Newfoundland Mi’kmaq

Iry LeJeune (June 24/15)

Lacassine-Special-record-earlycajunmusic.blogspot.ca_2014_08_01In James Lee Burke’s novel Cadillac Jukebox, a New Orleans mob guy brings a gift to Detective Dave Robichaux. A jukebox filled with 45s of classic Cajun recordings from the 1940s and ’50s.

‘There were two recordings of “La Jolie Blon” in the half-moon rack, one by Harry Choates and the other by Iry LeJeune…’ (p. 198)

I wondered who Iry LeJeune was. With Professor Google’s help, I found his musical significance and traced his family tree.

The Acadians:  Review (Oct. 3, 2014)

Smallwood-AcadiansBill Smallwood takes a complicated period of history and makes it more complicated – and that’s good. The Acadians, the first novel in his Abuse of Power series starts in 1749 with the British looking for a site to build a fort in Nova Scotia. They choose a harbour they rename Halifax. It ends in 1757 with British soldiers and sailors choosing tracts of “unoccupied” Nova Scotia land to homestead. The Acadians have been deported and the Mi’kmaq are being ‘cleared’ off their lands. The French have been driven back, and Nova Scotia is open for British business.

A Grenfell Mat (Aug. 22, 2014)

At the annual Sussex Flea Market in Princess Louise Park you can find almost anything. Grenfell-mat-photo-Jim-StewartBut a Grenfell hooked mat was probably the last thing I expected to find. It hung on a canvas wall, shining among the antiques and bric-a-brac around it. Fortunately the seller knew what it was, a unique piece of early 20th century Newfoundland art and a beautiful example of a particular type of craft production.

Frissell’s The Viking (June 19th, 2013)

The Newfoundland Museum, when still on Duckworth Street, had a small collection of films to screen for visitors.  The  first one I ever showed was The Viking.  I had never heard of the film or the story behind it.  After I got the reel running, I stood in the doorway to make sure it was working okay.  And I began watching.  Finally I pulled a chair over so I could watch the movie more comfortably while also keeping an eye on the lobby.  It was spellbinding – the 1930 seal hunt with  ice and cold and deprivation, and a romance and survival story.  more…

The movie and Earl Pilgrim’s book The Day of Varick Frissell are not about the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland.  However, families from all parts of the island were affected by the loss of the Viking so this seemed like the best category for this post.

Ancestry Search (Oct. 10th, 2012)

Thirty-three years ago I started doing Newfoundland Mi’kmaq genealogies.  Over the years, I’ve added and corrected information and marked changes in families.  This Tony John in Glenwood Band office 1997weekend, I sadly updated the database with the death date for Tony John of Glenwood.   FNI President and Vice-President Tony John and Calvin White hired me to do family history research in central Newfoundland.  Tony’s parents, Greg and Mary, became my “Glenwood parents.”   Tony never needed help in tracing his own Mi’kmaq roots; he knew his family ancestry through his father’s side and his mother’s, the Francis family of Clarke’s Head. Tony was instrumental in establishing a political voice in the 1970s and in getting recognition and rights for all Newfoundland Mi’kmaq.  Thank you, Tony, you will be missed.

For those of you searching for information and documents about your Newfoundland Mi’kmaq ancestry, it can be difficult and time-consuming but doable.  Start with the internet if you don’t have family or neighbours to ask. more…

Tempting Providence, TNL (Mar. 27th, 2012)

If you’re near London Ont. you’ve got a couple days left to see a grand play at the Grand Poster for Grand Theatre's Tempting ProvidenceTheatre.  Tempting Providence, by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, runs until Friday March 31st. It’s the story of Myra Bennett, a British nurse who came in 1921 to Newfoundland for a planned two years.  She married Angus Bennett from Daniel’s Harbour and stayed on the Northern Peninsula until she died in 1990 at the age of 100. more…

Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Books (Feb. 22nd, 2012)

watercolour Mary R. McKie, Library and Archives CanadaThe telling of a place often is told through the people who make up the place.  Conversely, the telling of a family can also be told through the place they lived.  Here are books about places or families in Newfoundland that may be of interest to those who are researching their origins. more…

A Tale of the Sea etc. (Feb. 1st, 2012)

In January 1883 a dory was lost at sea off the south coast of Newfoundland.  On it were  Howard Blackburn and Tommy Welsh.  They became separated from their schooner in a sudden storm.  The Captain and crew reluctantly had to give them up for dead. Sixteen-year old Tommy Welsh did die, but Howard Blackburn managed to put in at the tiny village of Little River (now Grey River) near Burgeo on the south coast of Newfoundland.  There, through the skill of Jenny Lushman and Susie Bushney, he was brought back to health, minus his fingers and toes… But the story doesn’t end with him.  Publicity around his survival led to the reunification of a family after fifty years and the discovery of branches of the family totally unknown to each other. more…

Qalipu Band of the Mi’kmaq Nation (Sept. 27th, 2011)

Monday it was announced:  Mi’kmaq people of Central and Western Newfoundland are now members of the Qalipu band under the Indian Act.  It’s been 39 years since theyme with Jim John, on Gander River summer 1979 began politically organizing for that recognition.  Hallelujah, and about time. I’ve wondered if it actually would happen in my lifetime.  I have spent my working life on and off involved in this process… The early enthusiasm I felt every time there was a hopeful word from Indian Affairs faded long ago.  All we have to do is show x, y or z?  Yep, sure thing.  Sorry, heard that before.  more…

Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy  (Mar. 29/11)

The internet is a good place to find out a lot about your family history.  Unfortunately, it 1775 James Cook map of Newfoundlandain’t as easy as the tv ads for pretend.  Often, those ads with cheerful people clicking on a little 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… Below are some sites related to Newfoundland Mi’kmaq families that I have found useful. more…

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  1. I am looking for information on a Albert Brown Born 1871 I think his Birth place was Western Brook ,NL.The Browns that are related to me live in Wild Bight/Cooks Harbour Newfoundland.I have been told one of my grandmothers was Mi’Kmaq backgrown.Do you have any information on the parents of Albert.

