A surname of Ireland (O) Ryan, Ó Maoilriain now abbreviated to Ó Riain, "from an old personal name of obscure meaning." (MacLysaght). Traced by MacLysaght especially in Co. Tipperary.



At Ferryland: December 2, 1799 - Elliott, George - Sued for rent due on fishing rooms in Capeland Bay: Ryan, Matthew.
  District Court Actions - January 1, 1803, 1804, & 1805 - Ryan, Matthew - Granted a liquor license for Caplin Bay.
  Ferryland Court Actions - May ??, 1808, - Rion, Matthew - This publican was suing for rent owed and for liquor supplied to this person: Doyle, William.
  District Court Actions - 29 November 1823 - Ann Ryan renting a fishing room and premises in Caplin Bay - including stages, flakes, beaches, a dwelling house, gardens, and lands - from Philip Tree for £6 per year.
At St. John's: Newfoundland Will Books - Volume 2 page 317: Will of Philip Tree written 19th July 1848 - probated 1858: Outlines that he had three pieces of property at Caplin Bay, one lot of which was leased to Thomas Ryan at that time.
  Southern Shore Marriage Records: October 17, 1875 - Matthew Ryan - Ferryland m. Margaret Hanlon - St. John's. Witnesses: John Hanlon & Ellen Chamberlain.
  Southern Shore Marriage Records: November 28, 1874 - Marten Ryan - Ferryland m. Mary Tobin - Witless Bay. Witnesses: Michael Howlett & Anne Comerford.
At Caplin Bay: Ferryland Census 1800: Matthew Ryan, Ann Ryan.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay 1840, 1841 - Patrick & Thomas Ryan; 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849 - Patrick Ryan; 1852, 1855 - Patrick & Thomas Ryan, 1859 - Patrick Ryan.
  Crown Land Registry: #2833 - Ryan, Matthew - South Side of Caplin Bay and West Side of the road from Caplin Bay to Stone Island - 1869.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Ryan Patrick, fisherman.
  Crown Land Registry: #3772 - Ryan, Martin - Caplin Bay - 1876.
  Crown Land Registry: #3756 Ryan, Patrick - Caplin Bay - 1876.
  McAlpine's 1894-97 Directory: Michael Ryan, fisherman; Matthew Ryan, fisherman.
McAlpine's 1898 Directory: Matthew Ryan, fisherman; Patrick Ryan, fisherman; Ryan Michael, fisherman; Julia Ryan, wid. Thos.
Family History: The Ryans were one of the first families to settle at Caplin Bay, as indicated in the 1800 Census. Matthew and Ann did not have any children at that time. However, by 1840, their sons, Patrick and Thomas Ryan, were listed in the Voters List. In the 1880s, there appear to be two Ryan family groups at Caplin Bay, Michael and Martin of Thomas, and Matthew of Patrick. Michael and Matthew had large families, while Martin had only a son and daughter. Although a record was found in St. Patrick's baptism registry in St. John's, with matching parents' names, there is not enough information to verify that they were the same couple. Nothing more is known of Martin's family. However, members of the other Ryan families stayed at Caplin Bay and inter-married into several families in that area. Over the years, many of Matthew's descendants moved out of Calvert. At least one of his grandsons went to British Columbia, some moved to the United States, and in the 1950s, his son, Ben, moved to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, with most of his family.
Present Status: There is now only one family with the Ryan surname at Calvert. However, there are quite a few descendants of Matthew and Ann Ryan at Calvert, throughout other parts of Newfoundland, the rest of Canada, and the U.S.A.

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