Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy

If I don’t reply to your query, it is because I have no information. I don’t want to add to the comments with ‘I don’t know’. If you can help answer someone’s question, please post!

The internet is a good place to find out about your family history.  Unfortunately, it ain’t as easy as the tv ads for look.  Often those ads with cheerful people clicking on a leaf and finding some fascinating bit of information about their great-granddaddy come on as I’m struggling to figure out whether this Peter is son of this Paul or that Paul.  It’s all I can do to not throw a shoe at the television.

There is a lot of information on the big genealogy websites like and Newfoundland Mi'kmaq genealogy websites 1775 James Cook  And there are lots of other sites with information where you don’t have to pay a membership fee.  Some have vital statistics on them – birth and death records, census information etc.  Others are the product of family researchers.  Below are sites related to Newfoundland Mi’kmaq families that I have found useful.

A word of warning:  do not rely totally on any one source as the gospel.  Primary records have enough inconsistencies of fact and, with websites, you have the added possibility of error of transcription.  Dates get typed in wrong, names get misspelled.  There’s lots of room for error.  Plus some information is simply inaccurate or conflicts with other sources.  So with primary documents and the internet, be judicious, check and double-check.

Genealogy Websites

(see Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Books for more sources)

* Acadian Genealogy (by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino – many Nfld. west coast families)
*  Benoit (by Jasen Benwah, plus other Nf Mi’kmaq fams)
*  Desc. of Gabriel Billard (marr. Miriam Durnford)
*  Desc. of Michel Boudrot/Boudreau Lt. Gen. (1600s Acadie, marr. Michelle Aucoin)
*  Bras d’Or Families (by John Scott, incl. Jesso, Boutilier, & other fams & regions)
*  Bras d’Or Indian Village Band Assoc. (Maliseet-Micmac Vital Stats, LeJeune gen, Nfld. Mi’kmaq)
*  Canadian Genealogy & History Links (Nfld page)
*  Chiasson Family
Desc. of Charles Crocker (by Elizabeth Sheppard Hewitt)
*  Desc. of Daniel’s Harbour (Payne, Brooks, Park families)
*  Doucet Family
*  Gallant Family (PEI, by Linda Keefe-Trainor, click ‘tree’)
* (Gallant) Haché-Gallant Family
*  Gaudet Genealogy (Mark B. Arsland: France, USA, Canada, NL)
*  Desc. of Edward Gaudon (Joe Gaudon, Sept. 2000)
*  Genealogy in Time (links to many sites)
*  Mi’kmaq Ancestry of Jerry Gerrior (Gerrior/Girouard and others)
*  Desc. of James Hall (NS & NL – click no. link at left for gens)
*  Herridge-Nurse Family History (Matthews, Garnier, Strickland, etc.)
*  Jesso Family (most Nfld. west coast families)
*  Labrador (Southern) Family History (Labrador Cura, by Patty Way)
*  LeBlanc/White (‘Steve’s Genealogy Blog’)
*  LeBlanc & MacLean Families (Trish LeBlanc – Rootsweb, link goes to surname list)
*  Lefresne-Robinson Family, South Coast of Nfld (Rootsweb, link to surnames)
*  LeJeunes of Cape Breton & Nfld (by Lark Szick)
*  The Ancestry of Henry LeJeune/Young (by Kirk Butt, see note below on BSGGS for this)
*  Desc. of Jacques LeJeune (Robin K. Young gen. home page)
*  John Young (LeJeune) of Bras d’Or NS (by Kevin Young)
*  Dr. William Litchman (South Coast families, Lushman etc.  Click a Publications title for content. Also see his “every-name index” for Burgeo-LaPoile 1921 census, below.)
*  Desc. of George Lomond (by Sharon Dillon; also Dillon, Knott, Currie)
*  Maliseet & Micmac Vital Statistics (NB Church Records – 346 pg PDF so it takes a long time to load)
*  Marche Family (see note below on BSGGS for access to this huge family tree)
*  Mattie Mitchell Webpage (by Fred Powell)
*  Muise Family (by Doris Muise)
* Desc. of Philippe Mius d’Azy (by Yvon Cyr)
* (Muise) Four Generations of d’Entremonts (Musée des Acadiens)
*  Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (‘accept’ then search)
*  O’Connell Family Tree (most Nfld. west coast families)
*  Payne Families
acadien flag*  PEI Family Lineages (flag by Acadian names)
*  PEI Genealogical Society
* Pike Family History & Genealogy Resources (by David Pike)
*  Roy Family, through Marie Aubois (by John R. Nelson)
*  Rumbolt, Hann, Lane & Howarth Genealogy Pages (Northern Peninsula, Bay of Islands)
*  Jacques St-Pierre’s Family Tree (Doucet, Muise, LeJeune, et al.)
*  Vatcher Family History (by Ed Vatcher)
*  Wendy’s Ancestral Tree (Cajun/Acadian families, go to paternal Pitre line)
*  Wheeler Descendants (mainly Twillingate area)
* Stephen A. White, Genealogist (LeBlanc and others & Acadien history)
* Ancestors of Wayne Harvey Young (LeJeune & Stone)

