GENEALOGICAL and PERSONAL MEMOIRS
Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts
Prepared under the editorial supervision of William Richard CUTTER, A. M.
Historian of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; Librarian of Woburn Public Library; Author of “The Cutter Family,” “History of Arlington,” “Bibliography of Woburn,” etc., etc.
Volume I.; Illustrated
New York; Lewis Historical Publishing Company; 1908
Pages 112 - 113
They were not all Frenchmen who peopled that part of New France which in early times was called Acadia; and not all Scotchmen and Scotch-Irish who went there in later years and gave to the region the name of New Scotland, or Nova Scotia; and they were not all Englishmen who subsequently possessed the territory there and acquired sovereignty and jurisdiction; but among those who have dwelt for generations in that part of the royal province was a liberal sprinkling of Germans and Dutchmen, whose place of abode has been maintained for many years in the township of West Dublin, in the county of Lunenburg.
For several generations at least the Publicovers and the Sponegals have lived and labored and prospered in West Dublin, and until within the last half century their English speech was broken and imperfect, with strong German accent; and from the fact that a tradition among them still runs to the effect that their ancestors came originally from Germany and Holland, there is undoubtedly more of sound truth than vague tradition respecting their remote ancestry. These families, and others as well of different names, have dwelt in Lunenburg county for perhaps more than a century, and while they have lived well, educated their children well, and become prosperous and forehanded, their chief care has been for the material things of life and the future of their children rather than for the preservation of family records in the form of genealogy. Pride of ancestry ever has been maintained among them and each succeeding generation appears to have striven to improve upon the conditions of its predecessor, and their labors in this respect have not been in vain.
(I) Jacob Publicover was born in Lunenburg county, Novia Scotia, about the year 1790, but it is believed that his father emigrated there from Holland. They were farmers and fishermen, the former being the chief occupation. Jacob married a Miss Cotman, and had children, among them sons William, Solomon and Jacob, and a daughter Eleanor, whose married name is Peterson.
(II) The son Jacob was born in Lunenburg county, 1820, and died in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, in 1904. He was a farmer and lumberman, an industrious and thrifty man, and got along well in life, both in years and the comforts of living. He married Ellen Sponegal, born in 1826, died 1898, daughter of James Sponegal, of West Dublin, himself an energetic man, a farmer, and who also did some fishing, as did nearly all of the inhabitants of that part of Lunenburg county. Jacob and Ellen had a large family of ten children, four of whom eventually came to live in New England. Children: 1. Jacob Leander, lives in Nova Scotia. 2. Stephen, now dead. 3. Saloame, married Charles Dakin and is now dead. 4. Minoah, now dead. 5. Austin S., now dead. 6. Stanage, lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. 7. Ada C., married Franklin Smith and lives in Nova Scotia. 8. Leah M., married Nathan Dexter, and lives in Nova Scotia. 9. James Erbin, now living in Boston. 10. William Alexander of Eastern Point, Gloucester.
(III) William Alexander Publicover was a boy of less than seventeen years old when he determined to strike out for himself, and with that purpose in mind he went on board the schooner "Eleazer Boynton" and landed in Gloucester in 1887. He soon found employment in a summer hotel, and worked in one capacity and another until he gained a good practical understanding of the business, and when summer season closed he sometimes went as master of vessels to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. In 1900 he secured a lease of the Rockaway House, on Eastern Point, in Gloucester, managed it with good success until 1904, and then purchased the property and its surrounding grounds, one of the most attractive and inviting summer resorts on Cape Ann. Mr. Publicover is a Mason, member of Acacia Lodge, F. and A. M., of East Gloucester; an Odd Fellow, member of Ocean Lodge; an Elk, Lodge No. 892 of Gloucester; and in politics is a Republican. He married, October 22, 1907, Elizabeth May Cameron, born in Gloucester, June 2, 1884, daughter of Clarence Walter Cameron and Mary (Murphy) Cameron, both natives of Gloucester, the former born September 12, 1858, and the latter December 25, 1860. They married April 12, 1877, and have six children: Clarence Walter, Jr., born November 29, 1879, married Mabel Ring; George Edward, born August 29, 1880; Emily Adams, born April 29, 1882; Elizabeth May, born June 2, 1884, now Mrs. Publicover; Marion Evelyn, born February 25, 1893; Harriet Shepard, born September 25, 1900, died May 20, 1901.