Bergen op Zoom

The Canadian family

In the fifties a lot of Dutch people emigrated to Canada to find a better future. See Background to Immigration and Canada 1947-1957. Since oyster fishing in Bergen op Zoom didn't seem to have much future because of plans for a dam in the Oosterschelde, people moved to Canada. But also other people from Rotterdam, who originated from the family from Bergen op Zoom moved to Canada. And Hugh Eric Vandort served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in World War I. 

There are also a lot of people with the surname Dort in Canada. It is believed that the Dort's in Canada had Dutch ancestors and used to be called van Dort. In "Guysborough sketches and other Essays" written in 1950 by A. C. Jost the earliest mention of a Dort can be found. The genealogies in the book are from church entries, cemetery inscriptions and private family records and are probably far from complete. On a muster roll taken at Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 17, 1784 of the sixtieth Regiment Royal American appears a Valentine Dort. He was given a land grant of 200 acres in Guysborough County. Among the women listed on the muster roll was an Eliza Dort. The Guysborough township book says Valentine Dort married Elizabeth Kiesel 16 January 1785 and yet it seems they were already married in July of 1784. From this couple came the Dorts of Guysborough County. These men were usually given a town lot for their service. In time, Dorts could be found in Dort's Cove, Halfway Cove, Peas Brook, Queensport, etc. all of which are little fishing villages that clot the shore of the Atlantic Ocean leading from the town of Guysborough to the town of Canso. 5)

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Last update 16 March 1997