    Thank You

  2. I am looking for information on a Albert Brown Sr.Born 1871.His Birth Place was Western Brook, NL.The Browns that are related to me lives in Wild Bight/Cooks Harbour, NL. I have been told that one of my grandmothers were Mi’Kmaq backgrown. Do you have any information on who Alberts parents were?.

    Thank You,

  3. I just learned that my great grandfather Hezekiah Parsons of Rose Blanche is Mi’kmaq background.Can you please tell me where I can find info.
    Thank you

  4. Hi Linda, I can’t find her. Is Shears her birth name? If you have any more information, please post and we’ll see if someone can help. Thanks for writing.

  5. Hello Dorthy,
    My mother ia a Doucette and I am researching our MicMac Ancestry for status purposes. I am able to make a clear connection through the Lejeunes but it spans back 9 generations. I have a similar problem spanning the Doucet clan. DO you know of any clearly known Micmac connection in the doucet ancestry earlier that Pierre Lejeune 1630 or Marie Guedry 1712??



  6. Hi Bob, I would need some names of specific people to look for. People named Doucette may be Mi’kmaq or Acadian or both. So it depends what line you’re tracing. You’re looking for something more recent than the Lejeune 1600s connection, I guess? With some more information, maybe I or readers can help out. Thanks for writing.

  7. Hi Dorothy,Ive found a place that sells the book.. House of Hate By Percy Janes.It cost about $10 and is available at .Their number is 1-877-738-3435.I beleive their were a couple people looking it for it on your site.They can order it on line through the site also.That was the reason you were inquiring about the corner brook book store also if my memory is correct.Anyway hope it helps .Joe

  8. Hi Joe, thanks for the source on House of Hate. It has been mentioned here. It’s an excellent read and also gives a lot of insight into the history of Corner Brook. I have a copy of it. It’s Don Bennett’s Legacy of Wm Hynes that I am looking for. I just picked up a copy of it through interlibrary loan and it looks wonderful. I’d still like my own copy. If you find out anything about the Corner Brook bookstore, I’d really appreciate it.

  9. Hi Dorothy,I’m doing research for Qalipu l’ kmaq ancestors for status my connections is through the Organ ,and Matthews family my 4th grandparent Michael Organ married Sarah Matthews and Sarah parents were John Matthews ,and Sarah Bagg looking for proof or doc. on John Matthews that their is Indian states in that line appreciate any thing you can till me

  10. Hi Vivian, I just don’t know about John Matthews. There’s nothing in Small’s Diary indicating that his family was Mi’kmaq and there is no known link to any Matthews known to be Mi’kmaq. As you’ll see in past comments, it’s one of the puzzles people are trying to figure out. Thanks for writing.

  11. To Ruby Coutts:

    Hezekiah Parsons from Rose Blanche, NFLD is my great great grandfather (his daughter, Caroline Stoyles, was my great grandmother).

    Where did you learn that he was of Mi’kmaq background?

    Amanda Morris

  12. Dorothy,

    I just sent you a message requesting possible information/direction about my paternal great grandparents and great great grand parents who may have Mi’kmaq heritage in NL. My paternal great grandmother-Johanna Vickers -baptized November 20, 1880-Church of Saint Anne in Fortune Harbour (William Vicars and Ellen Head-parents) Fortune Harbour, NL and John Decker and Nellie ( Higgins) Decker parents of Nellie Decker-born Nov 20, 1906 in Norris Arm, NL-my paternal grandmother.

    Sorry I wasn’t sure if you got my post as I didn’t see not sure how all this works.

  13. Hi Michelle, your comment on research and radio page did come through. Just to let you and others know, comments have to be moderated by me in order to keep spam out. Or I could put one of those squiggly word things in that only real humans can figure out. If your comment doesn’t appear for awhile, it’s because I haven’t had a chance to approve it yet. If your comment is approved but not answered yet, it’s because I haven’t yet checked into your query. I started minimizing my number of replies so that comments don’t disappear from view into the ‘older comments’ previous page. There’s information in the comments of interest to lots of people. Thanks for giving me a chance to explain this :).