For other family trees, genealogical and vital statistics information and sources, go to Bay St. George Genealogical Society.  There is a lot of material in the main site, but for $10 a year membership, you get to go in the ‘Members Only’ section.  There you find many of the invaluable papers on Newfoundland family history written by Allan Stride among other materials. NL GenWeb and Newfoundland Grand Banks are also great resources for vital statistics data.

A wonderful source for information on Burgeo history and families is the 1925 Diary of Burgeo by Joseph Small. Also valuable for those interested in south coast families is Dr. Litchman’s index of the 1921 census for Burgeo-LaPoile, available in Kindle format at Amazon.

Some of these sites are easier than others to navigate around.  I’ve linked to home pages whenever possible so that you can see what’s there.  I’ve used all these sites, so know it is possible to get around if there’s more information there.  If there’s so much information that you don’t know how to find who you’re looking for, try searching with ‘control’ and ‘f’ keys on PCs or ‘command’ and ‘f’ on Macs and type the name or place in the little search box.  At least within the ‘page’, that will find them.

These links are valid as of now, March 2011. (*Checked & updated March 2016.)  They may change or be removed in future.  They’re not my sites so I apologize in advance if problems develop with them.

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834 thoughts on “Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy”

  1. I am following my matrilineal line. I am a descedent of Susannah Poole who married William Anderson, his second wife. I am seeking the parents of Susannah Poole. Born aprox 1822 died aprox 1914. She spent time in Burgeo, Newfoundland. Now I am wondering either she came from England or was she aborignal? My most sincere thanks for any support, a great-x-daughter of Susannah. SGS

    1. Hi Susan, I don’t know if my info is right but I have Susannah’s parents as William Poole and Elizabeth surname unknown. I have John Poole as William’s father and mother unknown. I don’t have a birthplace for Susannah but have Burgeo as where she died. Sorry I haven’t got more on them for you.

  2. doing family tree’s . do you know anything on reids.
    moses reid who married maria ann spingle . their parents where born etc.

    1. Hi Holley, I have Moses Reid born 22 May 1854 L’Anse aux Meadows, died 7 July 1917 Neddie’s Hr Bonne Bay. Ann Maria Spicknell/Maria Ann Spingle b 22 Sep 1855 Cole Hr Bonavista Bay, d 1 Aug 1931 Neddie’s Hr. They married maybe 1876 in Bonne Bay. As Ann Maria’s parents, I have only their names, James Spicknell/Spingle and Mary Ann Hann.

      Moses’ parents: Timothy Reid (b 1829 Conception Hr, d 28 Nov 1906 Neddie’s Hr) and Aurelia Pynn (b 12 May 1829 Quirpon, d 27 May 1888 Deep Water Cove, Bonne Bay). Timothy’s parents: William Henry Reid (b 1794 England, d 1883 Deep Water Cove) and Ann Rumbolt (b abt 1806 d 1883 Deep Water Cove, d/o John Rumbolt and Mary Ann Sweetapple). Hope this helps.

  3. Hi Dorothy,
    I have been looking for information on my possible Mi’kmaq heritage from the west coast of Newfoundland. I was recently told that my family there were, at least in part, Mi’kmaq, but have not been able to confirm this through my own research. My grandfather was Stephen Alley born in 1916 or 17, His parents were Elijah Alley and Martha Hulan. Any information you might have would be extremely helpful to our family understanding our heritage. Thank you

    1. Hi Paul, you may have all the info that I have on your Alley family. But here goes: Your great-grandfather Elijah was son of Elijah Allez, 1840-1927 St. David’s, Bay St. George. He married Ann Morris, b 1843 Barrisway d 1921 St. David’s, d/o Clement Morris and Lydia Hulan.

      Elijah Sr. was s/o Nicholas Allez (b 1817 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, d 1858 Sandy Point BSG) and Marie Pierce (1818-1898 St. David’s BSG). Nicholas’ father was John James Allez (b abt 1777 Guernsey, d 1859 Sandy Point). From Ancestry, I have Nicholas’ mother as Martha Jane Hulan, b 1797 in McKay’s BSG, but that doesn’t make sense if Nicholas was born in Guernsey before his father or parents came to Nfld. Also a 20 year difference in their ages.

