A Little History of DeBay-DeBaie Cove
This community was probably named for the first early settler Jean DeBay, it is not known for sure his true nationality or his real date of birth we can only surmise it was between the late 1760's and mid 1770 possibly in France or Belgium.
He married Derry (Doria) Amelia Wilson in the 1790's he settled in the area about 1805 and was included in the 1820 census of Ship Harbour heading a family of six persons .
The land was part of the 17-Lot Owl's Head Harbour Grant made to 30 proprietors on September 16,1784. He also appeared in the 1838 census of Owl's Head Harbour as a fisherman living alone with his wife, he was not listed in the census of 1851 most likely died in the 1840's.
Records show that Jean and Derry (Doria) Amelia Wilson had at least eight children.
And so the story begins about DeBay-DeBaie Cove.......
Some Background Info on Owl's Head
Mi'qmaq name for Owls Head was Pujooopskook, "Cormorant Rock" "Owls
Head" is said to have originated from the figure of an owl implanted
upon a rock in the harbour. An early name was Kepple (Keppel) Harbour,
named for Admiral Augustus Keppel (1725-1786) of the British Navy. On
September 16,1784, 17 lots of land were granted to Thirty Proprietors.
Ten people were living there in 1817.