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 Ancestry 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 genealogy websites 1775 James Cook map of  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.

For non-internet materials, go to the Newfoundland Emporium on Broadway in Corner Brook. You can find all kinds of treasures, including hard to find Newfoundland books. See my Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Books for more sources.

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

* Acadian Genealogy (by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino – many Nfld. west coast families)
* Acadian-Cajun Genealogy & History (click a surname)
* Andersons (Fortune and Burgeo, BOI)
* Ashley Phillips’ Family Tree of Nfld (trees for Boucher, Lucas etc. – links at bottom of page)
* 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)
* Chegau – Mi’kmaq Treaty Descendants (Chego, etc. family tree by Donna Marie Launey
* Chegau Mi’kmaq Family DNA (Donna Marie Launey)
* Chiasson Family
* Desc. of Charles CROCKER (by Elizabeth Sheppard Hewitt)
* Desc. of Daniel’s Harbour (Payne, Brooks, Park families)
* Dauphinee, Jean Joseph  (by Claude Tardif)
* Doucet Family
* (Doucette) Up the Humber to the West: My Métis voyaguers  (2016 blog post by Joanne Doucette. Not a family tree, but a family – and Canadian – history)
* Fayz World (lower right, ‘My Family Tree’ – lots of info!)
* Gallant Family (PEI, by Linda Keefe-Trainor, click ‘tree’)
* Gaudet Genealogy (Mark B. Arsland: France, USA, Canada, NL) Also see his Notes – NL pdf.
* Desc. of Edward GAUDON (Joe Gaudon, Sept. 2000)
* 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)
* Hatcher Families Genealogy Association
* Herridge-Nurse Family History (Matthews, Garnier, Strickland, etc.)
* Kinslow-Billard of Lower Burgeo (Family History Workshop by Sandy Evans. Other families in top menu, but some navigation problems)
* Jesso Family (most Nfld. west coast families)
* Labrador (Southern) Family History (Labrador Cura, by Patty Way) “Site temporarily unavailable” Feb 3/19
* 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)
* Legg Family of Dorset (includes Nfld., Janet’s Family History)
* 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 index)
* 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)
* Lucas, etc. (Bertha Jeans’ FTM user tree)
* Desc. of John MacISAAC (Codroy, by Glenn Harding, also Wm. Harding family, Saint John)
* 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)
* My Newfoundland Ancestors (by Patricia Monogue Balkcom, many west and south coast families, indexed by name and place)
* Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (‘accept’ then search)
* O’Connell Family Tree (most Nfld. west coast families)
acadien flag* PEI Family Lineages (flag by Acadian names)
* Donald J. Perrier of Alberta, Canada
* PEI Genealogical Society
* Pike Family History & Genealogy Resources (by David Pike)
* Rowe of Newfoundland (by M. John Rowe, see Ch. 11 for Reault/Rowe of Bay St. George and Port au Port
* 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. Hover over “Last Name” at top right for drop down menu of names)
* Saunders/Hynes of Fortune Bay, Griffin Family (‘My Nfld Family Tree’ by Devon Griffin – navigation at lower right)
* Southwest Coast of Newfoundland, Women’s History (by Cape Ray Lightkeepers House, Virtual Museum of Canada. Mini-bios. I found site hard to navigate, but just click around it – interesting)
* Western Newfoundland, and Labrador, Deceased Veterans (Cdn Assoc. of Veterans in UN Peacekeeping, Western NL chapter – family, work and military info.
* 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, 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 Find A Grave is great for dates, family connections and sometimes includes obits, photos and other information.

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 (link below).


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 this publishing date. (Checked & updated May 2019.)  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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1,097 thoughts on “Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy”

  1. Hi Dorothy!

    My mom passed away this past April, I was told at her funeral that my Grandfather’s Father was MI’KMAQ. My grandfathers name was Simon Daigle, he was born in Canada. I never knew I had Indian blood in me. I’m excited and curious to know more. How do I start? Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to ask.. my mom never mentioned anything about this to me.
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Darlene, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m guessing you’re not in Canada? Daigle is a common name in Quebec and the Maritimes, so we need to narrow it down some more. If you have any other names, or places, that would help. Your grandfather Simon’s wife? Their kids’ names? You can search online databases like Ancestry and we can put it out here, and hope a name rings a bell with some readers. Thanks for writing, and let’s hope we can find something.

      1. Thank you Dorothy- I really miss her, everyday I think about her. This is so difficult… she was the one person who would always be there for me and now she’s gone. :(

        She would really like the idea that I am interested in knowing more about my ancestry. I am still so surprised she never mentioned anything about being MI’KMAQ. When my Aunt told me I was shocked and excited all at the same time.

        Thank you so much for replying! I am in the US… Massachusetts.

        I found out today my Great Grandfathers name was Joseph Daigle who I guess was MI’KMAQ?

        My grandfathers name was Simon Daigle and I found out he was born 5/11/12. My grandmothers name was Georgina and her maiden name was Hachey and her date of birth is 7/20/23. My mom was from Minto, Canada. Her name was Albertine, she has four sisters… Doris, Anne, Yvonne, and Clara.

        My biggest goal is to find out if I am really part MI’KMAQ. :) I always thought I was French Canadian.

        Unfortunately our family is broken. I don’t really have any family. Only my Aunt and Uncle, my cousin Chris, Rick, and Dave. That’s pretty much it other than my husband and two kids.
        My kids are adults and they think I’m being silly about the whole MI’KMAQ idea because it was never talked about by my mom.
        Hoping to hear more if anyone knows anything. :)

        1. Hi Darlene, thanks for the info on your family. Even if your mom didn’t talk much about her family history, I bet she’d be glad that you’re looking into it. And don’t mind what your kids say! ;) Ok, with a little bit of digging, here’s what I’ve found about your Acadian grandmother’s side. I haven’t found anything on your grandfather Simon Daigle. But your grandmother was easy. I found her obituary – what a beautiful woman!

          Here’s a link to a Gallant family site – A Search for my Maritime Roots – that might be of interest. Also look at any or all of the Haché-Gallant sites on this page.

          Your grandmother Georgina Marie Haché was born in Rogersville, New Brunswick. Her father François Haché was born in 1889 in Prince Edward Island and died in Worchester, Mass. He and Emma were married in NB, maybe Kent County. It is kind of between Shediac and Rogersville. I found Georgina’s mother as Emma Doiron dit Gould born 1900 in Cap Pelé, near Shediac. So you might find more about her under either Gould or Doiron.

          François Haché was the son of Antoine Haché-Gallant and Marie Roselie Blaquiere. He was born in 1847 in Bathurst NB, died 1957 and is buried in the Rogersville Cemetery. Marie was born in Bloomfield in PEI. She died in 1924, also buried in Rogersville. That’s as far back as I’ve gone.

          The Haché-Gallant family is found throughout the Maritimes as both Haché, and its variations, and Gallant. There is indigenous ancestry, likely Mi’kmaq, through the mother (name unknown) of Michel Haché (born about 1662). Sorry if this is confusing. Probably easiest to google him and read the many articles you’ll find about him and the family. Good luck!

  2. Hi Dorothy!
    I have an ancestry question!
    First off I want to say thank you for doing this, I’ve been researching my family for years and have hit so many dead ends.

    Do you have any info on Mary Ann Mercer (So many Mercers and Mary Anns haha!) who married Rueben Boon? They had a son named John Simon Boone. I’m looking into the Boone and Mercer family from Newfoundland, my mother is a Boone and I’m looking into which reserve or community the Mercers and Boones come from or are related to in Newfoundland. I was told that Rueben Boone is from Bay Roberts, and that Mary Ann was Innu or Mi’kmaq. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated!