      On the Morris side, Clement’s parents were Robert Morris (b 1782 Dorset England, d 1861 Robinsons BSG) and Eleanor Hulan (1786 McKay’s to 1869 Robinsons). Clement’s wife Lydia Hulan (1810 McKays to 1893 Barrisway) was d/o John Thomas Hulan and Sarah Gale (b 1772, d/o John Gale and Mary Dodge).

      With the family names you have, I think you’d find Kirk Butt’s Bay St. George histories valuable. The families have roots in the Channel Islands and UK but also have very long histories in Bay St. George. Remember too if you’re searching records, the spelling variations: Alley/Allez and Hulan/Heulan. Hope this helps and good luck.

  4. looking for info on leah white ,married William harris and had daughter mary Elizabeth harris ,who married pittman in rcoky hr,nl. leah and William was from trout river , nl. nad they were married in trout river ,nl. on may 10/1887 thanks

    1. Hi Holley, I have Leah White as b abt 1868 in Trout River, d/o George Willis White (b 1853 Bonne Bay) and Mary Ann Benoit. George White was s/o of Alfred Wight/White (b 1818 Carbonear d 1907 Bonne Bay) and Ann Noseworthy (b 1819 d 1894 Bonne Bay). Ann Benoit was d/o Sebastien Benoit (b 1836 Sandy Point d 1928 Woods Is. BoI) and Jane Hutchings (b 1840 Cow Head d 1928 Woods Is.). Sebastien was s/o Sebastien Benoit (b abt 1800 Stephenville Xing d 1895 Black Duck Brook) and Theotiste/Catherine Jesseau (b abt 1813 Little Bras d’Or Cape Breton d Bay of Islands). Sebastien was s/o Francois Benoit and Anne L’Official. Theotiste was d/o Joseph Marie Jesseau and Marie Josephe Anne Marche. You can find lots of info online for these latter names.

      Hope this helps. Just to let you and others know, I and my database will not be online for the rest of May. I’ll approve comments when I can so they’re visible for readers who might be able to help.

  5. Hello, Just wondering if or what info you may have on Thomas Drover & Alfreda George.
    Elias George & Mary Anne Rowe . The Drover family were of Heart`s Contents and Upper Island Cove NFLD.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I see you’ve written before about the Drover, George, Rowe and Gosse families. I have nothing on the names you’ve given, sorry. I’ve moved your comment to this post because there’s a better chance that a reader here will be able to help out. Thanks, and good luck!

  6. Hi Dorothy, I read a volumn of The Micmac Shore that was written by you and Marlene Companion, some time ago. It was so interesting, that I would like to see the other 2 Volumues. Can you tell me where I can fine them? I’ve contacted my ward councillor, Gerard Alexander, but, he doesn’t know where I can get it. You have done us a great service in your research on this,Bay of Islands and Bay St. George area. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Anna, it should be at the Qalipu office in Corner Brook. It was done for them, not as a public document, so it is not generally available. Thanks for your kind words.

  7. Looking for information on Charlotte young born in 1839 marriage George Reid born in 1843 I think she is Mary Reid mother .Was charlotte young indian of Condroy, Newfoundland.

    1. Hi Linda, I have Charlotte Young (1839-1893), marr George Read/Reid, as mother of Mary Ann Reid (1858-1934 Codroy) marr Reuben Kendall. But I have no parents for Charlotte and can find nothing. I also have a Charlotte Young, b 1832 Codroy, as d/o James Young and Elizabeth Gallop. An Ancestry tree has Charlotte (same date/place) as d/o James Young and Elizabeth Jesso. Neither I nor the Ancestry tree have a husband or children for that Charlotte. I mention her only because the date and place of birth are fairly close. Sorry I can’t find anything else on her.

  8. ty for quick reply. Yes you are right about this so far too. I did find out that rebecca sophia shears was born in Barrisway, and interesting ties in Isle aux Morts too. This is pretty ineteresting stuff. And stephen was married to a woman named catherine.

  9. Hello. My grandmothers name was elizabeth brown from rock harbour and she was married to arthur shears. they have lived in burnt isles and rocky harbour, but his family comes from robinsons area. His parents were allan james shears (i believe) and his wife was priscilla gilliam i believe. And I know that my past great uncles were also guides. I am wondering if i have mikmaq heritage.

    1. Hi Sally, using Ancestry trees, I added to the small bit of info I had on your Browns and Shears. You have both Rock Hr and Rocky Harbour. Some Ancestry trees have Rock Harbour for Elizabeth Brown’s family, and I’m not sure if it’s correct or a typo. Rocky Harbour is in Bonne Bay and Rock Harbour is in Placentia Bay, so opposite sides of the island.

      I found little that tells me their ancestry, other than Mary Priscilla Gillam’s mother, Rebecca Sophia Shears (1836-1909), is d/o of Stephen Chatter Shears born in 1809 in Devon, England. Not much help, I’m afraid, maybe some readers can add to it. Thanks for writing.

