and Benjamin Gero
||Photo: Ruth Holmes Whitehead, Nova Scotia Museum.
This barn on the Gero farm in the Brownspriggs Grant was burned
after this photo was taken in 1996.
and Benjamin Gero,
Tracadie, were the ancestors of a long line of Geros in many areas
of Nova Scotia today. Hagar escaped at age16 from Thomas Broughton,
owner of Mulberry Plantation in South Carolina. It was 1779, the
year of the first British land invasion in that colony. Hagar
made it to New York, working in the Wagon-Master General's Department
of the British Army; from there she came on the ship Nisbet to Port
Mouton, Nova Scotia.
Gero, age 25, was on the same ship. He had been owned by a poor
French-Huguenot silk weaver, Peter Giraud (pronounced Gero), who
had a shop on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina.
the 1784 fire at Port Mouton, Benjamin and Hagar moved to Chedabucto
and received land in the 1787 Brownspriggs grant, where they farmed
and raised their children.
Related: Mulberry Plantation
Related: Dismal/Desmond and Gero descendants