I am looking at a list from the Nova Scotia Archives in Halifax of 82 families (Loyalists to the King of England - Americans call them Tories) who in 1786 were each granted 200 acres of land on the Tusket River, Yarmouth County [then still part of Shelburne Co], NS. This is the part of NS nearest to the USA.
One of these names is James GERNON. Arthur Williams received a 'Warrant to Survey' 16,400 acres and Jacob Lippincott successfully petitioned the Crown (King) to settle on this parcel of land.
I came upon this list while doing research on my mother's family lines of HATFIELD, TOOKER, Van Tyle and Smith (the so-called 'Blue' Smith line). All of these 82 families were pro-English during the Revolution, and came to Nova Scotia in the 1783/4 period, although some may have delayed their departure from New York City for a year or two, hoping they could hold on to their property in the new USA.
My question is - who was James GERNON, who was likely b. early 1740's ? He likely came to NS for a number of years, then decided to return to America. During this time, he would have disappeared from local American records. Many Loyalists did return because of the more severe winter climate and the ruggedness of the land [i.e. difficulty in farming] they were given by the King.
Many families of Dutch origin in the early colonial days cane to southern Nova Scotia as Loyalists in 1783/4. Some later moved across the Bay of Fundy to Charlotte County, New Brunswick.
Most of the new arrivals in NS in the 1780's had Dutch connections to the Elizabeth Town, NJ area or from Staten Island, Westchester Co, and in some cases from Long Island. These were all areas held through most of the Revolution by England and were only abandoned once the 'spring and fall fleets' were ready to sail with "Tories" to settle new grants of land in NS.
If none of this makes any sense, my apologies. There is no information on my archival list other than the names of the new settlers themselves.