  3. Hi Dorothy,
    I am looking for any information for my Great Grandmother Clara Barnes, wife of George Pittman. Her parents was Drusilla Harris & Abel Barnes. I have been told she is of Mi’kmaq descent, but am trying to find any further information.
    Your help is appreciated!

    1. Hi Laura, I have Clara Barnes (b 13 Sep 1895 Trout River) as daughter of Abel Barnes (23 Feb 1848 Burnt Islands, Burgeo – 25 Nov 1923 Trout River) and Drucilla Harris (8 Jul 1872 Trout River – 5 Jun 1968 Trout River). Abel was son of William Barnes (abt 1821 Pensthorpe, Norfolk, England – 18 Feb 1882 Woody Point) and Sarah Maria Yates (1824 Great Snoring, Norfolk, England – 1895 Bonne Bay). Drucilla was daughter of George W Harris (1834 Harbour Grace – 1895 Trout River) and Jemima Coombs (31 Aug 1839 Carbonear – Jan 1892 Trout River). Jemima was daughter of Robert Coombs of Carbonear and Elizabeth Clarke, b 1806 in Crockers Cove Nf. That’s all I have on them. Hope it helps, or someone reading can add more!

  4. Hello Dorothy,

    My mother was adopted, so I have very scant information, but I think I may Mi’kmaq on her side. My maternal grandparents were named Yvonne St. Jean and Leo Menard. Does either family name have links back?

  5. Hi Dorothy! I hope you can help me find my family! My Father was Albert King, born on Bell Islaned in 1942; His father was Edward (called Neddie) King, who was born in Marystown, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Edward married Elizabeth Hutchings, I believe, and moved to Bell Island to work in the mines. I cannot confirm anything past him! I believe his father to be Wilson King born in 1872 in Oderin, but can’t find his mother … Sarah J Smith married Wilson King, but I don’t believe she’s my grandmother! The dates don’t add up! I’m hoping you can give me some hope … I’ve been searching for a couple of years now, and I am having no luck at all ..
    Maybe you could suggest to me any other place I may be able to find these reccords … I am hoping to come to Newfoundland to do research, just not sure when!
    Thank you for any help you can give me!
    Sheri King

    1. Hi Sheri, sorry but I have no information on them and couldn’t find anything with a quick google. Bell Island might have a museum you could contact, or the provincial archives at The Rooms. And maybe someone reading will be able to help. Hope so! If I come across anything, I’ll let you know.

  6. My name is Diana Henry, I am researching Judith Hughes pelly who was married to Josiah Pelly. He came from Dorset England to Newfoundland. I would like to know when they were married, her death and I believe they moved to Newfoundland.
    I am researching the Pelly/Pelley, as my grandmother was Eva
    Yvonne Pelley.

  7. Hi Dorothy…I was wondering if there was any info on my great grandmother Julia Musseau ( Young) being Mi’kmaq? She was born in St. George. Also wondering if my Great Grandfather Benjamin Musseau..Julia’s husband was also of native descent? I remember asking my father for years if he was Indian, he always said no…so strange. He looks Indian. Thank you Sherry

    1. Hi Sherry, I have no info on Julia’s parents, just that she was born maybe 1892 in St. George’s. Benjamin’s grandfather Musseau was from Quebec. I don’t have much on the female sides of his family. His mother was Mary Ann Randell or Rendell from Nfld, and his grandmother (married Musseau) was Hannah Parsons. But that’s all I have on them. Maybe someone reading will know more.

        1. Hi Jenna, I don’t have anything more on her than what’s here in the comments. I’m not an Ancestry member so can’t see if there’s more in it. Maybe someone reading will know something? (The comments I mean are from Aug 3 2016 from Debra and me. Sorry, I thought yours was attached to them.)

        2. Hi Jenna and Dorothy,
          I believe I am the Debra you are referring to. I did post some time ago about John and Unknown Ann. To date, I have found nothing supporting the fact that Anne was Aboriginal although many claim she is.
          Perhaps one day we will find out if she is or isn’t.
          Thank you,

  8. Hello Dorothy,
    I am looking for information on the following lineage. I joined several geneology groups and can trace down to Elizabeth Ann Hodder marrying Henry Rodgers but then there is no listing of my grandfather James Henry Rogers.

    Jane Brinson
    Charlotte Jeddore Cox
    Jane Cox Hodder
    Elizabeth Ann Rodgers (or Rogers) (gggrandmother)
    James Rogers (my grandfather)
    Henry Rogers (my father)

    My father has since passed and I feel like I’m losing so much information.

    1. Hi April, I have a Henry Rogers, son of John Rogers (b 1880) and Elizabeth Neil. Their other children are Rita, Luke and Mary (b 1915 marr Russell Rose). I have no spouse or kids for Henry. I have a James Rodgers marr Loretta Vallis (b 1916) but nothing else on him. Another James Rodgers marr Dora Buffett, daughter of William Henry Buffett and Martha née Buffett. William’s dad Charles was born 1874. I have no other dates or info for them. So I don’t know if they connect to your Henry or James at all. But maybe someone reading can help out.

      1. Thanks, but this isn’t my family info. I know the lineage, was just looking for additional information on them. Much appreciated.

  9. John Matthews

    Sarah Jane Bagg


    John Matthews Sr

    Anne Harriet Matthews

    William Matthews

    Sarah Elizabeth Matthews

    Maria Matthews

    Susan Matthews

    Charlotte Ann Matthews

    Frances Matthews

    Spouse & Children

    Hannah Kendall

    Mary Ann Matthews

    William Matthews

    Amelia Matthews

    Grace Sarah Matthews

    James Robert Matthews

    John Matthews

    1. Hugh Bagg’s 2 daughters are in my family tree;- Sarah Baggs m. John Matthews, – Elizabeth Baggs m. Charles Collier.

  10. Looking for info on:
    James Matthews
    Birth 1813 • Newfoundland, Canada
    Death 1869 • Burgeo, Newfoundland, Canada

  11. Hello,

    I’m looking for any information on the last names Toms and Purchase in Newfoundland. I cannot seem to find any information and I keep being brought to this particular site. If you have any information that would be so wonderful. Thank you for your consideration

    1. Hi Emily, I have people in my database with both of those last names. But I don’t have much else on them. If you have any first names and spouses, that might help. Googling them, all I came up with is Stone Pics – Nfld Cemeteries. Both Toms and Purchase are listed in the Most Common NF Names section (see left sidebar). Whether there’s more on them, I don’t know. Maybe worth navigating around it. Maybe too readers here will add something for you.

    2. Hi Emily
      I just came across this website and read your post. My grandmother’s maiden name was Purchase. I don’t have much information yet but am searching . I believe she came from the UK and ended up in Harbour Grace, NL.
      Not sure if this will help you but it could be a start.

  12. Looking for info on family Edward James Anderson birth 1859 Burgeo NF married Oct 9 1887 Elizabeth Eugenie Benoit birth 1865-1972
    Edward… father William Anderson 1826-1898 mother Elizabeth Farrell 1830-1894

    Elizabeth Beniot ….father Lawrence Benoit 1837-1912 mother Frances Strickland 1835-1914

    1. Hi Nick, thanks. Don’t know what’s wrong, but I’ve gone to some other MUN sites lately that were down. Let’s hope it’s back up soon.

