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Re: Looking for Gidney from Digby Neck NS
Posted by: Cheryl Andrews (ID *****3171) Date: May 19, 2004 at 18:33:22
In Reply to: Re: Looking for Gidney from Digby Neck NS by Earl MacFarland of 40

Hi Earl,
Yes, Joshua of NY settled in Nova Scotia. Here is a quote:
From 'Down in Nova Scotia', pg. 188
"My great-grandfather Joshuaye Gidney was a pioneer settler on Digby Neck," said one of Joshua's descendants.
"This used to be Mint Cove first, there was so much mint growing along the shore. Then it was changed to Mink Cove on account of the minks here.
The Gidneys came from New York. There were two branches of the family. One branch turned rebel, the other remained Loyalist. The rebel Gidneys of course retained their property. The loyalists had theirs confiscated. It is said their property was given to the celebrated Tom Paine.
My great grandfather came to Roseway with the other Loyalists. There was some trouble over his grant of land. He thought it included and island but it didn't, so he refused to stay. He came down here to Digby Neck and turned farmer. he built a grist mill, kept sheep and cattle, and used to go to Boston once a year with fresh hides and other things. He also built brigs here.
My grandfather Joseph moved down to Mint cove and settled on the farm in 1789. I'm the third generation on the same land. There was a family called Burns came here also. They were Loyalists too. They lived over there on the hill. It is still called Burns Hill. Their house was built of logs and the floor was of flat rocks. Burns' daughter, Phebe, married General Edmond Fanning, Governor of Prince Edward Island in 1786.

I have lots more on the Gidneys. If you send me your email, I'll send more that way. -Cheryl


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