Re: Patrick Dart, Yorkshire?
I don't know where the idea of Yorkshire came from. It has been floating around in family trees for some time. Was he Irish? The 1901 cencus lists many of the Darts, from various Colchester County, NS communities, as being of Irish origin. I have found a few Darts in some Irish records. Another posting on this subject suggests that Irish connections could be not be possible. I disagree. Anything is possible. I can not imagine that all Darts came directly from a community along the River Dart to North America.Maybe that is the origin of the family, but that does not mean Patrick Dart was born or came from there. He may have sailed from Yorkshire. Also, I have seen the records at the NS Archives. The name is written down as what appears to be Patrick Dark. The man who wrote it may have been deaf as the signature, by our man himself, on the bottom is Patt (Some have transcribed it as Batt) Dart. In August, earlier that same year, a Samuel Dark, footman, was married. This may have added to some “confusion ” by the penman. Was Patrick a former soldier or simply a tailor? Where did he come from? Across the ocean? The Eastern Seaboard States? Let's keep digging! I think anything is possible, especially in the chaos of the 1770s.