  13. Hi–well just spent an hour down the proverbial rabbit hole of roots,,,,been here before but thought I would post a query. I began my search of family history about 15 years ago. It led to a few interesting connections and one of course being indigenous.
    Basically, like many I made the connection through one side of the family skanes/payne/brake/matthews, I believe but have recently heard that there may be another on the other side via skanes/house/payne/brooks…..
    It has been mentioned that mary brooks, daughter of one john brooks may have been indigenous as well but it seems I am at a dead end. It gets hard t keep straight! Having paynes on both sides has been a bit of a mess a swell….anyhow great website…..

    also ever heard anything on a fred anderson son of william anderson and sarah creamer from fortune area—my deadest end yet!

    great website

    contact by email if ya like

    1. Hello Fred. I am a descendant of John Matthews, born abt 1822 in Petites, Newfoundland. He had two brothers, that we know of, Edward and Samuel. Spouse Elizabeth Ann Davidge. I’m wondering if you have any information that you could share? My email is

  14. Hi, Wondering if anyone has any information or can add to the family of Peter John born 1846 and wife Helen born 1845, they had a daughter Margaret born about 1876-1880 in Bay De Espoir.
    Unsure if they had other children. This family moved to Glenwood.
    Daughter Margaret was not married, but she had a daughter Mary born 1910 in Glenwood.

    1. Hi Mike, I have Peter John and Mary Helen Hawe as having Margaret, Louis (b 1868 Conne River, d 1957 Botwood) and William (b 1883 Glace Bay NS, died 1948 Glenwood). Margaret’s daughter Mary Jo (b 1909 Grand Falls, d 1996 Appleton) married Gregory Wall. Louis married Mary Hawco and had 14 children. Billy had six children with Florence ‘Flora’ Francis (Gander Bay), two with Catherine Hollett (Trinity Bay) and one with Henrietta Francis (Flora’s cousin, also from Gander Bay). Hope this helps and maybe readers can add more.

  15. Hi, I’m looking for information on the Paul family. I have a baptism certificate for Joseph Paul (1904) his parents are listed as William Paul and Emma Birt. The sponsors are listed as Abraham Paul and Margaret Paul. I have found that John Paul ( interviewed by American anthropologist Frank Speck) had siblings named Abraham and Margaret. Can you provide any information on this? I also believe that Joseph Paul is related to Nish Paul ( former vice chief of Spel’tk) whose father was Frank Paul, one of John Paul’s sons (1921 Census). Thank you so much for your information and time.

    1. Hi Danielle, I have Nish (Ignatius Thomas) Paul as son of Frank (Francis Walter) Paul, son of John Paul and Ann Elizabeth Bowns. John Paul’s other children were John Paul, born abt 1868, William John Paul, born 1899, and Margaret Paul (marr Patey) born 1908. I don’t have a Joseph or William that match those you’re looking for. With luck, a reader will be able to help?

  16. Looking for info on Elizabeth Organ born 1775 …Die 28 ~June 1852…. 4th great ~grandmother…
    Jamie Rose

    1. Were you related to Parsons family from Dorset U.K, Guernsey, Channel Islands, Petites, Rose Blanche N L etc. I had an ancestor Elizabeth Organ and I am working on my genealogy.. My Aunt Laura married a Rose in N L I am up in age and trying to do genealogy for my grand children before my memory gets worse.

      Doing my research, I came across lots of possibly ancestors of the Rose family. Do you have relatives in Rose Blanche? There was Elizabeth (Organ) born about 1837, one born 1813, and others in N.L. that were younger or older with different married names who were Organs or married Organs. Some from N L and some Ireland, etc. What area are you from? We may be related.

    1. Hi Jamie, I have Susan Myles, married to Thomas Kearley in 1873, as daughter of Robert Myles and Elizabeth. Robert was son of James Myles (b 1753 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, d in Terrenceville) and Mary Pardy (b 1785 in Lancashire, England, d Terrenceville. There’s a 100 gap between grandfather and Susan (Susanna). That is possible, or there’s a missing generation.

  17. Hello Dorothy, I believe we may be cousins, are you from Rushoon? My great great grandmother was Hannah Josephine Whiffen from Rushoon, her parents were Herbert & Lucretia.

  18. Hi Dorothy,
    Your website is really interesting. There is some mention of Mi’kmaq ancestry in our family but can’t find anything then I was surprised to find your section on Oderin. Wondering if you have heard of the name Mason on Oderin Island associated with Mi’kmaq heritage? Thanks!

    1. My great aunt Mary Murphy was born Oderin 1858. She married Thomas Mason born 1843. I have not found a marriage certificate but her first child was born 1879. My line left Oderin in the 1880’s most moved to Mundy Pond area

  19. Hi there! I have been searching for years for certain family members because it was passed down through the family that we may be of aboriginal descent, but I am having an extremely hard time finding any information on her, let alone anything on her ethnicity.
    My great grandmother was Anna Norcott (Northcott?) born on March 17, 1887, married Emmanuel Edwards on May 30, 1906, and died January 5, 1978. Her parents were Fred Norcott, and Ellen Fitzgerald. That is literally where I run out of information.
    I was told that they are either from Hare Bay, Bear Bay, or White Bay. Please help!

  20. Hi, my name is April. I am looking for info on Ellen or Elline Bailey. My great grandmother was Sarah Whiffen, her parents were Charles and Ellen or Elline in the earlier census records. Ive spoken to my aunt who lives in Rushoon and she said Ellen’s maiden name was Miller and she may have been married three times. My aunt said Sarah was Charles Bailey’s only daughter. In the census records I’ve seen it says they adopted an Annie Picco then in another it says Annie is their granddaughter. Ive also seen another daughter Margaret named and possibly a son George. Ive pretty much put most of the Whiffen side together very easily but cant find anything else on Ellen. Thank you for any info you may have or can help with.

  21. Hi Dorothy,

    I am a descendant of Hannah Organ, born Oct. 31, 1856 in NL, d. Nov. 17, 1911 m. John MacIntosh and afterwards Patrick Curtis, but can not find any info on her parents. Does anyone know? Thank you!

  22. Hi Dorothy
    Thanks to your generous information I have been able to trace a large portion of my ancestors but I have one question related to my Mi’kmaq ancestors – it seems there was a missionary set up in St. Pierre for Newfoundland Mi’kmaq around 1760 and they went there to have their kids baptized, get married, etc. My question – do you know of a link to that site that is in English? I am having problems getting the surnames for my Mi’kmaq ancestors and can’t find a site listing surnames. Any suggestions?

  23. hi dorthy
    i am doing family you have any history on upwards bonne bay. william henry upwards (upward)parents etc

  24. Hello Dorothy, I am the gg grandaughter of Joseph Thomas Abbott b July 11 1889 (Wood’s Island) & Catherine Jane Howlett b January 7 1893 (Cow Head). Apparently both were g grandchildren of Sabastian Benoit & Theotiste Jesseau!
    My question is, Joseph Thomas Abbott was the illegitimate son (her first born) of Jane Jennex and “John Abbott born about 1870 from Port au Port”. He was 5 when his mother left Woods Island (my g grandfather watched her leave on the boat) and he was raised by the Carter family (Thomas Cartier (possibly Carter)) Josephs godfather. I cannot find any information at all about his father “John Abbott from Port au port” but believe he may have been of Mi’kmaq decent. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Tammy

    1. Hi Tammy, thanks, I had your gggrandparents in my database but no parents for them. Googling them, in the Corner Brook Townsite RC cemetery (Nfld Grand Banks site), Joseph Thomas Abbott’s birthdate on his headstone is 11 Jul 1892. Ancestry has 1889, as you do, and has his parents as William Abbott and Clara Gennex. No more info on either of them unfortunately.

      For Catherine Jane Howlett, Ancestry lists her parents as William John Howlett, died Cow Head, and Mary Anne Benoit, born May 1861 in Cow Head. I haven’t found her parents. You probably know already know all this, but it’s all I could find for now.

