The Lunenburg Connection

When I first started researching the Young family, I spent considerable time researching the familes of Lunenburg. At the time, my research had focused on the Jung (Young) families. Despite my discovery that my Young family was acadian, I would learn that there was a Lunenburg connection.

When I was a boy, I recall my garndfather, George Young (1882-1969) saying that his grandmother was dutch. For many years, I assumed that he meant dutch, which I related to as the language of Netherlands. 

Many years later, after digging deeper into my family history, I discovered that my grandfather’s grandmother was actually German (Deutsch). 

Some Background from Wikipedia

“In 1749, the British colony of Nova Scotia was almost completely populated by native Mi’kmaq and 10,000 French-speaking and Roman Catholic Acadians. The British, specifically the Board of Trade, wanted to settle Protestants in the region. Attracting British immigrants was difficult since most preferred to go to the warmer southern colonies. Thus, a plan was developed to aggressively recruit foreign Protestants, who came mostly from German duchies and principalities on the Upper Rhine. The Duchy of Württemberg was the major source, which included the French region of Montbéliard, and there were also “Foreign Protestants” from what is now the tripoint of FranceGermany and Switzerland.

The recruiting drive was led by John Dick, a recruiting agent for settlers in the New World. The British government agreed to provide free passage to the colony, free land, and one year of rations upon arrival. Over 2,000 of the “Foreign Protestants” arrived between 1750 and 1752, in 12 ships:[1][2]

          • Alderney (1750)

          • Nancy (1750)

          • Ann (1750)

          • Gale (1751)

          • Speedwell (1751)

          • Pearl (1751)

          • Murdoch (1751)

          • Speedwell (1752)

          • Betty (1752)

          • Sally (1752)

          • Pearl (1752)

          • Gale (1752)

The immigrants disembarked at Halifax, where they were put in temporary quarters. The Foreign Protestants stayed at Halifax to assist the British in building the new outpost. They built their own chapel in Halifax, Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church. Issues arose as a number struggled with high rents in the “shanty town” they had to live in, as well as trouble accessing building materials and having to pay exorbitant prices, while they awaited their promised lands. Governor Hopson and his council had a large number of the Protestants removed and resettled in the Summer of 1753 to Merliguish/Merligash, renamed to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.[3]”


  1.  The Emigration

  2.  Glossems on Historical Events

  3.  Bumsted, J. M. (1992). The peoples of Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-19-540690-7OCLC 28183025.

  4.  Bumsted 1992, p. 124-125.

  5.  Passenger Lists

Frederick Nicolas Boutilier

In the early 1800s, Frederick Nicolas Boutilier, the son of Jean George Boutilier, his wife Anna Barbara Hirtle and children immigrated from the Lunenburg area to the Sydney area of Cape Breton. Frederick, (age 65) is included in the listing of inhabitants in the District of Little Bras d’Or in 1818.

Frederick was accompanied by at least 5 daughters who married in the Little Bras d’Or area in the 1810-1813 period.

On September 21, 1812, Ann “Marie” Boutilier (b. Nov 16, 1790), daughter of Frederic Nicolas Boutilier married John Joseph March (b. Oct 1786). (St. George Parish records, Sydney, Cape Breton).

In the 1911 census, John Joseph March and his wife are living with their son Alexander at Romaines Brook, Bay St. George, NL.

On September 25, 1812, Susanna “Catherine” Boutilier (b. July 25, 1792), daughter of Frederic Nicolas Boutilier married John Joseph Young (b. 1793). (St. George Parish records, Sydney, Cape Breton).

George, the son of John Young and of Catherine Bouthillier married Susan Webb at Bay St. George on the west coast of Newfoundland on the 24th of January 1851. John and Catherine are listed as “of this mission”. Did John and Catherine live in Bay St. George?

Also, did John and Catherine have a son, Peter?

A 2nd degree of consanguinity was recorded for the marriage between Peter Young and Elizabeth Marche dated 1865 Aug 12 (Allan T. Stride). This suggests that Peter and Elizabeth have common grandparent’s.

Not conclusive, but the first names given to the children of both the Young and the March families suggests a connection to the Boutilier family.

Researching one’s family history is no easy task. There is always potential for errors in the recording and/or the transcribing. It is also easy to get sidetracked.