Saturday, March 15, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ SCHUPP of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

St. John's Anglican Church
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The story of the SCHUPP/SCHUPE/SHUPE family is intertwined with the history of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  This town was one of the first settlements of protestants by the British before the expulsion of the Acadians.  It was settled in 1753, and raided nine times by the native Mi’kmaq and Acadians during its first six years.  The British government encouraged “Foreign Protestants” to come settle this area. The Germans who came here named it in honor of King George II, who was also the Duke of Bransschweig-Luneburg.

Richard Schupp arrived in Nova Scotia aboard the Ann on 28 June 1750 with a family of six from Zwingberg in Darmstadt, Germany.  At the Public Archives of Nova Scotia  (PANS) there are lists of 47 groups of settlers, in groups of six male names.  Richard Schupp is on this list.  He lived at Lot 6 on Townsend Street.   His son, my 5th great grandfather Johan Justinas Schupe, was born in Germany about 1746. 

 Johan had two wives, and had eleven children.  He named his children, and his second wife, Catherine Magdelena Unknown, in his will.  His daughter Ann Margaretha married a Scots settler, the Lunenburg innkeeper John Lennox.  Ann and John Lennox are my 4th great grandparents.

The best resources for researching the Schupp family, and other early German families of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia are the histories of the area, the vital records and the church records.  There are early “Victualling Lists” that provide information on the settlers who received food and supplies.  These lists were transcribed by Winthrop Bell and are available online and at PANS.   There is also a South Shore Genealogy Society in Lunenburg that provides information on these early settlers

Rootsweb Lunenburg Genealogy Resources page
Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association
The town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

My Schupp genealogy:

Generation 1:  Richart Schupp, born about 1725 probably at Litrelinden, Wielbourg, Germany; married first to Apollina Unknown.  She died 26 July 1751 in Halifax, Nova Scotia;  married second to Maria Margaretha Ringels.

Generation 2:  Johan Justinas Schupe, born about 1746 in Germany, died about 1813; married first to Anna Margareta Finck on 1 November 1763 at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  She was the daughter of Christian Finck and Anna Maria Unknown, who were also settlers at Lunenburg from Germany. She died 5 May 1801 in Lunenburg.  He married second to Catherina Magdelena Unknown.  Eleven children by his first wife.

Generation 3: Ann Margaretha Schupp, born 18 September 1773 in Lunenburg; married on 19 March 1797 at Saint John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg to John Lennox.  He was born about 1763 in Stirling, Scotland and died 1 October 1817 in Lunenburg.  Six children.

Generation 4:   Sarah Elizabeth Lennox m. Bremner Frederick Bollman
Generation 5: Ann Margaret Bollman m. Caleb Rand Bill
Generation 6: Isabella Lyons Bill m.  Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 7: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

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  1. Hi Heather, happy pre-St. Paddy's Day. I didn't know that Britain was inviting foreign Protestants to settle in Canada. My 5th great-grandfather was a "Hessian" soldier who settled in Novia Scotia, rather than return to Germany. He was given land at the head of St. Mary's Bay. I think I recall you saying you had a "Hessian" soldier in your ancestry too?

    1. Hello, Karen! Yes, if you look in generation 4 of this lineage, the father of Bremner Frederick Bollman was my Hessian ancestor. His name was Johan Daniel Bollman, and he was an officer and a surgeon captured at the Battle of Saratoga. He settled in Lunenburg, too, and was the town doctor.

  2. Hi Heather. My husband and I have many ancestors who were among the Foreign Protestants who came to settle in Lunenburg. Richard Schupp is connected to my husband by 2 lines, making him both his 6th and 7th great grandfather. He connects to you through Ann Margaretha's brother, Daniel Schupp. Since our families have mainly stayed in Lunenburg County, researching them has been fairly easy. The links you have provided are very helpful. :o)

    Our ancestors were not brought to Nova Scotia to drive out the Acadians, but they were involved in the aftermath. The Cattle Drive of 1756 was made by Lunenburg settlers, who gathered some of the animals abandoned when the Acadians were expelled. Richard Schupp's name was included on this list: Although they were not directly involved with the Acadian Expulsion, the addition of this livestock certainly contributed to the survival of the fledgling settlement in the wilderness.

    The town of Lunenburg has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is a beautiful place to visit, full of history and gorgeous architecturally interesting buildings. It is also the birthplace of the famous schooner, the Bluenose (and my husband!!)

    1. Dear Nana Cheryl, thanks so much for your comment and for the link. We were in Lunenburg in 2007 and we stayed at the Lennox Inn (Lennox is another ancestor) and we saw the Bluenose and enjoyed Lunenburg very much. I'd love to get back there again to do some more exploring!