Have a look at my separate posting of today's date giving some general information sources to explore about MORINE. They may be of some help.
Also, since Bear River is right on the Annapolis-Digby County line, I will add the Digby info sources as well:
Digby County NS - http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/ns/digby/http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/ns/digby/ - has mixture of early French and English settlements. District of Clare is Acadian French and "longest main street in the world" (40 miles/65 km), Université Sainte-Anne holds many archival records of French settlement back to early 1700's. New England Planters (1756 & 1760's) and United Empire Loyalists (1776-1784) brought in English-speaking settlers.
- email@example.com - The Isaac Wilson Library in Digby (902-245-2163) has the index of the Digby Courier for important events with surnames indexed. Look-ups are free. The Digby Courier newspaper is at e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org - and tel: 902-245-4715 or fax 902-245-6136.
The Admiral Digby Museum - email@example.com - (902-245-6322) contains "family binders" on the various Digby County families as well as individual genealogies on these families. In addition they have cemetery records, books, census, marriages, births and deaths available on microfilm. A very large index in alphabetical order covers 200 binder entries spanning 1877 to 1978. If there was a d/m/ or birth ever mentioned in the Digby Courier it would be in those easy to locate binders.
The Isaac Wilson Library in Digby (902-245-2163) has the index of the Digby Courier for important events with surnames indexed. [NOTE: one local researcher is trying to charge people for each newspaper item, but look-ups are available FREE OF CHARGE]. The Digby Courier newspaper is at e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org/ - and tel: 902-245-4715 or fax 902-245-6136. The Admiral Digby Musuem also has a "Digby Courier" index; so does the O'Dell House Museum in Annapolis (902-532-2041).
In July 2001 the new "Surname Index to the Digby Courier 1877-1895" compiled by Luella Marshall had 35 Dakin entries. It can be purchased at the Western County Library site with an order form in the upper left-hand corner. Proceeds for the library at - http://www.wcr.library.nshttp://www.wcr.library.ns ca - Cost CAN$10ºº for a mail order or CAN$6.00 if picked up at a library. Over the past 20 years Helma Wood cut out announcements of births, deaths, marriages, etc. from the Courier and the Halifax Herald. She put them in family binders at the Museum, often without a source named, as in that time it was not considered as important. Helma and others are trying to correct this now, as people rediscover the information. In addition she used primary sources such as Digby County Birth records 1864-1877, marriage records 1864-1908 and deaths 1864-1877 as well as census and other things she found. This is a truly wonderful resource that has also been added to by many over the years when they have visited Digby to find their roots. E-mail for the museum is - email@example.com -
When the English took over administration of "Acadie" from the French around 1748-1750, they gave it the old name "Nova Scotia" (Latin for "New Scotland") first granted to it in 1621, along with its own flag, by a Royal Charter from King James I. In 1759 they created 5 districts or counties: Annapolis, Cumberland, Halifax, Kings, and Lunenburg.
Annapolis included the current Digby County (created separately in 1837), Kings included Hants County, and Lunenburg later would be sub-divided into the counties of Queens (1762), Shelburne (1784), and Yarmouth (1836). ________________________________________________
I notice also that there are only 3 LETSON surnames in NS and next door in New Brunswick. This is out of a total of about 60 surnames in all of Canada. This name evidently was not very common, or perhaps many children were daughters who changed their name upon marriage. Most LETSON names are now in Ontario. You might want to contact the very few in NS and NB to see what they know. It's interesting that Polly and Asa Morine married Joseph and Mary Letson (almost certainly brother and sister). Someone on the Letson side must know more about these marriages and descendants of them.
Also, when checking the surname PRIDE (which is not very common in NS) be sure to use the other spelling PRYDE (12 listed in NS). You might want to contact the ones living in the phone exchanges starting with 245- (Digby), 644- (New Germany) and 685- (Chelsea). The last two are near the Queens and Lunenburg County line, where Stephen and family first settled, so they may know something.
For anyone not living in NS and wanting to phone here, NS Time is ONE HOUR LATER than Ontario or US Eastern (NY) Time.