LUNENBURG TOWNSHIP FIRST FAMILIES
1750-1784
Master Index


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This Master Index is intended to provide a quick way of linking to a wide variety of web pages (21 directly and then another 19 indirectly) devoted to various aspects of the early families that settled in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia beginning in June 1753.

This Master Index is called First Families. The criteria for inclusion is that there must be a civil, church, or military record of the family having been in Lunenburg Township between 1753 and 1775. There are over 800 families listed.

This name is used to distinguish between it and another term, Founding Families, being used by others to denote those families who were present the summer of 1753.

The First Family Master Index is set out in two parts:

  • FAMILY NAME with individuals named; the links provided cover 1750 to 1784
  • FAMILY NAME only; the links or other source citations cover 1785 to the present
  • Many males, in the time covered by this index, were given a first name of Johann; they went by their second name. Generally the "Johann" is shortened to simply "J".

    It should be noted that in families where it is known that there is more than one individual with the same name (e.g. MOSER, Jacob (2), or SCHMIDT, George Michael (2) & Johann Michael) it is possible that there may be errors in assignment of links to the proper individual.

    The links themselves are listed in more-or-less chronological order, to provide a glimpse of when families arrived or departed. Some 700 families appear on the list in the early years, however by 1770 the number had decreased to about 200.

    The links associated with individual's names appear in the following sequence:

  • The country of origin. This link then takes you to maps show home towns (where known)
  • The passenger ship that brought them over from Europe. This is from Gail Facini-Edwards' site.
  • The Halifax Victualling Lists of 1752 and 1753. The 1752 data is from Gail Facini-Edwards' site.
  • The Return of Arms List of 1753. The settlers were organized into militia groups that corresponded to thier town lot assignment.
  • The Live Stock Assignment List of 1754. The settlers were provided with varying numbers and species of live stock (cattle, sheep, pigs) according to marital status and family size.
  • The Town Lot Registry List of 1753/4. The settlers were assigned a Town Lot in 1753. This list is taken from a 1754 registry. There may have already been swaps and sales over the year (not recorded).
  • The 30 acre Farm Lot Registry 1753/4. The settlers were assigned a Farm Lot out in the countryside (generally along rivers or coast line).
  • The Lunenburg Victualling Lists of 1755 and 1756. The 1755 data is from Bryan Keddy's site.
  • The Cattle Excursion Participant List of 1756. After the expulsion of the Acadians from the Annapolis Valley area, some members of the new community went to the area to "rescue" livestock left behind.
  • The Lunenburg Victualling List of 1757.
  • The Town Lot Registry of 1760/2. This was a "census" of who now held what. There was considerable change from the registry taken about 6 years earlier.
  • The Garden Lot Registry of 1760/2. Garden plots just east of the town were handed out in 1753 (no records available).
  • The 30 acre Farm Lot Registry of 1760/2. This was a "census" of who now held what. There was considerable change from the registry taken about 6 years earlier.
  • The 300 acre Forest Lot Assignments over 1763-6. These lots were assigned over three years beginning 1763
  • The Census of 1770. This is a pseudo census, in that the nominal 1770 census, which gives only head of household name and numbers of adults and children by gender, was combined with church BMD data to provide a list of all names.
  • The Index of Land Transactions 1759-75. Official land transfer records were compiled only beginning the autumn of 1759.
  • The Listing of Contributors to the Building of Zion Lutheran Church. This list alos gives early membership tenures covering 1770 to about 1785.
  • The Township Land Grants of 1784. Although settlers were able to sell, buy and will land from the outset, they were not given free title until 1784 and included whatever they held as of that date. This data is from Cathy DiPietro's site.

    The links (in bold) associated with family names only appear in the following sequence (non-bold items mean that the names appear in those citations):

