Cape Breton Island petitioners
Map showing the location of Cape Breton Island on Canada's Atlantic seaboard. The island, on the right, is connected to Nova Scotia by a man-made causeway
1815: Petitioner, age 25, a native and resident of the Island of Jersey, is married and has one child. He asks a lot at Shaboo River in Bras d'Or Lake. Granted Lot 30, 200 acres, on the south side of St George's Channel.
1802: Petitioner's husband, in 1801, took charge of a vessel on a voyage from Halifax to the Western Islands, bound to Fial. It is feared that the vessel was lost on the return voyage. Petitioner asks renewal of a licence of occupation for land her husband bought from Peter Doran on the Gut of Canso. A Crown lease approved.
1811 Census Douce Balhache was residing at Plaster of Paris Cove in Guysborough County. She owned 11 cattle (one of the largest herds) as well as sheep and a horse.
1817: Petitioner, with her late husband, emigrated from the Island of Jersey in 1788. Her husband was lost at sea, and she has since cultivated a farm in the Gut of Canso. She now wishes to retire, and asks a lot in the Town of Hawksbury. Granted.
1829: Petitioner is a native of Jersey, age 65, the widow of Philip Bellehache. She has no living children. She asks a grant of the following lots: 50 acres purchased form James Sangster who received a lease in 1804; 570 acres purchased from Tremain and Stout who received a lease of 600 acres in 1803; and 180 acres for which she herself obtained a lease in 1803. She and her tenants have occupied the land for fourteen years. She holds also 170 acres granted to her husband, and 200 acres she purchased at Sheriff's sale. Approved.
1802: Petitioner is the representative in Arichat of Hamon, Janvrin and Co of the Island of Jersey, Merchants. The firm wishes to extend the business they have carried on in Cape Breton for the past 18 years, by building a wharf and stores. For that purpose they have purchased the rights of one of the French settlers. Petitioner asks a licence of occupation for the land and water logs until a grant can be obtained for the whole. Granted.
In an unrelated petition, dated 1808, John Ballaine is recorded as a JP.
1827: Edward Binet is a native of the Island of Jersey, age 29, married and has three children. He owns a small lot on the north side of Arichat Harbour, asks lot 13, block D. Approved, 25 acres.
1821: Petitioner, age 21, a native of Jersey, has lived two years in this province, is married and has one child. He asks a lot at Descousse lying on either side of the land of John Jean. Approved for 50 acres but not to interfere with the burying ground.
1815: Petitioner is principle agent for the House of Philip Robin and Co. He asks a lot at Port Hood on the peninsula, and adjoining the land of John Smith, along the shore and including the beach; the purpose is to build stores and carry on the fisheries.
1819: Petitioner is agent for the mercantile house of Philip Robin and Co, who have carried on the fishing business on the shore of Cape Breton since 1765. They ask a grant of a lot at Port Hood for which they received a lease in 1816. The members of the firms are: Philip Robin, Elizabeth Robin, John Robin, James Robin, and Clement Hemery. Recommended.
1830 Petition by Francis J Vautier: Seven years ago petitioner purchased a lot between Cheticamp and the Margarie from Peter Briard, agent for Robin and Co. He has paid £12 of the required £30. Now Briard plans to get a grant in his own name, and petitioner fears he will lose both the land and the money paid. A case for the law courts.
DeCarteret, Peter and others
1827: Peter de Carteret and Peter Le Vesconte are natives of the Island of Jersey, are engaged in trade as De Carteret and Le Vesconte. The former is 38 years old, married and has four children; the latter is 39, single. They ask a grant of land purchased, part from l'abbé Peter Landris through Michael Fougere, and the remainder from Robert Noble who bought it at a sale through the Court of Chancery. The land lies on the north side of Arichat Harbour. Approved.
1820: Petitioner, a native of Guernsey, has lived three years in Cape Breton. He asks the water lots in front of block C, Sydney, as a site for wharf and stores. Granted Lots 4, 5, 6, and 7 in front of block C.
