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Conception-Bay Man, 1856-1859 CompletePlace of publication: Harbour Grace
Began publication: Sept. 3, 1856.
Last issue located: Feb. 16, 1859.
Editor & proprietor: George Webber.
The Conception-Bay Man published foreign and domestic news, shipping news, poetry, literature and advertisements. The paper described its role as follows, "It matters not whether the government be in the hands of Whigs or Tories, Liberals or Conservatives, all are subject to venality and all require the constant supervision of an independent and uncompromising public press" (May 6, 1857). Liberal in outlook itself, the paper had little use for the "self styled Liberals" in the Little government whom it saw as complacent, free-spending, corrupt and ineffective. The editor took a dim view of their programs for free trade, direct steam communication and the telegraph, but was proud to be the first paper to record the completion of the Transatlantic Cable in 1858.
The records were transcribed by BONNIE HICKEY in January 2002. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors.
|3 Sep 1856||Died||On Thursday last, after a long and protracted illness, borne with Christian resignatian to the Divine Will, Mrs. Charles DAVIS, aged 82, an old and respected inhabitant of this town.
||Died||Also, after a short illness, Caroline, the beloved wife of Mr. Michael MURPHY, Planter, aged 51 years, leaving a large family to deplore their irreparable loss.
||Sale||A Comfortable Dwelling House, with Out-House, Cellar and Gardens, the property of Mr. William MARTIN, St. John's, situate between Victoria and Noad Streets, in this town. Apply to H. W. TRAPNELL
||10 Sep 1856||Notice||At a meeting of the Harbor Grace Turf Club, held at Connell's Hotel, on Wednesday evening the 3rd inst., for the purpose of making preliminary arrangements for Races to come off at Cochrane Course the current month, Capt. S. GORDON was called to the Chair, and Mr. J. FENNELL, acted as Secretary; and the following Resolutions were unanimously adopted, viz:- 1st Resolved - That the Harbor Grace Races will take place on Cochrane Course on Tuesday the 23rd, and Wednesday the 24th September, inst., and that the following Gnetlemen are requested to act as Stewards, viz:- Hon. T. H. RIDLEY, John HAYWARD, Esq., M.H.A., F. E. BROWN, Esq., M.C., Alexander O'DONOVAN, Esq., Doctor BERNEY, and John McCARTHY, Esq. 2nd Resolved - That Mr. Robert WALSH will be pleased to act as Treasurer, and Mr. Louis EMERSON as Clerk of the Course. [edited for brevity] Captain GORDON having left the Chair, and Mr. Robert WALSH being called thereto, the thanks of the Meeting were given Capt. GORDON, for his able and dignified conduct in the chair. Harbor Grace, 3rd Sept., 1856
||24 Sep 1856||Drowned||We regret to say that on Monday evening last, Edward SMITH, sail-maker of Spaniard's Bay, lost his balance while endeavouring to get on board his boat at Mr. T.C. James's wharf and was drowned. He was a widower, 28 years of age. (Telegraph of Wednesday last.)
||Died||On Saturday, 13th instant, after a lingering illness, borne with meekness and resignation to the Divine Will, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. Robert LAHEY, aged [25?] years.
||1 Oct 1856||Died||Yesterday, after a long and painful illness, borne with christian meekness and resignation to the Divien Will, Anne Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. Henry TRAPNELL of this place, aged 25 years. Her end was Peace
||15 Oct 1856||Married||Last evening, by the Rev. J.S. Phinney, Captain George BROWN, Keeper of the Beacon on the Point of Beach, to Fanny, relict of the late Mr. William TAYLOR, of Tinmouth, Devon.
||Died||On Friday, 10th instant, the Revd. Jacob George MOUNTAIN, M.A., Incumbent of the Cathedral Church and Ecclesiastical Commissary, aged 37 years. The Rev. Mr. Mountain was son of the Rev. Dr. Mountain, Vicar of Blunhain, Bedfordshire; Prebendiary of Lincoln and Rural Dean - grandson of the late and nephew of the present Lord Bishop of Quebec. He came to this country as Missionary of the Society for the propagation of the Gospel in the year 1847, and was appointed to the charge of the Parish and Cathedral Church of St. John's upon the demise of the late Venerable Archdeacon BRIDGE. He died of typhus fever contracted in visiting and ministering to the sick poor.
||22 Oct 1856||Died||Yesterday morning, after a lingering illness, Mr. Richard CONDON, (Cooper), a respectable and much esteemed inhabitant of this place.
