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Hagar and Benjamin Gero

   Barn on the Gero Farmland
  Photo: Ruth Holmes Whitehead, Nova Scotia Museum.  Click to Enlarge 41k
  Gero Farmland
This barn on the Gero farm in the Brownspriggs Grant was burned after this photo was taken in 1996.

agar and Benjamin Gero, Tracadie, were the ancestors of a long line of Geros in many areas of Nova Scotia today. Hagar escaped at age16 from Thomas Broughton, owner of Mulberry Plantation in South Carolina. It was 1779, the year of the first British land invasion in that colony. Hagar made it to New York, working in the Wagon-Master General's Department of the British Army; from there she came on the ship Nisbet to Port Mouton, Nova Scotia.

Benjamin Gero, age 25, was on the same ship. He had been owned by a poor French-Huguenot silk weaver, Peter Giraud (pronounced Gero), who had a shop on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

After the 1784 fire at Port Mouton, Benjamin and Hagar moved to Chedabucto and received land in the 1787 Brownspriggs grant, where they farmed and raised their children.

Related: Mulberry Plantation
Related: Dismal/Desmond and Gero descendants