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Township of Cornwallis

Township of CornwallisIn 1759, the Governor of Nova Scotia was empowered to give land grants to New England settlers wanting to come to Nova Scotia. Soon after, Charles Morris, the chief land-surveyor for Nova Scotia, came to look at various sites along the Bay of Fundy. He was able to lay out townships and Cornwallis was located in the north side of the Grand Habitant river. The first land grants in the Township were given in 1759 but some were never claimed and so additional new grants were given in 1761. Between 1761 and 1827, the Township of Cornwallis grew to a population of 4,400. Communities within the Township developed basic industries such as milling, blacksmithing, shipbuilding, fishing, and farming.

The collection consists of items relating to the Township of Cornwallis, including a record book, information about the Poor House, and information about schools.

Related records can be found at the Nova Scotia Archives and the Kings County Museum.

See also "History of Kings County Nova Scotia" by AWH Eaton [SPCOLL FC2345 .K52E28 1910]

See also "Planter Nova Scotia 1760-1815: Cornwallis Township" by Julian Gwyn [SPCOLL]

See also "The History of the Township of Cornwallis" by Isabelle Newcombe [SPTHES 1945]

Original records are held at and available through the Esther Clark Wright Archives.



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Wendy Robicheau

For more information about this collection, please contact:

Wendy Robicheau
Archivist
Vaughan Memorial Library
Office 218, Level B1
Tel: 902-585-1731
Email: wendy.robicheau@acadiau.ca

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