||Notice||Judge EMERSON and lady arrived in the Ellen Gisborne last evening. His Honor, we understand, will proceed to New Perlican this day.
||5 Nov 1856||Died||At St. John's, on Thursday afternoon, after a short but severe illness, patiently resigned to the will of his Heavenly Father, Mr. Henry LILLY, aged 46 years.
||Died||Also, on Friday last, Emma, wife of B.G. GARRETT, Esq., for many years High Sheriff of Newfoundland, in the 61st year of her age.
||News||We regret to learn that the Brigantine Mary, of Bay Roberts, was lost on Baccalieu Island on the night of Friday last, when the Master, Mr. Moses BARTLETT, lost his life whilst endeavouring to spring to the shore with the end of a line - the rest of the crew were taken off the Island on Monday last.
||12 Nov 1856||Married||On Saturday evening last, by the Rev. Mr. Jones, Mr. Thomas SNOW, to Miss Elizabeth NOWLAN, of Catalina.
||Died||On the 30th ult., on her passage from the Labrador, Mary Ann, third daughter of the late Mr. John HEARN, of Brine's Cove.
||News||On Thurdsay night a Mr. LAFORT, of St. Lawrence, district of Burin, left Messrs. Barron, Fraser & Co's wharf in his schr. For St. Peter's, and within an hour after, outside the narrows, was struck by the boom, knocked overboard and drowned. -Express
||Inquest||On Monday morning last, an Inquest was held in this Town, before John STARK, Esq., Cornor, and a Jury, of which Mr. John BYRNE was elected foreman, on view of the body of Josiah PERRY, son of Mr. Noah PERRY, of Catalina, who had to harbour here with a foul wind; homeware boud [sic]. It appeared, on evidence, that in a few minutes after ten o'clock, on Saturday night, the deceased was in bed with his brother on board the schooner Love and Uniiy [sic], and that he got up and struck a light and went upon deck for some necessary purpose; when [photocopy is cut off at this point.]
||19 Nov 1856||Died||On Saturday morning last, after a long and protracted illness, borne with Christain resignation to the Divine will, Mr. F. DANCEY, aged 37 years, leaving a widow and five children to mourn their irreparable loss.
||Died||At St. John's, on Thursday evening last, after a short illness, Tryphena Eliza, daughter of J.C. WITHERS, Esq., in the 5th year of her age.
||Inquest||An inquest was held yesterday, on view of the bodies of David BARRY and Patrick QUIGLEY, two boys who had been killed a short time before, by the falling of a chimney on the ground lately devasted by fire, and a verdict of "accidental death" was returned - Post, November 15.
||26 Nov 1856||Married||On Tuesday, the 18th inst., at 9 o'clock, by the Right Rev. Dr. Mullock, assisted by the Rev. Kyran Walsh, Daniel GREEN, Esq., merchant, Harbour Grace, to Miss Alice, eldest daughter of Pierce GRACE, Esq., of this place - Patriot
||Died||On Wednesday, 19th inst., after a short illness, Samuel W. SMITH, eldest son of Alexander SMITH, stone cutter, in the 15th year of his age. - Ibid
||3 Dec 1856||Married||Last evening, by the Rev. Mr. Jones, Mr. Fredrick BROWN, to Miss Susanah MARTIN - both of this town.
||Death||It is our painful duty today to record the demise of the Rev. Mr. CHESLEY, Superintendent of the Wesleyan connection of Newfoundland, which occurred yesterday morning. The Rev. gentleman arrived amongst us some four months since, and during his very short ministration earned the esteem and affection, not only of his immediate congregation, but of others who had the opportunity to hear his preaching, the simplicity of which was combined with a power always attendant upon a clear and faithful exposition of the truth. Mr. Chesley was a native of Nova Scotia, and his death is to be attributed to malignant disease contracted whilst visiting some of his people suffering from typhus, under precisely similar circumstances to those which hurried from us very recently two excellent church ministers. The deceased gentleman leaves hehind him a widow and 5 children, strangers in a strange land, if sympathy can be at all an alleviation for the Providential visitation that has afflicted them, there is no doubt whatever that a large share of it is extended to them - Ledger, Nov. 28.
||Death||On Monday evening last, after a protracted illness, borne with christian meekness and resignation to the Divine will, Ellen Elizabeth, daughter of the late Capt. James PARSONS.
||News||We are happy to learn that the brig Alert, WILLIAMS, master, with one hundred and fifty men, returning from the Labrador to Messrs. Robert Prowse & Sons has got into Trepassey, having been blown off in the late gales. Considerable anxiety was entertained by the families and friends of the fishermen on board this vessel, which was happily relieved, by the reciept of a telegraph message from the captain to the consignees here, on Wednesday evening. - Post Nov. 28.
