A History of Megantic County : Downhomers of Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia: Evans Books, 1999, 404 pages. See Testimonials
This publication is about the settlement and development of the townships of Megantic County, namely Leeds, Inverness, Halifax, Nelson, Thetford, Coleraine, Tring, Ireland, and Somerset, and of the neighbouring parishes of St-Sylvestre and St-Patrice-de-Beaurivage in Lotbiniere County. This area was on the historic Eastern Townships settlement path - the Craig Road. It includes sections on geography, topography, and toponomy, Abenakis, Americans and soldiers and their early activities in the area (1677-1824), the arrival of Irish settlers, Scots from the mainland of Scotland, Scots from the Isle of Arran, and English settlers (1825- 1860). It covers the settlement and development of each of the above mentioned townships and parishes, such as the political role played in the county’s settlement by A. C. Buchanan, first Emigration Agent of the Canadas, the development of the Orange Lodges, churches and schools, religious and ethnic relations between Ulster-Protestants, Irish-Catholics, and French-Canadian settlers, epidemics and other medical matters, education, women’s history, folklore, commerce, and the development of the copper and asbestos mines. It also outlines the patterns of outmigration to the Huron Tract of Upper Canada, the US Plain States, New England, and the Canadian Prairies. It includes detailed maps of each township, township lot plans for 1831 and dozens of tables and topical lists of names. Most English-speaking families whose ancestors settled in the county will find their ancestors mentioned.
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