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Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada



 


Notes: CONN MILLS – Conn Mills, a small community situated at the head of the tides of Pugwash River was known as the “Head of the Tides” when John Fillmore, one of the River Philip Fillmore’s, settled there.

It was good timberland at that time, and he bought land on each side of the river and built a dam and saw mill there. It was reported that he prospered well. As more settlers came and started to clear land and farm, there was need of a grist mill to grind their grain into flour. As there was none handy, he built one, which was a great convenience to the pioneers. For several years it was the only one between Wallace River and River Phillip. Then a big freshet came and destroyed the dam and mills and as Mr. Fillmore was becoming aged, he decided to sell his property to some one who was in a better position to rebuild the dam and mills.

A few years later the “Conn” family purchased the Fillmore properties, mill sites, etc. and rebuilt the dam (and saw) and grist mills. They operated the mills for several years. When the parents died some of the family went elsewhere; with the exception of Andrew. Andrew was more interested in farming than milling and the mills and pond privileges were sold to a company composed of MacPhersons. They built saw mills and did well in the lumbering business. The lumber was rafted down the river to Pugwash where it was loaded on ships. Gradually one after another sold his share until only Angus MacPherson was left. His heirs roped it for some time and operated it in the spring when there were logs to saw.

The grist mill was operated by Hugh MacPherson, who after having gotten his fathers homestead, took up farming and sold the mill to Jesse Demings.

In a few years it was sold to another company but it seems everyone was busy at some other business and the work of operating, the grist mill was neglected. This was a great inconvenience to the farmers who had to now travel elsewhere to have their grain ground.

Because the “Conn” family who settled here and contributed so much to the area, the place became know as Conn Mills. The father William Conn, who came from Scotland, died in 1863 at the age of 74 years. He and his wife and two sons, Andrew and Robert and daughter Margaret are buried in the Conn Mills Cemetery.

We are not sure when the first settlers came or if John Fillmore was the first. The first burials recorded in the Conn Mills Cemetery are of two of his grandchildren in the years 1847 and 1849.

Location : Latitude: 45.76148060423687, Longitude: -63.70439529418945


Birth

Matches 1 to 16 of 16

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 DEMING, Harvey Read  8 Jun 1892Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I46665
2 DEMING, Roy Wilfred  21 Apr 1903Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I46667
3 THOMPSON, Annie Oressa  13 Nov 1910Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I66205
4 THOMPSON, Carrie  23 Mar 1901Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I66208
5 THOMPSON, Elsie Mabel  13 Feb 1909Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I66211
6 THOMPSON, Evelyn Jane  6 Dec 1890Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I40972
7 THOMPSON, George Hibbert  25 Jun 1864Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I32422
8 THOMPSON, George Spurgeon  5 Nov 1906Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I66212
9 THOMPSON, Grace Azalea  8 Apr 1905Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I66209
10 THOMPSON, Mabel Elizabeth  19 Sep 1892Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I78024
11 THOMPSON, Mae Eliza  5 Sep 1897Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I40974
12 THOMPSON, Mark L.  29 Jun 1895Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I40967
13 THOMPSON, Richard Abraham  23 Jul 1892Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I40973
14 THOMPSON, Ruby Marion  9 Oct 1912Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I66216
15 THOMPSON, Sadie Viola  10 Jan 1903Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I40976
16 THOMPSON, William  22 Mar 1826Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I71998

Died

Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 CHESTNUT, Annie  3 Nov 1946Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I40969
2 DEMINGS, Jesse Dexter  10 Dec 1946Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I6710
3 NOWLAN, Bessie A.  30 Dec 1943Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I95296
4 THOMPSON, Abraham Dobson  6 Jul 1879Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I31989
5 THOMPSON, George Hibbert  5 Dec 1948Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I32422

Buried

Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 THOMPSON, Dawn Ava  Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada I79456

Married

Matches 1 to 4 of 4

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 DOBSON / BRITTON  29 Sep 1920Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada F27016
2 GREENE / THOMPSON  3 Aug 1921Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada F29605
3 MACKAY / THOMPSON  26 Aug 1936Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada F24009
4 SCOTT / THOMPSON  1 Sep 1934Conns Mills, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada F29662