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1836 Census

Triton Island

Note: There was a miscellaneous column at the end which was left blank.
Transcribed and contributed by Isabel Taylor.
While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be typographical errors.


Number and Denomination
of Churches & Ministers
Head of Household Occupation Dwelling Houses Under 14 yrs 14-60 yrs Upwards of 60 yrs Under 14 yrs 14-16 yrs Upwards of 60 yrs Male Female Under 15 15 to 30 Upwards of 30 Heads of families who are servants Acres
in possession
under cultivation
Bushels of potatoes yearly Bushels of oats & other grains Tons hay Horses Neat
Hogs Sheep Schools Male pupils Female pupils Protestant Episcopalians Protestant Dissenters Roman Catholics
Under the heading for Durel's Arm, it states that 'Thomas Jenkins and son now said to be living on the Triton Island.' 2

Transcriber's notes on the census

It looks as if fishing boat capacity was measured in quintals, not in tons. The writing is definitely qtls. There are problems with the number of members of religious denominations exceeding the number of inhabitants (i.e. at Indian Burying Place). The following notes are based on checking the census transcription against the entries for the various communities in the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador (ENL), and surname entries in Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E. R. Seary (FN). They are supplemented, in the section on Fortune Harbour, by notes from John Carrick Greene`s Of Fish and Family. These extracts illustrate the difficulties created by surname variations. Thanks are due to Dave Anstey and Jill Marshall for their transcriptions, which were helpful in deciphering some of the trickier entries.


There is no record of Thomas Jenkins and son at Triton Island. However, a Moses Jenkins was recorded at "Troytown" (now Triton) in 1871. Perhaps this was Thomas Jenkins' son.

"Triton first appears in the Census in 1845, with a population of 17. This number probably includes the families of Robert Winsor (from Tilt Cove) and William Vincent (from Twillingate, via Three Arms). Other early family names of Triton include Jenkins, Newman, Purchase, Roberts and Williams."

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