  10. This comment is for Kelli in regard to her Jan 13th 2012 post Samuel Park and Mary Ann Hussey.
    Zac Park, my grandfather was the son of Samuel Park. Great Grandfather Samuel (nick name Big Sam) was born out of wedlock to Ellen Park b May 12, 1843, daughter I believe of William and Sarah Park. (if Sarah was a Wheeler I would love to have more details) He is buried in the graveyard across from the church in Cox’s cove. Robert Park was his step father but Big Sam had half brothers and sisters from that union. Ellen had at least three more children before the marriage and Robert had possibly one child before the marriage. Big Sam married Mary Ann Hussey who died in Mt. Moriah and was buried in the old Anglican grave yard Cox’s cove ( No headstone) next to her mother Patience Hussey and across from two of her sons Sam. James and Isaac.

    1. Hi Mary, thanks for the information on Samuel Park. I see that Kelli’s comment is one of those that was lost when this page crashed. That means I have no email address for her so can’t forward this. I hope you see this, Kelli!

  11. after inciudent that happened in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) in 1746, when after over 40 French ships attempting to bring weapons and supplies to the Mi’kmaq of Sipekne’katik district in hopes of driving out the English. This incident decimated over 1/3 to 1/2 of the entire Mi’kmaq population in Sipekne’katik district since the 40 ships that landed in Kjipuktuk carried with them a deadly combination of scurvy, typhus, and typhoid. Around 500 Mi’kmaq from Sipekne’katik district headed out of sheet harbor in over 200 birch bark canoes and headed for Newfoundland to escape from not only the diseases that arrived with the french ships but also from the british who ended up building a fort in Kjipuktuk only 3 years later in 1749.
    Many of these Mi’kmaq were remnants of the 3 large clans that once controlled Kjipuktuk (Halifax), along with Mi’kmaq of sheet harbour, musquodoboit, and shubenacadie.

  12. Hi Dorothy,
    I wrote on here before but didnt get a repsonse back. I am looking for information on Lenora (Fraize or Frazer) She married Richard Parrill of Pines Cove(Points Cove). She was from in around Conception Bay area. Do you happen to have any info? Thanks

    1. Hi Sabrina, I’m sorry for not replying to your earlier comments but I had no information for you. Still don’t, I’m afraid, but I’ve moved this comment to where it might get more visibility by readers who might know the Fraize and Parrill families. I see that Lenora was born in 1856 and died 1913 and her parents were John Fraize and Elizabeth Babb. If anyone can help, please write!

  13. Hello Dorothy , what a great website you have here. I’m putting together family tree for my new born son . I cannot seem to find any information on a Mary Joyce who had married Mark childs in lark harbour in 1909 . She had passed away in 1965

    1. Hi, and thanks. What a great idea to do for your baby boy! But I’m sorry to say I can’t be of much help. I found Mark and Mary Childs in the 1921 census for Bay of Islands, Lark Harbour. It says Mark was born May 1882 in Bonne Bay, and Mary in Mar 1889 in Lark Hr. Children listed are Amelia, George, Louisa, Sarah, James and Annie. I’m guessing they’re the ones, although Mary’s birth name is not given. Maybe a bit more information – on one of their kids or Mark’s parents – might help me or someone reading find out more for you.

  14. Dear Dorothy,

    You mentioned the Poole family of New Harbour on the south coast in a reply you made to a query on June 22, 2014. I was wondering if you recall the source for William, John and Elizabeth Poole and their dates of birth. I’ve just started down the road with this family.

    God Bless
    John Paul Bradford

    1. Hi John, the only information I have on the Pooles you mention is what’s in that comment – “Elizabeth Poole, maybe born 1751, sister of John (b abt 1760) and William Poole (b Bay of Chaleur, near Harbour Breton).” I have no sources noted, I think I got them from another database. I checked Ancestry trees and there is nothing more there. I have Elizabeth as married to Philip Grandy, but no parents for him. William was married to Mary, surname unknown, and I have no name for John’s wife. Not much help to you, I’m sorry.

  15. HI,
    Thank you for the info on EHE Hacketts dated 22 Jan 2012. Could you please tell me where you got the information that Elizabeth Saunders , wife of Thomas Hynes , was a Mi’kmaq woman? Do you have anymore info on the Saunders family?
    I am tracing the indigenous lines of Michael Hackett and Elizabeth Hynes .
    Thank you very much for your time.