1810: Petitioner, age 40, was born in the Island of Jersey, and has always continued to reside there. He has one child. He asks 500 acres of land in the Basin of the River Inhabitants. Note: All the land in the Basin or Bay of Inhabitants is ungranted except 200 acres.
1813: Petitioner, a native of the Island of Jersey where he has always resided, asks 500 acres in the Bras d'Or Lake adjoining the land payed for by Peter Duval. Granted 200 acres.
1803: Petitioner emigrated from Jersey. Has a wife and four children and asks land on the north side of Margaree, adjoining that of Joseph Ryan.
Hamon and Janvrin
1804: 80 acres at the entrance to Little Arichat Harbour. Crown lease authorised.
1803: 190 acres on the north side of Little Arichat, Isle Madame. Crown lease to Clement Hubert authorised.
1808: 150 acres on the northern side of Arichat Harbour granted to Clement Hubert. 1811 Census: Clement Hubert is recorded as the Collector of Revenue. He has two servants in his household at Arichat and keeps 3 cattle and six sheep.
1815: Petitioner is a native of the Island of Jersey, has lived in Cape Breton since 1783, and carries on an extensive trade there. He asks a water lot in front of property he purchased from Tremaine and Stout, also a wood lot. Granted a water lot in front of lot 17, Arichat Harbour.
1816: 157 acres in the third range of lots at Arichat granted to Clement Hubert.
1817 Petition from James Horseford: Petitioner received a warrant from a lot in Carribarcou, but has not completed his title. He has become deeply indebted to Clement Hubert, and asks that a grant be issued in Hubert's name. Note: Inadmissable.
1812: Petitioner was born in the Island of Jersey in 1765, has resided in Arichat since 1783. For 14 years he was master of a vessel, and for 12 years a merchant. In 1795 he was made Captain of Militia, and in 1803, Justice of Peace. In 1807 he was appointed Collector of Revenue, Clerk of Licences, Coroner, and Surveying Officer. He lives on land he purchased from Stout and Tremain. He received a lot at Little Arichat, but it was found to have been previously granted to Capt Francis Horguard (Hocquard) of Jersey. In lieu of this, petitioner asks lots 5 and 6 on the west side of the River Inhabitants.
1815: Petitioner renews his request for the lots 5 and 6. 1817: Crown lease approved 400 acres, lot 5 and 6 west side of the River Inhabitants.
1819: Petitioner asks a grant of 400 acres on the River Inhabitants for which he holds a crown lease; also for a vacant strip in the rear. Report: 500 acres, Lots 5 and 6, River Inhabitants.
1827: Petitioner purchased at Sheriff's sale a lot belonging to Lawrence Kavanagh at Rocky Bay, and paid £81. He hears that Boniface Fougere has applied for the lot, and presents his claims. Two petitions, copy of indenture: The suit was in 1821, against Lawrence Kavanagh, Sr. by Philip and Francis Janvrin, Clement Hubert, and Lawrence Kavanagh, for a debt of 71/1/9, and executed to each of these one parcel of land at Rocky Bay. Clement Hubert was the highest bidder and received the land in 1824. Affidavit of James Turnbull that Mr Hubert has several times applied to Deputy Survey, Luce, for a survey which has not been executed. Petition approved.
Janvrin and Company
1803 Surveyor's report re lot of land in the harbour of Arichat (John Janvrin). 1816: By a late survey it appears that the House of Janvrin and Co. have erected buildings on land reserved for a street. Petitioner asks that the street be moved one chain west, and that a title be given them for the land on which their buildings stand. Granted. 1817: Petitioners (Philip and Francis Janvrin and Co) ask a title to certain lots on the rear of lots on the northern shore of Arichat Harbour, given by Macarmick to John Janvrin and Co. 8 acres, northern shore of Arichat Harbour. Plan. 1818: Petitioners ask a grant of land at Arichat Harbour, and Little Arichat Harbour for which they hold a crown lease, dated 1803 and 1804. (Signed by Peter DeCarteret, Agent.) Report of Crawley to Crowdy: 247 acres at Arichat. Plan. The members of the firm are: Philip Janvrin, Francis Janvrin, Carteret Priaulx, Daniel Delisle, John Elisha Tupper and William Peter Price.
