Nova Scotia Archives

Township Records at the Nova Scotia Archives

Selected Items

Presented below is a small selection of representative documents from the early years of township settlement in Nova Scotia. The examples chosen open a window into that past, including official government records encouraging and organizing settlement; pages from the Truro Township Book (be sure to look closely for the cattle marks); and the diary of the Rev. John Seccombe in Chester, July to December 1761, digitized in its entirety. Thoughts of food seem to have been uppermost in his mind, since the entries invariably mention the food and drink he consumed — a gem indeed for historians investigating 18th century foodways!




Printed resolution of the Council…
Date: 20 May 1758
Reference no.: RG 1 vol. 301 no. 1

Printed proclamation by Governor Lawrence…
Date: 11 January 1759
Reference no.: RG 1 vol. 301 no. 3

"An Act for the choice of Town Officers…"
Date: 1765
Reference no.: N.S. Statutes 1765 Cap I, pp. 106-108

Truro Township Book - Committee of Roads
Reference no.: MG 4 vol. 150a page 317

Truro Township Book - Cattle Marks
Reference no.: MG 4 vol. 150a page 318

Truro Township Book - Register of Births
Reference no.: MG 4 vol. 150a

Truro Township Book - Register of Deaths
Reference no.: MG 4 vol. 150a

Journal of Rev. John Seccombe
Date: 30 July - 31 December 1761
Reference no.: MG 1 vol. 797C no. 5