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and 30 bushels of turnips

According to the 1851 Nova Scotia census, my great great great grandfather, Joseph, owned the following:

• 2 tons of hay
• 1 neat cattle
• 1 milk cow
• 6 sheep
• 30 bushels of turnips
• 50 bushels of potatoes
• soap, candles and cloth manufactured
• 10 gallons of liquor manufactured
• 125 qtys butter manufactured

I have no idea how to gauge that. Was he doing well? Was he dirt poor? About all I can be sure of is he was better off than his British counterpart. In the mid-late 1800s, great great great grandfather, William, was scraping by in Sussex England on a work farm. He and his wife had 11 children, who lived scattered about in different dormitories.

And yet another great great great grandfather William was a minister in Maryland (with 13 kids). That leg of my family had come from England and settled in Maryland about the time it became a colony. Meanwhile, other great great great grandfathers were somewhere in North Carolina, Ireland and Germany. I'll bet none of them had 30 bushels of turnips.

BREAKING NEWS: I have just confirmed that Mr. 30 bushels of turnips up there had French lineage. That probably means his parents were born in France, but I don't know for sure how far back the French origins are yet. I am: English, German, Irish, French, Canadian. English married German. Irish married French-Canadian. Does Canadian even count if they were only there for a few generations? I guess it stays in the mix until I get further back on that line of the family.



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