NL GenWeb Plantations Book

Conception Bay North Region

"Return of Possession held in Conception Bay 1805"

Pages 142 - 160

On August 21, 1804, in an effort to help avoid frequent disputes regarding possession and rights of Fishing Rooms, Beaches, Flakes and land, Governor Erasmus Gower issued an order directing his Surrogates around the Island of Newfoundland to take an exact account of all Fishing Rooms, Wharves, Beaches, Flakes, etc… within 200 yards from the High Water Mark and register them in a book. The claims of every Merchant, Planter, and Boat Keeper to the land he occupied were to be clearly defined. This official Register of Fishing Rooms was to be admitted as evidence in all land claim disputes.

The following is a transcription of a surviving portion of Governor Gower's "Plantations Book." The transcriptions were done in the same format/style as was presented on the photocopies. Even though spelling and punctuation in some entries had obvious mistakes, we have transcribed them as they were in an effort to preserve the integrity of the original document. Thus [sic] has not been added to any spelling mistake. There was an instance where instead of Act Wm III, it was entered as Act Wm II and even this was left as was. After the work was transcribed, it was proof read and spaces were added between names in some of the transcriptions (Thos.Brown would become Thos. Brown) and this only happened with two people's transcriptions as everyone else added those spaces in.

Misc. Volume 13, Conception Bay Plantations Book - held at the Registry of Deeds and Companies, Confederation Building, PO Box 8700 Stn A, St. John's, NF A1B 4J6. Additional copies of CO 199.18 “Return of Possession held in Conception Bay 1805” are available for viewing at: The Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, Colonial Bldg., Military Road, St. John’s, NF A1C 2C9 or at The Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF A1B 3Y1

The following pages were transcribed by SUE O'NEILL.
No. Name and Description of the Room or Other Erections, with Its Exact Boundaries In what Harbour, Cove, etc., Situated Name-and-Residence
of the Party
Claiming Right
to the Same
The Nature of
that Claim
Name and
Residence of
the Present
Occupier
Whether-Built,
Sold or Leased
at the Time of
this Entry
Date
of
this
Entry
To Whom Sold or Leased or otherwise Transferred For what Consideration Sold or otherwise Transferred, or the Rent and Term of the Lease
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1012 Matthew Horton 49 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by George Andress on the W. by Chas. Bradbury 100 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods 1 Stage 2 Flakes 1 House 3 Gardens. North side H. Grace H. Grace Bequeathed to him by his Fathers will in possession 40 years or more. Michl. Adams & Co. H. Grace Leased for - years for £ - per annum. 1798 Michl. Adams & Co.
1013 Charles Bradbury 57 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Mattw. Horton on the W. by John Nicholls 190 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the Woods. 1 House 2 Gardens. " " By deed of gift from his Father Chas. Bradbury H. Grace - 1800

1014 John Nicholls, 42 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Chas. Bradbury on the W. by Chas. Garland Esq. 92 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 2 Stages 2 Flakes 4 Houses 3 Gardens. This spot formerly belonged to Geo. Garland Esq. " " By - Jno. Nicholls H. Grace



1015 Chas. Garland Esq. 61 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Jno. Nicholls Flake on the W. by Robt. Holden 250 yds from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods 1 Stage 2 Flakes 1 House 1 Garden. " "

Leased - Wm. Brown 20/ per annum
1016 Robert Holden 98 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Chas. Garland Esq. on the W. by Chas. Davis 300 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods " "
No person No buildings


1017 Chas. Davis 90 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Robt. Holden on the W. by Jno. Courage 300 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 Stage 2 Flakes 3 Houses 2 Gardens - - by Surrogate McHallop " "
Chas. Davis H. Grace Built - Chas. Davis £30
1018 The descendants of Willm. Smith 41 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Chas. Davis on the W. by Chas. Garland Esq. 160 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods, 1 Stage 1 House 1 Garden 1 Flake. " "
Jno. Courage H. Grace Not sold or leased - No person
1019 Chas. Garland Esq. as Agent for Capt. Beil 95 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the S. by the sea on the N. by his meadow 150 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the N. by the woods, on the S.W. by the Widow French and Coles Plantation. 1 Meadow " " By deed of gift from Robt. Beal




