Mil­lidge and the Loy­al­ist in­flu­ence

Book launch planned for Trust’s 34th publi­ca­tion


Many be­lieve Stephen Mil­lidge de­serves a much more prom­i­nent place in the Town of Sackville’s his­tory than has pre­vi­ously been ac­corded him.

That will be part of the dis­cus­sion when the Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust launches a new publi­ca­tion by W. Eu­gene Goodrich, Stephen Mil­lidge – The Sur­pris­ing Life of a Sackville Loy­al­ist.

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 16, at the Boul­tenhouse Her­itage Cen­tre (An­der­son Oc­tag­o­nal House), 29 Queens Road, Sackville.

The au­thor will give a 40- to 50-minute pre­sen­ta­tion on some as­pects of the life of Stephen Mil­lidge, fol­lowed by ques­tions and the launch of his new book.

Sackville Town­ship had been a Bri­tish set­tle­ment for 25 years when Loy­al­ist fam­i­lies ar­rived in the mid 1780s. How­ever, those few Loy­al­ists had a pro­found im­pact on the fu­ture di­rec­tion of gov­er­nance that gave shape to peo­ple’s lives in this com­mu­nity.

Based on a va­ri­ety of pre­vi­ously un­in­ves­ti­gated orig­i­nal source ma­te­rial, the au­thor presents a very com­pre­hen­sive study of Mil­lidge, mer­chant-trader, store­keeper, high sher­iff and deputy crown sur­veyor. The book also of­fers a sur­pris­ing amount of new in­for­ma­tion on the post-planter set­tle­ment his­tory as well as the eco­nomic, le­gal, and in­tel­lec­tual life of Sackville Town­ship and West­mor­land County. It tells a story – at times amus­ing, al­ways en­gag­ing, and ul­ti­mately tragic – of a con­vinced Loy­al­ist, de­voted hus­band and fa­ther, and con­tented cit­i­zen of Sackville.

The Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust in­cludes this publi­ca­tion in its list­ing of his­tor­i­cal books, a key ad­di­tion to the Trust’s ear­lier publi­ca­tions on Aca­dian Set­tle­ment, the Plant­ing of Sackville Town­ship, and sev­eral ti­tles on the York­shire Im­mi­gra­tion to Chignecto. Only one pre­vi­ous book, Lorna Mil­ton’s The Gen­er­a­tions of Bots­ford Men, delved into the Loy­al­ist im­pact on Tantra­mar.

The pub­lic is en­cour­aged to at­tend this pre­sen­ta­tion on the re­mark­able life of one of the re­gion’s most sig­nif­i­cant early set­tlers.

Ad­mis­sion is free and light re­fresh­ments will be served. All are wel­come.

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