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)
* Acadian-Cajun Genealogy & History (click a surname)
*  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)
*  Desc. of George & Jane Harvey (Town of Isle aux Morts)
*  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.

Also see Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Register for full access to their materials. The society has a quarterly journal The Newfoundland Ancestor.

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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    Frances Fanny Billard. She was born Sep 1857 in Wreck Island, Nfld.. She
    married Joseph Anderson. They were married on 28 Sep 1879 in Upper Burgeo,Nfld.. She died Abt. 1942 in Burgeo, Nfld..
    Tom Billard. He was born Dec 1859 in Connaire Bay, Nfld..







  2. Hi, Dorothy ! I was wondering if you can help me. My Great Great Great grandfather was Mathew Morris and my Great Great Great Grandmother was Sophia Reddick. They had a child named Lillian Louise Morris ( my Great Great Grandmother). Lillian did not know her father(Mathew Morris) and only used the surname Morris on her birth certificate, her step father raised her and her name was changed to Lillian Silvea. She was born 1879 . I found Mathew Morris I think. Mathew Morris born in Whycoromagh Inverness N.S. . He had a son named Christopher Morris .Christopher was born 1865 and died 1946 at the age of 81. Christopher’s mother was Mary Ellen Richard( not sure on the surname).Christopher’s death certificate was signed by Indian agent and was to relationship of the deceased from Eskasoni First Nation. Christopher was Mic Maq .So I assume his father Mathew Morris was as well. As I was uncovering the history behind the Morris name I discovered the Morris family is related to the Gould family line and the Denny family line. Is there anything you can pin point or correct or more information that is useful to me in my search for Mathew Morris and his family. thank you!

    1. Hi Dorothy, I have nothing on these Morrises. But googling them, I found Christopher Morris “age 5, shanty, Eskazoni” in the 1871 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq census. That fits with the birth year for your Christopher. Interestingly, there are 4 people named Morris listed and none are older than 14 years. Going back to the source should show what households they lived in. The list I found is arranged alphabetically. It is from Lucie LeBlanc Consentino’s Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestral Home. The census information comes from a PhD thesis by Daniel P. Strouthes entitled “Change in the Real Property Law of a Cape Breton Island Micmac Band, vol. 2.”

  3. Hello Dorothy. …I was wondering if you have any information on surnames Burgeo standing/brown/Janes/Strickland

    1. Hi Jamie, if you can post specific names you’re looking for, and dates for them, maybe I or readers can help out. They are very large families.

  4. Good Afternoon , Hoping that you can help me …I am quite lost . I am the daughter of Winstin Churchill Childs , his father was Goodlyn Childs , and a possible mother Phoebe Anderson , but seem to be unable to confirm this ( Goodlyn had 4 wives * children ) There is a Mary Rowe but I am unable to confirm that she was his mother , .. I did have an Aunt confirm that Churchills mother and one of her sisters were of Mi”kmaq desent , … gosh I am really lost here , Please say you can help . Goodland Childs , Goodlyn Childs … all from Newfoundland

    1. Hi Betty Ann, I have a Winston Childs b maybe 1920s, s/o Llewellyn Childs and Mary Jane Robinson, and another Winston Childs, born likely later, son of Cecil Childs and Sarah surname unknown. That’s it. I can’t find your Winston or Goodlyn. But maybe someone reading this can help. Let’s hope so.

    1. Hi Jamie, I have Madeline Dollimont b 1814 in Belleoram d Apr 1893, d/o Owen Dollimount (1775-1850) and Elizabeth Organ (1775-1853). Madeline married Robert Rose, 1805-1887 Belleoram. I have nothing more about her parents than that. Also you asked about Rachel Kearley, Jessie Rose and Noah Pike – nope, nothing. Maybe readers can help?

  5. I received a message from a friend today who said he was in upstate NY and met some women with my maiden name that are part of the Cayuga Native American tribe. I have been trying to research if my family has any Native American roots. I am not having any luck with where I should look. I did find out that the Mi’kmaq tribe was quite prevalent where my family was from which is the PEI area. Our family name is Wedge which was originally Aucoin. Can you help me find out any information or tell me where I should begin my search? Thanks

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks for writing. Aucoin is a name found in PEI and throughout Atlantic Canada. It is Acadian and Mi’kmaq – depends on the specific individuals in your family. I just added another Acadian genealogy site on this page (2nd in list). It has information on Aucoins so might be of some help. Also the Acadian one listed above it and Stephen White’s site. If you want to post some names and dates here, maybe I or readers may be able to help you out.

  6. Dorothy, I have been trying to find information about Sarah Jesso born about 1822. Sarah married Andrew Debison and they are both listed in the Bras D’ Or First Nation records. I have been unable to find out what family tree Sarah decends from. Do you have any information pertinent to my query? Sarah Jesso and Andrew Debison would be my great great great grandparents.

    1. Hi Edna
      Sarah Jesso or Jessome and Andrew Debison/Devison were my gg grand parents. Sarah was the daughter of Jean Baptiste Jessome ( also spelt Jesso or Josseaume b. about 1781 and Marie Rigby b. abt 1791.


  7. Hi Dorothy . I’m Looking for George Newman Mortons Harbour Newfoundland He had a daughter name Eliza Fudge Newman born in 1863 . Aug 31 1876 George Newman, Wid, Fish, Triton & Dorcas Rendell ( Randell ) , Spin, Triton . At Triton I Don’t know if Dorcas Rendell or Randell is her mother, I’m just wondering is this George Newman part of Mic mac Indian or beuthick indian thanks .

    1. Hi Shawn, I don’t have your George Newman but, googling him, I found a first marriage to Elizabeth Fudge on Jan. 29 1859 in Anglican Marriages (Nf Grand Banks: Nf Vital Stats v. 87 Twillingate). He’s listed as from Twillingate, she from Nipper’s Hr.

      On Rootsweb (Ancestry) I found Elizabeth Fudge as d/o Samuel Fudge, b abt 1790 in Dorset England, and Honour, b abt 1795. George and Elizabeth are listed with children Rebecca b May 1856, Samuel b May 1859, Ursula b 1861, Eliza b 6 Apr 1863 Triton, and Elizabeth b 11 Jun 1865 Dark Tickle. With 2nd wife Dorcas Randell, there’s one daughter Louisa b Jun 1865.

      Date of birth doesn’t seem right for daughter Elizabeth from 1st marriage. She is listed as married to Augustus Bridger. Eliza, b 1863, is married to James Fudge. 2nd marriage daughter Louisa is married to 1st William Fifield, 2nd Eli Pollard.

      If you haven’t found these already, sorry for not putting the links in but I’ve had them mess up my formatting. As for Mi’kmaq or Beothuk, nothing I saw suggests that but I didn’t find his parents. Hope this helps a bit.

      1. ty dorothy god bless reason I asked Eliza Fudge I have a pic of her and the way she is dressed in black she looks native and my gg nan Julia Russell is her daughter and My nan looks dark colour I have pics this is the reason why I asked about George Newman I have no pics for him.Thanks anyway for your info . Is there anything on Holloways or Collins From bonavista bay My gggg 1790 Samuel Collins is on my pop side and Halloways my nan side Her father name is Kenneth halloway from Dover or hare Bay or Newport I know his father was a sealer he died from frozen on the ice .Collinses have been present in Newfoundland since at least the 1600s. Some early instances are

  8. Hi Dorothy,
    I am looking for information on my great, great, great grandmother, named Sally Green. My grandfather said she was part Mi’kmaq and part Inuit. She was from Mutton Bay, Labrador. She married John Roberts (I think I may have found his confirmation record – 1871 – age 47 – listed as married – Northern Peninsula – Bonne Bay District). This makes sense because my father’s family is from Norris Point.
    Dates of birth/death, genealogy would be much appreciated!

  9. Hi I’m looking for the names of soulis joes parents/grandparents. (He is of native descent) and possibly some history about him. We have some but not a lot . He is our great great great grandfather. Any help would be great! Thanks

    1. Hi Brenda, I’ve looked but can’t find anything for you. I’ve moved your comment to this page so that readers who might be able to help will be more likely to see it.

  10. I am looking for the mother of Mary Parks born in Bay of Islands Newfoundland and died 1862 Cow Head, Newfoundland . She was the child of Robert Parks and Mary ??? looking for her Micmac roots.

    1. Hi Darlene, Mary Brooks Park’s mother is a bit of a mystery. If you search through the comments here, you’ll find a lot of discussion about her. Her name may have been Mary Joe, but I’m not sure. She may have been born about 1759 in Burin area and died after 1849 in Brook’s Cove, Bay of Islands. She may have also been married to John Brooks. With Robert Park, she may have had sons Thomas Park (b 1796 Bay of Islands d 1870 McIvers BOI) and James Clark Park (b abt 1805).

  11. Hi Dorothy,
    I am in search of information regarding the Mi’kmaq ancestry of my great-great grandfather Samuel Barnes (or Bearnes), married to Mary Agnes Rideout. My great grandmother was their daughter, Diana Barnes, whom was married to Jared (Gerard in some documents) Payne of Bonne Bay area. The Mi’kmaq ancestry through the Jared Payne is traced back to the Brake family and Jane Matthews, however, my grandfather said his mother (Diana) was native as well. Do you have any information related to Samuel Barnes and Mary Rideout, or any documentation showing the Mi’kmaq connection? Samuel was said to have come from Nova Scotia originally. Thanks for your time!

    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Chelsea, I have Samuel Barnes (1843-maybe 1929) as s/o William Barnes (b 1821 Norfolk UK d 1882 Woody Point) and Sarah Maria Yates (b 1824 Norfolk UK d 1895 Bonne Bay).

      I have Mary Agnes Rideout (b 1875 Bonne Bay d bef 1945 Norris Point) as d/o Solomon Rideout (1852- bef 1921) and Miriam Alfreda Ash (1859-1911), both born in Carbonear.

      I have Alfreda’s parents as Richard Ash and Mary Jane Taylor, both born Carbonear and died Trout River. That’s all I can find on them, but maybe someone reading can help out. Good luck and thanks for writing.

  12. Hi here,

    I am looking for information regarding William James Wheeler from Boy of Islands….possibly born Sept. 6, 1881….my great grandfather. I am herring that he possibly had Mi’qmak ancestry. Any information to sure would be wonderful!

    1. Hi Tracey, I found posts from 2005 on a message board on Ancestry about “James and Delilah Wheeler” (sorry, links to these pages mess up my page but you can find it by googling those names). I don’t know if they’re who you are looking for but enough matched with what I had that I thought maybe. If not, the name of your William’s wife or child might help find the right one.

      William JAMES Wheeler b abt 1882 in Bay of Islands, married Delilah Samms 1910 in North Sydney, Cape Breton. She was born about 1884 in Codroy, d/o Thomas Samms and Elizabeth surname unknown. I also have Thomas as married to an Elizabeth Ball, with other children. I don’t know if it’s the same woman. Thomas, b 1858 Codroy d 1914 Lark Hr BOI, was s/o Benjamin Samms (1814 Codroy – 1870 Port Aux Basques) and Mary surname unknown. Benjamin was s/o Thomas Samms (b 1778 Bedford England) and Catherine Poole (b 1773 Bay of Chaleur). Catherine’s father was William Poole.

  13. Hi Dorothy,

    I am wondering if you can help me. I am trying to determine if I have any Mi’kmaq heritage. As long as I can remember my father has told me that his grandfather was half Mi’kmaq, but I cannot find anything regarding this in my search. His grandfather is Willis Stewart Pinksen, born in Big Cove, NL and Willis’s parents were John Charles Pinksen and Dorothy Pinksen (nee George). I have no idea if their is any validity to my father’s understanding of his grandfather’s background. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Jackie

    1. Hi Jackie, I have Willis Stewart Pinksen (b 1878 Big Cove d 1867 in Wild Cove, White Bay) as s/o John Charles Pinksen (b 1843 Harbour Grace d 1921 Seal Cove, White Bay) and Dorothy George (B 1854 Hants Hr d 1932 Seal Cove). I can’t find parents for John Charles. I have William George and a Newhook (first name unknown) as Dorothy’s parents, but I’m not sure about them. Sorry, I know that’s not much help to you.

    2. Thank you … This much I hadfigured out too.. My dad had always said that Willis was 1/2 Mi’kmaq. I know this is not from the Pinksen side, but perhaps the George side? I have a picture of Dorothy George and that’s all I know. Do you know anything about George family, everyone I know says this Mi’kmac surname?

      Thanks for your help.


      1. Hi Jackie, I agree that the George side would be the best to look at. It’s one of those names where some branches or families have Mi’kmaq ancestry and others don’t. Unfortunately, I know nothing more about your Dorothy George and couldn’t find anything online. Maybe somebody reading will be able to help – hope so.

        1. Thanks again, I think that George is the linage to follow as well. Like I said, there is oral history….my dad also said there is a Mi’kmaq burial ground in his home community of Wild Cove in White Bay.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

    2. My grandfather was Elias drover and his parents were Thomas and Alfreda. I’m wondering if you’re talking about the same family?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

    2. I may have already responded to this comment! I have information about this family!!! Would love to share!

      Linda (Fraize) Kirby

      1. HI Linda, the Fraize family is an interesting history, all the Parrill’s of GNP have a common ancestor Leonara Fraize

        1. Hi Ephraim. I have the Fraize family back to Devon in England, in the early 1500s. I visited Barnstaple, Devon, a couple of years ago, to see where Joseph came from. He is the Fraize who came here in 1790 with his son, Thomas, and started the Fraizes over here!! I would love to share information. My email address is Look forward to hearing from you!

      2. Hello Linda, I would love any info you have on this family. My father-in-law is the great-grandson of Lenora Fraize.

        1. Hi Roxanne. I have a fair bit of information on the family, but haven’t confirmed it with vital statistics as of yet! I even found Leonora and Richard’s graves in Savage Cove on a trip there earlier this year…. it was sooo exciting! Would love to share information! Email me at

      3. I live in Cape breton and my great great grandmother was Sarah mae fraize. I think she came to Nova Scotia when she was 7.I believe she was born 1875 and died in 1977.My grandmother says her fathers nickname was “black Moses”.I am not saying this to be racist as these are my ancestors and this is being said to help find them.I found a Moses fraize married Mahala Piercy in carbonear in 1867 on Dec 24 by a rev john s.Piercy.I am wondering if they were Sarahs parents.I was hoping to see if you had any record of their children.I believe sarah had violet,gus and william.My grandmother tells stories of making ba nick bread with her mother.It is so important to me to fill in the blanks.thank you!

      1. Hello Ephraim, I am also researching the Fraize family. My father-in-law is the great-grandson of Lenora Fraize. He would love more info on that line.

      2. Hi there I have a great great great grandmother named Sarah mae fraize.I am trying to find out if her father is moses fraize and mother mahala piercey from carbonear.sarah was born in 1875 and moses was married in 1867 by rev john email is
        We are looking for relatives or history on moses, sarah,or mahala to try and put it all together.

        1. Hi Brendan! Moses was indeed married to Mahala Piercey! She died in 1969 and he married again to Mary Jane Scaplen. Sara Scaplin Fraize was born 03 May 1880 to Moses and his second wife, Mary Jane. Are you sure of Sara’s birth date??? Would love to share information! Email me at

          Linda (Fraize) Kirby

      1. Hi Yvonne. I have information on Lenora as well! Found her and Richard’s headstones in Savage Cove this year!!! Would love to share! Email me at!

        Linda (Fraize) Kirby

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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:

  31. 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?

      1. Thank you. My grandmother’s original identity has been a family mystery. My mother, Aunts and Uncles all grew up knowing their mother as Elizabeth Collier nee Samms. But none of that fits with the research I’ve done. Thanks again.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    2. Hi Dorothy, I understand Ann (?) DOB 1750 married John Pike DOB 1744 from Carbonear may have been Inuit. However I am unable to find any form of documentation, just word of mouth.
      They would be my 5th great grandparents.
      Any suggestions on where to look?
      Many thanks,

      1. Hi Debra, in Ancestry trees I found John James Pike, b 1744 in Carbonear Nfld or Red Bay Labrador, married 1774 to Ann “Inuit”, b 1750. But I don’t know what that identification is based on. Some trees have another wife’s name, Alice – same birth year so maybe same person. Children are listed as Mary (1780), Catherine (1781), Francis (1783), Samuel (1785), William (1786) and Thomas (1787). Mary’s husband is William Pye, b 1786 in Cape St. Charles, Labrador or Bay of Islands, Nfld. The Pye house in Cape Charles is a heritage house – here’s a link, it’s lovely!

        You might look online or at PANL for Carbonear/Harbour Grace and Labrador south coast records, especially about the Labrador fishery. Good luck!

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. 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?

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

  55. 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!

  56. Hi,
    I am trying to find out information on my family…Newell Family from Bareneed, Port de Grave District, Newfoundland.

    My great grandfather is Isaac Newell b.1844 Bareneed NL married Sarah Morgan b. 1842 Coley’s Point NL on Nov. 29, 1868

  57. Dear Dorothy,

    The only other information I have is that my Great-grandmother Bridget was born in Newfoundland October of 1855.

    I am attaching my original post so that you can see all the information together: October 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Dear Dorothy,
    My great grandmother was born in Riverhead (or Rivershead) Newfoundland in 1855. Her parents are listed as Timothy Hurley (or Herlihy) and Joanna (or Johanna). I cannot find any information about where this place is in Newfoundland. I did find a Timothy Hurley that worked in St. John around that time, but no other information. Could you direct me?

    Thanks! Linda

  58. Hi Dorothy,
    I was in touch before about my great grandmother Harriet Strickland, who I understand was Mi’maq. I am trying to find more on her Native heritage. She was married to George Feltham. Her parents are Josiah Strickland 1849-1911 and Mary Ann Wadman 1848-1876. Her grand parents are Josiah Strickland 1820-1872 and Ann MacDonald 1830-1872 on her father’s side and William Wadman and Maria on her mother’s side. Harriett and her family came from West Point NL. Do you have any information or know where I might look?
    Thank you,

  59. Hi Dorothy; I was wondering if you would know who the parents of a Thomas Gillingham, born Mar, 1869, Bear Cove, Back Cove, white bay , would be. Any help appreciated.

  60. Just to help keep clear the lineage of the ” Shears ” family of Newbrunswick , Canada. I am the son of Simon Wallace Shears and Verna Winnifred Shears (nee: Kelley).Simon is the son of Joseph Wilford Shears and Rosella Eatmon , Joseph`s first wife who died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Joseph was born April 2/1877 and died in 1941. Joseph later married Livinia Mcintyre (1919)Joseph`s fathers name was Simon and no name found for his Mother?My understanding is that this is where the M`k-macq and French bloodlines where introduced? So Joseph`s mother could be of French origin?It Is thought that Joseph or his father held staus of “chief” of an unknown tribe. would appreciat input from anyone familiar with this “Shears” family lineage.

  61. Hi Dorothy

    Thank you so much for posting that info. Yes those dates are later so maybe it’s coincidance.
    I will check out that FB page, thanks for that.

  62. Hi Dorothy

    I am writing to ask again about my Shears ancestors from New Brunswick.
    You replied last time with no info unfortunately.
    I came across a Google link that led me back to this site but I can’t go back to the date it was posted(mar 27, 2011).
    The Google link mentioned a Simon Shears married to a Margaret Madore and had a son Joseph Shears. That’s all it said in the link and unfortunately I can’t get to that post.
    Simon Shears was born around 1826. Joseph was born around 1876.
    I’m wondering if you have anything on this? I’m assuming Margaret Madore was possibly of Native descent?
    I have previously come across a document with Joseph Shears and his father was listed as Simon Shears but no mother.
    Any info would be great!
    Been researching a long time.

    1. Hi Star, here is what Winnifred, a relative of yours I think, asked in the comment you couldn’t retrieve: “I am trying to find my paternal grandparents and great grandparents names and birthplaces . My fathers name was Joseph Wilfred Shears and his father’s name was Simon Shears (wife Mary?) Some say my father and his family were Mi’Kmaq from Nfld or Nova Scotia. My father was supposed to have been born April 2, 1977. He married twice (Rosella McIntyre 1st wife and Lavinia McIntyre,my mother, his 2nd wife).” I think 1977 is a mistype of your 1877.

      Here’s what I replied: “Simon Shears and Margaret Madore are parents of a Joseph Shears (no dates for them or parents for Simon). Margaret is d/o William Royal Madore, b. 31 Dec (or Jan.) 1906 Jeffrey’s Bay St. George Nfld d. Jeffry’s, and Etta Gladys McEachern, b. 22 Jun 1912 Jeffry’s d. Jeffry’s. Wm Royal was s/o William Frederick (Fred) Madore, b Aug 1860 d 9 Sep 1925 BSG, and Rachel Harvey, b 9 Nov 1884 d 25 Jun 1918 BSG. Etta Gladys was d/o Isaac Archibald McEachern, b 28 Aug 1878 Crabbe’s Brook BSG, and Catherine Ann Allez (aka Alley), b 21 Sep 1883 Crabbe’s.”

