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Page 51 - A Legend Reconsidered "Granny Ross" by Elva E. Jackson

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1984/8/1 (417 reads)

had said that she'd gone back to France to visit her parents several times, and that on the last trip she had brought her fa? ther back to Margaree, where he subsequent? ly died. It was said she also brought a niece who had married a man at Lake o'Law. In later years I realized that in the year she was alleged to have made trips to France, Britain and France were at war. British ships were frequently intercepted by French men-of-war, and the passengers seized and locked up in French prisons. It seemed highly unlikely that she made these visits to France. Then I found that in the latter part of the 19th century, there were several house? holds of LeJeunes at Little Bras d'Or, which was then called French Village. Fair- holme Farm, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Johnstone today, was then owned by Jean- Baptiste LeJeune. Bona Arsenault in his Histoire et Genealogie des Acadiens gives the genealogy of the first three genera- tions of LeJeunes in Nova Scotia. Now, the first was Pierre LeJeune, called Briard, bom in 1656, who had married in 1682 Ma? rie Thibodeau, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne (Terriot) Thibodeau. They had 12 children, and they first lived at Port Roy? al. In 1750, when an oath of allegiance to the British Crown was demanded of them, 4 of the above children, Jean, Paul, Joseph, and Germain LeJeune, with their wives and their 37 children, left their mainland No? va Scotia home and took refuge at Bale des Espagnols, now Sydney Harbour. Whether they were among the 80 families whom Sam? uel Holland said farmed around the harbour when Louisbourg still belonged to the French, or whether they settled in 1750 at Little Bras d'Or, we do not know. In 1766 Samuel Holland, who surveyed the coasts of Cape Breton, said there were 5 French families still there at Little Bras d'Or, from the French regime. Most others had been driven out after the fall of Lou? isbourg. In 1799 Father Lejamtel, who vis? ited Little Bras d'Or, was given a peti? tion asking that a priest visit them at 'CHETICAMP CRAFT WE SPECIALIZE IN HOOKED RUGS & SOUVENIR SHOP "lms P.O. BOX 75 CARDS CHETICAMP, N.S. BOE IHO gipj5 If you knit, you'll want something natural. Create your own fashions with our new 100% virgin wool yams especially made for hand knitting. We're open Monday through Friday, 8 to 5, Saturday, 9 to 6. This summer, why not take a few minutes to visit our woolen mill? The Mill shop has in stock lovely Irish Cove Wool in 40 different shades, some seconds when available, and a range of handknits to please every? one's taste. Drop in, or write for shade cards and price lists. We offer special quantity discounts. Cape Breton Woolen Mills Ltd. R. R. No. 1, Irish Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia BOA IHO (902) 828-2776 MfeMAWAY Lour first choice for fine food and lodging on the Cabot Trail 'ice 1928. The setting is classic, the food is superb, the service is sincere. Centrally located in the magical Margaree Valley, the Normaway is the ideal base from which to explore the best of Cape Breton scenery and culture. Tennis, biking, hiking, salmon fishing. For information and reservations, call or write David MacDonald, • The Normaway Inn Margaree Valley. BOE 2C0 (902) 248-2987. Recommended in "Where to Eat in Canada." Walk-ins welcome, reservations suggested. (51)
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