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 Some Knight place name in NFLD

Name Province/ Knight's Arm; Distance; (km) / Distance (mi)

Chamberlains Nfld. Unincorporated area   2 /  1

 Codner Nfld. Unincorporated area   4 /   2

 Conception Bay South Nfld. Town   4 / 3 

Foxtrap Nfld. Unincorporated area 3 /  2 

Greeleytown Nfld. Unincorporated area   3 /  2

 Long Pond Nfld. Unincorporated area   1 /   1

 Manuels Nfld. Unincorporated area   0 /   0

 Peachytown Nfld. Unincorporated area   3 /   2

 Talcville Nfld. Unincorporated area   1 / 1 

Topsail Nfld. Unincorporated area   2 /   1

 Topsail Beach Provincial Park Nfld. Conservation area   4 /   3 

Woodstock Nfld. Unincorporated area   4 / 3

 Here is the list of places within 20 km (12 m) of Knights Brook, Newfoundland: (km) Distance (mi)

Beaver Nfld. Unincorporated area 9 /  6

 Benoit's Cove Nfld. Unincorporated area 17 / 10

  Cooke Nfld. Unincorporated area 14 /  8

 Country Road Industrial Park Nfld. Unincorporated area   19 /  12

 Frenchman's Cove Nfld. Unincorporated area 19 / 12

 Gallants Nfld. Village 20 / 12

 Georges Lake Nfld. Unincorporated area 17 / 11

 Georgetown Nfld. Unincorporated area   17 /   11

 Gillams Nfld. Village 19 / 12

 Halfway Point Nfld. Unincorporated area 15 /  9

 Humber Arm South Nfld. Town   16 /  10

 John's Beach Nfld. Unincorporated area 18 /  11

 Meadows Nfld. Village   17 /  11

 Mount Moriah Nfld. Town 17 /  11

 Petries Nfld. Unincorporated area 18 / 11

 Serpentine Nfld. Unincorporated area 11 /  7 

Sopers Nfld. Unincorporated area 16 / 10 

Spruce Brook Nfld. Unincorporated area 15 / 10

 Voy's Beach Nfld. Unincorporated area 18 / 11

: Knights Island, Newfoundland; Here is the list of places within 10 km (6 m) of Knights Island, Newfoundland:

(km) Distance (mi)

Comfort Cove-Newstead Nfld. Village 5 / 3

 Samson Island Nfld. Unincorporated area 9 / 6

Here is the list of places within 5 km (3 m) of Knights Point, Newfoundland: (km) Distance / (mi)

Hodderville Nfld. Unincorporated area   2 / 1  

King's Cove Nfld. Village 3 / 2 

Knights Cove Nfld. Unincorporated area 2 / 1

 Stock Cove Nfld. Unincorporated area 4 / 3

 Upper Amherst Cove Nfld. Unincorporated area 5 / 3

 Knights Cove

(pop. 1986, 103). A community in Blackhead Bay, approximately 20 km southwest of Bonavista. Knights Cove was probably first settled in the 1790s or early 1800s by families from nearby King's Cove qv. At that time King's Cove was growing rapidly and several outlying coves were settled for shore space to prosecute the inshore fishery. A local tradition has it that Knights Cove was originally known as Night Cove, and that the inhabitants of King's Cove caroused there in the evenings in order to avoid ``dirtying their own nest.''

Settlement was also attracted to Knights Cove by the availability of land for gardens and livestock, as surplus produce found a ready market in King's Cove. Families that moved from King's Cove included the Aylwards, Ryans and Walshes. Family tradition has it that Vincent Ricketts arrived from England c.1825, establishing what remained the dominant family name in the community in 1990. Knights Cove had a population of 48 by the first Census in 1836. By 1857 the number of inhabitants had risen to 96 people, occupying nine fishing rooms, with two full-time farmers and four lumbermen. There was a Roman Catholic school/chapel between Knights Cove and Stock Cove qv.

By 1884, with King's Cove in its heyday as a commercial centre, the population of Knights Cove had risen to 157. Although the community earlier had a mix of Catholic and Protestant inhabitants, by 1884 it was almost exclusively Roman Catholic, as Church of England residents had either moved or (like the Ricketts family) converted to Catholicism.

 In the twentieth century lumbering increased in importance as a source of employment and many Knights Cove residents began to work outside the community. By Confederation the local inshore fishery had all but died and the community's population began to decline.

Dear Allen,

First let me thank you for sending the information on the Kings, Butts and Knights. I had some of this information but not all of it.

One of the items that I do have is a copy of W. John Butt's manuscript on the Butt Family.

I have had a long interest in the Butt family as my Great great Grandmother was Dorothy Butt. And it is through her that I begin my association with the Butts of Black Head, Broad Cove, Adam's Cove area.

Dorothy was the daughter of one Thomas Butt who moved to Black Head from Broad Cove upon recieving land from "his mother-in-law." according to plantation records. The citation you gave me about the marriage of a Knight to a Lawrence was of particular interest.

Thomas Butt (my great great great grandfather) inherited land in Black Head from his mother-in-law as did Mr. Lawence. Apparently both men married into a family with property in Black Head and both benified when their mother-in-law died (information from Plantation Book). They were brother-in-laws it would appear. So the children of Thomas Butt and Mr Lawrence were cousins. Thomas Butt was likely the uncle of Eleanor or her cousin. My gr gr great grand father names one of his sons Thomas so it could be either Sr or Jr who was a witness. Of course it could be a totally different person but given the close association of Butts and Lawrences, it is a good possiblitiy, I think.

It is also my guess that the Butts, Kings and Knights have some early close associations. I have many King/Butt marriages but not many Knight/King or Butt/Knight marragies for the Black Head, Broad Cove families.

The first Butt and King to arrive in this area were William Butt and Willam King. Both were recorded by the Fishing Admiral as being in Broad Cove in 1750 (K Matthews Files). I believe they came "down the shore" from Carbonear. Willam Butt may have had at least 3 children: William, Thomas (my ancester) and George. This is based on scant evidence.

William King and wife Elizabeth had at least 4 children: John, William, Edward and Frances. From Williams will I know that not only did he have these children but 3 of his brothers had moved to Broad Cove and were living at the time he died (abt 1828): Thomas, James, and Edward.

Now I am speculating on the last name of William King's wife. As I have noted William had four children that I can document. John, William, Edward and Frances.

When I saw the information on the Gibbb's home page that cited a card (cited by you below) about uncle John and aunt Fanny (King), I was convinced this was a possible clue to a Knight connection as they shared a Grandfather Knight. One important way that this could be is if "grandfather Knight's" daughter had married William King. Obviously we would need much more documentation to be substantiated.

" I have no lineage for any Knights other than that reputedly on a card written last century from the Isle of Jersey to Alfred Erling King (my NF relative as noted below), signed "your cousin C. Knight", in which card it is stated about my NF Kings: "The Kings were Jersey men". The same card refers to "Uncle John", "Aunt Fanny", and "Grandfather Knight".

May be a very different family but I have the same named children however for William King of Broad Cove not Edward as Gibbs states.

If Gibbs is correct it is very possible that William's brother Edward may have given his children the same names as did William (not so uncommon a thing in NFLD as you must know.) Ah so much is a mystery. sue


Surnames of England from the English place name Vin(n)icombe (Devon) (Spiegelhalter)

In Newfoundland: Early Instances: William Vinicomb, of St. John's, 1753 (DPHW 26C) ---- Vinnecombe, in possession of land at Quid Vidi, 1780 (D'Alberti 1) Mrs. Jean, renting a meadow near Maggoty Cove (St. John's) 1796 (D'Alberti 12) Richard Vinecum, of Maggoty Cove, 1813 (NFLD. Archives BRC) Jean Vinican, of Catalina, 1821 (NFLD. Archives KCRC) Mary Jane Vilicombe, of Pate Cove (Bonavista B.), 1866 (Nfld. Archives KCRC) Charles Vinecombe, of Cow Harbour (Bonne B.) 1871 (Lovell) Modern status Vin(n)icombe, at St. John's

1246 "Newfoundland and Jersey" In the English Channel is a group of islands, the chief of which is called Jersey. When the Romans invaded Britain these islands were called Caesarea, in honour of Claudius Caesar. This was shortened into Jersey. Their men were great sea rovers. As early as 1246 it is recorded that ships from Jersey were engaged in the Iceland fisheries. The Jersey settlers in Newfoundland always maintained that Cabot learned of this western island from Jersey sailors. On the north coast of the island of Jersey there are three places lying near each other in this order -- St. John's Bay, Petit Port and Bouley Bay. Can it be coincidence that in Newfoundland we have St. John's, Petty Harbour and Bay Bulls (formerly Bouley Bay) appearing in the same order as these Jersey harbours? Jersey is divided into twelve parishes. Many of these parish names are prominent in Newfoundland, such as St. Mary's, St. Lawrence and Trinity. In the Jersey islands there were in those days no safe winter harbours or mooring places, and Brehat, Conche and Croque on the Norman coast were used. All these are Newfoundland names. Gouffre is a name to be found both here and in Jersey. Our harbour known as Heliers was formerly called St. Helier, the name of the chief town in Jersey. Blanc Pignon and Cormorant are of Jersey origin. Carbonear is Charbonier -- that is, charcoal, pits for which are known to have been made there by Jersey men. Harbour Grace was Havre de Grace. Bay Roberts was Baie de Roberts, showing Jersey origin, as does Priaulx Hill in that town. Bauline is from Baleine, a village in the Jersey island, which it strongly resembles. Family names from Conception Bay tell the same story. Gushue, Puddister, Perchard, Hookey, Le Grow, Fillier, Hawco, Nicholle, Piccott, Furey, Norman, Noel, Le Drew, Gosselin, Grouchy, Murrin, Curnew are all names peculiar to Jersey, although many of these people have no knowledge from whence their forefathers came. St. Shotts and St. Shores were formerly named St. Jacques and St. George. The French pronunciation of these two names is responsible for the corruption. It is not likely that the French would have named a place after the patron saint of England, whereas the Channel Islanders would. Colinet is peculiar to Jersey, and Marquise is probably from La Marquise near by. Paradise, Croney Island, Corbin, Villeneuve Island (Burin), Fortune and Harbour Mille are all of Channel Island origin. Millers Passage is probably Mouilliers. Mose Ambrose is Mon Jambe. Pass Island is Passee Island. Hermitage also is a Jersey name. Channel Island names on the south coast include Messervy, Clement, Pays, Tessier, Le Messurier, Grandy, Lesbirel, Dumeresque, Le Feuvre, Hulon, Ayre, St. Croix, Cabot, De-la-cour, Renouf, Berteau, Du Tot, Le Marquand, Le Drew, Bonnell, Knight, Hue, Lambert, Sacrey, Bisson, Beaucamp, Chevalier and many, many more. Gaultois is old Norman for pinnacle. Ramea recalls the old Norman for vetches. St. Aubin and St. Helier, hills near Rencontre, are called after two towns in Jersey. "H. W. Le Messurier" (1848-1932) Barbara Pederson

[In Newfoundland], "Knight" was named as one of the "more temporally durable Poole families associated with the fishery as shipowners, captains, mariners, or fishermen". From "Soe longe as there comes no women" by W. Gordon Handcock: Barbara Pederson

1504 Channel Islanders believed to be on the small Norman sailing vessels that were in the habit of visiting the coast of Newfoundland and adjacent waters from as early as 1504. (ENGLAND IN AMERICA, by Tyler, Vol. 4)

1593 Record 57 "The observations of Sir Richard Hawkins Knight, in his voyage into the south sea microform : Anno Domini 1593." CIHM/ICMH Microfiche series = CIHM/ICMH collection de microfiches ; no. 18326 Barbara Pederson

1593 "Main Author: Jon Olafsson, Indiafari, 1593-1679 Title Details: The life of the Icelander Jon Olafsson, traveller to India   / written by himself and completed about 1661 A.D. with a   continuation, by another hand, up to his death in 1679 ;   translated from the Icelandic edition of Sigfus Blondal by   Bertha S. Phillpotts Series: Works issued by the Hakluyt Society. Second series ; no.   53, 68 Publisher: London : Hakluyt Society, 1923-1932 Physical Desc.: 2v. ; 23cm Notes: Contents: Vol. 1. Life and travels: Iceland, England,   Denmark, White Sea, Faroes, Spitzbergen, Norway 1593-1622   / edited by the translator - v. 2. Life and travels:   Denmark, England, the Cape, Madagascar, Comoro Is.,   Coromandel Coast, Tranquebar, St Helena, Ascension Is.,   Ireland, Iceland 1618-1679 / edited by ... Richard Temple ... and Lavinia Mary Anstey Subject(s): Jon Olafsson, Indiafari, 1593-1679 - Journeys   India - Description and travel - Early works to 1800   Voyages and travels - Early works to 1800   Travelers - Iceland - Biography Document Type: Autobiography Language: English Holding Libraries: Cambridge - contact Cambridge University Library :   694:01.c.4.53, 68   Edinburgh - EUL, MAIN, GENERAL ; RP. // EUL, MAIN, SPEC   COLL ; LL.106.1.4.

1600 "After the drowning of his half-brother [Sir Humphrey Gilbert] at the age of forty-eight, Sir Walter Raleigh obtained a grant of a large plantation in Newfoundland. According to the Jersey historian, A.C. Saunders, when Raleigh became governor of the Channel Island of Jersey in 1600 he induced the sailormen of Jersey to start fishing in and around St. John's, 'a territory over which he was Lord'." "The Oldest City", the story of St. John's by Paul O'Neill. Barbara Pederson

1602 "In spite of obstacles and drawbacks settlement in Newfoundland was ahead of New England. It was not until 15 May 1602 that Captain Bartholomew Goswold became the first white man on record to set foot in New England... By 1609 St. John's was already a place of trade and commerce. That year Henry Hudson, the ill-fated navigator and explorer, called in for supplies. He did the same in 1614." "The Oldest City", the story of St. John's by Paul O'Neill. Do you suppose he also called in to pick up a certain Mr. Knight? Regardless, even if James Knight was aboard at the time, and lived in England, he indirectly had a connection with Nfld. Maybe he was a rleative of John Knight at Salvage in 1675. Barbara Pederson

1605: John Cunningham, James Hall and John Knight, in three ships, explore the west coast of Greenland for Christian IV, of Denmark. A French trading post was established at Port Royal (Annapolis), Nova Scotia by Samuel de Champlain and the sieur de Poutrincourt. Weymouth explores the New England coast to find a place where English Catholics (unwanted in Protestant England) could found a settlement. Hudson may have used Weymouth's logs of this voyage and charts for his own 1609 voyage..

1606: John Knight, in the Hopewell, searches for the Northwest Passage along the coast of Labrador. James Hall, with five ships, is sent by Christian IV of Denmark to Greenland to Conduct mineralogical explorations. The first charter is granted to the Virginia Company, named after the 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth I. Pero Fernandes de Queiros discovers the New Hebrides Islands. Willem Janzoon discovers Australia. Luis Van Torres explores the coastline of New Guinea.

1606 Record 35 Title: The Voyages of Sir James Lancaster, Kt., to the East Indies microform : with abstracts of journals of voyages to the East Indies during the seventeenth century, preserved in the India office, and the voyage of Captain John Knight (1606) to seek the North-West Passage / edited by Clements R. Markham. Publisher:London : Hakluyt Society, 1877 (London : T. Richards) The account of Lancaster's voyages are reprinted from: Hakluytus posthumus, or, Purchas his pilgrimes, by Samuel Purchas. The account of Knight's voyage is reprinted from his own journal--Cf. Introd.Added title, p. 279: Journal of the voyage of John Knight to see the North-West Passage, 1606. Barbara Pederson

1606 Knight, John ( ?-1606). Explorer. While exploring coastal Labrador as commander of the Hopewell in June 1606, Knight was forced to go ashore near Nain when his ship was damaged in a storm. The shore party -- consisting of Knight, his brother Gabriel and two other companions -- was never heard of again, as they were abandoned by the ship's crew, ostensibly because of threatening ice conditions and hostile Inuit. Nothing is known of Knight before 1605, when as an English navigator he was captain of the Marekatten or Katten for a Danish expedition to Greenland. Engaged by East Indies and Russian companies, he visited Labrador the next year in search of a northwest passage, with the intention of exploring throughout the summer and camping for the winter. Knight's journal of his final voyage was continued by a crewmember after his disappearance and was published in the 1877 edition of The voyages of Sir James Lancaster, Kt., to the East Indies ... and the voyage of Captain John Knight (1606) to seek the North-West Passage (editor C.R. Markham).

April 19, 1606 : Hudson, his 16-year-old son John (possibly 14) and ten crew members prayed at St. Ethelburga's church, near London Bridge, now one of the oldest churches in London. The crew also included: William Collins (mate); James Young; John Colman (b o'sun); John Cooke; James Beuberry; James Skrutton; John Pleyce (Playse); Thomas Baxter; Richard Day; James Knight.

1607 Excerpt from Henry Hudson story: Anno 1607, Aprill the nineteenth, at Saint Ethelburge, in Bishops Gate street, did communicate with the rest of the Parishoners these persons, seamen, purposing to goe to sea four days after, for to discover a passage by the North Pole to Japan and China. First, Henry Hudson, master. Secondly, William Colines, his mate. Thirdly, James Young. Fourthly, John Colman. Fiftly, John Cooke. Sixtly, James Beubery. Seventhly, James Skrutton. Eightly, John Pleyce. Ninthly, Thomas Baxter. Tenthly, Richard Day. Eleventhly, James Knight. Twelfthly, John Hudson, a boy.

April 19, 1607 Hudson, his 16-year-old son John (possibly 14) and ten crew members prayed at St. Ethelburga's church, near London Bridge, now one of the oldest churches in London. The crew also included: William Collins (mate); James Young; John Colman (b o'sun); John Cooke; James Beuberry; James Skrutton; John Pleyce (Playse); Thomas Baxter; Richard Day; James Knight.