  • The Census of 1838. This gives head of household name, occupation, number in family, and census district. ERROR - the date within the individual families should be 1838 NOT 1938 - SORRY!
  • If in the Censii of 1871 and 1881. In the original they give all family members names, ages and relationship to head of household. Comprehensive coverage of the 1871-1901 censii on the web is not available. However Gail Facini-Edward's site gives a partial census coverage. This list is expanding continually.
  • The Index of Heads of Households as found on the AF Church Co map of the county prepared about 1883.
  • If in the Censii of 1891 and 1901. The 1901 census also gives birth dates.
  • If in the McAlpine's County Directories of 1908 and 1914. These mostly list men's names, where they live, and occupation.
  • The Birth, Marriage, & Death Records as abstracted from church records (1753 - mid 1800's) by Don Shankle at his site. There are some 50,000 records cited.
  • The Index to Probated Wills. This covers about 16,000 wills probated in Lunenburg County between 1770 and 1999.
  • If in the South Shore Genealogy Society Cemetery Inscriptions. They are found in 4 volumes and cover over 250 cemeteries. Gail Facini-Edward's site gives a listing of individuals in some cemeteries. This list is expanding continually.
  • If in the Obituaries found in the Index to those 220,000 published in Halifax newspapers between 1961 and 1992.
  • If in Bell's Notes on some 500 early Lunenburg families, which were compiled in preparation for Winthrop Bell's book "The foreign Protestants and the Settlement of Nova Scotia" (1960).
  • If in the Book: Planters & Pioneers by Esther Wright
  • If in the Book: Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867 (1992) by Leonard Smith & Morma smith
  • If in the Book: History of the County of Lunenburg (1895) by Mather B DesBrisay. This link is an index at Gail Facini-Edwards' site giving page numbers where individual family names appear.

    Two Indexes not connected within the individual families are

  • Spelling variances for over 440 family names and
  • An Earlier atempt to list details for selected First Families.


    The FAMILY NAMES covered include:

    ACKER, AKINS (ATKINS), ALISON, ALLEMAND, AMEND, ANDERSON, ANDREAS, ANSCHUTZ, ANSELME, APELDON, ARENBERG, ARMIER, ARTZ, ASZAN, ATKINS, ATTERNAND, AWALD see EWALD,

    BACH, BACHLEY, BACHMAN, BADER, BAILLY, BALTZER, BANVARD, BARBEY, BARGELD, BASNS, BAUEISEN, BAUER, BAUHOFFER, BECHLEY, BECK, BECKER, BEENEY, BEGUIN, BELL, BELLER, BELOUD, BENNET, BERGER, BERGHAUS, BERRINGER, BERTLING, BEYER, BEZANSON, BICKRICH, BIELER see PIELER, BIGUENET, BINDER, BIZETTE, BLACK, BLEISTEINER, BODE, BOEHNER, BOISHOFFER?, BOLLEVER see POLLEVER, BOLLMAN, BOMGARED, BOND, BONDARDS, BONNEAU, BORN (BURNS), BOSTON, BOUILLION, BOULBACK, BOULLON, BOUREISEN, BOURGEOIS, BOURGOYNE, BOURNEUVE, BOUTELIER, BOUTENGER, BOUTIEN, BOVET, BOWER, BRAND, BRAUN, BREHM, BREYER, BRIDGE, BRISTER, BROAN, BROOKS, BROTHENHAUER, BROWN, BRUCKBAUER, BRUIN, BRUM, BRUNNER, BRUNOCK, BRYZELIUS, BUBICKOFFER, BUHLER, BURNS see BORN, BURTON, BUSINGER, BUYER,

    CALAME, CARLIN, CELL see ZELL, CELLER (SAWLER), CERTIER see also SERTIE, CERTIER, CHALLAND, CHAUCON, CHERRET, CHRIEST, CHURCHILL, CLAASEN, CLAIR, CLAP, CLATTENBERGER, CLATTENBERGER, CLAUSNER, CLEESATTEL, CLEM, COLE see KOHL, COLP see KOLP, COMINGO, CONRAD, CONRAED, CONTI, CONTOIS, COOK see KOCH, COOK, CORKUM (GORCKUM), COULLON, COVEY, CRAFT see CROFT, CRAICE, CRANNER, CREASER (KRUESER), CREIGHTON, CRESSMER, CROFT (CRAFT, KRAFT), CROOKS, CROSS, CROSSMAN, CROUSE (KRAUS), CUNNINGHAM, CURIER,

    DAHN, DALTON, DANNIN, DARE', DAUPHINEE, DAVID, DAVISON, DE CERJATT, DEAL, DEBREZE, DEBRUIN, DEGELIN, DEGENWOVE, DELABERTOUCHE, DELADERAY, DELAROCHE, DELESDERNIER, DEMET, DEMONE (TIMON), DENNEMAN, DEREST, DESCHAMPS, DETTENDORFER, DIEBERT, DIEDERICH, DIETHOFF (THETOFF), DIRPLE see TORPLE, DOERCE, DOHNIG, DONET, DONZELL, DORSELLE, DORSELLE, DORSTER, DOUGLAP, DRECHSLER, DRILLIOT, DUMET see DEMET, DUPASQUIER, DUPERRIN, DUPONT, DUPURFFER, DURAND, DUTOUR, DUVOISIN, DUXLER,

