It appears that immediately after the Revolutionary War, a number of German and Swiss families from the 96th District joined the mass exodus of Loyalists to Canada. John and Catherine Shellnut, and most if not all of their children were among this group.
The story of the settlement of Ship Harbour, Halifax Co., NS is told by Robert Kim Stevens in his book FAMILIES OF SHIP HARBOUR, a partial transcript of which can be found at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nshalifa/Foship.htm
This will be of great interest to Shellnut researchers, because this is the community to which John and Caty moved. They do not appear to have stayed very long, and the excerpt will make it clear why.
Their eldest son George (c. 1760-1835) does appear to have remained, however, or perhaps returned, because he married Maria Elizabeth Mehl in Halifax in 1785. His son Conrad arrived very close to that date, if not before. George's daughter Margaret Ann (1801-1880) married my gggrandfather, George Hilchey in 1820.
Does anyone in this group have information about John and Caty and their ancestors? I have found both German and Swiss Schildknechts, which literally translates to "shield servant" (as in squire).
Although this family name is not to be found among the "Foreign Protestants" who settled in Nova Scotia in the 1750s, I wonder if some of the South Carolina Loyalists were kinsmen to those settlers, and chose Nova Scotia as a result after the War. Any thoughts?
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