    1. Hi Jaci, the comment you mention from 22 Jan 2012 was written by a reader, not me. I have no documentation on whether Elizabeth Saunders was Mi’kmaq. For Elizabeth Hynes and Michael Hackett, I have them as married 28 Nov 1892. She was born 1872 English Hr East, died 1933 Bay of Islands, d/o Joseph Hynes (b 1843 English Hr East d 1929 Bay of Islands) and his first wife Martha Murphy (b English Hr E d abt 1882 Wood’s Is). Joseph was s/o Thomas Hynes and Elizabeth Saunders. I don’t know Martha’s parents.

      I have Michael Hackett (b 1866 English Hr E, d 1933 Bay of Islands) as s/o William Hackett and Elizabeth Smith (no dates, except for marriage 8 Oct 1862 in Fortune Bay). William Hackett’s parents were John Hackett, possibly born in Labrador, and Ann Loughlin, born Flat Islands in Placentia Bay. Elizabeth Smith’s father may have been John Charles Smith. I don’t know her mother’s name. Hope this helps.

  16. Hi Dorothy,
    I’m looking for further information on my family Payne and Rideout who lived in Wildcove NFLD.
    My Grandfather Harry Payne was born to Lila Rideout and George Payne. He had a sister Susan. Lila died in late 1800s when my grandfather was 20. George remarried a women with the last name of Fox and had 6-8 more children. I’m curious to find out if Lila had native origins after seeing her picture that was stored upside down in a bureau built by by gifted grandfather who refused to answer any of our questions.

    1. Hi Wendy, I don’t have Harry Payne, Lila or their parents but I found this marriage record on Nf Grand Banks in Twillingate Congregational Parish Records 1877-1902:
      “Aug 26 1889, George PAYNE, 26, bach, [occ.] fish,[res.] Twillingate, [father] Charles Payne, [minister] John F. Geddes, [married]
      Lilla RIDEOUT 24, spin, [res.] Twillingate, [father] Philip Rideout NOTES: George was the s/o Charles & Martha Payne, & likely grandson of George Payne. He md (2) widow Lucy A. Simmonds. Lilla was b Jan 10 1866 Wild Cove – d Aug 16 1901 Wild Cove age 36 yrs; her mother was Jane Fox.”

      I also found, on NLGenWeb Notre Dame Bay Multi-Denominational Births 1892-1894, a birth record for Ada Mary Paine, b 25 July 1892 Wild Cove Twillingate, parents George and Lilah (Rideout). Research notes say “Maiden name was given in entry. Lilla Rideout was b Jan 10 1866 Twill, the d/o Philip Rideout & Jane Fox.”

      So Ada Mary would be Harry’s sister, and Lila’s mother’s name was Jane Fox, George’s 2nd wife was Lucy Simmonds – being a widow, that last name was probably her 1st husband’s. That’s all I can find. I hope it helps you some.

  17. Hi Dorothy! Just wanted to note that unfortunately, Jonie Billard passed away a number of years ago, and the link you have above for her page on descendants of Gabriel Billard no longer works ( has removed it and its child URLs).

    I’ve been adding Billard genealogy info for the past few years to wikitree, which is an open source genealogical site; feel free to link to this. It includes a lot of links to source documentation whenever possible, too (for example, Gabriel Billard’s original birth record from the Government of France archives).

    Gabriel and his descendants can be found here:

  18. Hi Dorothy,

    I’m looking for information on my grandmother Elizabeth Rose Samms 1928 – 2003, Stephenville or her family history. She had a brother, Russell Samms of Cape Anguille. She married Charlie Collier and settled in Barachois Brook. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I thought your question would be really easy to answer. But it’s not. I have a Russell Samms who fits in terms of date of birth. But your Elizabeth Rose’s obit does not mention other brothers or sisters. The Russell I have had siblings and I do not have Elizabeth Rose as one of them. I found Charlie Collier, with his family, and Elizabeth listed as his wife but no other information. Maybe somebody reading can help out?

  19. Hi Dorothy,
    Happy New year I was wondering if you had any information on a William Henry Wells who married Alice Power
    in Carbonear in 1878.I can’t seem to find any information on either, Any help would sure be appreciated,thank you for your time
    William was born 1847

    1. Hi Charles, I haven’t had much luck with either Wm Henry Wells or Alice Power. I did find their marriage in the Carbonear RC records, with witnesses Patrick Dawley and Ellen Dawley. I wondered if she might be a sister, but couldn’t find anything more. I found someone else looking for your William and Alice I think. Larry Wells in Sept 2004 on Nf Grand Banks posted “Looking for any information on the father of William Wells b 1847 married to Alice b 1854. They had 3 children born in Carbonear NFLD, John abt1880, Joseph abt1883, and Mary Joseph abt1885.” You may know him, but if not, there is an email address for him. Not much help, sorry, but good luck and happy new year to you too!