  14. Dorothy ,Sorry never got back to you earlier about the corner brook bookstore Bookgrotto.I drove passed the store earlier last week, but didnt see anyone around..I did however later run into the gentleman who had operated it for years,but unfortunatley he said it wasn,t feasable to keep it open ,It told me he stills sell books at fleamarket in valley mall on sundays.I asked him about The Legacy of William Hynes & he said he didnt have that book, or manybooks pertaining to nfld.He said nflder,s tend to keep books about nfld history &culture.He mentioned also that tablets & the internet stores were selling,books way cheaper than him .Anyway i will keep my eye open in my travals because i collect alot of stuff through yards sales, and second hands shops Maybe i may be fortunate eneough to help you ,take care Joe

  15. Thanks a lot, Joe. I’m sorry the bookstore is closed but that seems to be how it’s going. I agree with him about holding onto Nfld history/culture books. I’m not even lending mine anymore – too hard to replace if they go missing! Do keep an eye out for The Legacy of Wm Hynes, for me 😉 and for what seems like a lot of people who would love a copy! My library copy has to go back, and it’s a really good book.

  16. Hi Dorothy,

    I was wondering if you have any info on a Henry Hynes. I cannot find anything on him at all. I know he was married to Margaret Hynes died May 4, 1952 at the age of 84. She is buried in Fortune (White Bay, near Griquet). I was told her maiden name was Bartlett and she was born in Quirpon (Carpoon). I know that she was a widow by 1921 so Henry died sometime before then. Her daughter Alice Hynes, Murrin, Symmonds was my great-grandmother. Her second marriage was to my great-grandfather William (Bill) Symmonds from Conche.

    Relatives seem to think that Henry was from Port-Au-Port. I cannot find any records on him.

  17. Hi Katrina, sorry but I can’t find this Henry Hynes. I hope someone reading can help. If I find him, I’ll let you know.

  18. Hi Dorothy,
    I have traced my ancestry back to Robert Park and Mary ? Joe. However, I cannot find any additional information on Mary Joe. Her name suggests that she may have been Mi’kmag, but I have not been able to find any evidence to support this. I was wondering if you had come across any information on Mary Joe (1759 – 1852).

  19. Hi Jean, I have a Robert Park, b abt 1769 in either Burin or England, married to Mary surname unknown, b abt 1759 Burin d aft 1849 in Brook’s Cove (maybe), so she sounds like your Mary. I have them as parents of Mary Brooks Park. If that is correct, and you are correct that her surname was Joe, well, that would be wonderful. I have never heard of her surname as Joe or anything else. Anybody else?

  20. hi dorothy mary brooks was born with a indian name, what better indian name can you get than a joe? did you know she was captured and taken to england? they tattooed her cheeks and put her on display, where she married robert park.

  21. Hi Karen, this is fascinating! Where did you get this info from, about her being taken to England? Thanks so much.

  22. Hi: I am looking for information onWilliam Jessie Lavers and Alban Lavers Sr. They are my great grandfather and great great grandfather. I know that William Jessie Lavers is buried in Port Saunders, Nl. and Alban drowned off Point Riche, Nl with one of his sons. My Mom was Kathleen Lavers from Port Saunders, Nl. and her father was Robert Lavers and Jane Wells of Curling, Nl. My surname was Dinney from Deer Lake, Nl. Would appreciate any information you may email to me, thanks.

  23. Hi Karen, I would also like very much to know where you got the information about Mary Joe, the mother of Mary Park Brooks. I am also fascinated with the tale of her being tattooed and taken to England and put on display. If true, I think this this would certainly verify that she was Indian. Mary Park Brooks was my
    g-g-g grandmother and that would mae Mary Joe my g-g-g-g grandmother. Hoping to find out more from you!!!!!!

  24. Hi Loretta, I have a William Jesse Lavers marr to Elizabeth Jane Hynes, d/o Charles Hynes and Mary Ann Mahar. Do you think that’s him? But I have no other info on him, sorry. Maybe somebody will have more on him. Thanks.

  25. Hello Dorthy,

    I am researching my family geneology to obtain Mi’kmaq status. I am looking for information on a few individuals. Elizabeth Wilcott born in Great Jervis about 1825 or 1827 and married a Thomas Rose, Ann Fleming born in Brunette Island about 1831 and married a Frank Lushman, and also a Susannah Mcdonald born either Hermitage Bay or Bay d’Espoir about 1800/09 and married Thomas Lushman. If you have any information on these idividuals that would be great. I am stuck on where to take my research. Going to St. John’s was not helpful to me. There are a few more individuals that may be of Mi’kmaq descent that are in my family tree. Thank you.

  26. Hi Susann, I have Elizabeth Wilcott, b 1825 Great Jervois, d/o Michael Wilcott, b abt 1795 Great Jervois, and Elizabeth Wilcott, b 1796 d 13 Jun 1872 Great Jervois. Michael was s/o William Wilcott, b abt 1770 Torquay England, marr Ellen Morris, b 1775. I have nothing more on Ellen.

    I have no parents for Ann Fleming. Just that she married Francis Lushman, b 22 Mar 1832 Little River or Richard’s Hr. He was s/o Thomas Lushman and Susannah McDonald. I have no other info on Susannah and, as you’ll see in the comments here, lots of people are looking for her. Good luck, all I can suggest is keep looking through any avenues and individuals you have. Thanks for writing.

  27. Hi Dorothy and Karen,
    The story of Mary ? is quite fascinating for sure.
    There were many reasons people were tattoed
    But we are lead to believe that she was captured
    And brought to England where she married Robert
    Parks. Was he her capturer? I too am a
    Descendant like Joan and am interested in anything
    You would like to share. My email address is
    Roxanneblanchard@ Thanks for your
    Information and thanks Dorothy for providing
    Us with this site.

