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Welcome to my first blog post!

This blog is associated with my author website www.georgeallengrant.com. If you read the page “About the Author” you will see that I am an “active septuagenarian”. I’m in my mid-seventies and entering a more precarious stage of life in terms of social, mental, and physical health. Of course, my posts will seldom be about those issues. They will share my thoughts about genealogy, family history, and the Grant families of southwestern Nova Scotia. Extend that range to New England and you will have an idea of the geographical extent of my research playground. Imagine the year 1755, ominous for my Acadian ancestors, memorable as the year my 5th great-grandfather (John Grant) was born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, and historically opaque concerning the involvement of my 6th great-grandfather (David Grant) in the deportation of the Acadians.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about The Descendants of John Grant and Mary Sabean, expanding on some of the topics in the book and posting about some of the ideas and themes that occur to me as I continue my research. This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too. What did you think of The Descendants of John Grant and Mary Sabean? What questions do you have for me?

I have prepared a tentative list of projects to develop over the next few years. The following summaries will give you a general idea of what I will write about.

My Direct Family Line.

  1.  An Illustrated History of the Family of David and Susanna Grant. In this document, already in outline form, I will present the direct line of descent from David and Susanna to my father’s generation; by “illustrated” I mean maps, homes, crops, draft animals, and farm equipment. Those men and their spouses were farmers, adhered to the Baptist faith, and were often woodsmen, sometimes soldiers, but never sailors.
  2.  Religion in the Life of the Grant Family. This family of subsistence farmers and their families became part of the “wave” of Baptist churchgoers in Annapolis and Digby counties, Nova Scotia. During the time of John Grant and Mary Sabean, they were intimately connected to the rooting of the Baptist Church in Digby County.
  3. The Burial Locations of the Grants of Southwestern Nova Scotia. Boring, you say! An example of what I will profile here can be seen on FaceBook. Look at the Riverside Baptist Cemetery in Weymouth, Nova Scotia. Before I became entangled in the completion, editing, publishing, and marketing of my book, I wrote summaries of family members who are resting in this cemetery. For those of us with Grant family connections, this is the home cemetery of the family in Nova Scotia. For the cemeteries in Port Lorne, Nictaux, South Williamston, Paradise, and Bridgetown, I will outline their histories, family burials and biographical sketches, and current status (open or closed). When time permits, I would like to examine some of the cemeteries where distant cousins are buried in New England.
  4. My Military Heritage: Sketches of the military activities of the last four generations of my family.
  5. The Letters of Patrick Nowlan. An Irish immigrant from County Wexford, Patrick Nowland married my 5th grand-aunt, Susan Grant, the oldest daughter of John Grant and Mary Sabean. My interest in grand-uncle Patrick is to study the papers contained in the Library and Archives Canada Nowlan fonds, a series of letters written to and received from his family in Ireland. Basic research, social history, delving in archives!

Other Grants of Southwestern Nova Scotia.

  1. The Life and Legacy of Alexander and Sarah Grant. My intent with this project is to fill in some of the gaps in the history of this family. Alexander Grant was a Scottish soldier, farmer, and Loyalist – killed early in the Revolutionary War. Sarah Grant endured several years on Long Island, then removed to Annapolis Royal for a brief time. Although she died of exposure while en route to Saint John, New Brunswick to submit a claim for losses incurred, the Crown granted land near Weymouth, NS to her heirs. And there is more …
  2. The Loyalist Grants of Port Roseway (Shelburne), NS. They were part of a large group of Loyalists who settled around the promising harbour of Shelburne. The promise was unfulfilled. The Grants were among the many who moved on to less isolated areas of the Province and even returned to New England.
  3. The African Grants of Shelburne County. These families appear briefly in census returns in the late 1800s. I will explore their origins and history in southwestern Nova Scotia.
  4. The Grants of Granville Ferry. While doing research for my book, I came across a family of Grants who seem to have lived in British Columbia before going to Annapolis County. They were involved in shipping fruit from the small port of Annapolis Royal, built a warehouse near the single pier in town, and contributed to a railway spur line to the pier.
  5.  The Grant Families of Yarmouth, Yarmouth County. I have some relatives who moved from Weymouth to Yarmouth, a once-vibrant shipping centre during the Age of Sail. There are probably two other Grant families who settled in the town and surrounding area. I will explore their antecedents and history in the town.
  6.  Who was Mrs. Penuel Grant, Loyalist of Annapolis Royal? A “small” research project.

I will try not to stray from this project list. These eleven topics will keep me engaged for a number of years – count on it! As I research and learn, I will share this new knowledge with you. At the same time, I will share aspects of my genealogy experience, including research and educational sites, interesting Facebook groups and family history sites, and my successes and failures.

Stay with me! Stand fast! Allen

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