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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.

  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.

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