I have been trying to fill in the blanks of my genealogy for many years, but have come up against a stone wall.
The earliest reliable record of any of my DeLorey ancestors is a marriage record for John DeLorey and Maria Rafuse who were married by banns at St. Stephen’s Anglican church, Chester, Nova Scotia on February 9, 1847.John DeLorey died on June 24, 1888 and was buried at St. Stephen’s in Chester. They settled in Gold River/ Western Shore, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia and had seven children. I have researched my DeLorey family genealogy fairly accurately from 1847 to the present. John's son was Allen, his son was Burn and his son was my Grandfather Riley who died in 1998.
The only other scrap of information I have is a note made by a Rev. Harris who interviewed my Great, Great Grandfather Allen DeLorey sometime in the early 1900s. The handwritten note says, “John DeLorey was a French boy at Louisburg when it was taken -- could have been sent back to France, but did not wish to –- settled near Dartmouth [N.S.]by a lake –- had two sons. John was at Peggy’s Cove and then came to Western Shore where he married a [Maria] Rafuse. John of John of John.”
A John DeLorey was Christened at Christchurch Anglican in Dartmouth on March 22, 1820, but I am not sure who his father was or even if this is the right person. The last siege of Louisbourg was 1758 it would make this guy the “John of John of John” that the Reverend Harris noted.
I have been baffled by this for many years. I cannot find any connection between my family in Western Shore, Nova Scotia and the young boy at Louisbourg and none of the published DeLorey genealogies have any leads in that direction.
Can anyone offer any ideas?
Kerry DeLorey, Dartmouth (formerly Gold River) Nova Scotia
P.S. I tried to send this last night, but the computer gremlins re-routed it. Here goes again. kd