      1. Hi Dorothy,

        That information in Ancestry must be wrong. I have this record of baptism for Joseph Thomas Abbott, which displays his parents as John Abbott and Jane Jennex. I was hoping for info on John Abbott, thanks anyway :)
        Roman Catholic
        Curling-Bay of Islands Area
        Baptisms, 1870-1895 P244
        Box-parish Records-roman Catholic
        Corner Brook Box 1

        Baptized October 11, 1894
        Abbott-see Jennix (recorded at the left hand margin)
        Ego infrascriptus baptizavi:
        Thomass Andream Joseph
        nat: um Die 11 Julie *(birth date July 11, 1889)
        John Abbott*
        ex: Nescia quis
        ex loco: Port Au Porte
        et: Joanna Jennix (latin for Jane)
        ex loco: Woods Island
        patrini fuerut: Thomas Cartier (possibly Carter)
        -Mary Prosper*
        Priest: Andrew Seurs
        *Note- Birth Date, Father’s name and god mothers name added later-different pen and handwriting

    2. Hello Dorothy,
      My grandmother was Mabel Nora Sweet married to Wilson Strickland of Neil’s Harbour, but formerly from Isle de Mort and Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland I believe. My mother was Nora Ellen Strickland- she always said she had a grandmother or great grandmother named Elizabeth Balle who was

      from somewhere near the south of France. Do you have any records of this?
      Thank you very much,
      Cynthia McKeen

      1. Hi Cynthia – all I could find googling was John Balle, died May 6 1918 in St. George’s age 77. He was born in LaPoile. That would make him born about 1841. That’s in Vital Records – Deaths 1915-18 in Nfld Grand Banks site. Maybe some connection to your Elizabeth, but I don’t know.

  25. Looking for the parents of Ann Elizabeth Davis, born 1843 in Margaree, Cape Breton Canada. At some point she immigrated to Newfoundlandland and married in 1865 at Harbor Le Cou to James Jeans. She died 1917 in Cape Ray, Nfld

    1. Hi Norm, googling, I found them in the Cape Ray Cemetery – Annie Jeans d 1917 and James Jeans d 5 Jan 1923 age 82. That would have him born 1841. On an Ancestry message board, he is named as William James Jeans. Two sons are named, Charles Ephraim and Albert Mansiah. I have Charles Ephriam Jeans married to Emma Strickland, born 1881. You may know all this but I hope it will help find readers who may have more information.

      1. Ann Davis and James Jeans also had a daughter. Annie Elizabeth Jeans b. May 1866 d. June 4 1925. She married Medric Blanchard b. 1861, on Sep. 1, 1891. He is the son of Magloire Blanchard and Louise Ryan. Ann Davis would be my g-g-g-grandmother. My sources are mainly from church records and my Grandmother’s family bible.

  26. Hi Dorothy, I have a question that you might be able to answer. The documentation collected by my family members when researching the Benoit line has been passed along to me and it includes a connection for which i cannot find any solid proof. The proposed relationship goes like this…
    John Benoit (son of Sebastian b.1833 St. Georges – d. 1905 at Cow Head)
    John Benoit married Mary Anne Hutchings at Cow Head around 1860.

    John and Mary Anne have a son named John William who according to Hutchings and Buehler marries Ann Keziah Guinchard at Daniels Harbour about 1893.

    The records that have been passed on to me indicate this same John William (or another William born of John and Mary Anne) marries Susannah Payne at Trout River in 1886. They are both living at Chimney Cove at the time. The record indicates William is the son of John Benoit.

    I cant seem to find any information that this William (who married Susannah) is in fact the son of John and Mary Anne.

    Can you, or anyone reading this blog, provide any insight?


    1. Hi Jason, I have the same info you have. Looking at the marriage records on NLGenWeb, I see that both John William and William are listed as “bachelor” so they appear to be different men. Both with fathers named John Benoit. Maybe a reader can help us out?

      1. Hi Dorothy,

        I am looking for some information on John Stevenson. He was married to Sarah Stevenson. I believe he originally was from Quebec but came here to Newfoundland. He lived up on the goulds ridge road by cupids big pond. My understanding is he froze to death with his dog. My sons grandfather is related to him, we are trying to obtain information for my sons heritage project.

        1. Hi Robyn, oh that poor man and dog! Sorry that I know nothing about him. But maybe readers do. Any dates or other names that might help?

        2. Hi Dorothy. My understanding is that John Stevenson was born in 1881 and died around 1960-1961. Apparently he was in the history book when my children’s grandfather was going to school as well. He died and was buried here in Brigus, NL. I have scoured the internet with no clues minus a couple of people looking for the same information I am.

    1. Hi Megan, sorry, I haven’t got anything on the names you give. There’s a link for a huge Boudreau family tree near the top of this post. Maybe readers can help with the other names you give.

  27. Hello I am looking for information on the following

    Mary Ann Short
    Birth 1705 • Ship Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    Patience Kennedy
    Birth 1725 • Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    Mary Butler
    Birth 30 JUN 1758 • Port de Grave, Newfoundland

    Maria Andrews
    Birth NOVEMBER 1805 • Ship Cove, NF

    George Edward Lambert
    Birth 13 JUL 1886 • St. John’s, Newfoundland

  28. Hi Dorothy,

    Do you have any information on Metis from the Mugford and Osbourne families in Nfld (Twillingate, Grand Falls, Grand Bank, Green Bay, Port Albert, White Bay, Herring Neck, Fogo and Indian Islands)?

    Thank you very much for your time and sharing your valuable resources.

    1. Hi Seb, both are common names in Nfld. If you could give some names of people you’re looking for it might help me or readers narrow down the specific branches. Thanks for writing.

      1. In the family background, I have a Clara Pheobe Osbourne,
        (1872 – 1953) from Margaree, NL. Her father is believed to be George Osbourne. She married Thomas Strickland (Isle-aux-Morts, NL). They moved away to Neils Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where they raised a large family. Looking for details, i.e., father and mother, dob’s, death info, siblings, etc.

        1. Hi Paul, I have Thomas Joshua Strickland as born 10 Jul 1868, son of Thomas Joshua Strickland (b 1842 Dead Is. NL), mother’s name unknown. Thomas Joshua Sr. was son of William Thomas Strickland (b 1801) and Frances Organ (b 1809). I have no information on Clara Osbourne, other than a son for her and Thomas named Herbert Strickland, b NS, who had a son Allister Strickland. Hope this helps.

        2. Hi Dorothy,
          Thomas Strickland b. 10 Jul 1868 and married to Phoebe Clara Osborne b. 20 Aug 1872 had several siblings, i.e., Harriet married to William Harvey;
          Keziah married to Thomas Billard;
          Wilson married to Mabel Nora Sweet;
          John and others. I show both Harriet and Keziah as daughters to Thomas & Ellen Strickland (Little Bay, NL). Thomas (Sr.) died in Neil’s Harbour (06 Mar 1909), Victoria Co., in Cape Breton. He had been born on 28 Apr 1835 according to the census. His only wife as far as I know was Helen “Ellen” Falkins and she died several years later (02 Oct 1921) in Neil’s Harbour as well.
          Thomas Joshua b.1842 also had a son who relocated to Victoria County, Cape Breton. His name was Silas Strickland b. 1879 and he was married to Isabella Whales. Some of his siblings were Frances, Clara and Théophilus. The info I have on Thomas (Sr.) and on Thomas Joshua shows they are two separate individuals married to different women. Thomas Joshua was younger slightly and he started his family a bit later as well with Susan Frances Le Fresne b. 1844. I hope this can clarify the two Strickland families from the same area. I am still interested to learn of Thomas (Sr.) parents and those of his wife, Ellen Falkins, alias, Fulcan or Fulcon.