      As you see, these dates are much later than your Simon. Looking through what I have and Ancestry trees, I still can’t find anyone with the names you’re looking for with dates even approximately matching. Have you checked out a Facebook page called NB Genealogy? Might be helpful?

    1. Hi Naomi, I have a Sarah Coates, d/o Philip Coates and Sarah Duncan/Gould. She was born 1 Oct 1853 in Eddie’s Cove and died 1896 Green Cove Island. She married James McLean 14 Aug 1874. He was b 1851 in Renfrewshire, Scotland and d 1917. I have no children listed for them. Hope this helps.

  63. Hi Dorothy. .
    I was wondering if there is any way u can find info on the George family .. as far as I know from maybe Harbour Grace area.. my biological father was a George .. first name Reuben. . Had a brother name Lester.. that is all the info I have on him.. was told either his mom or grandmother was Native and I have been trying to find out how I can find this all out with the very little info I have.. thank you very much..

  64. Hi Dorothy,
    This is a total long shot: I’m looking for any information out there on Anne Brien who married Pierce Carew on January 11, 1880 in Cape Broyle (although it was actually in Island Cove – Admiral’s Cove). According to my family’s fragmented memories and stories, she was a young Mi’kmaq woman who travelled from ‘the west coast’ (with the Harveys and Barretts, Mi’kMaq families) to work as a servant in Admiral’s Cove. My grandmother claims to remember a photograph of Anne (her grandmother) in her traditional clothing, but that seems highly unlikely given the limited photographic documentation at the time. I’m afraid this very sparse information is all I have.

  65. Morgan SNOOK married Ann WOOLRIDGE on 20 Jan 1756 at Parish of Okeford Fitzpaine, Sturminster, Newton, Dorset, England.
    Their daughter Eleanor was bap. on Nov. 31, 1761 at Parish of Okeford Fitzpaine, Sturminster, Newton, Dorset, England. Eleanor married John HICKMAN in Grand Bank, NL. Eleanor and her family might have briefly lived in St. Pierre, but she was born in England as some of her siblings.
    I don’t know where the name BARNES came from. I do know Ann married under the name WOOLRIDGE.
    Morgan born about 1735 was son of Morgan and Susannah
    Morgan married to Susannah was the son of:
    Morgan & Mary Chamberlain married 29 Aug 1700 at Sturminster, Newton, Dorset, England
    John HICKMAN bap. March 3, 1745 at Saint Paul, Depford, Kent, London, England. My guess is his parents had him bap. before they left England.
    John’s father Thomas HICKMAN born abt. 1710 in Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, England. where the HICKMAN family lived from the late 1600 to the 1800s.

  66. Hi there

    Moms last name is Robinson from Cox’s cove. I know her Mom was a Blanchard. Janet Blanchard is her maiden name. Dad (Danny Twyne)is from McIvers
    Can you also help me find some information on the MacDonalds from Frenchmans Cove? Specifically Kenny MacDonald Im at a point in my life where I really want to start finding out more about my heritage and excalty my part of the Mi’kmaq. I know nothing and could really use your help. Please

    1. Hi Janet, I have several Kenneth McDonalds so can you narrow it down at all? His parents, wife or kids? I have a Janet Blanchard marr John Robinson. She is d/o Michael John Blanchard and Melissa Noseworthy – right one?

  67. My poppy, Clifford Joseph King was born in St Theresa, Flat Bay, Newfoundland on March 19, 1930. His parents were Mary Bennett (Benoit) and Tom King.

  68. Clifford Joseph King, was born in St Theresa, Flatbay Newfoundland to Mary Benoit (Bennett) and Tom King, I believe. He was born on March 19, 1930. He has a brother Cornelius King, and two sisters who I cannot remember their names.

  69. Hi Dorothy,
    I’ve been working on my geneology for some time now and have been all over the net trying to solve the Mi’kmaq question. Relating to ancestors from Codroy (most buried there in the Anglican Cemtery).
    I belive my Great Grandmother (Susannah 1848-1940 – presumably born in LaPoile, Nfld.) to be Mi’kmaq, but other than knowing she was married to my G-Grandfather Samuel Kendell (1848-1911 “Lost in the woods, body unrecoverable”, on his own property presumably – born/died in Codroy) there’s not much other info about her (though I apparently have the only 2 photos in existence of her – and one of G-Grandpa). There are rumours than Susannah’s maiden name may have been Farrell or even Forest, but nothing to substantiate either. There ARE, it seems, a number of Kendell/Kendall family who appear on the recent Qualipu Band list and many relations, including my Grandmother Emma Jane (1891-1977), who carry the ethnicity of First Nations people. Sadly, none of my family kept records…a few photos here and there and family stories.
    If there is anything you have or know that might help shed light in my direction, I’d be most appreciative. It’s too bad you’re not in St. Thomas anymore, we could have visited (I’m in Hamilton)!

    1. Hi Edd, I had Samuel Kendall entered with some children, but no wife. I added Susannah as wife and found some ancestry trees with her name. Some had Farrell as a possible surname, and one has Matilda as her middle name. But it doesn’t seem anyone is certain. I found a rootsweb genealogy that has Samuel and her. I’ve added the link to this page – Lefresne-Robinson family. Sorry, not much help.

      I know Hamilton a bit – beautiful city. Of course, it’s been in everyone’s thoughts lately. Hope you all are doing ok.

  70. Dear Dorothy,
    My great grandmother was born in Riverhead (or Rivershead) Newfoundland in 1855. Her parents are listed as Timothy Hurley (or Herlihy) and Joanna (or Johanna). I cannot find any information about where this place is in Newfoundland. I did find a Timothy Hurley that worked in St. John around that time, but no other information. Could you direct me?

    Thanks! Linda

    1. Hi Linda, I do not have your Hurleys and could find nothing on them. There are a number of places called Riverhead in Nfld and there are families named Hurley all across the island. As I saw suggested to you in a gen forum, if you have the name of the church they were married in, that would help find which Riverhead it was. If you have any other family names – siblings, children – they might help me or readers find the family they belong to.

  71. Dorothy, my ggrandfather John Stickland, born around 1877 at Hunts Island, Burgeo, NL, married Sarah Anderson on Nov.26, 1903 in Burgeo, NL. Sarah was born around 1878 in Burgeo, and died on June 9, 1920 at Hunts Island, Burgeo, NL. Her parents were William Anderson and Jane? Iam looking for any information on Sarahs parents. Jane, I think was born 1853 and died 1886, but I don’t know where she was born or died.

    1. Hi Ron, I have a John Thomas Strickland, b 18 Jun 1877 d 15 Sep 1942, marr Sarah Anderson, but no dates or parents for her. His parents are Thomas Strickland and Edith Ingram. I found an Ancestry tree for John Thomas Strickland, same dates, marr to a Sarah Ann Rose. I have a Jane Anderson, d/o Thomas Anderson and Elizabeth Baker, marr William Anderson, no children listed. But the dates are off. Her dates are b 1843 West Point NL d 1903 Harrington Hr PQ, and his 1840 for birth. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

    1. Hi Shan, I feel like I should know about Clifford King, but I can’t find anything. Any more information, like places and dates, might help me and others reading this.

  72. Catherine says:
    October 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    looking to see if there is a indian connection to frances keeping d/o benjamin kippen and frances bagg ,I have 1921 census saying that benjamin keeping b may 1879 burnt island is a micmac can you help with the connection. ty

    Everyone in Burnt Island’s and surrounding areas over 1 year old was listed as micmac in the 1921 census.

    1. Hi Victor, thanks. Without a copy of the 1921 census in front of me, I wonder – are there checkmarks in the “Micmac” column or yes/no? If checkmarks, I’ve been told that they are a tally system used for adding up something else entirely.

  73. to answer question on geogre pauls his surving son leaves in ns,my grandfather is jack pauls birth name john samuel pauls brother phil birth name phelix pauls , charles pauls drowned jn the twenty’s

    1. Hi Ken, thanks for the info. I went looking for George Paul, and found a comment from Kay Morneau on 26 May 2012 about the family of John Paul 1780-1858, married Elizabeth. They had a son John, b 1815, marr Harriet Hoskins, with a son George 1858-1944. George marr Mary Ann (Polly) Maidment, with children John, 1888-1976, and Harriet, 1900-1958 marr Lewis Oram. I can’t find names of any other children for them. Are these connected to your George?

  74. Hey Dorothy thanks for the info but where did you find out about her marriage to Vincent ryan? I would love to have any links to different websites that you know of I have been using just google to research but I believe I may have to call some people in newfoundland to try and dig up some more information

    1. Hi Jamie, I haven’t found any records or anything of their marriage but I saw his name on the link in my previous comment, then on a ftm site about the Tobins (not much on him or her, but a connection to a Wakeham sister’s husband), then I found Elizabeth’s obituary. It gives no info on her parents or siblings but the family names indicate that it is her. These aren’t getting you any closer to her Pittman family, but I couldn’t find anything that did that on google or in my database. That’s why, on just a quick look, I thought maybe looking further into the Wakeham and especially the Ryan families might be helpful.

  75. hi I am looking for information regarding a woman named Elizabeth pittman I typed in pittman family history in newfoundland but all I could fin was information about Mi’kmaq family genealogy I know she was the adoptive daughter on john wakeham and bridget wakeham and had three brothers leonard cecil and William wakeham and the lived in petite forte newfoundland in 1935 any further information would be greatly appreciated I would love to know if the pittman name is realated to the mi’kmaq heritage

    1. Hi Jamie, I have no info on her or her family so I googled them. You’ve probably seen this site that has her Wakeham family with spouses. She married Vincent Ryan. I couldn’t find anything more about her or parents John and Bridget Wakeham, so I would go at it through the Ryan side and through her Wakeham siblings and their spouses.

  76. Hi Dorothy

    Looking for info on my paternal gr gr grandfather Simon Shears, New Brunswick.
    My grandfather was Simon Wallace Shears m. Verna Winnifred Kelly. His father was Joseph Wilford Shears b. 1877 m. Rosella Eatmon(Eatman) and then m. Lavinia McIntyre. My grandfathers parents were Joseph and Rosella. Joseph’s father was Simon Shears b. about 1826. Can’t for the life of me find info on him or his wife or parents(probably mikmaq). I found he married an abygil brown but not sure how credible that is.
    Trying to tie him to mikmaq as I think that is why we can’t find anything.
    Someone help!!!!

    1. Hi Wendall, I and readers would need more information on the specific branches of the families that you are looking into – names, dates and connections. Thanks.

  77. I am trying to trace my family, my great grandmother was Mi’kmaq but it is very difficult to trace and from what I have been able to find she was likely from Corner Brook? Her name was Sarah Alley or Legge. There seems to be confusion as to whether she married a man with last name Legge or Alley. I am not sure what information you would need I have done quite a bit of research but keep hitting walls. I would be grateful for anything you can come up with. Thanks so much

    1. Hi Louise, if you have any more information on her, like years of birth/death, that would help. I found lots of Legge and Allez/Alley men married to Sarahs, and several Sarahs surnamed Legge or Allez/Alley, so without her maiden name it’s hard to find a match. Going it at from your surname, I found an Allez connection through a Samms. Does that sound right for you?

  78. Hi Im not sure who will get this message but I would like some help understanding my roots, please email me with your contact info if you coudl help me.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Tea, if you could tell us what family name(s) you are looking for and a geographical area, I would have a better idea if I and readers can be of help. Thanks for writing.

  79. I’m looking for information on the Kendall or peddle families or Newfoundland to see if there is native in my ancestors

    1. Hi Jeannette, more on who specifically you’re looking for would narrow it down in case I or readers have any information that might help you. Thanks for writing.

  80. trying to find info on Charles Baker born 1875, in Belleoram nf, he married Esther Cluett born 1881, (she was descendant from Mary Forsey 1775 & John Cluett born 1770 of Belleoram). Charles and Esther had one child, Mary Hannah Baker born 1903(my grandmother). Esther remarried in 1904 I believe so I’m assuming he died 1903ish, I can’t find any info on him or his parents, anyone have any info that would be helpful searching his family?

    1. Hi Sheila – I have, and could find, nothing more on Charles Baker. Samuel M. Moulton was the name of Esther Elizabeth Cluett’s second husband and they had children Hayward and Dorothy Marion (b 1919 Garnish, d 1979 Grand Bank). I have a Mary Hannah Baker married to George Hardiman with children John, Ann and Alpheaus, but have no parents for her. Would she be the same one as your grandmother? Thanks.

      1. Hi Dorothy, its been a long time, yes she is my grandmother. I haven’t found much info other than her parents or his being from Beleoram

  81. Hi,
    I am desperately seeking information connected with my Grandmother Elsie Hann of Bell island.
    There is a post somewhere regarding the possibility if Micmaq or Acadian roots, Id love to know as well.
    Any and all information Greatly appreciated!!
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Melanie, I know nothing about Bell Island families but perhaps readers can help. Any further information you have might help. Is Hann her birth or married name, years of birth or death, names of other family members?

  82. I am a dececdant of Abner Woolcott(Willcott) Loyalist maried to Katherine Griffin in1772 in oxford, Conneticut, the story is that Abner or Abaneigah or Abadiah, father was John Woolcott who was captived by the Indians and he was brought in Canada and later want back to lived with his familly but after a certain time they think that he want back to lived with the Indians where he maried a Indian woman. and that he would had children, the DNA Wolcott or Wilcott says that Abner, Paul, Barnabas, John, and silas has THe same DNA of John. Maybe someone has informations. nobody found Abner and his brothers where they where born and found a proof of there parents. And who was the Indian wife of John. Hope to here from you. Monique from Valleyfield, Quebec.

    1. Hi Monique – very interesting story. I googled John Wilcott/Wolcott and found quite a bit on Ancestry gen forums. It seems likely to have been Quebec that he was in? There are Willcotts in Newfoundland, but probably there is no connection. Although not having looked into it further, I can’t say that for sure. If anyone reading can help, please do!

  83. Hi Dorothy,
    I’m Alexander Samuel McCurdie. I believe Marie Blake (Marie Brake) was my great great grandmother, tying me to the Mi’kmaq. My grandmothers maiden name is Compagnon (changed to Companion). I also have a photo of who is thought to be Marie Blake that I’d like to send you if possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

    1. Hi Sam, I just emailed you. If you like, send some more names and maybe I or readers can help trace your family line. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing the photograph.

  84. Hi there. Anyone with lineage to Marie Aubois linked to any First Nations status bands in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?



    1. Hi Clay – just in case it helps anyone answer your question, I assume you mean Marie Aubois (or Dubois), b abt 1665 Acadia, who married to Jean Roi (or Roy, dit le Liberte).

  85. Hi Dorothy,

    Thank you for all the hard work you do and for the very interesting sources of information you are connecting people to through your work.
    I was directed to your site in my search for information about my late grandmother, Genevieve March and her family background.

    Her father was William March of Stephenville (Dec. 20, 1898) son of Guilliume Marche and Mary Sarah Aucoin.

    1. Hi Ian, thank you and glad you found your way here. I had Mary Sarah entered as Mary O’Quinn, so I’m trying to sort people out! 😉

  86. Hi,
    I am researching my possible connection to the Mikmaq of the southwest coast. I am told my great grandmother Sarah Rachel Kearley (1862-1928) was of Mikmaq descent. She was born in Belleoram. Her father James Kearley (1831-1868) was born in Grand Beach with suspected roots in Belleoram. I am unable to find any information on James parents. Any information you could provide would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Hector – here’s what I have, and found, on Sarah Rachel’s parents: James Kearley I have as born either 1818 or 1820 in English Hr East or Grand Beach, died 26 Nov 1895 in Belleoram. He married Elizabeth Grandy 29 Sep 1852 in Belleoram. She was born 10 Apr 1831 in Garnish and died 24 Oct 1906 in Garnish.

      James was s/o Thomas Kearley, b 1795 Garnish d 1847 Garnish, and Rachel Lake, b 1800 Burin d 1875 Belleoram. Thomas was s/o Edward Kearley, b abt 1775, and Jessie Wells, b Nfld dates unknown. Rachel was d/o John Lake, b 1752 d 1839, and Sarah Priscilla Snook, b 5 Nov 1761 Dorset England d 3 Oct 1833 Burin. John Lake was s/o George Lake, b 1725 Bideford England, and Ann (surname unknown).

      Sarah Rachel’s mother Elizabeth Grandy was d/o Charles Grandy, b 16 Nov 1779 Garnish d 16 May 1847 in Garnish, and Anne Anstey. (He was also married to Sarah Cluett.) Charles was s/o Philip Grandy, b 1730 Garnish, and Elizabeth Poole, maybe born 1751, sister of John (b abt 1760) and William Poole (b Bay of Chaleur, near Harbour Breton).

      That’s all I can find, but maybe it adds some names for you to look into.

  87. Hi, I have tracked my family back all the way to Michel Boudrot and Michelle Aucoin. I was wondering if they were mi’kmaq or metis or if there is any more information on them and their family. I have all the names in the tree tracked from myself.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Gabrielle, both Michel Boudrot and Michelle Aucoin were born in France. But, as I’m sure you have seen on the genealogy sites about them, they had a number of children who married into many families in Acadia, and so on with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. So the specifics of Mi’kmaq ancestry would depend on the other families in your lineage. Thanks for writing and good luck – it’s an interesting family!

    2. Hey Gabrielle!

      Im a decedent of Michel Boudrot as well! I believe some of the lineage has Mi’Kmaq within it (mine does). It will be interesting to see if yours does as well. Good luck hunting down that beautiful history.

  88. Hi, I was wondering if you had any
    information on the tuckers and brakes from Newfoundland? I have Qualipu Miq’ mac ancestry from the brakes but xant find anything. My great grandmother was emily brake amd my great great gramdfather is William brake from bay of islands

    1. Hi Tammara, assuming your Emily Brake was born 24 Dec 1868 and married John Edward Tucker, I have her as the daughter of William Brake and Charlotte. William was son of William Brake and Jane, and that William was s/o Ralph Brake and Jane Matthews. Ralph Brake was from England and Jane Matthews was Mi’kmaq. Google their names and you should find loads on information on them. Hope this helps out.

  89. hello
    I’m looking for help with my NL family tree. My mother was always told that either her grandfather or great grandfather was Portuguese. I suspect there may in fact be mi’kmaq ancestry.
    grandfather was James Burton of Beaumont. He married (2) harriets and a Louisa. had sons timotheus, reuben, pleaman. His father was William burton of ward’s hr who married clara sharpe nov 10, 1883. That’s all the info I have. About 4-6 years ago, there is was an article in a local paper that actually talked about some families being told they had Portuguese blood when there was in fact a mi’kmaq connection. unfortunately, I did not save this article and I have not been able to find it online anywhere. Any info or direction you can provide is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Shirley, all I could find in my database was a William Burton, b 8 Aug 1865 (twin of Thomas) s/o Robert Burton and Charlotte Tibbo b. Hr. Breton. I have no more info on them, so don’t know if there is any connection to yours. Googling the names, I found the marr record for your William and Clara. Also a post on a Nfld Roots gen forum from 2004 saying that William Henry Burton had first marr Jane Burge, then Clara Sharpe. But when I found the church records I saw that William Henry Burton, bachelor, married Jane Burge in 1880, and in 1883 William Burton, bachelor, marr Clara Sharpe. So two different Williams. According to the Nfld Roots poster, William Henry is son of Joseph Burton and Selina Luis.

      On the matter of Portuguese ancestry or Mi’kmaq ancestry disguised as Portuguese, either could be the case. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. If anyone else can shed some light, I hope they will.

  90. Looking for parent/s of Mary Ann Anthony . born A pr. 18,1876 somewhere around the Cupids area. Family history says maybe she was an illegimate child. She came to Labrador and married a John Charles Davis.

    1. Hi Marion, I have no information on either Mary Ann Anthony or John Charles Davis and couldn’t find anything with a quick search. However, maybe someone reading can help. Thanks for writing.

  91. Hi Dorothy,

    I’ve just recently began tracing my lineage. I found evidence of George Brake from Jean de Baie, Nfld., who married Jane Baker and moved to Marystown. They had a son also named George, who married Mary Joseph Fleming, who are my Great Grandparents. They had a son named William Brake (1895), who married Catherine Power and moved to New Waterford (my grandparents).

    I’m having difficulty confirming that I’m on the right track, and where to start searching for George Sr.’s and Jane Baker’s parents.

    Do you have any information you could kindly share with me to help me?

    Much appreciated, Monica

    1. Hi Monica, I don’t have your George Brake family but I googled all the names. I found George Brake and Jane Baker on a Family Tree Maker Genealogy page. Probably you too have found it but, if not, there are no parents for them but it says they were married 2 Nov 1852 RC Parish Burin. That family tree has their son George b. 1863 Marystown, marr to “Mary J”. That George and Mary J. Brake are in the 1921 census for Marystown North, Burin District, with sons Robert (b 1900) and George (b 1902) and a sister-in-law Liza Curdo (b 1861) in household. Another household is William J. Brake (b 1897 Marystown) and wife Susan (b 1898 Marystown) – not sure, due to the wife’s name, if he would be your William, son of George and Mary J.