1020 French Plantation 97 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Chas. Garland Esq. on the W. by Jas. And Wm. Cole 115 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by Chs. Garland Esq.'s meadow 1 Stage 2 Flakes 3 Houses 4 Gardens French appears to have taken part of Cole's room in consequence of having it found it lying void, I -- Nicolas, Surrogate, Oct. 21st 1821. " " In consequence of lying void Widow French No buildings


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1021 James & Wm. Coles Plantation, 128 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by the Frenchs on the W. by Wm. Stowe 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 Stage 2 Flakes 3 Houses 3 Gardens. Cole's room is now only 128 yards east to west, he having suffered French to take part of it several years since, I --- Nicolas, Surrogate. North Side H. Grace H. Grace Cut and cleared etc. J. & Wm. Cole H. Grace



1022 William Stowe 163 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by J. & W. Cole on the W. by Roger Snelgrove, 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 Stage 2 Flakes 1 House 3 Gardens. By this record Stowe has about 6 acres of land as 70 yards each way makes an acre. William Stowe's room found to measure only 153 yards east to West, the east bounds terminating at the west end on the Green bank over Ships Head Beach. 29th Oct. 1821, I ---- Nicolas, Surrogate. Capt H.M.S. Ship --- " " Ditto Wm Stowe H. Grace



1023 Roger Snelgrove, 49 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Wm. Stowe on the W. by Henry Sheppard 194 yds. from from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 House " " Purchased from Wm. Stowe for £9 R. Snelgrove H. Grace Sold 1804 R. Snelgrove £9
1024 Henry Sheppard, 96 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Roger Snelgrove on the W. by Geo. Snow, 194 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 House 1 Garden. " " Purchased from Wm. Stowe for £9 Henry Sheppard H. Grace Do 1803 H. Sheppard £9
1025 George Snow 80 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Henry Sheppard on the W. by Otterbury Head 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward, bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 Stage 1 Flake 1 House 1 Garden. " " Part cut and cleared agreeable to Act Wm.3.and part purchased from Wm. Stowe for 20/ G. Snow H. Grace Part sold 1803 Geo. Snow £1
1026 Geo. & Wm. Parsons 285 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Otterbury Head on the W. by Geo. Pippy 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the Sullivans and the woods. 1 Stage 2 Flakes 1 House 1 Garden. Measured and found correct, 23rd Oct. 1821. (62 yds. at the west end having been sold to Harolds and Wm. Parsons) I -- Nicolas, Surrogate, Capt. H.M.S. -- " " Do G. & Wm. Parsons H.G. " 1804

1027 George Pippy 187 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Geo. & Wm. Parsons on the W. by Richd. Palmer 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 stage 2 flakes. 1 House 1 Garden. George Pippy's room is now bounded on the east by Heralds room. Oct. 23rd 1821, I ---Nicolas, Surrogate. " " " G. Pippy H. Grace " 1804

1028 Richard Palmer, 160 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Geo. Pippy on the W. by John Mulcahy, 198 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. " " Cut out of the woods No person No buildings 1805

1029 John Mulcahy, 140 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Richd. Palmer on the W. by Wm. and David Mullowney 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. " " Do Do Do 1805

1030 William and David Mullowney, 100 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Jno. Mulcahy on the W. by Chas. Carrol 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. " " " " " 1805

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1031 Charles Carrol 100 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by William and David Mullowney on the W. by the woods 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods North Side H. Grace H. Grace Cut out of the woods No person " 1805

1032
Back Ground.
Richard Cain 130 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by the woods on the W. by Jerry Linehan 210 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Jno. D. Garland on the N. by the Woods
" Do Do Do No buildings 1800

1033 Thomas Jones, 24 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Richard Cain on the W. by Wm. Danson, 103 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. and N. by the woods. No Fishery. 1 Garden " " " " " 1800

1034 Jerry Linehan 44 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Richard Cain on the W. by Richd. Palmer 98 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by John Stritton on the N. by Thomas Jones. 1 House 1 Garden. No Fishery " " " J. Linehan H. Grace Built 1798

1035 Edmund Murphy 161 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by John Stritton on the W. by Amy Thistle 159 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Henry Pynn on the N. by Richd. Palmer 1 House 2 Gardens 1 Meadow. " " " E. Murphy H. Grace " 1790

1036 James Cowan 74 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by John Stretton on the W. by Amy Thistle 78 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Henry Pynn on the N. by Edmund Murphy. 1 Meadow. No Fishery " " Bequeathed by Ann Stretchs Will Do Leased