  28. To Loretta Wight of Deer Lake, Alban Lavers was my g grandfather He married Emily Young ,daughter Of (Henri Young & Susanne Duffney)Lejeune & Duffenais) Of Port Au Port & originally Little Bras Dor Cape breton NS, They are Mi’kmaq families of Pierre lejeune of Acadia France.. Emily was full blood Mi’kmaq her daughter Rosanna married my grandfather & i would imagine maybe one of her siblings are one of your grandparents. Hope this helps you!!

  29. Hi Dorothy,
    I’m trying to find some information on my great great grandmother. From the information that I have gathered so far, her name was Jane Butler, she had sisters named Virtue and Cassandra and one of her brothers name was Job. I have heard that they were born in Musgrave Harbour, or at a nearby community that was once called Muddy Hole. Fannie later went to Cook’s Harbour, NL, and she married a man from England, by the name of James Field. He died and she later married a Bradbury. I am trying to find her parents names and where they were born. The birthdate that I have for Fannie is April, 1850 and she died March 19, 1947 and is buried in Cook’s Harbour. Some of Fannie and James Field’s children names are Jane, Jim, George, Lenora.

    thanks so much for any help you can provide!!

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    1 Henry Young
    Susanne Duffney
    2 Amelia Marie Young b. 26 Mar 1839
    Alban Lavers
    3 William Jesse Lavers b. Mar 1860
    Elizabeth C Haynes b. Jan 1867
    4 Albin Lavers b. 25 Mar 1885 d. 10 Jan 1948
    Mary Genevieve Frampton b. 17 Apr 1903 d. 22 Apr 1982
    5 Nicholas Lavers
    5 Colleen Lavers
    + Paul Harris
    5 Andrew Joseph Lavers b. 1 May 1923 d. 15 Jun 1942
    5 William Jesse Lavers b. 6 May 1925 d. 28 Jul 1999
    5 Frederick Lavers b. 1927 d. 2 Jan 1937
    5 Margaret Gertrude Lavers
    Ralph Abbott, Snr.
    6 Patricia Ann Lavis
    6 William Michael Ralph Abbott Jnr
    + Joseph Rogers
    + Ken Doleman
    5 Annie Lavers b. 17 Nov 1932 d. 1980
    + John P Kelly
    5 Josephine Lavers
    5 Agnes Lavers b. 5 Feb 1941 d. 12 Oct 1984
    + Lloyd Noseworthy
    4 Arthur M Lavers b. 4 Nov 1886
    4 William C Lavers b. Nov 1890
    4 Robert E Lavers b. 10 Mar 1897 d. 10 Apr 1974
    Jane Wells b. Jun 1902
    5 Kathleen Lavers
    + Warrick Dinney
    5 Moses Lavers b. 1923 d. 1986
    + Ella House
    Norah Anne Kelley b. 18 Dec 1903 d. 2 May 1980
    5 Rita Lavers
    + Austin Ryan
    5 Mary M Lavers
    + Lander Kennedy
    5 Matthew W Lavers
    + Pauline Kennedy
    5 Nina E Lavers
    + Marcel Roy
    5 Joseph A Lavers b. 1931 d. 1980
    + Mildred Kennedy
    5 Lillian R Lavers
    + Bill Willett
    5 Raymond J Lavers
    + Agnes Kennedy
    5 Imelda M Lavers
    + _____ Hynes
    4 Winnie Lavers b. Sep 1903
    + Henry Thatchell
    4 Jessie W Lavers b. Jun 1906
    4 Agnes Lavers
    3 Arthur Thomas Lavers b. Apr 1871
    Helen Agnes Rumbolt b. 20 Jun 1879
    4 Isadore Lavers b. Sep 1901 d. Nov 1996
    Mary Ann Pilgrim
    5 Arthur J Lavers
    5 Maude Mary Lavers b. 13 Jun 1930 d. 20 Jul 1973
    Thomas Gerard Mitchell b. 3 Oct 1923 d. 19 Dec 1982
    6 Vincent Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Arthur Benedict Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Anthony Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Robert Pascal Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Sharon Agnes Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Imelda Philomena Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Bernard Mary Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Shaun Patrick Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Denise Mitchell
    6 Ita Mary Maude Mitchell [ =>]
    6 Fabian Mitchell
    6 Thomas Mitchell
    6 Veronica Mitchell [ =>]
    5 Amy M Lavers
    5 John Reuben Lavers
    5 Rose Marie Lavers
    5 Henry M Lavers
    5 Veronica Lavers
    5 Mary J Lavers
    5 Angella A Lavers
    4 Rachel Lavers b. Oct 1903
    William J Coles b. Feb 1895
    5 Jenny Coles
    5 York Coles
    5 Stella Coles
    5 Gertrude Coles
    5 George Coles
    5 Rita Coles
    5 Louise M Coles
    5 Josephine Coles
    5 Ignatius Coles
    5 Anthony Coles
    4 York Lavers b. Sep 1905
    Clara Ann Cordeau
    5 Mary Lavers
    5 Agnes Jeanette Lavers b. 19 Jul 1937 d. 16 Aug 1987
    Thomas L Adams
    6 Thomas Joseph Adams
    6 Michael Adams
    6 Paul Adams
    6 Carol Adams
    + William Beach
    5 Wilfred Lavers b. 29 Dec 1938 d. 19 Dec 1989
    Joan _____
    6 Christopher Lavers
    6 Catherine Edith Jane Lavers
    6 Thomas Lavers
    6 Ann Lavers
    6 Patrick Lavers
    6 Peter Lavers
    4 Sherlock Lavers b. Sep 1908 d. 1980
    5 Sherlock Lavers, Jnr. d. 1993
    Minnie Simyard b. 1918 d. 22 Feb 2000
    5 Harvey Lavers
    + Carol
    5 Brendan Lavers
    + Mary
    5 Helen Leslie Lavers
    + Leslie Humpreys
    5 Janette Lavers
    + _____ Janes
    5 Velma Lavers
    + Gary Bernette
    5 Zita Lavers
    + _____ Cullihall
    5 June Lavers
    + _____ Orford
    5 James Lavers b. 21 Jul 1941 d. 28 Oct 2003
    Shirley Feltham
    6 Wanda Lavers
    6 Shawn Lavers
    6 Sheldon Lavers
    6 Jimmy Lavers d. BFR. 12 Oct 2003
    4 Macavoy Arthur Lavers b. 12 Aug 1913 d. 24 Jun 2000
    5 Macavoy Lavers
    5 Leona Lavers
    5 Doreen Lavers
    5 Sylvia Lavers
    5 Norbert Lavers
    5 Alfred Lavers
    4 Gertrude Lavers
    3 Rachel Lavers b. 1872
    + Adolpha Rivala
    3 Rosanna Lavers b. 31 Aug 1881
    John Gould b. Jan 1875
    4 Leo Joseph Gould b. Aug 1908 d. 4 Apr 1965
    Charlotte Rumbolt b. 16 Aug 1915 d. 6 Apr 1992
    5 Clara Gould
    5 Leo Gould, Jnr.
    Ida Kelly
    6 Tyson Owen Gould
    6 Tanya Gould
    6 Andrea Gould
    5 Donna Gould d. Abt 1950
    5 Laura Gould
    5 Paulette Gould
    Alfred Rumbolt
    6 Julie Marie Gould
    5 Raymond Joseph Gould
    Ellen Scanlon
    6 Scott Leo Gould [ =>]
    6 Edmund lewis Gould [ =>]
    6 Rhonda Gould [ =>]
    6 Iris Gould
    6 Yvonne (Bonnie) Gould
    6 William (billy) Gould [ =>]
    6 Elizabeth Gould
    6 Anna m Gould
    6 Raymond Gould
    5 Yvonne Gould
    5 John Gould
    5 Bruce Gould
    5 Darlene I Gould b. 8 May 1953 d. 20 Dec 1990
    Michael A King
    6 Michael Darwin King
    5 Janice Gould
    + Richard Nelson Cooper
    4 Arthur Gould b. Oct 1910 d. BFR. 2002
    + Catherine _____
    4 William John Gould b. Jan 1913 d. 8 May 2002
    4 Raymond Gould b. Feb 1916 d. BFR. 2002
    4 Edmund Gould b. Feb 1920 d. BFR 2002