1608 'Thomas Le Merchant, agent in Spain of James De Beauvoir, . . - later traded on his own account with Newfoundland, for on June 6, 1608, the Royal Court of Guernsey granted him permission to transport out of the Island, as provision for his ship--aux parties de Terre Neuve--ten thousand biscuits, provided that, should during the following summer, the harvest prove poor and the necessity of the island require it, he should supply 80 quarters of wheat, local measure, of good quality, to be sold to the Islanders at the current prive of 12 sous sterling per quarter.' (OLD TIME NEWFOUNDLAND, papers of H. W. Le Messurier, edited by C. R. Pay, 1955)

Jan. 10, 1614 "Col. Sir Thomas Temple ,Gov. of Nova Scotia (including that part of Me. as far south and west as St. George's and Muscongus), bp. 10 Jan. 1614, s. of Sir John Temple of Stanton Bury, co. Bucks. On 20 Sept. 1656 Sir Charles St. Etienne made over to Temple and Wm. Crowne his interests in Nova Scotia, which gr. was confirmed by Cromwell and Temple app. gov. He came over in 1657, At the restoration of Charles II his claims were disputed, but, on his personal appearance in Eng., upheld. Created baronet 7 July and a new commission as gov. issued 10 July 1662. When by the Treaty of Breda Charles II ceded Nova Scotia to the French, Temple was commanded to transfer the territory, which order was not entirely fulfilled until 1670. He retired to Boston and became a benefactor of Harvard College. He [p.677] d. in London 27 Mar. 1674, s.p. For his two wills see Temple Gen., by Temple Prime, 1894, pp. 61-65. Lists 2, 3. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire page 677

Feb. 10, 1614 "John Temple

Before 10 Feb 1614 - Mary Temple, widow of Limehouse, to Trinity House.

John Temple, her late husband, was captured by pirates on several occasions during the last three years. In 1611, he lost goods worth L85 in the Goodwill of London on a voyage to Ireland and Calais. In 1612, Captain Easton and his consorts captured him in the Marye and John of Sandwich on a voyage to Faro, whereby he lost gods worth ‘50 and ____ pounds.’ Then in May 1613, when Master of a small ship, the Peter of London, he was captured off the coast of Barbary by 3 ships of war manned by Turks and Moors, and 4 christians. He was taken to Sallee in Barbary and so misused that he died within 8 days. One of the crew was murdered, the rest tortured, and the boy forced to be circumcised and turn Turk. Tenple lost L120 in the Peter and his widow and small children are in great poverty.

William Monsones, Richard March, John Busfield, Ralph Bradshawe, Edward Stevens, Michael Miryvall, Brian Tashe, Lewis Taites, James Benet, Jo. Graves, William Beck, Richard Harris, Robert Bence, Michael Johns [ _____ ], at the request of their neighbours, certify the truth of this which is known to most of the addresses who are asked to petition the lord chancellor for letters patent for a collection in the Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Westminster, Canterbury and Chicester. The THOMAS COLES COLLECTION

1617 Birth year of "Treworgye John(1), Mr., merchant, Kittery, ag. 33 in Mar. 1650-1, appar. here 5 May 1636 when Thomas Bradbury, agent for Sir F. Gorges, deeded to Edw. Johnson for use of J. T. of Dartmouth 500 a. described in Y. D. 1: 11. In 1678 Mr. Johnson depos. that the land was puch. by J. T. as Mr. Alexander Shapleigh's agent and for A. S.'s sole use. Bondsman for Mr. Thomas Spencer at Saco ct. in Feb. 1636-7, and appar. here steadily until ±1651. In 1644 he held Nicholas Shapleigh's p/a while S. went to Eng. Cor.j. 1647; tr.j. 1647. Having failed in a contract to deliver fish, he pledged Kit. prop. to Major Sedgwick (Y. D. 1: 3: 9); in 1649 ack. a transaction done for his uncle in Newb.; depos. in Boston 25 Oct. 1650, and of Dartmouth, depos. 19 Mar. 1650-1 ab. the -Prosperous- coming to N. E. ±1640 when he had been here ±5 yrs. In Apr. 1651 named on a Newfoundland commission, not seen here again except in Lists 72, 73, 78, 80, and was of Dartmouth in Apr. 1654. See also all references under (1). He m. Penelope Spencer (see 3, 4) 15 Jan. 164-, in Newb., where a s. John was rec. 12 Aug. 1649. Only other known ch: James.

1618 Original issued in series: The Hakluyt Society no. 56.Includes index. Subjects: Lancaster, James,, Sir, , d. 1618., Knight, John,, d. 1606., Lancaster, James,, Sir, , m. 1618., Knight, John,, m. 1606., East India Company., East India Company., Northwest Passage., Voyages and travels., Nord-Ouest, Passage du., Voyages., Arctic regions, Discovery and exploration., Regions arctiques, Decouverte et exploration.. Source: Markham, Clements R. (Clements Robert), Sir, 1830-1916.Purchas, Samuel, 1575-1626. Haklytus posthumus, or Purchas his pilgrimes.Knight, John, d. 1606.Hakluyt Society.Journal of the voyage of John Knight to seek the North-West Passage.. Barbara Pederson

1620 "My name is Patrick Payne and I am a Payn family researcher after having established that my family most likely originated from Jersey before coming to America beginning in the 16th century at Roanoke. At about the same time, I have found evidence suggesting they were at Newfoundland too (St. John's) by 1620, but I suspect I will find them in musters with HAWKINS, FROBISHER, and/or DRAKE if I ever locate records naming crews. The PAYN's are an ancient family of Jersey and have held offices of some form or another since its recorded history. They married into most of the noted families of the island including DUMARESQ, LEMPRIERE, de CARTERET, MESSERVY, and even CABOT. Later at the end of the 16th and then throughout the 17th, they can be found with the gentry of Devon and members of the various company's of London. At this point, I am convinced I have enough evidence (for me anyway) to connect my family of Maryland circa 1660, to several of the Virginia branches of PAYNE's, and even PAYNE's of Massachusetts through a network of families they were involved with. Many of those names you will recognize.

I am currently attempting to write a book on the subject and would welcome any input and thoughts. This is one tough nut to crack because while I feel I have a preponderance of evidence to support me, I have yet to find records that specifically name these PAYNE's as members of the same family. To date, all I have is that they maintained relationships with families of this network for hundreds of years in several cases. Please have a visit to my new web site at for more details and lots of records that I am working on daily. I have taken this project up full time. Patrick Payne"

1628 /17/ 105. To the wise and learned S.B.K.Knight.

A poet rich, a Iudge, and a Iust man,

In few but you, are all these found in one. Quodlibets (1628) - by Robert Hayman

Jan. 17, 1639 "Whereas the Merchants Masters and Owners of the ship Neptune haue by their Petition presented to the board, being desirous to send the said shipp for New England, and thence to Newfound land, and so to Spaine, for wines to bring for Bristoll and having fraighted her with Passengers and Prouisions are here underwritten -------"17 Jan, 1639 Vol 14, page 388 NEHGR

Jan. 17, 1639 "Whereas George Foxcroft and other Merchants trading to New England, Spane, &c. and the owners of the shipp Desire of New England did by their Pets represent that haueing Estates lying in NewEngland aforesaid, in Clapboards pipoe staus, hoopes, fish and other comodities, and intending to buy fish in the Newfound Land to transport into Spaine and other places; -------- Vol. 14, page 339 NEHGR


1647 "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire

page 447

Ludlow,George, gent., recd. John Hocking's goods from Wm. Hilton 2 Aug. 1632. Y. D. i. 60. He remov. to York Co., Va.; there, merchant and Esq., dealing in 1647 with Mr. Alex. Shapleigh of Dartmouth and John Treworgye of Newfoundland. Aspinw. 205, 242.

 1632 "The policy of scuttle is supposed to be one of the products of modern English statesmanship, but a knowledge of the dealings of the Stuarts with the English dominions in America will convince us that they fairly rivalled the nineteenth century rulers of England in this line. Sir David Kirke and a few gallant adherents had won Nova Scotia for the Crown of England; British sovereigns claimed the country by right of discovery; James I. had made a grant of it to the eccentric Sir William Alexander; Englishmen had it in possession; the young colonies of New England clamoured for its retention as a barrier against their ruthless foes, the French; yet, at the peace of St. Germains, 1632, notwithstanding England was then in possession of the principal French territories in North America--Quebec, Port Royal, St. Croix, and Pentagoet--by the thirteenth article of the treaty, all these places were restored to France.

Cromwell felt the loss of Nova Scotia so keenly that, even though at peace with France, he re-occupied the Colony, and sent out a Governor, Sir Thomas Temple. In 1662 Charles II. intended to give it back to France, but New England sent such a spirited petition to the House of Commons, that the treacherous hand of the king was stayed for a time; by the treaty of Breda, however, Charles ceded Nova Scotia again to the French; the stout, old Governor Temple stood out; he and his adherents had spent large sums of money on the fortifications, and the country was not finally surrendered to our enemies until 1670. In the policy of scuttle, the Stuarts have a fair claim to pre-eminence.

1649 supposed birth year of James Knight, of Hudson Bay . Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

Lester Knight was a Pirate Captain out of the Jersey Isle, Sir Thomas Knight was a judge and Sir Edward Knight was an Admiral in the Royal Navy. Letter 11/96 from lester Knight..

1650 By this time there were a number of ships, manned by Channel Islanders that sailed between the Channel Islands, Newfoundland and New England. Marblehead, Mass. was their largest settlement in the American Colonies- Many of the Islanders by this time may have settled in small coves around southern and eastern Newfoundland.

1652 "John Knight born to Hy Knight and Jennett ? in Churston, Devon" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

1654 "Jonathon Knight born to Christopher Knight and Mary ?, Poole, Dorset" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

1654 "Jonothan Knight, son of Christopher Knight and Mary ? is baptized Anglican at Poole, Dorset" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

1657 Jean Chevalier, born at La Rochelle 1657; married at La Rochelle 1680; resident at the Grande Greve since 1694; three shallops

  : Francoise Greze, his wife

  : two daughters (1698) one born 1686

  : a son (1698), born 1691 Recencement Gerneral des habitans de Plaisance en I'Isle de Terre Neuve ve 1698, drawn up at Rochefort in France by one De Brisacier on December 2, 1698. Besides adding fresh detail to the profile of the planter families at Plaisance itself, this post d'Iberville census extended north to include Petit Plaisance with is own Grande and Petite Greves, and south to include the single barachois settlement at Pointe Verte.

1656 / 57 "John Knight is born to Richard Knight and Elizabeth ? in Topsham, Devon" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

In 1662 Charles II. intended to give it back to France, but New England sent such a spirited petition to the House of Commons, that the treacherous hand of the king was stayed for a time; by the treaty of Breda, however, Charles ceded Nova Scotia again to the French; the stout, old Governor Temple stood out; he and his adherents had spent large sums of money on the fortifications, and the country was not finally surrendered to our enemies until 1670. In the policy of scuttle, the Stuarts have a fair claim to pre-eminence.

1665 "John Knight is buried in Withicombe, Devon" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

1667 ;This year was formed the Hudson's Bay Company, in London, ;England. One of the founders and directors was Sir George Carteret of Jersey, "the guiding mind in the beginning of the enterprise. " (THE REMARKABLE HISTORY OF THE HUDSON'S BY COMPANY, by George Bryce, London, 1-900)

1671 "John Knight is born to John Knight and Elizabeth ? in Withicombe, Devon" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

1675 Family traditions: Some Butts moved from the North Shore of Conception Bay to Pouch Cove between 1820 and 1835...Early instances: Roger Butt, of Carbonear, 1675... Roger, of Freshwater (Carbonear), 1770...Seary / Barbara Pederson

The following is the census info on Roger Butt for the years 1675,1677, 1678 and 1681. By the way he was in Crocker's Cove not Freshwater, but Crockers Cove is only a few hundred yards south of Freshwater. These census were ordered by the Governor of Nfld to determine how many permanent settlers there were and to determine ways to evict them from Nfld as they were providing competition for the west country merchants and fishing enterprises.

1675 - Roger Butt; wife; 2 sons; 2 daughters; 4 servants; 1 stage; 1 boat.

1676 - Roger Butts; wife; 2 sons; 2 daughters; 10 servants.

 1677 - Roger Butt; wife; 3 sons; 2 daughters; 8 servants; 1 dwelling house; 1 store room; 1 stage; a fat train room; 2 flakes; 2 hogs.

1681 - Roger Butt; wife; 6 children; 10 servants.

In these census the names of wives, children and servants are not

In Gordon Handcock's book, "Soe longe as there comes noe women", pg 46, BUTT is listed as one of the defenders of Carbonear Island. Ruth (Pigott) Harper, U.E.,

1675 Barbara Pederson wrote "You mentioned Knight's Cove is listed in the Distinct of Trinity. MacAlpine's Directory of St. John's. From my notes from a book on Newfoundland settlement by the English, says about the naming of some communities: "Some Bonavista Bay nomenclature which appears to be linked with seventeenth-century settlers include... Knight's Cove (John Knight- Bonavista 1675 ( see map )." I would say that Knight's Cove was settled previous to the arrival of James Knight.

1675 Salvadge

 John Chambers 0 1 5

  Richd Stocks & Wife 1 1 5

  Jon. Prichard & Wife 1 1 5

  Jon. Pett & Wife 2 2 11

  Jon. Knight & Wife 4 2 11

  John Warren 0 2 11

John Berry's Census of 1675

The Names of the English inhabitants with the number of their boats, men, wives, and children. "Decks Awash" March/April 1987:

1675 "Elizabeth Knight, of Carbonear (see map), 1755 property "in possession of the Family for upwards of 80 years", that is, before 1675;" From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson "Lot 914 Claimant: Elizabeth Knight Nature of Claim: By deed of gift from her father Occupier in 1805: John Warn and B. Linthorne Year Acquired: 1755 Size in Yards: 131x 185 Contents of Lot: 1 stage, 1 flake, 3 stores, 1 cookroom, 3 houses, 4 gardens, 1 meadow." Plantation Book: Carbonear

1675 ""Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" by E.R. Seary:

SQUIRE(S), surnames of England. Traced in Bedfordshire, Devon, Leicestershire, Rutlandshire and Nottinghamshire. In Newfoundland: Family traditions: George Squire, from Winterborne Zelstone (Dorset), settled at Catalina; he later moved to Salvage (Bonavista Bay). His son Joseph, from Salvage, was the first settler of Eastport in 1868. Apollus Squires, from England, settled at Greenspond. ---- Squires, from Ireland, settled in the St. John's area. Early instances:

Benjamin Squires, of Bay Roberts, 1765, property "in possession of the Family for more than 90 years", that is, before 1675;

Benjamin Squire, of Great Belle Isle, (now Bell Island), 1770;

John Squires, fisherman of Torbay, 1794-5, "24 years in Newfoundland", that is, 1770-1;

William, shoreman of St. John's, 1794-5, "20 years in Newfoundland", that is, 1774-5;

John, of Southside Broad Cove (now St. Phillips), 1790;

Sarah, of Freshwater (Carbonear), 1791;

James and George Squire, of Placentia, 1794;

John, servant, of Battle Harbour (Labrador), 1795;

Simon Squires, of Bonavista, 1798;

John Squire, of Fogo, 1803;

William Squires, of Harbour Grace Parish, 1828;

Maria, of Brine's (? for Bryants) Cove, 1839;

George, of Salvage, 1840;

Simon, planter of Herring Neck, 1850, of Canister Cove (Twillingate district), 1855, of Pike's Arm (Twillingate district), 1859;

Thomas, of Seldom-Come-By, 1852;

Henry Squire, from Dartmouth (Devon), married at St. John's, 1852;

John Squires, of Salt Harbour (Twillingate district), 1856;

Thomas, of Leading Tickles, 1856;

James, of Stone Harbour (Twillingate district), 1857;

scattered in Lovell 1871. Barbara Pederson

1676 John Knight, of Salvage ( see map) 1676; From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson

1676 ((3.)  John Knight - arrived from England around 1676, settled in or near Salvage, Nfld ( see map)., brought with him 2 boats, 11 servants, and wife and 4 children. 2.)  John Knight - led an expedition in search of a northwest passage in 1606. notes by Robert Knight

1676 John Knight, Salvage, planter, 11 servants, 2 boats wife and 5 children" Keith Mathew's files, Maritime History Archives, Memorial University, St. John's NFLD

1676 "James Knight 1640 - 1719 James Knight spent an eventful 40 years in the service of Hudson's Bay Company. Joining the Company in 1676 as a staff Carpenter, he proved himself so intelligent and capable that within six years he was named Chief Factor (commander of the post) at Fort Albany on the west shore of James Bay.

Through hard work and business savvy Knight continued to rise through the Company's ranks. In 1711, he became the only overseas man to be granted a seat on the London Committee. He also became wealthy enough to eventually purchase HBC stock in 1697.

The most intriguing story surrounding James Knight involves a Chipewyan woman named Thanadelthur. Captured by the Cree as a young girl, Thanadelthur escaped some time later and found her way into Knight's service as a translator. She befriended him and often told alluring tales of rich mineral deposits, promising to take him there someday. This promise however, would never be fulfilled.

Before her death, Thanadelthur told Knight about a broad strait of water in the north where tides ebbed and flowed. To Knight this description sounded like the elusive North West passage, the lure of every explorer. Knight was also curious about the tales of “yellow mettle” and “black pitch” which he took as references to gold and tar.

Because of Thanadelthur's stories, Knight (now in his seventies) rushed to England in 1718 full of excitement to organize an expedition to discover these treasures. There he was granted two vessels, the Albany and the Discovery and in 1719 set sail in search of the North West Passage and gold.

The expedition and James Knight never returned.

Forty-eight years later explorers Joseph Stephens and Samuel Hearne discovered the wreckage of Knight's two ships off the coast of Marble Island near Rankin Inlet on the northwest shore of Hudson Bay. Area natives confirmed that Knight and his men had been driven ashore and stranded by a winter storm.

After the second winter on this island, illness had reduced the survivors to only two men. The natives recorded that each day the two men would go down to the shore, look off in the distance and wait for rescue. At length, one of the men died and the second was so exhausted that he died while digging his friend's grave.

