The Guernsey Settlers

The next group to arrive in the area didn’t come until 1806, and their arrival would mark the biggest mass migration in lot 64’s history. This group would also be the most distinct, since unlike most settlers in the area they didn’t come from what is now known as the UK. They were the Guernsey settlers, eight families consisting of 60-70 people, all from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Their surnames were Lelacheur, Brehaut, Machon, Nicolle, Marquand, Dejersey, Taudvin, and Roberts. Although the Channel Islands are ruled by the English crown, they’re culturally distinct; like present day Quebecois and Acadians, they would have been French speakers who were not of French nationality. The Guernsey settlers were mainly coopers, or barrel makers, who would have been engaged in the European wine industry. The Napoleonic wars were going on at the time, and had interrupted trade between England and the mainland,5. likely severely disrupting their business. They were convinced by Governor Fanning's wife, Lady Fanning, to come to PEI while she was visiting Guernsey; she promised them waterfront farms on her land in the Pisquid area, and so they came.  As the story goes, when they arrived on PEI and inspected their farm land, they were unimpressed; the farms were not on the water, but were one farm inland. When Cambridge heard about their situation, he quickly invited them to take one of his boats down to Murray Harbour to scout out something more suitable. They ate lunch on a beach and named it Guernsey Cove, and then sailed around to the Harbour.3.All of the families decided to come to lot 64, and you’ll find most of these surnames scattered throughout this website.     

Henry Matthew Brehaut was one of the Guernsey settlers. He was born the 4th child of Henry and Elizabeth in St. Peter Port, Guernsey in 1767,20. and married Elizabeth Pullem there in 1791. In the Gazette de L’Isle de Guernsey on Feb 6th, 1806, he placed a notice that read:


Henry Brehaut gives notice that he has two houses and a cooper shop, situated at the Beauregard, to give to rent, at reasonable price, as he intends to quit the island21.


The family emigrated shortly thereafter, and raised their 9 children in Murray Harbour.

 

 

 

 

                                                         

                                                    View from Beauregard Lane. 

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