow to the Bay - This book chronicles the family and community history of Woodlawn, Burlington and Viewmount on the North Mountain, Kings County, Nova Scotia. Settled in the early 1800’s, these Fundy shore communities have seen vast changes in the landscape and way of life. $40.00 plus $18.00 S&H.

Starting Over - Acadians and New England Planters in Nova Scotia in the 1760s by Glenn Ells. $20 plus $5.00 shipping. Kings County Schools. A brief history of schools and school sections in


Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages.$25.00 plus $10.00 S&H. Also available as a CD. The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. $25.00 plus $2:00 shipping.

Evangeline: a Tale of Acadie - The “Expulsion of the Acadians” or “le Grand Dérangement” is one of the saddest chapters in the history of the colonial struggle between Britain and France. This is the story of Evangeline and Gabriel, two young Acadians who were cruelly separated on the very day in which they were to be wed. Evoking both the geography and the spirit of “La Belle Acadie,” Longfellow’s sweeping tale takes us from the tide-washed shores of Nova Scotia’s Minas basin, across the the vast breadth of 18th-century America, from the Louisiana bayous to the foothills of the Ozarks, to its final, heart-wrenching conclusion in the plague -ridden poorhouses of Philadelphia. The cost is $23.00 plus S&H.

Memories of Coldbrook, N.S. - Marie Bishop writes about her early years in Coldbrook with write-ups on 50 Coldbrook families; 356 pictures, maps, 270 pages. $30.00 plus $10.00 S&H. Gypsum Royal Fleet by St. Clair Patterson A history of the transporting of gypsum from the quarries of Hants County and other parts of Nova Scotia to the manufacturing facilities in the United States $25

Our KHS documentary adventure on DVD

Churches of Kings County. Compiled by Linda Hart and Nelson Labor of the Community and Family History department. A brief history accompanies pictures of kings County churches $25 CDs Lineage linked database of "The History of Kings County" (Eaton). This CD merges all the families mentioned in Eaton's book and shows the connecting links between individuals and families. $25:00 plus $2:00 S&H.

Be transported back in time through re-enactments of wrecked sailors slogging through the Minas Mud, and a riveting courtroom sequence filmed at Ross Farm. Join the documentary’s narrator, Kelly Bourassa as he searches the banks of the Canard River for evidence of the 1760 West Novas– Thomas H. Raddall This well-written 326 page hard covered book required detailed collaboration with West Nova war veterans to arrive at a true picture of what happened inside the Regiment during WW11. Almost every chapter provides examples of the battlefield bravery of individual soldiers and officers by name. Included are 42 pages of wartime photos and maps. First published 1947. $30.00 plus shipping.

Kings County Church Records. - over 10,000 records of births, marriages and burials taken from microfilm and put on 1 CD. These records are from many of the early churches in Kings County. .$25:00 plus $2:00 S&H.

Aunt Toni’s Diary– Excerpts from the diary of Toni Musial (1947-1951) who was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 13. Written and compiled by her niece Marilyn Jones, the book also gives a brief history of the Nova Scotia Sanatorium in Kentville, Nova Scotia. $15

Kings County Vital Statistics. Produced by the Kings Historical Society, the CD contains the following statistics with instructions included. (1) Kings County Census 1871 - 1881, 1891 - 1901. (2) Kings County Cemeteries Records. (3) Kings County Marriages 1864 - 1909. (4) Annapolis Valley Births & deaths 1864 - 1877. (5) Kings County Deeds 1764 - 1951 (6) Kings County Probate Records 1785 - 1950. $99.00 plus $2.00 S&H .

Clara’s Rib– The true story of a young girl growing up in an Ontario tuberculosis hospital in the 40’s and ‘50’s. Readers of all ages will be drawn into the evolving seasons of Clara’s life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope. $25.00 plus shipping. Berwick– A wonderful collection of pictures, clippings, and information on the history and families of Berwick Nova Scotia. Compiled by Ron Illsley $25 plus shipping.

Births, Deaths 1864-1877, Annapolis Valley. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Cemeteries of Kings County, NS. - All 100 Kings County cemeteries with complete inscriptions - a zipped CD for PC or Mac. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H.

The Harbourville Connection-This book covers Harbourville, and heads along the shore in both directions to Morden and Black Rock, then down into the Valley to Somerset. There are lots of pictures, tales of pirates on Isle Haute, the infamous Robinson murder case, ships sinking –“more on the shipping of apples and potatoes, farm produce – everything,” $15.00 plus shipping.

Census of Kings Co. -Census data for 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 (on one CD). $25. plus $2. S&H. Marriages in Kings County, NS - 1864-1909 5,964 records giving bride, groom, age and parents. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H

Times to Remember– Major R.G. “Bill” Thexton CD Some recollections of four and a half years of service with the Nova Scotian Regiment. $20 plus shipping

Probate Records for Kings Co. - 1784-1949 - Over 25,000 records. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H.

Glenn’s Life According to Glenn -Glenn S. Ells Glenn describes the life of a poor farm boy born in the 1930s, his fortunate choice of parents, his education, his years with his wife Leta and his family, his forays into politics and writing and some of his observations on life. $20 plus S&H

Index to Kings County deeds 1764 - 1951 - $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages. The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. The cost is $25.00 plus $2:00 S&H (Also available as a book - see above) Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 - plus many Acadian maps. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H.

