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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St. John's: St. John's RC Marriages: November 17, 1814 - Condon, Bridget - Ferryland m. Lacy, Richard, Waterford. Witnesses: John Connolly and Mary Norris.
  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) at a cost of 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.
  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.
  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.
  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 actually 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 stated that "Family tradition leads us to believe that our progenitor was a school master 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 research, I was unable to find any clear indication that the Patrick Condon who settled at Caplin Bay had ever lived in the Carbonear/Harbour Grace area. I determined that there was a Patrick Condon who lived in Harbour Grace Parish, but it appears he married there in 1814. After researching various documents, I also came to the conclusion it was very unlikely that Patrick Condon who settled at Caplin Bay was ever a school master, however that occupation may have been followed briefly by his eldest son, Thomas. From what I can determine the first Board of Education for Ferryland District (Non-Denominational) was formed in May 1836 and, at Caplin Bay, the first teachers appointed under that Board were Elizabeth Coleman (at Caplin Bay i.e. south side) and Jane Cashin (at Athlone i.e. north side).
  Another part of the Condon family lore relates that Thomas Condon was the first male child born on the north side of Caplin Bay. If we exclude Stone Island, this lore is probably factual. However, in the 1935 Newfoundland Census, Thomas' son Ernest was recorded as saying that his father was born in Ireland. This contradiction would rule out the validity of the evidence that Patrick gave in 1831, verifying that in 1825 Patrick and John Evoy were partners in a fishing enterprise on the north side of Caplin Bay. In the Evoy 1831 petition, Patrick Congdon (sic) identifies his occupation as a fisherman. I also found that in the Road Reports of the Journal of the Newfoundland House of Assembly, Patrick was involved in working road contracts in the Caplin Bay/Ferryland area throughout the late 1830s.
  Some years after Ray's book contribution, other family researchers claimed that they had found Patrick's marriage at St. John's but the 1822 marriage record, purported to be for Patrick Condon and Catherine Walsh, has some issues. It appears to me (and others) that the Basilica Marriages record reads: "Oct 6, 1822 - married Patrick Conston of Moncoin, Co. Kilkenny to Catherine Walsh, St. Mary's, Ross, Co. Wexford - Present: James Delaney & Mary Rice". From an origin point of view, this record does not quite match the headstone inscription that says Patrick and Catherine Condon were "both natives of Co. Kilkenny", however priests often recorded Irish parishes 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, Fr. Whitty's penmanship wasn't great and his spellings questionable at the best of times, so the record may indeed read Condon.
  The last mention of Patrick Condon in the Ferryland area was in a St. John's newspaper "The Newfoundlander" in 1838, but his name never appeared in Ferryland District in any of the surviving Voter's Lists from 1840 - 1859. This 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 is severely damaged but I suspect it likely reads 1840, instead of 1848, as first thought. Initially the absence of the Condon surname at Caplin Bay from 1838 until 1852 raised the possibility with me that the family actually had left Caplin Bay for a period of time. With Patrick death in 1840, Catherine would have been left with three young sons (Thomas b. 1825, Kyran b. 1831, and Patrick b.1834) to raise on her own. However, some recently discovered references from Robert Carter's Journal indicates that Catherine was actually at Caplin Bay in 1845 and Thomas is mentioned in the Ferryland Court records in January 1847 indicating that he was fishing in the area during the previous year and owed them for the cost of bait.
  In September 1846, a great gale caused extensive damage and loss of life both at sea and on land 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 for several years thereafter. This natural event was exasperated by the fact that most of St. John's had been burnt to the ground in June of that year and basic food staples and other necessities in Newfoundland were still in short supply. To make matters worse the potato disease, that was part of the growing famime in Ireland, also appeared in Newfoundland in 1846 and even onward into the 1850s. Strangely, in the recorded requests for relief, the Condon surname did not appear anywhere is Ferryland District.
  In 1846/1847, Thomas would have been eligible to vote, but his name does not appear in the Voter's Lists. However, in 1847, the Crown Lands index indicates that a 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 that he was likely employed as a schoolmaster in that area. That assertion may have some merit since Thomas is portrayed as being 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 were lost at sea, in two separate incidents. Patrick was lost 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 and Canada, the U.S.A. and world wide.
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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