I'm not saying this is related in fact to your enquiry, but the way you asked the question about 1709 and 1710 made me remember this extract from other material:
Annapolis County, NS - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsannapo/http://www.rootsweb.com/~nsannapo/ - site of the oldest French settlement in North America (founded by Champlain in 1604) and the first English capital at Annapolis Royal 1710-1749. All early French (and much English) history in NS started here.
Port Royal had been taken twice by men from New England: under Major Robert Sedgwick in August of 1654 and under Sir William Phips in May of 1690: in each case it was restored to France by treaty. The taking of Port Royal in 1710 is particularly important, for, with its capture, came England's claims to all of Acadia. The Oct 6, 1710 capture of Port Royal, Nova Scotia by the English under General Francis Nicholson and Sir Charles Hobby can be found in: Litchfield (MA) Vital Records, 1742 power of attorney for lands to son Woodruff (vol. 4, p. 1R). For explanation of events see Book #1: Acadia. Part 2, "The English Takeover: 1690-1712" Chapter 9, "The Taking of Port Royal (1710)."
or at website - http://www.blupete.com/Hist/NovaScotiaBk1/Part2/Ch09.htmhttp://www.blupete.com/Hist/NovaScotiaBk1/Part2/Ch09.htm - 2,000 soldiers from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island included the regular English army, while the rest were colonial militia.
"History of Annapolis County, NS" and "Supplement to History of Annapolis County, NS", also "History of Bridgetown" (available from the Bridgetown Historical Society, Bridgetown, NS, CANADAB0S 1C0)
"History of County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia" by W.A. Gaines, pub. 1957 - re Andrew Gaines and his three sons
Calnek, W.A. "History of the County of Annapolis", Belleville, ON: Mika Publishing Company, 1980 [ originally published Toronto: William Briggs, 1897 ]. According to Calnek, Adam Hawkesworth, b. ca 1740 in England, was the first of the name in Nova Scotia. He md. July 1763 Elizabeth Wedgewood. They came to Nova Scotia with the Yorkshire settlers in 1774. When he bought land "on Wilmott Mountain" from the estate of Dr. Pemberton in 1791, he was described as "of Annapolis Royal." According to the records inscribed in the Bible which he brought with him from England (Geneva Version), which is now in the library of the Fort Museum at Annapolis Royal, he died on January 8, 1805, and Elizabeth, his widow survived until October 6, 1825.
I notice in phone listings - www.canada411.com - that of 174 TOWLE surnames across Canada (total pop: 31.5 million), only 4 still live in NS, but one of them is in Little River, Digby County, about 30-45 minutes frive from Annapolis Royal (TOWLE, RICHARD B - 902-834-2940, Sandy Cove Exchange). He might have some idea of your Towle ancestor - if he in fact was one of the attack party of 1710.