''John Farmer, descendent of Jupiter the slave, Birchtown, Shelburne County''
John Farmer's ancestors would likely have been brought to Shelburne in 1783. Clara Dennis visited with Farmer in the kitchen of his home at Birchtown on a summer's day in the early 1930s. He recounted his father's reminiscences of Jupiter and Venus, the freed slave couple from whom their family was descended. John Farmer had raised a large family in the house he built with money earned on the fishing banks. As he expressed it, "Ah drawed the money for this heah house out o' the banks." (Clara Dennis, Down in Nova Scotia, Toronto, 1934)
Date: [early 1930s]
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives acc. no. 1983-468/33 | NSARM neg. N-8877