  31. Hi Karen, about Jane (Fannie?) Butler – I have nothing. Maybe someone else can help.

  32. We are looking for offical documents for Alban Lavers who married Emily Young and they had a son William Jessie and he had a son Robert Lavers who was my grandfather. Can you help us, we would appreciate anything.

  33. Hi Loreta You can contact Mildred Lavers. I have some documents on Emily Young as Iam about to get my status but I dont know how to use my printer properly but you can call Mildred lavers maybe she can fax them to you as she will be doing our applications , and they already have theirs approved as Emily Young was my great grandmother also & I would imagine Mildreds husbands also.Her tel.# is in the book Port saunders listed under Mac&Mildred,if she can’t help then i will get my nephew to get those documents for you .His name is Scott Gould & he has all the info & documents also. Or I can get someone to copy mine & Fax or mail them to you ok. Good luck.

  34. As for William Jesse & Robert I think Mildred would be best for those documents as she lives in port saunders & probably has access to them.

  35. Looking for info on Almira Mary Shears of St. Davids Area <Crabb's born nov 28 1883, married Philip Henry Clement Morris also of Sandy Point St. Davids area. anyone know if theres any native blood in either of those families. Almiras parents were William Shears & Fanny Alley/ Allez. Philips parents were Phillip morris & Alexina Ann Parsons.Would appreciate any other info you may have . Thank you very much!!

  36. Hi: thanks for the reply, yes we have tried Mildred but cannot get to talk to her, where do you live, we r in Deer Lake and our fax is 709635-3671(if you r faxing you do not need to copy the items first) ItThe document s fo rWilliam Jesse and Alban Lavers are the ones we r having trouble with, we have others if there r some that you might need, you have my email me at, thanks and have a great weekend.


  37. Hi Janice, I have nothing showing Mi’kmaq ancestry for anyone you ask about, but here’s what I have on them. (Amira Shear’s mother) Fanny Alley/Allez (b 28 Oct 1846 BSG) d/o Nicholas Allez (b Jan 1817 Guernsey, Channel Is.) and Maria (b 1827 d 22 Mar 1898). Fanny’s husband William Shears was s/o Stephen Chatter Shears (b 1819 Devonshire, Eng.) and Catherine Morris (d/o Robert Morris and Eleanor Hulan). Eleanor b 1786 was d/o John Hulan b 1755 and Ann Serel.