      I would seek out the marriage record for George and Jane, and maybe also look into their other son Patrick (see FTM gen site) since there seems to be information on him. Good luck!

  92. Back in September 2012, a Paul Sheppard wrote to one of the members that he had information regarding John Sheppard (early 1800s), of Harbour Grace, and Maria Whelan, of Western Bay. They were married on Oct. 2, 1826 according to the Harbour Grace Marriage Records. I am doing family research and am unable to go back further on both John & Maria and would like to. Are you able to put me in touch with Paul Sheppard? Thank you!

  93. Dorothy Im trying to get info on william neal and mary peddle. from spaniards bay.They are the parents of grace neil who married moses murrain and moved to larkharbour from spaniards bay.My grandmother was graces daughter who is matilda murrin from lark harbour.My grandmother told me on several occasions her grandmother mary peddle was from novascotia and was a micmac indian,Do you have any info on them.

    1. Hi Todd, I don’t have anything on the people you’re looking for. But in googling them, I found genforums that give George Neal as Mary Peddle’s husband, with a daughter Grace b Jul 1871. I also saw in the 1921 census for Lark Hr (Nf GenWeb) a Moses Murrin b abt 1871 in Spaniard’s Bay, wife Grace b abt 1872. The youngest of their 6 children is Matilda b 1913. In the 1935 census, a Ronald Piercey is marr to Matilda, b abt 1914 Lark Hr, and they have a young son Moses. Maybe coincidence with the names and dates, but I wondered if your William Neal also had other names he went by.

  94. Hi Dorothy,
    Thank you for the information, I didn’t have Grace Janes name before, something to look into.

  95. Hi Dorothy,
    I was reading an earlier post from Tony Farrell (2012) about Josiah Stiickland, who I think is the father of my great grandmother Isabella “Harriett” strickland. I have him born 1849-1911 who was married to Mary Ann Wadman 1848-1876. Josiah’s father is also named Josiah 1820-1872 and married to Ann MacDonald 1830-1872. Harriett was married to George Henry Feltham. I understand she was Mi’kmaq and a midwife. I am also wondering about the native heritage. You mentioned pictures of grandchildren, where could I find these? Harriett was born in West Point and died in Channel Port Aux Basques. I can find vert little on the Feltham side. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Cathy Matthews Inglis

    1. Hi Cathy, checking back in comments, I see the link didn’t appear for the photo of Rachel Strickland Farrell. Hope this works. All I can find that might help you is on George Henry Feltham. In Ancestry trees, I found him as born Mar 1876 Isle aux Morts died Mar 1943 Channel-PAB, s/o George Feltham, b Feb 1847 West Point LaPoile Bay, and maybe Grace Janes. I can’t find anything more on either of them.

  96. Dorothy, Daniel Sheppard, and Kim Kelly, in regards to Damenos/Damaris, bap. by Wix 1830, of Thomas and Elizabeth Stickland, born about 1821 in Burgeo, I believe it was transcribed incorrectly and the name is Damaris…I think the “n” was actually an “r”. There is no gender given in Wix’s original records…my guess is that the transcriber picked a gender as best he could. As far as the parents of Edward Matthews…Dorothy, I don’t see how he can be the son of my 2nd great grandparents, Susanna Anderson (daughter of Edward and Esther) and William Matthews, as she was born 1814 and they weren’t married until 1855 (both 2nd marriages). Edward would have to be born sometime around the same time as Susanna or a few years later…I think Edward may be part of the Matthews group that also lived in Upper Burgeo where Thomas and Elizabeth Stickland lived. That group of Matthews moved west and may not have been related to the Lower Burgeo Matthews.

    1. Hi Brenda, you’re probably right about the name being Damaris, also about her husband Edward Matthews not being s/o Susanna Anderson and William Matthews. The dates don’t make sense. Even removing dates and parents, I couldn’t find anything more in Ancestry trees. Thanks for the information and maybe it will help sort out who’s who in the Matthews!

  97. My great great grandfather was Thomas Paul (1814-1900) son of John Paul (1780-1860) my great grandmother was Sarah Paul (1846-1910) they were born on deer island and later moved to Greenspond, Bona vista Bay, I am told they were Mi’kmaq, but can’t find confirmation. Do you have anything to add please

    1. Hi Tom, I haven’t got anything more than you have on these Pauls. There was a John Paul in central Nfld who was Mi’kmaq. He was the main source for Frank Speck’s 1922 book Beothuk and Micmac. (Link for it online is on my Nf Mi’kmaq Books page.) However, I don’t know if there’s any connection between the two families. For your Thomas Paul s/o John b 1780, I have Thomas Paul b 1760 Deer Island as John’s father. That came from a comment here, and I haven’t found it anywhere else.

  98. Hi Dorothy,

    My name is Deborah Peters and I was recently told I may be part Aboriginal. I have some names and dates and was wondering if you could help shed some light on whether they are of aboriginal decent. I have looked through your website and it has helped me tremendously, but I still am having trouble connecting my heritage.

    Here are the following relatives’ names and dates I believe may have an aboriginal connection:

    Timothy Pike Born 1786-died 1851
    married to Patience Noel from Mosquito, Born 1794-died 1880

    They had a son George Thomas Pike born 1836-died 1869
    married to Nancy Scott Tibboe born 1835-died 1888 whose parents were George Scott and Sarah Scott Tibboe.

    They had a daughter Emma Pike born Sept. 9, 1860, who died in childbirth having Annie Augusta Crant on July 12, 1886, from Channel
    Emma married George Crant born 1851-died 1923
    They had a daughter Annie Augusta Crant born 1886-died 1974 (my Great Grandmother) she married John Robert Kendall born 1882? died Dec. 1944

    Also, here’s some info. on other family members:

    Emma Pike’s Grandparents are George and Sarah Scott from Fortune Bay and they had a daughter named Nancy Scott Tibboe born in 1835 on Brunet Island and died April 19, 1888 from Channel.

    I was hoping to check the Pike, Tibboe, Crant and Kendall names for aboriginal connections. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Deborah Peters

    1. Hi Deborah, while I had the people you list, you have more info on them than I had. Using yours and mine, I’ve got Timothy Pike (1786-1851) as born in Carbonear, s/o Capt. Timothy Pike (possibly Edward Timothy), b 1762 Carbonear d 8 Mar 1853 Carbonear, and Mary, b 1765 d 1840. Capt. Timothy was s/o John Thomas Pike, b 1724 Carbonear d 17 Dec 1783 St. Paul’s Hr. Grace, marr 1743 to Catherine Quinn, b 1724 Carbonear d 20 Dec 1805 Carbonear. John Thomas Pike was s/o John Pike, b 1690 d 14 Jul 1753 Carbonear, and Julia, b 1680 England d 14 Jul 1749 Carbonear.

      Catherine Quinn is also listed as Catherine Quinn Moors, but her parents are listed as Joseph Arthur Quinn and Mary W. Thornberry. They are listed as having died in Henderson Co. Kentucky, so I’m not sure if this info is accurate for this Catherine. I’m guessing the name Moors comes from a first husband of Catherine’s but can’t find anything to verify that or explain why.

      That’s all I can tell you without spending a lot more time on this. Hope it helps you, and I’m sure if anyone else can help they’ll post here.

  99. Hi…I am trying to find out how I would find info on adoption from Stephenville, Newfoundland…I have a friend who was adopted in 1969 in name was Harvey…his name is Robert Campbell now….not sure where we would start to look…he is looking for any information in hope of finding his biological mother or any relative…if you can give us any insight as to where we might start to look that would be awesome. ..thank you

    1. Hi Dorothy, I don’t know if I can help other than to suggest what he’s probably already done like contacting provincial government departments, family services, etc. for the Stephenville area. If he registers as wanting to find his birth parents, he would be contacted if they are also looking for him. Might be worth talking to the Bay St. George Genealogical Society people in Stephenville in case the names ring any bells with them. A link for them is on this page. I can’t think of anything else, but at least by posting here, his query is out here for all to see. Thanks for writing and I wish you and Robert the best of luck.

  100. I was wondering if you can tell me if the Kennedy’s in Bird Cove, Northern Peninsula and the Kennedy’s in Harbour Grace area related. Any information that you could provide me with would be great

    1. Hi David, it seems quite possible that the Bird Cove and Hr Grace Kennedys are related since so many Hr Grace families went north to fish, but I really don’t know. You’ve probably seen this Kennedy site. If you click on ‘family lineages’ on 2nd heading ‘Kennedy Births’, then scroll down to a section that starts “1820 Jan 1 Nicholas Kennedy and Ellen (Helen)”, it’s about a family that settled in Norris Point. Ellen’s name is recorded as Landen, Saunders and Lander for births of children. It seems there’s some confusion in records about the family, and elsewhere on the site there’s another reference to them, naming her as Ellen Lander or Landen from Bonavista, with her parents’ names. (I couldn’t find it again – it’s easy to get lost in the site) This may not be helpful to you at all, but there is a lot of info on the family there!

  101. Hi Dorothy – I am trying to find out information on Park, Brake, Beverley relationship. I have been informed Thomas Park married Elizabeth Matthews Brake, daughter of Ralph Brake of McIvers Cove, first inhabitant? They had a child Elizabeth Park who married a Thomas Beverley, they had children, a John Albert Beverley who married a Sarah Susannah Parson. I can confirm the marriage of John and Sarah but not the birth of Elizabeth Park and marriage to Thomas Beverley. I have reviewed many websites but cannot seem to locate any information – any ideas?

    1. Hi Todd, I have John Albert Beverley marr to Sarah Susannah Parsons, but I don’t have parents for him. For Elizabeth Park and Thomas Beverley, I have children John, Robert (or Richard), and Thomas. Those three are also the only ones I found on ancestry trees. So I see the problem you are having in finding information. You might go at it through Sarah Parsons. I have her parents as John Parsons and Sarah, but unfortunately I can’t find anything more. You’ve probably googled the names so have found the many extensive discussions on the Park/Brake family on genealogy forums like Ancestry. It might be a place to ask too, if you haven’t already. If anyone reading this can help, please do!

  102. Hi Dorothy I’m trying find my link to mi,kmaq also my grandfather was Abe Taylor and grandmother olive Taylor Osmond her parents were from port aux Basque with last names Osmond and mukseau I believe I will try to get more more info and I will try some of your links . Also is it now too late to apply for status

    1. Hi Scott, I don’t have anything on your Abe Taylor and Olive Osmond. There are some Osmonds and Musseaus from PAB area that maybe connect somehow. John Osmond (1867-1947) marr (1893 Mouse Is.) Frances Ellen Musseau (b 1876 Mouse Is.) She was d/o Charles Edward Musseau and Mary Ann Randell. Also, George Osmond (1840 Mouse Is – 1935 Grand Falls) marr 1870 to Ann Musseau (1854 PAB – 1954 Mouse Is), d/o Peter Musseau and Ann Sheaves.

      I’m guessing your “Mukseau” is a typo for Musseau? Alternate spellings are Mieusseau, Musson and Marshall. Some Osmonds also seem to appear as Osborne or Osbourne. I found a good gen forum page at rootsweb for “Osborne, Pearce and Rideout” and another at for “Collier” by googling “Musseau Osmond”.

      On applying for status, you should contact the Qalipu office in Corner Brook for current information. Good luck with your research!

  103. Hi Again Dorothy, you wouldnt happen to know where I could get marriage/baptismal/death records of persons that resided in the Brent’s Cove/Baie Verte Area of Newfoundland? I had tried googling it and I could not find to much.


    1. Hi Quinn, you can try the Provincial Archives at The Rooms in St. John’s – the more info you can provide, the easier it is for them to find what you’re looking for if they have it. If they don’t, you could contact the churches involved to see if they have records that haven’t been sent to the archives. As you’ve likely found, many church records have been transcribed online so maybe site administrators (NLGenWeb, Nfld Grand Banks Gen site) could help you. I don’t know if there’s a genealogical society in the Baie Verte area, but maybe the Bay of Islands or Bay St. George groups would know. Links to both are on this page. Hope this helps.

  104. Thanks Dorothy, I will look into more into these sites, some of my recent ancestors are hard to locate. Thanks Again.

  105. Hi Again, Dorothy

    I was able to find an Elizabeth Nash who died in McCallum in 1906 at age 73 which would mean she was born in 1833. She would place her in the same time and place as my Elizabeth (Bobbit) Nash. It also says she was born in Bay East. Where any of the Elizabeth Bobbits you mentioned earlier born in Bay East around 1833?



    1. Hi John, none of the Elizabeth Bobbitts for whom I have birth or death dates match your dates. I entered them for her and, unfortunately, no new Ancestry leaf showed up. I wondered where “Bay East” was and found nothing. I did find Little Bay East and East Bay both on the south coast. Or might it mean Hermitage Bay East?

  106. Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew where in Newfoundland I could go to find information about the Benoit Family, I know the main areas are Bay St George, Lourdes, Sandy Point and what not. Anywhere specific? My great grandmother was a Benoit, her grandfather being Henri Benoit, son of Marie Duffenais and Francois Benoit Jr. Also, if anyone knows anything about the Barry family that lived in and around the Stephenville area, I would love to hear about it. Thanks


    1. Hi Quinn, you should have no trouble finding info online tracing the Francis Benoit and Marie Duffenais (or Duffney) line. Look at Jasen Benwah’s site in my links above and/or join the BSG Genealogical Society (link above). As you find the connections to your own line, from grandparents and great-grandparents, you’ll figure out where specifically in Bay St. George to look. For the Barrys, I googled “Barry family Newfoundland” and saw several gen forum links. Also a McCarthy-Barry family tree but it gives people from Red Island and Merasheen – I think you’ll want the west coast connection. The name is not originally a west coast name, but some moved there from the east coast. Kirk Butt’s books on BSG families would also be of use to you. Good luck and have fun!

  107. Just to clarify (and sorry for all the posts), the reason I’m not sure that Caroline’s parents were born in England is that the 1921 Canadian Census lists her and both her parents as being born in Newfoundland (that census asks where the parents were born) so I’m not sure which is correct.


    1. Hi again John, thanks for the NS Vital Stats link. I’ve added it to this page. I added Bobbitt as Elizabeth Nash’s birth name but it doesn’t give me anything new on Ancestry trees. On daughter Caroline’s death certificate, I wondered if her parents were listed as born in England because Nfld was a British colony. But Caroline’s place of birth is given as Nfld, so that doesn’t explain it. If I find anything, I’ll let you know. If anyone else can help, please do!

  108. Hi Dorothy,
    Thanks for the response on the Lomond Family above, there is rumoured Mi’kmaq blood through my grandmother and I thought I may have lucked out but I guess not . I am currently looking for information on the Nash family of Bonne Bay/McCallum (also one of my grandmother’s lines). I have a Caroline Nash born in 1864 who married a Robert Lee in 1886 in Bonne Bay. Her parents where Henry Nash and Elizabeth Bobbitt. I was wondering if you had any information on possible Mi’kmaq ancestry there. I have a picture of her and she has some Mi’kmaq features so I thought there may be a possibility of some link there.


    1. Hi John, I have Caroline as d/o Henry Nash and Elizabeth no surname. I looked at Ancestry trees and none had a surname for Elizabeth and baptism records for their kids gave no birth name for her. I have lots of Elizabeth Bobbitts but none that I could match with this one. Do you know for sure Bobbitt was her birth name?

  109. Thank you for information on your site. I will dig in.
    I am looking for any info on my Mi’k Mac ancestors.
    Maybe even burial sites to pay respects.
    Great Great Grandparents Eugene Gallant, and Ursela Japeau
    Birthplace Margaree Nova Scotia.
    Great Grandparents Marie Gallant Christopher. Birthplace Bay St. George Sandy Point NL.
    We are of Mi’k Mak descent. Acadian ancestors.
    Grandparent Fred Leo Christopher birthplace Summerside.
    My Mother Mary Ramona Christopher from Corner Brook NL.

    1. Hi Martin, yes, your ancestors link into many families of Acadia. Way too much info for me to put here in comments. If you haven’t already, look at the 2 Acadian sites on this page, two Bras d’Or sites, Jasen Benwah’s, Lark Szick’s LeJeune page, Jerry Gerrior’s, and one I’m going to add now on the Gallant family.

      Eugene Gallant’s parents were Simon Hache dit Gallant, b 1792 Margaree d 1828, and Isabelle Gaudet, b 1798 d 16 Feb 1843. Simon’s parents were Charles Hache dit Gallant, b Jul 1749 PEI d 7 Jun 1842 Margaree, and Felicite Gautrot, b abt 1756 d 9 Dec 1851.

      I have two possible sets of parents for Eugene’s wife Ursula Japeau and I’m not sure which is correct. Her first name is also found as Ursuline and surname as Jesseau or Jesso. Thanks for writing, your information has helped me sort out mine and add to it.

  110. I am looking for information on Genevieve “Jenny” LeJeune who married Benjamin
    Perrier Sr. about 1832 on Sandy Point Nl.
    Who were her parents, where were they from, where they Mi’kmaq?
    Any information would be appreciated.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Sam Perier

    1. Hi Sam, all I have about Genevieve LeJeune is b abt 1810, d bef 1850 and marriage as you have. If anyone knows who her parents were, your help would be appreciated.

  111. Thank you for the clarification. I was a little concerned that I might have been missed, but thank you for letting me know I greatly appreciate it.
    And thank you for being that link for people to bridge the gaps in their family lineages. 🙂

    1. Hi Pamela, just to remind readers, you asked in June about the parents and siblings of Leah Hynes, from Change Islands b abt 1878, marr Frederick Bath from Horse Islands. I have nothing on them and evidently no one else has been able to help.

      On this page in particular where there are many queries, if I can’t help and if I have no questions or suggestions, then I don’t reply. I don’t want to take up space and thereby push comments down to where they’re no longer readily visible. That, I figure, decreases the chances of anyone seeing them. Sorry for causing you worry and if anyone has any information, please do post! Thanks.

  112. I’m trying to find out more about my Grandfather whom claimed to be Mikmaq.
    All I know is his Name Leon Arthur married to Gwendolyn Arthur and they lived in Liverpool Novia Scotia in 1940 .
    At the time they had two children my mother Sandra Lee Arthur and Gordon Arthur my uncle.
    My grandfather explained his father married a Mikmaq women named Mary who passed away when he was a young boy.
    An aunt raised him.
    He was also part of the RCMP as a young man in Halifax but was discharged for marrying my Grandmother Gwendolyn.
    I am very interested in finding out more about my heritage and to have knowledge to pass on to my children and Grandchildren.
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

  113. Thanks Dorothy,
    I did not know about James. I cannot find Catherine’s maiden name.
    Maybe someone can help.
    Also if there is no native on that side what about Eleanor Snook 1864 married to John Hickman. I believe she came from St. Pierre.
    Family legion is that we have native blood. Would love to find it.
    Many thanks for your information.

    1. Hi Joyce, here’s what I can find on Eleanor Snook: born maybe 1755 in St. Pierre, but some trees have continental France as her birthplace, died 1804 in Grand Bank NL. Parents were Morgan Snook, b 1735 Dorset England d 1818 Burin NL, and Ann Woolridge Barnes, b 1738 either in St. Pierre or Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne, France d 1818 Grand Bank NL. They married about 1756 either in Dorset England or Fortune NL. I’d think Newfoundland is more likely but without delving further into the sources, I don’t know. Morgan Snook was s/o Morgan Snook b 1710 England and Susanna. Ann(e) Barnes’ father was Robert Barnes, nothing on her mother. Hope this gives you a bit more to go on.

  114. Hi, I am looking for any native heritage in the MacDonald line. My great grandfather married a Sarah MacDonald in Cul de Sac, Nfld. Her parents were Matthew and Catherine. I would appreciate any information.


    1. Hi Joyce, all I can find on Matthew MacDonald is that he was born about 1825 in West Cul de Sac and his father was James MacDonald. Maybe someone else can help. Thanks for writing.

  115. I am trying to find a Native line to Annie Beatrice Mugforg (Mumford) her family came from Port De Graves… I need to find proof of her native heritage… Any help? I can expand on the family if anyone can help…
    Annie married Benjamin Faulkner…. Thanks. Vicki g grand daughter to ABM

  116. Hi Dorothy,
    You list the Descendants of George Lomond page as useful for researching Mikmaq geneology. I was wondering what the significance of this page is with respect to Mikmaq genealogy. My great grandmother was the the daughter of George Matthews and Elizabeth Jane Chaisson of Port-Aux-Basques. George Matthews parents were Samuel Matthews and Thomasina Lomond who was the daughter of George Lomond and Sarah Marshall. Any information is appreciated!

    1. Hi John, when I come across a site that seems good for Newfoundland family research, especially those that may intersect with Mi’kmaq families, I include it. I know from my own experience searching that they sometimes can be hard to find. I’ve been looking at my information on your Lomonds and I haven’t got anything further back than what you have, it seems. So I can’t help you with any connections to Mi’kmaq ancestry, but maybe someone reading this might be able to add more. Thanks for the surname Marshall for George Lomond’s wife. I didn’t have that.

