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The Tizzard Family of Twillingate

Researched and compiled by David Anstey. While I have tried to be as careful as possible, there may be errors.

A very few brief details, surrounding the Tizard surname, at Twillingate. Will this partial picture be improved as time passes?

The Tizard/Tizzard family, of Winterbourne Stickland, and Oakford Fitzpaine, Dorset.

Per a March 14, 1764 Poole Harbour letter, from merchant George Davis, to Captain James Cook.

Mrs. Tizzard, wife of Thomas; born at Bonavista. Her Uncle John Wakeham, the first male born at Bonavista, was 80 years old when he died.

Mr. John Walcombe died ?when the French had Placentia, in the winter season? 1705?

Thomas Tizard. The first man to drive a nail at Twillingate, in 1732. Fogo settled 3 or 4 years earlier than Twillingate.

Governor Falkingham's Answers to Heads of Enquiry and Instructions, 1732.

"In some ports, especially to the northward of St. John's, many people are employed in taking seal in nets. At Fogo and Twillingate, new settlements this year.

The Canadian historical review: Volume 54 Project Muse - 1973

Merchant William Keen replied from Teignmouth that English families had occupied Greenspond in Bonavista Bay for over seventy years; while Fogo and Twillingate had been settled around 1728.

1764 Graves Papers: Mr. Thomas Tizzard,

"The first person that ever drove a nail at Twillingate. That in 1732. Now retired to Poole with wife, of Bonavista man.

Fisherman's Advocate. Dec 24, 1953.

Thomas Tizzard, the first man to drive a nail at Twillingate.

A summary, historical and political, of the first planting, progressive ... By William Douglass 1755. Page 294.

Anno 1704, August 18, about 140 French and Indians, in two sloops from Placentia, land in Bonavista Harbour, and burnt four vessels.

Anno 1705, in the Winter, M. Subercase, governor of Placentia, afterwards governor of Nova Scotia, with 550 soldiers and inhabitants of Placentia,

and from Canada with some Indians, ransack all fourteen settlements in a few days, carried away 140 prisoners; laid Consumption Bay, Trinity, and

Bonavista under contributions, having burnt their stages and craft; they besieged the fort of St. John's (Capt. Moody and 40 soldiers in garrison 5

weeks in vain...)

Page 350. In 1696, Noel Danican, sieur de l'Espine, Saint Malo's leading merchant-privateer, contracted to conquer all of the English settlements in Newfoundland. *Merchants performing commerce raiding_Royal privateering, while employing Canadian Indians.

Page 351. May 1, 1697. English losses to the French in Newfoundland, amounted to 200 killed, 700 prisoners, and 200,000 quintals of cod.

1681 Census Bonavista, Planters:

Arthur Houldon, William Downe, Barnard Gantlett, William Buckler, William Newman, Robert Newman, John Wakeham, Thomas Newell, Thomas Vry, James Shambler, Thomas Warry, Richard Marsh, John Datten, Thomas Sheppard, William Bockford, Hugh Lane, Richard Sheppard, Joseph Vicax, Richard Wallis, John Lakeman, Christopher Martin, Christopher Cox, Walter Wyatt, Miles Juniper, & William Phippard Jr.

Mr. John Walcome/Wakeham born at Bonavista, died circa 1705?, aged 80 years. Born circa 1625. (*Mr. John Wakeham Sr. & Jr.)

Thomas Tizzard buried Oct 16, 1779, at Oakford Fitzpaine. Aged 75 years. Born circa 1704.

Matthew Ward buried October 23, 1810, at Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset.

Jun 12, 1699 Geoffrey/Jeffrey Tizzard of Winterborne Stickland wed Thomasin Hole of Belchalwell, at Okeford Fitzpaine.

Mar 8, 1763 Jeffrey Tizzard wed Jane Abbott at Winterborne Stickland.

*Children: Mary & Thomas, Oct 6, 1767; Rose, Sep 19, 1770; & William, Sep 25, 1773.

Oct 26, 1785 George Skiffington buried at Okeford Fitzpaine.

**In the 1730's Rev. Henry Jones of Bonavista mentions members of his congregation migrating northwards.

Nov 1759. The "Triton", Captain Thomas Anstey, Poole, from Newfoundland, for several.

Nov 1759, Poole import books? Thomas Tizzard. Stuff from Newfoundland, for Moses Hooper.

12 7/8 Ships, 2 Utl, 512 Seals, 23 Otter, 10 Fox, 32 Beaver, 51 Marten, for himself. (ex "Triton", Captain Thomas Anstey?) (ex "Triton", Captain Baker?)

Oral tradition at Poole is that the first Anstey to settle at Twillingate got there in his brother's ship?

Per the London Chronicle, Vol 1, 1757, page 522.

Moses and David Hooper of Poole, Dorset, merchants and partners, bankrupt. (Other descriptions include dealers and chapmen.)

Per the Lester Diaries: Sunday, 6 December 1767 - My neighbour John Slade arrived this evening from the Land in 26 Days, in a Little Brigg belonging to Moses Hooper & L. Smith.