Knight's disappearance still remains one of the Arctic's enduring mysteries. Marble Island is well within sight of the mainland. Why then, did Knight and his men not try to reach the shore? Didn't Knight know that the HBC post at Churchill was only a four day's sail away? Why were no efforts made to rescue the men?

Whatever the reasons, Knight's disastrous expedition only served to reinforce HBC's decision to do nothing to expand its holdings around Hudson Bay. Found at: Ambassadress of Peace by Franklin Arbuckel. HBCA Barbara Pederson

Aug. 16, 1676 James Knight arrives in Rupert's Land as a carpenter and shipswright in his twenties to work for the Hudson Bay Company. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1677 Philippe Valpy dit Janvrin. Born in St. Brelade, Jersey, the third son of Jacques Valpy dit Janvrin and Marie Le Couteur. c.1700 Engaged in trading with Newfoundland and in New England where his   brother, John Janvrin, was a settler of some prominence (1707) in   Dover, New Hampshire. (John married Elizabeth Knight) 1710 (Sept). Married Elizabeth, the daughter of Philippe Orange of   St. Brelade, Jersey. (Ship Owner and Gaspé trader) 1721. Returning to Jersey, as Master of the “Esther” in September of this year Philippe Janvrin was obliged to spend a quarantine period   off-shore - the vessel had visited Bordeaux and Nantes in France   where a virulent plague was endemic. He dropped anchor just off Belcroute in the west of St. Aubin’s bay where just a few days later he himself succumbed to the illness and, aged 44 years, died.   The Jersey Authorities were unwilling to allow his body to be brought ashore but give instructions that a burial could take place on a little (uninhabited) islet in Portelet Bay, just around the Noirmont Point. Philippe’s body was lowered into a small boat and rowed around the headland by three of the crew to be interred in a   shallow hollow scraped in the thin soil of the rocky islet. A signal was given to the shore where his wife and some members of the family had gathered. The Minister from St. Brelade had been called and he read the usual service for the burial of the dead and another signal then made to the islet. The crew men covered the body and then returned to the “Esther” by rowing again around the headland and awaited the end of the quarantine period. Philippe’s wife Elizabeth later had an inscribed memorial erected on the spot but there is no evidence now. It has been suggested that the remains were re-buried later in St. Brelade’s churchyard; there is no record in the registers. The entire top of this islet, the Ile au Guerdain as it was known, was cleared during the Napoleonic wars early in the nineteenth century to build a large Watch Tower.  This watch tower remains there today and the islet is still known colloquially as “Janvrin’s Tomb”. Ray Le Pivert >Jersey.

1679 Martin Chevalier, born at St. Jean de Lutz; resident at the Grande Greve since 1679, but not listed in 1693 or 1694; four shallops : Madeleine Lemard, his wife, "creole de Plaisance", daughter of Philippe Lemard : two daughters, born in 1678 and 1680, present ub 1699 wuth their father but family in St.Jean de Lutz 1698. Recencement Gerneral des habitans de Plaisance en I'Isle de Terre Neuve ve 1698, drawn up at Rochefort in France by one De Brisacier on December 2, 1698. Besides adding fresh detail to the profile of the planter families at Plaisance itself, this post d'Iberville census extended north to include Petit Plaisance with is own Grande and Petite Greves, and south to include the single barachois settlement at Pointe Verte.

 Autum 1681 James Knight returns to London to report to his employers "a good account of th' Estates of the Country both Indians & Factory's" Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1682 The elder William Pepperel was one of the New England traders at Newfoundland who were, according to the English naval commander there, enticing the inhabitants into leaving, and who were therefore required by the commander to furnish bonds not to transport English subjects away from the island. that the elder Pepperel maintained his contacts with Newfoundland and continued to offer the islanders a means of passage to the mainland is clearly suggested by the earliest document in the society's Pepperel collection, an dindenture dated 30 April, 1689 by which one William Kyles, son of William Kyles of Newfoundland, deceased, bound himsef as apprentice to Pepperel for a term of seven years. That young Kyles was not , however, to be in actual fact an apperntice, but rather an indentured servant, is equallly indicated by by the absense of any occupational designation after Pepperel's name and of any provision for teaching the apprentice a trade.

Sept. 12, 1682 ""REPORT of Captain DANIEL JONES, R.N., E.M.S. Diamond. "Bay Bulls 12th Sepr. 1682.

"Did not arrive until Aug. 23d Admiralty instructions to sail 1st Sepr. with convoy weather permitting. I have sent to your Honour four Bonds for I find none that violate your rules so much as ye Traders from New England spiritin ,, away men. I was an eye witness of one at St. John's comming in with 11 hands and sailing with 20 in addition had not my pinnace brought him to anchor. So I took bonds of the New England men and acquainted Captain Wren of H.M.S. Centurion. Bad fishery only 1.50 qtls. per boat, not as good as reported the French have made. Nothing but confusion and disorder here they require a Governour. "Bonds of John Sawley of Salem, Mass., of Geo. Snell of Portsmouth or Pisadawery New Hampshire of Thomas Harvey of Portsmouth N.H. and of William Pepperill of Portsmouth N.H., not to take away men from Newfoundland."

On May 5 construction started on a base in St. John's, which was named Fort Pepperrell in honour of Sir William Pepperrell qv, the soldier who led the American colonists in the capture of the fortress of Louisburg in 1745. (He was also a distant relative of the Outerbridge family of St. John's.)

1683 James Knight is appointed deputy Governor at Hudson Bay by the Hudson's Bay Company along with permission to have his younger brother Richard "to waight upon him". Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

April 27, 1683 "In a letter to James Knight dated 27 April 1683 specific reference is made to his "New England countrey men"." Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

Sept. 1685 James Knight returns to London to face charges of private trading by the Hudson Bay Company.Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1687 James Knight is discharged by Hudson Bay Company for private trading. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1686 "James Knight m. Buck Anne Gilpin" IGI

1687 "Gilpin Knight b. 1867 Buck" IGI

1689 Having lost all their outposts and factories to the French, Hudson Bay Company appoints James Knight, now a London Merchant of more than modest means, as governer of the Bottom of The Bay. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1690 "Such was the homely tale of the appearance and disappearance of the ketch, "Elinor." The sequel was soon found in the new stone gaol in Boston where William Coward, Peleg Heath, Thomas Storey and Christopher Knight were to be seen and confined in irons. What became of the boy does not appear. Thomas Pound, Thomas Hawkins, Thomas Johnston and other more valorous pirates were also confined there at the same time. Justice moved swiftly that year and notwithstanding the claim made by Coward, the leader of the party that boarded the ketch, that his crime and been committed upon the high seas without the jurisdiction of the court, he was found guilty of piracy and sentenced to be hanged on January 27, 1690. His companions also were found guilty and sentenced to death but afterwards reprieved and eventually allowed to go free." "The Pirates Of The New England Coast: 1630-1730" In Chapter II - "Dixey Bull and Some Other Pirates" (pages 33-34) Louisa Horton

1690 In those good old days sailors had to, face many dangers. Life had not then that glamour of romance which tradition, has since gathered around the lives of our forefathers , and in the year 1690 Captain Pierre Valpy dit Janvrin of the good ship " Elias and Anne " of Jersey, complained to the Privy Council that, when employed in the Newfoundland trade his vessel had been plundered by an Ostend Pirate. Things moved slowly in those days,:and it was not until August 1694 that the Privy Council applied to the Royal Court of Jersey for further particulars. Magistrates took some time to consider the matter and in June 1696 Valpy and one of his crew named Thomas Rondell appeared before the Lieut.-Bailly, Jean Durell and jurat Charles de Carteret to make the following statement,-That on a voyage from Newfoundland an Ostend Pirate boarded his vessel and took all sorts of stores and merchandise including "premiere une barrique d'eau de vie, plus une barrique de vin gaste, plus des habits, blanchets, camecons, &c., trois quintaux de pain, fishing and boat gear, personel belongings and many other things." Later on, some Spaniards robbed the ships of ropes and twelve quintaux of fish worth 1400 livres toumois We can imagine the gloom on that homeward voyage and the language used by the crew as they discussed their helplessness in defending their property. The crew of the "Elias and Anne" consisted of Maître Pierre Valpy dit Janvrin, le Contre-Maître Daniel Dorey, Daniel Balin, Jean Chevallier, François Cabot, Amice Barbier, Thomas Rondell." Jersey In The 18th And 19th Centuries, pages 160,161 Boston Public Lib. DA670 .J5S3

   I am interested in the family names of VALPY and LeBOUTILLIER from the Channel Islands, Jersey/Guernsey. From my limited research on the subject, I suspect many of the gaps I have in these two families could be filled by looking into the Canadian  emigrations from the Channel Islands.    I would be very willing to share information with those who have a similar    interest in the above mentioned families. Donald Valpy Weston. (Don).  Dunedin. NEW ZEALAND.

Late 1600's "Matthew Ward was the first settler in New Bay... Ward protected the salmon fishing rights for Squire Childe, who may have been a descendant of Sir Josiah Childe, who had trade interests in Newfoundland in the late 1600s..." "Henry Rowsell was a former servant of Squire Childe and was believed to be a father to George and Thomas Rowsell; all three Rowsells along with William Hooper worked these brooks for Matthew Ward." "...[Michael] Howley's story about the two brothers Rowsell does not tally with Pulling's report. According to Howley...'A man named Rousell, one of the first settlers in Hall's Bay (see map), was reputed as being a great Indian killer. Many stories are told of this old Rousell's treatment of the Indians. He is said never to have spared one of the natives. In the end, they killed him and carried off his head as was their usual custom... a brother of him with the name of Tom never molested the poor creatures and was treated well. They did him no injury.'" From "River Lords, Father and Son" (1987) by Amy Louise Peyton ISBN 0-920502-73-3 Barbara Pederson

Mrs. Violet Baggs of Point Leamington... "maintains there were two Rowsells, brothers Thomas and Joseph, who were early settlers at Point Leamington . (see map).. They dammed the river and caught salmon. Thomas became a lifelong friend of the Beothucks... His brother Joseph was a sworn enemy of the Beothucks and often unloaded his rifle in their direction to prove it... the Indians shot Rowsell full of arrows and later stuck his head on a pole..." From "Decks Awash" Oct. 1981: Barbara Pederson

June 1693 James Knight leading 213 men on 4 ships with 82 guns retakes Albany Fort. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

Sept. 30, 1696 "John Pelley of Winkton, Parish of Christchurch, South Hampton and NFLD Planter in his will Oct. 1737" "Author Mary Ann Gallop speculated his 1st wife was Mary Knight M. Sept. 30, 1696 at Christchurch. Children John, Thomas and Elizabeth who married A. Loather." NFLD Anc. P.17, Vol. 2-4

Fall 1696 "fall 1696 For two days the French laid seige to Fort William. But de'Iberville was impatient and on the third day, in order to induce the English to surrender, ordered one of his Indian soldiers to scalp an English settler named William Drew.

Drew was scalped and ordered to approach Fort William, scalp in hand, to warn the English settlers and soldiers, that surrender was their only option. The English Commander, Governor Miners surrendered on condition that the English be granted free and unmolested passage out of St. John's. To this de'Iberville agreed.

August 1697 James Knight returns to England. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

Oct. 1697 "Michael Richards fonds [textual records] 1696-1703 0.071 meter(s) BIOGRAPHY/ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY: Surveyor-General of the Ordnance

Brigadier-General Michael Richards (1673-1721) was the son of Jacob Richards of Solsborough, County Wexford, Ireland. He was the brother of Colonel Jacob Richards ([1660]-1701), of Major-General John Richards (1669-1709), and of Elizabeth (d. 1711), wife of postmaster-general James Craggs the elder (1657-1721). With his brother Jacob, he was employed in the artillery train under Ginkell in Ireland in 1691. He received a lieutenant's commission in 1692 and saw service with the artillery train in Flanders, where he so distinguished himself that he was appointed to be the chief engineer of the train in the 1697 expedition to Newfoundland under Colonel Sir John Gibsone (1637-1717) and Captain Sir John Norris (ca. 1671-1749).

On 7 June 1697, he landed at St. John's, where he surveyed the harbour and, despite great difficulties, built the barracks and began work on the fort. He left Newfoundland with Gibsone in October 1697 but later returned, probably with Commodore Fairborne, in 1700 and was promoted captain on 1 September 1701. In the course of the next three years, he carried on the work of building a redoubt covering the entrance to the harbour. He returned to England in the autumn of 1703 with the squadron of Vice-Admiral John Graydon (d. 1726).

After leaving Newfoundland, Richards served successfully under the Duke of Marlborough in the Netherlands, 1704-1706. He was appointed Galway's chief engineer in Spain, 1707, and served in many of the great engagements of the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1711, he was promoted brigadier-general and appointed chief-engineer of Great Britain. On 19 November 1714, he was appointed Surveyor-General of the Ordnance. In 1716, at his instance and under his direction, the ordnance train was converted into a regiment (later, the royal artillery) independent of the king's engineers, while that corps was itself enlarged and reorganized. In 1720, he founded the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He died, unmarried, on 5 February 1721. Series part of: Michael Richards fonds — MG21-StoweMSS.-463-464"

17th cent. The Patten Family and Newfoundland The Patten's are a West of England family, especially prominent in Devonshire, but also during the 17th and 18th centuries to be found in Dorset (on the border with Somerset) and Hampshire. Many Patten's were connected with the Newfoundland fishery in that era, mainly from Devonshire, but those who live in North Dorset also come out as " Planters " or worked as seamen in the migratory fishery. Settlers William of Kingskerswell, Devonshire, a boat keeper in ST. Johns, 1764 circa-1796, retired to Devonshire, but his son lived in St Johns. (Died 1854) William, resident of Fort de Grave, Conception Bay in 1816. Related to other Conception Bay Pattens. John of Dorset, a "Planter" at Silly Cove, Trinity Bay in 1681. John of Port de Grave, married 1782, Mary Bishop. John of Devonshire, a sailmaker in St Johns from 1788 to circa 1800. John of Islington, Devonshire, a planter at Petty Harbor in 1681 *John of Grand Bank , the son of Charles (whom see) born at Grand Bank in the late 18th century. Died as a merchant and "noted singer" in 1856. He and his father in 1825 owned a small schooner, the INDIANA, 23 tons, which he commanded. Thomas, born place unknown in 1780., but possibly connected to the Conception Bay family. Became a merchant first in St Johns, then at Bareneed Port de Grave and finally 1817 went back to reside in St. Johns. Died 1826. Samuel, born 1779, a planter at Grand Bank - worked on his own from about 1803 onwards, died in 1829. Probably came from North Dorset since he and all the Grand Bank Patten's of that period had strong connections with a merchant of Sturminster, Newton, Dorset, Joseph Bird. George, son of Edward and Mary, baptized at St. Johns in 1780, probably one of the Devonshire Patten's. **Charles of Grand Bank, first appeared in the records in 1802 - connected with Bird of Sturminster but as a planter, dealt with the Firm of Robert Newman and Co at St. Lawrence and at Little Bay (Fortune Bay) 1811. Built and registered his own schooner, the Mary, of 46 tons, which he owned and commanded until 1817. A prominent resident in the Fortune Bay. He was Foreman of the Grand Jury there in 1811. In the records he is noted mainly for apparently having a long running an quite ferocious feud with Samuel Rose of Grand Bank. ***Edward of Grand Bank, contemporary and brother of Charles and nephew John. First appeared in records in 1801 as a planter supplied by Newman and Co, but like the others was strongly connected to Mr. Bird. Had at least one son, Edward, and was still alive in 1826. Owned a Fishing room in Grand Bank. Edward of St. Johns, a resident fisherman who had been born in Newfoundland. Had a son, George in 1780, but the latter apparently died young. Edward probably of Dorset. A planter (unmarried) at New Perlican, Trinity Bay 1681. Had come out to Newfoundland since 1677. 1706-08 Edward, probably the same man of his son was a planter at Harbor Grace, Newfoundland 1706-08. Married and had a child. Edward, a decedent of the above, a planter in Conception Bay in 1750. Edward, son of the above? In 1782, Edward and Frances of H. H. Had a daughter Mary, baptized in Harbor Grace and in 1784 had a son, Edward. Nicholas, a planter at Port de Grave in 1816. Joseph of Wollborough, Devonshire. Born 1769, an agent in St. Johns 1792-1795 for the Dartmouth Devonshire Firm of R. H. Roope. Died back in Devonshire 1813. Francis, born place unknown 1771, became a coasting and fishing schooner captain from 1820 onwards. Employed for many years by a Portugal Cove Planter, John Picot. Died age 80. *John is my ggg grandfather **Charles is John's father, my gggg grandfather ***Edward is Charles's brother so my gggg granduncle. I believe I got this from the Toronto Genealogy Research Library on Adilaide St. Anne Patten Oliver Researching Patten, Rice, Coffin, Bendle, Tibbo, Nicholle, Hollett, and Forsey in Grand Bank, Twillingate & Haystack, Newfoundland, Canada, England, Wales, The Channel Islands and the World.

1698 "Richard BURT was in the Newfoundland trade out of Christchurch since at least 1698. Family connections:

Richard BURT married 1710 to Flower PERKINS.

Jane BURT married 1736 to John HARDYMAN.

John BURT married 1745 to Elizabeth KNIGHT.

Mary BURT married 1762 to Benjamin PELLEY.

