Missing Land Records

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The following information suggests the most probable location of certain parcels of land at Caplin Bay, granted by Crown Lands, the records of which were lost in the St. John's Fire of 1892. Please note that my suggested location of these properties is speculative, and should not be used to prove ownership or to guarantee title. The supposed locations are based on analysis of references to other events, family lore and recollection, and other miscellaneous evidence that appears to relate to later use or possession of these properties.


Missing Land Grants - Calvert (Caplin Bay), Newfoundland.

Research notes pertaining to undetermined land grant locations in Calvert (Caplin Bay).

  • Crown Land Grant #2834 - Michael Clancey. - 1869.   References in surviving documents place the earliest Clancey family property on the south side of Caplin Bay. However, in 1869, Michael Clancey was granted land described as being on "North Side of Caplin Bay and North side of road from Caplin Bay to Stone Island". This property, in all likelihood, is the land on the north east side of the public road, on the north side of Calvert, where the old family home stood until the late 1980s. In addition to this grant, additional property was purchased in 1883 by James, Thomas, and Patrick Clancey from Ellen Condon, widow of Kyran Condon (see Southern District 1825 - 1888, Volume 6 - Page 180). It is obvious from the land description in the Bill of Sale that the purchased land was on the south west side of the road i.e. along the sea shore. However, it appears that there may have been a land swap with Thomas Condon. This trade may have involved exchanging the purchased land, for land on the north east side of the public road, adjacent to the Crown land granted to Michael Clancey in 1869. Although this arrangement eliminated their coastline ownership, the Clanceys appear to have had full fishing room access and building privileges on a portion on the sea shore along Thomas Condon's land. Other that this, all Clancey property along the public road, in living memory, has been on the north east side of the road.

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  • Crown Land Grant #957 - James Lock - 1851 and Crown Land Grant #3038 - James Lock - 1870.   Over the course of his presence at Caplin Bay, James Lock was given two Crown Land grants on the north side of Caplin Bay. Little is known of this man, other than that he was English, and lived at Caplin Bay for at least 45 years before his death there in 1896, at the age of 90. Records of his grants did not survive but the survey attached to Crown Land Grant #2893, given to Edward Kehoe (Keough) in 1869, shows two pieces of property, adjacent to this grant, that were in the possession of James Lock at that time. I have speculated that it is likely that one of these pieces of land was Crown grant #957, which was granted in 1851. This grant, which is described as being on the "North East Side of Road from Caplin Bay to Stone Island." and consisting of 2 acres, 7 roods, and 14 perches possibly matches the property, shown in the survey, on the north east side of the public road adjoining the western boundary of the land granted to Edward Kehoe. The second piece of property, belonging to James Lock's, is shown on the south west side of the road, near the sea shore. Based on the size of the property (3 roods and 30 perches) given for the 1870 land grant - #3038, it is possible that this location is that property, although the location description in the index states that the property was also on the north east side of the public road. Both pieces of land shown in this survey are in the area known as Athlone, very close to the Morry property. It appears that the property on the south west side of the road was eventually merged into the adjoining Morry property, while the other property on the north east side, opposite the Morry property, came into the possession of Thomas Meaney.

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  • Crown Land Grant #2830 - Richard Reddigan Jr. - 1869.    This property, in all likelihood, is the land on the north east side of the public road, on the north side of Calvert. It appears to be the property directly opposite land granted to Richard Reddigan Sr. in 1871 under Crown Land grant #3216. Although granted to Richard Reddigan Jr., this land was bequeathed in the 1872 will of Richard Reddigan Sr. to his "cousin " Martin Reddigan. Three years later, this Martin Reddigan married Bridget Reddigan, daughter of Richard Reddigan Sr. Half of this property is still occupied by descendants of Martin and Bridget. At some time over the years, the property was split down the middle, with the other half of the property coming into the possession of Joseph Swain, whose descendants still live on this property. No Bill of Sale, etc. has been found to date to explain the division of the property with the Swain family.

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  • Crown Land Grant #3119 - John Wade - 1870.    Based on the size of the property in this grant (6 acres, 3 roods, and 33 perches), I have concluded that this is the parcel of land still known today as Wade's Meadow. It is located on the south west side of Stone Island Road, ending where the river from Stone Island Pond flows into the ocean. The Wade homestead was located on this property, which was farmed for two generations, first by William Wade, and then by his son John. As mentioned previously, this land is bounded on the north east by Stone Island Road and on the south west by the waters of Calvert Bay. The small river that flows into Wade's Cove, marks the boundary enclosing the south eastern end of the property. The north western boundary adjoins property that was originally claimed by Edward Kehoe (Keough), Sr., quite possibly the land granted to him in 1872 under Crown Land grant #3409. The Wade property eventually came under the ownership of Martin Sullivan and his family and was cultivated by them for various agricultural uses.

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