The Odyssey of Our Ancestors
United Empire Loyalists (1783)
Your ship anchors at a harbour in an unsettled area of Nova Scotia. The surveyors begin to measure plots of land of 20 hectares each. You draw lots for the land and the British commissary distributes the first promised provisions. You call your new settlement, Shelbourne. Your neighbours help each other clear the land, plant crops and build homes. Continue
Your ship arrives and sets anchor at the St.John River in New Brunswick. You and your fellow Loyalists draw lots for the land. You settle in the town centre where you start a barbershop similar to the one you had at home. Your barbershop flourishes and you start buying provisions and selling them to the people in the settlement.Continue
Your land yields an abundant harvest and you are thinking of selling surplus crops at the new farmer's market. You realize that you like selling goods, so you begin work in moving goods from the region to the bigger markets in York (Toronto) and Montréal.
You are tired of working on the farm. It is hard work and you are barely making a living. You decide to move to Saint John, New Brunswick, to build boats. Your farm continues to do well and you diversify by buying dairy cows. Now you will be able to sell both produce and milk.
You have married one of your neighbour's daughters and now have three children. You help your wife start a school in the town. You love building boats. The shipping industry is booming in Saint John, New Brunswick; you and your family are comfortable living in a large home overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
The town is not growing as quickly as you like so you decide to sell your store and move to Halifax, Nova Scotia. You will be able to open a much larger store there. You make good wages in the shipping industry and decide to go into politics in the new colony of New Brunswick. You move to Fredericton.