||10 Dec 1856||Birth||On Wednesday last, the wife of Mr. James GODDEN, of a son.
||Birth||On the 5th inst., the wife of W.H. RIDLEY, Esq., of a son.
||Died||On Tuesday, the 2d instant, after a short illness, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. Patrick DOYLE, (planter), of this place, aged 27 years.
||24 Dec 1856||Married||On the 16th inst., by the Rev. B. Jones, Capt. William GORDEN, Junr., to Miss Susanna, third daughter of Capt. John STEPHENSON, all of this place.
||Married||At Carbonear, on Thursday, the 18th instant, by the Rev. W.E. Shenstone, Mr. Albert HOWELL to Miss Lavinia, youngest daughter of Mr. John COX.
||Passenger||Per Nymph, from Liverpool, Lieut. W.J. COEN.
||1857||7 Jan 1857||Married||On Tuesday, the 28th ult., by the Rev. J.S. Phinny, Mr. Josiah PARSONS, to Elizabeth, second daughter of Thomas GODDEN, Esquire, merchant.
||Married||On New Year's day, by Rev. Bertram Jones, Mr. Charles William ROSS, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Capt. Charles WALKER, all of this place.
||Died||On the 27th ult., Mr. Arthur GRUBERT, an old and respectable inhabitant of this place.
||Died||Suddenly, on Sunday afternoon, Mr. Solomon SHEPPARD, planter, a respectable inhabitant of this place, leaving a widow and large family to deplore their loss.
||14 Jan 1857||Died||On Monday 23d ult., Mr. Jeremiah HICKEY, Planter, of this place, aged 68 years.
||Passenger||In the Sea Bird, Mr. J.K. Fisher.
||Notice||A public meeting of the Ship Owners and Masters, and others interested will take place on Monday next the 29 inst at the Temperance Hall for the purpose of considering the propriety of petitioning the Hon the House of Assembly to cause a light House to be erected on Baccaloo. Harbour Grace 14 January 1857. George PIKE, John MUNN, Michael STAPELETON, Harrison RIDLEY, Stephan ANDREWS, John POMFREY, Richard CLEARY, William PIKE, Samuel GORDEN, William DONNELLY, William H. RIDLEY, Edward J. PIKE, John SCULLEY, James GLAVINE, Michael FITZGERALD, Charles PIKE, Patrick DEVEROUX.
||21 Jan 1857||Coroners Inquest||An Inquest was held in this Town on Saturday last, before John STARK Esquire, Coroner and a Jury of which Mr. Garratt WALL was elected foreman on view of the body of Joseph GONSALER a Spanish Boy belonging to the Brig Ensegnez of Valentia, Captain Diego Pary. It appeared in evidence that deceased died suddenly on board the Brig, at half past seven o'clock on the morning of the 16 inst., Doctor Allan being of opinion that the deceased died of disease of the heart the following verdict was returned. Died by the visitation of God.
||Coroners Inquest||Another Inquest was commenced on the same day, before the same Coroner, and a Jury of which Mr. Thomas GODDEN was elected foreman on view of the body of Joseph GOFF, from Poole, fisherman. As Doctor Dow could not give his evidence on Saturday the Inquest was adjourned to the Court House where it terminated at two o'clock on Monday last; It appeared in evidence, that the deceased called at the House of Mr. James WALSH, at River Head evidently labouring under a fit of deliriam-tremens his body was found in the water. Dr. Dow gave at as his opinion that the deceased died from suffocation. Verdict - found dead in the water at River Head of Harbour Grace.
||4 Feb 1857||Died||On Monday last Daniel son of Mr. John SHEA Planter of this place, aged 21 years.
||11 Feb 1857||Inquest||On Thursday the 5th inst., an Inquest was held in Carbonear, before John STORK [sic] Esq., Coroner, on view of the body of a male child, born of Susannah GARLAND, which after a full investigation of all the circumstances resulted in a verdict of Concealment.
||For Sale||That comfortable and well finished Dwelling House formelly occupied by the late Capt. CUNNINGHAM, in breast of Mr. Mark PARSONS, with a Brick Celler beneath, and Garden in front. The above property is fee simple and the terms will be made accomodating. Apply to the subscriber. Thomas GODDEN.
||25 Feb 1857||Died||This morning after a short illness Mr. James EALWARD an old and respectable inhabitant of this place.
