Family Surnames - N to Z

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Chart Color Legend

Documented Settlement - Red | Probable Settlement - Blue | Seasonal Settlement - Green

Surnames

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

Notes

7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 0
8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Power     1
Reddigan     2
Rossiter     3
Ryan     4
Sheehan       5
Shelley       6
Stephenson       7
Sullivan     8
Swain     9
Sweetland       10
(O') Toole       11
Wade         12
Walsh     13
Whelan       14

Notes

1/ The Power (Poor) family, recorded as being at Caplin Bay in 1794, was one of the earliest family to settle there. The Census of 1800 shows that the oldest son, James, was 13 at that time. In all likelihood, James and his siblings were all born at Caplin Bay.

2/ Richard Reddigan, believed to be from Co. Kilkenny, married and settled at Caplin Bay in the 1820s. His son, Michael, was born there about 1827.

3/ A letter by Howard Morry of Ferryland to Michael P. Murphy (a St. John's historian) on Jan. 18, 1954 relates that John Rossiter told him that his (Rossiter's) father "came over" about 1805.

4/ Matthew and Ann Ryan were recorded at Caplin Bay in the 1800 Census. Matthew was employed by Matthew Morry & Co. in the winter of 1799/1800. They had no children at that time.

5/ The earliest recorded mention of the Sheehey/Sheehan surname was in the District Court Records of 1829.

6/ The records of 1819 indicate that Walter Shelley, from Portlaw, Co. Waterford, was a boatkeeper at Ferryland. However, in 1828, a Walter Shelley of Caplin Bay, but now of St. John's, sold his property, on the south side of Caplin Bay, to Benjamin Sweetland.

7/ John Stephenson of Poole, England was initially stationed at Caplin Bay, likely as Deputy Sheriff, but in the mid 1840s he moved to Ferryland when he was appointed Sheriff of the Southern District.

8/ Joseph Sullivan of Co. Wexford, Ireland settled at Stone Island about 1838 when he married Elizabeth (Eliza) Swain.

9/ Robert Swain, believed to be from Co. Wexford (or Northern Ireland?), was one of the earliest settlers at Stone Island. His first child, Elizabeth, was born there about 1817.

10/ Benjamin and William Sweetland were born in Ferryland, but settled at Caplin Bay and ran a fishing business there in the early 1800s. Eventually, in the 1830s, Benjamin and William moved to Trinity and Bonavista, respectively, to take up magisterial positions.

11/ Terrance (O') Toole was first mentioned in the Supreme Court Records in 1830, but it appears probable that he was settled at Caplin Bay before that time.

12/ In local oral tradition, the Wades are regarded as the first of the Stone Island settlers. Kitty Wade was the last of that family surname at Calvert. She was also the last of the Stone Island residents to move out of that area. She died at Calvert in 1934.

13/ James Walsh married Eleanor (Nelly) Evoy, widow of Michael Evoy, at Ferryland in 1799. It appears they moved to the North Side of Caplin Bay about 1805.

14/ Matthew Whelan, his wife Margaret, and their children were living at Caplin Bay in 1836 according to a land deed recorded in Volume 3 - Folio 3 of the Southern District Deeds 1825 - 1888.

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