1818: Petitioners ask a title to land they have purchased from Nicholas Petitpas at Discoose. They have agreed to pay Pettipas £60. Report of Crawley to Crowdy: 80 acres at the entrance of Little Arichat Harbour. Plan. (Firm names as in preceding petition.)
1819 Report of Crawley to Ward: Lot 3, Harbour of Descousse, 130 acres. Names to be inserted are: Philip Janvrin, Francis Janvrin, Carteret Priaulx, Daniel DeLisle, John Elisha Tupper and William Peter Price.
1812: Petitioner, age 23, born in the Island of Jersey, has lived in Arichat four years. He asks a certain lot at the River Bougeois. Complied with. Surveyor's Report. Plan.
1809: Petitioner was born in the Island of Jersey, has lived in Arichat the past five years. He is married, and has three children. He holds a crown lease for 400 acres. He asks 500 acres at Caribaco Bay near the River Inhabitants, as a site for a saw-mill. 240 acres on the north-eastern side of Isle Madame, west of Little Descousse Harbour.
1811 Census: John Jean is recorded as a merchant at Arichat. His household includes two servants. He has cattle, sheep and a horse.
1810: Petitioner, age 25, was born in the Island of Jersey, has lived in Cape Breton the past five years. He is married and has three children. He asks a lot at Petit Desgrat Harbour, where he intends to build stores and carry on a fishery. 1813 Received three acres, Petit Desgrat.
1815 Two petitions: Petitioner, (John Jean) a native of the Island of Jersey is now resident at Arichat. He asks, (1) for a water lot on the north shore of Arichat Harbour in front of lots granted to the late George Moore, now the property of petitioner and (2) 50 acres in the rear of lands located to Simon Forrest. Water lot in front of lot 29, Arichat Harbour, and 46 acres on the north side of Arichat Harbour.
1817: Petitioner was born in Jersey, has lived fourteen years in Arichat. He asks a title to a lot at the head of Little River, near River Inhabitants, which lot was granted him by Gen. Nepean. 500 acres on Little River in the Basin of Inhabitants.
1819 Petition by Gerroir, Vivienne: Petitioner is the wife of Peter Girroir of Descousse, where the family has lived for 25 years. Her husband has been insane for the past eight years. Her eldest son assisted by people to whom he owes money, has petitioned for the land. She has yet three children living with her, and her son, Charles, is her only support, for whom, with herself, she asks a grant be given. Letter from John Jean, JP to Governor Ainslie: Petitioner, through the insanity of her husband is very poor, and if she should lose the land would be plunged in misery. Her eldest son is a worthless character, having at various times ill-used his father and mother. Granted. Note: to be given without fees.
1821 Petition by Boudrot, Charles and Simon refers to John Jean, Customs Officer of Arichat.
Le Brocq, Philip
1804: Petitioner asks a lease of certain small islands or neck of land near "Lardwise" in St. Peter's Bay, for the purpose of carrying on the fisheries.
Le Rossignol, John
1811 Census: John Le Rossignol is recorded as an agent for Janvrin and Co. with two servants.
1815: Petitioner was born in the Island of Jersey, is now resident at Isle Madame. He asks 500 acres on the borders of the Lake Labradore. Report of Crawley to Leonard: 500 acres, on the north-west arm of the Bras d'Or Lake.
1826 Petition by James Pringle states in 1822 he purchased 500 acres on the N.W. Bay of Bras d'Or Lake for £100, from the representatives of Rossignol of Arichat, and which Rossignal had held by crown lease.
Le Vesconte, Philip
1818: Petitioner, age 58, is a native of the Island of Jersey. His wife and two children are still in Jersey but he expects them the coming year. He lives in Descousse. He asks a lot at False Bay west of the River Bourgeois on the north side of Lennox Passage. Recommended.
