This weekend we took a little road trip to Tracadie, Nova Scotia to find the beginnings of Deloreys in Nova Scotia. It was especially moving for me. More than I thought it would be. Here is the Tracadie arrival story:

After a stay of a few years in Arichat, the (Thomas) Jacquets, called Des Lauriers, went and settled in Fortune Bay, on Isle Saint-Jean [now Prince Edward Island]. According to tradition, they built a schooner, with which to do business with the French of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. Then in 1787, some members of the family obtained a land grant, in the amount of 700 acres, in the Port of Tracadie, Nova Scotia. From then on, Tracadie became the main location for the family. (from Delorey family site)

Visited the “Old Cemetery” behind St Peter’s Church. The back lawn of the church, and the old graveyard, overlook St. George’s Bay and “Delorey Island”. Here are a few pictures of what I found. Some directly related family in the “Old Cemetery”, some branches of the family. Some of the gravestones are worn right down so cannot clearly read who was buried.

Then we drove out to “Delorey Island” now known as Big Tracadie Island and found a very magical place. I am still touched.

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Delorey, Founding families, Tracadie, NS

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Deslauriers monument

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“Old Cemetery” at St Peter’s Church, overlooking St George’s Bay and Delorey Island, Tracadie, NS

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Margaret Deslauriers

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John A Delorey 1907 and his mother Jenny (Genevieve?) 1909

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Mary Delorey

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Louis Deslauriers 1867

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Elizabeth Delorey 1929

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Margaret Delorey 1922

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Mary Delorey 1899

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Captain George Delorey 1900

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Charlotte Delorey

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Margaret Delorey 1918

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Joseph Delorey 1889

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St George’s Bay from St Peter’s Church

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Causeway from Delorey Island, Myette Road, back to Tracadie

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St. Georges Bay from Delorey Island – view to St Peter’s Church

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Delorey Island, Gulf of St Lawrence, PEI

Delorey Island beach Find

 

 

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