John Connor died at age twenty-nine, and was buried in the Old Burial Ground in Halifax. He arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749 as a volunteer settler with Edward Cornwallis’ fleet on the ship Merry Jacks. Mi’kmaq oral tradition suggests that Connor’s pregnant wife. Mary, and his daughter Martha were killed in a raid on Dartmouth in 1751. In February 1752, he was provided a government contract to establish the first ferry in Halifax Harbour. By December, he assigned his ferry operation to two other mariners. His gravestone is the oldest surviving stone in the Old Burying Ground. (Photo: John Connor’s (1728–1757) gravestone, Old Burial Ground, Halifax. Wikipedia Creative Commons.)