        3. Also have family from Neil’s Harbour, Cape Breton! They were originally from Newfoundland but my deceased grandfather, Luke Rogers, Henry(his brother), Mamie (sister) Riti (sister) were raised there.

  29. Hi Dorothy:
    I wonder if you have any information on my grandmother Nora Ryan born at Burgeo 1883 married to my grandfather John Companion from Woods Island norn 1868. Were either of those Indian ?
    Do you have anything on Marie Brake who married my great grandfather Jean Prosper Compagnon ? Were they Indian ?

    1. Hi Gerald, I have Nora Ryan as born 18 Sep 1883 in Brigus, Conception Bay, daughter of John Ryan and Marie Wayne. That came from the Loder family tree (link on this page) and other Companion researchers who gave me material. Marie Brake was one of Jean Prosper Companion’s wives. She (1848-1925) was daughter of Joseph Matthews Brake and Mary. Joseph was son of Ralph Brake and Jane Matthews. Ralph was from England, but Jane was Mi’kmaq. You can read about them in Rev. M. F. Howley’s “Reminiscences of a Trip to the Western Shore of Nfld” 1882, and Bishop Feild’s 1850 “Journal of a Voyage of Visitation – 1849”.

    2. Thank you for the reply. Do U know if John Prosper Companion was born in St Malo, Quebec or Bacilly, France ?

  30. Hello …I was wondering if had any information of Parents of
    James Matthews 1813–1869
    Birth 1813 Death 1869 • Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

  31. Hi Dorothy,

    I am really hoping that you can help with my query. My GGG granmother and grandfather were married in Brown’s Cove in 1870. However, I can’t find out, or narrow down who their parents were.
    His name was John Langford
    Her name was Rachel Stuckless.

    They had a daughter Phoebe Langford who then married George Canning. Who then had Obediah Canning. (My GG)

    It was always said that Rachel was of aboriginal descent. Do you have any information, or places you could point me to confirm this?

    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Shawn, sorry but I have nothing on them. I found them in the White Bay Anglican marriage records. In the NLGenWeb listing, he is named as “John Langford Jur” and I’m thinking ‘Jur’ might mean ‘Junior’, making his father also John Langford. I found Obediah Canning in the 1945 census online, born Jan 1901, with wife’s name Leah. Any readers able to help out?

      1. Hi, my name is Naaman Canning from Roddickton Nl. John and Rachel wre my Great great garnd parents. I think Rachel Stucklees came from Herring neck Norte Dame Bay. Can’t find any birth records for her, or John Langford. If you have and informatoin I would love to heve it. Email me @

  32. Hi Dorothy,

    I was hoping you could help me with some information about some of my relatives from Burgeo. I was told that I have Mi’kmaq heritage from my mothers side of the family.
    The names of those I am searching for are Elizabeth Benoit: Born Dec. 1866 in Burgeo NFLD. Married to Edward Anderson(Born: 1859) on Oct. 9 1887. Elizabeths parents were said to be Lawrence Benoit(1838–1921) and Fanny Strickland (1843–1921) Do they sound like names that would be familiar to Mi’kmaq heritage? Would you have any further information? Thanks so much in advance!

    1. Hi Vanessa, I’m not sure about this info, but I have Lawrence Benoit as born 1838 or 1848 in White Bear Bay, s/o Peter Benoit and Louise Frank Joe. I have his wife Frances Strickland as born about 1843 or 1825 in Bay de Loup, Burgeo, d/o George Strickland and Ann Melbourne. I got the information from other people and from Ancestry trees. The gaps in dates of birth for both of them make me wonder. So it’s something that might help you in your search, and maybe someone reading can help clarify for both of us.

      1. I have NO clue how to comment lol but can you PLEASE help me. I have founds tons of information on my family but NONE list they are Native, my Great great grandmother was Elsie Alice Wheeler (born Jesseau) She married Stephen Wheeler in 1890, they have a daughter named Mary Emily Wheeler Aug 2 and she married Walter Kendall in Aug of 1910… My grandfather is one of their sons, Hubert Kendall born April 1920 (?) and he passed Oct 1st 2008 wondering if you can PLEASE help me!

        1. Yes I know that thank you, I am trying to find something that she is LISTED as Native (Mi’Kmaq) I have photos, etc. but NOTHING shows up on any census records in relation to her Mi Kmaq heratige

        2. You may not see this, but Mary and Walter also had a son Stephen, who is my great grandfather :)

      2. Hi Vanessa, Lawrence Benoit and Fanny Strickland were my great grandparents. Lawrences’mother was Louisa Joe ( mik’maq) daughter of Frank Joe and Marie Angelique.
        Lawrences’ father was Vincent Paul Benoit.

    2. Nathaniel Gill-Hart (1880 – )
      brother-in-law of 1st cousin 3x removed
      Richard Charles Elson (1847 – 1931)
      father of Nathaniel Gill-Hart
      John ELSON (1884 – 1945)
      son of Richard Charles Elson
      Amelia Rice (1885 – 1957)
      wife of John ELSON
      Joseph Rice (1844 – 1915)
      father of Amelia Rice
      John William Rice (1821 – 1889)
      father of Joseph Rice
      Priscilla Rice (1854 – 1938)
      daughter of John William Rice
      John Charles Langdon (1885 – 1968)
      son of Priscilla Rice
      Stephen Watson Langdon (1920 – 1992)
      son of John Charles Langdon
      Ella Mary Langdon (1954 – )
      daughter of Stephen Watson Langdon
      Elizabeth Ann Taylor
      You are the daughter of Ella Mary Langdon

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      1. hi Dorothy I was wondering if you can help me out I have John William Rice Married to Susannah Smith and 2 wife Sarah Boyd / Priscella Rice was born in April 1854 She married Eli LANGDON on October 31, 1874, in Twillingate Iwas wondering if you can help me please.

        1. Hi Shawn, I don’t have anything on the Rice or Langdon names you’re looking for. I found WikiTree pages on them, with explanations of uncertainties and sources. You’ve probably already seen it, but if not I hope it helps.

    3. Hi dorthy,
      Just wanted to say that I had a great aunt whose name was Elizabeth Benoit from burgeo born in 1866, but her parents were Vincent Paul Benoit and Louise frank joe.
      Are you sure of her parents names ?
      I too am trying to trace back my family from burgeo

      1. Hi Kath, no, I’m not sure. I have a number of children listed for Louise Frank Joe with Vincent Paul Benoit. No Elizabeth, but my list is likely incomplete.

  33. Hi Dorothy, I am looking for information on my Mi’kmaq heritage, my family are Currie’s, yet I am unable to find anything that would link them to Mi’kmaq ancestry yet on my great grandfathers birth certificate it clearly stated (micmac). His Name was George Currie of Rose Blanche. I found on the Newfoundland 1921 census his parents who are named William Sr. and Emma Currie, however I am not able to track back any further. Any assistance would be appreciated. I’m curious to know what Emma’s maiden name would of been, and also who William’s parents were, as maybe they would be the link, but again I do not know specifically, only hunches, any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much in advanced.

    1. Hi Kirby, I could find nothing on your Curries other than the 1921 census you mention. In case it helps anyone who might know more, here’s the census info:

      Dates of birth – William Sr. 1859, wife Emma 1867, son James 1886, daughter Violet 1892 (listed as Hepditch, widow, with daughters Rita b 1912 and Annie b 1916), son George 1895, son Claude 1901 and Maxwell 1906. William Jr. is the next household, b 1889, wife Charlotte b 1894 and children Matthew b 1917 and Helen b 1920. In separate households are Thomas Currie b 1888 with wife Annie and Alexander Currie b 1890, wife Sarah. I don’t know if those two are also sons, but might be.

