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Re: Prevos in Nova Scotia [in chrono]
In Response To: Prevos in Nova Scotia ()

PREVO/E in Canada

PREVO/E in Canada
Cynthia F. -- Friday, 23 December 2005, at 12:24 a.m.

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.


Re: PREVO/E in Canada
Tony E -- Friday, 23 December 2005, at 8:50 a.m.

Hey Cynthia,

I found a Massachusetts City Directory for Boston 1947 in which it states the following:

You may already have this.


Massachusetts City Directories Record
Title: Boston - 1947
Year: 1947
City: Boston
Book Section: P
Page: 1559

Here is the actual info from page 1559:

Prevo, Cora widow of Norman/domestic/ h / 32 Sarsfield Rox

Eug P. / Utility mn/ r / 32 Sarsfield Rox

Myrtle / Opr / r / 32 Sarsfield Rox

It appears that Cora is living there along with Eug and Myrtle.

You probably have alot of info already, but what exactly are you wanting to know. Is it census records or other things?


Re: Stoutley
Tony E -- Friday, 23 December 2005, at 9:34 a.m.

Hey are your familiar with a John Stoutley?

His email is

He posted some info about a Louise Ann STOUTLEY that married a George Prevoe.

Here is some of what he wrote on Ancestry World Tree

ID: I533853808
Name: Louise Ann STOUTLEY
Given Name: Louise Ann
Surname: Stoutley
Sex: F
Birth: 1915
Change Date: 13 Dec 2002 1

Father: James Edward Albert (Ned) STOUTLEY b: 18 Dec 1868 in Liverpool,Nova Scotia
Mother: Helene Ellen Ethel Nellie GODIN b: 1887 in Paquetville,Quebec



Re: PREVO/E in Canada
K Wyer Lane -- Friday, 23 December 2005, at 10:38 a.m.

Hi Cynthia:

Please post your query and other questions on the Afrigeneas Canadian Forum. Forum Manager Lisa Lee is one of the foremost researchers on Black Canadian History. I've referred her to several reporters in the media because of her sterling research.

She may have many suggestions as to the "Why?" of your ancestors' experience. Most importantly, Lisa Lee's perspective of the history of Canada is expansive...independent of the American thinking that all Blacks in Canada are really African-Americans...who "rode" the Underground Railroad to freedom.

The link to the Afrigeneas Canada Forum is below. See you there.

Good luck.

K Wyer Lane


Re: PREVO/E in Canada
Lisa B. Lee -- Friday, 23 December 2005, at 1:24 p.m.

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 district, 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.

There's also another black PREVO family in Hants county, in the 1901 census, Sarah 58, and her daughter Ethel, 6, both b. Nova Scotia, both living in St. Croix County, p. 22.

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).

I'm assuming that you already saw the 1881 Canadian Census (via with the Prevo family enumerated, as follows:

1881 Canadian Census, Nova Scotia, Hants County, St. Croix, District 18, subdistrict E, p. 58, household 248 [FHC film 1375810] ...
PREVO, George 29, African origin, b. Nova Scotia, sailor, Baptist
" , Lucy, 35, African origin, b. Nova Scotia, Baptist
" , Norman, 3, African origin, b. Nova Scotia, Baptist
" , Bessie, 1, African origin, b. Nova Scotgia, Baptist

There are also several other black Prevos in Nova Scotia in the 1881 census, Nova Scotia and it looks like John PREVO is the oldest black male living in the area at the time (55 years old, b. Nova Scotia).

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.

Oh, one last thing. Norman Prevo was listed as MARRIED in the 1901 Census, but his wife was no where to be found. I wonder what happened to her? Unfortunately, the 1891 Canadian census records are not indexed and images are not available online.

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

- Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS


NEW: Re: STOUTLEY in Nova Scotia, Canada
Cynthia F. -- Tuesday, 27 December 2005, at 5:21 a.m.


My Greatgrandfather was married to a widow with the married name of STOUTLEY.

Louisa STOUTLEY (maiden name EDDISON)had a son who was called Ned.
She married my greatgrandfather George PREVOE)and they had 3 children together.

Norman my greatgrandfather), Elizabeth & Caroline (I'm not sure of the spelling for the sister Caroline because according to the information that I have the spelling isn't really legible.

There didn't seem to be much mention of Ned in the records that I have.

I hope that this will help someone out there.

Here's to finding lost & new family.

Cynthia F.


NEW: Re: PREVO/E in Canada
Cynthia F. -- Tuesday, 27 December 2005, at 5:25 a.m.

This PREVO/E can't be the one that I am looking for as Norman PREVO/E died in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts & his body sent back to Nova Scotia, Canada to be buried in the same cemetary as his father.

Here's to finding lost & new family.

Cynthia F.


NEW: Re: PREVO/E in Canada
Tony E -- Tuesday, 27 December 2005, at 7:58 a.m.


Which post are you refering to? You state that this Prevo cant be yours? Which Prevo, in which post?



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