Nova Scotia History

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog – hopefully you’ll find something interesting. If you do – please comment, or drop me a line.

I’m a history buff, have been for as long as I can remember.

I’ll relate past memories of historical interest later, but for now I think we need to share what it is I plan to focus on as long as this blog continues (which I hope is for quite a while.)

Nova Scotia History!

I am a novice at this, an amateur historian who loves to focus on the Annapolis Valley. Currently I am researching, and hoping to share, on the following topics:

  1. Colonel Samuel Vetch Bayard (Loyalist – Wilmot)
  2. Sqn Ldr William Christison, DFC (404 Squadron Pilot, killed 25 March 1945)
  3. Brigadier Timothy Dwight Ruggles, Jr (Loyalist – Wilmot)
  4. Colonel James De lancey (Loyalist – Tupperville area)
  5. CFB Greenwood history (1942-1950)
  6. 404 Squadron History (1941 – 1945)
  7. Forgotten homesteads and architectural history
  8. Old NS highways (off the beaten path)
  9. Metal detecting in the Annapolis Valley
  10. Odds and sods !
Obviously, I have a short attention span, though I am thinking about historical issues pretty much constantly when not at work, in the gardens, or travelling the countryside with my wife.


4 thoughts on “Nova Scotia History

  1. Dear sir
    I am intersted to hear you are researching Colonel Samuel Vetch Bayard. He is the first cousin of my ancestor Cornelia Bray (nee Bayard) and I would like to see if you have information on Colonel Bayard’s and his siblings. Regards Kenn Sheather

    1. Hi

      Sorry for delay getting back to you. SVB is a fascinating subject, as I am sure you already know. I always wondered why this prominent gentleman was buried in the middle of a field when I first moved here 17 years ago, and the story has been so interesting. I’m not sure where you are, but have you been to Wilmot in the Valley? As well, have you read Peter Mitham’s article on SVB? (Mitham, Peter J. “Samuel Vetch Bayard (1757-1832): Loyalist and Methodist.” Nova Scotia Historical Review 15, 1 (June 1995): 91-105.) Mr Mitham answered an email for me a while ago, but now lives out West. I had hoped he was local so that I could have a coffee with him to discuss his ancestor. As well, I suggest you try the following which is Peter’s blog if you haven’t already :

      Let me know if I can do anything else to assist. I believe I have a copy of the SVB article in one of NS Historical Quarterlies if you would like a copy.


  2. Bill Perkins, son of Adelaide Ruggles-Perkins, descendent of Brig Gen Timothy RUGGLES June 10, 2013 — 6:36 pm

    Timothy Dwight RUGGLES is different from Brig Gen Timothy RUGGLES, Son of Rev. Timothy RUGGLES

    1. I agree, but the Loyalist General who lived at Wilmot NS, was also name Timothy Dwight Ruggles, was he not?

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