A baptismal name and surname of England, Ireland, and Scotland from Old French barrí - rampart, later applied to the suburb below the rampart or from the French place name in various localities; also in Ireland for ÓBáire or ÓBeargha; and in Scotland from the Scots place name Barry (Angus). (Withycombe, Reaney, Black, MacLysaght). Found by Spiegelhalter in Devon, by Matthews in Dorset, and by MacLysaght widespread in Ireland "though still more numerous in Munster than elsewhere."



At Ferryland: District Court Actions: September 17-30, 1788 - Barry, John - Fined £5 for his part in religious riot of 1788.
  District Colonial Records: October 22, 1788 Barry, William - This Agent was granted piece of ground in Cape Broyle for his company: Kough, Thomas and George
  Surrogate Court Records: ????, 1802 - Vallance, Christopher - Sued: Barry, Michael
  Surrogate Court Records: January 12, 1818 - Carter, Samuel G. and Co. - Sued for debt owed: Barry, Michael
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - William Barry
Of Caplin Bay: Journal of the House of Assembly - Newfoundland - 1848, APPENDIX, Page 285 - Road Reports - Road Work Contracts From Cape Broyle to Ferryland (Oct 1 1843) - Contractor - Michael Barry - 160 perches at 2s. 1d. per perch. Contract value £16 13 4.
  Journal of the House of Assembly - Newfoundland - 1848, APPENDIX, Page 335 - "A Return specifying the number of persons relieved in the Southern division of the District of Ferryland, between the 1st day of October 1847, and the 14th day of December, 1848" ...... Caplin Bay... - Michael Barry, 15 days - paid £0 10 0.
  Journal of the House of Assembly - Newfoundland - 1853, APPENDIX, Page 381 - Miscellaneous - Amounts Paid to Shipwrecked Sealers in the Year 1852 - Michael Barry, several other Caplin Bay men, and rest of crew mainly from the Southern Shore area (shipwrecked crew members of the Maria Grace of St. John's - owned by E. and N. Stabb) - paid £0 8 8 each to assist them in getting back home.
  Journal of the House of Assembly - Newfoundland - 1854, APPENDIX, Page 158 - Detailed Account of Expenditures - Road Work Contracts - Contractors - Michael Barry, Ferryland to Caplin Bay - £1 19 0.
  Royal Gazette - St. John's: July 3, 1855 - Barry, John - Inquest at St. Mary's Bay on the body of this resident of Caplin Bay. He was one of the crew of the boat belonging to Mr. Morry of Caplin Bay which capsized.
  Vital Stats - Oct 28/1898 - St. John's - Michael Barry, Dx General Decay, age 81 years (fisherman), born Caplin Bay, Buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in St. John's.
Family History: The name of Michael Barry is recorded in 1802 and 1818 in the Ferryland Surrogate Court Records. It is not known if this Michael Barry was related to William Barry of Caplin Bay. However, it is likely that the Michael Barry of the 1840s and 1850s lived with William Barry of Caplin Bay. There is some family lore that the south side branch of the Ryan family may be descended from Julia Barry. Other families from the south side of Caplin Bay who appear to have had a close relationship with the Barry family were the Mahers and the O' Briens. O'Brien family descendants claim that, in Denis O'Brien's house, there was a heirloom, a mug that was always referred to as Mick Barry's mug. The Barry surname did not survive in Caplin Bay. There is no record of this surname at Caplin Bay in Lovell's 1871 Directory, indicating that it probably disappeared from this area in the 1860s. At this point I have not determined where Michael Barry lived after he moved to St. John's since his name was never recorded there in any of the city directories.

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