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Black IZZARD settlers in Nova Scotia
Posted by: Felix Unger Date: May 05, 2000 at 16:35:57
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Here in Nova Scotia, Canada there are small black communities in rural Guysborough County with surnames of IZZARD. Some also live next door in Pictou County or in Halifax County, where the capital city Halifax is located.

It is known that a black free man, Isaac Webb, came to Guysborough area around 1784 as a United Empire Loyalist (UEL) along with the white people who wanted to stay under the King of England after the American Revolution.

Names of other black families are Ash[e], Borden, Byard, Clyke, Dorrington, Jordan, Lucas, Mansfield, Morrison, Oliver, Pelley, Skinner, and Vaux.

Does anyone posting here know more about the early black settlers in Guysborough and Halifax areas of Nova Scotia, and where they came from ?

Black Loyalist Heritage Society, P.O. Box 1194, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, CANADA B0W 1W0 - Tel: TOLL-FREE 1-888-354-0772 or (902) 875-1310 FAX: (902) 875-1352 E-Mail: - - a new organization in the 1990’s which has set up computerized files of 1000’s of black families and their ties with Colonial America and Canada.

“The Book of Negroes” - a list of African Americans who had escaped slavery to fight with the British during the American Revolution. The list was prepared because George Washington demanded British compensation for lost slaves. “The Book of
Negroes” was a British inspection roll of former slaves who were granted certificates to board ships in New York. The rolls record the name, age and description of every black passenger, including their former masters and where they lived.

Among those who boarded the “Nisbet”, bound for Nova Scotia on Nov. 19, 1783:

Andrew Izzard, 28, stout fellow, formerly the property of Ralph Izzard, Charleston, S.C.; left him five years ago.

Benjamin Gerrow, 25, stout fellow, formerly slave to Peter Gerrow, Charleston, S.C.

Hagar, 20, stout wench, formerly slaved to Thomas Broughton,
Canonachee, S.C., left him in 1779.

The land where they had been enslaved included plantations in South Carolina with names like The Elms and Mulberry.

- - Underground Railroad Information Sites - The Halifax Herald Limited, main daily newspaper in NS, has an on-line file of black history and other newspaper articles from its files gathered here since 1997. NOTE: You need to subscribe to the Halifax Herald to fully access these pages of information.


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