Edm. Murphy for 2 years for 15/ per year
1037 Amy Thistle 130 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Edmund Murphy on the W. by Wm. Parsons 451 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Jas. Cowan and our meadow on the N. by the woods. 1 House 2 Gardens, 2 Meadows. " " Cut out of the woods A. Thistle " 1785

1038 John Johnson 80 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Jno. Heffernan's meadow, on the W. by the woods 120 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Andrew's meadow on the N. by the woods 2 Houses 2 Gardens 1 Meadow " " Do J. Johnson " 1796 J. Johnson
1039 Wm. Hickey 76 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Richd. Palmer on the W. by Amy Thistle on the N. by the woods. 2 plots more 58 yds. from E. to W. 78 yds. from S. to N. Bounded on all sides by the woods. 1 House 1 Garden 3 Meadows. " " Part cut out of the woods and part purchased from - for £ - W. Hickey " 1799

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1040 Honor Lynch 97 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by William Hickey on the W. by the woods 70 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Amy Thistle on the N. by the woods. 1 House 1 Garden. North side H. Grace Back Ground. H. Grace Cut out of the woods H. Lynch H. Grace No buildings 1795

1041 Garrett Condon 40 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Wm. Hickey on the W. by H. Lynch 40 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by Amy Thistle on the N. by Honor Lynch " "
No person Do 1798

1042 Ships Room on Harbour Grace Beach 153 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. and W. by H.W.M. 206 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by the Sea on the N. by Charlotte Pike's fishing flakes, now in possession of the Widow Andrews. " Ships The Act of Wm. 3rd. Do " "

1043 Charlotte Pike 153 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the W. by the sea on the E. by the room now in possession of John Davis Garland 14 yds. from N. to S. on W. bounds bounded on the S. by the Ships Room on the N. by Amy Thistle 63 yds. on the E. bounds from S. to N. bounded on the S. by the Ships Room on the N. by the Churchyard 2 Flakes 2 Houses 2 Gardens. Island Stage " C.P. By deed of gift from his Father Wm. Andress etc. Not sold or leased 1798

1044 Charles and Jno. D. Garland 194 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Henry Webber on the W. by Jno. Stritton and the Church Yard 460 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. Including a sport granted by order of the Chief Justice in 1793







1045 Chas. Parsons 117 yds. from S.E. to N.W. bounded on the S.E. by Amy Thistle on the N.W. by W. Parsons 360 yds. from S. to N. bounded S. by Wm. Danson on the N. by the stone wall 69 yds. from E. to W. on the S. bounds bounded on the E. by Jas. Cowan on the W. by Jas. Sheppard 1 Stage 1 Flake 2 Stores 2 Houses 2 Gardens " " Purchased from J.T.N. for £130

