Thomas Murrant(1787-1853) was born in Fe Camp,a seaport town in France. He received a fine education in youth, being trained for the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Later he embraced Protestantism and incurred the displeasureof his family. In 1803 at age 16 he was drafted into the army of Napolean to protect his native Flanders against the allied armies of England and Prussia. He used to recount later the many hardships he suffered in the campaigns. Later lived in England and joined British Navy. Given an officer's billet due to superior education on a Man of War assigned to duty in West Indian waters. Mistreated on the ship due to his rebellious temperment. He and a few others jumped ship in Sydney, Nova Scotia,and went to Cow Bay, now Port Morien, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He married twice. Once to Aurelia Payne, the widow of Henry Moore Peters, a United Empire Loyalist from New Hampshire and then to Catherin Sutherland from Cairtness, Scotland.