Condon

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A surname of Ireland and France; in Ireland formerly de Caunteton (MacLysaght); in France from the place name Condon (Ain, Drôme, Landes) or Condom (Gers).

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At St. John's: St. John the Baptist (Basilica) Parish, St. John's: RC Marriages: Oct. 6, 1822 - married Patrick Conston (Condon?) of Moncoin [sic], Co. Kilkenny to Catherine Walsh, St. Mary's, Ross, Co. Wexford - Present: James Delaney & Mary Rice.
  Supreme Court Records, St. John's re the Estate of John Evoy, 1831: Patrick Congdon (sic), of Caplin Bay, fisherman - witness for Patrick Evoy in his petition for administration of the estate of his late brother John Evoy who died, intestate, in June 1825. The petition states that the Evoy brothers were co-owners of a fishing partnership "in a Plantation situated in Capelin Bay".
  Journal of the Newfoundland House of Assembly - 1838: - Benjamin Sweetland Morry recorded that on Nov. 13, 1837, he had surveyed and measured one mile of road for Patrick Congdon (sic) for 15 shillings. Later the same journal indicates that on Dec. 6, 1837, P. Condon was paid £19-7-0 cash on his contract.
  (St. John's Newspaper) Newfoundlander 25 Oct 1838: Patrick Condon of Ferryland District.
At Ferryland: Supreme Court Records: October 31, 1826 - Congdon (sic), Patrick. Sued by Carter, Arthur H.
  District Court Records: September 28, 1829 - Walsh, Nelly. This Caplin Bay woman was charged with assaulting: Congdon (sic), Catherine.
  Supreme Court Records: October 26, 1830 - Congdon (sic), Patrick. Sued by Sweetland, Benjamin.
  December 31, 1830 - Ewan Stabb, Deputy Sheriff, to Robert Carter, Ferryland, Writ of Fieri Facias: Stabb sold seized property of Patrick Congdon (sic), located on the Northeast side of Caplin Bay to Robert Carter for £17 to satisfy a prior court judgement against Patrick (which court action unknown at this time). Registered under SDC Vol. 1, Folios 180-181 at the Registry of Deeds - February 7th, 1831.
  Supreme Court Records: October 10, 1831 - Congdon (sic), Patrick. Sued by Sweetland, Benjamin.
  Supreme Court Records: October 14, 1831 - Congdon (sic), Patrick. Sued by Morrison, James.
  Ferryland Non-Denominational Cemetery: CONDON - "Sacred to the memory of Patrick Condon who departed this life March 1840? aged 47 yrs. also, Catherine his wife departed this life July 6th 1847 aged 44 yrs. Both natives of County Kilkenny, Ireland."
  Robert Carter's Journal - 10th of February 1845 - "Went to the Northside of Caplin Bay and notified Mrs. Congdon (sic) to pay rent for the place she lives upon belonging to me."
  Robert Carter's Journal - Court of Sessions - 11th of January 1847 - Morry & Norris v. Thomas Condon. This is an action to recover the sum of forty shillings currency for bait money the past season. Judgement for the Plaintiff by confession. 40 shillings currency and costs."
At Mobile: February 13, 1847 - Crown Land Grant #D373 - Thomas Condon - 6 acres and 37 perches.
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1852, 1855, 1859 - Thomas Condon.
At Fermeuse: Fermeuse/Renews Baptism Records: Oct. 16 1857 - bapt. Robert Luke Condon of Kyran* Condon & Ann Swayne. Godparents: Laurence Sullivan & Catherine Redigan. (*The father's name was recorded incorrectly as Kyran, it should read Thomas Condon. Kyran was the brother of Thomas).
At Caplin Bay Lovell's 1871 Directory: Thomas Condon, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Thomas Condon, fisherman, Ernest Condon, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Thomas Condon, fisherman, Ernest Condon, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: Thomas Condon, fisherman, Ernest Condon, fisherman.
  Southern Shore Death Records: April 18, 1911 - Thomas Condon - Old Age - b. Caplin Bay - Age 86.
Family History: In the 1983 book 'Calling all Condons,' the late Ray Condon wrote that "Family tradition leads us to believe that our progenitor was a schoolmaster who came to teach in Calvert (then called Caplin Bay) from either Carbonear or Harbour Grace, Newfoundland." However, Ray cautioned that "we will never be able to verify that belief." Following up on Ray's early research, I found no evidence that Patrick Condon, who settled at Caplin Bay, had ever lived in the Carbonear/Harbour Grace area. While I was able to verify that there was indeed a Patrick Condon who lived in Harbour Grace Parish, it appears he married there in 1814. After researching various documents, I also concluded that it was unlikely that Patrick Condon, who settled at Caplin Bay, was ever a schoolmaster. However, that profession may have been followed briefly by his eldest son, Thomas. From what I can determine, schools of the public education system (non-denominational) were inaugurated under the first Education Act in May 1836, over a decade after Patrick Condon arrived in the area. At Caplin Bay, the appointed teachers under this newly formed board were Elizabeth Coleman at Caplin Bay (South Side) and Jane Cashin at Athlone (North Side).