    2. Hello. I’m wondering if you are any relation to John Matthews, born 1822 in Petites, Newfoundland? He had, at least two brothers, Samuel and Edward and a son, with Elizabeth Davidge, named Thomas Francis Matthews. I’ve seen the Currie name appear in some of my other research. If you are, and are willing to share your information, could you please email me Thank you

  34. Hi Dorothy – I’m looking to find out more info on Susannah Marche b.1840 (?) – 1880-81. She married James McFatridge March 22,1872. Had eight children. ( I have that history from detailed work that was completed on the McFatridge family, my family). Specifically, I would like to trace the Marche tree/origin. All I have is she was a MicMac French girl, possibly the daughter of Francis (or Francois) Marche.

  35. Hi Dorothy,
    Do you have any information on Lucy Evans (1831-1897) Newfoundland. Or her mother, Harriet Vardy (1831-1897) or her mother Elizabeth Jane Caisson, ?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Cathy, women with these names are in my database but not connected in the way you give. Nor do the dates match. Could you clarify the dates – 1831-1897 is what you have for both Lucy and Harriet. I’m assuming the last names are their birth not married names?

      1. Hi, Harriet Vardy was born March 20, 1850 in Channel Port aux Basques and died August 20, 1910. , Her parents are John Vardy and Lucy Evans. She married Isadore Chaisson. Her mother Lucy Evans was born 1831 in pab and died Dec. 1897.

        1. Hi Cathy, thanks for clarifying the dates. Unfortunately, I can find nothing on Lucy Evans’ parents. I found her, though, in a couple of Ancestry trees as Lucy Mullins. One has her with two husbands, George Evans and John Vardy. But the dates for children don’t add up. I also found in a 1921 census district a household where the husband was listed as Hardy and the wife and kids as Vardy. I don’t know if the typo is in the original or transcription, but I thought it was worth bearing in mind.

      1. Lewis Standing, have you got other name of children for Louisa Joe. I am from that family line on my Greatgrandfather Stephen Joe.

  36. This is the info I have received regarding some of my family history. Being robbed of my culture and history I was wondering what clan they were and whatever else I may have missed.

    Cyril’s(My Grandfather) mother was Annie White, daughter of Reuben LeBlanc (alias White) and Mary Delaney. Reuben was of Acadian descent, Mary was of Irish and Acadian descent (1/4 Acadian-Quebecois French, 3/4 Irish).

    Alvina’s (My grandmother) mother was French, having been bored in St. Pierre and came with her father from there. Her stepmother was a Revollan from Mainland, Port au Port Peninsula. Alvina’s father, John Ambrose Lucas, was of primarily French descent but his grandmother Henriette LeJeune was of mixed Acadian and Mi’Kmaw descent, while his great-great-great grandmother Anne Hache (1751-1827) was 3/4 French and 1/4 Aboriginal (either “Esquimeux” which could mean Innu, Montagnis, Cree, or Huron or possibly even Mi’Kmaw) descent.

    1. Hi Kimberley, I have some of your names in my database but also have others of the same names. So I don’t want to speculate on which one is which. With Anne Hache, the “Esquimaux” part would likely refer to Mi’kmaq from PEI.

  37. Hello Dorothy, I am looking for information on a Peter Cloaney (Cluney) born 1875 in St. Pierre, listed as immigrating to NL in 1901, can’t find anything on his parents. I have found him in the 1911 and 1921 Census for the Bay St. George area, in 1911 married to Mary but by 1921 listed as widowed. My mother has the Mary I mentioned as Mary Joseph Lainey/Laisne. I can’t find ANY info for a Mary Lainey born in 1885, this is the year listed for Peter’s wife, Mary, in the census. Their daughter Ada is my great-grandmother. Please help.

    1. Hi Roxanne, I can find nothing on Peter Cloaney/Cluney or Mary Joseph Lainey/Laisne. I also looked for her as Laine, Laing and Lane (all variations I’ve seen of Laisne). I tried variations of Cloaney but no luck there either. Anybody else able to help?

    1. Hi Jamie, I have Sarah A. Skeard born 1815 or 1817 in Burgeo, d 1873 or 1874 Burgeo, as daughter of Thomas Skeard and no mother’s name. She married Henry Strickland, b abt 1815 Hermitage d 1874 Burgeo. They married abt 1838 in Burgeo. Henry was son of Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth surname unknown. I have 12 children for Henry and Sarah: Deborah, Dinah, Henry, Elizabeth Ann, Joshua, Edward, Ann, Emma Jane, Harriett, Isabella, Benjamin and John. I don’t know if they are correct.

    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..







    1. Hi Jamie, I have Frances and Tom Billard as children of William Billard (b abt 1819 Wreck Island d 1906) and Susanna or Mary Ann (surnames unknown). William was s/o Gabriel Billard (b 1784 St. Malo, France d 1863 Wreck Is. NL) and Miriam Durnford (b abt 1798 Francois NL d 1886 Grand Bruit NL). Miriam was d/o Samuel Durnford, b abt 1775 Poole, Dorset UK) and Anne surname unknown. Thomas Billard married Sarah Keziah Strickland, b 1863 maybe in Isle aux Morte.

    2. Hi Rose, do you have any information on Frances Billards mother? I believe it was Susannah but cannot find a surname. William Billard was her father, son of Gabriel and Miriam. He was apparently married three times. (Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Susannah, no surnamed for any of them) I see I am not the only one trying to fill in this blank. I am a ggg grand daughter of Frances (Fanny) Billard.

  39. 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.”

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

    2. Winston Churchill childs all of your anchestors mentioned were or resided in a little community called Boswarlos. You can type in the location by entering in the postal code which is( a0n1a0)I personally know about all of the family.Ilived next door to them when they lived there and moved over the road further ,just 3 houses to the west.Iknew your father quite well and my older brother (Kevin) grew up and hung around with him until they both went to Toronto around 1964.Your brother was around 2 years older or so ,that would make him around 72,had he been living.Iremember when your dad passed on .He was way too young.Ithink he had a sister who married a Con Gale from West Bay Port au Port.Ithink her name was Bridget. You can call me and I will be glad to tell you what I can. By the way ,your dad was a good person that had his very humorus side. He used to call my dad on occasion.He thought a lot of him.ALLthe Best now.(Andrew) Tel: 648-9364

    3. Winstin’s sisterBridget’s son Johnny Gale live in West Bay, her grandson Johnny Duffney live in Piccadilly.
      Goodlyn Childs’ parents were Emma Jane Frampton(sister to my gr.mother) and Solomen Childs

    4. Hi there,

      I’m Betty-Ann’s daughter.

      Looking for information on a Stella Martin (one of the four wives listed above of Goodland Childs). Had a son, Winston Churchill Childs and possibly another son – Joey or Clayton.

      Newfoundland area. Looking to confirm whether Stella was First Nation decent or not.

      Thank you,

    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?

  42. 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.

  43. 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.


  44. 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

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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).

  48. 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.

      1. Hi Kirsten, I haven’t been able to find any further information on Samuel Barnes. I will be traveling back to NFLD this spring and intend to check out the archives in the hopes of finding more info, or any documents showing the Mi’kmaq connection.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

      2. Hi Jackie: This is Lionel Hartson originally from Corner Brook. My mother was a Pinksen. The man John Charles Pinksen originally came from Derbyshire England. It was three brothers that came here as young teenagers and settled in Harbour Grace. Dorthy was right about Dorthy George from Hants Harbour. My Great Grandmother was Louisa Blake from Peter’s Arm. now renamed Peter’s View which is in the Twillingate area. My Grandmother was Winfred Bertha and she was born in the one room hospital there. I spoke to Louisa’s Neice in Seal Cove and got this information. This lady now has dementia. I was also told by my Grandmother and mother that they never signed the census form due to shame at that time. I hope this gives you a little more to go on. I would look up Newhooks in Hants Harbour and call around to get more information. Good luck. Lionel Hartson

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

        1. Hi Joy, thanks for the information. I had a bit on these families but you have added more. I found James Spingle/Spicknell as born abt 1826 in England, died 1881 Deep Water Cove, Bonavista Bay. Mary Ann Hann b 1825 Cape Cove, Bonavista Bay. Their daughter as Ann Maria, b 1855 Cole Hr, Bonavista Bay d 1931 Neddies Hr, Bonne Bay. She married Moses Reid 1876 in Bonne Bay and had 6 children.