||Seal fishery||List of Vessels Sailing from the Port of Harbor Main, For the Seal Fishery. Spring 1857. Vessels; Owners; Masters; Tons; Men. Ellen; Patrick STRAPP; John STRAPP; 111; 41. Fmd. Isle; James STIVY; Charles STIVY; 149; 56. Clipper; W. & M. WOODFORD; WOODFORD; 112; 42. Billow; John KENEDY & Bros.: KENEDY; 114; 39. William; M. COTILLOO & Bros.; COSTILLO; 85; 38. Scottish Chief; James WADE Jr.; COSTILLO; 97; 37. Grace Darling; J. ST. JOHN; ST. JOHN; 99; 40. The two last will sail from Cats Cove.
||4 Mar 1857||Coroners Inquest||A gloom has been cast over this town by the sad occurrence which took place on Friday night last, of which the Coroners report furnishes the particulars; additional interest must be excited in the public mind, by the self sacrificing effort of the HEROIC CANTY to save the Infant child; we would hope that those who depended upon him for support, will not be left destitute. Indeed the whole case calls loudly, not only for sympathy for the sufferers, but something more tangible in the shape of generous contribution. An Inquest was held in this town on Saturday last, commencing at the Counting House of H.W. TRAPNELL, Esq., and by adjournment at the Court House on Monday last; before John STARK, Esq., and a Jury of which Mr. John KEEF was elected foreman; on view of four human Bodies, believd to be the remains of Mr. John CANTY, of this place Planter; M. Philip CORBETT Master and Owner of the Schooner Caroline at Mr. DONNELLY's; Mr. Stephen SCALLAN of this place; and Mr. Charles DAY of Old Chop [sic] Trinity Bay, Fisherman; the deceased went to bed at the house of Mr. Edmond FOLEY of this place, Licensed Spirit Dealer; and at about two o'clock, Mr. John CANTY, was heard to say, ment get up! and don't be stifled in your beds - The House was on fire. - Some escaped through the windows, and some came down stairs, and got out of the back door, and so it happened that all escaped with their lives, except the before named, whose bodies were burnt almost to a cinder. Ellen Foley, the infant child of Edmond Foley, was in the hurry left in bed by the Servant Girls, and perished. John Canty went back, after being safe himself to save this child, and he must have got into her Bedroom, for his body was found directly under the bedroom. The Jury fully inquired into the matter, and brought in a - Verdict - of accidental death. Mr. Foley, and his wife declared before the Jury that they blamed [no one. There were in?] the House in bed on that night twenty two men, besides the family, consisting of eleven persons. 200 Sovereigns and 100 pounds in Bank notes were in the house, a number of the former have been picked up from the ruins.
||Died||Suddenly on Monday last at his residence in Carbonear, Mr. George FORWARD, for many years highly respected merchant of that place.
||11 Mar 1857||Died||On the 2 inst., George FORWARD, aged 71 years he has left a widow, and a large circle of relation and friends, to lament their irreparable loss.
||Died||On Saturday night last after a lingering illness, Mr. James NORMAN Sen., of Brigus, leaving an afflicted widow, with a large family to deplore his removal from amongst them.
||Died||On Monday night last at this Residence in Brigus, the very Rev. Dean MACKEN for 25 years Parish Priest of that place.
||Fatal Accident||A Poor man named Timothy MORIETY, whilst assisting to remove a sail, which was spread on Mr. MUNN's Wharf, was suddenly precipitated in the water, by the wind lifting the sail, and several minutes elapsed before he could be rescued, Medical aid was promptly afforded, but the poor man lived only a few hours, he was Widower and left three Orphans, totally unprovided for.
||25 Mar 1857||Died||On Sunday the 22 instant, Isabella relict of the late Mr. J. RICHARDE [sic] of this place, aged 95 years. [Transcriber's note: see 1 Apr 1857 edition for errata.]
||Died||On the same day, Mr. William ASH an old and respectable inhabitant of this place.
||1 Apr 1857||Died||At Mosquitta on Saturday the 28 inst., Ann relict of the late Mr. Samuel GORDEN aged 80 years.
||Errata||In noticing the death of Mrs. RICHARDS in our last, Read - Relict of the late Mr. William RICHARDS instead of John - as there stated.