  117. Hi,

    I descend from Gabriel Billard through Edith Billard and Philip Hatcher. Is there a Mi’kmaq connection to this family?

    Another of my ancestors was Susan Bennett (born Nov 1871) who later married a Stagg in Petites NL. I can’t find out who her parents were. Is there a Mi’kmaq connection to the Bennetts from Petites NL?



    1. Hi Rosalee, Edith’s grandfather Gabriel Billard in Newfoundland was born 1784 in St. Malo, France and died Jan 1863 Wreck Island in Nfld. He married Miriam Durnford, b abt 1798 Francois d Aug 1886 Grand Bruit (Nfld). I don’t know much about the families so don’t know if there is a Mi’kmaq connection through someone married in. I don’t have a Susan Bennett married a Stagg in my information. Without more research, I’m afraid I can’t provide anything helpful to you. With luck, maybe a reader can help out. Thanks for writing.

  118. Hello Dorothy, My family and I are trying to find out info on our ancestors in Newfoundland, A cousin wrote in to you in Nov. 2012 her name is Cynthia. She had most of the information we have and you were right the last name is Crant, not Grant. I’m just wondering if you found out anything more. My mothers maiden name was Hink.s which is a name very well known in Conne River Newfoundland. Would appreciate anything you could tell me. Thanks

    1. Hi Sharon – in one of Cynthia’s comments, she said some family members said Joseph Hinks came from Port something. I think it would be Port aux Basques, not the others she mentions. I have him born Cape Ray and he was married in Margaree and kids were born Channel and/or Port aux Basques. On Ancestry trees, I found his parents as James Hinks, b abt 1843 (probably P aux B area) d abt 1870, and Elizabeth Scott, b 24 Jan 1843 Grand Bank d P aux B. Cynthia had mentioned Wells as her surname, so I don’t know which is correct or if one name was from another marriage. I can’t find her parents. I found James Hinks’ parents as John Hinks and Mathilda LeRoux, both born 1823. I couldn’t find anything more on either of them, but maybe this will help you a bit. Hope so.

  119. Hello Dorothy,

    I contacted you awhile ago on the DNA results of Jane Bagg born c 1760 and who lived at Cape La Hune, wife of Hugh Sr, my gggg grandparents. Now we have the DNA results of Deborah Caines, born c 1760 , wife of George of Lamaline , my gggg grandparents!! The DNA of both women show they are of English decent!! Some people thought there was Mik’maq ancestry in these woman but the DNA show otherwise! Maybe George Caines’s mother was Mik’maq??? But that’s another story!! A Roy Barter was trying to reach me as he is a cousin through the Bagg Family! He can email me at

    Take Care,
    Leslie A. Winsor Mount Pearl, NF

    1. Hi Leslie – Roy Barter, if you see this, there’s a message for you here. Thanks for letting us know about the DNA results. It’s good to know one way or the other. I had a quick look to see if I had anything new on George Caines, but nothing. 🙁

  120. hi Dorothy – found your site very interesting. I am researching the Sack family. I’ve found alot of information, many photos, etc. However, I have run into a dead end on several lines. Wondering if you have any information on SARAH PAUL, daughter HELEN PAUL (b. 1896 May 24). Helen was baptized in St. Anthony’s Parish in Fredericton, New Brunswick – born at St. Mary’s Reserve. Also any information on the PETER SACK that married MARIE ANTOINETTE THOMAS (b. 1822 d. 1915). Thank you.

    1. Hi Barbara – thanks, and sorry but I have no Sarah Paul who matches with yours. Googling Marie Antoinette Thomas, I found quite a few sources but you probably have seen them. I have nothing on Peter Sack. I have “Sacks” as a surname but no Peters. If anyone can help, please do!

  121. Hi Dorothy
    I am trying to find my paternal grandparents and great grandparents names and birthplaces . My fathers name was Joseph Wilfred Shears and his father’s name was Simon Shears (wife Mary?) Some say my father and his family were Mi’Kmaq from Nfld or Nova Scotia. My father was supposed to have been born April 2, 1977.
    He married twice (Rosella McIntyre 1st wife and Lavinia McIntyre,my mother, his 2nd wife)

    1. Hi Winnifred, I don’t know if I found the right Shears. It’s a fairly common name in Nfld and, it seems, NS and elsewhere as well. Also the dates are too recent to come up in genealogy records. However, maybe this is a lead for you.

      Simon Shears and Margaret Madore are parents of a Joseph Shears (no dates for them or parents for Simon). Margaret is d/o William Royal Madore, b. 31 Dec (or Jan.) 1906 Jeffrey’s Bay St. George Nfld d. Jeffry’s, and Etta Gladys McEachern, b. 22 Jun 1912 Jeffry’s d. Jeffry’s. Wm Royal was s/o William Frederick (Fred) Madore, b Aug 1860 d 9 Sep 1925 BSG, and Rachel Harvey, b 9 Nov 1884 d 25 Jun 1918 BSG. Etta Gladys was d/o Isaac Archibald McEachern, b 28 Aug 1878 Crabbe’s Brook BSG, and Catherine Ann Allez (aka Alley), b 21 Sep 1883 Crabbe’s.

      This is based only on the Simon with son Joseph, and I can find no more info on either of them. The dates may be in the ballpark, based on the earlier generations for which I did find dates. I couldn’t find anything on the McIntyre side. If anyone reading can help, please feel free!

  122. Hi, I too have just found out about my Qalipu heritage (I was adopted) and was wondering what you know of the Kennedys and the McCarthys! I would love to find any information I can and hopefully even photos. I am trying to put together a tree but with very little firsthand information.

    1. Hi Jannelle, it’s great that you’re finding out about your ancestry. I and readers here will be happy to help you, but we’ll need more information, like first names and places of residence and anything else you know. Without knowing more, all I can tell you about the Kennedys and McCarthys is that there are a lot of them, all over the island! lol

  123. Hi Dorothy,
    I was wondering if you or anyone you have come across or knew of any information on the Hynes Family from Change Islands, Newfoundland. My great grandmother’s name was Leah and I believe she was born around 1878. I’m trying to find her parents and siblings but I reach dead ends. The name itself may have been changed, Haynes, Hines, Haines. Which is why it is so difficult to find. I have been told that she was Native, possibly MikMaq. Not sure. She married a Frederick Bath from Horse Islands.

  124. I have found in the St-John the Baptist Anglican Church in St-Johns the birth of a man called Henry Whelen born 15 Mar 1815 father John Thomas Whelan and the mother Lazette LaChance Whelan is a Major in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. It is not clear that Lazette LaChance his is wife but he recognizes the boy to be his son. I wonder if by chance Lazette could be Micmac. I believe this man to be my great-great-great father that I have been looking for the last 20 years for my family genealogy.

    1. Hi Georges, I do hope John Thomas Whelan is the ancestor you’ve been looking for. Alas, I have nothing on these names. I found the birth record you mention. It does seem that JT and Lazette weren’t married so marriage records won’t be useful. I saw the transcriber’s note of being unsure if Lazette or LaChance is the mother’s surname. Googling them, I found instances of both as surnames. I wonder if Lazette, if a first name, is Lizette or Elizabeth. If a surname, maybe it’s a variation of Lizaget or Elizaget. My guess is that LaChance would be her surname, simply because it seems less likely to be a first name. This is just speculation on my part, but maybe readers have something concrete. Good luck!

  125. It is believed that Rosanna Parsons is where the focus is however I am not to sure. As I have said everything was hidden away from our generation.

  126. Yes that is correct:) sorry for the confusion I was going back and forth to my references. I am waiting for my aunt to forward the information that my cousin acquired. Hopefully I will get some answers there. But I would appreciate any imput for anyone for sure:)

  127. I to am searching my heritage. My great grandmother was Ella née Goulding/Goulden, Ward ( first marriage to John Ward)-Skiffington ( second marriage to Robert Skiffington). Ella’s parents were Joseph Goulding/Goulden and Helen (other spellings are Ellen/Ellenden) Felthum(other spellings i was given is Feltham and Phelten). Helen’s parents were William and Rosanna Parsons (née Feltham) My grandmother her daughter (father John) was Violet Lucy Mae Ward. I am trying for find her heritage, she did not talk much about it as they were labeled “Jackie Tar”, a hateful label. However I am proud to be a descendant (supposedly) however I can not seem to find where it starts. I am hoping that someone may have some answers for me, or which direction to take next. Thank you for any assistant anyone may give me.

    1. Hi Ula, to clarify some names and relationships, due to differences in your two comments, your gr-grandmother Ella Goulding’s father was Joseph Goulding and her mother was Ella/Helen/Ellen Feltham, d/o William Feltham/Phelten and Rosanna Parsons (who would be your gr-gr-grandparents). Ella was born 1856 in Greenspond and, with her first husband John Ward, had your grandmother Violet Lucy Mae Ward.

      I’ve looked for all these names in all combinations and nobody matches in my database. But I hope someone reading here can help out.

  128. I am also trying to locate my great grandmothers line of Mi’kmaq heritage. I often heard the remark as hateful as it “Jackie tar”. My grandmother never spoke of her heritage because of this label that was stuck to her background, my great grandmother was Ella (Helen/Ellenda) Phelten (Feltham) her parents were William and Rosanna (née Parsons) as far as I understand if all the information is correct. She was born in 1856 in GREENSPOND, NL. And lived in Gambo, Nl. Any information would greatly be appreciated.

  129. Hi Dorothy,
    I live in Ontario and am visiting NFLD this summer – while there I am hoping make more gains in tracing my family’s Mi’kmaq family heritage. Perhaps you can help me a bit further before I get there? What I know is my father was born in NB (John William Casey, dob May 22, 1935) and my grandfather in Mosherville NS (Norman Casey dob October 1, 1907). He was one of eight siblings. His parents both died when he was young and he was raised by his siblings. His mother I believe was a “Mosher” possibly having moved from Truro in Hants County. His father’s name was Rufus Casey and his wife was Bertha…and that is as far as I know. We have reason to believe they may have lived in NFLD and migrated with each generation into the Atlantic provinces and ultimately Ontario in 1938 (where they promptly erected a totem pole….) Along our family line we have distinct visible Aboriginal characteristics and a sense of our culture even these generations removed – I am most interested in discovering more past Rufus and Bertha and figuring out how deep our Mi’kmaq roots grow, Can you help? Thanks, Kellie

    1. Hi Kellie, I have nothing on the specific Casey names you give and couldn’t find anything when I did a little research. However, I looked at the Moshers I have in my database and one looked promising for the places you give. Saul Mosher, aka Malzard, was born 1840 in Burin Nfld and died 21 Nov 1901 Halifax NS. His parents were Francis Malzard or Mulzard (b abt 1805 Jersey, Channel Islands or possibly 1790 Lamaline, Burin Nfld and died 31 Jan 1865 Halifax NS) and Mary Deborah Bonnell (b abt 1812 Jersey, Channel Islands, d 20 Feb 1864 Lamaline Nfld).

      So there’s a Malzard/Mosher connection from Lamaline to Nova Scotia, although I found mention only of Halifax, not Hants. This link to Genealogical Association of NS site might be helpful for you. There are many people named Mosher in NB so archives and websites from here might be useful, but since you’re looking further back in time than NB probably NS records would be more helpful. Lamaline and Burin might be a place for you to focus on in Nfld. But I can’t yet see any connections between Moshers and Caseys.

      Hope this helps you some. Thanks for writing and have a wonderful trip.

  130. We, the Goulding family have traced our roots to the Paul Family of Deer Island, NL, we were told that this family was a sure link to our Mí’kmaq heritage. We have found our ancestors dating back to 1760, Thomas Paul, who had a son John Paul, 1880, who had a son Thomas in 1814, these are our direct ancestors. How do we confirm that he indeed was Mí’kmaq.

  131. If anyone could please help. I am looking for my wife mi’kmaq and metis ancestry and I have found a lot already, but I can’t find much info on ELIZABETH JANE LEBLANC who was born in NFLD in1847. She is supposed to have 2 sisters,Mary and Sarah and a few links say they were full or half mi’kmaq. If you know her parents or anything, I would appreciate it:)

  132. Hi,
    Forever I have been told I am mi’ kmac I really dont know if I am…………….my mother wont tell me!……………..If I am I want to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!… How can I find this information?.


    1. Hi Jason, you will have research your family tree. Start with the names as far back as you know and google them. There are some suggestions in my post Ancestry Search that might save you a bit of time. It is way easier to do with so many records and family histories posted online than when you had to spend hours in archives going over old record books and microfilm. Still, it takes time and can be frustrating. But you can find out a lot that maybe your mother doesn’t even know. If she starts seeing what you’re learning, maybe she’ll share what she knows with you. Good luck, and write back if you have some names that maybe I or readers can help out with.

  133. Thomas Mitchard father of Thomas Mitchard & William Mitchard was my g.g.grandfather, William was my g.grandfather. I have done considerable research on this family, both in England and Newfoundland. My paternal grandmother was the daughter of William.

  134. hello
    I am trying to find out information on James Frampton who was born in 1895 in Bos warlas Particularly his marriage in 1915 to 1916

    tc ian

    1. Hi Ian, sorry I overlooked James Frampton’s marriage info in my reply to your early comment. The date of marriage I have for him and Mary Angeline Fleury is 16 August 1915 in Lourdes, Port au Port Peninsula.

  135. Would you happen to have any info on Margret f Purchase{1875} of Garia? She was the Daughter of George Purchase{1840} and Elizabeth ?????{1840}

    1. Hi George, I have only a Margaret Jane Purchase born 1866 but I have her as d/o Thomas Purchase and Mary Ann Bennett (b 1832) so I don’t think she’s the one you’re looking for. The only George I have is related to Margaret but much younger. But maybe they are connected to yours somehow. I don’t have a place of birth for any of them, sorry. Anybody know any more?

  136. Hi Dorothy,

    The Goosney Family you have referenced in the previous post is my line. My great great grandfather was James Goosney Jr. who was married to Sarah Reid (also seen in some documents as Read). James’ father, James Sr., was married to a woman named Rebecca. You have indicated Rebecca’s name as Hayes, I had not previously heard this, but have seen Mercer and Bell as her surname.
    As for Sarah’s parents, some of the dates are not adding up for have listed their birth date as just 6 and 8 years prior to her own birthdate. Upon talking to some members of my family, little was passed on to me regarding Sarah Reid’s family. Just wondering if you could point me in the direction of this information/ where you located these names.


    1. Hi Raelene, the source I have for Rebecca’s surname as Hayes is C of E Baptism Records, Labrador 1862, Sagueney Quebec. I also have her as Mercer from Ancestry member trees. So I don’t know which is correct. As for Sarah Jane Reid’s parents, you’re right, the dates of birth don’t add up. Two Ancestry member trees have Sarah Jane Gaulton with all the same info and the others have the same dob and parents but no husband. For Thomas, there are trees with that dob, born in Renfrewshire Scotland marr to Sarah with no surname. I don’t know if there is any connection between them and our Sarah Jane Reid. Thanks for pointing that out. Maybe someone can help us figure it out.

  137. Hi Dorothy
    Responding to Jean’s enquiry of Sept 29th re Simms. I am related to Simms of Cooks Hr and Cape Norman area. I am seeking info on a Alfred Simms (marr ? Macy) who lived there approx 1868. They had two children bapt’d in Bonne bay Margaret and George, in 1873. I know little about Simms prior to this period, but Mahalla and alfred may have been related. George m. Susannah Ulett Dec/1893. Minister was Arthur PITTMAN. Margaret m. Samuel Paddick Jan/1895. Wonder if anyone has info on the Simms or Macy families during this time period or before.

  138. hi dorothy,
    im looking for any information on the goosneys from birchy head, as my great grandmother was a goosney from there. Her name was charolette goosney and was married to ephraim laing. I was wondering if there is any mikmaq relations there. If anyone reading this has any information i would really like to read it. Also if anyone has information about the Buffetts from Fortune i would really like to read it.

    thank you

    1. Hi Rona, I have Charlotte Catherine Goosney as d/o James Goosney (b 1861 Saguenay Que d 1938 Birchy Head NL) and Sarah Jane Reid (b 1864). James was s/o James Goosney (b abt 1828 Cheticamp NS d 1918 Stanleyville) and Rebecca Hayes (b 1833 Bay Roberts d 1885 Birchy Head). James Sr was s/o John Goosney (b 1798) and Lydia Davis (b abt 1800). Charlotte’s mother Sarah Jane Reid was d/o Thomas Reid (b 1856) and Sarah Jane Gaulton (b 1858). Sarah Jane was d/o John Robert Nathan Gaulton and Mary Ann Ball (b 1819 d/o George Ball and Sarah). That’s all I have on her.

      Charlotte’s husband Ephraim Laing was born 1882, s/o Archibald Frederick Laing and Sarah Jane Butt. Archibald was d/o John Laing (b 1813) and Frances. John was s/o of Andrew Laing (b 1785 Scotland) and Mary Babb (b 1790 Scotland). I have no parents for either Sarah Jane or Mary. I thought maybe Ephraim Laing’s name was originally Laisne, from Acadia, but it seems not. Hope this helps in your search.

  139. Hello Dorothy, great informative website you have. Just wondering if you are able to help me trace my family back to John Barrington. Family is from Swift Current, including Kirk Barrington, Eva/Cora Barrington who married John Crocker. Sorry, but that’s all the information i currently have.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Sheldon, thanks and sorry to take so long getting back to you. I have Cora Barrington (marr John Crocker) as d/o Thomas Barrington marr Eva (surname unknown). Thomas was s/o John Barrington (b 1874 Black River d Swift Current) and Mary Hawco (b abt 1879 d Swift Current). Hope this helps.

  140. Hi Dorothy,

    I am trying to get some information about my great-grandmother Janet Maye . I dont have her maiden name. Married to James Maye of Lushes Bight or Twilligate, Newfoundland. My great-grandfather James Maye died at age 50 in 1932 on The “Sidney Parsons” – a schooner is lost. My father said that he remembers his dad (Chester Slade who was married to Clara Maye) telling him that Janet Maye was forsure Mi’kmaq but cant find any written proof. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  141. So I found Susanna young , under the link above “lejeunes from cape Breton and nfld” once I clicked the link I scrolled down through the info and found iii) jean baptise lejeune aka John young and m. Marcelline marche who was from fishells nfld. my grandfather said Susanna young his grandmother , spoke a native language and that he parents were of possibly mi kmaq from stephenville nfld , fishells , Robison ? St.georges . Would marcelline marche be mi kmaq ? Or John young have mi kmaq back around ?

    1. Hi Zach, I have John Baptiste LeJeune/Young’s parents as Alexander Young and Eleanor Anne Quick, both from Cape Breton. You can probably trace them back from the LeJeune site. Marcelline Marche’s parents were Urbain Marche, b abt 1822 Bras d’Or, and Celeste Alexandre/Alexander. Urbain was, I think, s/o Denis Francois Marche, b 1789 St. Pierre, and Charlotte or Catherine LeJeune, b abt 1795 Cape Breton. There is a huge Marche family tree in the BSGGS documents (see link on my page above). I didn’t have your Susanna’s husband’s name, so thanks for that.

  142. Hey there I am looking for any information on my great great grandmother Susanna young and her parents etc.- parents were Joseph young and Marcella Marche . I think its spelt Marcella but could be marcellina? I have Susanna’s birth certificate – which states she was born in St. George’s nfld. in 1883- I think her parents could be decedents of the Indian head band – which covers stephenville , st George’s , port Au port area . . I know my great great grandfather Charles Gustaf Wisen met Susanna in stephenville where she is said to be from . Any information on my ancestors or the surnames would be greatly
    Appreciated. As well there has been talk in the family through out the years that she could of been a lejeune -young ?

  143. I was trying to find parents for Mary Bryant born 1850 in Hearts Delight, she was supposed to be aboriginal …she married Noah Clarke and moved to Norris Point , where she is buried. I can’t find any info from Trinity for her ….any suggestions … thanks

  144. This message is for Leslie winsor. I am a gggg grandson of Hugh and Jane Baggs. I tried to access the site where you had your DNA posted but no luck. I am interested in any info you would be wiiling to share.
    Roy Barter

  145. Hi Dorothy,

    I am trying to get some information about my gg grandmother Mary Ferrel born in Beau Bois in 1882. She later on went to marry Thomas Brake from Marystown who drowned. Then went on to marry Albert Hoskins from St. Albans. We know she was Mi’kmaq but cant find any written proof. Her records were lost in the Sacred Heart Parish fire. We also think that my other gg grandfather David Collier born in St. Albans in 1856 could have been Mi’kmaq as well.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi Kate, nothing on Mary Ferrel other than she’s in the 1921 St. Alban’s census with husband Albert Hoskins and daughter Charlotte Brake. I have a David Collier, b 1885, married Julia. I found parents for him on an Ancestry tree – father Samuel Collier, mother Mary Hoskins. But, alas, no leaf popped up for them so I know nothing more. Not much help, I’m afraid.

