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Margaree, Nova Scotia

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Margaree is a region in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on the Margaree River. During the 18th century, Acadians settled along the coast near the mouth of the river; the French name for this river was St. Marguerite. Scottish Highlanders began to settle in the Margaree Valley at the beginning of the 19th century.

Earliest Families

Migration to Newfoundland

From about 1840-1850, a number of Margaree families emigrated to Newfoundland's west coast region, and settled in the area around Port au Port, including the communities of Sandy Point, Stephenville and St. George's Bay.

These families included the Duffney (Duffenais) family from Margaree, John Fredrick and his wife Marie Ann LeJeune, and Henri LeJeune who settled in Port au Port; Felix Gallant and his wife Marie Theotime LeBlanc, Etienne LeBlanc and Anne Cormier, Tatien Aucoin and Marguerite Lenblanc, followed by Rueben Cormier and Dominic LeBlanc who settle in Stephenville; and .... wgo settled in Sandy Point.


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