    EDMUND, EDSELL, EGGLI, EGLIS, EICHARD see EICHER, EICHEL, EICHENBERG, EICHER, EICHNUS, EISELE, EISENHAUER, ELOHT, EMONEAU, ENGEL (INGLIS), ENGLISH, ERAD, ERNST, ERRET see ERNST, ERUTH, EWALD (AWALD),

    FAINOT, FALK, FALKENHAYN, FANCY, FAUSEL, FEDER, FEGEITH, FEHR, FEINDEL, FELCHER see VOELKER, FELIX, FEVRE, FIENER, FINCK, FISEL see VYSSEL, FISSERAND, FITERAY, FLECK, FOGELER, FOGELER see also VOGLER, FOGELY see VOEGELY, FOLCHER see VOELKER, FOLGER, FOLMER see VOLLMAR, FONZEL/DONZEL?, FOREL, FORSCHNER, FORSTER, FOSELER, FOSELLE, FRANCK, FRANKLIN, FREUDENBERG, FRIEDRICK, FRIZZEL, FROELIG, FRUSOH, FULTZ, FUSS, FUSSEAU,

    GAETZ (GOTZ, KITZ, KOTZ), GAINOT, GAMMON, GARRET, GAUER, GEBHARD, GEILER, GELDERT, GEMPER see GIMPER, GENDRY, GENREED, GERHARDT, GERRISH, GERTZEN, GESSEN, GETZ, GIDION, GIMPER, GISTLER, GLASSCHANK, GLASSEN, GOLDSMITH, GOODRIDGE, GOREHAM, GORKUM see CORKUM, GOTTHARDT, GOURBON, GOURDON, GRAFF, GRAFF see also GRAVES, GRAFT, GRANT, GRASS, GRAUEL, GRAUS, GRAVES see also GRAFF, GRAVES, GREIGNAUD, GRETTEAU, GRIMMERICH, GRIS, GROSS, GROSSRENAUD, GROUPPE, GRUBB, GUCK (KOCH), GUIGNE,

    HAAG (HAAKE), HAAS, HAAY, HABLICH, HADRAN, HAHN, HAIL, HALT, HALTER, HAM, HAMMER, HANRICHER see HEINRICH, HAPPOLD, HARIFER, HARNISCH, HARTLING, HARTMAN, HATMAN, HATT, HATTON, HAUN, HAUPTMANN, HAUSER, HAUSSLER, HAVERSTOCK, HAYS, HEBB, HECHT, HECKMAN, HEFFT, HEILMAN, HEINER, HEINRICH, HEISER, HEISLER see HAUSSLER, HEISON, HEIT, HELLER, HEMIOY, HENRICI see RITCEY, HERMAN, HERMSTADT, HEUBERGER, HEULL, HEYES, HICKS, HILCHIE (ULSCHE), HILMAN, HILTZ, HIMMELMAN, HINCHELWOOD, HINCKEL, HINNEL, HIRSCHING, HIRSCHMAN, HIRTLE (HIRTLING), HIZER, HOFFLER, HOFFMAN, HOHL, HOLDRY, HOREIN, HOREY, HOSIEN, HOSTERMAN (OSTERMAN), HOUFEMAN, HOUG, HOUGIN, HOUSEWURTH, HOVY, HOWE, HUBLEY, HUHN, HUHN/HAHN/KUHN, HUNIER, HUNT/HUST?, HURIHAN, HUTT, HUY,

    INGLIS see ENGELS, IRDMAN, ISALEE, ISELIN, ISENBERGER, ISLER (USLER), ISLIMOY, ISLIN,

    JACOB see JACOT, JACOBS, JACOT, JACQUE, JAICH, JAILLET, JAMES, JAMMER, JAMMER, JAMMER?, JEANBAS, JEANPERRIN, JEAUDRY, JEAUNE, JEAUNO, JEMMISON, JESSEN, JOHNSTON, JOLLIMOIS, JONES?, JORNER?, JOST, JUDLE, JUELLIETTE, JUNG see YOUNG,

