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The Jost House, 54 Charlotte Street, Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
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WILLIAM BLACKBURN AND JOHN STOREY


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THE WILLIAM BLACKBURN AND JOHN STOREY
OF 54 CHARLOTTE STREET (
1790 to ?)

WILLIAM BLACKBURN

1785

1786

1793


JOHN STOREY

Between 1783 and 1787 over 12,000 Loyalists arrived in Halifax Nova Scotia. John Storey was one of these Loyalists. It is said that he was born on the Isle of Wight in 1760. Our first record of John is in a letter written to the Governor of the new colony in Cape Britain, Governor Des Barres, in July of 1785. The letter tells the Governor that Mr. Storey is being sent to Sydney as Commissary in charge of provisions for the colony. By November of that year John Storey was caught in a power struggle between the Governor and Colonel Yorke who was in charge of the 33rd Regiment in Sydney. John was called to account before the Governor several times. In December Des Barres writes General Campbell in Halifax saying that Mr. Storey's conduct is unfit since he refuses to obey the Governor. On the 24th of December 1785, the General replies that both Mr. Storey and the Colonel behaved properly in the matter and Mr. Storey must take his orders from his commanding officer, Colonel Yorke.

In that same December, John received 1900 feet of boards and 4,000 shingles to start building. He had a town lot at #7 in Block A and 56 acres just outside of town.

John was appointed a Justice of Peace in August of 1788.

By 1789 John Storey was Sydney's first Postmaster. A former postmaster confirms this in an article written in the Halifax Herald in 1885. William Blackburn and John Storey are named as merchants who in December 1790 bought lot A in Block 27. Today this is 54 Charlotte Street in Sydney.

John was Master of the Schooner Lady Apsley by 1793 and takes it to Halifax to pick up provisions to bring back to Sydney. In 1794 Governor Macarmick appoints him Acting Surveyor General. He drew several maps including a coloured one of the community of Sydney, which the Governor included in a letter to Lord Dorchester.

He also was Master of the coal ship Polly and later the Peggy and Sally. These ships transported coal on a regular schedule to Halifax. At the same time John was Master of the Treasury Schooner Hope. In May of 1795 John spent 5 weeks in Halifax while this schooner was being fitted.

On October 21, 1808 John Storey sends a letter to Governor requesting his pay as Public Schoolmaster. The requested is granted. The first mention of John's wife Easter is in the records of St. George's Church. Their children were John, Feb. 1801; Alice and Jane (twins), August 1802; Sarah, August 1804 and Charles, 1807. Charles was not baptized until 1811 when he was 4 together with his sisters Anne, 2 and Mary who was 6 months. John's wife at this time is recorded as Mary Storey.

[By Doug Storey - http://www.cb-ns.org/1794-Sydney.html ]

1785

1786

1789

Sydney 16th Decem. 1789. The foregoing Account amounting to the sum of Ninety Pounds 4/~ Halifax Currency was examined in Council and approved of (signed) D. Mathews P. [Check: Colonial Correspondence, Cape Breton; C.O. 217, Vol. 109, pp. 165, 166 - Based On: Extracted from the Report on Canadian Archives, 1895 (Ottawa: S. E. Dawson, 1896), pp. 1-102?]

1793

Names    Quality Where Employed    Time of Entry    Time of Payment    Wages per Month    Amount in Halx Currency
John Storey    Master    On board and other Government Service as Required      1793 25th Sept. 1793 24th Dec. 100/ 15 5 4
...                

Sydney, ss: Personally appeared before me David Mathews Esqr One of His Majesty's Council, John Storey, Master of the Treasury Schooner Lady Apsley, and maketh Oath that the above Pay List Amounting to Sixty Nine Pounds two shillings & seven pence Halx Curry is just and true. Sworn before me this 11th day of March 1794, Mathews Jno Storey, Master [Check: Colonial Correspondence of Cape Breton, C.O. Vol. 110, p. 60  - Based On: Extracted from the Report on Canadian Archives, 1895 (Ottawa: S. E. Dawson, 1896), pp. 1-102?]

1797


WILLIAM BLACKBURN AND JOHN STOREY

1790

1791

1795

http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents_staticpost/cearref_8989/JWEL-12.pdf

http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents_staticpost/cearref_8989/JWEL-17.pdf

1795, July 10 - Map of the Town of Sidney - In Mr. Miller's of the 10th of July 1795 - Kindly presented to his grace the Duke of Portland, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, by his Grace's most obedient and humble Servant. James Miller .... [Reference] - (Col. Cor. C.B. Volume 70, p. 497 -Beaton Institute)

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