This surname was not recorded by Seary for Newfoundland in the 1955 Voter's list. MacLysaght notes the name as "MacBride Mac Giolla Bhrighde (devotee of St. Bridget). This name belongs mainly to Co. Donegal, where it is that of a prominent ecclesiastical family. In east Ulster, it is sometimes of Scottish origin".



At Caplin Bay: Ferryland Marriage Records: February 13, 1874 - John McBride m. Elizabeth Bridget Ryan. Witnesses Michael Ryan & Frances Hannah Cahill.
  Crown Land Grant #4115: 1879 - McBride, John - North East Side of Caplin Bay - 6 acres and 3 roods.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory - John McBride, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory - John McBride, fisherman, Peter McBride, fisherman.
  Voter's List - 1900: John McBride
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory - John McBride, fisherman.
  Voter's List - 1908: John MacBride; John Thomas MacBride.
  Voter's List - 1928: Elizabeth McBride.
Family History: Family folklore relates that John McBride, from Ireland, jumped ship in Newfoundland and eventually settled on the north side of Caplin Bay in 1874. His property was across the road from property belonging to his wife's family. He and Elizabeth (Ryan) had two sons, Peter and John Thomas, and five daughters, Sarah, Margaret, Mary (m. Fred Harvey), Grace (m. Patrick Boland and John Roche) and Kate (m. (Big) Mike Reddigan). John Thomas disappeared from the Caplin Bay records after 1908. Peter shows up in crews lists of foreign-going ships out of various ports in the USA. The last record found for him was in New York in January 1923. Although the surname disappeared at Caplin Bay, there are quite a few descendants of John and Elizabeth McBride throughout Newfoundland and other parts of Canada.
Local place Names: McBride's Meadow. This is the area still remembered today as the property of John McBride and his family.

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