CLANC(E)Y, surnames of Ireland, Mac Fhlannchaidh - ? ruddy warrior. (MacLysaght). Traced by MacLysaght in Cos. Clare and Leitrim.



At Caplin Bay: Morry Papers: November 2, 1817, Patrick Clancy is recorded as selling extensive property on the south side of Caplin Bay to William and Benjamin Sweetland & Co.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1852, 1855 - Patrick Clancy, 1859 - John Clancy.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory - John Clancey, fisherman - Michael Clancey, fisherman.
  Crown Land Registry: #2834 - Chancey (sic), Michael - North Side of Caplin Bay and north side of the road from Caplin Bay to Stone Island - 1869.
  Crown Land Registry: #3214 - Clancey, John - West of the main line of the road at Caplin Bay - 1871.
  Crown Land Registry: #3041 Clancey, Walter - 1 mile North West from Caplin Bay on the main road - 1870.
  Crown Land Registry: #3283 Clancey, Walter - 1 mile West of Rocky Pond Bridge, Caplin Bay - 1871.
  Southern District Land Deeds 1825 - 1888: November 1883 - James, Patrick, and Thomas Clancey bought land, on the north side of Caplin Bay, from Ellen Condon, widow of Kyran Condon.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Walter Clancey, fisherman - James Clancey, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Walter Clancy, fisherman - James Clancy, fisherman; Anne Clancy, wid. John; Bridget Clancy, wid. Michael.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: Walter Clancy, fisherman - James Clancy, fisherman.
At Fermeuse: Fermeuse/Renews Marriage Records: Jan. 7, 1842 - Michael Clancy of Capline Bay m. Margaret Hart of Fermeuse.
  Voter's List for Fermeuse: 1846, 1847 - Michael Clancy, Admiral's Cove, Fermeuse.
Family History: The Clancy family originally settled on the south side of Caplin Bay, likely in the first decade of the 1800s. In 1817, Patrick Clancy sold his well-established property there to the merchants, William and Benjamin Sweetland. After Patrick sold his property, he may have had a change of heart, since he continued to live in the immediate area. In 1830, a note at the bottom of the original 1817 Bill of Sale, showed Patrick was renting some land from Benjamin Sweetland. Patrick and his wife (name undetermined) had three sons, Walter, John, and Michael. They also had four daughters, Margaret (m. John Chafe - Petty Harbour), Johannah (m. Thomas Boland - Caplin Bay), Anastasia (m. John Williams - Bay Bulls), and Mary (m. Terrence Brien - Aquaforte/Ferryland). Walter and John Clancy were married and lived at Caplin Bay but most of their offspring were daughters. Walter had one son but he moved to the USA. So far, details of his life events there have been untraceable.

Walter and John's brother, Michael Clancy, married Margaret Hart of Fermeuse in the 1840s and settled there. It appears that Michael and Margaret had one daughter, Mary. Margaret may have died about 1848 since Michael's name disappeared from the Fermeuse voter's lists and he did not reappear in any of Ferryland District voter's lists. Based on other records, it appears that by 1860, Michael had remarried and he and his second wife, Bridget Brennan, were settled on the north side of Caplin Bay. They had four sons, John, Patrick, Thomas and James and a daughter, Ellen. While there is no later trace of John Clancy, his three surviving brothers, Patrick, Thomas and James eventually bought some additional property at Caplin Bay, in 1883, adjacent to their father's holdings. They purchased this property from Ellen Condon, the widow of Kyran, who was lost at sea in 1881. Eventually, Patrick Clancy immigrated to the USA, married and raised a family in Chicago, Illinois. Michael and Bridget's only daughter, Ellen, also immigrated to the USA where she married Arthur Jackman, formerly of Renews. They lived in Bristol, Connecticut. Thomas Clancy was lost at sea, so James was the only son of Michael left at Caplin Bay. He married Mary Rossiter and they had two sons and four daughters, one of whom died as a child. Tom and Mike Clancy, sons of James, never married so his surname disappeared from Calvert in 1985. However, there are many descendants of their sisters still living at Calvert, throughout Newfoundland and other parts of Canada, and the USA.
Local Place Names: Clancy's Gullies. Small gullies along the road to Cape Broyle located on Crown Land granted to Walter Clancy in 1871.

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