New England Planters of Kings and Hants Counties

The Esther Clark Wright Archives holds many records created by Planters and their immediate descendants who settled in Kings and Hants Counties, Nova Scotia. To celebrate the arrival of the Planters, some records have been digitized and are included in our digital collections listed below. But, the Archives also has a lot of material that has not been digitized. You can search for Planter records by keyword in our catalogue. Just use the search box below and you'll only retrieve Planter-related items.

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Digital Collections containing Planter related materials

Sherman Bleakney

Sherman Bleakney fonds Dr. J. Sherman Bleakney graduated from Acadia with a B.Sc. (1949) and a M.Sc. (1951); he graduated from McGill with a Ph.D. (1956). In 1957, he returned to the Biology... more...

 

 

Handley Chipman

 

HANDLEY CHIPMAN Handley Chipman (1717-1799) was a cabinet maker by trade, but eventually became a Justice of the Peace (1748),... more...

 

 

Dykes and Common Fields

DYKES AND COMMON FIELDS In the early days and continuing into the 20th century, under the townships’ Commissioners of Sewers, each group of proprietors of a dyke organized itself... more...

 

 

Lewis P. Dennison Family

LEWIS P. DENNISON FAMILY Lewis P. Dennison and his two sons, Lewis (Jr.) and Francis, were farmers in the Hortonville area of Kings County, NS. Their records are of legal and financial transactions related to farming and land holding ... more...

 

 

Rebecca Ells Family

REBECCA ELLS FAMILY Rebecca (nee Kinsman) Ells lived and worked on a farm in Port Williams with her sons Manning and William. While her husband, Cyrus Ells, worked in western Canada... more...

 

 

John Frederic Herbin

John Frederic Herbin John Frederic Herbin was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on 8 February 1860. He graduated in 1890 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduation, Herbin remained ... more...

 

 

Kings County Regiment of Militia

Kings County Regiment of Militia Upon their arrival in Nova Scotia, the New England Planters established militia regiments in every township with their officers receiving commissions from the government at Halifax. In a 12 December 1760 letter from the President of the Council, Jonathan Belcher.... more...

 

 

James W. Masters Family

James W. Marsters family The James W. Marsters family lived in Summerville, Hants County, and in Hantsport, NS. Their records cover the period of 1818-1990. Numerous family members’ records are included in this accession...more...

 

 

Parrsboro, Township of

PARRSBORO TOWNSHIP RECORD BOOK The Township of Parrsboro Record Book is a handwritten volume of births, deaths, and marriages, which occurred in the area between 1786 and 1822. more...

 

 

Sheffield Mills Survey and Map

Sheffield Mills Survey and Map These documents are a detailed survey of land and a map of a pond in Sheffield Mills, Kings County, NS. The pond was known as Knight’s pond... more...

 

 

Silas Tertius Rand Collection

Rand Silas Tertius Rand, 1810-1889, attended Horton Academy in Wolfville, N.S. and alternated between teaching and following the family trade of bricklaying. more...