||For Sale||By Public Auction - On Thursday the 16th April at the Court Harbour Grace the under-mentioned property belonging to the Insolvent Estate of James SIMMONDS. Plantation Situate at Mosquitto, 1 Old Herring Net, 4 Old Cod Bag, 2 Coils Rope, 1 Gun, 4 Grapnells, 1 Old Cod Seine at Labrador, 2 Coils Rope, 2 Fishing Skiffs, A lot of Household furniture particulars of which will be given in Hand Bills previous to the day of Sale, 2 Skiff Sails, A Fishing Room at Camp Island Labrador, Interest in a Pew in the Wesleyan Chapel, Carbonear. William DONNELLY, Trustee.
||29 Apr 1857||Died||On Sunday Morning last after a short illness Mary, relict of the late Mr. John BELLEY, aged 69 years.
||Died||Yesterday at Bears Cove, after a lingering illness, born with christian resignation to the Divine will, Mr. William PARSONS, aged 30 years.
||6 May 1857||Died||On Friday morning Leonora the beloved wife of Mr. Joseph MARTIN of this place, aged 54 years.
||13 May 1857||Married||At Bay Roberts, on the 2d inst., by the Very Rev. Martin Blackmore, Rural Dean of Conception Bay, Henry T. MOORE, Esq., of Harbor Grace, merchant, to Maria, daughter of the late William C. HENLEY, Esq., London, merchant.
||Married||On Thursday last by the Rev. Bertram Jones, Capt. Henry DAVIS, to Miss Matilda ANDREWS.
||Married||On Monday last Mr. John GILLART, to Miss Ann GEORGE, S. Side.
||Married||Last evening by the Rev. John Phiney, Mr. John PARSONS, to Miss Susanna NEWEL.
||Birth||On Sunday last, the wife of the Rev. Alexander ROSS of a Daughter.
||Died||Suddenly, on Thursday morning last Sarah Gill HARRIS, aged 71 years, an old and respectable inhabitant of St. John.[sic]
||Died||On Saturday evening last, Mrs. Mary ENGLAND in the 53rd year of her age.
||20 May 1857||Died||Yesterday Morning, after a short illness Maria wife of the Rev. Alexander ROSS Minister of the Scotch Free Presbyterian Church Harbor Grace.
||27 May 1857||Died||On Wednesday the 20 inst., deeply lamented by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. William HOWLET, of this place.
||17 Jun 1857||Married||At St. John's, last Monday by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mullock, assisted by the Rev. K. Walsh, William DONNELLY, Esq., merchant of Harbour Grace, to Ellen, daughter of the late Henry SHEA, Esq.
||8 Jul 1857||Died||At Halifax on Tuesday the 23rd ult., aged 46 years, Mr. James BREEN, a native of St. John's, N.F., eldest son of the late Daniel BREEN, Esq., Clerk of Works in the Royal Engineer Department.
||15 Jul 1857||Died||At St. John's, on Monday the 6th inst., Mr. John SAUNDERS, Master-builder.
||Died||Suddenly, on Tuesday morning last, aged 34 years, Louisa, the beloved wife of W.J. WARD, Esq.
||Died||On Sunday last, after a short illness, Amelia, wife of Mr. Peter WOODS, aged 32 years.
||Notice||Laurence GRUBERT, Boot & Shoe Maker, Takes Leave to inform his friends and the public that he has recommenced business in his native place, having had considerable experience in Canada, he trusts by strict attention to business, to merit and obtain a share of public patronage. Harbour Grace, June 23, 1857.
||22 Jul 1857||Died||At Mavagues on Sunday the 21st June, Captain William Gordon of the "Bacalieu," leaving a large circle of Relations and Friends in this place, to lament their sad bereavement.
||29 Jul 1857||Died||Yesterday morning, after a short illness, Francess Susanna, only daughter of Capt. Reed PATTLE, aged 7 years and 6 months.
||5 Aug 1857||Died||On Monday last, Mary wife of Mr. John SMOLCOMB, Planter.
||Died||Yesterday, Mrs. Elizabeth BRINE an old and respectable Inhabitant of this place.
||12 Aug 1857||Died||On Wednesday last, Mrs. Elizabeth MORRISEY, in the 55th year of her age, daughter of the late William HARTRY, of Harbor Grace, Newfoundland. - Halifax British [Co---ist?] July 25.
||19 Aug 1857||Died||On the 12 inst., Harriet Stark, the beloved Wife of Henry RUTHERFORD age 29 years.
||9 Sep 1857||Died||On Sunday the 30th ult., after a lingering illness borne with Christian resignation to the Divine will, Mary the beloved Wife of Mr. John RICHARDS of this place aged 54 years.
||16 Sep 1857||Birth||Mrs. John R. FISHER of a Son. Aug 29.