Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Acadia)
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Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Acadia) Genealogy
This settlement is located about half-way between the mouth of Gaspereau River and the mouth of the Cornwallis River in central Nova Scotia. The Lower Horton area was referred to by the Indians as Umtaban, meaning "an overflowing flood" because of the fact that the tides covered much of the lowlands for a part of each day before the dykes were built. Grand Pre is a name which was given by the French Acadian settlers and means, "Great Meadow."
Settlement may have begun in this area as early as 1680 when Pierre Melanson and Pierre Terriau moved here from Annapolis. About 1682 Claude and Antoine Landry, Etienne Hebert and Claude Boudrot, Jean Terriau, Martin Aucoin, Phillippe Pinet and Francois Lapierre moved here. In the spring of 1760 several shiploads of New England settlers arrived. This area became part of Horton township which was granted to the proprietors on May 29, 1761.
Probably the first church building in the area was the Acadian parish church of St. Charles which was built before 1707. A replica of this church was built as a memorial and was dedicated in August, 1922. A Presbyterian meeting house was built here probably in the late 1760's or early 1770's and was taken down soon after 1795. The Covenanter Church was begun in 1804 and completed in 1818. It was unused from 1894 until 1912 and eventually became the property of the United Church of Canada. The Chalmers Church a Non-Covenanter Presbyterian owned building was built about 1887-88 and was sold to the local school trustees in 1912. A Methodist Church was built about 1786. A new Church was opened in May 1821 but it burned down and was replaced by a new building which was dedicated in May , 1868. A new church hall for the Horton United Church at Grand Pre was opened December 2, 1928. A meeting house belonging to the United Church of Canada and located at North Grand Pre was possibly opened about 1861 as a Union Church.
John Cashen was teacher at "the Presbyterian Meeting House" September to December 1828. There was a school-house on Presbyterian ground here about 1835. A new public school was built in 1866. A school-house situated in Stewarts Woods was burned in 1872. A new school-house was erected in 1878. A school-house erected in 1913 was closed when the area was consolidated with Avonport and Horton District.
Farming has been the main industry. Acadia Dairy Company Limited was founded here prior to 1898.
Population in 1956 was 300.
NOTE: Interesting article about old Acadian Cemeteries
History of Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Acadia)
1682 - founded
"Grand-Pré located in Minas is founded. It will become the bread basket of Acadia."
"June 20: Benjamin Church (1639-1718), with 700 men, three warships and fourteen transports, burned Les Mines (Grand Pre), took Cobequid (Truro) and Piziquid (Pigiguit), and wasted Beaubassin, Acadia. They laid siege to Port Royal but they refused to surrender, and the English (speaking people) de... Read More...
"June 20: Benjamin Church (1639-1718), with 700 men, three warships and fourteen transports, burned Les Mines (Grand Pre), took Cobequid (Truro) and Piziquid (Pigiguit), and wasted Beaubassin, Acadia. They laid siege to Port Royal but they refused to surrender, and the English (speaking people) departed. "
Cemeteries in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Acadia)
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Some of my ancestors were born in Grand Pre. They Faulkners must have lived there around 1830, as several of the children were born there. I also see that James Faulkner and his wife, Susan, were there when they died. I am confused as to Susan's last name. Her death certificate says it was "Shay," however, others have indicated it was Deschamps. Do you know of any way I might find of verifying this information? Their children were born between 1819 and 1942. Also, I haven't been able to determine who James Faulkner's parents were.
I really like your website. I appreciate reading the history of Grand Pre.
2/20/2011 7:26:19 PM
Wondering if this would be a place to find my parents. I was adopted. My nationality is Acadian on both sides from mom and dad. I was adopted at LeCreche in Quebec city in 1954. I do not know name of mother or father. Just in case someone was looking for a daughter that is now 58 in U.S.
11/6/2012 4:06:01 PM
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