East River, Nova Scotia
East River is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in the Chester Municipal District on the Aspotogan Peninsula on the Lighthouse Route at the junction of (Nova Scotia Route 329) and Trunk 3.
The village was known as East River Point, and before that Indian Point. It got its name from the river because it is on the eastern side of Mahone Bay. 120 acres (0.49 km2) of land there reserved for John, Joseph and Thomas Paul, who were Mi’kmaq on September 3, 1793. At East River, David Floyd received a grant on August 18, 1815, and John Wheaton received in April 1817. John Booth’s grant was dated September 22, 1899. (Places, p. 190) All these people are unknown.
Cook’s Beach was named for Ephraim Cook a direct descendant of Francis Cook of the Mayflower. He (Ephraim) settled with his family on land in Lower Melbourne near Cooks Beach (named in his honor). He was one of the first settlers in Yarmouth.
Who the following landmarks are named after is unknown: Meisners Beach, G. Roast, L. Roast (Church Map)
- John Rous. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Also note that Desbraisey erronously speculates that the landmark Rous's Brook is named after Captain John Rouse of HMS Albany – a Captain who brought settlers to this land (Bell, p. 415, citing DesBrisay p. 28). In fact, it is likely named earlier after Captain John Rous (See Place Names of Nova Scotia)
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