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David George and his Baptist Church

Shelburne, Nova Scotia
17 Glasgow St, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada
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In 1785 David George bought a property along the banks of Black’s Brook. This site would be the successor to his original plot, probably located nearby where George constructed his chapel and conducted baptism by immersion. George’s first home was destroyed during the racially charged summer of 1784, forcing George to flee temporarily to the safety of Birchtown. Upon his return he apparently bought this piece of property.

“James Masimore & wife to David George(a black) registered at eleven o’clock in the forenoon on the seventh day of May 1785 on the oath of John Jones.

Know all men by these presents that I James and Ann Masimore of Shelburne, Queens County and Province of Nova Scotia, doth with and for the consideration hereafter mentioned, agree with bargain and tell unto David George of the aforesaid Town County and Province a certain town lot situated in the said Town of Shelburne being lot No. 6 letter M in Parr’s Division, which said lot I forever acquit claim and deliver over to the said David George with all the buildings timber firewood and all other appurtenances thereunto belonging for the consideration of seventeen shillings and sixpence current money of this Province which said lot I warrant and defend against all claims whatever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty five.

John Jones                                                          James Masimore
Dan Carroll                                                         Ann Masimore

Source: https://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ic/cdc/blackloyalists/index.htm

Loyalist Connections podcast on Shelburne and Birchtown: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/birchtown-shelburne-connections-to-the-port/id1578743939?i=1000540695342


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David George is credited as a founder of the African Baptist Church in the United States, Canada, and Sierra Leone and his journal is a seminal source chronicling the settlement of Shelburne in 1783 through 1792.


17 Glasgow St, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada
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