    Almira’s father (Fanny’s husband) Philip Henry Clement Morris was s/o Philip Morris and Alexina Ann Parsons (as you have). I have Alexina as either a Parsons or a Renouf (or married twice). Her husband Philip Morris was s/o Clement Morris b 1810 and Lydia Hulan b 1811 d 16 Mar 1893. Clement was s/o Robert Morris and Eleanor Hulan (so Catherine above & Clement were sibs). Lydia Hulan was d/o John Thomas Hulan and Sarah Gale b 1772 d/o John Gale b 1740 and Mary Dodge. Mary Dodge was d/o Joseph Dodge. John Thomas Hulan was s/o John Hulan and Ann Serel (see above).

    I don’t know if these connections are accurate, but they may give you some help in looking. Hope so.

  38. Hi Loretta I live in Port Au Choix, But I don’t have anything on Robert or Jesse Lavers. I can fax the Emily Young Document to you.Ill try & get it fax’d to you tomorrow if I can get time from work I don’t have a fax machine myself.

  39. Hi Iam looking for legal documents or church documents on Jeanne Aimee Mahis, & her daughter Marie Christine Aubois both Mi’kmaq of Port Royal NS.Jeanne married Julien Aubois possibly died about . Marie was born 1660 in NS.There are church documents stating them both as Mi’kmaq hoping someone can help me,. Marie married Jean Roy around 1684 in port Royal Acadia NS.Notes for marie Aubois: LL Consentino: Marie Aubois was the daughter of a Mi’kmaq according to church records ( Source: DGFA)

  40. Hi Janice
    I am the daughter of Helen Humphrey nee Lavers and Leslie Humphrey. Our family is also interested in applying for Mi’kmaq status. My mother is the daughter of Sherlock Lavers b.1908 and Minnie Simyard. Sherlock is the son of Thomas Lavers b.1871 and Anges Helen Rumbolt. Thomas is the son of Alban Lavers b.1825 and Ameila Marie Young (leJeune) b.1839 who was a Mi’kmaq indian from Nova Scotia. We are interested in finding more information about the Lavers family to apply for Mi’kmaq status and would appreciate any information you may have to help with the application. Thanks So much. Sandra Wells and Family

  41. Janice, someone must have something on Alban Lavers, William Jessie’s father, I he drowned off Point Riche with one of his sons, the churches does not have anything on him, anything new on him?

  42. Hi Loretta Yes he married Emily Young daughter of Henri Lejeune & Susanne Duffney,all Mi’kmaqs. I may have those documents in my files as Iam applying for my status through all of them as they are my great great grandparents & my Great grandparents. Iam off this week from work so I will see what I can gather for you & try & get them faxed to you ok Iam sorry for the delay I will start working on finding those documents asap.

  43. Hi Sandra I will find those documents on The lLejeunes someone in my family has them or I should say in our huge family, should have some documents. Theres a site on the internet called the Rumbolt Hann Genealogy pages. I suggest you have a look through them Henri lejeune his family & all our families are on those pages. maybe they will help you some!!

  44. Janice, thanks for the reply, I would appreicate it if you would fax them to me at work 635-3671 asap. I also notice that you ae a friend of Shana Allen, she is my neice, great girl. Thanks Janice, relly appreciate it.

  45. Hi
    I was hoping that you may be able to help. I am looking for information on Caroline Dauphinee born abt 1827. According to some geneology sites I have seen she was the daughter of Jean Frederick Dauphinee and Marie Ann lejeune married 1820 in sydney, NS. Caroline married Henry Croucher and they had a son in 1847 who was bapitsed in Sandy Point area. In 1861 Caroline married William Kettle and had more children one of which is my great grandfather John Kettle brother to Capt Wilson Kettle (most living desendants in Guiness book of records). I have all other info for obtaining a status but cannot seem to find a birth record for Caroline. Can anyone help please. thank you so much for you time.

  46. Hi Sandra, I have nothing that helps you, I’m sorry. But I’ve added the information you gave, so if that links up with anything else I get, I’ll let you know.

  47. Hi Wanda, I have nothing more on Caroline Dauphinee than her name and husband Wm Kettle. Sorry, and here’s hoping someone will be able to help. With a world record number of descendants, there must be people who know the family history! 😉

  48. hi Dorthy
    looking for info on Bertha Herritt born about 1913-1914 died 1941-1942
    Her parents wer Dinah knott Herritt and her father was Micheal Herritt of Isle Aux Morte if anyone has any info and would like to share it would be greatly appreciated.

  49. Hi, Karen and Jean Hoddinott could you please contact me with the info you have on Mary Brooks Park. Sounds like we’re all connected and I’d love to find out what you know, thanks.
    Diane –

  50. Sorry Loretta, I don’t have all the documents But I will try & get my nephew Scott to fax them to you I can’t seem to get my printer up & running again.

  51. Sorry Lorette don’t have my rinted adjusted yet. Will see if I can get someone else in the family to fax those documents to you!!

  52. Janice, thanks , you can still fax to me over the weekend as we will be closed but our fax is on all the time, I really appreciate anything that you do for me and have a great weekend.

  53. Loretta my nephew Scott Gould has those documents but he says his printer is not working properly either I can give you his email address if he lets me & you can email him.