  There is no solid evidence as to when Patrick and Catherine Condon settled at Caplin Bay. Some years after Ray's book contribution, other family researchers claimed that they had found Patrick's marriage at St. John's but, in the 1822 marriage entry, purported to be for Patrick Condon and Catherine Walsh, there are some issues. It appears to me (and others) that the Basilica Marriages record may read: "Oct 6, 1822 - married Patrick Conston of Moncoin, Co. Kilkenny to Catherine Walsh, St. Mary's, Ross, Co. Wexford - Present: James Delaney & Mary Rice". On their headstone in old Ferryland Cemetery (Non-denominational), the inscription states Patrick and Catherine Condon were "both natives of Co. Kilkenny." However, Irish priests often recorded parish names as a place of origin, some of which extended across county boundaries. No children (baptisms) were found at St. John's for this couple, under either surname spelling. However, Father Whitty's penmanship wasn't always legible, and his spellings were questionable at the best of times, so the groom's surname in the marriage record may indeed read Condon. Another part of the Condon family lore relates that Thomas Condon was the first male child born on the North Side of Caplin Bay in about 1825. If we exclude Stone Island, this lore is probably factual. In the 1935 Newfoundland Census, Thomas' son, Ernest, purportedly told the enumerator that his father was born in Ireland. However, other evidence strongly indicates that Ernest's father, Thomas, was born at Caplin Bay and that it was Ernest's grandfather, Patrick, who was Irish-born.
  In December of 1830, Patrick suffered a personal setback when a judge at Ferryland ruled against him, and the court system seized his entire plantation at Caplin Bay. This seizure was the result of Patrick not being able to repay some outstanding debts. As a result, the court sold Patrick's property for £17 to cover the amount owed. The buyer was Robert Carter (later a magistrate), who allowed the family to stay there under a rental contract. In the Evoy 1831 petition, Patrick Congdon (sic) identifies his occupation as a fisherman. The Road Reports of the Journal of the Newfoundland House of Assembly indicate that Patrick was also involved in working various road contracts in the Caplin Bay/Ferryland area throughout the 1830s.
  The last mention of Patrick Condon in the Ferryland area was in 'The Newfoundlander,' a St. John's newspaper, in 1838. His name never appeared in Ferryland District in any of the surviving Voter's Lists from 1840 - 1859. This absence could indicate that Patrick had either left the area or had died before the 1840 Voter's List was compiled. Unfortunately, the date area on the old headstone in Ferryland was severely damaged, but I suspect it reads 1840; instead of 1848, as first believed. Initially, the absence of the Condon surname at Caplin Bay from 1838 until 1852 raised the possibility that Catherine and her young family had left Caplin Bay. With Patrick's death in 1840, Catherine would have had to bring up three young sons (Thomas b. 1825, Kyran b. 1831, and Patrick b.1834) on her own. In an 1845 entry, in Robert Carter's Journal, regarding the collection of rent from Catherine, we learn that she was still living at Caplin Bay. In January 1847, her eldest son, Thomas, was mentioned in the Ferryland Court records indicating that he was fishing in the area during the previous season (1846) and owed some merchants for the cost of bait.
  In September 1846, a Great Gale (a hurricane) caused extensive loss of life at sea, and damage on the land, especially in eastern Newfoundland. Records of the House of Assembly indicate that many residents, including those of Ferryland District (South), were left destitute and had to seek Government assistance for that year and several years afterwards. This natural event, coupled with the human error event that saw most of St. John's burned to the ground in June of that year, left even basic food supplies and other necessities in short supply in Newfoundland. To make matters worse, potato disease, which heralded the beginning of the Great Famine in Ireland, also appeared in Newfoundland in 1846 and lingered there into the 1850s. Strangely, in the recorded requests for relief, the Condon surname did not appear anywhere in Ferryland District.
  In 1846/1847, Thomas Condon would have been eligible to vote, but his name did not appear in the Caplin Bay Voter's Lists. However, in 1847, the Crown Lands index indicates that Thomas Condon received a grant for over six acres of land at Mobile. Again family lore suggests that this may have been Thomas Condon of Caplin Bay, and at that time, he was a schoolmaster in that area. That assertion has merit since Thomas is known to have been a literate man. According to the late Ray Condon, Thomas' household had a collection of "leather-bound works of Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare, Burns, Tennyson, etc." The Ferryland District Voter's Lists indicate that by 1852 Thomas Condon was a full-time resident at Caplin Bay. He eventually married Anne Swain, daughter of Robert Swain, one of the early Stone Island settlers. Thomas was the only Condon to raise a family at Caplin Bay. Records indicate that his brothers, Kyran and Patrick, Jr. married and lived at St. John's. Both of them died at sea in two separate incidents. Patrick drowned in 1868, a month after he married, and Kyran in 1881. Patrick Jr. never had any children, but Kyran Condon had nine children at St. John's.
Present Status: The Condon surname is now gone from Calvert, however, many Condons, from each generation, have moved to other parts of Newfoundland, the rest of Canada, the USA., and worldwide.
Local Place Names: Condon's Gulch: the small steep-sided cove on the north side of Calvert which is the boundary between the Condon and Reddigan properties.

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