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Info about PIPES in CANADA
Posted by: Felix Unger Date: January 13, 2000 at 08:59:22
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Just some general info and observations for those researching PIPES in Canada.

Look up listings using Canada’s phone book - - use “Search All” or name of Province.
For ALBERTA, do separate inquiry - - For SASKATCHEWAN, you must use - -

Under "Canada411" I see 37 PIPES (excluding AB and SK). Of these, 12 (30+ %) live in Ontario (mainly in the suburban Toronto areas known as the "905 zone" after the Area Code). I would assume that they settled there in the late 18th or early 19th century because of the very good soil for farming (much of which is now under the pavement of Metro Toronto).

In Ontario you might consider:

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES - births/deaths/marriages information on microfilm now at - - or - - tells you what they can provide as well as the address for contacting them.

In 1892 Belding made a list showing the counties in Ontario with the (old) lot numbers. Lot numbers can change; they did in Quebec. This old album has been reprinted and could be purchased from a book dealer specializing in this type of publication.
Ontario Birth/Baptisms prior to 1860 - Check out the following sites which provide maps:

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The Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid with over 1.1 million entries - - doesn't give any inscriptions or dates, but does give names of those in the cemetery. At least you can be sure if the person is there or not.

NOTE: Uxbridge-Scott Museum on Quaker Hill has an ARCHIVES & RESEARCH CENTER which lists Uxbridge cemeteries. The museum curator is Allan McGillivray, 905-852-5854. OR check out web site - - there are no listings for Uxbridge in Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid.

Post your query in the “Ontario Genealogy Families Booklet” which is published quarterly by the Ontario Genealogical Society, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Suite 102, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4R 1B9.

- - has websites for all Counties and Districts in Ontario, including: Books - Cemeteries - Census Records - Church Records - Land Records & Petitions - Newspapers - Maps - Vital Statistics

Another 11 (another 30% +) are concentrated in and around Amherst, in Cumberland County, NS.

If, as I read here, the first Pipes in NS was William and two sons directly from England around 1774, it seems they were NOT United Empire Loyalists (UEL) escaping from the American Revolution, as I had first assumed them to be. I'm curious as to why they settled in Cumberland County, which is not known for its great abundance of good arable land (there are lots of "patches" though). It appears that Wm and sons may have received a grant of land at Kolbec, Cumberland County, which is why they settled there.

There is another Kolbec (sometimes spelled Colbec) in Annapolis County in S-W NS. They were both named after an area in Germany. A lot of German settlers and military people came to NS starting in 1750. They were brought over by the English who wanted to settle the place with more Protestants to counteract the French Catholic influence which had been so strong since 1600.

NS Counties with PIPES:

Cumberland County - -

Colchester County - -

Halifax County - -

NOVA SCOTIA Genweb Site - -
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- - commercial site - good NS map, lots of info on tourist sites

GOVT OF NS (VITAL STATISTICS) - - births, marriages, deaths, etc.

- - Public Archives of Nova Scotia - Tel: (902) 424-6060 FAX: (902) 424-0628 - **NOTE: AS OF 1999, THEIR ACTUAL RECORDS WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE ON-LINE, so you must visit in person, employ researchers, or use “snail mail” if you live far away.

- - Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) - Leland Harvie, newsletter editor - P.O. BOX 41, Halifax, N.S. Canada B3J 2T3 - 902-443-9107, Halifax - 1,500 members - the main “chebucto” menu was changed after April 1999 to - - with LINKS to many interesting sites

“Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia” by Terrance Punch - ISBN 1-55109-235-2 - Terry is a professionally accredited Canadian genealogist who specializes in immigration from Ireland, Germany and Montbéliard (Huguenot Protestants French-Swiss border area). He hosts a program on CBC (public radio) the 4th Monday of each month and will answer questions by E-Mail to - - or check out the Website at - -

Three publications: “NOVA SCOTIA PLACE NAMES”, Thomas Brown, 1922; “PLACE NAMES AND PLACES OF NOVA SCOTIA” and “PLACE NAMES IN NOVA SCOTIA”, published by the Public Archives of NS. Sometimes in the short descriptions of the place name, they mention the original land grants.

“Ships Bound for Nova Scotia (1750-1862) - Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867”, L.H. Smith & N.H. Smith
“The Complete Book of Emigrants”, Peter Wilson Coldham - -

Can't find the place you are looking for ? An excellent (and easy to use) website where you can locate up to 350,000 current and former placenames in Canada, accessible in French or English, is - - includes map locations and "radius" option to find adjacent communities to the one you are seeking.

Some of those posting Canadian info have mentioned a lady marrying into the Pipes family of NS who came from "Centreville" (we spell it the British way, "centre" not "center"). If we are talking about the NS Pipes, there is no community named Centreville which is very close to Amherst or Cumberland County. After looking at the 5 places named this in NS and the 3 next door in New Brunswick, I suspect the one shown in Kings County, NB (just outside Sussex) is the most likely venue for this lady. I could be mistaken, of course, but it was not easy for people to travel long distances in the early days, and the main road from Sussex, NB into NS via Amherst, on the way to Halifax, seems the most logical way for the two of them to meet and marry.

QUESTION: Has anyone posting here got the story about the long-ago origins of this surname ? For example, is it connected to names like the diarist Samuel PEPYS in any way ?


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