Thomas R Cole

1700 Greetings from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada I am descended from a Verge family from Twillingate, Newfoundland. I have located some of the early Verge names which came from England, but there are some who I just can't seem to locate. I also know that there were good numbers of fishermen who came from the Channel Islands and many settled permanenly there. Can anyone tell me if there were some fishermen named Verge, Virg, Virge, Vierge, Vergo, Vargo, Vyrge who may have lived in the Channel Islands. The name is French originally as are many other family names and I know there were a few Verges in England as early as the 1400s. I have some Verge names in Newfoundland which I can't trace back to England. It appears there were some Verges in Newfoundland before 1700 and several more soon after that date. I would love to find out if there were Verges in the Channel Islands at that time and if so, how I can access some names and dates of these families. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I may be able to help someone researching some Newfoundland names. Jack Verge Montgomery

1702 Still in England, James Knight, now listed as "of London, gentleman" is elected to a seat on the powerful Hudson Bay company. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1703 John Knight , of Quidi Vidi ( see map), 1703; From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson

1704 "Seek information on Squarey / Squarry family of NF and West Teighmouth, Devon. Earliest Squareys in NF possibly Thomas 1704, William 1706, John 1708, & Robert 1708. 1774 William Squarey married Elizabeth Tozer, West Teignmouth. Children were John, R.N., William, master mariner (married Mary Ann Coster), Elizabeth, Charles R. N. (married Harriet Lott), Henry , and Robert b. 1778 - d. 1828, who married Sarah Parsons in 1810 in NF (Sarah was 2nd daughter of Robert Parsons) Offspring of Robert and Sarah Squarey were Sarah Ann Tozer Squarey (married Henry Knight) Robert and William who married Mary Ann Ryall in 1845.. sons of William and Mary Ann were William R. Squarey (married Ann Woolfrey, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Woolfrey of Harbour Grace) in 1873, and Robert Thomas Squarey (married Caroline Higgins, daughter of Thomas and Anne Caroline Higgins of Harbour Grace in 1870) Sons of Robert Thomas and Caroline Higgins are; Thomas Higgins Squarey, Frederick Charles Squarey, Arthur Squarey, Bertram Squarey, William Squarey, Edward Monroe Squarey (married Lucretia Alice Poole, daughter of John Poole and Hannah Buffett Poole, 1904 in channel) Any additional info on these or other family members would be appreciated. Have additional info on family in NF and Devon to share. Elizabeth Squarey Bakenhus 26880 Elena Road Los Altos Hills , CA 94022 USA

March 28, 1706 "CO-194 pp. 470-472b

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Robt. Tieer

Robt. Bickford

Edwd. Allen

Thos. Hicks

Thos. Tneirs?

Richd. Fry

Phillip Murry

Jno. Benner

Jno. Ryder (Wanting)

Wm. Craft (Wanting)


Jno. Collin master

George Goddans

Roland Markin

Simon Faver?

Samll. Jeffrey

Thos. Cook

Jno. Prower

Phillip Rever


Jeffrey Long Mr.

Anthony Farley

Jno. Pitman

Jno. Soper

Jno. Loch

Jno. Willicot

Robt. Willicot

Samll.? Ellis


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Robt. Eale

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Wm. Carbey

Jno. Ford

Nathn. Maid

Thos. Leiveington?


William Penfrare Mr.

Benja. Smith?

?ben Perry


William Roberts Mr.

Jno. Youngs

Robt. Andrews


Jno. Marshall Mr.

Jno. Fosper

Henry Marshall

Richd. Sprigs

Charles Curtis

Phillip Dyer

Jno. Garland


Jno. Furlong Mr.

Richd. Peters

Peter Tucker

Arther Tucker

Henry Furnix

Jno. Welsh

Matthew Bud

Curnelious Holloway

Jno. Muffrey

James Fiels? (Wanting)

Thos. Marble (Wanting)

Thos. More (Wanting)


Jno. Cole? Mr.

Jilberts Barn

Aaron Coch

Jno. Thompson

Jno. Collins

Clemt. Wichney

Henry Guay


Jno. Tucker Mr.

Richd. Say


Oliver Lang Mr.

Francis Russell


Charles Coaker Mr.

Henry Dinch?

Barnard Balland


Christopher Archer Mr.

Wm. Pulman

Jno. Johns?

Jno. Boon

Henry Vimey

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Phillip Williams Mr.

Jno. Rendell

James Merrech?

Thos. Presson

William Hale


Walter Short? Mr.

Edwd. Fane?

William Hoist

William Clefford

Peter Janes

Edwd. Mumford


William Gazzach Mr. (Wanting)

George Gazzach (Wanting)

Richd. Bradley (Wanting)

Jno. Roberts (Wanting)

Danll. Rynd

Samll. Cirty x


Richd. Sampson Mr.

Ralph Mattoch (Wanting)


William Handcoch Seish? Side?

Henry Griffey

Danll. Cornell

Jno. Darr

Allen Ford?

Jno. Rrin? (Wanting)


Jno. Brumwell Mr. (Wanting)

Darbey Duder


Tobias Nyles Mr.

Richd. Robins

Thos. Veltin?


Francis Pierre? Mr.

Wm. Edwanes


Gilbert Jane Mr.

Robt. Grain?

Wm. Snelling

Thos. Goderidge

Richd. Bonden? Thos. Query?


Jeseph Nales? (Mr Campbe? Men)

Thos Brooks (Mr Campbe? Men)

Jno. Stephens (Mr Campbe? Men)

Robt. Baggs (Singlemen)

Jno. Bartlite (Singlemen)

Richd. Penny (Partners)

Jno. Wake (Partners)

Peter Circum (Prowmen)

Samll. Richds. (Prowmen)


Robt. Lewis Mr.

Edwd. Benner

George Thomas

George Lewis

Danll. Williams


William Hamon?

Richd. Hatch

Henry Harris

Thos. Silland?

Edward Rhoes?

Jno Moulding

William Reuones?

Danll. Roe

Charles Nowles

Jno. Jeffreys

Peter Poor

Jno. Frampton

George Ryall

Danll. Lurley

George Voal

Edwd. Ralway

James Killich?

Richd. Bunker

Nicholas Moon

James Williams

Phillip Damenere

William Spark Senr.

Richd. Haynes

Charles Class (Petty Harbor)

William Phillips (Petty Harbor)

Christopher Carter (Petty Harbor)

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Peter Ceate? Mr.

Jno. Martyn


Thos. Whone Mr.

James Ford

Robt. Howard

Jno. Wood

Richd. Howard


Hales Phillips Mr.

John Reeves


Bartholo. Whileway


Jno. Adams Mr.

Jno. Silver


James Smith Mr.

Jno. Kittle

Jno. Perrin

Jno. <blank> (Wanting)


Jno. Gnetia Mr. x

George Presson

Jno. Nellson

Thos. Barnes

Henry Williams

Willm. Sparke


Thos. Roberts Mr.

his boy Wm. Sanders


William Clarke

Jno. Croop

Samll. Jeffrey (Wanting)


Wm. Weast? Mr. x

William Tallin

Jno. Williams

Robt. Adams


Jno. Drone Mr.

William Sterman

Robt. Gray (Wanting)

Andrew Drew (Wanting)

William Fleming (Wanting)


Henry Boy Mr.

Jno. Tucker partnr.

Samll. Gill

Richd. Piere?

Robt. Holesworth

Elias Holding

William Bositon


Simon Drew

Richd. Russell


Giles Goss

Abraham Dyer

Jno. Julian


Elias Whone (partners)

James Goss (partners)

James Fuss

Jno. Holeman

Thos. Rugg

Richd. Filmone?


Thos. Hawkins Mr.

Robt. Harris

Thos. Lyues?

Jno. Hodge

Lankester Wooddy

Jno. Webb

David Stephen?

Ambrose Smerden


Jno. Burton Mr.

Jno. Courey?

Jno. Gilborne


Griffey Russell Mr.

Tho. Phillips

Jno. Corens?

Jno. Fletcher (Wanting)

Jno. Fletcher Junr. (Wanting)


Jno. Nicholes Mr.

Jno. Williams

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1707 "In 1707, the Falkland 50, Capt. John Underdown, undoubtaly the ship launched at Portsmouth in 1690, was the largest of three ships, the Medway 48, and the Nonsuch, being the other two, forming a squadron on the Newfoundland station which completely destroyed the French fishery both on the banks and the coast of that island, and burnt one French ship of 323 guns, one ditto of 20, and took two of 20 each." Vessels of War Built At Portsmouth, NH

1708 William Knight, of Bonavista( see map) , 1708-09; From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson

July 5, 1708 "Wm Knight at St. John's p.13" William Pickering account books 1695-1718 of goods sold in NFLD. Essex Instute of Salem Ma, NFLD Ancestor Vol. 5

Sept. 1, 1708 "Benj. Knight & Joseph Hawood at Trinity, p.46" William Pickering account books 1695-1718 of goods sold in NFLD. Essex Instute of Salem Ma, NFLD Ancestor Vol. 5

1708 John Knight, of St. John's ( see map), 1708; From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson

Sept. 1709 "Wm Knight at Trinity, p. 50" William Pickering account books 1695-1718 of goods sold in NFLD. Essex Instute of Salem Ma, NFLD Ancestor Vol. 5

1710 Early instances: Giles Vinsant or Vincent, planter of Connaigre, 1710-15, VINCENT, a baptismal name and surname of England, Ireland, France and Jersey (Channel Islands)... Traced by Guppy in Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Somerset, Suffolk and Wiltshire, and by MacLysaght in Cos. Limerick and Dublin since the mid-seventeenth century, and in Co. Derry. In Newfoundland: Family traditions: ----, from Scotland, settled at Cape Freels (see map) (MUN Folklore). From "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" by E.R. Seary /Barbara Pederson

Feb. 1710 James Knight is elected to travel to Holland to solicit the Hudson Bay Company's business at the treaty of peace. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1711"At St. John's: "Captain's Crowe's Laws": 1711. The tenements, store-houses, and stages which are now in possession of persons undermentioned... Richard Colesworthy, upper stage-house and room at fort at Bursthart Hill; Captain Stafford, in behalf of Henry Perden, one store-house on vice-admiral's room; Thomas and John Squary, one store-house..." From "A History if Newfoundland" by D.W. Prowse: Barbara Pederson

1711 "Christian Lilly (fl. 1711-1738), a military engineer, served in Europe and America. In 1711, he went to Newfoundland to report on the harbors of St. John's and Ferryland, and to settle matters regarding the security of those ports. SCOPE AND CONTENT: Item is Christian Lilly's report on Newfoundland, with particular reference to the state of the fortifications at St. John's and Ferryland.


 NEW: R2235-0-X-E

May 12, 1712 "Joseph Penwell ye Sloop Orringtree from Newfd land no passengers" Boston Arrivals Vol 30 page 41 Register

May 29, 1712 "John Pumroy ye Sloop Sarah & Mary from N:fd Land no passengers" Boston Arrivals Vol 30 page 42 Register

May 29, 1712 "Joseph Atkins ye Pink Sarah from Newfound Land no passengers" Boston Arrivals Vol 30 page 42 Register

March 31, 1713 Awaiting the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht, James Knight returns to England. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1713-1718 List of inhabitants in Quidi Vidi does not record any Knights. Ruck Collection, NFLD Anc., Vol 5

1714 Early instances: Giles Vinsant or Vincent, planter of Isle Grole (see map), 1714; "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" by E.R. Seary /Barbara Pederson

April 19, 1714 Now in his mid 60's, James Knight accepts an appointment as governor of Hudson's Bay and returns shortly after. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

June 3, 1714 James Knight writes his will and says he is from "Bisham als Bulsham in the County of Berks." Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1716 VERGE, DU VERGE, VIRGEE, DES VIRGE. Name in Grouville J 1716, poss Huguenot? Joseph VERGE and Mary BLEWETT mar in Boston 1755, removed to Liverpool, NS. "The Quiet Adventurers in Canada". Guy Le Blancq

 1717 These Channel Islanders, in this year, were involved with the Newfoundland trade and fishiness, Seale, Patriarche, Chevallier (alias Knight), Chastray, Denton, Orengette, Janvrin, Carteret, Dean, Pipon, Lempriere, Auley (or Anley?), Le Bailly, Nicolle, Messervy, Marett, Maugier, Brown, Touzell, Martell, Seward and others." (A. c. sounders, co. Jers. Bull)

 Summer 1718 James Knight's term as Governor of Hudson Bay comes to a end and he returns to England. Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1719 James Knight, with the ships Albany and Discovery (Hudson's former ship), attempts to take refuge on Marble Island in Hudson Bay when the ships are damaged. After two winters, there are no survivors. Presumably, they all starved.

June 5, 1719 "Once more at peace, the quest for the north-west passage was revived, and the spell which Sebastion Cabot, that arch schemer among navigators had laid upon the English people, began again to work. Somewhere hidden in the bay was the opening of the Strait of Anian of the old maps, opening into the Mar del Z?? and in 1719 James Knight, who had been governor of the bay, set out with two ships to find that mythical passage. The whole expedition utterly disappeared, nor could its fate be conjectured, untill in 1759, forty years later, remains were found on Marble Island, which proved that the whole party-- two ships crews-- had miserably perished of cold and famine during two terrible years of struggle and agony." Accompanied by a picture of the monument on Marble Island. North America by Samuel Edward Dawson 2389,35 Boston Public Library

Researcher: David Gallagher Address: Tel: Area of research: Harbour Grace, Corner Brooke Description: My great grandfather emigrated from Harbour Grace in 1870 & came to Toronto. He left a brother, who became a magistrate & moved to the Cornerbrook area. Squarey family still live there, I believe. Do you have any info on Squarey? [03/98]

1719 "Robert Squarey born 1719 West Teignmouth, Devon, not sure at this point who he married, Amy Tozer turns out to be his brother's wife. Robert's son was William born 1744, married Elizabeth Tozer in West Teignmouth. William & Elizabeth Tozer Squareys' son was Robert Squarey born 1778, West Teignmouth. Robert married Sarah Parsons either Aug. 13 1810 or 1816 in NF (she was second daughter of Robert Parsons) he was listed as a widower when he married her. Robert was a sailmaker and died Xmas 1828. Sarah died June 13, 1859 Robert and Sarahs' daughter was Sarah Amy Tozer (wonder if the Amy part is correct, something for me to look into) Sarah Amy Tozer Squarey married Henry Knight, their children were, Leah, Emma, Lemuel Robert and Sarah Parsons Squareys' son was William born 1824 (sarah Amy Tozer Squareys brother) William Squarey married Mary Ann Rydall 1845, their sons were Robert Thomas Squarey born 1845 Harbour Grace William Rydall Squarey born 1849 Harbour Grace Robert Thomas married Caroline Higgins 1870, St. Paul's, Harbour Grace (second daughter of Thomas and Ann Caroline, or Caroline Ann Higgins) Caroline's brothers were probably Thomas P. Higgins of whom I have a photo in a constable type uniform taken in Boston 1897, he was apparently in something called the Joseph Warren Commandery (perhaps Allen will know what this is all about) other brother was W>F>Higgins, I have a photo he sent to the family from Cleveland, Ohio 1899. Beth Bakenhus

1721 In 1721, Captain James Knight and his crew were marooned on Marble Island, about 32 km from Rankin Inlet. Knight was exploring, searching for valuable minerals and the Northwest Passage. His two ships were wrecked in the shallows, and he and his crew of 50 were stranded on the island. They mysteriously disappeared, waiting for rescue, and refusing the assistance of Inuit hunters who passed the island. Barbara Peterson

 Late Summer, 1721 "In a state of starvation, the five survivors eagerly devoured the raw seal meat and whale blubber offered but " this disordered them so much that three of them died in a few days, and the other two though very weak, made a shift to bury them", Hearne recorded. Then came the most disturbing story of all, one seems to etch for ever the bounds of fellowship and suffering; [they] survied many days after the rest, and frequently went to the top of an adjacent rock, and ernestly looked to the South and East, as if in expectation of some vessels coming to their relief. After continuing there a considerable time together, and nothing appearing in sight, they sat down close together, and wept bitterly. At length one of the two died, and the others strength was so far exhausted, that he fell down and died also, in attempting to dig a grave for his companion." Dead Silence. Geiger, J. & Beattie. O. 1994. Viking Press, Penguin Books Canada, Toronto, ON. Studies on the mysterious fate of the James Knight Expedition, stranded on Marble Island in Hudson Bay, 1719-1721.

Their graves can still be seen on dead man's island and their ships can be seen underwater in the which sits about 30 km from Rankin Inlet in Hudson Bay.

James Knight came from The Jersey Islands and settled in St. John’s. He was the father of Johnathan, James and Josia. Josia was the father of Henry. Henry was the father of Sarah Ann, Samuel, Welsely, Thomas, Warrick, Wallace, Kenneth and Dorman. Letter 11/96 from lester Knight..

1722 Creator:Knight, William, 1722-1799. Title:William and Benjamin Knight Account Books [microform] 1767-1833. Extent:1 reel of microfilm. Adm His/Biog Sketch:William Knight (1722-1799) and his son Benjamin Knight (1767-1843) were shoremen from Marblehead, Massachusetts, who were involved in the deep sea cod fishery. The family owned several schooners outfitted voyages from their waterfront chandlery, retailed provisions and dry goods to fishing families and kept a flakeyard in Marblehead where they employed retired mariners to dry the cod their vessels brought in. William conducted the business until his death in 1799, when it passed to his son Benjamin who operated it through to 1833. Scope and Content:Three volumes of account books containing the Knight dealings with the hundreds of fishermen they hired, the export merchants to whom they sold their cod once cured, and the dozens of maritime artisans and labourers who maintained their fleet of schooners. Location:Mic.1-5-1-9 MHA Finding Aids:MHA finding aid 20. Compiled by Daniel Vickers. .T590. Administrative history taken from the finding aid, written by Daniel Vickers. Abstract:Title taken from the finding aid. Subject:Merchants Massachusetts Marblehead. Subject:Cod fisheries Massachusetts. Subject: Business records. Barbara Pederson

Early 1700's ROWSELL, a surname of England, a variant of RUSSELL, or ? an anglicization of the surname of France and Guernsey (Channel Islands) Roussel (See ROUSSEAU). Traced in Dorset, and by Bardsley in Somerset. In Newfoundland: Family tradition: Three Rowsell brothers of Huguenot ancenstry (the surname was originsally Rouselle), came to Newfoudnland from Poole or Bristol in the early 1700s; they settled in Bonavista Bay, Notre Dame Bay and Pushthrough (Fortune Bay and Hermitage district). ROUSSEAU, a surname of France and the Channel Islands - red-haired. In Newfoundland: Modern status: Rare, at Corner Brook. "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" by E.R. Seary /Barbara Pederson

Fortress of Louisbourg

Parish Baptism Record - 1723



 Chevalier, Charlotte Elisabeth

Chevalier, François

De La Chevrotière, Isabelle

De La Grange, M.

