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Page 50 - A Legend Reconsidered "Granny Ross" by Elva E. Jackson

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1984/8/1 (446 reads)

for many years, has had a very fine stone placed on it in recent years by a great- grandson, Thomas E. Ross, the present own? er of the pioneer farm. Thus Mr. Ross has very fittingly preserved for posterity a memorial to a remarkable pioneer in these words: In Memory of "The Little Woman" Henriette LeJeune Wife of James J. Ross (Pioneer) The First White Woman to Settle In North East Margaree Born in France 1743 Died in Margaree 1860 Fought with the French in the Second Siege of Louisburg 1758 Administered Smallpox Vaccine Brought with Her from France To the Settlers of This Valley Benefactress of All Both White And Indian Erected by Her Great Grandson Thomas E. Ross oSrfie coopetMoiS fA Insurance Services '' For All Your Personal Coverage, Call: For All Your Personal Coverage 539-6315 (toll free) SYDNEY GLACE BAY 849-4547 NEW WATERFORD 862-6459 PORT HAWKESBURY 625-0640 NORTH SYDNEY 794-4788 MABOU 945-2514 LOUISDALE 345-2199 CHETICAMP 224-3204 A COMPREHENSIVE FARM PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE I Summer Talent Showcase I AUGUST 1984 EVENTS Aug 1 Donkin Citizens' Band 2 Vintage Wine 2 Ceilidh, The Whiggamores . Picnic Day, Colleen Boutilier (piper) 4 Charaders (for children) . Chestico Days, C. B. Firefighters' Band 5 Elner Leadbeater Band 8 Break of Dawn o . Johnny Steele . & His Musical Friends 9 11 ??11 12 13 Nova Tones Break of Dawn Kids Can Tell Free Spirit Band Kids Can Tell ,g ' Johnny Steele & His Musical Friends 17 < 19 19 22 26 26 Milling Frolic ' with Gaelic Singers Madeira Marie & Theresa MacLellan Stan Deveaux (accordionist) Harlyn King's Combo QE Park, Glace Bay Sydney Civic Centre Legion, Dominion Ingonish QE Park, Glace Bay Port Hood Wentworth Park, Sydney Petit-de-Grat QE Park, Glace Bay Sydney Civic Centre Petit-de-Grat Morrison Glace Bay H. S Wentworth Park, Sydney Munro Park, North Sydney Sydney Civic Centre Johnstown Munro Park, North Sydney] Wentworth Park, Sydney Seaview Manor, Glace B y| Battery Park, St. Pete s Wentworth Park, Sydney For more information, contact your local tourist bureau, or Co-ordinator Janice Hillman at 539-3594. Nova Scotia Department of Hon. Billy Joe MacLean '">(i5ir Culture, Recreation Minister .-'''' and Fitness With Elva E. Jackson, 1984 (You wrote up "The Little Woman" piece in 1956, but then you continued to work on it. Why did you decide to continue to look in? to the story?) Elva E. Jackson: Well, it ' could have been because of what I discov? ered in the records of St. George's Church in Sydney. I came across Granny's (Henri? ette LeJeune's) marriage to Lemuad Briand. He was a man who was supposed to have died at the Second Siege of Louisbourg in 1758, and I found they weren't married until 1786--28 years after Louisbourg. So, that certainly would show that she very probab? ly wasn't as old as she was thought to be. (Is it possible that she wasn't even at the Second Siege of Louisbourg?) Oh, very possible, yes. I had heard about this legenday great- great-great-grandmother of mine from the time I was in my early teens. And for 27 years I spent my summers on the pioneer James Ross farm in Northeast Margaree, within 100 yards of the site of her first log house. It was a beautiful spot in a level valley, with the distant hills on all sides, and a spring of clear water nearby, that they were supposed to have used. Now J. L, MacDougall, in his History of In? verness County, published in 1922, wrote of her marriage to Capt. Briand, whom he said was killed in 1758 at the Second Siege of Louisbourg. And Granny's story had become so familiar to me, through hear? ing it told so often, that in 1956 I wrote it for the Cape Breton Post, which pub? lished it as a full-page article. Legend 4'%. Skipper John's *9'' 't' Licensed Dining Room and Lounge * OPEN YEAR ROUND * j'''''' SEAFOOD * STEAKS * FAMILY DINING ?Ij|l!"S' 411 Purves Street (794-8100) NORTH SYDNEY NEXT TO THE CN FERRY TERMINAL _ CampGill !- Lighthouse Cape Breton Shopping Plaza Sydney River, Nova Scotia We Have the Answer to All Your Lighting Needs! QUALITY SOFT DRINKS SINCE 1905 AT THE PRICE THAT REFRESHES Pop Factory I Ron BReCiJ)' McKinlay&SonsLtd.; A COMPLETE PARTY SUPPUES 262BR00KSIDE 849-6644 GLACE BAY
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