  20. I am very interested finding any info on my g-g-g-grandmother Lavinia Bursey born1860 In Old Perlican, NL and died in Port aux Basques, NL on Dec. 21, 1945. She was married to John Lowe of Hant’s Hr., NL. Lived and buried in Shoal Hr., NL. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  21. Thank you for the great reading
    And info – lots oh great stuff .
    Looking to get in touch with Tami
    From jan 18 2012
    James McFatridge
    Married Susan march(e)
    Father was a Frances March e
    Would you have any info on him
    Said to be native from Nova Scotia

    1. Hi Eric, I have sent your comment and email address on to Tami. I don’t have much on this James McF and Susan Marche. I have a few Francis/Francois Marches but none showing them to be from NS or with a daughter Susan. If you want to send some dates and/or places, maybe I or someone reading might be able to match people up. Thanks for writing.

  22. Hello Dorothy, I appreciate the help you have given me so far and i am very close to connecting the dots to prove my native heritage . I am doing this for two reasons to apply for status and because in starting this journey i have become very interested in my roots. My question is how feasible is it to apply given the problems right now. I have some personal info if you would like to email me. Thank you

    1. Hi Sharon, I’ll email you. Speaking generally, there are various routes for applying for status depending on the band you want to join. The Dept of Indigenous Affairs or the band itself would have more details.

  23. I have been trying to dig up info on my 6x’s G Grandfather(John ?) Kendall (ell) born 1735-40 I believe. He had a son John born abt 1760/65 (do not have his wife but do have their 8 children), and a daughter Grace who may have died in 1853, married to a William Lee born 1764-1838, of Round Harbour (I have both their lines) but can not get further back than Grace and John in my Tree. I have been looking in Devon, England?? but do not have enough data to track him down even if I am in the correct place. Would you happen to have any info on Grace and John Kendall (ell)’s Father.

  24. Hello! I am happy to find this page – I have been looking for some time to find the connection of the Keeping and/or Nash family to the Mi’kmaq … my Grandparents are Harold & May Keeping from Pushthrough, his parents: Andrew Keeping 1882 March 5, 1946 & Angela (Organ) Keeping June 21, 1884 November 12, 1951 (Family ~ William, James, Cecil, Lorenzo, Theadore, Chester)
    Mays Parents: Charles Nash 1889 Feb Saddle Island &
    Frances Nash Wife 1894 Jun 27 Ramea,
    NASH May F Daughter Single 1912 Oct 8 Saddle Island
    I would be so grateful if you have any clear information! Sincererly, Yvette!

    1. Hi Yvette, I don’t think I know much more about your Keeping and Nash families than you do. In case it helps readers locate them, I found May (Nash) Keeping’s mother’s birth name as Frances Jane Cutler (b 1893 Fox Is. d 1976 Halifax) d/o John Henry Cutler and Sarah Kendall b & d Ramea and/or Burgeo). I’m curious about Angela Organ, wife of Andrew Theodore Keeping, but can’t find her parents. I’m sure you’ve thought of this, but remember you might find the name Keeping also as Kippin or Kippins. Good luck, and if I find anything I’ll let you know.

  25. Hi Dorothy,
    I am trying to determine my Mi’kmaq ancestry and believe some of my ancestors may have lived in Chaleur Bay near Harbour Breton. Do you have any info such as the surnames of any residents and whether or not they were identified or recognized as native. Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.

    1. Hi Hector, I see from your June 22 2014 comment that your great-grandmother was Sarah Rachel Kearley, b 1862 Belleoram d 1928, d/o James Kearley and Elizabeth Grandy. The information I have on the family is in my reply to you then – in case this helps someone reading who may have more information.

      Googling Kearley now, I found other people also researching the family on the NGB Nf and Lab Genealogy Research Interests Forum: Old. If you haven’t seen this, look under “Kearley” but also search the name within the page. There is contact info for the researchers, although it is indeed old. I see it might be spelled Cary or Carey. For sure Mi’kmaq people would have been been familiar with the area, but I don’t know what surnames would be local to it. Sorry, I know that’s not much help!

  26. Hi
    I’m looking for some info on Elizabeth stonley who married my great grandfather James Nicholas Currie in sheet harbour n.s. she was originally from bay island and was a full native. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you

    1. Hi Samantha, I have nothing, sorry. I found what might be them listed in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Sheet Harbour – James N. Currie 1867-1936 and Elizabeth J. Currie 1873-1957. But you likely know that already. If anyone can help, please do.

  27. Hello,
    I am trying to ascertain if my family has Aboriginal roots.
    Surnames: French, Tucker, Courage, Curtis, Stone, Sacrey, Chipman, Vokey – all hailing from Harbour Grace/Bryant’s Cove Newfoundland. The dates go as far back as 1770.
    What information can I forward to you, if this is at all possible?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Debra, you could post a few names here, with their dates, of those in any of these families that you think might be aboriginal. Maybe I or readers will have some more information on them. The surnames and geographic area are not ones that I have much info on, but you never know what connections might show up.

