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An account of the Indians in the District of Colchester taken March 3d - 1801
1st. [Nurtur?] Paul Chief about 37 Years of age is married has a Wife and five Children the Oldest About 13 years of age Resides Chiefly at Suiack and is a sober Honest and Industrous [Industrious] Indian coopers and sometimes Chops and Clears land for the Inhabitants.
2d Joseph Paul About 32 Years of age has a Wife and four Young Children Coopers but is reputed Laisy [Lazy].
3d Abluie Paul About 30 Years of age has a Wife and two Young Children he talks good English Can Cooper but is Esteemed laizy, then three is Brother sons of Peter Paul an [illegible] Inhabitant of Suiack These Indian had land assigned them by government on Suiack River; but not Inclining to settle on there Own Land sold it, and settled on an [unimproved?] farm belonging to one of the Inhabitants, and [?raised] some corn and Potatoes, but does not Improve or [Cary?] on farming [business] to any great purpose; they sometimes go to a Priest as is supposed but not very often.
4th Peter Phillips a [?trapper?] Indian at present at [Suiack] has a Wife and four young Children supposed not to stay long there.
At [?Musqoudobit] River
5th Francis Coop About 50 Years of age at present at [Musquodoboit?] has a Wife and four Children Comes and goes to Sheet Harbour and is said to be under a bad Carracter.
6th Joseph Labadore about 40 Years of age has a Wife and four Young Children Comes and goes to Sheet Harbour and follows Hunting, and is said to be under a Very good Carracter [Character].
Many Mi'kmaq names mentioned. Describes specific families, their industries and characters. Mentions the Mi'kmaq here can generally speak English and support themselves and their families, but are little disposed to farming.
Retrieval no.: Commissioner of Public Records — Indians series Nova Scotia Archives RG 1 Vol. 430 No. 55
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