    KAHLER see KOHLER, KAIER, KAULBACK, KAUTZ, KAYSER, KEDDY, KELLENBERGER, KELLER, KELTZER, KENNEY, KEROPS, KERSHAW, KETNER, KETZ, KING, KIRCHNER, KISTNER, KITTINGER, KLAGES, KLEIN, KLETT, KNAUT, KNELLER, KNICKLE, KNOCK, KOCH (COOK), KOCHLEY, KOHL (COLE), KOHLER, KOLP (COLP), KORBER, KOUTZ, KOZN, KRAFT see CROFT, KRAUL, KRAUS see CROUSE,KREBS, KROGER, KRUESER see CREASER, KUFFER, KUHN, KUNTZ, KURN, KURTZ,

    LABRADOR, LACHMUND (LUCKMOND), LAGARCE ( LEGAG, LEGGE), LAI, LANDSCHEIT, LANGILLE, LANGLOIS, LANKERT, LANTZ, LASSERTT, LASSLE (LESLEY), LAUNER, LAURENT, LAY (LOYE), LEACE, LEAU (LOWE), LEIGH, LEISSER, LEISTERBOSCH, LEJEUNE, LEONHARDT, LERICH, LERICH see LEARY, LESLEY see LASSLE, LEVY, LIEBESTEIN, LINCK, LINTNER, LIPPERT, LISK, LITTLEJOHN, LOCKMAN, LOD, LOFFLER, LOFT see LOTT, LOHNES, LOHT see LOTH, LORANG, LOTH, LOUCAS, LOWE see LEAU, LOYE see LAY, LUCKMOND see LACKMUND, LUM, LUNKES,

    MADER see MEDER, MAIGRET, MAIGRET, MAILETE, MAILLARD, MALMAHU, MANGE, MANGEAU, MARCH, MARCIN, MARGUERAT, MARRIETTE, MARWETHY/MARAUETTE/MAVITY, MASSON, MATHIEU, MAUSER, MCDONNEL, MCVETHY, MCWHITES, MEDER (MADER, MEIDER), MEHLMAN, MEICHSNER, MEIDER see MADER, MEIR, MEIS see MAAS, MEISNER, MEISS, MELADEL, MENEGAUX (MINIGO), MERCER, MERCIER, MERKEL, MERLIN, MEROT, MERS?, MERTZ, MESSER (MOSER?), METTETAL , METTIN, METTLER, METZGER, METZLER, MEURER/MYRA, MEURER/MYRA, MEUSE, MEYER, MEYHOFFER, MEYNERS, MICHEAU, MICHEL, MICHLEY (MUHLIG?), MILCH, MILE, MILIET, MILLER , MILZGAR, MINIGO see MENEGAUX, MONGS, MONK, MORASCH, MOREAU, MORITZ, MORLAN, MORLEAU, MOSER, MOSSER, MOSSMAN, MOTZ, MUHLIG, MULLER, MULLER see also MILLER, MULLOCK see MULIG, MUNICH, MURE, MUSSLER,

    NAAS, NAGEL (NAUGLER), NAU (NOWE), NEESHAM (NEFF?), NEFF, NEUFAHRT, NEUMANN, NICOLAI, NOWE see NAU, NUGENT,

    OCHS, ORTH, OSENBENTZ, OSTERMAN see HOSTERMAN, OSTERTAG, OSWOLDT, OTT, OXNER,

    PADNALL, PAGLY, PALM, PAR, PASSA, PAUL, PAYSANT, PEIP?, PELETERRACI, PENTZ, PERNEAU, PERNETTE, PETRIQUIN, PFAFFHAUSER, PFEIFFER, PHILIPS, PIELER, PINNEL/PENNEL, PITRE, POLLEDER, POLLEVER , PRIEPER, PRUSS, PUBLICOVER, PUPPLE,

    RADER, RAFUSE (REHFUS), RAHN, RAMAGE/RAMEY?, RAMICHEN (ROMKEY), REFFIGOR, REHFUS see RAFUSE, REICHARDT, REIGER, REINHARD, REMBY, RENAUD, REYNARD, RICHELL, RICHTER, RIEGER, RIESER, RIGOULEAU, RIOVANT, RITCEY (HENRICI), RITTINGER see ROTTINGER, RIVOUET see RIOVANT, ROBERT (ROBAR), ROBST, RODENHAUSER, RODER see RADER, ROHN, ROHSTY, ROHT, ROLEDER, ROLLER, ROMKES, ROMKEY see RAMICHEN, ROSE, ROST, ROSTY?/RUST?, ROTH, ROTTER, ROTTINGER, ROUS, RUBIN, RUDER, RUDIAN, RUDOLF, RUHLAND, RUHN, RUISHEAU, RUND, RUPP, RUST,

