Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition


Benjamin Belcher of Belcher Street (near Port Williams), estate inventory

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Slaves were bequeathed by will and included in the inventory of the property of the deceased. Belcher (1743-1802), an early settler of the New England Planter township of Cornwallis, was a member of the House of Assembly and a pillar of the Church of England. Two of Belcher's former slaves were among the original settlers of the historic black communities of Pine Woods and Gibson Woods. Pine Woods was later destroyed when the area was given over to military use (Camp Aldershot).

Date: 1802

Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Kings County probate records estate case file B7 (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 19779)