Evoy

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A surname of Ireland, usually with the prefix Mac except in Co. Wexford, Mac Fhíodhbhuidhe, Ir. ? fíodhbhadach - woodman. (MacLysaght). See also MacEvoy.

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At Ferryland: Surrogate Court Records: December 29, 1794 - Evoy, Elenor - Charged this person with assault: Rowe, Moses.
  Colonial Records: 1795 - Evoy, Michael: Licensed house for selling spiritous liquors: Ferryland.
  Surrogate Court Records: July 21, 1795 - Ryan, Michael: Accused this person of running a bawdy house: Evoy, Elenor.
  Surrogate Court Records: July 21, 1795 - Ryan, Michael: Charged this person and others with assault and battery with stones: Evoy, Elenor.
  Surrogate Court Records: July 21, 1795 - Sullivan, John: Said he was standing in Mr. Carter's garden when he heard Ryan accuse Evoy of being a whore. Later in court, Michael Ryan explained he had spoken from passion because some girls were tormenting him. He was fined £5 and ordered to keep the peace.
  District Court Records: January 7, 1798 - Evoy, Michael: Granted a liquor license for Ferryland.
  District Court Records: June 19, 1798 - Evoy, Michael: Sued for money owing by: Mountain, William.
  District Court Records: July 9, 1798 - Evoy, Michael: Held wages of this person for Thomas Welsh: Furlong, John.
  District Court Records: January 1, 1799 - Evoy, Elenor (Widow) Granted a liquor license for Ferryland.
  Census 1800: James Welsh and wife Elinor. Her children from a previous marriage were: Patrick Evoy - 13, John Evoy - 11, Mary Evoy - 9, Joan Evoy - 6½, Elinor Evoy- 3½, & Catherine Evoy - 1½.
  District Court Records: April 1 1803 - McLarthy, Ann: Charged this person with abusing her: Evoy, Patrick.
  Surrogate Court Records - Nov. 20 1817 - John Evoy - Planter of Ferryland paid Shannon -Levingston money owed by James Walsh. Witness: Robert Wakeham.
  Surrogate Court Records - Nov. 1 1819 - Patrick Evoy charged Jeremiah Callihan of Caplin Bay with losing his boat. Witnesses John Congdon and John Power.
  Supreme Court Records: November 1-11, 1826 - Sweetland and Morry - Sued: Evoy, Patrick.
  Supreme Court Records: October 23, 1833 - Evoy, Patrick - Sued: Holdsworth, Henry.
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Patrick Evoy. A notation after Patrick's name in the 1959 Voter's List says - dead and the very last entry of that Voter's List states: "Power, Joseph son of Wid. Evoy", likely an indication that he was now the male head of the former Evoy household.
At St. John's: RC Basilica - Marriage Records: 1829 - John (Pat) Evoy (Caplin Bay) m. Catherine Poor (not stated). Witnesses: Richard Renigan (sic) and James Walsh. Groom's name recorded as John, but Pat written above John. Based on my research, the groom appears to be Patrick Evoy (b. Ferryland?, circa 1787, died Caplin Bay, circa 1859). His witnesses were likely James Walsh, his (half) brother and Richard Reddigan, who was married to his (half?) sister, Catherine].
  Supreme Court Records: August 12, 1831 - Petition re estate of John Evoy of Caplin Bay. In this petition Patrick Evoy petitioned the Supreme Court to grant him Letters of Administration to the estate of John Evoy, his deceased brother and partner in the fishery. He indicated that John had died at Caplin Bay, in June 1825, unmarried, and without leaving a will.
At Fermeuse Goodridge Account Books for 1838, 1841, and 1892: 1838 - Avoy, John (Patrick?), Fermeuse.
  Fermeuse/Renews RC Baptisms: March 12, 1858 - bapt. Mary Swayne, Mary of Robert Swayne and Ellen Evoy. Sponsers: John Evoy, Ellen Kehoe (Priest) J. Murphy. (This was the Mary Swain who married Sebastian Ledwell.)
Family History: The early Ferryland court records show that Michael Evoy and his wife Elenor (Elinor, Ellen or Nelly in certain documents) were proprietors of a public house in Ferryland throughout the 1790s. However, Michael died in late 1798, and shortly afterwards Elenor remarried. Elenor and her second husband, James Walsh, continued to run the pub at Ferryland for a period of time, but eventually moved to Caplin Bay, probably about 1805/1806. It appears that when they moved to Caplin Bay, some, or all of Elenor's children moved there with them. Her eldest son, Patrick Evoy married and had children at Caplin Bay. Her other son John never married; he died at Caplin Bay in 1825.
  In 1838 there was a John Avoy recorded in Goodridge's accounts records, but it is unclear if this person was actually Patrick Avoy/Evoy. However, there was a John Evoy recorded as the godfather of Ellen (Evoy) Swain's daughter, Mary, who was born in 1858. Ellen Evoy, Patrick's daughter, married Robert Swain, son of Robert Swain Sr., one of the early settlers at Stone Island. In 1874 the Ferryland Marriage records show that a Thomas Evoy married Catherine Kelly and they had one child, Mary Jane, baptised there in 1878. Again there is not enough details to determine if Thomas was connected to the Caplin Bay Evoys.
  As indicated in the Supreme Court records, Elenor's second son, John Evoy, never married and he died at Caplin Bay in 1825. Although the Ferryland 1800 Census shows four Evoy girls in the family, in the 1831 Supreme Court petition Patrick stated that he had three sisters when his father Michael died, and that they were now all married. Unfortunately he does not identify their whereabouts and/or the names of their spouses. However, there is documented evidence that Richard Reddigan married Catherine Walsh?, one of Elenor's daughters. They settled on land adjacent to James and Eleanor Walsh. What is not clear is whether Catherine was actually the daughter of Michael Evoy, possibly born after his death and after Eleanor's marriage to James Walsh. However, it is possible that Catherine Evoy died and another child, also named Catherine, was later born to James and Elenor Walsh.
  The Evoy surname disappeared from Caplin Bay with the death of Patrick in the late 1850s. There is no further mention of the Evoy surname in any of the Ferryland area records after that date, except for the Thomas Evoy mentioned above, however several families groups at Calvert trace their ancestry to Elenor (Evoy) Walsh.

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