1804 Chas. Parsons
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These rooms was not recorded last year.







1046 The descendants of the late W. Brazel. Back Room 103 yds. from S. to N. bounded S. and W. by Chas. Garland on the N. by Chas. Garland - Plantation 42 yds. from E. to W. bounded E. by Canis, Plantation, on the W. by Chas. Garland 3 H. and 3 gardens. Error. H. Grace Jno. Brazill H. Grace Bequeathed to him by his Father's will Error re Will. Jno. Brazill & Mary H. Grace. Not sold or leased 1776 No person
1047 Amy Thistle 95 yds. from South to N. bounded on the North by the School House and South by Charlotte Pike 62 yds. from East to West bounded on the E. by Charlotte Pike and West by James Juir. 2 S. 1 F. 1 Wharf 1 Store 8 Houses 3 Gardens. Error. " Amy Thistle H. Grace. Bequeathed by her Father-in-Law's will. Error re Will. Sundry persons 8 Tenants. " 1750 "
1048 William Lampen 70 yds. from S. to N. bounded N. by the Marsh and S. by the School house 8 ½ yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by the Church land and W. By the path leading to the Brook 1 H. 3 Gardens. " Wm. Lampen H. Grace Purchased from Mary Ferrers for £44. Wm Lampen H. Grace " 1803 "
1049 Heirs of Henry Pynn 348 yds. from S. to N. bounded N. by the lookout S. by Journeaux and Thistle's rooms 93 yds. from E. to W. bounded W. by Chas. Parsons and E. by Amy Thistle. 2 H. 3 G. 1 M " Heirs of Henry Pynn Put in possession by Chief Justice Cook Jas. Cowan H. Grace & Descendants of H. Pynn " 1783 "
1050 Jane Singeon, 52 yds. from S. to N. 19 yds. from E. to W. on the North bounds 11 yds. from E. to W. on the South bounds bounded on all sides by Amy Thistle. 1 H. 2 Gardens " Jane Singeon Bequeathed to her by her mother's will Jane Singeon " 1783 "
1051 Richard William Bazill and Henry Taylor 540 yds. from East to West bounded on the East by Chas. Carrol on the land and by a large rock marked "RT" in the landwash on the West by Black Duck Pond Brook 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded North by the woods. H. Grace 4 Brothers. Cut and cleared agreeable to act Wm. 3rd Chap.25.Sec.7 No person No buildings 1807 "
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1052 The undermentioned room was this day measured by Order of the Surrogate, the Reverend F.H. Carrington by William Martin, H. Constable John Mulchay - 60 yds. east and west bounded on the east by John Smokeham on the West by a Path leading to the woods on the North by the woods and on the South by the Water 200 yds. from High Water Mark. Recorded this 1st day of February 1816 by Order the Surrogate, Mattw. Stevenson, Clerk. On the north side of Harbour Grace Jno. Mulchay Cut and cleared agreeable to act Wm. 3rd Chap.25.Sec.7 No person No buildings 1813 No person
1053 Doctor William Sterling 230 yards from N. to S. bounded on the South by said Wm. Sterling's premises bounded on the North by the woods running in an easterly and westerly direction 160 yards bounded on the East by ground in the occupation of Mr. William Innott and on the west by ground in the occupation of the Rev Mr. Ewers, granted to said Wm. Sterling the 17th June 1820 by His Excellency Chas. Hamilton Governor, Measured by Mr. H. Garland D.S. and H. Johnson C.S.C. in the presence of said Dr. Sterling and Mr. Ebenezar Webber 28th day March 1821 and recorded the same day by me, H. Johnson C.S.C. by Order of Wm. Martin Esq., Surrogate. North side of Hr. Grace Dr. William Sterling Hr. Grace Granted by His Excellency Sir C. Hamilton 17th June 1820 Woody ground not yet cleared
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1054 Wm. Piddle 110 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. and W. by the woods 186 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 Wharf 3 Houses 1 Garden. Green Head Green Head. Cut and cleared agreeable to act Wm. 3rd Chap.25.Sec.7 Wm. Piddle Not sold or leased 1803

1055 James Kelly 101 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Chas. Noseworthy on the West by the woods 190 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 House 1 Garden Do Do Do Jas. Kelly Do 1805

1056 Chas. Noseworthy 105 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Wm. Porter on the W. by James Kelly 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 1 House 2 Gardens. " " " Chas. Noseworthy " 1803

1057 William Porter 173 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Thos. Noseworthy on the W. by Chas. Noseworthy 188 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods 2 Houses 1 Garden. " " " Wm. Porter " 1796

1058 Thomas Noseworthy 100 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Greenhead on the W. by Wm. Porter 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the woods. 2 Houses 2 Gardens 1 Meadow. " " " Ths. Noseworthy " 1796

1059 John Warford 53 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. by the woods on the N. by Timothy Collins 200 yds. from H.W. Mark to the W. bounded on the W. by the woods. 1 Stage 1 Flake 1 House 2 Gardens. Mint Cove Mint Cove " Jno. Warford " 1795

1060 Timothy Collins 174 yds. from S. to N. bounded on the S. N. and West by the woods 200 yds. from H.W.M. to the Westward bounded W. by the woods Do Do In consequence of lying void T. Collins " 1805

1061 Timothy Collins 9 yds. in front by the Seaside 53 yds. from N. to S. on the W. bounds 160 yds. from H.W.M. to the W. bounded on the W. by the woods. 1 Stage 1 Flake 1 House 1 Garden 1 Meadow. " " Cut and cleared agreeable to act Wm. 3rd Chap.25.Sec.7 T. Collins " 1796

1062 Henry Sheppard Jr. 132 yds. from N. to S. bounded on the N. by Henry Sheppard Sr. on the S. by Timothy Collins 148 yds. from H.W.M. to the Westward bounded on the West by the woods and the Pond. 1 Stage 1 Flake 1 Beach 1 House 1 Garden 1 Meadow " " Do H. Sheppard " 1794

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