Not long ago when visiting the genealogical society, I came across this book entitled: "Old Tombstones of Acadie" by Wm Inglis Morse. He published 500 copies in England in 1929 - The book I accessed at ACGS is #88. Here are some extracts from it:

"One mile east of Bridgetown, Annapolis County, on the main road to Halifax, we found a local cemetery. Examination showed a few gravestones belonging to a family by the name of De St. Croix. Three stones were piled in a heap; three of four others were ranged along a bank, which at one time may have been an old French road, and two or three other pieces of gravestone formed a series of steps. The stones had been cut in two or quartered. A resident on the farm showed us a sample of one of these stones, which had been used for the chimney-top of the house. For some reason the chimney did not draw well, and a Mr. Zimmermeyer indicated that the stone refused to stay in place, and eventually found it way back to the cemetery.

One or two of the reproductions show the character of the stones, the crude steps, bearing the legend: J. De St. C. - E. De St. C. - Peter & Euphany De St. Croix, who died in infancy. In memory of Thomas De St. Croix Who departed this Life Feb 29, 18??

There was also a stone for Leah De St. Croix, who departed this life Feb 8, 1811 in the 75th year of her age. Then 'Sacred to the memory of Joshua T. De St. Croix, who departed this life, March 3rd, 1805, in the 72nd year of his age.' This is inscribed: 'Deth is a debt that's nature's due, Which I have paid and so must you'.

In memory of Joshua De St. Croix, who departed this life, June 4th, 1810, in the 46th year of his age.

This local cemetery, now almost a thing of the past, was once known as a part of Gaudet's Village, which was settled about 1640 by Dennis Gaudet. Old French cellars were found near this spot, but destroyed after the Explusion of the Acadians in 1755.

A Bernard Gaudet of this village was a prominent and prosperous citizen, deputy, etc. Placide Gaudet was a descendant of Bernard Gaudet. The exact location of his home was between the present school and cemetery, and not far from the river. He had an orchard and his English successors reported both apples and cider on his farm. The more modern name for this village (in 1929) is Ruffee's Hill.

Christopher Prince once owned this farm, known as Mount Pleasant. Later he sold it to Peter Pineo, Jr., about 1777, for 470 pounds. Pineo sold to Joshua Temple De St. Croix, a Loyalist from New York for 1,200 pounds."

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino
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