Harrigan Cove is located on the Eastern Shore
in the county of Halifax,
in the province of Nova Scotia,
in the country of Canada.

Roots run deep in Harrigan Cove. Long ago, this hamlet and several others along the Number 7 Highway were collectively known as the Bay of Islands. This site will include information on Harrigan Cove plus its neighbours, including Moosehead and Necum Teuch.

If your family is connected further east, from Ecum Secum to Liscomb, check out my sister site: Liscomb Mills. Many families are intertwined, including my McDonald and Tibert families.

Harrigan Cove, Halifax County

Taken from Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia, published by the Public Archives of Nova Scotia as a special project to commemorate Canada’s centenary of Confederation in 1967, page 282.

A settlement situated about twenty miles north-east of Sheet Harbour on the eastern shore being named after an early settler. A plan of lots dated in 1827 shows much of the land belonged to Simon and Alexander Fraser and Thomas Currey.

St. Mary’s Anglican Church was consecrated on September 25, 1909.

A school-house was erected about 1880.

A Postal Way Office was established in 1864.

Gold was discovered in this district in 1868, but it was not until the last of the century that mining operations became active for a few years.

In 1883, Barnham and Morrill of Portland, Maine, operated a lobster processing factory here, and fishing has been a major industry.

The population in 1956 was 127.

(Taken from Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia, published by the Public Archives of Nova Scotia as a special project to commemorate Canada’s centenary of Confederation in 1967, page 282: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap/places/ )



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    • Hello Phyllis, Thanks for visiting. I have lots of information on the McDonald family since my grandmother, Eva Selina McDonald, came from this line. It just takes time to get information posts. I try to post every day, but sometimes life gets in the way. I also have Pye (and McDonald) information on the Liscomb Mills sister site.


  1. Hi, my maternal grandmother was a Furlong from Quoddy. Her sister, Thermal Furlong ran the “Port Dufferin” telephone switchboard for many years. Most of the family are buried in the St Michael’s graveyard. “Big Grammy,” as we called great grandmother Catherine was a MacDonald, or possibly McDonald. Great grandfather Mike was from the Pugwash area where he allegedly had left another wife, and possibly children.


    • Thank you for visiting the site, Gary, and for leaving that wonderful bit of history. I recall the many times visiting my grandmother in Liscomb and the phone ringing. They listened for the ring to see if the call was for them. The party line was something different for me because our phone in Cole Harbour (Halifax County) was a single line.

      I’ve been to St. Michael’s cemetery a few times looking for ancestors. Eventually I’ll have headstone photographs for it on the website. The M’Donald clan spelt their surname both ways: Mc and Mac. The same person would use both spellings, Mc in one record, Mac in another. The only consistent ones were those early back (1700s, early 1800s). They always used Mc. But sometimes it was McDanold or McDaniel.

      My great-grandfather’s brother–Charles Typert–left a wife and children on the South Shore and ‘married’ another woman and had several children by her. So I guess this wasn’t as uncommon as one might think.


    • Hi Gary: I am a relative of the Furlong’s. My grandmother Florence Teresa was half sister to Thelma. Their dad was Michael Furlong. If you receive this, please email me back. I was in Quoddy many years ago and met Muriel, Guy, and Thelma. Would love to chat with you.


  2. Hello Diane, I’m wondering if you can speak to fog patterns in Harrigan cove. I know it’s probably very unpredictable as is any weather related issues, but am wondering if you can provide an average. Would it be foggy there 20% of the time, 50% or 80% etc…..


    • That’s a great question, Darlene. The weather in Nova Scotia is very unpredictable, and along the shore, it is even more so with regard to fog.

      Personally, I don’t find Harrigan Cove to be foggier than other places on the Eastern Shore. I’d say average, which would be somewhere around 20% or less of the time. Now if we were talking about Marie Joseph, I’d say 50% of the time. Okay, maybe not that much, but it’s been sunny all along the shore and I’ve hit Marie Joseph, and it’s foggy. I drive over the hill into Liscomb Mills, and it is sunny again.

      Since I don’t live in Harrigan Cove and have only passed through a few thousand times over the years, my answer is just a guess. Someone who lives there year round can more accurately answer this question.


  3. Researching Battist (sometimes spelled Baptiste) of Harrigan Cove, Port Dufferin, Bay of Islands, Battist Island. Steel cross at St Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery on Hwy 7 is etched Eliza Battist or perhaps Battise. Marriage bond 1815 for John (marked his X) Baptiste and Elizabeth Shiers. Found early census with John Sr and John Jr noted. John Jr believed to be born about 1827 and John Sr believed to be born around 1790. Variations of surname found as: Baptiste, Battis, Batthest, Battios, Battes, Bates, Battise and Battost, for this family. Book by Phillip Hartling mentions both John Battist Sr and Jr. Have you come across any information on this family? Kind regards, Julie


  4. Hi Im reserching my tree , live in Australia and have just been notified of DNA linked Tibert family . Are there any public trees I Can reserch , Neil


    • There’s no public tree I know of. I used to have one but that was two decades ago.

      My family line came to Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1751. I posted this history on my Liscomb Mills site: https://liscombmills.wordpress.com/original-families/tibert-typert/

      The other Tibert family in Nova Scotia settled on Long Island near Digby. So far, the researchers for that family and I have not found a connection. That connection may be back in the Palatinate Area.

      If you have a Tibert in your tree that was born or lived in Nova Scotia, let me know who it was with the basic details. I’ll see if I can find them in one of the Tibert trees. I have them for both branches.


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