  28. Hi Dorothy, I read a comment from a member regarding Peddle/Kendall,Kendell a while back. I am related to these names and if I can help anyone I would be more than willing to do so. Thank you. Love your site.

  29. Hi Dorthy, greetings from Mishkeegogamang FN in northern Ontario!! love your website! I know this is a long shot but I was wondering if you may have any information on a John Charles Young. He was my great great grandfather and was married to a Mi’Kmaq woman possibly names Lucie, or a variation of that spelling. I believe she was from NL, and John from NS. I know there are probably so many men with the same name, but I am in search of answers pertaining to the Mikmaq side. Thanks so much, have a great day!

    1. Hi Ronald, thanks. You’re right – there are a lot of John Charles Youngs ;). I have none married to a Lucie. But maybe with approximate dates of when he was alive, I or someone reading might be able to help. Also, any idea where in NS he was from? What might help too is the name of his child, the one who is your great-grandparent.

  30. Hi Dorothy! I have recently been curious to learn more about my ancestry. I typed in my maternal ggrandmothers name and saw 2 other people, Esther Saunders and Lillian Whitehorn looking for information on her as well. Was there any information you were able to share with them?

    1. Hi Angela, I searched through the comments and saw no reply from me about the Lillian Whitehorn they are looking for, so I guess I have nothing. If anyone can help out, please do.

  31. Hi Dorothy
    THANKS for the reply. I also some info as you suggested on another lady by the same name. I am leaning towards the first info because I also heard from someone else that Richard Furlong was her Elizabeth Prosper (Beals) second marriage. She apparently went back to NL after her first husband (Richard Beals) died. A strange coincidence to have two husbands with the same first name.

  32. Hi Dorothy
    I am trying to find some info on my great grandmother Elizabeth Prosper. I have found some info and and want to confirm it. she married my great grandfather Richard Beals in July of 1881 and my grandfather was born in Pinware Labrador iin 1900. I think he was the baby of the family. My grandfather was called a Jackie tar and I believe the term came attached to his mom. I think Elizabeth was half native, her Dad was James born 1838 and her mom was Jeanne Benoit born 1834. It is said that Jeanne was va Micmac midwife for Nova Scotia. Does want of this seem correct if so please let me know.

    1. Hi Roderick, I have an Elizabeth Jane Prosper Companion b 1864 in John’s Beach as d/o James Prosper Companion and Jeanne/Jane Benoit. But I have her husband as Richard Furlong. I found on NLGenWeb (Labrador Straits baptisms, Harbour Grace Immaculate Conception) a Richard, b Nov 9 1899 West St. Modeste, son of Richard Beals and Elizabeth Prosper. On an Ancestry discussion board I saw a 2010 post about Elizabeth and Richard: “Elizabeth’s parents were a Thomas and Joan/Johanna. I believe these people were not connected to the Prospers of NL.” I checked my Thomas Prospers but no match. If anyone reading can help, as always, please do!

  33. Hi I am wondering how I can leave a reply to a comment I seen on here from Dave Parrott. He seems to be looking for the same family as me?

    1. Hi Amanda, you can post your comment for Dave here and, that way, everybody who might be interested in the family will also see it. I would send him an email to tell him to look for it. Or I can send him your email address and he can contact you. Let me know, and thanks.

  34. Hello Dorothy, I’ve asked a few questions in the past few years and do appreciate the information you have given me. I wonder if you know if there is a Mi’Kmaq connection between the Crant and Hinks families.
    My info tells me there may be…my Grandmother was Lena Crant
    Born June 4th 1894 in Channel Newfoundland and my Grandfather was James Hinks born July 29 th 1888
    I also came across this info in a census John Hinks born 1891 married Rebecca ( Crant) Hinks daughter of William and Rebecca (MacDonald) Crant. John Hinks and Rebecca Hinks lived in Conne River.Any information you can give me would be appreciated

    1. Hi again Sharon, glad I’ve been of some help. I have Lena May Crant as d/o George Grant (1851-1923) and Frances Matthews (b 1872). Frances was d/o Christopher Matthews (1844-1920) and Lavinia Collier (1846-1896). Christopher was born Lower Burgeo s/o John Matthews (1804-1866) and Fanny Dicks.

      Lena’s husband James Israel Hinks was s/o Joseph Hinks (b Cape Ray 1867-1936) and Rosanna Osmond (1862-1941). Joseph was s/o James Hinks (abt 1843-1870) and Elizabeth Scott (b Grand Bank 1843, d PAB). James was s/o John Hinks and Mathilda LeRoux (both b 1823).

