Most Dill family descendants in
County, Nova Scotia trace their ancestry to three brothers from
Northern Ireland, who had arrived in Nova Scotia prior to 1773.
David (b. 1735), John and Mungo along with their Smith
among the first British settlers in Ste. Croix, first leasing and
eventually purchasing lands that had been granted to
Colonel Joseph Scott. Jane Walker married David Dill and had nine
children, and her sister Elizabeth Walker married David's brother John
Dill. The early history
of the Dill family is well told through the website of Bob Dill. More recent DNA research is confirming connections between other Dill branches.
farm on College Road has also
the centre of much interest historically with the discovery that ice
was first played as an organized game about 1800 on Long Pond on the
Dill farm. The game played by students of
College and recorded in 1836, was an adaptation of the Irish field game
- hurley - transposed to ice. It became ice hurley and eventually
ice hockey. Historians were previously unaware of this early record in
Nova Scotia, thus the Long Pond
has added to sport history as one of the historic locations where the
evolved. The Windsor Hockey Heritage Society is working to preserve the
of Ice Hockey.
One of the best known family member in
Scotia was Howard
Dill of Windsor, Hants County who developed the variety known as the
Giant pumpkin, which has been the genetic basis of
gardening internationally. With a 493.5
pound specimen in 1981
he won the world record, and achieved four
consecutive World Championships. Howard Dill distributed the seed line
worldwide and the family continues his operations through HowardDill.com.
The story of Howard Dill as told in The
Pumpkin King which documents
his life and how he developed an
in competitive vegetable growing.
|J.E. Woolford, "View near Windsor, the Grove (Maugher's?)", c. 1817, watercolour, NSM History Collection 78.45.46
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