William Prosper

William Prosper (1824 - 1923)

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William Prosper
Born in Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Truro, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
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William was born about 1837. William passed away in 1923. [1]

William was the child of Jean Prosper Compagnon and Mary Blanchard (?).


  1. Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK99-YPHT : 23 April 2015), William Prosper, 25 Mar 1923; citing Truro, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada, certificate 537, Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax.
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On 5 Feb 2016 Derek White wrote:

William Prosper, a very aged Micmac Indian, who was well-known as Soolian {Sulien, William}Bill, died at the Truro Indian Reservation, Nova Scotia, about 3rd April, at the very great age, it is claimed, of one hundred and one years. He was born at Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, about 1822, as it is claimed; and he had many traditions

of the old Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland which became extinct between 1810 and 1825. About 1848 he came to Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island, and about 1860 came to Halifax and attended the welcome which the Indian representatives gave the Prince of Wales in that year and received some of the bounty money which the Prince distributed among the Tribe. He was first camped on a hill near Farrell’s Pond, Dartmouth Lake, and later on the side of the stream where Greenvale School now is. He was a very prominent figure in the Halifax market, always standing in front of Walsh’s hardware shop. About 1880 he moved to the Indian Reservation at Truro, Colchester County, and made his headquarters there ever since, though after coming to Halifax. {What Piers has written here is not clear: does he mean that William Prosper lived at Halifax after or before he lived in Truro? William Prosper did live in Tufts Cove, Dartmouth, in the first decade of the twentieth century; probably living elsewhere after the Halifax Explosion of 1917. He had his portrait painted there, and his photograph taken; see the Mi’kmaq Portraits website, http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mikmaq for examples. He worked as a cooper, and had been friends with Lonecloud’s mother and maternal grandfather.} For several years his health has been failing, although his mind was comparatively good. He was a man with many fine qualities and was a great favourite with all who came into contact with him, and these will have pleasant recollections of the good-hearted old Indian. He was a big man, tall, and straight as an arrow even in his old age. He was an expert cooper in his time, but did not excel as a hunter. He had a wonderful fund of tradition, and was appealed to for information regarding the old days, and the old customs of his tribe. He contributed quite a large sum of his savings to help build the chapel on the Truro reserve. None of his children survive him. {Jerry Lonecloud to Harry Piers, who then wrote this obituary. 7 April 1923. Nova Scotia Museum Library, Piers Papers, Ethnology: Genealogies, 27.}

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