Stephen Reynolds came to Cape Breton area about 1797, one of the first pioneers of the
Strait area who came from Phillsbury, Mississippi U.S.A.
He settled first at Sand Point near the south end of the Strait, and after a lonely experience there moved northward and made
a home for himself about two miles north of where Port Hawkesbury now stands. He married Mary Strachan and had a family of
five sons and five daughters
William Philpott was from Swimbridge England and
was married in England to Elizabeth Shave of Hampshire, England They
had one son and three daughters. William and Elizabeth came to Port Hawkesbury
in 1822. William died in July 03, 1852 and Elizabeth died
in November 06, 1861 and are both buried in the Church of England cemetery in Port Hawkesbury. His son William married a scottish
lady Margaret MacLean and came with his wife to join his parents in Hawkesbury in 1824. He was a shipbuilder and farmer.
From J.L. MacDougall's book History of Inverness County published 1922
John Grant came here from Ballendallich, Scotland
and lived at Grant's Point. Allan Grant’s
son, Peter had the first published newspaper in Inverness County called "The News of the Week"