I am helping someone with their HINES/HINDS family tree here in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The first in NS was Richard Hines (b. ca 1750), who got a grant of 100 acres of land in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, ca. 1801. He probably came from New England or NY as a supporter of England and was therefore called a Loyalist (aka in USA as Tory). Census information from 1861, 1871, and 1881 in Nova Scotia shows the family claimed English roots and were Church of England worshippers. I suspect they began life in England as HINDS.
Richard's grand-daughter Sophia Hines was b. ca 1851; she md. (1st) Rufice/Rufus Merry - no surviving children; she md. (2nd) Dr. ________ Venables - their daughter Jessie Venables md. _________ Saunders; their daughter Lina Saunders md. Victor Whitman and they lived in Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co, NS.
Venables was never a Nova Scotia name in the 19th century, so I presume (a dangerous thing to do in genealogy) he was a medical doctor in the still-British military who were posted to Nova Scotia in the period 1870-1880 and that he met the widow Sophie [Hines] Merry during that time. He may even have been the family physician.
I have two questions - what was the ancestry of this Dr. Venables, and  how did he come to be in Nova Scotia ? I know there are 2 people with the VENABLES surname in the Nova Scotia telephone listings, one still in Annapolis County where all these people lived.
The interesting point that connects all these surnames is that they lived in, or near, the village of Roxbury, NS, which has been a 'ghost town' for the better part of 100 years. A descendant of Victor Whitman mentioned above has written about this settlement.
By the way, for the interest of those posting to this forum, I see that there are 182 phone listings for this surname in Canada under - http://findaperson.canada411.ca/ -it may be interesting for you to get in touch with some of them.
Going to Yahoo's People Search", there are about 264 VENABLES showing in USA phone listings right now.
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