    2. Hi

      I’m related to Spingle family of Quebec through James Spicknell/Spingle who married my ancestor Mary Hann/Hand of NL

  53. 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.

      1. Hi!

        I’m a recent college grad in Boston, and I’ve been doing a lot of genealogical research on my ancestors from Newfoundland. My family lived on Sandy Point in St. George’s Bay (which I have been fortunate to visit) and recently I found out that Ann Hulan is my 6x great grandmother. Eleanor and Robert Morris are my 5x great grandparents. I saw what I think is your archived email about John Huelin, and I was wondering if you ever figured out where “Garyou” is? I would be very grateful for any information about that… It’s been very exciting discovering this family connection!

        All the best,

        Daniel Seaward

        1. Hi Daniel, nice to hear from you and happy you’re finding family connections in Nfld. Sorry, but you’ll have to remind me about John Huelin and “Garyou”. I can’t remember and can’t find any reference to it on this page. Thanks.

        2. Hi again, I was curious so did some googling. I found the 1999 archived message on a rootsweb forum asking about Garyou. It’s a different Dorothy. I also found a MyHeritage listing for Ann Hulan Swyer, d/o John Huelin. It gives his place of birth as “Garyou, Jersey, Channel Islands.” So I guess it is or was a place in Jersey, although I couldn’t find any mention of it on any Jersey or Channel Is. websites. Maybe there’s a different spelling – perhaps in Jèrriais which, according to Wikipedia, is the traditional language. Anyway, thanks – I’ve learned a bit about Jersey today!

  54. 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.

  55. 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?

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

    2. Hi Linda, I have also been looking for information about Charlotte Young. I was wondering if you were able to find out who her parents were for sure.
      Thank you

        1. Hi There
          I have a Charlotte Young on my tree…. Her parents I have as James Young and Elizabeth Gallop, as Gallops run in my family line. Elizabeth is my 4th great aunt. She is an Aunt to my 2x gr grandfather Benjamin (Beas) Gallop.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

  61. 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.

  62. 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. I have information that Joseph Butt married Sarah Fraize in cape Breton ns. Joseph Butt was related to me thru my grandmother Jane Butt . This line of Butts were from Carbonear Newfoundland. I can be contacted thru the following e mail addresses. Coolgrandpa@i or

      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.

        1. HI Roxanne, I’m also a great grandson of Lenora Fraise which means that your father in law and I are related. Is he from Pines Cove GNP?

      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

  63. 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.

    2. Hi Walker Charles, I have some information on Mary Joyce and Mark Childs. If you are still interested send me an email.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

      1. Hi Dorothy,

        Do you have the documents for Michael Hackett, William Hackett (marriage cert/birth certificate), and John Hackett (birth certificate)? Do you have anything showing John Hackett’s parents?

        Do you have anything showing they are Mi’kmaq

        1. Hi Bren, I have no documentation for any Hacketts or Elizabeth Hynes. The info I have comes from family trees that others have shared with me, Ancestry trees and sites like NLGenWeb.

  66. 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.

  67. 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:

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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!

  76. 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.

  77. 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!

      2. Hi Debra, Just seeing these messages. I am also looking for information on Anne (DOB) 1750 married to John Pike as they are showing as my 6th great grant parents in records I have found. In one of the records it says Anne’s surname was Cole and that she was Inuit. Possibly from Labrador but married in Carbonear. I wondered if you had found any other information on her since your post. Would be interested in knowing. thanks

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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!

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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!

    2. Hi Ms. Pike,

      If Mattie Mitchell was your grandfather, his wife, Anne is my grandfather Webb’s aunt. What was your Dad’s name?

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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!

  90. 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?

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

  92. 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!

  93. 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

  94. 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

  95. 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,

    1. Hi Cathy and Dorothy,

      Harriet Strickland is also my great-grandmother and I am just starting to research my family history. Have you found any additional information about her?



  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

        1. Hi David, I have no parents for Philip Coates married to Sarah Duncan/Gould. I have him born 1824 in Somerset, England and died 1904 in Eddie’s Cove NL. He and Sarah had a son, Philip, born 1857 in Eddie’s Cove and died 1924. Another of Philip and Sarah’s sons was William Coates (1854-1921 Eddie’s Cove). He married Alice/Elsie Williams (b 1860 Current Is.) and they had a son Philip born in 1888 presumably in Eddie’s Cove. I have no spouse or children for those two Philips. Hope this helps, sorry I haven’t got more on them.

  100. 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..

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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?

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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?

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

    2. Hi Jamie,
      I am a descendant of John Wakeham and Bridget Wakeham (nee Pittman). My grandfather was Leonard (i think you are Joan’s son but not one hundred percent sure – my mother is Patsy). I recently did a dna test – it confirms First Nations heritage. I know that there was not any First Nations heritage on my father side so it has stem from the Wakeham-Pittman line. I am trying to research this further but have you found anything?

      1. Hi Lynn,

        Can you contact me at devon.griffin(at)

        Remove the (at) and put @.

        I am interested in these lines. Have you uploaded to yet?


        1. Hi Devon – thanks for your message. I haven’t checked this site in some time. I have been doing research on other available sites (ancestry, etc.). I have discovered that John’s father was Peter Wakeham (born approx. 1850 in Petit ford) and his wife was named Mary or Margaret but don’t know her maiden name. I think that Bridget’s parents were William Pittman (born in Burin approx. 1847) and Mary Ann Farrell – they were married in 1879. I think based on my research that William’s parents were Richard Pittman and Bridget Ward. i know that the church records for many of the Pittmans were lost in a church fire. I have not upload to but will try to do so. i did my test through viaguard with a specific request to test First Nations ancestry. i will also send you an email. Any information would be helpful – how are you connected? all the best

        2. Hi Devon,
          I have not found out very much in the past year despite some searching. I will upload to . I have also discovered that I am descended from the Millar (Miller) family of Placentia that may also have Mi’kmaq heritage (on my father’s side). I will email you separately.

  113. 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.

  114. 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?

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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

  118. 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?

  119. 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!

  120. 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.

  121. 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).

  122. 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! ;)

    2. Hi Ian,

      William Martin (Bill) March birth date is 20 dec 1898 or 21 dec 1889?

      One of our cousine at Leonard John (Len) MARCH side have a lot’s of work done on Anceswtry DNA and I have the last date…

      Also William Martin (Bill) March (21 dec 1889 – 4 sep 1971) / Mary Elizabeth Briand (10 may 1894 – 5 may 1976) and Etta Chappel (oct 1894)

      Son of William (Guillume) Marche (4 may 1855 – 30 sep 1956) / Marie Sarah Aucoin (1 mar 1855 – 3 apr 1937) per DNA and genealogy they are the G GrandParents and of my Dad Joseph Raymond Yvan.

      Thank You Dorothy for the name of Mary Sarah O’Quinn. I’ll dig that way to name Marie Sarah Aucoin.

      Best Regards!
      Patrick – Assist Guide / Mentor at Carrefour ADN

  123. 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.