1764, Poole. Thomas Tizzard, merchant of Okeford Fitzpaine, business partner with William White of Horton, Dorset.

1768. August. Jeffrey Tizzard confined to St. John's. (*Nephew of Thomas Tizard, of Oakford Fitzpaine?)

1768, Twillingate. Andrew White, among others, taxed to pay cost of Tizzard Trial.

1768. September. Jeffrey Tizzard discharged at St. John's, and returned to Twillingate. Jury found no true bill against him. Case sent to England.

1789 Slade Ledger. October, Fogo. Balance due Jeffrey Tizzard to be paid to Mr. James Furnell.

Jeffrey's son Thomas Tizzard, in Slade Ledgers 1786 - 1792.

Local tradition is that Tizard asked the first Wheeler in Tizzard's Harbour to look after Tizzard property there, for the winter season. Consider Thomas' Will.

Archdeaconry of Dorset Court. Original Will & Probate extract.

August 15, 1779 Thomas Tizzard Okeford FitzPaine - Gentleman

- to sister Mary Tucker 10 guineas per annum for her lifetime.

- to kinsman William Elford’s 6 children, by his present wife Betty/Elizabeth, 5 Lbs each; at 16 years of age to bind them apprentice to some trade.

- to nephew Jeffrey Tizzard’s 4 children, 5 Lbs each; when they become 16 years of age to bind them apprentice to some trade.

- to half brother Joseph Wheeler, 10 Lbs.

- to half sister Sarah Belbin, 5 Lbs.

- to Betty Elford (wife of Wm), 7 Lbs per annum for 7 years. To be paid her by James Furnell of Poole.

Out of the 300 Lbs James Furnell owes me (Thomas Tizzard) on Bonds. After which payments, James Furnell will then be cleared of his 300 Lb. debt.

- to old servant Sarah Jeanes, 3 Lbs.

- everything else to nephew Tizzard Furnell, executor of Will.

*Oakford Fitzpaine Parish records*

Tizzard & Sarah Furnell had the following children baptized:

Thomas Feb 3, 1788

William May 16, 1790

Elizabeth Nov 4, 1792

James Dec 25, 1795

Furnell Tizzard died Nov 3, 1837, at Okeford Fitzpaine, aged 78 years. Born circa 1759.

*****Apr 28, 1817 James Stuckless wed Elizabeth Matcham at Winterborne Stickland, Dorset. *Consider surname Stuckless, at Twillingate.

T.D. carved in a tree at Campbellton, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. Peyton’s Surveyors. *Consider Dicks at Okeford Fitzpaine and Notre Dame Bay. Also other surnames.

Was William Tizard, Captain of the "John", Poole to Newfoundland, in Feb 1781, a relative of the Twillingate Tizard family, per Lloyd's List of Feb 6, 1781?

The "John", Captain William Tizard, from Poole to Newfoundland, was taken Oct 24 by an American privateer and carried into Boston.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate Records

Extract of the Will of William White of Horton, Dorset; made on Dec 1, 1768, and proved by Thomas Tizzard on Aug 3, 1769.

- to wife Martha White, 400 Lbs as her disposal

- after wife’s decease ½ of household goods to natural son William Waterman

- estate purchased of Mrs. Durdle to wife Martha White

- after her decease then to son William Waterman

- to brother Daniel White and brother in law Edward Hooper the premisis? After his wife’s decease

- to son William Waterman estate in Okeford Fitzpaine, paying from that estate 5 Lbs annually to brother Daniel White and 5 Lbs annually to sister Elizabeth White

- to son William Waterman the rents? of the estate now belonging to brither in law John Bowls?, repaying to my sister Repentance Bowls? 7 Lbs & 10 shillings yearly

- to son William Waterman, 10 lbs

- to nephew Edward Hooper (son of Edward Hooper) the tutor? Estate

- last & residue of money to be equally divided between father? & brothers & sisters

- Richard Seymour & Thomas Tizzard, Executors in trust, (apprenticing William Waterman when he shall be of a proper age)??

PCC Court statement of July 7, 1769, by Richard Seymour and Rev. Clement Elwood, of Horton.

- Richard Seymour discovered William White deceased on Dec 31, 1768, when he went to visit. William White being his neighbor.

PCC Will of William White, proved on August 3, 1769, by Thomas Tizzard (otherwise Tizard). *note: this Will not easy to read or decipher.

Contribution of Methodism to Atlantic Canada. By Charles H.H. Scobie, John Webster Grant, page 71.

George Davis (c. 1725-89), like his father John Davis (Davies) and grandfather George Davis/Davys (the family originally came from Topsham, Devon) was a merchant in Carbonear, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Elizabeth, his first wife, had donated to Coughlan's chapel in Carbonear a Church of England prayer book and metrical psalter. Davis's second wife Mary Branscombe (1758?-1838), was a Methodist. Davis traded with Poole and London, and in 1765 had a London address (Prescott Street (Goodman Fields-by Whitechapel).

Davis was associated with Pike (he began his career as an agent of Pike & Green in 1757) and Garland families.

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