A variant of the surname of England, Hern(e) etc., Hearne in Ireland, from the English place name Herne (Kent, Bedfordshire), Hirn (Hampshire), Hearn Farm (Devon), or from Old English hyrne - (dweller in the) nook or corner of land or in a bend; in Ireland also a variant of Ahearne in Co. Waterford (See AHEARN. (Reaney, Spiegelhalter, MacLysaght). Guppy traced Hearn in Devon and Essex, Hern(e) in Devon and Norfolk.



At Ferryland: District Court Actions: September 30, 1797 - Head, Thomas, Sued this person for money owed: Hearn, Thomas
At Caplin Bay: Ferryland District Census 1800: Thomas and Mary Hearne - Children: Michael - 4, David - 2, Mary - 7.
  Fermeuse/Renews Marriage Records 1837- 1910: January 22, 1840 - Hearne, Michael - Capelin Bay m. Shannon, Eliza - Ferryland. Witnesses: Patrick Kean, Catherine Gregory. Priest: Father Dunphy.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Michael Hearn.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory - Michael Hearn, fisherman.
Family History: The Hearne family was one of the earliest families to settle at Caplin Bay and lived at the head of the bay in the area known locally as The Cross - near the crossroads or junction where the main road meets the road leading to the north side of the bay. In 1840, Michael Hearn married Elizabeth Shannon at Fermeuse. It is not known if Elizabeth was actually a Shannon or Shannahan from Ferryland. There were Shannahans living at Ferryland at that time, however earlier on a merchant named Neil Shannon, a native of Greenock, Scotland, lived at Ferryland and died there on 25 June 1818, at the age of 32 years. We can only speculate on her true surname.
  Research indicates that Michael and Elizabeth had at least two daughters, Mary Hearne (1841- 1910) who married James Power, and Johanna Hearne (1843-1928) who married Robert Boland. There is no indication that they had any sons and the last record of the surname at Caplin Bay shows Michael Hearn, fisherman - in Lovell's 1871 Directory.

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