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

      1. HI Shirley,
        Im am also from the same family line. I believe my dad Carl Burton is your cousin. Im attempting the family tree and stuck at great grand parents maybe we can exchange some info? having heard anything on the Mi kmaq so far yet.

  127. 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.

  128. 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!

  129. 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!

  130. 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.

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

  132. 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.

  133. 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!

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. 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.

  137. 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!

  138. 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!

  139. 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!

  140. 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.

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

  142. 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?

  143. 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!

  144. 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!

  145. 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?

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. 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

  153. 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.

    2. Hi John. I’m wondering if your ancestor, Samuel Matthews, was a brother to John Matthews and Edward Matthews? I’m a descendant of John Matthews, born abt 1822 in Petites, Newfoundland

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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. :(

  157. 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!

  158. 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!

  159. 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

  160. 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.

  161. 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!

  162. 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.

  163. 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:)

  164. 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.

      1. Try Violet Parsons. That is my wife’s grandmother. Her mother was Rosanna Parsons, possibly married to Hezekiah Parsons.

    2. I’m looking at my wife’s genealogy and her gr grandmother is also Rosanna Parsons. She was either married or not married to Hezekiah Parsons. I’m wondering if there were two families? Here’s what I found. My wife’s grandmother is Violet.

      Listed is Name, sex, position, year of birth, age at time of list and where they resided. [1921 census]
      Mrs. Rose PARSONS; F; Head; Married; 1885 June; 36; Rose Blanche
      Hezekiah ? PARSONS; M; Husband; Married; 1880 Aug; 41; Rose Blanche
      Carrie? PARSONS; F; Daughter; Single; 1908 Dec; 12; Rose Blanche
      George PARSONS; M; Son; Single; 1910 July; 11; Rose Blanche
      Henry PARSONS; M; Son; Single; 1912 Feb; 9; Rose Blanche
      Thomas PARSONS; M; Son; Single; 1913 Sept; 7; Rose Blanche
      Maria PARSONS; F; Daughter; Single; 1915 Dec; 5; Rose Blanche
      Albert PARSONS; M; Son; Single; 1918 Jan; 3; Rose Blanche
      Violet PARSONS; F; Daughter; Single; 1920 Feb; 1; Rose Blanche

      If there is any information regarding them, could someone pass it along please? Thanks,

      1. Hi, Dorothy, Ula and Brian. Regarding posts dated 7 June 2013, and 4 July 2017 perhaps this will help. Great thing you are doing for us Dorothy, thanks. Brian, I knew your wife’s people really well. I am trying to remember who your wifes mother or grandmother is. Vilot lived across the street from me many years ago.Violet’s sister Lizzie (Elizabeth) married my uncle Wilson Parsons in Rose Blanche. Violet married Albert Turner in Glace Bay, all three women have obituaries on line . Carrie (Caroline) married Edgar Styles of Glace Bay. These ladies I knew well and very, very good people. I was very proud to know them. Maria died in Rose Blanche and her daughter is married to a nice man in Donkin outside Glace Bay, also wonderful people. It looks like a different family from what the person was inquiring about. Our Rose was wife of Hezekiah and my mother grew up with these wonderful ladies in Rose Blanche NL. I am trying to get my genealogy done for my grandchildren. Brian you can email me. I dont know the person Ula so cant help with her Rosanna. Good luck.

  165. 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.

  166. 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.

      1. I don’t see any source for Francis Malzard ever having lived or died in Nova Scotia. He was a Newfoundlander. His wife died in Newfoundland.
        The only thing I found supporting NS is a record of his son being married in NS, which hardly means the father moved there.

  167. 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.

  168. 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:)

  169. 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.

  170. 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.

  171. 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.

  172. 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?

  173. 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.

    2. if your talking about the goosneys from birchy head I found out that sarah read was from codroy and her father was George read cant find anything on her mother

  174. 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.

  175. 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.

      1. Hi my name is vanessa and you just named some of my ancestors. Are my ancestors native? (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).

        1. Hi Vanessa, I don’t know the answer to your question. However, looking through my database, I found a note I’d made about conflicting sources for parents of Sarah Reid/Read marr to James Goosney. In the Bonne Bay Parish Anglican Marriage records 1879-1891 on NL Genweb, no.45 reads:

          “GOOSNEY and READ, 1884 Jan 14, Marriage solemnized in the School Chapel at Birchy Head, Bonne Bay, in the Mission of Bay of Islands in the Diocese of Newfoundland, January 14, 1884, James GOOSNEY, age 23, bachelor and fisherman of Birchy Head, Bonne Bay, son of James GOOSNEY, fisherman and Sarah READ, age 20, spinster of Silverton, Bonne Bay, daughter of George READ, fisherman. Married in the Birchy Head School Chapel according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England, By me Charles William HOLLANDS. This marriage was solemnized between us: The mark of X James GOOSNEY & Sarah READ. In the presence of us: his mark X Richard CAINES, Catherine CANES.”

          So this says her father was George Read, and I have a George Read, b Apr 1843 in Codroy d Jul 1870 Codroy, marr to Charlotte Young, b 1832 Codroy d Jul 1893 Cape Anguille. I have no parents for George, but have James Young (b 1800 Fortune) and Elizabeth Gallop (1799 Fortune-1870 Codroy) as Charlotte’s parents. Whether this is the same George Read as mentioned in the marriage record, I don’t know. I also don’t know if this helps you and others with this family history, or just further muddies the waters. But thanks for writing, maybe we can figure it out.

      2. Hi dorothy I just realized you posted back. Please email me so that I can send you what I do have about my famly. I have thomas wallace green and charlotte catherine buffitt, one of their children is Lucy Green who married Thomas Hiram Rogers. Charlotte’s parents are William henru buffitt and anna bobbitt. Thomas Hiram rogers parents are Thomas Hiram rogers and Laura Robertson. I have more but its too long to write all of this here. I wasnt raised with my family so I am trying to figure all this out.. thank you so much and have a good day.

        1. Hi Vanessa, I have the same info as you. I have Ann Bobbitt’s parents as Thomas Bobbitt (1821-1902) and Susanna Walters. No parents for Susanna but, for Thomas Bobbit, I have Matthew Bobbitt (b bef 1790 in Somerset England) and Mary Kendall (no dates or parents for her).

          For Ann’s husband William Buffett, I have William Buffett (b 1822 Mosquito Nfld) and Mary Marsden (1828-1851). Mary was d/o James Marsden (b England) and Rachel Spencer (d/o Stephen Spencer – son of Abraham Spencer b 1787 Dorset England). William Buffett (1822) was s/o John Buffett (abt 1802-1875 Jersey Hr Nfld. s/o Benjamin Buffett) and Rebecca Durnford (abt 1801 Francois – 1834 Mosquito, d/o Samuel Durnford, b abt 1775 Poole England, and Anne).

          On Lucy Green’s husband’s side, I have his mother Laura Louise Robertson as d/o Samuel John Robertson (1847-1943) and Charlotte Bobbitt (1850-1909, sister of Ann who married William Buffett.

          These are large families, and my information may not be correct. So maybe readers will be able to correct and add to it for you.

  176. 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.

  177. 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.

  178. 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.

  179. 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 ?

  180. 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

  181. 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

  182. 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.

  183. 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.

  184. 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!

  185. 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.


  186. 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

  187. 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.

  188. 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.

  189. 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.

  190. 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.

  191. 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.

  192. 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.

  193. 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

  194. 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.

  195. 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

  196. 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.


    1. Cynthia,

      I know this is an old post, but I want to reach out to you to see if you found any additional information on Francis who married William Scott

  197. 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!

  198. 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

  199. 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!

  200. 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.

  201. 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!

  202. 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.

  203. 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