A Place to Belong– Lind Hart .A history of Brooklyn Corner Kings County Nova Scotia $20 plus S&H Devils Half Acre – Mabel G. Nichols A comprehensive look at Kentville’s past through photographs and stories $25 plus $12 / Shipping

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Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages. The information on the CD is in two formats:


Kings Historical Society Donations 2017- 2018 We sincerely thank the following people for their kind donations in support of the Kings Historical Society and the Kings County Museum.

Donations * Lana Ashby* William Fanning * Jim and Bev Stewart* Elinor Benjamin and Ronald Richards for OBED Fest * Town of Kentville * Municipality of the County of Kings* Roberta Bishop * Ann Coldwell & Margaret Morton * Ruth Butler * Sylvia Henshaw * Gillian Poulter *Doreen Roberts * Tartan Foundation *

In Memory In memory of Erna Sawler—Bria and Liz Stokesbury, Gordon and Helen Hansford, Bill and Bernice Naylor, Dorothy Robbins In memory of Bev Sawler— Bria Stokesbury, Garry Pittman, Lewis Sawler, Georgina Mahar Carling, Bill and Bernice Naylor, Nelson Labor, Gordon and Helen Hansford, Dorothy Robbins In memory of Bud Atkinson—Doris Illsley, Bria Stokesbury, Gordon and Helen Hansford, Dorothy Robbins In memory of Pauline Worthylake—Bria Stokesbury, Gordon and Helen Hansford In memory of Clinton MacInnes—Adeline MacInnes In memory of Rose Malpass— Bria Stokesbury, Nancy Crane, David and Melissa Ritcey, Doris Illsley, Helen Burns, Geneva and Laurie Conrad, Shirley Lantz, Joan and Hugh Crowell, Charles Woodworth, Elizabeth Pettet, Dorothy Walker Robbins In memory of Emory Redden—Doris Illsley In memory of Bob Naylor—Doris Illsley In memory of Barb Spurr—Elizabeth Stokesbury In memory of Les Poulter—Bria Stokesbury In memory of Jeanne Bennett— Bria Stokesbury, Elizabeth Stokesbury, Greg and Avis Fox, Marilyn Burrell, Eleanor Morgan, Mary Cook, Lynn Manning, Timothy and Irene Eaton, Jim and Jackie Ivey, Alan Eaton, Manning and Associates, Doris Illsley, Dorothy Robbins, Ian Hughes, Margaret Dukes & Tim Chappell, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Leonard Goguen, David Holt, Joan Duggan, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kavanagh, Audrey Bennet, Gordon and Helen Hansford In memory of Lillian Doucette—Judith Doucette In memory of Annette Mackenzie—Doris Illsley In memory of Carmen Davidson—Elizabeth Stokesbury In memory of Peggy Leblanc—Chris Blanchette In memory of Jim Perkin– Elizabeth Stokesbury

Gift in Kind *Anna and Don Osburn * Shelly Fleckenstein * Wayne Macdonald* Fosters Fire Safety * Sylvia Jacquard * Andrew Clinch * David Drake * Bob and Judy Parks * Bill Zinc * Bill Naylor * Joanne Planned Giving *Helen and Gordon Hansford * Doris Elizabeth Montague * Joanne Bezanson * Judith Ducett * Paul Illsley * Bob and Judith Parks * Special Corporate Donation - * The Ritcey Team * by way of the Ed Coleman Fishing Book Event Sponsors—Soldiers Social: * Half Acre Café * Kings Arms Pub * Safeguard (in kind) * Basketry Workshop: Kentville Business Community

Thank you to all who contributed to our Sponsorship Program Bronze Sponsorship– Waterbury Newton * John M. Franey * MTC Insurance * Paddy’s Pub* Doreen Roberts * Gaye & Mary Sponagle Silver Sponsorship—RD Chisholm * Alice Newcombe * Lucy Traves * Denton Orde * Barb Smith * Eric Cox Gold Sponsorship—Doris Illsley * Dorothy Robbins * Cyril White Platinum Sponsorship–Gordon and Helen Hansford * Fred H. Houghton* Kings Historical Society Leave a Legacy We invite you to consider helping to preserve the heritage of Kings County through the planned giving of Cash gifts, Bequests, Gifts of Property, Gifts of Public Securities, and Life Insurance. There are major tax savings to be gained using any of the above. If you are interested in taking advantage of these options please speak to your estate planner advisor.


Importance of Sponsorship Program Please consider donating to our 2018 campaign. In 2004 we launched our Sponsorship Program. Sponsorship donations contribute to our heating, utilities, cleaning and maintenance supplies, exhibits and preservation of collections. We wish to thank all the Kings Historical Society members and friends who continue to help by donating to our Sponsorship Program, and encourage others to participate. For more information see our web page at and click on “Sponsor”.

MEMBERSHIP $20.00 per person $25.00 per couple $25.00 per organization $15.00 per Student with ID Membership is based on the Calendar year Make cheque payable to Kings Historical Society 37 Cornwallis Street Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 2E2

MEMORIAL DONATIONS In Memoriam donations may be made to the Kings Historical Society in memory of your loved one. This is a continuing way to honour friends or relatives, and provides much needed assistance to the Kings County Museum. * Charitable Tax Receipts are available for all donations.

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Kings Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2018  
Kings Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2018