  54. Hi Bertha, I think my info on Herritts and Knots is mixed up. I have a Bertha as d/o Philip James Herritt b 1892 and Clara Phoebe Skinner. I have Michael Herritt (b May 1871 s/o Jabez Herritt and Phoebe) marr Patricia Diana Knott (b May 1886 d/o John Knott and Mary Taylor 1843-1913). I have a note that she may also be called Dinah, and also married to a Samms. So not sure if the info is correct or if they’re the people you’re looking for.

  55. Hi. Dorothy wondering if anyone on here knows if the Hulan s or Serels of sandy Point, St. Davids area are native?? thank you!!

  56. Mary Brooks (daughter of Robert Brooks and Mary (Park) Brooks) was born 1793 in Born with Indian name, She went to England and came back with the name Brooks, and died March 30, 1862 in Cow Head, NL, Canada. She married Charles Payne on 1810.
    Is there any other info to verify she was actually Indian? Thanks

  57. We are researching our Aboriginal roots and are stuck on a Mary Ellen Lee, born in 1857, died Sept 4, 1899, she married Philip Joseph Legge on Dec. 12, 1878 in Barrisway on the west coast of NL. We cannot find where she is from or who her parents are, can you help

  58. Searching for the lost link in our search for Aboriginal statis, Mary Ellen Lee, born in 1857 died on Sept. 4, 1899, she married Philip Joseph Legge on Dec. 12, 1878 in Barrisway, near St. Georges, Nl. We cannot find where she was born or who her parents were, hope you can help, she would be my great grandmother.

  59. Janice made comment about my website, on May 25.

    One thing people should realize is that this is not a definitive site as I have not corroborated a lot of the information and rely on other people who share their information with me to have done so.

    The site can be used as a guide but if anyone is looking for status they need to prove the linkage. Basically what you see is what you get – unless people are still living then birth and marriage dates are hidden.

  60. Dear Ms Stewart,
    I am searching for information on a Hannah Brown from Northwest River Labrador. My father is a Tom Smith from Cook’s Harbour,NL and does not recalll much in the lines of family history as his father’s mother died when he was only 3. I understand from several sources that she married a man by the name of William Williams. Would you know what her mother name would be and if they were really of Mikmaq ancestory ? Your help would be much appreciated. Many Thanks

  61. Do you happen to have any information on Henry and Elizabeth (Louisa,Anne) Warren from Grey Rivers ,Newfoundland or Cape Lahone? I am trying to find a lot of my family history and if there is any Mikmaq in our background.I was always told i must have Mikmaq in my background because of my skin colour etc.

  62. Did you ever get anything to verify that Mary Brooks was indian, let me know somebody please.

  63. Seems like those name are in our family tree as well, we are researching the Legge family, who are related to the Heulans and the Serels. We have been looking for a connection to Mary Ellen Lee, who was married to Philip Joseph Legge, his grandmother was a Renouf, who’s mother was a Heulan and the Serels are in there as well, way back, so hope that one of the name is indian

  64. I was told some time ago that there was a book of indian names available, how do we determine if our ancestor are in there.

  65. Hi Dorothy, Im trying to find info on Julia Ann King, born Western bay Nl 1842, daughter of James P. King. She married Jesse crocker of Bradleys Cove, born 18 36, later move to Deer Harbour Tb.Their son Walter Crocker born Deer Harbour TB. married Mary Ann Marsh born Deer Harbour TB 1886. Would you or maybe someone else on this site know if maybe there is any native in either of those families .Thank you very much.

  66. my great,great,great grandmother was the daughter of Thomas Joe Senior, a Mi”kmaq who traded on the west coast of Newfoundland. Her name was Elizabeth Joe. She married a William Blanchard of Woodland ,England. I am having trouble finding her birth records or any documentation for her.

  67. Hi Reta, see in ‘older comments’ discussion about Elizabeth Joe. I don’t know if anyone has any documentation on her although lots of people would like to know.

  68. Hi Dorothy,
    Just discovered that Grey River was originally Little River. My grandmother (Sarah Young) was born there in 1913. Her parents were Charlie/Charles Young & Susanna Warren. Charlie’s father was Robert & he was one of the earliest First Nations settlers there. We have found Robert Young in the Archives at The Rooms.
    Do you know/have you come across any information relating to these people?
    Thank you,

  69. Hi Nicole, if you could tell me more about what you know about Robert Young being of First Nations ancestry, I’d really appreciate it. I’m sure others here would also. I’ve just added a link above to Dr. Wm. Litchman’s site about south coast families, including the Youngs of Little/Grey River. If you haven’t seen it, it might be helpful. The Publications titles have family descent charts and articles he’s written with more information on individual families. The people you mention are in there. Thanks for writing.

  70. Hi,

    Just looking for some background information regarding a Susan Powell from Herring Neck, NL. She married a John Jacobs from Westport, NL.

  71. hi—looking for any info on a Bride Squires–born around 1898 in main river nfld
    her parents were james squires and irene?? alexander
    i know she had a sister Maud and there were other brothers and sister that i dont have names on — i do know that they married 2 slaunwhite brothers in cape breton —-any help would be greatly app…thanks

  72. Hi Darrell, I have Bride and Maude with surname Swyer as daughters of James Philip Swyer b 9 Aug 1868 Sandy Point and Irene V. Alexander (Sep 1871 Main River to 5 Oct 1944 Xing). They married 5 Nov 1891 St. Stephen’s RC. I have two dates of birth for Bride – Sep 1900 or Dec 1897 Main River – and for Maud – Nov 1894 Main River or as Mary Maude 23 May 1895. I have no husbands entered for them. But plenty of siblings.

