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: Thomas Hearn (aka Aherne, Hern, Hearn, etc.) was the ancestor of one of the Caplin Bay families who had settled there before 1800. The List of Inhabitants from that year shows that he and his wife, Mary, had a young family of two sons (Michael and David) and a daughter, Mary. There was no later mention of their daughter, Mary found in any records. David Hearn died in 1846, but while he may have been married, it doesn't appear he had any children. In 1840, Michael Hearn married Elizabeth "Shannon" at Fermeuse. Likely, Elizabeth was a Shannahan from Ferryland.
  Michael Hearne and his family lived at the head of the bay in the area known locally as 'The Cross.' This settled area was near the junction, where the main road met the road leading to the North Side of the bay. It appears he was leasing land from Philip Tree, born in Boston, whose family had been granted land at Caplin Bay in 1773, adjacent to the Nash Plantation.
  Research indicates that Michael and Elizabeth had at least two daughters; Mary Hearne (1841- 1910) married James Power, and Johanna Hearne (1843-1928) married Robert Boland. There is no indication that they had any sons. The last record at Caplin Bay for Michael Hearn was in Lovell's 1871 Directory. Michael had died by 1879. In that year, Ann Hart of St. John's, an heir of Philip Tree, sued Michael's sons-in-law, James Power and Robert Boland. Her suit was to recover possession of the property at Caplin Bay, leased there from the Tree family for over eight decades. Ann Hart won her lawsuit, by default, since neither James nor Robert appeared to contest her claim in Supreme Court at St. John's. Even so, it would appear there were no later leasing negotiations. Ann Hart died at John's in 1897, so her demise may have ended any existing leasing arrangements. The descendants of Michael Hearn continue to live at 'The Cross' to this day.

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