Yorkshire 2000 - Aug 3-10, 2000
Between the years of 1772 and 1775, more than 1,000 people left their homes in the Dales of Yorkshire to settle on the Tantramar Marshes on the border of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (Canada).
Now, 225 years later, plans are being made to bring together the descendants of these early settlers at a gathering called Yorkshire 2000, which will be held from August 3-10, 2000 on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Largely unknown and ignored by historians, these emigrants and their descendants have quietly made their mark on the new world.They assisted in quelling the Eddy Rebellion (which could have turned Nova Scotia into the 14th American colony.They laid the foundations for the Methodist Church in Canada.They were involved with the founding of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Finally, they have made their marks in computer technology, finance, journalism, and the arts.Some of the better known Yorkshire descendants include journalist Peter Trueman, the Right Honourable Robert L. Stanfield (whose family arrived in a subsequent emigration 45 years after the first), New Brunswick Lieutenant Governors Margaret Norrie McCain and Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, and the American humourist Garrison Keillor.
“Genealogy is rapidly becoming one of the favourite pastimes of North America,”Betty Dobson, a member of the Local Arrangements Committee, said.“So, based on our research, we’re planning many activities with a genealogical bent - hosting a genealogical research centre, tours of the area where our ancestors settled and where their bones now rest, theatrical presentations on a “Yorkshire” theme, and traditional Methodist church services in Sackville, New Brunswick, Amherst and River Philip, Nova Scotia.Many Yorkshire Emigrant families are planning reunions in conjunction with the gathering.These include the Dobsons, Wells, Fawcetts, Trenholms, Ripleys, Dixons, and Lunds.”
The Yorkshire 2000 office is now open at 16 Lorne Street in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.People who can trace their roots back to this emigration can contact the office by telephoning 506-536-2541, by faxat 506-536-2537, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.There is also a website for the gathering at http://www.tap.nb.ca/tht/york2000.htmlhttp://www.tap.nb.ca/tht/york2000.html.
Registration for the entire gathering is $15 per individual or $30 per family (Canadian) if paid by April 30, 2000.The cost rises to $20 per individual and $35 per family after May 1.