Slaves were bequeathed by will and included in the inventory of the property of the deceased. Belcher (1743-1802), an early settler of the New England Planter township of Cornwallis, was a member of the House of Assembly and a pillar of the Church of England. Two of Belcher's former slaves were among the original settlers of the historic black communities of Pine Woods and Gibson Woods. Both settlements were later destroyed when the area was given over to military use (Camp Aldershot).
Reference: Nova Scotia Archives Kings County probate records estate case file B7 (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 19779)
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