  146. Hi Dorothy.
    I am trying to get some information on my Great, Great Grandmother, Genevieve(Jenny) LeJune.
    She was born about 1810 and married my G.G.Grandfather Benjamin Perrier Sr.around 1833 in Bay St. George Nl. she died before 1850.
    Ther had two sons, John b 1834 and Benjamin b 1839.

    If you can find any unformation it would be greatly appreciated.
    Please reply by “E” mail.

    Sam Perrier

    1. Hi Sam, I don’t have anything more than you do about Genevieve/Jenny. I checked the ancestry member trees and nothing more there either. Sorry, but thanks for writing. Maybe someone will be able to help.

  147. Hello Dorothy, —

    In the topics above Sarah Matthews and Michael Organ were mentioned!!Sarah Matthew b 1811 12 19 m. Michael Organ and ended up in Bonne Bay. In 1871 Sarah Organ age 59 a widow of Norris Point is listed in the Church of England confirmations.–

    I found in the Rose Blanche Burial Records for the CE a David Organ of Little Bay who was buried 1863 03 24 at age 84 or born c 1779 so this is probably the father of Michael Organ. I “think” this Organ Family may have come from Bay D’Espoir! It seems that most of the south coast started out in the east and gradually moved westward along the south coast and then some moved north along the Northern Peninsula!!

    I am related to all the Organs through John Matthews and Sarah Bagg, the parents of Sarah, wife of Michael Organ!! John Matthews and Sarah Bagg are my ggg grandparents!! I understand that John Matthews and his brother/ brothers came out from Devon . Hugh Bagg and Jane Bagg of Cape La Hune born c 1760 are my gggg grandparents! Jane, Mrs. Hugh Bagg sr does not have Mi’kmag ancestry!! She is in line for my maternal DNA line and is of English origin! My DNA results are all posted on if any of you are members and can log in to have a look!!–

    See this site and go to page 56! An earlier John Mathews is mention who may add to the Mathews presence on the South Coast!

    I was looking at your site as I heard rumors that my ggg grand mother Deborah Caines wife of George Caines of Lamaline “may” have been a Mi’kmaq girl from Cape Breton and could have been a Young???SHe would have been born c 1760. If anyone can enlighten me on that it would certainly be appreciated!!

    Take Care,
    Leslie A. Winsor

    1. Hi Leslie, thanks for the additional information. I have your George Caines and Deborah and their children. But no surname or parents for her. None of the Ancestry trees had her surname either and I couldn’t find anything on line. They had a daughter Deborah who married a Young, but you probably know that already. If anyone can add to this, please feel free!

  148. Hi Dorothy, my wife and I have been working on our family tree for some time. I have been told many times over the years that my grandmother on my mother’s side was indian but I have not been able to find anything to verify this.
    Here is what we have been able to find as far as ancestors etc..
    Susannah Fudge my grandmother
    – born on June 27, 1889, in Moreton’s Harbour, Newfoundland
    – died on May 11, 1972, in Norris Arm, Newfoundland
    – married to John Charles Langdon on June 30, 1907, in Norris Arm, Newfoundland

    Susannah’s parents were:
    Joseph Frederick jr. Fudge (father)
    – born about 1866, in Whales Gulch, Newfoundland
    – died on January 9, 1895, in Moretons Harbour, Newfoundland
    – married to Naomi Budgell on on May 7, 1889, Western Head, Newfoundland

    Joseph Fudge’s parents were:
    Joseph Fudge sr
    – born before 1825
    – died before 1898 (Shows him dying between 1894 and 1898)
    – married to Sarah Liscombe born about 1830

    Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.


  149. Hi Dorothy just wondering if you can find out any info on my family if we have any native history in our family. My grand mothers name is violet Scott maried to Hedly Scott her last name before marriage was late her father was Lott layte from forgo and her mother was Jane Harbin from gander bay my grandfather dad was chesly Scott who lived in Carter’s cove. Email me any info u may be able to find that’s my dads side of the family my moms side her grandmother was enda Burt and her grand father was Alfred Burt

  150. Hi, Dorothy you have a great site. I have been searching my family history and I have found on the 1921 census that both my great and g g grandfather both ha e stated they are Micmac. I was wondering if you had anymore background Info. My grandfather was Ernest Bennett, g grandfather Patrick Bennett Jr born July 1898 and Married Gertrude Snow born Jun 1897, gg grandfather Patrick Sr born jun 1858 and Married Bridget Bennett born Oct 1866, It shows on a wedding Certificate online my gg grandfather was Thomas Bennett married to Mary McDonald. They lived in the Mount Carmel, Salmonier Nl area. Any help would be great thanks

    1. Hi Glenda, and thanks. But sorry, I can’t find anything on your Ernest or Patrick Bennett, but I don’t have much on the Salmonier area. The names, of course, are all familiar but I don’t have any that connect up with each other to suggest to me that they are “yours.” Good luck and thanks for writing.

  151. Thank you Dorothy for the information.I have read the will before but i didnt know about Eligin county Ontario or in Massachusetts.My father said Martha was from Nova Scotia,but i am only going by memory from what he said years ago.Wish i could get more information on her.

  152. Hi Dorothy,I was wondering if you can give me any information .My Grand Grand Grandmother was MARTHA MITCHELL married to James Hancock.she died june 6 1913 in Peters Arm,Botwood.My father and cousin said she was a mi kmag. How can i prove this? In church record her last name was mitchell but my family tree that was done said it was MITCHARD not MITCHELL daughter of Thomas Mitchard and Eleanor Cooper “ellen” thank you

    1. Very interesting, Linda. I have her as Mitchard, b 1821 Twillingate, marr 5 Nov 1855 Twillingate Methodist. Googling her, I found a familytreemaker page by Allan Clarke that has her as Mitchard. NLGenWeb has her as Mitchard in her marr record (Twillingate Methodist Marriages 1853-70) and in those same years John Mitchard marr Abigail Smith Nov. 10 1854, Thomas Mitchard marr Selina Diamond Nov 18 1869 and Rachael Mitchard marr Matthias Hayward Dec 2 1869. I wondered if they were her siblings. Then I found her father’s will. It’s on NLGenWeb and NGB. Maybe you’ve seen it, if not here’s excerpts:

      I Thomas Mitchard of Twillingate Newfoundland being of sound mind memory and understanding considering the uncertainty of life do make this my last will and testament as follows,

      First I give and bequeath to my two sons William and Thomas and John Moss Junr who has behaved to me as a son all my fishing room and all property on the aforesaid fishing room and lands… Second. I give to my three daughters Rachel Mitchell, Jane Roberts and Martha Hancock forty pounds each-

      Third Whatever remains after paying funeral and other expenses which now amounts to about two hundred and fifty pounds I give to my two sons William and Thomas and John Moss Junr equally… and I name Peter Samways and Jonathan Mitchell to be Trustees to the within named property… Signed and sealed by the aforesaid Thomas Mitchard… this sixth day of Feby one thousand eight hundred and sixty six.

      You see that he did have a son Thomas, and a John Moss Jr “who has behaved to me as a son.” He names Martha as a daughter and also Rachel, who if she’s the same one, would not marry Matthias Hayward for another 3 years after this will was made. The will was probated in 1872 so he had died by then. Rachel’s surname in the will is Mitchell, as is one of the estate trustees. Yet Thomas’ name is written as Mitchard.

      In Ancestry trees for Martha, most have her name as “(Mitchell) Mitchard”, suggesting people aren’t sure. One has her place of residence in 1852 as Elgin County, Ontario and in 1880 as Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts. All of the Ancestry trees for Thomas Mitchard have him only as that, with no parents given. It sounds to me like both names may have been used, but which was the original I don’t know. If I find any more, I’ll let you know. And if anyone can help, please do.

  153. My mother is Dorothty Strickland from Port aux Basques. Her Father was Samuel Strictkland from West Point. He would have been born around the turn of the century (~1890’s or early 1900’s). Any info on this is welcome.

    1. Hi Paul, I think I found your Samuel. He was born 28 Apr 1889 West Point d 13 Aug 1946 Port aux Basques, marr Emma Pope, b 29 Oct 1907 Stone’s Cove Fortune Bay d 1969. I have him maybe also marr Margaret Jane Lomond Chaulk but have no more info on her. Samuel was s/o Joshua Strickland and Mary Ann Wadman. Joshua was s/o Josiah Strickland, b 1894, and Ann McDonald. Josiah was s/o George Strickland and Ann (surname unknown). Mary Ann’s parents were William Wadman and Maria and she had a brother Charles b 1845 in Grole. That’s all I have, hope it helps you to find more.

  154. Hi,
    I have been doing my Family Tree since the late 1900’s. I am looking for info on brothers: Joseph Hart and Benjamin Hart, originally from Fogo Island. Joseph married Sarah Stares (My Great-Grandparents) Benjamin married 1st wife:Frances ? 2nd wife: Elizabeth Keats/Cates. Both of them moved to Brooklyn, Bonavista Bay until their death. Benjamin’s great-granddaughter that lives in the USA contacted me in the early 2000’s and told me her grandmother told her she was part Cherokee. I contacted the Band Council in Grand Falls-Windsor to confirm that Cherokee was not known to NL. I didn’t think at the time to ask about Hart’s on Fogo probably being MicMac. If you have any info that could help me, I would really appreciate it. thanks

    1. Hi Diane, I do not have your Hart brothers from Fogo Island. I have an Elizabeth Keats, don’t know if she’s the one you mention. She was born 1772 Trinity and her father was William Keats b Dorset England, and mother was Mary, maybe surname Durdle. I have no info on who Elizabeth married. Sorry, not much help but maybe someone reading will have something more. Thanks for writing.

  155. Hi Dorothy,

    I guess I should have put my own grandfather here as well. John Bennett/Benoit born June 1883. We don’t know where and can’t find any records. He married a Mary Saunders (from The Tilt Cove area) in 1913 in St. John’s.

  156. Hi Dorothy,
    they had children born in Bonne Bay and I believe elsewhere but the two we found I think are from them. Bonne Bay Anglican Parish records.

    William Thomas BENOIT, of Edward & Mary born 22 Feb 1875. Baptized by me Joseph J CURLING on 2nd S aft Trinity (6 June) 1875. Godparents: Charles PIKE, Thomas OWEN, Frances CAINES.

    Rosina BENOIT, of Edward & Mary, born 18 April 1877. Baptized by Layman. Received 10 June 1877 by me Joseph J CURLING. Andrew VINCENT, Sarah ROBERTS, Mary DOWDEN

    Another runour is they then changed names and moved to the Boston area. Here we found 2 more kids with those parents.


    May 24 1908 Joseph J. Bennett, 21, bach, b St Johns Nfld, shoemaker, res 26 ?Treson St, son of Edward Bennett & Mary Ford &
    Sarah H Shea, 23, spin, b Pr Edw Isl, tailoress, res 24 Ocean St, dau of
    James Shea & Catherine Gillis. At Lynn MA by James Hurley?, priest.
    Religious denom and witnesses are not given. From MA Vital Stats

    Aug 15 1909 Jeremiah Bennett, 24, bach, electrician, b St Johns Nfld, res 26 ?Treson St, son of Edward F. Bennett & Mary Ford & Elinor G Carritte, 25, spin, operator, b Guysboro NS, res 23 Lily St, dau of Edward H Carritte & Mary Kennedy.
    At Lynn MA by Michael Madden. Religious denom and witnesses are not given. From MA Vital Stats
    We cannot find any records of them being born in NL.

    Thanks again

  157. Hi there, just happened across your site and makes for interesting reading. I thought I might send along a note to see how your site works. I noticed a lot of research on family history and was wondering if I could give it a try to help find info on my family. My great-grandfather is Edward Benoit who married a Mary Ford in Bonne Bay Newfoundland 1872 by layman then 1874 by church (as per records). They apparently moved and changed their name to Bennett years later. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this family.

    1. Hi Sharon, do you have any more info on either Edward Benoit/Bennett or wife Mary Ford (parents or kids’ names)? I don’t have them but feel like I should know who they are.

      And a note to everybody who has written up to now – thanks for your comments and if I haven’t replied, sorry, but I can’t find anything to help you. Thanks to those who have given me information – it might help me or others find something for you down the road.

  158. Dorothy,

    1935 Red Island census

    SCOTT Francis Head F W 63
    KINSLOW Wallace SIL M M 33
    KINSLOW Lillian Dau F M 29
    KINSLOW Joseph Grand Son M S 6
    KINSLOW Wallace Grand Son M S 11
    KINSLOW John Grand Son M S 13
    KINSLOW Mabel Grand Dau F S 8
    KINSLOW Theo Grand Son M S 4
    KINSLOW Claude Grand Son M S 1

  159. Dorothy,

    I spoke family members regarding my grandmother’s maiden name if it was Grant or Crant. Family members state that Lena’s maiden name was Grant and Lena had one sibling, Lillian. Also, Frances married John Grant and later married William Scott. AKA: “Grandmother Scott”

    However, I can not find any information to confirm this.

    I seeking Mi’kmaq connection.


  160. Dorothy;

    I can trace my Grandmothers ancestry all the to Michael and Sarah (Matthews) Organ… Do you have any information on Micheal Organ and Sarah Matthews? I understand Sarah was possibly micmac either from her father was John Matthews or her mother who was Sarah Bagg.

    1. Hi Tony, I don’t have parents for Michael Organ and about the Matthews and/or Bagg families being Mi’kmaq – I just don’t know. There’s nothing in Small’s Diary suggesting they were, but that itself isn’t proof they weren’t. There has been considerable speculation that John Matthews was brother of Jane Matthews marr Ralph Brake, but I’ve not heard of any evidence being found. If anyone does know, please let us know!

  161. Hi Dorothy; I have reason to believe my great grandmother is aboriginal. My grandmother was Beatrice Hutchings married to Walter Canning. Her mother was Jane Decker, married to Joseph Hutchings. Jane’s parents were Daniel Decker and Thurza Downton. I have traced Thurza Downton, but hve not been able to find anything on Daniel Decker. He was born around 1840 in Joe Batts Arm. Any help with this would be appreciated. thanks

  162. Trying to find out if the White’s from Summerville are related to the White’s from Flat Bay. I was told that White is mi’kmaq surname. Samson White married Elizabeth Crewe on Dec 21,1890 witness by his father John White. Found a John White in Flat Bay don’t know if there is a connection. I hoping you can help me.
    Thank You for your time.

    1. Hi Rhonda, sorry but I do not have a Samson White marr to Elizabeth Crewe. White can be a Mi’kmaq surname but not necessarily. It can be an anglicization of LeBlanc (the case for most of the Mi’kmaq Whites), or can have originally been White or Wight. And, as you can imagine, there are a lot of John Whites so you’d need to have more connections to know if you had a match. Good luck!

  163. Dorothy;
    I know Josiah and Hannah Strickland also Priscilla and John Nash were witnesses to her wedding.. I’ve also seen the information on Josiah but like you the dates don’t work out.. I’ve seen the pictures of her and her grandchildren and definitely a micmac connection if you go by the pictures but problem is where does it come from.

  164. Dorothy;
    My ancester was William Farrell who married a Rachel Strickland in 1866 in West Point. We think she was the daughter of John and Sarah Strickland but cannot find a baptism record whatsoever. According to 1921 census she was born in 1846. But that is all we have. Sarah Strickland was a Collier and her ancestry goes back to Marie GUillaume and Thomas Dennis.. So does anyone have any knowledge or proof that Rachel was the daughter of John Strickland and Sarah Collier??

    1. Hi Tony, I was just working on the Stricklands. I have her as d/o Josiah Strickland and Ann McDonald. But I have a problem with his dob that I haven’t sorted out. I checked Ancestry trees and all have Josiah and Ann as her parents. So I don’t know if that means it’s correct or if everybody copied each other. I have her b 1849 in West Point and, in case you haven’t seen it, there’s a photo of her and her grandchildren here: – I wonder if the contributor could help. One of the Ancestry trees had Farrell as O’Farrell, but it’s not public so I couldn’t check it.

      I don’t have a John Strickland and Sarah Collier. If anyone else can help, please do!

  165. Hi Dorothy,
    I am looking for information on my Great Great Grandmother’s family, the Rideouts. Her name was Josephine Pardy and her parents were James Pardy and Mary Rideout, Mary’s parents were Catherine McCarthy and John Rideout, John’s parents were William Rideout and Bethania, and William’s father was also William, spouse unknown. They are in the Payne family tree according to the Bay of Islands Geneology, but I don’t see where exactly the connection to the Payne family is. I am looking for a Mi’gmaq connection, and think it might be with the Rideouts (as I see a lot of people asking about Mary Rideout), or Paynes, but I don’t know how we fit into the Payne family tree. Any info you might have would be a great help. Thank you. This may appear twice, I had trouble with my comment.

    1. Hi Kim, do a search within the comments here for Josephine Pardy and Myles – I have posted the information on the families fairly recently but will add what I have on Josephine. I have her father as James Pardy b 1875, not Joseph. Her mother Mary Rideout was b 1879 d/o John Rideout and Catherine McCarthy. Catherine was d/o Michael McCarthy and Elizabeth Hickey.

      Michael was s/o Thomas McCarthy, b Ireland, and Catherine Myles, b 1802 d 1889. Catherine was d/o James Myles, b Shaftesbury Dorset England, and Mary Pardy d/o William Pardy and Elizabeth Harvey. Michael’s wife Elizabeth Hickey was d/o John Hickey and Elizabeth Myles. I have Elizabeth also as d/o James Myles and Mary Pardy, which would make Michael and wife Elizabeth 1st cousins. Ancestry trees have Catherine’s parents as James Myles and Mary Pardy, and there are no parents listed for Elizabeth, d/o John Hickey and Elizabeth Myles. But for parents James Myles and Mary Pardy, there are daughters Catherine and Elizabeth.

      So I don’t know. Maybe someone can help sort them out for us! As far as where the connection with the Payne family is, I don’t see it, but it must be there somewhere in the Payne tree. Maybe search in the surnames list to see? I’m not seeing an obvious Mi’kmaq connection in the families of the individuals you name but, again, I don’t know.

  166. Hi Dorothy, we are looking for information on Elizabeth Saunders who was born about 1820 Bay D’Espoir,Newfoundland and Ann Whittle who was married to Micheal Hynes,any information would be greatly appreciated,Thanks

    1. Hi Jackie, Elizabeth Saunders is in Ancestry trees as born 1820 and 1811 – don’t know which is correct. She was born in Bay d’Espoir to John Saunders and Elizabeth unknown. She is said to be Mi’kmaq but I haven’t seen documents about her. As siblings of hers, I have Joseph, Jane, Richard and Sarah. Elizabeth and Thomas Hynes’ son Michael married Anne Whittle 18 Oct 1866 in English Hr E (St. Bernard’s records). I can’t find her parents. Hope this helps.

  167. Hi Dorothy;
    Just wondering if you were able to retrieve the information on Henry Buffett from Misquito who married Josephine (Rideout) Pardy that we responded to back in October. I have visited The Rooms and without specific dates I am unable to get any further. Hopefully you can help me.
    thank-you, Trudy

    1. Hi Trudy, I think you asked which family line you might concentrate on to find Mi’kmaq ancestry and I just don’t know. I didn’t see anything that said “look here”. You ask about Henry Buffett and I can’t remember what you wanted to know specifically about him. So here’s his ancestry as I have it.

      Henry Buffett, b 1896 Mosquito d 12 Jul 1979 Milltown, s/o Benjamin Philip (or Philip Benjamin) Buffett, b 1868 Mosquito, and Elizabeth Frances Kearley (maybe Rose, according to an Ancestry Fam Tree), b 1872. She was d/o James Kearley, b England, and Elizabeth Kendall b 27 Aug 1835. Elizabeth was d/o John Kendall, b 1828 (dates don’t add up), and Frances Strickland (no parents ent’d). John was s/o John Kendall and Susanna. That John was s/o John Kendall.

      Back to Buffett line: Benjamin Philip was s/o Snook Buffett, b 1817, and Elizabeth Poole, b 1819 d 29 Jun 1905 Mosquito. Elizabeth was d/o William Poole and Elizabeth. Snook was s/o William Buffett and Susannah. William was s/o Benjamin Buffett, b 1745, and Ann. Benjamin was s/o William Buffett and Susanna Snook. Susanna was d/o Morgan Snook, b 1670, and Mary Chamberlain. Her husband William was s/o Martha Buffett, “living in Placentia 1701 and 1714” according to an Ancestry tree. And that is all I know.

  168. Hi Dorothy; I noticed that Fiona is looking for infromation on George Stride. George Stride is the son of Henry Stride and Elizabeth Ball. His siblings were Peter,Henry,Abel, Elizabeth,Susan, Charles and Mary. George was married twice, first to Mary Ann Hutchings and then to Mariah March. The children Fiona named were from his second marriage. Geroges sister Elizabeth was my Great Great Grandmother. I am also searching for information. I found some information that George’s brother Peter had a son named Peter who lived in Conne River and is known as Micmac. I can’t seem to trace his aboriginal status. Was it from the Strides or was it on his mothers side?

