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Barrington family

  • Family
  • 1770-1959

Charles Parnell Barrington was born in 1770 in Middlesex, England. He married Elizabeth Hayward Budd and the couple had eleven children: Margaret Sibella, Carter, Harriet, Victoria, Christina, Elizabeth Ann, Olivia Mary, John, Sidney William, Henry and Edwin John Carter. Barrington immigrated to Canada where he joined the militia and was stationed first in Quebec and then Charlottetown, P.E.I. He was finally stationed at Sydney, Nova Scotia, holding the position of Captain of the 7th Battalion of the 60th Rifles of Foot. He settled at Sydney Mines in 1817 and brought his family over from England. Barrington died in 1848. Many of the Barrington children and grandchildren remained in Cape Breton. Yorke Henry Ainsley Barrington, son of Edwin, and his son Yorke Cotrill Barrington, became heavily involved in the founding of the Cape Breton coal industry.

Brown family

  • Family
  • 1837-

Richard Henry Brown was born 13 November 1837 at London, England, the son of Richard and Sibella Margaret (Barrington) Brown. Brown married Barbara Davison (1842-1898) on 23 November 1864 and the couple had five children: Margaret Sibella, Elizabeth Purves, Annie, Richard Charles, and Lillian Seward. The family resided in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia where Brown worked as manger of the General Mining Association (later the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company), and served as the mayor of the town of Sydney Mines. Daughter Margaret (1866-1961) became an artist and served on the directorate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Richard Charles (1872-1928) studied engineering and worked with his father at the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company.

Gibbons family

  • Family
  • 1734-1943

Richard Gibbons Jr. was born in 1734 at London, England, the son of Richard and Susannah Gibbons. He received his early education in England. The family first immigrated to Virginia and then Halifax, Nova Scotia. Richard Jr. married Susanna Shepard on 10 May 1783 at Halifax. On 14 May 1765 he was admitted as a solicitor of the Court of Chancery for Nova Scotia. On 31 October 1765, Gibbons was named a clerk for the Inferior Court of Common Pleas. In 1770, he was elected to the Legislature for Barrington Township for one year. Between 1777-1781, he was Solicitor General and in 1781 named Attorney General. On 25 July 1784 Gibbons was named Chief Justice for Cape Breton and he and his family moved to the island. Richard Gibbons Jr. died on 3 August 1794 in a prison at Nantes, France. His son, Richard Gibbons III was Attorney General of Cape Breton and a leading lawyer and separatist. The Gibbons family resided largely around Marion Bridge during the twentieth century.

Horn family

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Simeon Horn came to Nova Scotia with his widowed mother and family, probably from England, circa. 1802. He settled in the Mira area on Cape Breton Island. The area of land that Horn was granted became known as Hornes Road. On 4 April 1804 he married Mary Noel and the couple had seven children: Samuel Levi, Jane, Mary Ann, Elias, John W., Phillip, and David. Samuel (1805-1877) married Mary LeCrass and the couple had seven children, including Thomas (1882-1976). Thomas married Beatrice Campbell and the couple had five children.

Leaver family

  • Family
  • 1773-1881

Peter F. Leaver was born in 1773. On 19 January 1806 he married Esther Jones. The couple resided in the Main-a-Dieu, N.S. area and had (at least) three children: Maria, Caroline Frances (1808-1896) and Elizabeth Sarah (1810-1903). Leaver served as a Justice of the Peace and a school teacher in Main-a-Dieu. He died in 1811.

Liscombe family

  • Family
  • 1811-1971

The Liscombe family settled in Cape Breton in the middle of the nineteenth century. Edward Liscombe (1811-1901), a blacksmith, married Margaret Oliver (1816-1898) in 1838; among their family was Francis "Frank" J. (1847-1926) who married Susan Howie. Frank and Susan Liscombe had five children: Harry Oliver, Rebecca Emily, Olive Margaret, Ella Muriel and Francis Gerald. The family was musical and participated in many musical groups.

Matheson family

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The family of Roderick and Mary Morrison lived in St. Esprit, Cape Breton. Born May 12, 1887, their son Kenneth Roderick enlisted with the Canadian Infantry on June 19, 1915, at age 28. He served with the 25th and 40 Battalions before he was killed in action on October 3, 1916.