We are attempting to record everything we have regarding the Settler Families of Mahone Bay area in our Genealogy Research Index.
During the summer of 2019, we were asked by the Town of Mahone Bay to review the list of the 1754 settler names currently on the sign next to the BMO bank to ensure it was accurate and that no family names had been forgotten.
After many, many hours of research, a few names have been added to the list (noted with a *) and a few were removed (see note below the list) because our research showed that they ended up settling in Lunenburg area. Here’s the final draft of the European settler names of Mahone Bay area. If you think we forgot a name, let us know!
We decided to divide up the list of European settler names into two categories.
The following family names (many with spelling variations) were among those who received land in Mahone Bay area around 1754-1760 and continued to own land or be registered as heads of households in Mahone Bay area for at least 110 years:
Burgoyne (Bourgong, Bourgogne)
Eisenhauer (Eisnor, Eisenor, Isnor)
Hyson (Heison, Heyson)
Joudry (Jodry, Jeaudry)
Lowe (Leau, Loh, Lods)
Mader (Meder, Mehder)
Slauenwhite (Slaughenwhite, Schlaginweit)
Veinot (Veinotte, Veno, Venot)
Whynot (Weinacht, Whynacht)
The following families settled here by the 1790s and continued to own land or be registered as heads of households in the area for at least 70 years. These families included Loyalists (colonists from the 13 Colonies who had been loyal to the British crown in the American Revolution), German Hessian soldiers who arrived after the American Revolution), and late Foreign Protestant families who originally had been in other parts of Lunenburg County.
Dorey (Dare, Daurey, Daurie)
Ewald (Awalt, Aywalt, Ewalt)*
Nauss (Nass, Naas)
Schnare (Snare, Schnear, Schnerr)
The names that were previously on the list and have since been removed due to not fulfilling the requirements of having proof that they stayed in Mahone Bay area for a number of years are: Acker, Barkhouse (Berghaus), Boehner, Boutlier (Boutellier), Bruhm (Brumm, Brum), Conrad, Deal (Diehl, Thiel), Hynick (Heinecke), Keizer (Kaizer, Kayser), Lay (Loy), Lohnes, Mariette (Mariet, Marriott), Rafuse (Rehfuss, Rehfuse), Silver (Silber), Swinamer (Schweinheimer), Winter, Wittman, and Zinck