    1. Hi Janice – and Fiona – thanks for the info on George Stride’s children. I didn’t have them all. Henry Stride is also called Strider, if that helps find him. Others have discussed Elizabeth Ball’s family, somewhere way back in the comments. I have nothing else on them, other than a dob for Henry of 1790 Exploits.

      Yes, their son Peter (George’s brother) married a Mi’kmaq woman named Helen and had a son Peter b abt 1848 in Conne River. It is from him that the Strides of BSG come. I have nothing showing me Mi’kmaq ancestry in the Stride family itself. Have you looked into Mariah March(e)? I have nothing on her, but I wonder if she’s part of the west coast Marche family.

  169. Hi My grandmother was called Mary Hannah Maidment. Her maiden name was
    Mary Hannah Lambert from South Port Trinty Bay. I am trying to find out who
    her mother was. Any help would be appreciated.

  170. looking for thr family of nathaniel martin of harbour grace his dad was william martin he had 3 brothers nathaniel was born 1820 harbour grace move to port au port he is my grat grand father he buried in st james church in berry head port au port want to know were his dad william come from

  171. Seeking information:
    My grandparents were James Isreal Hinks son of Joseph and Rosanna Hinks and Lena May Grant; daughter of Frances Matthews and John Grant. Frances Matthews was the daughter of Christopher Thomas Matthews and Lavina Collier. I have no information on John Grant.

    This is the information I have on Joseph Hinks;
    Family members say; Lewis Sheaves was known as “Uncle Lou” and Joseph had half-brothers and sisters.

    I checked the Anglican Church records;
    Charles Sheaves (B) Channel
    Elizabeth Hinks (W) Married on July 20, 1871.
    Witness; Susan Cole, James McLaughlin and William Strickland

    Therefore, I believe that this would explain the family connection with the Sheaves’. Apparently, it was a common practice for the deceased father’s family to care for the children and it would also explain why Joseph was not raised with his half-brother Lewis.

    Family members say that Joseph came from Port (?) unknown if it was Port aux Port, Port au Choix or Port Saunders, while others say that Joseph came from Conne River.

    Church record;
    Marriage: January 17, 1863
    James Hinks (B) Rocky Barrisway(?)
    Elizabeth Scott (S) Channel
    Witness: John Hinks and Dennis Tapp

    James and Elizabeth Hinks (nee Scott) children;

    Martha – baptized on September 24, 1863

    John – baptized on May 18, 1865 – Marriage – John Hinks (26)(B) and Florence Sophia Bond (22)(S) on August 10, 1891 Parents; James Hinks and Henry Bond

    Joseph – Cape Ray – baptized on March 19, 1867 – married Rosanna Osmond baptized June 25, 1862 daughter of George and Susanna nee Dicks. September 14, 1858 – George Osmond (B) Margaree married Susanna Dicks (S) Isles aux morte – Parents: Thomas Dicks and Elizabeth Harvey

    Matilda (?) – Baptized on April 6, 1869 – death – June 22, 1870 Matilda Hinks 15 months Cape Ray

    1. Hi Cynthia, I have Frances Matthews with the parents you name. But I have her husband as George Crant, not John. The info came from a Crant researcher, so I’m guessing it’s reliable. I don’t have a marr date for them and have him as also marr to Emma Pike. He was born 1848 Gaultois and died in Channel. He was s/o Thomas Crant, b abt 1808 Gaultois d 1869 Burgeo, and Martha Foote, b abt 1810 Gaultois d 1868 Burgeo. Thomas was s/o John Crant, b abt 1776 Gosport in Hampshire England, and Jane Whitty, b abt 1783 Gosport. Martha was d/o John Foote, b abt 1845 Gaultois, and Jane McDonald, b abt 1849 Gaultois. Hope this helps.

  172. Hi,
    My great great grandfather was John Kendell. Can u tell me if any of the tribes are related to him . He was the first white settler and was at Lych cove.He bought land off of Jennie Drew/Hinks. Everyone is always asking me what kind of Indian I am.
    Please Help.
    Carol Ann Reynolds

    1. Hi Carol Ann, someone else recently asked about John Kendell and mentioned Jennie Drew/Hinks. But I can’t find anything. I’m guessing he wasn’t married to her? Do you know the names of his wife or kids? Have you contacted anyone in Conne River to see if they can help?

  173. Hello;
    Do you know where the original Sandy Point Anglican or R.C. records of Births,deaths ,marriages are located. Also are there any early references
    to the Dennis family at Codroy.,
    I Barry

    1. Hi Isabelle, I don’t know if The Rooms archives in St. John’s has the originals of Sandy Point church records but if they don’t they’d know where they are. There is considerable information on the Dennis family in Kirk Butt’s book on Bay St. George settlers. His sources might also point you to where original records are. Good luck!

  174. I am looking for some help with the STRIDE family tree from Newfoundland, Canada.
    Family Group Sheet

    George Stride
    B: 1820
    D: Mar 1890
    • Maria Ann March
    B: 1849
    Peters Arm, Newfoundland
    D: 1943
    Peters Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
    • Tamar Stride
    • Daughter
    • John Roberts Stride
    • Son
    • Apr 1874
    • EXPLOITS, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
    • 4 Jan 1946
    • Bishops Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
    • Eliza Stride
    • Daughter
    • 31 AUG 1877
    • Exploits, Newfoundland
    • 14 APR 1948
    • Butts Cove, Newfoundland
    • Abner Stride
    • Son
    • 14 Feb 1878
    • 22 May 1962
    • Hampden, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
    • Alfred Stride
    • Son
    • June 1882
    • Philips Head, Newfoundland
    • 1956Amelia Ann Stride
    • Daughter
    • 31 Jan 1883
    • Susanna E Stride
    • Daughter
    • 12 Jan 1887
    Philip Head, Newfoundland
    • 22 Mar 1977
    Philips Head, Newfoundland

  175. Great, I know I’m been trying to find info , my grandfather was a desendant of jonas as far as i can see….how and when did they come over from england??? what about Mariah payne Hutchings who married Seymour Hutchings…. Any info on them? My great grand parents……

  176. Thanks for the info . on James Myles Family. Do you know if there is a MI’MkAQ coonection there with the Myles info you have ?
    And what History would you have on my Grandmother Rebecca Whittle (St Bernards who married my Grandfether James Myles in Aug 1936) any info on Rebecca would be greatly appreciated. thanks Dave Parrott

    1. Hi Dave, I didn’t see any Mi’kmaq connection with your Myles leaping out at me, and I have nothing else on Rebecca Whittle’s family at this point. Just to let you and others know, my FTM computer had a relapse and is in computer hospital right now. I won’t know until Tuesday how it is doing and I don’t have access to my database meanwhile.

  177. hi dorothy,

    i am trying to get information on a james park (unknown dob. but had a son named james richard park in 1866. his wife name was sarah (unknown). i am wondering if you have any info on the parks from the bay of islands… my family is from johns beach (voys beach).

  178. Hi Dorothy:

    I am looking for marriage information for Martha Blanche Pittman of Great Hr. Deep who married Daniel Newman of Little Harbour deep. wondering if you can point me in the right direction as vital stat tells me they don’t have marriage information on her.

    Thanks for helping


  179. Hi Dorothy;

    I am looking for information on Mary Ann Easton born 1846 in the Notre Dame Bay area, I think Musgrave Harbour. She was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Easton who lived in Musgrve Harbour. She married John Canning around 1877 and died 1925 in Birchy Bay.

  180. Hi Dorothy,
    My daughter and I have brought up solid on Henry Buffett and Josephine Pardy. Not sure where to go to from here. Should we be researching Buffett, Rideout, or Pardy side of the family tree? We would appreciate any info you may have.

  181. Hello!
    I’m searching family history for a native connection on the west coast of Newfoundland (Lark Hr., Corner Brook, Indian Burying Place, etc.) My related surnames are: Rideout, White, Adams, Wheeler, Budden, Dawe….

    Any info.? Thanks!

  182. I Am looking for info on the family history of James Myles (from Terranceville) who married Rebecca Whttle of St. Bernards Nl and they lived there he ( James Myles) lived to be 104 yrs old and died in 1991 (1887-1991) married Oct 26th 1906 Rebecca was born in 1883 died 1973
    What i understand is that he was the son of John myles and Mary margaret keeping i believe she may have had been his second wife ist wife was Ann ??
    Is there any info you could give me on them or where i could get some also where i go to get some doucememts etc thank you Dave Parrott Grandson of James & Rebecca Whittle

    1. Hi Dave, let’s start as far back as I have. John Myles, b 1635 Melbury Abbas[?] England d 1703, marr Hannah Haskell. They had 5 children, one of which was James Myles, b 1657, marr Mary Hodder. They had 5 children, one named James, b 1704 d 1787, marr Mary. They had son James, b Melbury Abbas England, marr unknown, and they had sons Thomas, b 1754, and (guess what!) James, b Shaftsbury Dorset England. That James marr Mary Pardy (d/o William Pardy, b England, and Elizabeth Harvey) and they had 14 children, including James, b 1778, marr Elizabeth surname unknown. They had son John James, marr Ann surname unknown and Mary Margaret Keeping. John James and Mary Margaret had 4 children, Aaron, Ann, Joseph and James, b 25 Jul 1889 (marr Rebecca W.)

      You’ll have to diagram this out just to keep straight the generations of James! I couldn’t find anything online and no leaves popped up on my FTM but maybe this will give you some names of people and places that will help.

  183. Hello,

    I am looking for the connection to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq and Caroline Samms.. Who married Edward Dewitt, their daughter Francis Dewitt married David Galliott.. do you have any onformation on these familes??

    1. Hi Stefanie, all I have is Caroline Samms as d/o Reuben S and Grace Moore (b 20 Apr 1840). They had another daughter Mary Jane (b May 1867 Codroy Valley, d 22 Jul 1963 Codroy Valley. Reuben was s/o Benjamin Samms (1814-1870) marr Mary Deborah surname unknown. Benjamin was s/o Thomas Samms (b 1778 England) and Catherine Poole (b 1773).

      There’s loads of info on the family on the BOI Genealogy Society website (link above). There are Mi’kmaq connections with the name Samms but, as you see, the original Samms in Nfld came from England, so it would depend who specific spouses were.

  184. Hi Dorothy;
    I have been searching the net and so far I have found out that there were 6 children Henry and Josephine had together. Nora ( my grandmother), Mary, Cora, Henry James, Sandy, Minnie also Winnifred Pardy was listed with Josephine’s children. Henry and Sarah Spencer had 12 children. Josephine’s mother Mary Rideout’s parents were Cathrine McCarthy and John Rideout. As far as I can find out Josephine had 10 brothers and sisters; John, Patrick, Micheal, Elizabeth, Mary, George, Philomena, Alexander, Julia and Lillian. Josephine died in 1935 in Milltown, Bay D’Espoir. That is all I have found out so far. Still continuing the search.

  185. Reply to KIm

    The earliest Shears I have is John b.1787 in Devonshire , England. married Hannah ? from burgeo . they had one son Jonas and four daughters,Jennie, Susan, Katherine, and Hannah.. The children were born either in Burgeo or Garnish. John Shears died 1854 and is buried in Harbour le Cou, though I could not find his headstone.. Their son Jonas born 1836 in Burgeo died 1909 in Rocky hbr. He married Harriet Buffett b.1841 and she died 1874 in Rocky Hbr.They had 6 children. One of the earliest graves in Rocky Hbr. One of the children Elizabeth, born 1867, was my great grandmother. Elizsbeth married George Pittman and had four childlren. The oldest Harriet was my grandmother.
    Elizabeth died 1900 aged 33years and is buried in Rocky hbr.
    I have lots more ifo.
    In 1878 Jonas married Ssusanna white (widow) formerly susannah thomas.b 1850, d 1952.
    In 1879 they had a son Jonas and a daughter Louisa b 1881, d 1978; and Harriet 1884, d.

    I have loads of info onthe Shears from Rocky Hbr. Jonas Shears came from Harbour le Cou and was on e of the earlier settllers of Rocky Hbr. I think that you will find that all of the Shears that now reside in the area are decendants of Jonas.

  186. Hi Dorothy,

    As well as Devon, “I am looking for info on a Jane/Jeanne Benoit who married (1) James Carter, I am unable to find a marriage certificate for them. (2) Francois Bejuin in 1867. Jane lived in Cape Ray. I am looking for her parents names.

    Also, Jane’s daughter Catherine Mary Carter married Patrick Chaisson. Looking for info on his parents also.
    Catherine & Patrick had a daughter Frances Chaisson who married Martin Hynes, son of Capt. Richard Hynes and Margaret Philomena Cormier.

    Looking for a Mi’kmaq connection especially through Jane Benoit.”

    I would appreciate any help in this I have been looking all over for information on Jane Benoit and time is running out as the Indian status is about to cease in November.

    1. Hi Pamela and Devon – Jane/Jeanne Benoit is hard to find much about! I can’t find parents for her, but found some things that might give you avenues to explore. But I’m making a lot of guesses here and hope somebody can correct what may be wrong. Jane/Jeanne’s 2nd husband is Francois Beguin, also found as Frank Began, Francis Bejou and Bejour. NLGenWeb, Channel Methodist Marriages, Jane Carter, widow, marr Francis Began 30 Jan 1866. There’s an errata note at the bottom saying that Channel Anglican Marriages has Jane Benoit Carter, widow of Cape Ray, marr Francois Beguin, bachelor of France, 11 Jun 1867. So there’s both her names anyway.

      Jane Benoit and James Carter’s daughter Catherine Mary is also found as Mary Catherine. I have a birthdate of 1862 for her, death date 1937. But for Patrick Chaisson, I have dob 1829 – quite a gap between them! – and deathdate 16 Aug 1905. I have found the following as children for them: Frances Jane b 11 Sep 1889 Codroy Valley (or Mar 1894) d 1989 Codroy, James Frederick b 29 Sep 1891 Codroy, William b Jul 1896 Codroy, Jed, Mary.

      Patrick Chaisson may be the son of Eusebe or Ernest Chaisson and Henriette/Harriet Daigle, both b Ile St. Jean (PEI), marr 27 Jan 1851 from St. Michael’s Parish in Margaree NS. Eusebe was s/o Simon Chaisson and Sophie LeBlanc. Henriette, b 1828, was d/o Jean Daigle and Magdeleine Bourke.

      So that’s it and, as I said, I don’t know if it’s right.

  187. Hi Dorothy, That is the George King and Elizabeth that I am seeking information on. I would like to find out Elizabeth’s maiden name.Thank you for this information.

  188. Hi, i was just wondering if the wheeler family tree listed on your blog here are of mi’kmaq ancestry. Thanks for your time.

  189. Dorothy, Elizabeth is Mary’s mother but we cannot find her maiden name. I am told Elizabeth married George King of Great Jervois, NL. Mary was her mother and George Edward was Mary’s son and Lucy’s brother.Looking to find Elizabeth’s maiden name. I think too that Elizabeth may have been George King’s second wife.

    1. Hi Georgina (and Pam) – I have a George King marr Elizabeth, with kids Mary b 1824, Elizabeth b 1825, Barthimus b 1827, Surannah b 1831 marr Joel Moore, and Ann b 1835 marr Thomas Hooper. George had brothers Nathaniel, William b 1831 and Charles b 1832. Just wondering if they might be your George and Elizabeth, but have no more info on them so just if any of those names ring a bell for you.

  190. Hi Dorothy;
    I found some more information that I hope will help. Yes, Great grandfather Henry Buffett was married twice. He was married to Josephine Pardy first and had Nora (my grandmother), Mary, Cora, and Jim. With his second wife Sarah he had Roy, Shirley, Johnny, Minnie, Doris belle, Simian and Christopher…there may have been more, and they had triplets. Not sure, one may have died.

  191. Hi Dorothy,

    I am looking for info on a Jane/Jeanne Benoit who married (1) James Carter, I am unable to find a marriage certificate for them. (2) Francois Bejuin in 1867. Jane lived in Cape Ray. I am looking for her parents names.

    Also, Jane’s daughter Catherine Mary Carter married Patrick Chaisson. Looking for info on his parents also.
    Catherine & Patrick had a daughter Frances Chaisson who married Martin Hynes, son of Capt. Richard Hynes and Margaret Philomena Cormier.

    Looking for a Mi’kmaq connection especially through Jane Benoit. Thank You in Advance!!

  192. Dorothy, I have a picture of my great grandmother Lucy Sutton Perry and she definitely looks aboriginal. However I cannot find anything to prove it. She was born on March 1,1853. Any suggestions of where I can find information on her.I know a pervious post from Pam said we may be looking for the same person,however I don’t think it is. She may be connected to Pam somehow but I don’t know how.Lucy’s mother was Mary Sutton and her grandmother was Elizabeth King. Her father was Jeremiah Sutton. I think they came from Pushtrough NL or Great Jervois NL on the south coast.

    1. Hi Georgina, the Lucy Sutton you are looking for is the sister of the George Edward Sutton Pam is looking for. You say here that Lucy’s grandmother’s name was Elizabeth King – is that her mother Mary’s mother or her father Jeremiah’s? Maiden or married name? And yes, Pushthrough is the main place I have for them.

  193. Hi Dorothy;
    I am looking for information on my great grandmother Sarah (Pardy) Buffett.
    From what I understand she came from Bay L argent or Terrenceville. She married Henry Buffett of Bay d’Espoir.

    1. Hi Trudy, I have a Henry Buffett, b 1896 Mosquito d 1979, entered with two wives. One Josephine Pardy, b Nov 1899 Hr Mille d/o James Pardy and Mary Rideout, and the other Sarah Spencer, no other info. Might they be the same person, first and middle names, maybe 2 husbands? I have many kids entered for him with both, so if you can give me some of their children’s names, that would help.

  194. I have information for ROY COLLINS June 2012
    – Pinkson is in my family tree
    perhaps we can share information to fill in each other’s gaps

    Posting for MILLIE JUNE 2012
    Olivia Weeks married Edward MacKey under the George Weeks geneology line in Bear Cove, White Bay, I would like to share information on the family tree and to also receive info also

    1. Hi Paulette, I have let both Roy and Millie know about your message in case they haven’t seen this. On your Weeks search, I still can’t find anything but I have put the info you gave in my database so if that helps make any connections, I will let you know. Thanks.

  195. I believe an earlier comment from Roy Collins, he is talking about some of my relatives and he is some of my geneology that has eluded me but he is naming people in my family tree so we are obviously connected.
    Would you be able to put me in touch with him, ROY COLLINS
    or give him my e-mail address to contact me, we can share info.

    1. Thank you Paulette for the information on the Weeks family. After your first comment, I did a quick look and could find nothing. I will look further with this additional info. But, without knowing anything more than what you wrote, it seems to me if one sibling is indicated on the 1921 census as Mi’kmaq, it stands to reason that other *full* siblings would be assumed to be as well. It was the enumerator who wrote down the information and there may be any number of reasons why one was marked as such and another not. Also I’m not sure what checkmarks actually meant – usually on the 1921 census it was marked ‘yes’ or left blank. What census district was it?

      Lastly, just to explain in regard to your reposting which I didn’t post to conserve space – I must approve all new comments before they appear on the site. That’s to keep spam out. If you don’t see yours right away, it means I’m not at the computer or I haven’t had a chance yet. I know everyone is in a rush to find information but I am only one person. And if you don’t hear back from me within a couple of days, it means I have nothing right now that can help.

