NL GenWeb

Historical Information

West Coast

Petition by Residents of Bay St. George to the Governor of St. Pierre and Miquelon, 1871

The following, from a document held in the Archives at St. Pierre, has been translated from French text with the names placed into sequential order. Where applicable, I have taken the liberty of altering the French names (as shown in the footnote) to correspond with their anglicized equivalents as they are known to the present day. As can be readily seen some of these family names are of origin other than French but a wife, mother, or grandparent of the listed person would be of French descent.

Allan T. Stride, Ottawa


To his Excellency, 
the Honorable Governor  of St. Pierre & Miquelon,
Honorable Governor

That it pleases your excellency. That we, resident fisherman of Bay St. 
George beseech your Excellency, that enemies of the poor residents 
living in this Bay  have sent petitions to the Government  of St. John's 
asking that laws be introduced putting  the Bay under its  control.

That these laws can not have any other outcome but to make us pay 
taxes on all merchandise that we bring to market and also on our fishing 
boats and nets.

That the Magistrate and collectors will only hinder your  fisherman 
who have been fishing many years in the Bay.

That we are  living here in a Territory which does not belong to  us 
and in which we do not even have the  rights to fish if  you wish to 
prevent it.

That we consider ourselves French subjects rather than English in 
view of the fact we are living on  your coasts and that we are nearly 
all French or descendants of French families

That peace reigns in the Bay and we do not see where it is necessary 
that it be from the Magistrate, that the resident ministers of the 
different congregations are respected by all the inhabitants of the 
country and all other persons who desire to live here.

That your humble petitioners pray your Excellency will surely have 
pity and that you will do all in your power  to stop the Governor of 
St. John's from passing any  nominations whatsoever for Bay St. 
George nor  for any other area on the West Coast of Newfoundland.

Bay St. George  11 February  1871
	Athanase LANGLOIS
	Auguste TOUTANT


			
1871 PETITIONER BAY ST. GEORGE LIST:
Alexandre Desire, pere
Desire, fils
Pierre
Benoit Edouard
Francois
George
Honore
James
Jean
Jean, pere
John
Magloire
Maxime
Michel
Paul
Bernard Francois
Blanchard Charles
Pierre
Sylvain
Berry John
Bergeron Thomas
Butt Charles
GeorgeP.
Nathaniel
Solomon
William
Chin Mose
StephenRobert
William
Cutler William
Cormier Isadore
Crony James, pere
James, fils
Chipperd Disle
Jean
William
Chiers Ritchd
Diline Joseph
Denis Joseph
Philippe
Dennis Joseph
Duffiny Frederic
Angus
Featre Edmond
Fortune Andre
Geal Thomas
Gabriel Louis
Geffe Jarry
Genning John
Garnier Adolph
Gillis Alex
Halbo Fred
Hand Simon
Harvi Thomas
Joseph Paul
King William
Langlois Athanase
LeBlanc Aime
Antoine
Camil
Cecime
George
Guillaume
Jean
Jean-Bapt
Joseph
Patrice
Thomas
Simeon
William
LeJeune Eli
Francois
Honore
Jean-Bapt.
George
William
Leg Isaac
Manuel
Philippe
William
Lucas Alexandre
Morris Charles
Morris Clem
James
John
Joseph
Philippe
Thomas
MacLean William
MacNeil Allan
McKerty Simon
Matieu Francois
March Victor
Medor Jean
William
Moor Bill
Moth William
Parisien Benjamin
Jean
Parai George, fils
Philippe
William
Perrier Manuel
Poirier Simon
Postan ?
Oson Jean, pere
Jean, fils
Walles
Requis Francois
Remond Alexander
Reno Clemence
John, pere
Joseph
Philippe, fils
William
Roi Lubin
Toutsant Auguste
Tranquil Victor
Youlan Edouard
John
Mose
Simon
Whabb Jean

Note:

Benoit (Bennett) Genning (Jennings) Medor (Madore)
Bergeron (Burchell) Halbo (Hablot) Moth (Mote)
Crony (Cronin) Hand (Hann) Parai (Pieroway)
Chipperd (Sheppard) LeBlanc (White) Oson (Ozon)
Diline (Delaney) LeJeune (Young) Reno (Renouf)
Duffiny (Duffney) Leg (Legge) Youlan (Huelin)
Featre (& Fiot to Fillatre) Matieu (Matthew) Whabb (Webb)
Geal (Gale) Chiers (Shears)

Allan T. Stride & NL GenWeb