The Embree name
weaves in and out of most of the old local names in the Strait area.
were originally French Huguenots, move from the North of France to England early in the 17th century and in the later part of the same century
or shortly before the American Revolution two families moved to Westchester,
Mass. U.S.A. After the war
was over Capt. Thomas Embree, a retired British Officer moved with his family to LaHave
N.S. Canada. Adolphus, his
brother moved to Amherst N.S.
His descendants are now settled in Amherst and Oxford.
Capt. Thomas died in LaHave about 1809, leaving a widow, four sons and three daughters. The sons took up shipbuilding and
fishing about the year 1826 they moved to the Strait of Canso. Thomas, Samuel, and Charles
settled in Inverness County while Adolphus
settled in Richmond County
and became a Senator.
a tannery shop and at a point had 30 men employed.
One of Thomas’
sons, Isaiah, ran one of the first ferries crossing the Strait.
Charles started farming. George, Samuel’s son, started a boat building shop called Embree's Island Shipbuilder in the
days of wooden ships. From the year 1850 to 1865 he built no less than 5 schooners, six Brigantines and 1 Braque.
had twin boys named who Thomas twin to Samuel *Note Thomas and Samuel stood over 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 lbs and
both lived to be over 90 years of age
This would have
been big men in those days. Charles was also my great, great grandfather and his daughter, Elizabeth Embree, was married to
my great grand father, Robert Murray
were industrious entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the growth of our town. They
became sea captains, politians, and fought in the wars with some giving their all.
Some information from
From J.L. MacDougall's book History of Inverness County published 1922