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GEORG ADAM PENTZ / PENCE was baptized 8 Nov 1773 in DRC Lunenburg to Johannes Pentz and Anna Catherina Kneller, the sixth of their 14 or more children, and their third son. He was first-generation Nova Scotian: his father Johannes had come over from Germany with his parents, Rudolph and ?Johanna, and his siblings on the "Pearl" in 1751. He would have grown up in Lunenburg Co., probably on the land which was granted to his father in 1763 in the second drawing: First Division, E-2.

He was married to Catherine Barbara LEY/LOY on 1 Oct 1805 in DRC Lunenburg. They had six children that I know of: Mary Elizabeth PENCE, Sophia PENCE, John PENCE, George PENCE, Susanna Elizabeth PENCE and Catherine Barbara PENCE, all baptized in DRC Lunenburg as well.

Sometime between daughter Catherine's baptism in Dec 1815 and the 1827 census, when his name appears in Lawrencetown, George and his family moved to the Eastern Passage. I have not been able to look at land records for the area yet, but they would of course give the answer as to when he took up permanent residence. The best description of where it is that I have is from the online will of George Bowes, his neighbour and son-in-law: "I hereby devise to my Two Sons, George and James, and their heirs a Tract of Land Commencing at the Sea Shore and bounded by the road leading from Cow Bay to the Eastern Passage, Having John's property on the north and Moser's property on the rear and Pentz's property on the South, Together with all the buildings thereon to be divided equally between my said two Sons George and James."

On the 1827 census, George Pense is listed as Church of England, a farmer, in a household of 3 males and 4 females. One female member has married in the year prior to 1 Oct 1827, which must be Sophia. George Pence also signed a petition in Lawrencetown in Feb 1829, along with 110 others, seeking government support of the erection of a large oat mill on the property of Mr. William Crook.

According to H.W. Hewitt writing in the Dartmouth Patriot in 1901, it was in fact George's son John who first purchased the land. This is a quote from his article:
"The first inhabitants of Cow Bay were Indians. They were scattered over the place and some of them lived there up to recent times. Richard Monday or Munday was left in charge of Capt Rawdon's land. Rawdon went away and never came back again. Monday got the grant of Rawdon's land. Monday's daughter married Christian Bowes. George Bowes, Sr. and Mr. Pentz bought land next to that owned by Christian Bowes. Christian Bowes probably came from south division of Lunenburg, for I find the name Christian Bowes on the assessment roll of that place for the year 1795.

In St. Paul's cemetery, Halifax, I have seen the graves of Richard Monday and his wife. A stone from which I have taken the following facts marks their graves. Mary Munday died June 16, 1801, aged 54 years. Richard Munday, her husband died August 12, 1801, aged 58 years. I am not sure that this man was the Richard Monday who lived at Cow Bay, for I understood that Monday's widow married James Wellsman, whose descendants still live at Eastern Passage. As Wellsman's wife's name was Elizabeth his wife may have been Monday's daughter. I am sorry my knowledge of Monday and his immediate descendants is not more definite.

I have stated that George Bowes, Sr. and John Pentz bought land next [to] Monday's grant. Their purchase was on the grant of Enoch Bean. The grant of John Mignor was taken up by a man named Story. A man named Lester also owned a part of the grant which consisted of Osborne's Head. About 100 years ago the ancestor of the Cow Bay Osborne's secured the land of Lester. Other Osbornes bought the Story property from James Fraser and James Wellsman who had bought it. Thus did the land come into the hands of its present occupants.

I may here say a few words about these old settlers. I have already mentioned Richard Monday and Christian Bowes. George Bowes, Sr. who joined with John Pentz in buying the Bean land died March 23, 1877, aged 77 years. John Pentz died November 4, 1887, aged 82 years. James Wellsman died May 6, 1891, aged 77 years."

Submitted by: Carole Pence-Garron.

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Matthias NAGEL was born 31 Mar 1727, Evangelisch, Lauterburg, Jagstkreis, in the province of Wuerttemberg, Germany, to Christian NAGEL and Elizabetha GRIMM.

He was brought to Halifax, NS, by the British who recruited "Foreign Protestants". NAGEL came over on the ship Ann in 1750. He married in Salome SCHNIEDER. He left Halifax for Prince Edward Island, where born to Matthias (going by the name Jean-Baptiste NAGEL) and Salome was Joseph NAGEL 25 Apr 1755, Port La Joie, Queens, Prince Edward Island. And on 7 May 1756, Augustin-Marie NAGEL was born.

Matthias' wife Salome CHENAITERIN (SCHNEIDER), died sometime before 1761 as Matthias remarried.

On 3 Feb 1761, Matthias remarried under the name Jean Baptist NAGEL, to Marie-Josephe POULIOT, of the parish of St. Laurent, Isle d'Orleans, daughter of Pierre POULIOT and Marie Anne AUDET.

In the mid 1760's, Mathias and family returned to Nova Scotia and settled in South East Passage. On Oct 6, 1765, daughter Mary Ann Conrad NAGEL was born. Other issue was Elias, Michael, Marie L. and Frederick Joseph plus possibly more. The surname eventually became spelled NAUGLE.

Mathias died on Oct 10, 1797, in South East Passage. His wife Marie-Joseph died February 7, 1806.

Frederick, born Apr 30, 1769, appears to have been the ancestor of the NAUGLE's of Eastern Passage. Frederick married Charlotte G. (possibly GOREHAM). They had many children. These children's descendants married into various families of Eastern Passage such as YOUNG, OSBORNE, HUNTER, YORKE, HORNE, SUTTERS?, HENNEBERRY, DEYOUNG, and many more.

Submitted by : Trish Lewis.

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