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Re: George Penney b. New Germany, NS 1891
Posted by: O. Madison Date: March 13, 2002 at 14:08:19
In Reply to: George Penney b. New Germany, NS 1891 by Monique Penney of 575


Have you tried contacting the PENNEY folks who still live in the area near New Germany, Lunenburg Co, NS ?

Using - - phone listings, the ones with tel #'s starting with 644- are in New Germany exchange. Nearby ones in Lunenburg COunty are 527-, 543-, 547-, 689-, as well as 354- southward in Queens County next door, and perhaps 542-, overland in Kings County.

Looks like only about 15% of all NS Penney's are living around Lunenburg County. It was always a name found mainly in Shelburne and Yarmouth in the far south, with some also in Cape Breton in the far north.

Try also the following info sources:

Lunenburg County NS - - has lots of info on the FRENCH, SWISS or GERMAN settlers in NS starting 1750. French variations were later anglicized. In 1749-52 many "foreign Protestants" (Huguenots) came to North America, some into Nova Scotia, others from New England to the Carolinas. Often they are recorded as German or Swiss although they were Francophones. A large number were from the Principality of Montbéliard, where France, Switzerland, and Germany meet. The arrival in the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia area of several boatloads was commemorated with a ceremony and monument in the 20th century.

"History of the County of Lunenburg by Mather DesBrisay (1895)" - ask about it at South Shore Genealogical Society located at the Fisheries Museum in Lunenburg, NS.

- - The Bridgewater Bulletin is the Lunenburg County newspaper.

Editor, Lighthouse Publishing Ltd.
(publishers of the award-winning "Bridgewater Bulletin" and "Lunenburg Progress Enterprise")
353 York Street,
Bridgewater, NS B4V 3K2
Fax: 902-543-2228
E-mail: - -

Queens County NS - - (separated in 1762 from Lunenburg County and including modern Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties) - first explored and settled in 1630s by early French adventurers who constructed a number of fortifications here - the shire town Liverpool dates from settlement by Planters from New England in 1754, and again by United Empire Loyalists in 1783/4. Excellent museum, historical records, and well-kept old local cemeteries. See more LINKS under - - or try Mary Mouzar's Queens County Times website (opened in 2000) at - -

Following the US War of Independence in 1783, large numbers of British troops and others re-settled in Nova Scotia. One group landed first in October 1783 at Port Mouton, as documented in a diary by Simeon Perkins, summarized by celebrated Queens County author/historian Thomas H. Raddall at - -

Shelburne County NS (created 1784 from Queens County, and included modern Yarmouth County) - - main landing site for up to 20,000 United Empire Loyalists (including 1,500-3,000 freed black Loyalists) in 1783/4. It was the FOURTH LARGEST SETTLEMENT IN NORTH AMERICA (after NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia) during these early years.

Shelburne County Genealogical Society - 168 Water Street, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0 - TEL: 902-875-4299 FAX: 902-875-3267 - E-Mail: - - Website - - excellent source of information about early settlement in Shelburne County, starting in 1630's with the French, then from 1750's around Barrington area and including the 1783/4 landing of the United Empire Loyalists from the (new) USA. Many family names have direct lineage from MAYFLOWER families. Very complete books of all persons buried in cemeteries throughout the county. Individual membership $15ºº/year, Family rate $20ºº/year, or institution/organization rate $15ºº/year entitles you to 4 newsletters per year. NOTE: American subscribers - please pay above in US$ amounts, to cover postage and shipping.

Cape Sable Historical Society - (2402 Hwy #3) Barrington, Shelburne Co, NS B0W 1E0 - TEL: 902-637-2185 - Marjory Weeks (3521 Hwy #3, Barrington Passage) 902-637-2525. Book "In and Around Old Barrington", by current historian Hattie Perry.

Archelaus Smith Museum - Centreville, Shelburne Co, NS B0P 1J0 - TEL: 902-745-3361, 915 Centreville Highway - Margaret Messenger: (2388 Main St) Box 190, Clark's Harbour, Shelburne Co, NS BOW 1PO TEL: 902-745-2411

Yarmouth County NS (settled 1759 while part of Lunenburg County; Township created while part of Queens County; created as separate county in 1836 from Shelburne County) - - is an interesting mix of early French Acadian history (from Champlain in 1605 onward) and New England Planters (from late 1750's) and later United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution (1776 to 1783). Also home base for the greatest number of sailing ships in the world in the mid-1800's. Many large elaborate homes in Queen Anne Revival and Gothic Revival styles from mid-1800's. Home of best museum and archives in NS outside Halifax Capital Region. Nearest location by ferry (seasonal May-Oct) to USA.

Yarmouth County Museum and Archives at Website - - and E-Mail in 2001 - - 22 Collins Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA B5A 3C8 - Tel: (902) 742-5539 Fax: (902) 749-1120 - they completed a major physical expansion in 2001, and will be ready to assist historians and genealogists much more effectively than ever before. Outside of the Provincial Archives of NS in Halifax, this museum has arguably the best collection of archival records in Nova Scotia. NOTE: anyone wishing to carry out specific family research should pre-arrange the date and time of their visit with Archivist Stewart MacLean at the telephone, fax, or e-mail address shown above. The archives are NOT usually available at all on SUNDAY or EVENINGS, and winter hours are more limited than in the summer months (May - end September).

Yarmouth Online - - is a NEW site in 2001 about Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. They are asking genealogists or historians to volunteer to write a regular feature column and to submit photos if available. To volunteer your services, contact - - with your NAME, PHONE or E-MAIL #, and any ideas you may have.

The VANGUARD newspaper, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, e-mail is - - or - - or Tel: 902-742-7111 or FAX 902-742-2311. ** The VANGUARD went on-line early in 2002 - - with limited access to some articles.

The Argyle Municipality Historical & Genealogical Society (AMHGS) has its website at - - Direct any genealogical E-Mail enquiries to - - they can do family research starting at CAN$25ºº.

Cape Breton County NS - - contains the main population centres of Sydney (founded 1785), Glace Bay (Canada's "largest town" pop. 25,000), Sydney Mines and North Sydney (gateway by sea to Newfoundland), and New Waterford, all very busy coal mining communities through the 20th century. Also the site of FORTRESS LOUISBOURG - - (built 1720-1745), capital of New France, then the largest city north of Boston, and now outside of Williamsburg VA the largest restored settlement in North America (built by France on the same city plan as New Orleans, LA).

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