1821 petition by Snow, John and Petipas, Francis (Philipe LeVesconte "drowned"): John Snow, a native of Nova Scotia, age 34, single, asks a lot near St. Peter's Bay. Francis Petitpas, age 25, is married and has three children. He is a native of Cape Breton, asks land adjoining those of the last petitioner. William Ivon, a native of Cape Breton, age 42, is married and has one child. He has a lease of land at Descousse, but was in debt and was forced to sell the land. He asks a lot near l'Ardoise.
Philip LeVesconte, a native of Jersey, age 61, is married and has two children. He passed Council for a lot at False Bay, and paid the fees to Mr Luce. The fees were not paid to Mr Crawley. Approved. [The names of Ivor and Le Vesconte are marked off, the first is marked "dead", the second, "drowned".]
Luce, John and others
1803: Petitioners ask an allotment of land south of Ship Harbour Point on the Gut of Canso. John Luce, William Luce and Robert Buckmaster.
1805: Surveyor's report of land in the Gut of Canso.
1810 petition by Charles Landrie: Petitioner was born in New Brunswick, has lived 30 years in Arichat. He is now 70 years old, has nine children, seven of whom are in Cape Breton. He asks a grant of the land on which he has long lived, and which adjoins land granted to Robin Luce and Co.
1810: Petitioner is a British born subject, and has lived the past eight years in Cape Breton. He asks 200 acres of land adjoining the lot of his brother on the Gut of Canso. Complied with.
1812: Petition to Nepean: Petitioner was born in the Town of Monaghan, Ireland, and came to Cape Breton in 1785, and in the same year obtained a grant for 318 acres at Grand Grave in St. Peter's Bay, and at the same time received a crown lease of 200 additional acres. Petitioner has acted as magistrate and as Captain of Militia. On a voyage to Jersey bearing dispatches from Governor Murray to the Secretary of State, his vessel was wrecked, and petitioner underwent great suffering. He asks a title to the 200 acres for which he holds a licence. Note: complied with.
1821: Petitioner is a native of Guernsey, age 23, is married and has two children. He asks a lot claimed by James Brown which has been relinquished by Dugal MacDonal. Note: James Brown, a carpenter in Sydney, obtained a warrant in January, but has taken no steps toward a grant.
1820: Petitioner, age 32, a native of Jersey, asks 200 acres west of the road leading from Arichat to Descousse, in the rear of the 25 acre wood lots. Granted 100 acres.
1819: Petitioner, age 39, born in the Island of Jersey, is married and has no children. He served three years as mariner on HM Inconitant during the campaign in Egypt. He asks a lot on the north side of the River Bourgeois. Recommended. Name: Saint Brelade.
1811 Census: Peter Renouf is recorded as a trader at Arichat with a family 1820: Petitioner, a native of Jersey, has lived twenty years in Cape Breton, the past two years at Mabou. He asks a rear lot on the east side of the SE Branch of Mabou. Granted.
Sherlock, George and others
1783: George Sherlock, Foster Sherlock, James Kavanagh and Lawrence Kavanagh on behalf of themselves and French Neutrals who formerly resided at "Arichat and Petit DeGrat on the Island of Madame and Spekers on the Island of Breton".
Driven from their settlement by privateers in the American War. Now, intending to go back to their fishing rooms, they hear persons from the Island of Jersey are applying for the same places.
Memorial to suspend grants to Jerseymen and at least make a fair distribution. Licence (written on the outside of the memorial) for James and Lawrence Kavanagh to occupy a fish room on the east side of Harbour Petit DeGrat. Licence made 1783.
Sivret (Syvret), George
1811 Census George Sivret (Syvret) is recorded as a mariner with one vessel. His family have a servant and one cattle.
1817: Petitioner, age 35, a native of the Island of Jersey, has lived at Arichat the past twelve years. He has four children, all living with him. He asks a lot on the north side of Arichat Harbour, and, as he is engaged in trade, the adjoining water lots. Report: 26 acres in the rear of the second range of lots at Arichat Harbour.