Gaultier, Marie Charlotte

Sanquer, Claude Fre

Despres, Anne


Cassaignilles, B.


 1723, 03 September


 G1, Vol. 406, f. 4v

Fortress of Louisbourg

Parish Baptism Record - 1723


 Carretrot, [ ? ]

Carrerot, Philippe

Gaultier, Therese

Carrerot, Pierre

De Lort, Charlotte

Sanquet, Claude Fre

Chevalier LaGrange, La varve

De La Brellort, Charls



 1723, 07 November


 G1, Vol. 406, f. 5

Sept. 1724 James Knight's will is executed and his "loving wife Elizabeth" received the bulk of his estate and his son Gilpin just one shilling, "he having been already advanced by me in the world considerably more than my circumstances". Dead Silence ISBN 0-14-016701-3

1727 "Bonovier indebted to: Mary Sleate (Slate), ----- Blake, Cyprus White, William Knight." From: Colonial Secretary's Office, Outgoing Correspondence, from Bonavista PANL G.N.2/1/a: Vol 3, pg 62, 63, 64 - Thomas R. Cole

AN EARLY NEWFOUNDLAND PELLEY Submitted by Mary Ann Gallup (#157), Swampscott, Ma. 01907. U.S.A. From records taken at the Hampshire County Record Office, Winchester, Hampshire. England.

INDENTURE - Lease dated the 21st day of February 1734, wherein James PERKINS granted to John PELLEY the Younger, of Winkton,Parish of Christchurch, County of Southampton, and Newfoundland, Planter, a parcel of land (ETC.) on the Queen's Highway leading from Christchurch, being part Of the Manor of Winkton.

WILL of John PELLEY of Winkton, Parish of Christchurch, Twineham in the County of Southampton, Newfoundland Planter, and now in Fogo. Made the 17th day of October 1737. Proved March 5, 1738.

Leaves to his two eldest sons John and Thomas PELLEY, his boats, rooms, or plantation lying in Pelley's Cove in the Harbour of Fogo, with the oldest son John to have first choice.

Leaves to his wife, Mary, and his two joung children Mary and James the profits from both boats he has "sent out and sent abroad on ? sawing and boatbuilding voyages this Winter Season ensuing." Also to his wife Mary he leaves his holdings in Winkton as long as she remains a Widow, but in the event she remarries, then these possessions are to go to his daughter Mary, with 20 pounds being paid to his son James.

ARTICLES of AGREEMENT dated the 16th day of April 1756: Evidently a dispute has arisen over the property in Winkton. Widow Mary PELLEY has remarried a Mr. Fuller. Daughter Mary has married Robert NEWTON.

Mary PELLEY NEWTON and her husband Robert NEWTON were to share the Winkton home with Mary PELLEY FULLER and upon the latter's decease,   would have first choice to purchase the interest of the other children. The Widow Mary PELLEY has taken care of and educated the two younger children during their minorities, and was not to be responsible for anything but what was then in her possession.

James PELLEY was permanently in Newfoundland and had empowered his uncle Thomas BRENTON, Miller, of Winkton, to accept his share of 20 pounds.

MARRIAGES: John PELLEY married Mary BRENTON, both of Christchurch, December 22 1725 at Ringwood (Parish Register).

(It wood seem to me this John Pelley must have been married) more than once, this marriage to Mary BRENTON being his second, and their children being Mary and James).

Perhaps his first marriage was to Mary KNIGHT, September 30 1696 at Christchurch (Bishop's Transcripts) and these were the parents of John and Thomas, and an Elizabeth who married a LOATHER.

Mary PELLEY NEWTON and her son john PELLEY NEWTON both died in t765 and the latter had turned the estate over to Joshua STARKE (a cousin?). Fall 1986 Vol.217 #4 page 17

1730 "Arthur Holdsworth fonds [textual record]. 1730-1773. 0.4 cm of textual records (18 p.).BIOGRAPHY/ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY: Captain Arthur Holdsworth, admiral of the harbor of St. John's, Nfld., was the most celebrated of the fishery admirals. SCOPE AND CONTENT:

 Fonds consists of records of the purchase of land and fishing rights in Newfoundland from Joan Burrows, Joan Churchward, and John Aylward; power of attorney from Christopher Arthur, 1730; affidavits of John Summers and Arthur French, regarding the detention of the ship HAPPY RETURN, 1742, and of John Gale, Peter Cutler and Alexander Findlator, regarding the seizure of THE HAMPSHIRE, 1745; and a letter from Charles Walley, St. John's 1773.

 1735 "Best known of the children of Campbell [1851-1908] and Emma [daughter of Henry John Duder, farmer of St. John's, and Jane Sophia Pitts, granddaughter of Joseph Pitts of Bell Island] Macpherson were Dr. Cluny and Hon. Harold. (They had sisters Violette and Eva.) Their maternal ancestry can be traced back farther than most Newfoundland familes as their great-grandfather was Mr. Joseph Pitts (born circa 1735) from Exeter of Lance Cove, Bell Island. He was in Newfoundland by around 1751 and was involved in the fishery and in the building of ships and boats at Bell Island. In 1810 Mr. Pitts was in England selling Newfoundland salted codfish and purchased three grandfather clocks for his sons from Benjamin Bowring's shop in Exeter with the result that Mr. Bowring decided Newfoundland would be a good place for a watchmaker. .. Mr. Pitts' son John was the father of James; Mrs. Coyell; Mrs. Cowan; Mary (Mrs. Thomas Ebsary); Mrs. Knight and Jane Sophia (Mrs. Henry J. Duder). ======== There' more in this family, saying that Henry came from Devon to Newfoundland in 1833 and was a farmer and a large landowner, and that his descendants were very prominent in government, mining... etc."And They Stayed" by Margaret Mullins A Selection of St. John's Family Histories MACPHERSON Note that [square brackets are my inserts/comments]. Barbara Pederson

1736 "I do apoligise for my failure to reply earlier to your letter dated March 3, 1991 following my letter to you dated 27 April 1991 (something wrong there!) concerning Stephen Knight. His father was James bapt. 1736 Shaftsbury, died 1782 also Shaftsbury, carpenter. James's father was George, born about 1713 (to judge by his age given at death) but where I do not know, died 1779 Shaftsbury, millwright. Stephen had an older brother, James (also a carpenter) and younger brothers Thomas (plumber), Joseph (tallow chandler/grocer) and Jeremiah ( tailor, my ancestor) all of whom died in London and all of them apparently Quakers. George evidently became a Quaker after the birth of his first three children but had fallen out with the Quakers at the time of his death, probably has a result of his remarriage. I have found no sign of any connection between the family and Newfoundland other than Stephen. However he did have an uncle, William and perhaps a "step-uncle", John, who are not properly accounted for. Since I wrote to you last year I have found in the Library of the Society of Genealogists in London some mentions of Stephen and his firm and family in the Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser 1810-1862. These included the deaths of both Stephen and his father - in - law, Stephen March, and the marriage of what seems likely to be Stephen's daughter Ann, to John Higgins in 1817. There are also references to various Knights who were unconnected with my family so far as I know. Thank you very much for your letter; despite the delay I am most grateful to you. I had no idea that Parker & Bulley were from the Newton Abbott area. Yours sincerely, Howard M. Knight 925 Bayly St. #51 Pickering, On. Canada, L1W-1L4 May 19, 1992

Oct. 1737 "John Pelley of Winkton, Parish of Christchurch, South Hampton and NFLD Planter in his will Oct. 1737" "Author Mary Ann Gallop speculated his 1st wife was Mary Knight M. Sept. 30, 1696 at Christchurch. Children John, Thomas and Elizabeth who married A. Loather." NFLD Anc. P.17, Vol. 2-4

1739 John Vincent, fisherman of St. John's or Petty Harbour (see map), about 1739-43; "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" by E.R. Seary /Barbara Pederson

1739 Birth year of ...Henry Batson of Wimbourn Minister, aged seventy-one years in 1810, was nine years old when his father first took him to Newfoundland, and George Short, born in Hooke, Dorset, but examined at Wimbourn in 1762, testified he went to sea first in service to 'Bernard Batson', planter then resident in Newfoundland'." From "Soe longe as there comes no women" by W. Gordon Handcock: "Barbara Pederson.

From 1744- 1747 there was no navel governor appointed to Placentia.Tthis meant that the Lieutenant Governor was the highest executive in the land, and this part was filled by Colonel Otto Hamilton. He reported that there was great difficulty in enforcing the law, and even to get men to act as justice of the peace. In 1747 there was only one justice of the peace at Placentia and he refused to perform his job. Governor Rodney in 1749 ordered Captain Knight, the Captain in the Placentia Station, to appoint new justices of the peace.

July 3, 1745 "About 1 Anchored in Lewisburg Harbour just afterwards came in a Sloop, then a skooner from Boston. P.M. came in Capt. Tompson, he fired 7 guns.------The Lark also sailed for Newfoundland this day about 3P.M. & ye Launceston for France with Transports" Expidition to Cape Breton

Sept. 9, 1745 "Capt. Fones arrived from Newfoundland" Expidition to Cape Breton

1746 Birth year of "Ancestor of the ROUSSEL DU GOULET is SIMON ROUSSEL, son of Didier ( died in Tracadie 16 Dec. 1812 at 66yrs.) and Madeleine Hache, who married the 21 feb 1814 to Barbe Thebeau,of Shippagan, daughtr of Mathurin and Catherine Duval. Shippagan is at the northern most part of New-Brunswick. it is in Gloucester co. it is also across from the small island of Ile Lameque. The author is Donat Robichaud Diane;

1746 (year of arrival in Newfoundland) "Henry Batson of Wimbourn Minister, aged seventy-one years in 1810, was nine years old when his father first took him to Newfoundland, and George Short, born in Hooke, Dorset, but examined at Wimbourn in 1762, testified he went to sea first in service to 'Bernard Batson', planter then resident in Newfoundland'." From "Soe longe as there comes no women" by W. Gordon Handcock: "Barbara Pederson.

Nov 2, 1746 ":MG 40 - D 5 1746-1747 File Public Record Office. High Court of Admiralty Series Prize Papers , HCA 32

Name and type of ship: Walpole. Tonnage: 130. Destination: From Newfoundland. Captain: William Cole. Cargo: Bacalhao. Other information: Taken on 2 November 1746 (new style); retaken on 8 November 1746 (new style). The French privateer that took the Walpole also took a ship from Carolina bound for London. "


From: Colonial Secretary's Office, Outgoing Correspondence, PANL G.N.2/1/a:

1722 Rev. Henry Jones pilot pg 17.

1749 Vincent & Batt vol 1, pg 37.

1749 Jno Sheppard & Josiah Feed. vol 1, pg 70.

1755/6 Rev Robt Peasley, Jonah Newell. Trinity Records.

1758/9 Richard Abbott, Jos. Randall, Thos Storte [TC Note- Slate], Mary Lamb. vol 3 pg 29.

1759 Isaac Bonnvior vol 3 pg 61.

1762 Jno Johnson, served Jas Sanders vol 3 pg 149

1767 George Ryder vol 4 pg 61.

1765 Timothy Martin vol 4 pg 97.

1770 George Ryder vol 4 pg 286.

1774 George Ryder vol 5 pg 221.

1789 Disneys boats vol 12 pg 5.

1790 Jno Lander supposed murder of Chris Garrett vol 12 pg 59.

1790 Bland & Ford- charges against vol 12 pg 68.

1792 Jno Bland, G Ford, Wm Brown, Graham Moore vol 12 pg 146.

1813 Giles Hosier of Poole, planter deceased. admin Jos. Melledge.

1814 Mifflin & Brown etc Samson Mifflin. see Gazette Jul '14, pg

1749 Re: Vincent - In about the year 1749 a Vincent and Joe Batt were due to be whipped or flogged in Bonavista for stealing shoe buckles but the townspeople tore up the stocks in protest. Vincent was said to have been a sailor off Capt. Cook's ship but whether this is "the" James Cook is debatable. Thomas R Cole

1750 "... to summon John Pike, who was charged with cruelly whipping David Careen and Michael Moreen... ordered to pay L100 [100 pounds] to Amos Vincent, (See map) whose fish he had seized illegally." From "A History of Newfoundland" by D.W. Prowse, Q.C. (1972): At Harbour Grace, about 1750 - [Don't have the book here now, so this is kind of vague or incomplete, but thought you'd like to know there was a VINCENT around Harbour Grace in 1750]: Barbara Pederson

The other letter is to the same Harbour Grace magistrates, about their neglect to summon John Pike, who was charged with cruelly whipping David Careen and Michael Moreen. Pike, after a sharp reprimand from Rodney to the magistrates, appeared before the court on the 25th of September. He was fined £ 25 sterling and costs in Careen and Moreen's cases, and ordered to pay £ 100 to Amos Vincent, whose fish he had seized illegally.

It is also worthy of note that for the first half of the eighteenth century, despite the alarm expressed by the authorities at the rapid increase in the number of Irish coming to Newfoundland, no special laws were passed against them, and they were treated like all other members of the community. By 1749, the Irish servants were beginning to take their complaints of ill-treatment and non-payment of wages to the Governor or his surrogate, finding that here they could obtain the justice often denied them in the local courts, where more often than not the Justices of the Peace were the very employers that they were petitioning against.

Thus, in 1749, two Irish servants at Carbonear, Michael Mooren and David Careen, petitioned the governor for redress against the cruel treatment they had received from the servants of John Pike. Both the men had been seized and dragged aboard a galley belonging to John Pike which was anchored in Carbonear Harbour. Here they were stripped and tied to the shrouds of the galley and whipped by John Pike and his servants -- Thomas Fling, James Poor, Edmund Redman and George Pierce. Mooren was given forty lashes and Careen eighty, all this (the two men claimed) without any provocation on their part. The governor, Rodney, ordered John Pike and his servants to appear in court to answer the charge, but they did not appear. The governor then issued a warrant for their arrest and sent a very stiff letter to the local Justices of the Peace at Carbonear:

Your behaviour in this affair has obliged me to reprimand you in this manner, for remember gentlemen I am sent to administer justice to rich and poor alike without favour or partiality You likewise by the oath you have taken as Justices of the Peace are obliged to do the same, in the neglect of which you will not only forswear your self but be liable to be severely punished according to the law AND YOU MAY DEPEND UPON IT, I AM NOT TO BE TRIFLED WITH IN THE EXECUTION OF MY OFFICE.

Pike appeared in the St. John's court and paid damages of twenty and fifteen pounds respectively to Mooren and Careen.

1750 " 4/03 (no answer) Al, I have been searching for some time for records of John Manuel who is supposed to have owned a fleet of fishing ships around 1750- between Newfoundland and England.. Where was he from, what ships did he own or sail, and any family information in England available. I have lots of information on the family line since their arrival in Newfoundland, but across the pond I'm stumped. What are your costs, and what should I expect? I have been working with Bev Warford, and several others with history that involves Newfoundland. I traveled there in 1993. And received lots of information, but like I said regarding the shipping of England and Newfoundland you'd think there would be records. I have searched your shipping lists to no avail. Apparently I don't have the right connections YET. Thanks for the quote. Ruth David and Ruth Wiebe

1750 ""The Newfoundland Quarterly", Spring 1992.

"Hon. James S. Pitts" by David G. Pitt:

[James'] roots in Newfoundland had been put down at Lance Cove, Bell Island in the 1750s by settlers from Devon... brothers John (1783-1825), James (1784-1870), and William (1787-1869). The families of John and James... moved to St. John's in the first quarter of the nineteenth century... Some of the daughters and granddaughters... united their fortunes in marriage with what may be called the commercial aristocracy of the city... [Family names included Duder, Knight and March.] To mention only one by name: Charlotte, daughter of John Pitts, by marrying Captain William Knight, became the grandmother of poet E.J. Pratt. James S. Pitts was a son of William Pitts (1818-1884), who was the only son among the eight childrern of James mentioned above. Born in St. John's, William... had joined his father in taking over the failing commission merchant firm of Matthew Stewart... In 1846 [William] married Anne Cocheran, a Devonshire woman, by whom he had ten children. The eldest, born November 14, 1847, was named James Stewart... In 1874 he married Mary, daughter of the Hon. Alexander Mackay, superintendent of the Angle-American Telegraph Company, and politician. He died in St. John's on January 27, 1914. ---------------

1751 John Knight, of Placentia, 1751; From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson

1751 "Creator:Newfoundland. Dept. of Agriculture and Mines. Title:Deed to Mrs. Martha Cottman [text] [19--]. Extent:1 page. Scope and Content:Copy of a deed granting land for Martha Cottman to carry on a salmon fishery at Salmon House and Crosnans Island, Signed by John Knight at Placentia, 1751. Location:MF-0099 MHA Abstract:Title based on description. Subject: Cottman, Martha, fl. 1751. Subject:Salmon fisheries. Subject:Land grants. Subject:Salmon House Island, Placentia Bay (Nfld.). Subject: Crosnan's Island, Placentia Bay, (Nfld.). Barbara Pederson

Deed of Admiral Drake to Martha Cottman

By John Knight, Esq. 1751

"Whereas Mrs. Martha Cottman subject of Great Britain has applied to me for a Grant of the North East Arm and to carry on a Salmon Fishery, and the more effectively to complete the same that she desired the property of the ground from the west side of the two islands commonly called Salmon House Island and Crosous Island and for half a mile around the same both islands included as P Plan thereof hereunto annexed and having good information that it has never been occupied, or the property of any person or persons before, I do by virtue of the power and authority to me given by Admiral Francis W. Drake acting as Surrogate of Newfoundland by these presents grant unto the said Martha Cottman and her heirs forever the sole right and property of the said Salmon Fishery and the ground above described and the peaceable and quiet possession of the same without the least hindrance or molestation in the enjoyment thereof and all and every season are hereby decided for not to give any disturbance therein as they shall answer to the contrary. To prevent any dispute that may arise hereafter I have caused this to be registered in the records of Placentia. Given under my hand and seal this 8th day of September 1751 and in the 24th year of the reign of His Majesty King George the Second" Signed. John Knight.

