HomePort S.S. Neptune which was
              first Captained by Hon. Edward White
Pioneer roots in NFLD, NS and PEI 
Search HomePort 

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 pleased to learn of any shared connections.

Newfoundland Roots

Currently researching sixteen Newfoundland ancestral family names. Fourteen of these lines were in Newfoundland during the 1700's. Some dates of arrival are well known
 but many are not. The first known reference for these Newfoundland ancestral roots are indicated.

White"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.

Knight - Since 1768 at least, in the Quidi Vidi area.

Brace -  From Keignton, Devon to Quidi Vidi, NL before 1753.

Bemister - Corfe Mullen Parish, Dorset UK to Carbonear in 1810.
Pitts - Kennford, Devon UK to NFLD in 1751 settling eventually in Lance Cove, Bell Island.

Ayre - from Crediton, Devon, UK, but had relocated to Birmingham UK prior to immigration to St. John's - circa 1880.

Bartlett - in Twillingate, prior to 1790.

Picco - Portugal Cove, prior to 1755.

Spencer -  Bonavista Bay prior to 1788.

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 1783.

Greenan - Bonavista Bay prior to 1786.

Elford - St. John's prior to 1782 (connection to Elford ancestors is still unconfirmed)

 Nova Scotia Roots

 We 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.

Hunter & 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 influenced by Admiral Cochrane who encouraged them to remain in NS. They settled on Willow Hill Rd., Ardoise, Hants County.

Dill - 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.

Allen & 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 -  An Osmotherly, 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 1761.

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

We are researching the ancestral families of Betty Rogers, including sixteen Island family names.

Smith - 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 brigantine Valiant (Capt. John Ezard)

Alley - from Ireland they were resident on PEI by 1821.

Lawson - from NS but resident on PEI by the 1820's. Prior to 1750 family resided in Boston MA with Scottish roots.

Fowle - from Highgate, England but resident in NS prior to 1820 and in PEI during the 1820's.

MacKenzie - from Applecross, Scotland but resident in PEI prior to 1830.

& 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 voyage", 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.

Rogers - from Carmarthen, South Wales emigrated to Bedeque PEI in 1832 via NS.

James - resident in PEI by 1823

Burrows - from Cornwall, England immigrating to Long River, PEI in 1837

Cockran - in PEI prior to 1816

Sinclair - 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 to 1845.

Tuplin - from Tawstock, near Westleigh, Devonshire, UK to PEI in 1840. Resided in Long River.

McKay - resident in Malpeque PEI by 1773.

We are researching the ancestral families of Bob Large, including eleven PEI family names.

Large - 11 Jun 1817, left Dublin, Ireland on the brig Hariot (Capt. John Hannah) landing at New London PEI on 22nd August after leaving passengers on Gaspe, Quebec. Previously family 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 Charlottetown.

resident in Bedeque, PEI by 1790

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.

HomePort  Search HomePort Send e-mail to: HomePort