Pioneer roots in
NFLD, NS and PEI
This overview, outlines sixty pioneer families in the
Atlantic provinces, that we are currently researching.
If you are researching any of these families, we are
to learn of any shared connections.
Newfoundland ancestral family
names. Fourteen of these lines were in Newfoundland during the 1700's.
Some dates of arrival are well known
many are not. The first known reference for these Newfoundland
ancestral roots are indicated.
- "Fishermen of West
Country origin" lived in Newfoundland for a generation prior to
marriage record of 1786 in Bonavista Bay. Resided in Catalina c. 1810,
Tickle Cove in 1811 and in St. John's c. 1835. Longtime residents of
the Southside, St. John's.
- Since 1768 at least, in the
Quidi Vidi area.
Brace - From Keignton, Devon
to Quidi Vidi, NL before 1753.
Corfe Mullen Parish,
Dorset UK to Carbonear in 1810.
Kennford, Devon UK to NFLD
in 1751 settling eventually in Lance Cove, Bell Island.
from Crediton, Devon, UK, but had relocated to Birmingham UK prior to
immigration to St.
John's - circa 1880.
Bartlett - in Twillingate, prior to
Picco - Portugal Cove, prior to
Spencer - Bonavista Bay prior
Chancey - Cullompton, Devon, UK to
Harbour Grace before 1799 - St John's NL in 1799.
Howell - Carbonear before 1715.
Ash - Carbonear before 1755.
Weir - St. John's prior to 1782.
Bradbury - Bay Roberts, prior to
Greenan - Bonavista Bay prior to
Elford - St. John's prior to 1782
(connection to Elford ancestors is still unconfirmed)
Nova Scotia Roots
are currently researching eighteen ancestral
families in Nova Scotia. Where dates of arrival are known, they are
indicated, in other cases the first written reference is the basis of
determining Nova Scotia residency.
Scott & Dalgity from
Scotland originally arrived in Halifax, NS in 1801, having
departed from the Royal Artillery base at
Woolwich, England. Second generation lived in Ste. Croix by 1823.
Martin - (Hunter
origins in County Ayr, Scotland) 1769 from Aghadowey, Londonderry,
Northern Ireland aboard the ship Admiral Hawke, bound for Philadelphia
the ship foundered off Sable Island - they were rescued by the Good
Ship Blessing, and taken to Halifax, NS. The family were
Admiral Cochrane who encouraged them to remain in NS. They settled on
Willow Hill Rd., Ardoise, Hants County.
arrived from Northern
Ireland. "The Gateway to the Valley",
indicates they were also
shipwrecked on Sable Island in 1769, along with the Hunters, and other
families. Three Dill brothers, held land near the Hunters on the Willow
Hill Rd., Ardoise, Hants County with land grant executed in 1784. By
1802 lease arrangments were made followed by purchase (by second
generation) in 1811, of a large section of land in Sweets Corner - as
well as river front land in Ste. Croix.
Gillmore - Both were
from County Antrim (Northern Ireland), but living in Edinburgh,
Scotland prior to their departure on a 80 day voyage on June 21, 1769
with their three children to Philadelphia. Settled in Connecticut.
After American Revolution settled at Ardoise Hill, Hants County in 1786
and then Grand Pre, Kings Co. in 1791.
Smith & Duck
Yorkshire family which sailed from Hull on March 14, 1774, on the
brigantine Albion (Capt.
Thomas Perrott) for Ft. Cumberland/Ft.
Lawrence, NS. arriving there on May 17, 1774. A younger generation
resided in Ste Croix, NS.
Weighill - from Yorkshire that also
sailed from Hull on March 14, 1774, on the brigantine Albion for
Ft.Cumberland/Ft. Lawrence, NS. arriving there on May 17, 1774.
Harvie & Boyle
- before 1759
from Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland to the American colonies then May 1760
from Rhode Island to Windsor NS, aboard the sloop Sally (Capt. Jona
Lovatt), original Newport NS grantees in 1761.