I HEREBY CERTIFY that this is a correct copy of a deed to Mrs. Martha Cottman as recorded in the Registry of Special Grants in the Department of Agriculture and Mines on page 87 of the said registry (Note-there is no opposition to the plan mentioned in the body of the deed attached to the register.) Sources: Newfoundland Provincial Archives

1751 "Lionel Chancey c. 1751-1822 was a school teacher who served for a time as Clerk of the Peace at Harbour Grace. The first Lionel and his wife Elizabeth had 4 sons and 4 daughters: Elizabeth Parsons bapt. 1782 married wealthy merchant Joseph Gill. Mary Dinah maried Robert Brown. Sarah Ann married Cornelius Winton, bookkeeper at Job's; (daughter Elizabeth Maria Winton married Richard Neyle) William Stafford went to the U.S.A. George (1793-1816) was a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. John Lloyd Lilly (1788-1831). Thomas Lilly bapt. 1789, remained at St. John's. Lionel (1782-1856) married in 1826 Elizabeth Knight (1809-1894) and they resided on Cochrane Street. {Footnote says: "Information comes from 'The Dissenting Church at St. John's 1775-1975.) Barbara Pederson

In reference to the above, this chapter also includes "the oldest son of Lionel, Junior, [who] was yet another Lionel, Lionel Thomas, (1828-1912) who married Margaret Parnell Wilkinson of Carbonear... Lionel T.R.'s [this is Lionel Thomas] brother John Wesley G. and wife Susannah (Stoneman) were the parents of Eldred George, a carpenter, who married Lydia Butler, daughter of Matilda Knight (died 1912) of Quidi Vidi and John Butler (died 1906) of St. John's".

Now, if you have all that straight:

"Eldred and Lydia's son Stanley Chancey, born 1887... was until his death on October 30, 1981, the oldest member of the Congregation. His brother Mr. Lloyd Knight Chancey (married Evelyn Mills) was department head at Bowring's Esquire Department for many years. His sisters the misses Blanche, Aimee and Elsie Chancey ... were for fifty years the custodians of the 'Quidi Vidi Bible' presented to Matilda Knight Butler*. Miss Elsie Chancey still lives on Campbell Avenue. She and a cousin Ethel are the oldest living members of the Chancey family. The Bible is now in the possession of Miss Elsie's nephew Mr. Fred Chancey and his wife Betty..." *Endnote here: "Members of the Congregational, Wesleyan and Church of England churches worshipped in the little church at Quidi Vidi (the facade of which has been preserved). When the Congregational Church was disbanded there, their Bible was presented to Matilda Knight (married John Butler) as she was the only one living connected with the church and her deceased brothers had been lay readers. Matilda was orphaned at eight and went to live with her oldest brother at Quidi Vidi..." history of St. John's familes by Margaret Mullins (1989), "And They Stayed",

1753 From :"Soe longe as there comes no women" by W. Gordon Handcock: "In the settlement of English Harbour... the 1753 census listed six planter families... by 1801 only three surnames (Batson, Jones, and Pottle) were retained... Bugden, Kember, Miller, and Sweetland had married Batson females..." Barbara Pederson

 1753 I have been researching my maternal grandmother's family for the last few years and the earliest ancestor I have been able to produce is a Thomas DeGrish of Trinity West, Newfoundland, on the 1753 census. The DeGrish name apparently was originally DeGruchy or DeGruchey and the family came to Newfoundland from the Channel Islands. I discovered a Thomas Gruchy and a Thomas DeGruchy mentioned in your notes from Jersey and wondered if this was the connection for which I have been searching ? Any information on the DeGruchy family from Jersey would be appreciated. I intend to visit the Channel Islands sometime in the next few years and would like to do more research. Thank you, Lynne (Leard-Ritchie-Gillis-DeGrish)

1753 Does anyone have a relative named Elizabeth born 1743 Island of Jersey. I'm having trouble finding Surname. She married James Townsend (the Pioneer) who was with the 45th Royal Foot. James was born in Greenwich and was sent to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia when the fort was taken, and they settled there. All their children were born in Louisbourg."In the Settlement of English Harbour." I'm sure you already know that English Harbour was (Louisbourg). There is a census mentioned also. Do you know how much info is included in this and where it might be accessed? Perhaps my Elizabeth came with her family as Planters and married James after he was discharged at Louisbourg. She would have been 10 yrs. old in 1753. Her family were staunch Anglicans from Jersey. What are the odds of them getting together over there...him from Greenwich and in the military, and she from Jersey? If someone knows of this lady, I would appreciate any info. Thanks Beatrice (Ontario) <>

1755 Elizabeth Knight's father gave her plantation 332 in Carbonear. By 1807 it was occupied by Linthorne and Warne. "1755 co 199/18 Eliz father gave her plant 332 in carb. by 1807- occupied by Linthorne and warne" Keith Mathew's Collection

1755 "Lot 914 Claimant: Elizabeth Knight Nature of Claim: By deed of gift from her father Occupier in 1805: John Warn and B. Linthorne Year Acquired: 1755 Size in Yards: 131x 185 Contents of Lot: 1 stage, 1 flake, 3 stores, 1 cookroom, 3 houses, 4 gardens, 1 meadow." Plantation Book: Carbonear

1755 "Elizabeth Knight, of Carbonear, 1755 property "in possession of the Family for upwards of 80 years", that is, before 1675;" From E.R. Seary's "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland": Barbara Pederson

Hello--Would like to know if anyone has come across any Noftal and Butt families while searching Channel Island records. These families were associated with Newfoundland. Peter Noftal is supposed to have been from the Channel Islands and settled in Newfoundland. An Elizabeth (Butt) Knight sailed from the Channel Islands in 1755 to Newfoundland to inherit property. Thanks MaryAnn

1755 "We watched a 50-minute film that my brother in St. John's sent her, on library loan. It happened to be a documentary on Poole-Nfld. connections in the past 250 years. It briefly showed St. James' Church in Poole in which there are memorials to some of their 18th century captains. And who do you think I'm going to mention? None other than "Sir John Lester Knight"!! Is this new to you -- I'm almost afraid to get excited becuase you might come back and say you knew about him all the time... I got Mom to stop the tape a few times until I got it right. It showed the inscription in memory of: Sir John Lester Knight died the 12th day of January, 1805 age 50 years. Barbhara Pederson

1757 "The specific origins of many Trinity families are disclosed in parish records, wills and other documents." Two of the families mentioned here "from the Poole-Christchurch-Ringwood-Wareham areas..." are Batstone and Strong. During the period 1757-1801, at Trinity, Nfld., "...Besston (modern Batson and Batstone) took the marriage vows in 10 unions". From "The Story of Trinity" by Gordon Handcock: Barbara Pederson

1758 Mary Besstone (1758) and Martha Besstone (1762) were among the "females recorded in the first ten years (1757-1766) of the surviving Trinity marriage registers..." From "The Story of Trinity" by Gordon Handcock: Barbara Pederson

Jan ry 7th 1758 "Married Joseph Harts to Mary Besstones Daughter of Barnet & Martha Besstones. St. Paul's Anglican Parish Trinity, Trinity Bay, NF "The sender is Bonnie Hickey ("The Hickey's" <>) Barbara Pederson

1759 birth year of "At Brigus, Conception Bay - Robert Knight; died 13 July 1811; age 52 years 4 months. "tombstone inscriptions David Wells This date is disputed by Bonell


1760 "About the year 1760, one, Scott, with another shipmaster and a strong crew, went from St. John's to the Bay of Exploits, which was known to be much frequented by the Indians, during the summer season. Scott and his party having landed at the mouth of the bay, built there a place of residence, in the manner of a fort. Some days afterwards, a large party of Indians appeared in sight, and made a full stop, none of them showing the least inclination to approach nearer. Scott then proposed to the other shipmaster to go among them; the latter advised to go armed. Scott opposed it on the ground that it might create alarm. They proceeded towards the Indians with part of their crew without arms. Scott went up to them with every sign of amity, that he could imagine, aud mixed with them, taking several of them, one after another by the hands. An old man, in pretended friendship, put his arms around his neck; at the same instant, another stabbed Scott in the back. The war-whoop resounded, a shower of arrows fell upon the English which killed the other shipmaster and four of his companions. The rest of the party then hastened to their vessels and returned to St. John's, carrying one of those who had been killed with the arrows sticking in his body." (Anspach.)

According to Mr. Thos. Peyton, who had the story from one, Henry Rowsell, of Hall's Bay, -- "The first five men who attempted to make a settlement in that bay, were all killed by the Indians. A crew went up from Twillingate shortly afterwards, and found the bodies of those unfortunates, with their heads cut off and stuck on poles."

The above instances, if true, would seem to prove that the Indians were really of a very sanguinary disposition, but this is not borne out by other accounts, notably by Whitbourne's. There are some instances of individuals being killed by them, but it always appears to have been in retaliation for brutal murders committed upon them by the whites. On the other hand, there are numerous cases in which they could have wreaked vengeance upon their oppressors which they did not avail themselves of. Once an old Micmac remarked to me, "Red Injun not bad man, if he mind to he could kill every fisherman without letting himself be seen at all." There are no instances of their ever having attacked a white settlement, or of revenging themselves upon those who did not molest them.

1760 "my GGG Grandfather, George Vey b. 1760 ,and his nephew Thomas Vey b. 1760. They were from West Lulworth, Dorset. I believe they left from Poole and arrived somewhere in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in the year 1784. I am wondering whether they could have come out with Slade and Co. My GGG Grandfather, George Vey was a carpenter and his nephew was a shipbuilder or shipwright. My GGG Grandfather settled in Port-de-Grave." Liz Runacres Campbell River,B.C.

1760 Fogo: "The first merchant was a member of a large Poole family -- John Slade. He arrived some time before 1760 and died in 1792. The Poole merchant house of Slade and Company became the major commercial force around N.D. Bay in the 1780s... While John Slade and Co. were the largest merchants, there were several other merchants in Fogo at the same time. Thomas Perkins and Jeremiah Coghlan of Bristol set up Perkins and Coghlan some time before 1764 and were listed for Fogo in 1771. Coghlan... was in competition with the Slades before going bankrupt in 1782... The Slade business split in 1792, when Thomas Slade went into partnership with William Cox of Poole -- a cousin. The Slades carried on a fair amount of business with Hart and Eppes in St. John's in the late 1700s, but were in competition with St. John's and Harbour Grace merchants in the early 1800s and gradually sold their companies to other merchants. Charles Edmunds took over Thomas Slade's role in 1848 and eventually sold out to William Cox and Company which continued until 1860 when it was taken over by William Waterman. The John Slade branch was bought out by John Owen, and Owen and Earle started a business in the late 1860s..." From "Decks Awash" July/Aug. 1987 Barbara Pederson

1762 "From "The Nfld. Ancestor", an article submitted by Margaret Mullins: "In Volume 2 of the 'Book of Newfoundland' historian Le Messitrier stated in 1936 that Bonnell and Knight are Channel Island names. The first Captain John Bonnell of Cupids married Mary Knight (born circa 1762)." Barbara Pederson

1762 "Henry Batson of Wimbourn Minister, aged seventy-one years in 1810, was nine years old when his father first took him to Newfoundland, and George Short, born in Hooke, Dorset, but examined at Wimbourn in 1762, testified he went to sea first in service to 'Bernard Batson', planter then resident in Newfoundland'." From "Soe longe as there comes no women" by W. Gordon Handcock: "Barbara Pederson.

Feb ry 16th 1762 Married William Sweet & Martha Besstone Senior. St. Paul's Anglican Parish Trinity, Trinity Bay, NF "The sender is Bonnie Hickey ("The Hickey's" <>) Barbara Pederson

Sept. 6, 1762 "Below is a document I found in doing related research at the New England Genealogy and Historical Society in Boston . There is no attempt to expain the status of the passengers but it came from a collection of documents assumed to have been saved by the author while he worked at Boston Customs House. "Timy Hefferen, Jams Driskol, Jno Rich, Edmd Culliton, Thos Power, Richd Power, Jas Trousloe, Morrs Kenedy, Jno Brogan, Morr Leane, Wm Joyce, Jas Croluley, Jno Mansfile, D'o Keife, Jno Sweeny, Morr Kennady, ? Shanahan, Jas Burts, Jno Gorman, Rd ?ealin, ? Shalow, Jno Strong, Rob Ryne, David Connil, Js Connall, Jms Carny, Charles McCarthy, D? Dawly, Mors Dawly, Jno Gready, Jas White, Ptr Power, Mors Landen, ? Murry, Darby Leahy, Wm Power, Wm Sheahan, Pat. Cullan, Sz Colburn, Jms Barry, Mcl Quinn, Js Crowly, Jno Gall, Jno Sheahan, Rd Shannahan, Morrz Dalton, Frs Cramer, Wm ?, Andw Williams, Thos Fitsgerald, Jno Power, Morrz Joyce, Office Boston Sep. 6 1762 Cornelius MacCarthy The above passengers all belong to the fishery at New Fd Land" NEHGS, Colburn Collection II, C5, 4, Town of Boston, folder 11

1764 "Birth year of " La Four, Francois, of J ?, mar Mary Chevalier, who d. 1842, age 78, res Sandy Beach, Gaspe. Unveriified." The Quiet Adventures in Canada, CS 89 A2 T6, NEHGS

Chevalier of this period removed from Gaspe to Labrador The Quiet Adventures in Canada, CS 89 A2 T6, NEHGS

1765 "A note on the ships" "The schooner 'Hope' was bought at Portsmouth by Lord Colville in 1765. She was a small vessel of 105 tons and carried a complement of 30 men. The length of her keel was 45 feet 5 inches, her breadth 20 feet 2 inches, her depth 8 feet 4 inches. It is possible that she was the small trading vessel of the same name in which the Moravian missionaries sailed to Labrador in 1752. In 1779 she surrendered to an American privateer." "Joseph Banks in Newfoundland and Labrador" by A.M. Lysaght: Barbara Pederson

Oct r 3d 1765 Married David Reid & Honora Virge Daughter of John & Honora Virge now widow Virge. St. Paul's Anglican Parish Trinity, Trinity Bay, NF "The sender is Bonnie Hickey ("The Hickey's" <>) Barbara Pederson

Oct r 10 1766 Married Joseph Pinehorn & Martha Besstone Daughter of Mr & Mrs Sweet of English Harbour.

July 30th 1767 Married Martin Barnes Capt n of the Ship Poly belonging to Mr. John Lemon Merch t in Pool: And Elizabeth Dixon of the Kingdon of Irland.

 Oct r 12th 1767 Married Christopher Dyet & Elizabeth Besstone Daughter of Mrs Martha Sweet in English Harbour.

 Oct r 15th 1767 Married John Jones & Flower Guy Relict of William Guy.

January 12th 1768 Married William Pottle & Honora Besstone Daughter of Mrs Martha Sweet in English Harbour. St. Paul's Anglican Parish Trinity, Trinity Bay, NF "The sender is Bonnie Hickey ("The Hickey's" <>) Barbara Pederson

1768 "Many years before the formation of English establishments at Labrador (such as Noble and Pinson's at Temple Bay about 1768, Nicholas Darby's at Cape Charles in 1767, and Cartwright's at the same place in 1770), the Newfoundland merchants sent fishing ships to Labrador. " Prowse's History of NFLD

1769 Philip Messervy, born Jersey married Suzanne Dennis, and removed to Newfoundland. I recently obtained a photocopy of a handwritten genealogy of a portion of the Messervey family of Jersey and Newfoundland. Reference was made to a 'Genealogy de la famille Messervy compiled 1889',while other references were made to a Messervy Genealogy by Judge Messervy (1900?) of Waterloo, Ont., and a Messervy Book by John A Messervy, ofCharlottetown, PEI. I'm looking for details concerning Phillipe Messervy, de St. Sauveur, who immigrated to St. George's Bay, Newfoundland in 1769 with his wife Suzanne Dennis, daughter of John Dennis. A number of children included Philip and it is he and his descendants I would appreciate hearing about, my wife's grandfather being William James Messervey, born Febryary 12, 1894 at Sandy Point, Nfld., who died in a mine disaster at Sidney Mines, NS on January 3, 1911. Bob Giles

March 2, 1758 "April 27, 1991 Dear Mr. Cole, I was interested to read in the February 1991 issue of The Greenwood Tree among your research interests the mention of `the Poole- Newfoundland- Quaker merchants'. I am afraid this was the first I had heard of the Quaker connection, although I had heard of the Poole- Newfoundland link. I say "afraid" because I am myself a Quaker and have been researching for years, none too assiduously, my Knight ancestors. Among them is a Stephen Knight who was born 2 March 1768 at Shaftsbury and died in 1813 (or thereabouts) in Newfoundland. >From his will (copy at the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London) it seems he married an Ann March, probably in Newfoundland, and they had at least one child - a daughter also called Ann. At the time the will was made, `this twenty- fourth day of the second month called ffebruary' (still signs of his Quaker origins) 1812, the daughter appears to have been in England. There were legacies to his brothers, including my great- great- grandfather Jeremiah, of amounts which must have seemed large to them: Stephen seems to have been quite successful. I have traced Stephen's father and grandfather (but not where the latter came from) but I would dearly like to know more about Stephen and his family in Newfoundland (wife and children)- also about the Quaker connections with Newfoundland. I wonder if you can give me any information or tell me where I can find it? I should be most grateful for any help. Howard M. Knight 327 Nore Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8EN, U. K.

