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From: whitney -at- (W. WHITNEY) Subject: [WHITNEY-L] Sylvanus Whitney Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 15:43:03 +0100 G.Jones wrote:- Here are my notes from the plaque at Hall's Harbor, Nova Scotia: Samuel Hall, from King's Co., a pilot and guide to American privateer in 1779. In 1830 Sylvanus WHITNEY opened the first store. It is said in 1847 that he discovered Samuel Hall's buried treasure "in or bout the banks of the upper creek." It is generally considered in tourism literature that no Hall treasure has been found, if indeed it existed. My cousin saw this in NS last week. Mary Ellen *********************** Sylvanus Whitney was my He left his parents in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 when he was 16 and settled in Halls Harbour the following year. He opened a store on the wharf that is now the lobster pound. In the late 1830's he DID find a container of money buried by the Privateer Captain Hall and built a new store and a new home for his family. He also bought up numerous farms on the road between Halls Harbour and Vernon Mines. A one acre lot was severed from one of these farms on which he was instrumental in the construction of "The Second Tru Christian Baptist Church in Cornwallis", the present "The West Halls Harbour Baptist Church", of which he was the first clerk and Deacon. It is recorded that several people saw and helped him count his find and he certainly did not make his purchases off a small store on the wharf. In 1882, he left Halls Harbour and moved to Jamestown, North Dakota where he bought three lots in town and 9,000 acres of land in Stutsman County. He died in the post office in Jamestown on February 13, 1888 and his body was returned to Nova Scotia for burial at Billtown on March 29, 1888. I have a copy of the probate of his will in which he leaves an estate that would have a value of between 3 and 4 million present-day dollars. Bill Whitney

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