Powers - in Newport NS by 1763 -
likely New England Planters
Brightman - from Dartmouth Mass,
original Newport NS grantees in 1761. New England Planters
Bailey - From East Greenwich
RI - arrived in NS by 1760, original Newport NS grantees in
Sanford - Probably from Essex,
England they arrived in Rhode Island on the ship Lyon Nov. 1631. They
were original Newport NS
grantees in 1761.
Fish - English ancestry, resident in
Rhode Island before 1643.
Original grantees in 1761 in Newport NS.
Walker - from Ireland but resident
in Halifax, NS by 1774
Prince Edward Island Roots
are researching the ancestral families of Betty Rogers, including
sixteen Island family
from Helmsley and
Harome,Yorkshire they left Hull, Yorkshire clearing port between the
14th and 21st of April 1817 and arriving in PEI - June 25, 1817 on
Valiant (Capt. John Ezard)
Alley - from Ireland they were
resident on PEI
- from NS but resident on PEI
by the 1820's. Prior to 1750 family resided in Boston MA with Scottish
Fowle - from Highgate, England but
resident in NS prior to 1820 and in PEI during the 1820's.
- from Applecross,
Scotland but resident in PEI prior to 1830.
Macrae & Matheson - from
Rosshire, Scotland parents and family of 10 took passage in an emigrant
ship bound for Montreal, intending to go to Glengarry, ON. The ship
[which may have been called Good
Intents] encountered stormy weather,
and their voyage across the
Atlantic lasted seven weeks. When the Captain put in at Pictou, Nova
Scotia, the Macraes were "so sick of the horrors of the long sea
that they found their way to Prince Edward Island, and settled on a
farm in the community of Wheatley River instead near the head of the river of
the same name.
- from Carmarthen, South
Wales emigrated to Bedeque PEI in 1832 via NS.
James - resident in PEI by 1823
Burrows - from Cornwall, England
Long River, PEI in 1837
Cockran - in PEI prior to 1816
- Glendaruel, Argylshire,
Scotland left July 27, 1770 from Campbellton, Scotland on barque
Annabella (Capt. Dugald
Stewart). Ship stranded on shoales October 1770
at Malpeque PEI "having lost all
their possessions found welcome
shelters in French homes."
Ramsay - from Ugadale near
Campbeltown, Argyllshire, Scotland. Like the Sinclair family they also
immigrated on the barque Annabella to
Malpeque PEI in 1770.
Carruthers - resident in PEI prior
Tuplin - from Tawstock, near
Devonshire, UK to PEI in 1840. Resided in Long River.
McKay - resident in Malpeque PEI by
We are researching
the ancestral families of Bob Large, including eleven PEI family
11 Jun 1817, left Dublin,
Ireland on the brig Hariot
(Capt. John Hannah) landing at New London
22nd August after leaving passengers on Gaspe, Quebec. Previously
was from Ballykilcavan, Queens County in Ireland. In 1818 John Large
became agent for Sir John Allan Johnson-Walsh of Ballykilcavan in
Foxley River. By 1838 family had settled in Little York, PEI (York).
Mabey - (originally Mawby) - from
Dorsetshire, England but sent as one of the recruits in Nov 1776 as
part of the 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons in New York. Promoted to
corporal and to sergeant. After a brief stop in Shelburne NS, the
family arrived on PEI on July 26, 1784 in William Schurmanís small
schooner with their one child. In 1786 they received 200 acres of land
in Lot 26. By 1798 they were listed as residing at Bedeque, PEI with
their seven children. In July 1798, George Mabey sold 100 acres
of land in Lot 26 for £ 60 and was granted a tavern license in
Hamilton - resident in Bedeque, PEI by
Macdonnell - resided in
Charlottetown prior to 1825
Crawford - resided in Charlottetown
prior to 1825
Bell - from Saintfield, County Down,
Ireland, in Charlottetown PEI prior to 1862.
Evers - from England or Ireland, in
Charlottetown PEI prior to 1862.
Campbell - in North Wiltshire PEI
prior to 1832.
MacKinnon - emigrated from Isle of
Mull, Scotland in 1810 to Highfield/North River area.
MacKinnon - emigrated from Scotland
to PEI prior to 1865. Resident at Colville Rd., New Haven PEI.
McLean - prior to 1838 were resident
at Colville Rd., New Haven PEI.