Articles on the Descendants

Links to articles on the Descendants of PEI’s seven Fathers of Confederation are published here. A new article appeared on or about the 27th of February through August 2014, ending with a wrap-up article on September 8, 2014. The PEI Genealogical Society is grateful for the research time and effort,… [Read more]

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  We have joined the Twitter-verse. Follow us @peigenealogy.   Check out who we follow, there could be some important contacts to be made. Make our ancestors proud!       … [Read more]

George Coles 1810-1875

Son of a farmer, Coles became a merchant, brewer and politician. Politically active for 27 years, Coles was the first, and to many historians the best, Premier of Prince Edward Island, initially assuming that role in 1851. He was a major proponent of responsible government but not in favour of… [Read more]

John Hamilton Gray 1811-1887

Gray was famous in the British Army as well as in Island politics. A soldier with service in India and South Africa, he returned to the Island after a 21-year military career and was soon asked to enter political life. Strongly in favour of Confederation, Gray was Premier of PEI… [Read more]


FEBRUARY 2017 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING  Heritage Advocate Arnold Smith and Home Designer and Heritage Advocate Carter Jeffery were the guest speakers at the general membership meeting of the Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society on Saturday February 24, 2017. Their illustrated talk was titled: “Built Heritage That We Have Lost” and… [Read more]

Thomas Heath Haviland 1822-1895

A lawyer by profession, Haviland was called to the bar in 1846. He was also a Colonel in the local militia. In his 30-year political career (1846-1876), Haviland served on executive council and as speaker for the Legislative Assembly. Subsequently, Thomas Haviland was Lieutenant-General of PEI and Mayor of Charlottetown.… [Read more]

Edward Palmer 1809-1889

Palmer was a lawyer, landed proprietor, politician, then judge. The son of an attorney, Palmer was called to the bar in 1830. His political year spanned 38 years, largely uninterrupted. After 10 years as leader of the Tory party, he became Premier in 1859 and resigned four years later due… [Read more]

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William Henry Pope 1825-1879

Pope studied law in London, called to the Island bar in 1847, then served as a land agent for absentee landlords. He became known for a real estate deal in which he and three others profited big time at the expense of his employer. In his 30s to early 40s,… [Read more]


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