1770 " I am a direct descendent of Henri Poingdestre who supposedly was the 2nd son of the seigneur d'Annaville (info. from late Keith Matthews). Henri settled in Northern Bay, NF around 1770. If anyone could point me to finding out about him or provide additional info on the Puddester family in Newfoundland, I would be thrilled. I'm willing to share my Puddester family info. Gillian Noonan

May 7th 1770 Married John Bugden Jrn r of Xt Church Hants: and Sarah Besston Daughter to Mrs Marth Sweet in English Harbour by her 1sth Husband Bernard Besstone. St. Paul's Anglican Parish Trinity, Trinity Bay, NF "The sender is Bonnie Hickey ("The Hickey's" <>) Barbara Pederson

1770 "My ancestors are from Trinity Bay and the first (recorded) appearance was around 1770. This was a Stephen Hookey from Christchurch, Hants (Hampshire), England. I have since found many Hookey's who were in the New England States as early as the 1630's. I am trying to make a connection. I know there was a great deal of trade between Newfoundland and New England prior to the American Revolution. There is something strange about Stephen Hookey. He was about forty when he came to Newfoundland. He married a young Bonaventure girl and they had nine children but there is a period between 1777 and 1792 when they all seem to disappear. In 1792, they appear again in the church records when some of the children are being baptized. These children are old (i.e. sixteen and eighteen). From that time on, everything seems normal - usual marriages, births, deaths, etc. Anyway, I would appreciated any information which you may have regarding the surname Hookey. Thank you, Pat Morris

1771 DAWSON, a surname of England, Ireland and Scotland - son of Dawe or David...Traced by Guppy mostly in Cumberland and Westmorland, Durham and Yorkshire, and in Stirlingshire; by McLysaght in Cos. Monaghan and Tipperary since the mid-17th century. Early instances: Thomas, merchant of Harbour Grace, 1771;"The Irish in Newfoundland 1623-1800" by Michael J. McCarthy (1982): Barbara Pederson

1771 Endeavour THE CREW on the Endeavour

James Cook Lieutenant in command

Zachary Hicks Lieutenant

Isaac ParkerA.B.

Samuel DawsonA.B.

Thomas Knight A.B.

Sept. 26th 1771 Married Joseph Trouck of Howness Hants and Elizabeth DeGresh Daughter to Eliza: Gestican by her Firsth Husband Thom s DeGresh. St. Paul's Anglican Parish Trinity, Trinity Bay, NF "The sender is Bonnie Hickey ("The Hickey's" <>) Barbara Pederson

1772 "I have been researching the Rolls Family name a little over a year. Our history takes us back to a Richard Rolls b. 1772, married to a Mary Durdle b.1780, at Bonavista. I am having trouble finding Richards Family and link back to England. I have found a listing of a Samuel Rolls, who bought a Fishing Room from a White in Greenspond, with the Benj. Lester name included. I dont know if Samuel is related to my family. Original Rolls family was from Bonavista, my part moved to Newman's Cove sometime in the 1800's. Dad and Mom ( nee Keats ) came from Newman's Cove. Wifes family came from Red Cliff ( Quintons ), and Charleston ( Gould ). Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Bert Rolls Clinton, New Jersey

1772 "Since my 3x grat grandfather settled in Ochre Pit Cove in 1772, and ALL my father's side of the family lived in that area, my research is concentrated there. In addition to Halfyard, other names that I am researching are : Bishop, Carnell, Jacobs, Garland, Youngs, in the direct line & of course, many other names come in when you add in the families of aunts & uncles including Penn(e)y; Parsons, Crummey, White, Dwyer. and many more. Some of the relatives went to the "Boston States" & the earliest that I can determine is 1892. Bob Halfyard

1774 Joanna Vinsen, of Bay de Verde, 1774;"Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" by E.R. Seary /Barbara Pederson

1775 Early instances: John ? Bejan, of St. John's, 1775; "Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland" (1980) by E.R. Seary

Sep.12,1775 “ A terrific storm occurred on September 12th. The sea suddenly rose twenty feet, causing much damage to premises and shipping in Conception Bay. Over three hundred lives were lost at Northern Bay. Henry Knight carrying on the whale fishery, saved his vessel anchored right under Harbour Rock Hill, Carbonear." Noted here: Northern Bay is an outport on the western shore of Conception Bay about 30 km north northeast of Harbour Grace. " William Azuriach Munn notes the 1775 storm in his serialized history of Harbour Grace: from Barbara Pederson read in "The Newfoudland > Ancestor", Fall 1996:

1776 (6.)  Michael Knight Sr., born 1776. notes by Robert Knight

 1776 "In General Protestant Cemetery see Knight walled plot with monument to the above (Captain William) and headstone to Michael Knight Sr., his father born 1776. (Direct ancestors of William Clancy Knight.)" Bety Knight via Barbara Pederson

1776 "Searching the family name Murphy. What I have is a Great+++Grandfather John Murphy  abt 1776-1857 .that I believe left Waterford, Ireland and went to Catalina,Newfoundland. First wife Mary Snellgrove. abt 1791 to April 22, 1829. I believe they had  three son  John Murphy 1820-September 11, 1891, James Murphy 1822-November 26, 1870 and Edward Murphy 1827-May 03, 1890 all  I am told are buried in Catalinia. John (abt 1776-1857 .) had a second wife Ellen Walsh 1812-March 31, 1884 her children Michael born abt1833,Mary born abt1842 and Margaret 1846. I am assuming that these children are from  the marriage of John (abt 1776-1857 .)and Ellen Walsh. Anybody with matching information or suggestions on the best way to prove my information would be appreciated I can be reached at      Thank you   Rob Murphy

Aug. 20,1777 "Major Richard Temple 20 aug. 1777 Regiment F. 15 Aug. 1775 in regiment. " The 18th Century, PR 1134.E34X Reel 5405 The Military Register Sept. 1, 1779

1778 Thirteen hundred men in this year left the Channel Islands for the summer to Fish on the Grand Banks, and to do other work in the Maritimes.

1780 Noble [i[v.]i] Kennoway.--The case of Noble [i[v]i]. Kennoway, an action on a policy of insurance, tried before Lord Mansfield in 1780, arose out of the capture of Noble and Pinson's vessels, [i[Hope]i] and [i[Anne]i], on a fishing voyage from Dartmouth and Water- ford to Temple Bay, Labrador; On the 13th of August the American privateer [i[Minerva]i] captured both vessels. Noble and Pinson's master, Astwick, said there were no settle- ments at Labrador but those belonging to the plaintiffs. This was not correct, as Cartwright and Darby had a fishing establishment at Cape Charles, begnning 1767. French, Newman, and Hunter were called to prove the practice of the Labrador trade. In his judgment, Lord Mansfield said, "Since the Treaty of Paris (1763) a new trade has been opened to Labrador." Prowse's History of NFLD

1780 "I am told I am a descendant of: LeChene, James & Philip, who escaped the French Revolution in St.Malo, France to Grand, Jersey Islands - I assume somewhere around 1780. >From there, on to Gaultois, Newfoundland, where they were employed by the Newman Hunt Company as fishermen. The name was gradually changed to LeShane (amongst other spellings) and ended up as SHANO. There are still, I believe, LeShane's about. If anyone has information, I would appreciate hearing from you. Dave Shano Combermere, Ontario, Canada

1780 Early instances in Newfoundland; Patrick Dawson, of Petty Harbour, 1780; "The Irish in Newfoundland 1623-1800" by Michael J. McCarthy (1982): Barbara Pederson

1780 In the year 1780: "At Petty Harbour, Patrick Dawson found out what it was like to have a suspicious master. He saw a dog running across a flake [platform for dryingcodfish] with a piece of beef in its mouth. He took the meat from the dog and was carrying it back to the cook room when his master, John Nagle, accused him of stealing it and dismissed him from his service without pay. Nagle was ordered to take Dawson back and pay him his wages.">From "The Irish in Newfoundland 1623-1800" by Michael J. McCarthy (1982): Barbara Pederson

1780 The first recorded Picco in Newfoundland was Elias Picco in 1780, he reportly was born in 1755 in either Jersey or Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Elias had a brother Roger Picco. We believe we are descendants of the Picot's (pronounced in typical french without the "T", the same way we Picco's pronounce it today. I am trying to find the link between Elias / Roger Picco and the Picot's of Trinity Parish. I am also researching the Picco family of Portugal Cove in Newfoundland. Any assistance would be appreciated. Kevin Picco kevin.picco@amd.con

1780 Birth year of Charles Batstone, 1780- June 7,1862, brother of Robert Batstone, both from Caemorvon, Whales, later to marry Maria ?. Mark Patterson tree.

1780 Birth year of "Knight Thomas, from his res Congregational Meeting House died age 69, May 12, 1849" (Patriot)" Births, Marriages and Deaths in Newfoundland Newspapers 1825 - 1850 NEHGS CS 88 N6 C7 V.1

1780 "John Partridge b c1780 Eng & Sarah Cockbill. From England 1810 to St. John's as Master Carpenter for the 98th regiment. John (Royal Engineer Brit.) bur April 1822 Ang Cemetery St. John's. Children: George 1809 London ENG born St. John's NF: Sarah Hewson b c1811 Mary Ann b c1814 Horatio Joseph 1816; William Smallbones 1818; After John's death in 1822, Sarah and children returned to England, with the exception maybe of George and any unknown children. Mary Croft - Ottawa, ON Canada

Sept. 21,1781 "Rear Admirals Super Annuated upon half pay 17s 6d a day. Rich. Knight; John Knight. The Captains and dates of Comm. from which they take their pay; John Knight Sept. 21,1781" The London Calander and city register for England Scotland, Ireland, & America 1784, 18th Century Manuscripts, Boston Public Lib.


To the Revs Chas. Crebbin and Wm. Clucasvicars General of the Diocese of

Sodorand Mann.

The Humble Petition of Alice Creetch of Castletown -


That your Petr. had a son, a seaman, one John Creetch who was

impressedinto his Majesties Service on Board his Majesties ship the

(sic) Salisbury,Captain John Knight Commander.

That lately your Petr. has received a letter from a friend of hers on

Boardsaid ship of War, that her said son was killed in an Action with an

enemyto the British Flag in Chesepeake Bay as per said Letter dated 24th

December1781 appears at Large - Thus your Petr. in Order to receive his

wages and prize money is constrained to apply to your reverences for an

Administrationto be granted your Petr. in her said son John Creetch's

Effects and Estate

Therefore Most Humbly praying your Reverences willbe pleased to grant

your Petr. that she may beadmitted to an Administration in the goods

Chattles and Effects of her said son John Creetch and yourPetr. shall

for your reverences happiness everpray & c. -

Jan 13th 1782

At a Consistory Court holden at Douglas the 14thDay of Feb. 1782.

John Creetch formerly of Castletown, Batchelor, belonging to His

Majestie'sShip the Shrewsbury, having been lately killed on board the

said Ship inan Action with the Enemy as by advice received Intestate.

The Court uponintelligince thereof hath Decreed his Mother Alice Creetch

(Widow) soleAdministratrix of all his Goods, Chattels, Rights, Credits

and Effects ofwhat kind or nature soever. Whereupon she is sworn well

and truly to Administerthe same - and to pay all her Intestate's just

Debts so far forth as thesaid Goods, Chattels and Effects will extend

and the Law shall bind herto return a true and perfect Inventory to the

Registry when "hereunto required.And to these Ends hath given Pledges in

form of Law namely John Cubbon ofMalew and Henry Fargher of Douglas.


Decretum est.

Wm. Clucas

Sent in by Roslyn Selwood

Taken from

wills GL 721

JOHN CREETCH Castletown 1781

Letter to John Creetch's family who lived in Castletown.


Shrewsbury lying in Barbadoes. December 24th 1781

Master Creetch this come with my best respects to you hoping these few

lineswill find you in good health as I am at present thanks be to god

for itI am sorry to acquaint you of an Engagement we had of Chesapeak

bay in americabetween the English and trench fleet our English fleet but

consisting ofnineteen ships of battle and they trench fleet consisting

of twenty fourShips of battle we engaged each other for the space of two

hours till ourrigging was all shot away, and sixty four of our men

killed and wounded,out of them there was fourteen killed dead, and

several of the rest diedof their wounds, one of which was your son John

Creetch of a wound he receivedin his brest and his right arm shots off

died three days after the Engagementand at that time he had two years

pay due to him and some prize money whichwould be of great service to

you in your old days if you could get somegood friend to look after it

for you this Ships name is the Shrewsbury Mounting74 Guns at Present

Commanded by Captain John Knight but at that time itwas Captain Mark

Robinson where his leg was shot off and our first lieutenantkilled

Please to Remember me to your Daughters and to John Gordon an JohnKelley

living on the bowling Green So no more at Present from Robert Callywho

was servant at Mr. Tugmans and sailed with Wm. Lawson in the smack inMr.

Tummans Employ. Found at an Isle of Man site at:

1782 Birth year of Rachel ?, Later to marry James Knight.

April 9, 1782 Barfleur Sir S. Hood, Bart 90 guns- 767 - K10 W-27 Captain Knight. Description of the battle the 9th and 12th of April 1782, fought between the British Squadron commanded by Sir. George Brydges Rodney Ant The French Squadron by Count De Grasse. Boston Public Lib., 18th Century Manuscripts. item 25 , .E34X, Reel 6478

Latter 18th centuury "Also, from "The Nfld. Ancestor", Fall, 1993: An article quotes E.J. Pratt: "My mother was the daughter of Captain Wm. Knight whose ancestry went back several generations of Newfoundland sailors to (I think) Devonshire. But as hazy origins smoke up nationalities I can only say or suggest Devonshire, certainly English not Welsh or Scotch or Assyrian." The writer of the article, David G. Pitt, says: "His surmise, I found, contains an element of truth: both the Knights and the Pittses (Captain Knight had married a Pitts) were of West Country stock. The former had come to St. John's in the latter half of the eighteenth century..." And, "...William Knight, Jr., now deceased though not long since, a grandson of Captain Knight..." Barbara Pederson

Thought the following one interesting -- a few years ago I found an old

notebook of my g-grandfather's, inside of which was part of a torn envelope

with the name and return address of a (Mrs.) Capt. Pitts, the address being

some city in New Zealand. (I still have it somewhere - just the envelope

corner.) There were no Pitt relatives in our family and this is the first

time I've seen the name since, and didn't know who they were. Wonder if

they have any connection to the Pitt(s)/Knight -- Charlotte was it? Maybe! I



"Some of Grandma's sisters left Newfoundland, Jane and [an] Englishman named

Henry Rittman went to live in England, another Caroline went over to visit

her sister Jane, fell in love with the captain of the vessel, Captain John

Pitt, married him and went to live in New Zealand. Julia married John

Stephens and went to Michigan, U.S.A. I think she lived later in New Jersey

as Kit Batstone has a photograph of the wedding of one of her daughters and

has corresponded with some of the family in New Jersey." Barbara Pederson

1782 Birth year of "Richard Knight died age 47 July 7, 1829. (Gazette) Births, Marriages and Deaths in Newfoundland Newspapers 1825 - 1850 NEHGS CS 88 N6 C7 V.1

1783 Birth year of "Knight, Richard, 46 years, Shipwright of this town. died Saterday, the 27th (July)" Royal Gazette & NFLD Adv. 1810- 1845 CS88 N6 H69 NEHGS

1783 "Interested in Hilliers of Newfoundland and connection to England - in particular a John Hillier b.1783 or ?possible younger brother Charles." Keith Hillier

1783 "Over the period 1783-92... Others such as Forsythe, Guy, Peyton and Rowsell... delivered items such as furs, salmon, seal skins, or seal oil for bills of exchange and purchased supplies by bills." " some regions such as Notre Dame Bay, along the coast of Labrador, and the west coast of Newfoundland... some small groups of early settlers obtained their livelihood as salmoniers and furriers. These pioneers weired the spawning rivers in spring and ran fur traplines into the interior river basins during the fall and winter. Most of these are identified in various mercantile papers. Some of the prominent surnames of furriers-salmoniers in their respective regions include Brake (Bay of Islands); Gillingham, Hodder (Gander Bay); Peyton, Miller (Exploits River); and Rowsell (Hall's Bay)." From "Soe longe as there comes no women" by W. Gordon Handcock": Barbara Pederson

Aug. 1784 Elizabeth Knight is recorded as co-owner with Wm Cobbeduck of the Hannah, a 80 ton brig registered in Poole, built in Newfoundland. Harbor Grace port 1900 Qtl. "Knight 1784 aug munn bk Eliz/co own hannah bg 80 tom wm cobbeduck reg pool blt nfld hr grace-port 1900 qtl" Keith Mathew's Collection

1784 Birth year of "Knight; Ann Relict of late Thomas Knight aged 87 Funeral from 214 Water St. on 11th" June 12/71 Gazette, Births, Marriages, Deaths in Newfoundland Newspapers CS88, N6, C7, V0l. 5, NEHGS

1784 Bithr year of " Elizabeth Pearce (1784- ) Poole, first married to Mr. Knight, then to George Kemp, Newfoundland merchant. Thomas R Cole

1784 Slade and Co. - Fogo, Newfoundland Ledger Alphabet

Ashford, James; Adams, John; Atchison, Thomas; Appleton, John; Atchison, James; Andrews, Rich; Alexander, Wm; Burden, Willm; Burton, John; Boyde, Nicholas; Boyde, William; Bridges, William; Blake, William; Brumfield, John; Battrick, Jonas; Bowdidge, Willm; Brett, Robert; Barnes, John; Bath, J Forred; Bramble, Wm; Burton, Wm; Ball, John; Belbin, Wm; Brake, Robt; Burt, John; Brooks Benj'm; Borink, M; Bath, Thomas; Bridle, Thomas; Brown, John; Blake, Will'm Jun; Bambury, Abraham; Bishop, Charles; Battle Harbour , Bell Bay (I don't know the significance of the towns being listed here); Beachover, John; Brigg, Tame; Bowden, John; Brown, William; Cook, Sampson; Connors, Andw; Cox, John; Cook, William; Churchill, Stevn; Croker, Robert; Cravitt, John; Clark, William; Chalk, William; Chapple, Joseph; Cummins, James; Clark J., Handcock; Curtis, Benjm; Cox, John; Court, Angell; Daw, Matthias; Deacon, Daniel; Dormady, Wll"; Dougherty, James; Dempster, George; Dog Bay; Emberly, Rich; Eyres, Chris; Edward, Liew; Every, Thomas; Emberly, Henry; Fling, Patrick; Fisher, Rich; Furber, John; Fudge, Selv; Fudge, Timothy; Fall, John; Frost, Rodgers; Frampton, John; Frampton, Robert; Fox Harbour; Ford, John; Facy, John; Friend, John; French, John; Frost, Thomas; Forsyth, Robt. Pro. Archives, St. John's, MG 460 - box 1.