      John Hinks (marr to Rebecca Crant) I have as s/o John Hinks (b 1865 Dragon) and one of his three wives Nancy Paul (b McCallum). I have 9 kids for them, most born in Conne River, one in PAB and John in St. Alban’s. The other wives I have for John are Harriett Poulette and Jane Annie (Nancy) Drew – all names common in Conne River. But there were also a lot of John Hinks too, so whether these are all matched up correctly, I don’t know. Both the Crants and Hinks are large, complicated families connected to almost every other family in south and southwestern Nfld.

  35. Would love to have info on Mattie Mitchell as he was my dad’s dad , people didn’t know it until years later. He has passed away 6 years ago. His step sister knew and she passed away just a little before my dad, in corner brook. My dad was from Labrador.

    1. Hi Ms. Pike, the best sources of information I can suggest are the book by Gary Collins on my Nfld Mi’kmaq books page and the website by Fred Powell on this page. Mattie Mitchell was a remarkable man, you’re lucky!

  36. I went to high school in Toronto (North York, Earl Haig Secondary School) in the late 1960’s with two girls by the names of Debbie and Glenda Bennett. They said the were Micmac (Mi’kmaq) from Bell Island, Newfoundland. I’ve often thought about them subsequently, but lost touch with them. I’ve tried to find information about them, family connections etc. but with no luck. Do you have any idea how they are connected with the Mi’kmaq diaspora?

    1. Hi Malcolm, Bennett (anglicized from Benoit) is a common name among Mi’kmaq families from the west and south coasts of Newfoundland. Bell Island is near St. John’s, but the girls’ family may have moved there from one of the two. I’ve taken your information off your comment, just for the sake of your privacy, but if either Debbie or Glenda see this and reply, I’ll get them in contact with you. Thanks for writing.

  37. what information can you give me on claissa tuffy i hear she was emma jean kendall daughter . who was emma jean kendall husband and children .i have a picture of claissa tuffy she looks like she indian decent.any information would be great

    1. Hi Linda, I have Clarissa, or Clara, Tutty (1918-2009) as d/o Emma Jane Kendall (1891 Codroy-1977 NS) and John George Tutty (abt 1888 North Sydney-1956 Sydney Cape Breton). Their other children were John Samuel (1914), Sarah Jane (1916), Joyce Susanna (1918?), Leslie (1925), Marina Dolina “Dolly” (1926), Stanley (abt 1931) and Joan. Hope this helps.

  38. I was scrolling through this list and I found a direct link to the genealogy for my family name. Are the links 100% associated with Mi’kmaq? I know my family is but we are having a hard time getting our status on it.

    Please email me. Thanks

    1. Hi Dare, the links here are to genealogies of families that are connected to Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland. They are family trees that I thought might be helpful for those doing research, but their presence on this page does not mean that they are for sure Mi’kmaq. I will email you.

  39. I believe my grandfather’s mother was Jane Chaisson. His name was Nathan born in 1917. Burgeo. NFLD
    He grew up in Port Aux Basque NFLD. With his 3 older brothers George (who I thing my father was named after), Norman & Freeman and his 2 older sister, Doris and Vera (I think). Any information would be much appreciated, as my father passed away when I was 13.

    1. Hi S- I don’t have anything for these Chaissons, sorry. In the 1935 census for Port aux Basques, I found Jane Chaisson, age 49 widowed, with children Freeman age 23, Nathan age 17, Evelyn age 14, and Vera age 12. In the 1945 census for PAB, I found Nathan, head of h/h age 27, wife Jane E. age 26, and sister “Veno” age 21. From ages, I’m guessing Veno is Vera. If anyone can help out, please do!

  40. I am looking for information on a WIlliam Billard born in 1853 I believe in Ramea Nfld. He married Elizabeth Thorne but I cannot find William’s parents can you help?

  41. Any Micmac/Indian ancestry in the following families:
    Benson of Grates Cove
    Carter of Greenspond
    Pardy of Grand Bank
    Baker of Boxey/Lally Cove

  42. Do you know of the Mitchell’s in Garie Bay , Lapoile Bay , looking for Harriet Taylor , she married Samuel Robert Taylor in 1884 in Grand Brit . I know she died in May 27 1932 , she was my great grandmother and her daughter Rebecca (Taylor) Dicks was my grandmother,she died June 24 1932 , a month after her mother passed.what I would like to know is , we’re they Aboriginal? Many thanks to you .

    1. Hi Ida, I can’t find parents for Harriet Mitchell. In Lovell’s Directory 1871, Noel Mitchell and William Mitchell are listed as fishermen of Garia. I can’t find anything more on them either. Sorry, not much help!

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