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Prevos in Nova Scotia

Thank you, Kathleen, for the kudos. Your check's in the mail. I'm also going to post this on the Canadian Forum.

With regard to this posting, I must admit that I was caught totally off guard. Having been raised in Detroit, Michigan, just across the river from Windsor, Ontario, when I first read your posting, I assumed you'd made an error about the province, but after doing some checking, I found that there certainly is a Windsor, Nova Scotia, a suburb of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I'm sure you're well aware of the LONNNNGGGGGG history of blacks in Nova Scotia, particularly the Halifax area, however, doing some checking, I found some interesting information about Windsor, including the fact that as recently as 1968, supposedly a black girl was refused burial in a Windsor cemetery due to her race. 1968!!! That blew my mind.

Okay, back to your Prevo kin. The first rule of genealogy: SPELLING DOESN'T COUNT, and with the history of French speaking in Nova Scotia, I would expect you might find your relatives with the surname spelled a variety of ways including PREVOST, PREVOUX, PREVEAU, PRIVOUT, PRIVOUX, PRIVE', etc. You see where I'm going with this.

Using the online 1901 Canadian Census, I did a search and found several black Prevos still living in Nova Scotia (in Hants County ... where Windsor is located). The one household with a Norman Prevo is described below:

1901 Canadian Census, Nova Scotia, Hants County, St. Croix subdistrict, subdistrict M, p. 23, line 35 [everyone in the household was born in Nova Scotia]:

PREVO, George, black, 46, married, b. Apr 7, 1855 in
" , Norman, black, 23, single, son, b. May 12, 1878
PIERCE, Annie, 44, white, widow, housekeeper, b. Jun 25, 1857
" , James, 13, mulatto, single, boarder, b. Apr 25, 1887
" , Nettie, 9, mulatto, single, boarder, b. May 5, 1892
" , John, 7, mulatto, single, boarder, b. May 22, 1894
" Fanny, 80, mulatto, widow, boarder, b. Jan 6, 1821

The above family was enumerated as one household, and since Annie Pierce was white and a widow with three mulatto children, it's possible that her husband might have been related to George and Norman Prevo.

I see from the 1910 US Census (Massachusetts, Suffolk, 17th Ward Boston, ED 1507, p.17B, ln 67) Norman was listed as mulatto, born in Canada (English speaking) and both parents b. Canada (English speaking), and that he was naturalized. It may be possible to find border crossing records (St. Albans) and possibly naturalization papers which may tell about other family members (the St. Albans border crossing records are available on microfilm from your local Mormon Family History Center).

Nova Scotia just doesn't have much in terms of online databases, as compared to Ontario or even British Columbia, so I wish I could find more information that might be of use to you.

I checked the Carlton Papers (The "Book of Negroes") but found no Prevo listings.

I suspect that once your Prevo ancestor died, he was taken back to Nova Scotia to be buried with other family members.

Sorry I couldn't find more information for you. Good luck in your search.

- Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS
[Original posting]
Hello, I have been away for a long time, & posted this quiry a long time ago. So here, we go again.

PREVO, Norman Levi b:May 11, 1876 in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada.

According to a document that was found he received his license to be a "First Class Fireman's License" (a fireman at that time wasn't a firefighter as we call them now.)in the state of Massachusetts - District Police - Boiler Inspection Dept.

I have contacted the fire dept/police dept/& City Hall. but they don't seem to know or maybe not care what I am talking about.

He lived in Boston, Massachusetts where he died in 1925.

His sister Elizabeth took his body back to Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada to have him buried.

We don't know the story of why she did this & left my grandmother with nothing.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Good Hunting/Finding,
Cynthia F.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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