SHDP Newsletter 2019 Fall Edition
Wow! Where did the summer go?
October is Family History Month, are you planning anything special to celebrate your ancestors this month?
The September 15th Ship Hector Reunion & BBQ was a busy and fun afternoon of music, food, socializing and watching the BBC documentary.
We were happy the weather cooperated as the previous weekend we were dealing with Hurricane Dorian!

Approximately 80 people attended, with about half being descendants. 
It was great to meet some descendants for the first time! 
The entertainment was wonderful with fiddler Amelia Parker, guitar player Bruce Pettipas, dancers Allyson Parker & Machara MacNeil and the harp trio of Cristine Sonntag, Brenda Bowen & Donna Hutchison.

Amelia, Allyson, Machara and Cris are Hector descendants!

We had lots of positive comments which confirmed
the need to make it an annual event. 
Many attended the Pictou United Church Hector Celebration service in the morning and visited the Quay too.
Thanks to McCulloch Centre volunteers and staff: Marlene, Ruth, Margie, Donna & Michelle, and others who pitched in
to help make the event a success.
Thanks Victor for the photos!
For the last few months, I have been working on accumulating various Hector related items to put on a "Shop" page on the Ship Hector Descendants website.  And it is finally ready !  This photo shows six books that are currently for sale.  Other items include: a poster, prints, cards, decal, ornament, key chain, and a lapel pin.  There is something here for adults, children and all budgets. 
I hope to source more items in the future, hopefully something in Hector tartan.  
Check out the Shop page, now online! 
Perfect timing to start your Christmas shopping!
(Proceeds from the Shop will go towards project expenses)
A resource you may not know about.......The Waldren Collection of Photographs is an extensive collection of photographs of people from Pictou and Antigonish Counties.  George Waldren was a very well known photographer who worked out of his studio  on Provost St. in New Glasgow . He took thousands of pictures of people, sports teams, places and events in Pictou and Antigonish Counties.  The collection of over 45,000 glass plates, negatives and portraits is now owned by Dalhousie University Archives and is available online to search.  Photos are very good quality and if you find your ancestor you can purchase the photo for $1.00.  A volunteer at the Pictou County Roots Society is currently organizing the photos from Pictou County and attempting to identify the people in the photos. You can visit the site here and perhaps you will find a photo of your ancestor.


Link to the Waldren Collection   

I discovered this photo of Queenie Ballantyne (1896-1959)  in the Waldren Collection, taken in 1917.  Queenie was the great granddaughter of passenger Helen Morrison  Ballantyne.  Helen was the daughter of child passenger George Morrison & Jane Forbes, from Ayrshire, Scotland.  The Ballantyne's settled in Antigonish County, and Ballantynes Cove was named for Helen's husband David Ballantyne, a soldier in the 82nd Regiment.  Queenie moved to Rhode Island where she studied nursing and married John A Doyle, a fireman.
(Ballantyne has various spellings: Ballentyne, Ballentine, Ballantine)
Has anyone seen this pin before?  A local antique dealer had a couple of these pins, one in nearly mint condition, another was a bit weathered.  The back of the pin indicates it was manufactured by The Whitehead & Hoag Co, of Newark, NJ. 
The company was one of the largest button manufacturers in the world. 
Buttons were an effective advertising tool in that time period. 
Wonder how many were made for the 150th anniversary celebration in 1923.....
Local historian, author, and graphic designer John Ashton designed this decal for the Ship Hector Descendants Project for the SHDP online Shop.  We also collaborated on the design of the "Proud to be a Ship Hector Descendant" 11 x 17 " poster.  John is the owner of Ashton Creative Design in Pictou County; the author of two local history books; designer of many historical plaques and the creator of over 20 "Tradigital Art"  posters, depicting Pictou County places and themes.  Other examples of John's work can be found on his Facebook page.  It's been great to collaborate with John, we have more ideas for future projects!
While perusing some materials recently at the McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre in Pictou, I spotted this magazine, published September 1979, some 40 years ago.  On the cover a painting is featured of the Ship Hector's arrival, called "The Coming of the Hector" by J.D. Kelly; Courtesy of the Confederation Life Collection.  (That same painting hangs at the McCulloch Centre).  Inside the magazine were three articles referencing the Hector,  the first being "The Coming of the Scots" by Roland H Sherwood. Another article by Joyce C Barkhouse on "Pioneer Preacher" features Rev James McGregor, who married Hector passenger Ann McKay in 1796.  Ann was a child aboard the Hector, daughter of Roderick McKay and Christiana Grant.  Terrence Punch's article entitled "Bluenose Genealogy - VIII: The Scots" gives an overview of Scottish immigration and settlement.

Awesome to see the Hector story featured prominently in this magazine's "Scottish Heritage Issue" in September 1979.

This summer I met a few visitors "from away". It was very nice to meet Rich from Boston, Margarett from Moose Jaw, David from North Carolina, and Leslie from Calgary. 
If you are planning a visit to Pictou County, drop me a line
and we can go for a coffee, or maybe visit a cemetery!
Another great resource.......Internet Archive is a website with over 20 million books and much more.  Searching the word Pictou yields 191 results, everything from coal mining to railways to entire books, eg the History of Pictou County by Rev George Patterson, (a Hector descendant and distinguished minister and author from PIctou County).  Some books can be borrowed, others can be downloaded for free with an account. 

You never know what you might find.

If you have found a great resource in your genealogical pursuits, please share! 

Recently came across this concept re doubling ancestors......The assumption is that if we double our ancestors back each generation, it is possible that we could have 1024 ancestors by the time we reach 10 generations.  This seems a bit mind boggling to me but it is probably true.  That said, often our ancestors were cousins, so the number may work out to be a lot less. 

Living Ship Hector descendants have a range of 6 to 9 generations from their passenger ancestor.

How many of you need a jar like this?
The one on the right, that is!
I probably do! :)

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