  196. Weeks/Wicks 1808. Richard Bonavista Bonavista Surnames List
    Descendants of George Weeks
    Generation No. 1
    1. GEORGE1 WEEKS was born September 17, 1850, and died August 17, 1906 in Bear Cove, White Bay. He married Dec 13, 1874 Brigus MARIA [Roberts]WEEKS.
    (Daughter of: John Roberts m. Maria Oxford [daughter of Thomas Oxford])
    Brigus United Methodist Church Marriages
    418 George Weeks & Maria Roberts Dec. 13 1874
    Children of GEORGE WEEKS and MARIA [Roberts]WEEKS are:
    i. MARY ANN(POLLY) WEEKS NEE WEEKS, m. Robert John Weeks
    b. November 10, 1876; d. Dec 4, 1946. Woodstock PacquetDec 28 Woodstock Paralysis WEEKS Robert UC 69 Brigus Woodstock b. 1865
    b. Aug 26, 1878 Seal Cove
    b. July 26, 1879 Seal Cove
    iv. John Weeks m.
    b. Nov 23, 1883
    b. April 23, 1886 d. 1942 (56 yrs) stomach cancer 2 yrs. ?? Long Beach Pond buried Old Salvation Army Cemetary Pt. Leamington 1921 Census b?1889?
    i. Nelson, ii. Fanny m. Paul , iii,Lloyd, iv. girl died young, v, girl died young
    b. Aug 13, 1888 Bear Cove Back Cove 13 children
    vii. STEPHEN ROBERT WEEKS, b. 1891 Brigus ; d. July 4,1935. Englee United Cem
    b. Nov 26, 1890 1) m. Mary Grace [Blanchard] d. age 33 childbirth buried Seal Cove lived Bear Cove
    2) m. Olive Florence [HUSSEY] lived Hampton & Englee
    m. 2nd. Thomas Philip Mitchell
    1935 M??? 4 Englee Canada Bay Heart Failure WEEKS Stephen R UC 45 Englee Englee

    viii. MARIA PARDY NEE WEEKS, b. January 28, 1892, Back Cove, Nl; d. June 4, 1974, b. Feb 28, 1893 m. Samuel Pardy Ming’s Bight, NF.

    ix Fanny Weeks m.. John Regular (5 children) Woodstock LacSi Ming’s Bight
    b. April 6, 1898
    x TAMAR HUSSEY NEE WEEKS, 1) m. Job Brinson Williamsport Seal Cove
    b. April 6, 1898 son i. Steve d. 2002 Corner Brook (10 children)

    ii Wilson Hussey M. Maisie (drowned)
    i son: Tom Hussey m Peggy ? Salt Harbour
    ii dau: Audrey Hussey m. Charles Petty Salt Hbr
    iii. Ruby (drowned) m. Harvey Gidge Salt Hbr. Twillingate
    (Information provided by Kathleen [Gavin] Madore – Jeffreys (709) 645-2598

  197. My grandfather’s sister Aunt Polly (nic-name) MARY ANN(POLLY) WEEKS NEE WEEKS, m. Robert John Weeks b. November 10, 1876; d. Dec 4, 1946. Woodstock Pacquet
    listed herself as mikmaq indian on the 1921 census however her brother, my grandfather Stephen Robert Weeks did not list himself as mikmaq indian and did not tick off the box for such. I am wondering if he was mikmaq indian and didn’t want anyone to know. Stephen is one of 10 children born to George Weeks and Maria Roberts who are buried in Bear Cove in the Bay Verte region of Newfoundland. Is there a list of these people to confirm whether they are indian or non indian. I know they were from Brigus at one time in their history. Stephen died in Englee and is buried there in the United Church Cemetary.

  198. Hi, I am looking for information on the family of Abraham Paul of Wigwam Point, NL. He was married to Margaret Kennedy. My husband’s father, Thomas, is the son of Abraham and Margaret. His siblings are Francis and Brigitta, (and Josephine (maybe same person)). I’ve got as far back as Wigwam Point, but I can’t find out where they came from. Thomas came to southern labrador and married. We’ve been trying to find out where his ancestors came from. We always thought that they came from NS because Thomas came here with Glode’s, from NS, who were relatives. I am stuck here. I am hoping that you can provide some info. Thanks.

  199. Hello Dorothy my name is Larry Dishman my cousins have their status cards but for some reason won’t help me get mine. We are in the MI’KMAQ band. My mother is sadie s. Wells her father is William Wells and mother Edna Barnes . Ednas side is where we are connected. Sadie was born Nov.13, 1939 place of birth is curling, record number on B C is 39-12-211915 . The number on top of birth certificate is 58347. If you can help I would be very indebted to you, I have only five weeks to submit my application . I am willing to pay you for your time. 304 521 8164. I am not interested in the benefits I just want my Indian status . Thank you.

    1. Hi Larry, I’ve come up with *maybe* a direction for you to look. It’s from my database, ancestry trees in FTM and googling. I’ll lay it out as clearly as possible and ask upfront for help from readers. If I’m wrong or right, please let us know.

      In your previous comment you called your grandmother Edna Burns so I did more looking for Barnes *and* Burns. In the 1935 census for BOI Deer Lake Pt 2, there’s Joseph Burns, age 30 something (illeg.), wife Clemmency, 20-something, daughter Edna (no age).

      In the same census year and district is Joseph Wells, no age, wife Suzana, sons William and Hayward, daughter Emma.

      The 1945 census for BOI Georgetown has William J. Wells, h/h head age 42 b BOI, wife Edna A. L. Wells, age 32 b St. Barbe, children (all b BOI) James J. age 14, Violet C. age 13, William G. age 9, Sadie S. age 5, Madeline E. age 2, Walter A. 3 months. In nearby households there is James M. Wells, age 46 b BOI, and wife Frances, age 44 b Colinet, and Frank R. Wells, age 37 b BOI, and wife Marguerite C. age 40 b BOI. I wonder if the 3 men are brothers.

      Now to my database and FTM trees info: I had Joseph Burns marr Felicite Doucet and found dates and children on Ancestry. Felicite/”Clemmency” – hmm, say them quickly and they can sound alike. But that’s totally a guess on my part and that’s what I need help on, esp. from any Doucets reading this.

      I found Felicite Doucet as b abt 1906 Grand Etang Inverness Co. NS, d/o Marcelin Doucet, b 8 Dec 1868 Nebraska, and Louise Larade b 1871. (In the 1901 Cdn census, Marcelin is listed as living in St. Joseph, Inverness Co. NS.) Marcelin was s/o Calixte Doucet, b 9 Aug 1844, and Felicite Roach b 2 Jul 1844 Nebraska d 1903. You can find more on their family at the Doucet Family site (link above) in “Generation X” page. There is nothing in Generation XI on their children’s family unfortunately. But you can trace Marcelin’s family back through the generations, and that would be worth your while if “Clemmency” is indeed Felicite.

      On the Wells side, I had Joseph Wells and Susanna Pritchett with son Hayward. On Ancestry trees I found him as b 20 Oct 1882 Swan Hr Exploits d 27 May 1957 Deer Lake, and her as b 2 Aug 1871 Freshwater Bay (Gambo) d 24 Jun 1954 Deer Lake, with children Hayward Walter (b 3 Nov 1913 Gambo d 25 Apr 1998 Stephenville Xing), Theophilus (b 3 Jan 1908 Gambo d 15 Aug 1980 Corner Brook, Emma (b 18 Sep 1915 Gambo d 4 Feb 2012 Deer Lake) and William. As you see, the only one I couldn’t find dates for is William, but he was included in some trees and he’s mentioned in the census.

      I hope this helps. It is contingent on verifying that Clemmency is Felicite and in delving into the Doucet family. But there’s loads of material on them in the Doucet site I mention and in all the Acadien and Acadian/Mi’kmaq sites online.

  200. hi Dorothy,

    i am wondering if you can help me. i am trying to research my moms family and have got back to a thomas matthews (son of john matthews in burgeo). my moms family is parks from the south side of the bay of islands, who go back to parsons and then to an ellen matthews, daughter of thomas….i have got back to a richard james park married to jessie parsons but not having much luck getting back apast james richard…. he was born around 1866 in the bay of islands. wondering if you have any conformation on any of these families being of micmac descent. thank you very much for your time.

    1. Hi Denese – a page full of notes here that I’ll try to make sense of. I have Ellen Matthews, b 22 Feb 1846 Lower Burgeo, marr (31 May 1863 Burgeo) Richard Parsons, b Jersey Hr. Ellen was d/o Thomas Matthews and Mary. Richard was s/o “Old Mr. Parsons”, b Jersey Hr, and “Widow” Parsons, d abt 1862 Vatcher’s Is. (I’m guessing that info came from Joseph Small’s Diary.)

      Thomas Matthews was s/o John Matthews, b abt 1775, and Sarah Bagg(s) – (see Joseph Small for more on them).

      On the Park/Parsons side, I have James Richard Park, b 1868 Humber Sound, marr Jessie Parsons, b 8 Jan 1873 Humber. Jessie was d/o Richard Parsons and Ellen, b Jan 1838 BOI. I don’t have parents ent’d for either of them and I don’t have kids ent’d for the other Ellen Matthews and Richard Parsons. Same people? Possible, except for discrepancy in year of birth for two Ellens. Maybe someone can clarify that for both of us.

      On your other question about Matthews/Samms line, I don’t know.

  201. Can you tell me who the parents of Benjamin Kippen b Feb. 4/1790 England d Feb. 24/1869 married Frances Bagg 1815 Burin ? I know his father was Henry Kippen don’t know mother. Trying to make the micmac connection

    ty Cathy

    1. Hi Catherine, Benjamin’s parents were Henry Thomas Kipping, b 1781 Maysweth Engl d Mar 1843 London Engl, and Elizabeth Ellingham, b 1781 Bedfordshire Engl d Dec 1872 London Engl.

  202. Hi i’m looking for information on John Langford jr. and Rachel Stuckles who were married in Browns cove on nov 10th or 14th 1870. I’m trying to find out if there is any record of them being of mi’kmaq decent

  203. Looking for information on Joey Brown, who was married to a Nancy,or a Sarah; her name was also Nova Lee Deer Child.

  204. Hello Dorothy, I was wondering if you may have some information regarding the Pikes of Woody Point and Port aux Choix being of Innu descent specifically Thomas Pike married to Margaret Loader/Lodger or their descendants. Thank you for your assistance.

    1. Hi Wendy, I have Thomas Pike, b 1817 d 1907 Kappel Islands, marr Margaret Loder, b 1827 d 1893 Curzon Village Bonne Bay. One of their daughters was Margaret Ida Pike, b 18 Apr 1866 Ha Ha Bay d 21 Jun 1937 Curling, marr William Henry Prosper Companion. In searching online for Innu refs, I found this on David Pike’s site (which I thought I had a link to above – will add it). I don’t know about the availability of, or sources of information in, either of the books mentioned, but will look into it. For more information on the Loder family, look at the Loder Family Tree (link on page above). Hope this helps.

      “On page 264 of the book “Walking a Tightrope – Aboriginal People and their Representations” (edited by Lischke and McNab; call number E 78 C2 W35 2005) is this quote:

      J’s great-grandfather was William Henry Prosper, and his great-grandmother was Margaret Ida Pike. She was of Innu descent. Her family lived in the area of Red Bay and Pinware in southern Labrador.
      and on page 266:
      K’s great-grandfather, William Prosper, was Roman Catholic, but became an Anglican after he married Margaret Ida Pike who was a member of the Church of England. According to “Indian custom,” he moved with her family to Bonne Bay, Newfoundland.
      More details about Thomas & Margaret and their descendants can be found in the book “Families of the South Arm of Bonne Bay, 1800’s-1930’s” by Roy M Osmond (call number: F 1124.5 B59 O8 1987).

  205. Hi Dorothy,

    I was wondering if you had any information on Sarah Marche who was married to Benjamin Haynes back in the 1700s. Apparently she is of Mi’Kmaq descent but I have been unsuccessful in finding any documentation stating this. My GGGrandparents are William Hynes (born in Chimney Cove, Bay Islands, Newfoundland And Labrador on Oct 1867 to Charles Haynes (died 1888) and Mary Anne Maher and died in 1940) and Susanna Caines. Please e-mail me if you have any information that might help. Thanks!!

  206. Hi dorthy,
    You are right on the dates for benjamin put I am trying to connect through his son James, I just wanted to connect to keeping family from burnt island who say they are micmac, ex. john b feb. 1871
    edith b mar. 1879

    1. Hi Catherine, from what I have it looks like James Keeping (s/o Benjamin) is uncle of John marr Edith. John Philip Keeping, b 25 May 1872, marr Edith Walters, b 15 Mar 1879. John was s/o William Keeping, b 1834, and Mary Ann. William was s/o Benjamin Keeping and Frances Bagg, therefore James’ brother.

      In an Ancestry (Ransome fam) tree, for John Keeping husband of Edith, the dob is given as 2 Feb 1872 Burnt Islands and baptism 9 Mar 1872. But in same tree, John Philip Keeping, as s/o William, is shown with no wife and dob of 25 May 1872. I don’t know if it’s a duplication or error in that tree or if I and others have conflated two John Keepings, presumably both from Burnt Islands.

  207. Hi Dorothy , I am looking for information on my great great grandfather I believe he was Mi’kmag his name was William Martin. He had a daughter named Margaret Jan 6 1854 margaret’s mother was Margaret Stamp of Flatrock, I believe William would have born in the Bay of Islands around 1830 to 1835

  208. looking to see if there is a indian connection to frances keeping d/o benjamin kippen and frances bagg ,I have 1921 census saying that benjamin keeping b may 1879 burnt island is a micmac can you help with the connection. ty

    1. Hi Catherine, the dob I have for Benjamin Keeping marr Frances Bagg is different than what you have. I’ve got him b 4 Feb 1790 (or 1789 or 1800) in Liverpool England. Here’s a link to info on the Keeping fam – and if you delete in browser from /FILE on and scroll down her page you’ll see some background on the family.

      I did not know that about him in the 1921 census – what identification is given for his children if any are in the h/h?

  209. Hi there, looking for info on Lenora Fraise, married to Richard Parrill. Daughter of John Fraise and Elizabeth Babb. Lenora Died 1913 July 14 born may 19 1856 carbonear NL. Any help would be appreciated!!!

  210. Hi Dorothy,
    looking for information on a Elizabeth brown she married William Abraham Buckle Genge who is my great great grandfather i was told her mom was named Novilee Deerchild and her dad was Joseph Brown.She was born in 1830 in Quirpon and died july 15 1893. She is buried in Anchor Point,NL. Wondering if I can find a baptismal certificate on her stating she is an Indian.

    1. Hi Connie, you’ll see I put your two posts into one so all the info would be in one place. Look through older comments for discussion of Elizabeth Brown. I too have heard about Novilee or Nova Lee Deerchld and Joseph Brown but have found nothing else on them. Elizabeth first married James Williams and her sister Hannah married his brother William Williams. I have no documents on either of them. If anyone can help, please post here for Connie. Thanks.

  211. hello i am trying to trace my family thru my mothers side, her maiden name was Sadie S. Wells born nov. 13 1939 her mother was her mother was Edna Burns (maiden) Edna was born to William Wells. i am wanting to get my indian status card. any info is appreciated. some of my uncles aunts and cousins have already applied for and have gotten their cards.

    1. Hi Larry, I have a William Wells marr Edna Barnes with son James Wells. I don’t have Sadie, but wonder if these are same people you’re asking about. I don’t have anything else on them, just wonder if I have the name wrong – should be Burns not Barnes? There is a Brake connection but not directly with them.

  212. Hi Dorothy,
    Just looking on your website. I am wondering if you would have any information about Johannah Gould Chambers married Aaron Chambers of Seal Island NL. She was born Dec 1896 and lived in Seal Point NL

  213. (from Dorothy) I’m copying this comment just received to this page so that it is more visible since many people are interested in Mary Park Brooks.

    “Dorothy, let me introduce myself, my name is Hector Pearce , born at Daniel’s Hr and a descendant of Mary Park Brooks. I noticed on your website, under the section Family History Sites a section entitled “Descendants of Daniel’s Hr” (Payne, Brooks Park Family History).

    I am applying for acceptance as a founding member, Qalipu Mi’kmag First nation Band, However, I am getting very little cooperation from the Newfoundland offices because they are so so busy.

    I have gathered all pertinent information except some documentation that supports the fact that Mary Park Brooks was Mi’kmag (if that is the case).

    In your opinion would the document found on the link Descendants of Daniel’s Hr suffice as evidence she was indeed Mi’kmag. It does refer to the word ” Indian” at the beginning of that document.

    Thank you kindly for considering those comments and questions and I would sincerely appreciate any help you could give me in this regard.”

    Hello Hector, the origins of Mary Park Brook continue to be a mystery to many people interested in or descended from her. I’ve just doublechecked the family tree in the link you mention. It does say that she originally had an “Indian name”. But there is no source given and no information given as to why the author of the tree said that. So, to me, it is simply a statement, interesting but needing expansion and verification.

    The enrolment committee of the Qalipu band are the only people who can tell you what is acceptable in terms of documentary evidence. And yes, they are very busy but contacting them is your best bet. Thanks for writing. If anyone knows anything else on Mary Park Brooks, please please let us know!

  214. Hi Dorothy
    Thanks so much for the info on Martha Olivia George.How can i find out if she was native.
    Thanks Jan

    1. Hi Jan, hope it was of some help to you. As to whether she was Mi’kmaq and how to show it, I don’t know other than seeing if you can connect her to someone known to be Mi’kmaq. Nothing jumped out at me when I was looking but maybe someone reading this can help out.

  215. Dorthy : Does the Wheeler family listed in the Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy March 2011 have status and if so where might the connection be.

  216. Hi Dorothy,

    I am looking for the records for the following people that you have mentioned in earlier posts: Peter Stride, b abt 1823, s/o Henry Stride, b 1790 Exploits, and Elizabeth Ball, b Burnt Islands. Henry and Elizabeth are my GGG Grandparents. Any info. you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Crystal, I have nothing else about the Strides other than what you have here, and I have no records. If anyone else can help, please post – thanks.

  217. Hello,
    I am looking for any information on a relative of mine from the 1800 who is believed to be of Mikmaq descent. Her name was Ann Saunders from the west coast of Nfld. She married Tom Toms, Innu, in Battle Hbr Labrador. Please feel free to email me at if you have any information to share. Thanks!

  218. Hello Dorothy, I am researching the Parks in Bay of Islands, specifically looking for the parents of Joseph Park (born 1848 and who married Rose Ann Blanchard in 1877) and have had little success. I also believe Rose Ann’s parents were Joseph and Eliza(beth) Blanchard. Any help is very appreciated.

  219. hi dorothy hope things are looking bit better,,,welcome back,,,i have question can your tell me when darcey janes and maria parson codroy valley got married and where,ty,,,

    1. Hi Lorraine and thanks. I have your Darcey as Walter Darcey Janes – which might make a difference in looking for records. I have no marriage information but did find him on a Moore family tree in Ancestry. It was with his (I presume) first wife, Elizabeth Winnifred Moore, so he’d be listed as widower. Not much help, but that’s all I got! 😉



  221. Hi Dorthy do you have any info on the surname George that was living at Chateau, Labrador in the mid 1800. He was married to Mary Ann born 1819 died 1903. They had a daughter Mary Ann that married Fredrick clarke.

  222. Hi I am wondering if anyone may have information about Philip Coates son of William Coates and Alice (Williams) from Eddies Coates East

  223. Hello
    I am looking for information on Frank Skeard and Susan Seymour Skeard they were born in channel port aux basques NL in the early 1900s they moved to Corner brook in the 1930-1940s. Would you be able to let me know if the skeard/seymour families have any Mi’kmaq background? Please e-mail if you have any information. Thank You

    1. Hi Gloria, I have Frank Skeard, b 1897, as s/o George Skeard b 2 Jun 1845 (no mother given). George was s/o Thomas Skeard, b Upper Burgeo, and Elizabeth Kippen (or Keeping, according to Groves Fam Tree in Ancestry). Thomas Skeard’s father was also Thomas Skeard, no info on mother. That’s all I can find.

  224. Hi Dorothy,
    I am looking for information on my great grandmother who was Mi’kmaq from White Bay, Newfoundland, maybe Conne River. She was maybe a Simms and married William Pittman of Cook’s Harbour on the Northern Peninsula. I would appreciate info you can provide or where I may go to get the information on her. Her name was Mahalla Simms.

    Thank you

  225. I am wondering if you have any info on Louisa White, b 1869, married Thomas Dalley of Twillingate, NL. Married Nov 18, 1891, Bluff Head Cove. I am wondering if she is aboriginal. Thanks.

  226. Sorry Dorothy for your Loss. When you get back to your desk, I am looking for information on my Great grandmother. She was from the Port saunders or Middle Cove area and her name was Eunice Keeping. She married Alex Overs. She was born in march,???? and died April 5, 1986. Trying to find out if I have indian ancestors.

    1. Hi Sybil, thanks to you and all for your condolences on the loss of my mother. I’m now learning FTM 2012 with the help of your questions. Finding it a lot different but the online family trees (part of ancestry membership) are handy, if a bit overwhelming sometimes.

      Anyway, to Eunice Keeping: d/o James Keeping, b 1850 Boat Hr d 1929, marr Margaret Jane Joyce, b 1853 Hr Buffett d 1944, Margaret was d/o James Joyce, b abt 1806 England d 12 Sep 1897 Nfld, marr 1 Jan 1834 Hr Buffett, to Rachel Dicks, b 1822 Tinny Cove, Hr Buffett d 5 Mar 1893 Hay Cove Placentia Bay. Rachel was d/o Christopher Dicks, b 1784 England d 24 Dec 1845 Hr Buffett, and Margaret __ b 1789 d 28 Feb 1867 Hr Buffett. The info on Rachel Dicks and parents came from an ancestry public tree called Campbell Joyce.

  227. Hi

    I was wondering if you had any information on Emiline Vivian. She was born in Greens Pond in 1850. She married a Thomas Collins from New Harbour in 1870. Her parents were George Vivian and Mary Allen. Emiline is my great great grandmother and I am have been told she is Mi’kmaq. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


  228. Looking for info on a John Sam(s) from Codroy around 1900s going to Grand Bank on the South Coast marrying an Annie Lee. My mother’s parents. Any info is appreciated.

    1. Hi Lloyd, I have an Ann Lee, b 1 Nov 1843, marr James Simms, b 1840 d 13 Jun 1905, s/o John Simms. James and Ann had a son John Frazer Simms marr Susanne Bishop. Doubt they’re who you’re looking for but the closest I could find.

