The Chicnecto Isthmus and its first Settlers by Howard Trueman, 1903
William Trueman was born in Yorkshire England in the year 1720 and emigrated to America with his family in the year 1773. they were probably passengers in the ship Jennie, Captain Foster, which came to Halifax that spring with a number of emigrantsfrom Yourshire. The family consisted of William Trueman, his wife Ann and their son William, an only child, a young man in his twenty-fourth year.
Billsdale was the name of the township they left in the Old Country. They were Methodists in religion, but had been members of the Episcopal Church and brought with them the prayer-books and commentaries of that communion.
In addition to his business as a farmer, William Trueman, senior had taken the legal steps necessary in England to enable him to wark as a joiner if he were so inclind. The son William had been engaged in the dry goods business a year or two before coming to Nova Scotia.
After landing at Halifax they came by schooner to Fort Cumberland and very soon after settled about 4 miles from the fort at Point de Bute, then called Prospect.
There does not seem to leave many of the name left in Yorkshire at this time and those who were in Billsdale and vicinity shrotly moved to other parts of the country, A nephew of the first William named Harmon, moved to another township, married and had a family of ten children, Mary Harmon;s youngest daughter, married a man named Brown and they called one of their sons Trueman Brown. I have not been able to trace the family in Yorshire in any but this one branch. There is a photgraph at Prospect of John Trueman, a son of the Harmon here mentioned which shows a strong likeness to some of the family in this country