    SABATIE, SALM, SARTY see CERTIER and SERTIE, SAUCON see CHAUCON, SAUER, SAWLER see CELLER, SCHAFFER, SCHAFFNER, SCHANTZ, SCHAUBACH, SCHAUFELBERGER, SCHAUFFER, SCHENK, SCHENKEL, SCHERFF, SCHERMULLER, SCHERTON, SCHLAGENWEID, SCHLEGEL, SCHLOER, SCHLUTER, SCHMELZER, SCHMIDT, SCHNERR, SCHRACK, SCHRAM, SCHREAM, SCHUHMAN, SCHULTZ, SCHULZE, SCHUMACHER, SCHUP, SCHUPLY, SCHUTZ, SCHWARTZ, SCHWEINHEIMER, SEEBERGER, SEELIG SEEMAN, SEIDLER, SEIFER, SEIL, SEILER, SEINSTROM, SERSSER, SERTIE see also CERTIER, SERTIE (CERTIER, SARTY), SHAFFETTE, SHAFFHAUSER, SHAUCH, SHEPARD, SHERATON, SHOALS, SHUBIRNS, SIDDER, SILBER/SILVER, SIMON, SLEUTER see also SCHLUTER, SLEUTER, SPANNAGEL, SPEIDEL, SPERRY, SPIEGEL, SPINDLER, SPRINGAUFF, STAHL, STEINFORD, STEINMAN, STEISEL, STEISS, STEPHENS, STORK, STRASSBURGHER, STRAUCH, STROUS, SUTHERLAND,

    TAK, TANNER, TAON, TATTERAY, TEAURDRY, TENSION, TERPLE see TORPLE, TEWKES, THETHOFF see DIETHOFF, THICKPENNY, THIEL see DEAL, THOM, THOMAS, THON, TIMON see DEMONE, TIPERT see DEUBERT, TISSERAND, TIULLIET, TONAY, TORNER, TORPEL (DIRPLE, TERPLE), TRAHAM, TRAMBUS, TREBER, TREFFIAN, TREISTER, TRILLIOT, TRIPPEAU, TROPE, TROUPPE, TRUEDTER, TURKSCHE, TURN, TURNER,

    UHLMAN, UHRIG, ULSCHE see HILCHIE, UNSTATT, USLER see ISLER,

    VALETTE, VANDERBULT, VANDERHYDE, VANHOBOKEN, VERNON, VIENOT, VINCENT, VOEGELI (FOGELY), VOGLER, VOGLER see also FOGELER, VOLBACH, VOLCKER, VOLLMAR, VOLMER, VUILAMET, VUILQUET (WILKIE), VYSSEL see WISEL,

    WACKER, WAGNER, WAILDON, WAITE, WALKER see also WACKER, WALKER, WALLER, WALLIS, WALTER, WAMBOLD, WANER, WEAGLE see WIGEL, WEGSCHEIDER, WEIDEMAN, WEIL, WEILD/WILD?, WEILER, WEINACHT, WEINMAN (WENMAN), WEISENER, WELSCH, WENMAN see WEYMAN, WENTZELL, WESSEL, WEST, WESTHOFER, WEYMEYER, WHITE, WIEDERHOLD, WIELAND, WIELD/WILD, WIGEL (WEAGLE), WILD, WILKIE see VUILQUET, WILLIAMS, WILLMAY, WINMEYER, WINSLOW, WINTER, WIRTH, WIRTZ, WISEL, VYSSEL, WISEL, WISEL (VYSSEL, FISSELL, ), WITTMAN, WOLF, WOLLENHAUPT, WRIGHT, WURSTER, WURTH, WURTZ, WUST,

    YAH see JAICH, YOUNG,

    ZELL (CELL), ZENPENCE?, ZIMMER, ZINCK, ZOUBERBUHLER, ZUEM/ZURN, ZURN, ZWICKER.


    Two other related Indexes not included above are:

  • the First Family Home Page, which gives some of the above linkages but also links to other's focused family web pages
    , and
  • the Index to some 6000 Lunenburg County names, which gives multiple spellings of names and covers the past 250 years. Many sources are cited, although no links given.


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