  229. Dorothy, very sorry to hear of your loss.

    Very sorry for bothering you on this but I was wondering if you can help me. Apparently I have an ancestor that may be mi’kmaq. Her name was Catherine Organ and I have tracked her through the Bay of Islands genealogy society web site. My grand father was Bartholomew Goosney and she was his mother. Not sure if you can help but any direction will do. Another bit of Info, Catherine’s parents were John Organ and Mary Ann Smith. John’s parents were Michael Organ and Mary (unknown last name).

    Thank you, Jamie Goosney

    1. Thank you very much, Ron. I’m back home but still won’t be able to get back at research questions for a little while. Just wanted to let everybody know.

  230. Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone has any information on Baker and or May families from Lally Cove, Newfoundland. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

  231. Sorry for your loss Dorothy,I know this my not be a good time for you but when your able to I am looking for info for th following people….Nathaniel Sheppard & Elizabeth Barrett……John Gosse & Mary Ann Sheppard thank you

  232. Hi:

    I have seen the name Saunders mentioned and is wondering if my grandmother had indian status. Her name was Emily Saunders. She was born Sept. 21, 1912 in the Harbour Mille area and died June 2, either 2001 0r 2002. She married David Smith who died Jan 6, 1968. They lived in Brookside, Placentia Bay. I would appreciate any information you may have.

    1. Hi Christa, I have Ann Young, b Aug 1909, as d/o Duncan Young, b Nov 1875 Black Duck Brook, marr abt 1899 Veronica Benoit, b Oct 1877 Black Duck Brook. Duncan was s/o Andrew Joseph Young, b 13 Apr 1841 Mainland Port au Port Pen. d maybe at Black Duck Brook, marr 3 Nov 1872 Immaculate Conception Sandy Point to Mary Jane Marche b Jun 1856 Bay St. George. Veronica Benoit was d/o John Benoit, b 1846, marr 26 Jul 1870 Imm. Conc. Sandy Point, to Alice/Elsie Benoit, b Sep 1856 Black Duck Brook.

      Andrew Joseph Young was s/o Henry Young, b abt 1807 Little Bras d’Or Cape Breton d 9 Feb 1906 Clam Bank Cove (Lourdes) Port au Port, marr abt 1838 Susanna Duffney, b abt 1820 St. Ann’s Bay Cape Breton d Clam Bank Cove. Henry Young may have been s/o Gabriel LeJeune, b 1780 d bef 1838 French Village Little Bras d’Or, and Sarah Ryley – but I’m not sure on that. Maybe someone reading can verify his parents.

      Susanna Duffney was d/o Jean Frederick Dauphinee (Duffney) b 11 Sep 1791 Lunenburg NS, marr 5 Dec 1820 St. George Co. Cape Breton, to Mary Anne Young, b abt 1794 Little Bras d’Or. Jean Frederick was s/o James Dauphinee, b maybe Lunenburg NS, and Susan Catherine Jollimore, b maybe Lunenburg NS. Mary Anne Young was d/o Joseph Christophe LeJeune, b 4 Jan 1770 Little Bras d’Or d aft 1818, marr 21 Jul 1793 St. George’s Anglican Sydney NS, to Radegonde (Barbara) LeJeune, b 4 Dec 1770 Little Bras d’Or d 8 Apr 1871. Look at the Bras d’Or Indian Village Band Assoc link on above page for more info.

      Mary Jane Marche was d/o Denis Francis Marche, b abt 1831 Black Duck Brook, marr 16 Oct 1854 Imm. Conc. Sandy Point, to Anne Marie Nancy MacIsaac. Denis Francis was s/o Denis Francois Marche, b 25 Jul 1789 St. Pierre, marr abt 1815 Bras d’Or to Charlotte Catherine LeJeune, b abt 1795 Cape Breton.

      Veronica Benoit’s father John Benoit was s/o Francois Benoit, b 1820 Port au Port or Main Gut BSG, marr abt 1840 to Marie Duffney, b 1822 Cape Breton. Francois Benoit was s/o Francois Benoit, b abt 1764 Falkland Islands d aft 1838 BSG, marr 4 Aug 1791 St. Pierre, to Anne L’Official, b abt 1771 BSG. Marie Duffney was d/o Jean Frederick Dauphinee and Mary Anne Young (mentioned above).

      Hope this makes sense to you and is of some help.

  233. Hi all – I’m sorry but I will be away from my desk for a couple weeks so will not be able to do anything with questions about family ancestry. I will approve comments so they appear on the site when I am able to. But that will be sporadic. So if you write and don’t see your comment, don’t worry. If you haven’t written before or if you use a different email address, it is held back until I approve it (in order to keep spam out). For those whose comments go through automatically, feel free to write to other posters through this forum.

    My mother died tonight so my absence from cyberspace is unavoidable. Take care all.

  234. Looking for connection to aboriginal origin. Great, great grandfather was first settler of Victoria Cove, Gander Bay. He was Richard Bursey, wife’s name Ann Comden. Their daughter Pheobe was my great grandmother born 1865. Any information would be very much appreciated.

  235. Hi there,

    I am looking for information on two people. First Ann Serel from Bay St George area as well as a Martha or Elizabeth (not sure exact first name) Davis who married James Jeans in Harbour le Cou, supposed to be originally from Margaree. I am at a standstill trying to find ancestors beyond them. Thanks for any info you may be able to provide.


  236. looking for any info on john green and jessie louisa stevenson both born in 1881 mother sarah stevenson and father john stevenson i have been told they where native micmac but i cant find much on them any help would be greatful..

  237. Hi
    Looking for geneology information on my mothers family. Her father was George Joseph Paul, born in Langue de Cerf to Stephen Paul and Mary Ann Whittle. They had three other sons – Phil, Jack and Charlie. Stephen was drowned when George was young, and I think he was then adopted by George and Bride Tibbo of St. Jaques. Phil went to Rencontre, Charlie to Calvert??, and Jack to Halifax?? Would really like to hear from anyone with more information regarding the Paul family. Thank you.

  238. Hi,
    I am wondering if you anyone has information on Peter Stride’s ancestry (??
    born 1820). My mother’s maiden name is Stride & I am trying to trace our family tree.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Barry, I have Peter Stride, b abt 1823, as s/o Henry Stride, b 1790 Exploits, and Elizabeth Ball, b Burnt Islands. They had several other children as well. Peter married Helen or Ellen, b abt 1825 d aft 1874, and they had a son Peter b abt 1848 in Conne River and d 1907 in Conne River. You will also find the surname as Street in Nfld records, and I’ve just found references to a Henry Strider with son Peter but I’m not sure they’re the same family as that Henry was born and died in the US.

  239. Hi Dorothy
    I am trying to trace my Grandmother’s family to verify claims by my family that my great-Grandmother was native. Her name was Irene Jane (Dennis) LeRoux, wife of Peter (Pierre) LeRoux of france. My Grandmother Pearl was their daughter. Irene was born on Nov 01, 1876 and her parents were (Philip) Daniel and Sarah Jane Dennis. Do you have any info or do you know where I may find more? thanks in advance

    1. Hi Troy, I have Irene Jane Dennis (marr Peer John LeRoux) as d/o Daniel Dennis, b Mar 1843 Barachois, and Sarah Jane Hulan, d 1911. Daniel was s/o Philip Dennis and Ann Pennell, b 1803 d/o Clement Pennell (Sr.) and Susannah Irene Hulan, b 1775. Susannah was d/o John Hulan, b 1755, and Ann Serel (Serle, Searle). John was s/o Elie Hulan, b 1730, and Rachel Benest. Daniel Dennis may have been born in 1842 – there’s a ref to his bapt that year at Sandy Point Anglican Church.

      I have just transferred my material to Family Tree Maker 2012 and am learning how it works. I used your question as a test for navigating it. The names of Daniel’s parents came from one of its online family trees.

  240. Hey Dorothy,
    Ive been looking for info on Elizabeth Paul. Her parents are Thomas and Sarah, she’s my g g great grandmother. She had a daughter Edith Brown and I can’t seem to find anything on her. I was wondering about her birth, marriage and band/tribe name.
    I didn’t know much about my family history until I started my family tree. The Mi’kmaq have the coolest story.
    If you could email me that would be awesome.


    1. Hi Jared, I don’t have an Elizabeth or Thomas Paul. I have 2 Edith Browns (birthname) without parents. One marr Albert Kendall and the other, much earlier, marr Alfonzo Learning. That Edith Brown had a son Robert George Brown. Don’t know if that’s any help to but it’s all I got.

  241. A Debra March posted on 12 Sept ’12 an inquiry regarding a Maria Whelan and John Sheppard of Harbour Grace.
    Please feel free to give her my email address as I have addition information regarding Debra’s inquiry.

  242. hi looking to find info on my grandmother rebecca hamilton(harris)her father was peter,,,,,,,,,,,he from england,,,she married in cul de sac to george harris my grandfatner….soem call it recontre west,grandbanks,,,

  243. hi dorothy
    was wondering if you had any info on martha olivia george.
    born june 24th 1855 chateau bay labrador.
    died nov 24 1929.
    thanks jan

    1. Hi Jan, sorry, forgot to check your question out until just now. I have Martha Olivia George marr 1 Jul 1874 Bonne Bay to Eli Wight/White b 1849. Her parents are Stephen George, b Chateau Bay, and Elizabeth Taylor marr 13 Sep 1854 Chateau Bay C of E. Their other children are John b 12 Jul 1865, Adam b 22 Dec 1867 and Stephen b 19 Oct 1871 BOI. I don’t have parents for either Stephen or Elizabeth. Hope this helps.

  244. hi again,
    i’m waiting for the book legacy of william haynes but i did find an excert. it talks about ann dennis as well as carloine marche as his wives so i assume he was married twice. which of his children belonged to which wife? it really makes a difference in my search! thanks

    1. Hi Samantha, I have William Hynes marr Caroline Marche as s/o William Hynes and Anne Dennis, and a quick google of them seems to show that too. Son Wm was born either 1822 in Boswarlos or 1809 in Sandy Point. I’m inclined toward the former – fits with the dates of sibs. He died 18 Aug 1906 in Two Guts, Port au Port. Caroline Marche was b 1834 Port au Port d/o Denis Francois Marche & Charlotte Catherine LeJeune. But somewhere I saw her father as (Denis’ brother) Vincent Francois.

      I don’t know where you ought to look – Hynes, Marches and LeJeunes all may or may not be of Mi’kmaq descent. It depends on who married whom. If you have a connection to the Marche family, I’d pursue that. Join the BSGGS (link above) so you can see the extensive Marche genealogy in their documents. Also you’ll see the link to Lark Szick’s LeJeune genealogy is now working – lots of info there. If you want to give us more names, maybe somebody reading this can make more connections for you.

  245. Thanks so much! you ahev really filled in some big gaps for me! Do you know is which direction (if any) i should look for native roots?

  246. I was wondering if you ever cam across a maria whelan-whalen and a john sheppard married around 1830, harbour grace. They are to be of native decent but cant seem to find anything. Thanks

  247. I am looking information on the Lane from from Deer Island, Paul’s Island, Fair Island, Greenspond , NL area…My great grand mother was Susannah Lane who married Robert Rogers. They married May 15, 1879. All I have is that Robert Rogers was born around 1845 around Fair Island and Susannah Lane was born around 1855 Fair Island(Deer Island)….I would like to find information on Susannah Lane’s Parents.


    1. Hi Catherine, I have nothing on your Lanes or Rogers. You might look for her under Laine, Lainey, Laisne, Laing. I don’t know for her specifically but many people of that name are found under any of those spellings. Worth a try!

  248. i’m looking for any information on the picco’s (piccots) of sandy point area esp william henry and his decendants who is decended from john picco and amelia (amy) hynes. There is word that they are of native decent. can any help?!

    1. Hi Samantha, I have William Henry Picot/Picco (b 25 Nov 1857 Sandy Point) marr Mary Ann Abbott (1865-1910). He was s/o John Picot (b Jersey, Channel Islands, d 1860 Sandy Point) marr 20 Sep 1847 Stephenville to Amelia/Amy Haynes/Hynes (b abt 1828 Sandy Point d 1875 Sandy Point). Amelia was d/o William Haynes/Hynes (b Aug 1776 Somerset, Eng.) marr Annie Dennis, d/o John Dennis and Fanny Serle of Barachois Brook St. George’s. You can find out more about the Dennis and Hynes families in Kirk Butt’s Early Settlers of BSG v 1 and, if you can find or borrow a copy, look for Don Bennett’s Legacy of William Haynes.

  249. I’m looking for any information on the Paul family of Deer Island. Our Grandmother, Susannah Bursey Goulding was born on Deer Island in 1883, her mother was Sarah Paul Bursey, 1846, her father Thomas Bursey 1842. I’m looking for their marriage certificate and wheather they are aboriginal. Sarah’s parents were Thomas and Sarah Paul also of Deer Island, can’t seem to find anything on the usual places.

  250. Hello Dorothy, I was googling Nathaniel and Elizabeth Boone and came up with a link to this site. The quote google came up with was “Nathaniel Boone drowned around 1871 and he was married to a Elizabeth ??? and they lived in Seldom Come By. They had a daughter…”, but I can’t seem to find the rest of the quote on here. I am trying to trace oral history stating my gg grandmother (father’s side) Harriet (Boone) Callahan, daugter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Boone was native. Also, I’ve grown up being told my g grandmother (mother’s side) Phoebe (Langford) Canning was native as well. I’ve had little success in making the connection for either of these two.

    1. Hi Oral, I googled it too since I have nothing on them and couldn’t find anything on my site. Probably everything I saw you’ve also seen. Looks like quite a few people are looking. On a rootsweb board, in a message dated 21 Feb 2002, these names are listed as children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (sorry, I avoid putting in links to boards because they’ve caused formatting problems).
      Frederick Boone b. Dec, 1861
      Richard (baptised Jan. 09, 1855)
      Robert Henry (baptised Feb. 09, 1858)
      Mary Grace (baptised March 30, 1864)
      Sarah Jane (baptised march 30, 1864)
      Edgar Nathaniel (born Nov 09, 1866, baptised Nov. 29, 1866)
      Sarah Ann (baptised Oct. 23, 1868)

      On 7 Aug 2012 Nathaniel’s drowning is mentioned by someone also looking for Harriet. I see NLGenWeb Notre Dame Bay records have refs to children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth. I don’t have any on Langford or Canning, sorry!

  251. Hi I’m trying to find information on Mathias Mackey born in Brent’s cove, newfoundland. He married a lady Elizabeth Matthews. People are telling me we’re micmaq. I have been doing research but keep getting a cold trail.

  252. Hi – I am trying to locate my grandmother’s family in Newfoundland. Family tells me my grandmother’s aunt was of native descent. My grandmother was Violet St(r)ickland, born Sept. 1912. Her parents were John Jr. Strickland born 1883 and Mariah Maude Currie Strickland, born 1886. The aunt is a sister of Mariah, possibly named Philena, who married a Crewe. The family is believed to from the South Coast. Any ideas on who to contact or where to look?

    1. Hi Rita, I have Violet Strickland marr John Lawrence Hall s/o Joseph Hall and Judith McLellan. I have Violet as d/o John Strickland and Maria Currie who also had daughters Phoebe, Blanche and Mary Ann. I wonder if Phoebe is your Philena but I have no more info on her. I have John as s/o Robert Strickland, b 1859 Hunts Is d 1953, and Anna Newman marr 13 Sep 1882 Rose Blanche. Not much help, but I hope it at least gives you places to look.

  253. I am looking for information on a MAry maiden name unknown. I have been told she may be of Micmac ancestry. She was born in 1824 and died in 1881. Her husband was Jeremiah Sutton from Pushtrough NL. This would be my great-great grandmother. Her daughter Lucy is my mother’s grandmother. We need to know her maiden name and where her home was. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Lorraine, it would depend on which Chaissons and Halls you’re thinking of. If you have any more information (names etc.) let us know and maybe somebody can help.

  254. Hi Dorothy,
    Was wondering if you have any info on Elizabeth Stewart who married George Anderson from the Burgeo Nl area (otters pt ) Her parents may have been from the Hermitage Bay area . Trying to find out if she was of any Mik’ maq connection.


  255. Hello Dorothy I really find your site very interesting.i read through most of your comments and info ,you really seam to know your stuff. I see there is a lot of people asking about the Saunders I am trying to find out my family’s decendents.all I know is that my grandfathers name was John Saunders and i think his father and mothers names was George and Mary from harbour Mille or bay de spere if I can get any more info on there back round would greatly be apreiated. Thank you Danny Saunders.

  256. Hi Dorothy:

    I am trying to find information about my great, great grandfather – John Brent (Brenton) Sr. born 1861 in Loon Bay, NL. He married Susanna Sheppard, DOB: 1863 from Cupids, NL. Their children were Eunice Brent (Brenton) 1897 (My grandmother), Fred Brent (Brenton) 1888, John 1891, David 1985. They lived in Botwood, Nl. I am trying to find information to apply for Indian Status. Thank you!

  257. I am looking for some info regarding my great grandmother Dinah Knott Herritt.Was wondering if she was listed as a micmaq,I cant seem too find any info about it.

    1. Hi Lorna, I have a Michael Herritt b May 1871 marr Patricia Diana Knott, b May 1886 d/o John Knott and Mary Taylor (1843-1913). I think there’s an error in some of the parents ent’d for John and Mary so I don’t want to steer you down a wrong path. Sorry, don’t know if this helps you much.

  258. Hi Justine
    I would like to find out if my ancestors were Mic mac. My ggggrandfather was John Matthews born in 1795 and married Sarah Bagg. Could you tell me how to find out if they were Mic Macs .Any info would be appreciated Thank you Thelma

  259. hello my name is justin and at the moment i live in sault ste marie Ontario over the past few years i have found out more about my family line talking to Grandparents and my father i have found out i am Miigmaq from new brunswick , i have gotten some names of Family thats my father and grandmother think i should research but i have no idea how seeing as i dont know where to start , my life partner is ojibway from manitoulin island she has a very traditional family and living with her family and her i have been taking part of ceremony and prays and lots of other things like dancing and crafting and everything else really ,they would like to help me find out more about my roots to so if anyone thinks they can help me just a little bit or give me some more info could you please contact me thank you for reading this , chi miigwetch

    1. Hi Justin, what are some of the names of your family members? And what part of NB if you know? There might be connections in names at least with some of the NB bands. Their websites might help or federal and provincial aboriginal affairs and/or archives sites. Thanks for writing, we’ll see if we can help you.

  260. I have been told that my great grandfather was a mi’kmaq but can’t find any information on him. He was either born in nova scotia or nfld. we have been told he was born in Gander, Nfld. He was born in 1881 and died in 1960 in windsor nfld. He was married to violet pretty from my understanding. I am not sure where else to find out this info and thought you could help.

    Donnie Currie

  261. Hi,

    I am looking to see if my grandmother’s are mi’kmaq connected. I have Sarah McDonald born in Cul de Sac, NL who married Alexander Durnford of Francois, NL and Lucille Ball born in Richard’s Harbour who married Samson Andrews. Can you help?

  262. Just woundering if you have any information regarding Pittman/Langford lineage from the Sop’s arm/island my gr-gr -gr -grand mother was a Sarah Langford/Pittiman

  263. Hi; Dorothy
    Just wondering if you or anyone found out who Mary Ann Mahar’s parents are and where she is from??
    She was first married to Charles Haynes, BOI; her second husband was William Rumbolt. She died in 1905 at Port Saunders. Have heard her mother may have been a Marche. Anyone one with any information can contact me at


  264. I am looking for any info on Richard, Charles and William Marshall of Chateau Bay, Labrador. I can’t find any native links but Marshall is a common Micmac name.

    1. Hi Melvin, I have all these names but not all as brothers or clearly being from Labrador. Do you have any other names, wives or other siblings or parents? That might help narrow it down.

  265. Hi Dorothy,

    Sorry for the late reply. The real Michael Hefferan went on living in the Paradise area of Placentia Bay and married Anastatsia Murphy.. The children of the real Thomas Hynes use the name Hynes because they switched back. It seems they used the name Hefferan from at least 1830-about 1854.

  266. I was wondering if you have any information pertaining to the MacDonalds that resided at Conne River. My grandmother was Frances MacDonald and I was trying to see if she had any connections with them?

  267. Hi dorothy, I am looking for information on william prosper who was married to dora osmond, can’t seem to find anything, hope you can help.

  268. Hi Dorothy, I am looking up my family history to find out if I am Native. My family is Thomas and Hannah Mary Gould in Bay Du Nord.Hannah mary was a Farrell. They had a son William and he had a daughter Martha which is my Grandmother. William Gould Married a Lucy Evan. Lucy was a child when her mother died, Lucy had to go live with her Aunt Cora Evan. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  269. Hi, I am looking for info on my family history on the Rogers side. My grandfather was James Rogers of Marystown, NL. His grandmother was Jane Cox who I believe was of Micmac descent. She married Thomas Hodder. I am looking for info on Jane’s