Thomas Knight



7 qt Brandy



7 qt do




2 qt do



2 qt do



Feb. 1

2 qt do



1 gallon Brandy




3 qt do



2 qt do




2 qt do


March 7th

2 qt do




1 qt do



1 gn do




2 qt do



July 20th

By a set of exchange on M. John Bird jun. Poole 10

Errors Excepted






Pro. Archives, St. John's, MG 460 - box 1.

1786 Birth year of "Knight, Ann Mrs. Relict of late G. Knight past 22 years superintendent of Factory died age 70." (Newfounder / Ledger) Births, Marriages and Deaths in Newfoundland Newspapers 1825 - 1850 NEHGS CS 88 N6 C7 V.2

1786 Lot: 906 Claimant: Henry Knight Nature of Claim: By deed of gift from his mother Occupier in 1805: H. Knight Year Acquired: 1786 Size in Yards: 129x 195 Contents of Lot: 1 stage, 3 flakes, 2 houses, 2 gardens, 2 meadows Notes and Leases: Boundary in dispute settled by surrogate McKillop?" Plantation Book: Carbonear

Slade & Co Index of Debts


Page #



Payable at London or Poole


Sept 6, 1786


Geo Rousell

60 days sight



Sept. 8, 1786


Ward Rousell


London or Poole


Main Book Partial listing of goods bought







May 3, 1786


John Vincent

1 chest





1 sett bedding






1 fmot jacket





1 swans waiscot






1 check shirt





1 stripe dowlas shirt



Ended July 25, 1786 with comment "by wages 2 summers, 1 winter end fall 1787 total debt 13,10,0" Slade & Co of Fogo and Twilingate MG 460 Box 2 PRO Archives at St. John




Items purchased

Sept. 12


George Rowsell Sn.

Brandy- bread- tu flour- Barr pork- firkin butter- 35 galln treale- 200 flints- 1 loaf sugar- 6 punk nails

June 13



2 quires paper- 12 ? salt- 2 ? bread- 2 bar'l pork- 1 tie flour- 6 gall molases- 1 firkin butter- brandy

Sept. 6, 1786



to J.V.I. on G.N. Allen & Co. settled up George Rowsell Sn (his X mark) at Fogo by 74 gall seal oil, by 40 tierees salmon, 1 cask of 70½ gall seal oil. Credit 15 shiffs nails of frampton not allowed.

Sept. 19


Ward J. Rowsell

to Sept 8 than Allen & Co. Debt 114/5/3. Settled up with 21 otters, 5 foxes, 16¾ pelt beaver, 39 tierces salmon. signed by (X) Thos. Rousell for self and partner 15 tierces

June 12, 1786 to Sept 4


Geo'e Rowsell Sn.

Debt 1,11 Settled Sept. 13 by your oft on John Aldridge (X) Church 1,11

Slade & Co of Fogo and Twilingate MG 460 Box 2 PRO Archives at St. John

In the begining he states "Slade's Mercantile Records, newfoundland

Archives, record that a John and Joseph Vincent were "servant" fishermen at

Twillingate-- John for the years 1786 to 1792 and Joseph, for the years

1792 and 1792. In both cases John and Joseph were summer fishermen.

However the reords show taht a John Vincent was a fisherman. "planter" at

Fogo, in 1808. This would seem to indicate that John had take up pemanent

residence on the Island. John and Joseph may not have come back and it is

very probable that Joseph may not have come back to Newfoundland after the

summer of 1792. It is certain that he did not go to Cape Island with John

since there are no references to him in any of the Bonavista Bay records.

It is interesting to note that later, at Cape Island, the name Joseph, was

given to one of the Vincent boys born in 1823.

I believe that the John and George Vincent of Cape Island were the sons of

the John Vincent of Twillingate and Fogo and that they came to Cape ISland

around 1810, by way of Greenspond. the english business firm of Slade and

Co. had branch operations in both Fogo and Greenspond and there would have

been frequent communications between the two communities." "Vincent Families of Cape Island" by Clifford Andrews, (I am in the book). Then he goes on to document the decendants of John of Cape Island and George of Coblars Island. If you would like more information on them let me know. Cyndi Beales-Alcock Bonavista Bay names-- Vincent, Rid(e)out, Loveless/Lovelace, Kelloway (and various spellings), Hiscock, and House

1786 "The marriage of John Knight to Elizabeth Bully in 1786 is intriguing. Stephen seems to have had a step-brother John who must have been born in the early 1750s. I had thought that the marriage of a John Knight in Shaftesbury in 1778 was possibly his. Of course he might have remarried in 1786. If the Elizabeth Bully was a member of the family of the Samuel Bulley who was Stephen's partner it might be tempting to think that the two (or three) John Knights were the same person." Howard M. Knight

Sept. 1787 The harbour Grace Minute Book records Eleanor Knight. Her servant Pat Cockran claimed she had not settled with him for last years voyage. He (judge ?) offered them but a few shillings ommited. He paid. ? "1787 sep hg minute bk eleanor. her svt pat cockran said has not settled with him for last year voyage. he offered them but a few shilling omitted. he paid." Keith Mathews collection

1787 William R. Vincent born in North Devon/Devonshire district of England married Mary Adams, born 1767, immilgrated to Prince Edward Island in 1774 from the USA. Their son Robert Vincent born 1807 and was still alive at the census on 1870 and living in the household of Alfred Moreshead of Lot 7, and who married Jennifer Haywood. Their son William Vincent, born 1839 in West Devon (Lot 9)  died 1885 in a lumber mill accident and he married October 15, 1862 Elizabeth Moreshead, born May 30, 1845 in Newfoundland, died 1931.         Anything of interest here?   Anna MacDonald

1788 Ward & Rousell; Charles Hellings; 1788; They pay Hellings. Elliott in the Slade Registers

1788 "Knight's Cove: "Established as a Church of England and Roman Catholic community sometime before 1836, Knight's Cove may have inherited its name from that of the Reverend Richard Knight, D.D. (1788-1860), a much loved resident of Bonavista in the years before 1820. There is, however, a more colorful local tradition attributing the name to a corruption of 'Night's Cove'. According to a local story, merchants doing business in neighbouring Stock Cove found the attractions of Knight's Cove more welcome for a night's stopover." ("Deck's Awash", Mar./Apr. '84) Barbara Pederson

1788   "Rev. Richard Knight, DD (1788-1860) - another of the earliest Methodist ministers. Served NFLD, NS, NB. Don't know that he had siblings in Canada, but he had well-known descendants, including the poet Matthew Richey Knight, who was a grandson." From:   To:   Jan Heiling <>

1789 "As I mentioned, I have no lineage for any Knights other than that reputedly on a card written last century from the Isle of Jersey to Alfred Erling King (my NF relative as noted below), signed "your cousin C. Knight", in which card it is stated about my NF Kings: "The Kings were Jersey men". The same card refers to "Uncle John", "Aunt Fanny", and "Grandfather Knight". I need to get a copy of the card for both of us if possible -- there may be more to it to decipher. Uncle John and Aunt Fanny could be King, Squires, or Knight from what I know, though John Howard Stover (he is in the tree below & he relayed the above info to me -- he has the "card") has speculated that John and Fanny were siblings of my William King --William shows up in the tree below as married to Maria Squires. Stover believes William King to be the son or grandson of one of four brothers who bought a fish processing plant at Broad Cove in 1789 -- Broad Cove has been known as St. Phillips since 1905. They operating the plant until 1823, at which time all four were said to be alive according to records of the Harbor Grace Surrogate Court. I have nothing to confirm Stover's opinion on this however. All I can confirm on my King line is that William King married Maria Squires in 1840 in St. John's Methodist Church. Jim Gibbs

1789 " Norman's Cove, Trinity Bay: "James Newhook built six schooners and a brig from 1827 to 1832. Born at Trinity in 1789, [in another part it states born 1783], he had 21 children from two marriages. James and his brother Charles had a shipyard at New Harbour, but they fell out and James moved to Norman's Cove..." "The area's first settlers are said to have been James Newhook and George Temple..." It goes on to say "...sent from England to repair the boats at Trinity. He [James, or George??] is said to have been one of the first settlers in the early 1800s. He was listed as a planter in 1829, having pereviously been at Selby Cove, Bay de Verde, in 1824." "Decks Awash" Jan./Feb. 1990: (Am including the part about James Newhook because of the Newhook connection to JCove -- I've been told it's the same Newhooks but don't take it as gospel yet). Barbara Pederson


A fishing community on the north side of Bonavista Bay, just south of Cape Freels, since 1992 Templeman has been a part of the expanded town of Wesleyville qv. The community (originally known as Fox Cove) was settled in the 1870s by families from two off-lying groups of islands: Bennett's Island (Greens and Tuffs) and the Cobbler Islands (Howells and Vincents). As was the case with nearby Newtown qv, the movement was probably related to increased involvement in the Labrador fishery. Templeman first appears in the Census in 1884, with a population of 75, growing to 225 people by 1901. As the Labrador fishery declined and finally collapsed in the 1920s and 1930s the community contracted: from 51 families in 1921 to 55 people by 1971. Since that time, however, Templeman has rebounded somewhat as a few families from Wesleyville and area have built homes there.

1789 Knight, Richard (1789-1860). Missionary. Born Devonshire, England. After several years as a Methodist local preacher, he was accepted as a candidate for missionary work, ordained, and posted to Newfoundland in 1816. Appointed to the Fortune Bay-Grand Bank mission, he subsequently served the Methodist Church at Bonavista, Port de Grave, Brigus-Cupids, and Blackhead. In the summer of 1825, as the Rev. Thomas Hickson qv had done in 1824, Knight spent several weeks on the coast of Labrador, ``preaching the gospel among the fishermen and natives and ... making investigation concerning the advisability of establishing a mission among the Eskimos of Hamilton Inlet'' (Young). Transferred to the Maritime Provinces in 1833, for the next 27 years Knight not only served, as his biographer phrased it, ``our most important stations, and always left his mark,'' but also ``filled with great credit ... the most important offices of our Church'' (Huestis). He died suddenly at Sheffield, New Brunswick, on May 23, 1860, in the forty-fourth year of his ministry.

April 20, 1789 Revd & Dear Sir I have to thank you for your kind favours of 7th & 24th. May one via Trinity & the other via Scotland both came to hand 4 days ago; I was realy glad to hear of your Health & that you were got into the N. School Room; but sorry you were so mush distressd on acct of the Debts wch. you had Incurd for the Building the Winter & what I advised you were unpaid in England Some time since my former Letter. I told you that I had the Pleasure to meet Mr. Greatheed in London, that He had paid off the outstanding Bill of £50 and some how or other Providence has made up the £40 due Welsh & Co. except 4.14.0 wch Mr. Brown paid & wch. together with the order you gave him for £36 odd is still to him & your order to pay me the amount of Stationary last year remains unpaid.

This is how the accs. stands at present - Mr Browns Vessel carried 11 Hhd. Lime & some hair wch. will be paid for, out of the Money to be reced. for ams. of Bricks we sent you last year but wch. went to Carolina - so that the whole Debt here will be about £41 - due to Capt. Brown - the Committee here have desired Mr. Welsh to give you leave to Draw for £100 at full on Mesrs. Welsh Rogers Olding & Co. bankers, London wch. will meet due honor - & at fall you must send Mr. Greatheed, Mr Geo Kemp, & Mr. Brown, a statement of all your Debts & a particular acct. of wch. is still left unfinishd. of the Building and what it will cost to compleat it (249) - and then say if there is any prospect of raising anything more at St Johns toward discharging the same; and also that there is any possibility of getting any Person at St. Johns to advance the Money on Credt of the Premises &c -For further particulars I must bg leave to refer you to Mr. Brown who has more time & leisure than me to write you a long Letter.

Please to accept of a Cheese wch. I have sent by Capt. Knight (250) as a token of my regard and Esteem in which Mrs. C - desires to unite who with our little one are very well & belive me Dr Sir

Your affectionate Friend

Thos. Crew Junr (Extract of a letter from Mr Cr. Mends) Plymouth 20th April 1789 Notes concerning the Dissenting Church of Christ at St. John's Newfoundland

June 26,1789 [103]

Dear Brother

This will inform you that thro risk & Grace I am yet in the Land of the living in Health of Body and I hope sume desire to the things of God, this I hope will find the my Dr Bror and all the Church of God under thy care in a flourishing Condition both as to your Body and above all as to Soul - and O that the God for Jesus Christ sake may increase you with Grace and Men as a Flock, and it is my poor Prayers daly that you may all live in Love, and that the sweet and powerful love of Jesus may rest among you.

Mr. Welsh has desired me to write to you, and to propose the followg things to you with your Thoughts on the same, and answer in the fall, and it is this. If you think a young Man to be an assistant to you of good learning to assist in the School - and to Preach occas[ionally] in case you other-wise than well,(262) as Life is uncertain and as you begin to be infirm but Mr. Welshs desire is to spread the & therefore if there is but one House in B. Bulls, Torbay or Petty Hr. or any place near St. Johns so that the young Man may attemp to spread the Name of Jesus(263) - Mr. Welsh desires that all the Land may know & Love the Lord so that it may be presarved. And as you have enough on your hands already to employ you at St. Johns the Young Man may assist you as you think proper - You may send him to some other Harbour at your Pleasure -Mr. Welshs view is that the Gospel may increase and that St. Johns may have a full supply of when ever the Lord may take you to himself - but that is uncertain, his desire and mine is that the Lord may spare you many years and still continue to bless you, and make you blessing to Saints & to Sinners - I told him your intentision in coming Home if you could get another to supply your Place, but, that he hopes you will never do, but that you will stay in Nfld & order & assist Guide & Direct the Cause of God in the Strength of Christ and by his Grace that God in all things may be glorifyd.

 You will be so good as to give your Appinion what it will pr year cost for his board in some good House or with your self this good man is to be got now but should you want him or some one some years hence you may not have such an oppy. I wd. wish you to think of it but to be fully satisfyd in your own mind as I wd not wish you to do any thing contray to you or the Churchs inclination - the good Lord bless you & them - My Wife joins me in love to you & them and begs an Interest in your Prayers -

 Since writing the above I have had the pleasure of receiving your two much esteemd Letters of May 9th & 25 and I am glad to hear that the Work of the Lord is prospering in your hands the good Lord increase it more and more. Capt James Knight will bring your Eleven Hhds Lime and Six Bags of Lime Hair wch I hope will come safe to hand [104] also for your self one Cheese & a small Cask of Butter - both of wch you will give me or for say Butter & Cheese at 4 pence pr 1b.

You say that you would be glad to see me at St. Johns but to all appearance I shall be more serviseable to you here if the Lord will permit in respect to your meeting House - I think if I had your Letter before, I should be enabled to get you a Letter of Credit by this conveyance, but I hope if not by this, some other soon. Plaister the Meeting House in the inside and I believe that the Money will be got, & if you cannot get that £12 no way else - you will draw on me for it - Your M House owes no body any money but me, - and I believe it is about £41 but my Dr Bror the Lord will provide. In the fall you will be so good as to send home to Mr. Kemp an acct. of what Money you will want to compleat it to a Shilling if you can and this £41 to be included of mine, and what it has cost already - and send me a copy of the same if you Please or to Friend Crew, and if you should have orders to draw, that Sum must be included of what will be needful to finish the Building - since I wrote the above I have got a Letter of Credt from Mr. Welsh by the hands of Mr. Kemp, and now my Dr Br. you will now go on and finish the House, and I doubt not but the Lord will Provide for you in the Winter through the hand of our Friend Mr. Greatheed

 I hope you understand me in respect to your accs in the fall I mean that my £41 and Mr. Welsh £100 which you have liberty to Draw you will bring in as Difficiences, and not as Debts, that if Mr. Welsh of I or any of our Friends have accasion to beg, we may it as what you want, and not as money to pay our selves this acco. is for the Public and then you may send us what supparte accots yoou please that will put things in a clear light - among our Friends here.

At the next Meeting of our Committee I intend to speak about yr. M. House Writings and get them done, that you may have them this year or next Spring that you may everything may be secure on that Head. -

 This will be handed you by Capt. James Knight - shall conclude - earnestly - begging an interest in the Prayers -

I remain your sincere Friend in the Gospel

Signd Jno Brown Poole 25th June 1789 Notes concerning the Dissenting Church of Christ at St. John's Newfoundland

June 30,1789 (Note 250. 0) Captain James Knight left Poole for Newfoundland on June 28 1789 on the Hope. He also carried the lime on board (page 104). MHA, Lloyd's List, No. 2103, 30 June 1789.

Poole 18th August 1789

Dear Brother,

I hope ere now the Ketch is arrived Safe, and that you have your Lime &c and at the time you receive this your M House will be Plaisterd and warm for the Winter - and O may the Lord warm your Souls - go on my Dr Br and Jesus smile on your Labours of Love my sincere regard and and affection to Bror. Parker & Lang - Brace & all the Church. May the good Lord be with you and all the Dear Souls that Love Christ. Mrs. B. joins me in love to you and all Church in St. Johns. Let me know as a Friend what you think of the Capt. of the Hope and if he will do for our Interest - and the Nfd. Trade.

I remain your sincere Friend & Bror. in the Gospel

Signd Jn0 Brown

Have a photocopy of a letter to Richard Brace (Harbour Grace) from E.M. Archibald (St. John's) regarding Richard's mortgage and his request to have certain arrangements done with "the House in Gower Street" with mention of the "Estate of Gushue", nothing of any meaning there to me anyway, but interesting, if you're interested sometime. BP

Late 1700's" good day to you

have you ever came across the names of jeffrey & annastasia quilty power /who it shows came from newfoundland to herring cove n.s. in the late 1700 to 1800 they are my ggggrandparents / and i cannot find any info on them before they arrived in herring cove / thank you betty-ann power arbour welland ont /from halifax"

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