    James was s/o Edmond Swyers and 1st? wife Amelia Jane Parsons. Edmond was s/o William Swyer and Catherine Dennis/Vincent. William was s/o Samuel Swyer b 1763 England and Anne Gilliam or other wife Ann Hulan. Catherine was d/o Charles Vincent 1770-1858 and Elinor Dennis. Hope this helps some.

  73. wow—does it ever help—is there any way u could email me or let me know where u found the info—the spelling of squires to swyer is why i havent been able to find anything—thaks in advance for all ur help—d

  74. i found a lot with the info that u gave me–im still looking for an indian connection–i know its there somewhere–lol

  75. Hi again Darrel, look into Irene Alexander – and I found her middle name as Mary. I have her as d/o John Alexander b Apr 1837 Flat Bay marr Susannah Benoit b 1 Jun 1841 Margaree d bef 1921. Susannah was d/o Luc Benoit ca 1812 – ca 1890 and Helene LeBlanc. Luc was s/o Boniface Benoit, s/o Boniface Benoit Sr. On John Alexander’s side, he was s/o Andre Alexander 1812-1857 Sandy Point and Sophie LeJeune b Nov 1810. You might want to double check on other Benoit sites in case my info isn’t correct.

    Yes, spelling changes of last names can really throw you off. I’m not sure where the Swyer(s) sp came from in my stuff, but I found many of the people I had as Swyer(s) were Squires on Dr. Litchman’s site. Glad you’re making progress!

  76. Trying to trace my ancestry back to Elizabeth Joe who was married to William Blanchard. She had a daughter who was Elizabeth Brake married to Charles Payne. Charles was the son of John Payne and Sarah Singleton. Looking for info on the children of Elizabeth and Charles…especially a son named Philip. Any info will be greatly appreciated!!

  77. hi dorthy—with ur help i have made all the connections that i needed—now all i have to do is to find all the connecting documents- do u know of a web site that has the marr or birth records for st joseph’s parish in st georges or would they only be obtained by going to the archives???
    i am looking bride swyers/squires and irene alexander
    i have found lots of info -with ur help–on my relatives back to boniface benoit snr 1800’s and all have indian blood—thanks again for ur help

  78. Hi Darrell, so glad you’ve found what you needed. NLGenWeb and Nfld Grand Banks both have pages where church records have been transcribed. For the documents themselves, you may have to go to the provincial archives or the Church itself. Good luck!

  79. Thanks Darrell, your links go to different pages in these sites than the links I have for them. So that’s handier for those looking for the Benoits. I found them both good sites for lots of families.

  80. Hi Dorthy,

    Heard you were the subject matter expect with regard to tracing family history. Not sure if, you can help or if, we are even heading in the right direction.

    My sister and I (Sonya Hiscock) are trying to complete our family tree she contacted you earlier this summer. Our grandfather was Rendall Mitchell, born 1918 his father George Mitchell, (married Dora E Organ) born 1890 his father Joseph Mitchell born 1857 and his was Jonathon Mitchell. How do we find out the tribe they originated from, we suspect Mic Mac?

    Let me know if, you need anything else.

    Many many thanks.,

  81. Hi Nadine, and thanks. When your sister wrote, I had nothing on those you’re asking about. My computer is being fixed so can’t see if I have anything new, but I don’t think so. I did some googling of them. I can’t find anything on Jonathan Mitchell’s parents and that’s who you likely need to track. However, on NLGen Web United Church Marriages Green Bay, I found a Jonathan Mitchell from South Side, Twillingate Hr, Green Bay marr. Mrs. Hannah Wheller/Wheeler on 10 May 1849 Wesleyan Chapel Twillingate. A transcriber’s note says it is believed that Hannah was d/o Robert Linfield and Mary Blunt, b Feb 23, 1815 Twillingate d 23 Dec 1885 South Side, Green Bay. Her 1st husband was Samuel Wheeler. If this is the same Jonathan and if Hannah is Joseph’s mother, she would have been in early 40s when he was born.

    I found marriage record for Joseph Mitchell and Annnie Burridge in NLGenWeb Bonne Bay Anglican records. Marriage was 10 Mar 1888 at Table Point Cove, Joseph is listed as 30 yrs old, s/o Jonathan Mitchell, fisherman. Annie is listed as 21 yrs old, d/o George Burridge, fisherman. Joseph and Annie and one daughter are in 1921 census for Gad’s Harbour. He’s listed as born Twillingate and she St. John’s Island. You may already have this info but, if not, hope it helps.

  82. Hi there,

    I am searching for info on Mary Joe (Park Brooks). I am trying to find info on her native status. She is my great grandmothers grandmother. Do you have any info on her and if status has been determined

  83. Hi Dorothy,
    Do you have any info on John Dennis,father of Anne,who married Wm Haynes.John was b. cape ray abt 1740,heard he married an indian woman before FANNY Serle.He was the first settler of sandy point, any birth/marriage/death records.I would appreicate same.Thank you

  84. Hi Greta, I only have John Dennis as married to Fanny Serle. I don’t think Kirk Butt’s book has anything on another wife, but he does have a lot of info on the Dennis family.

  85. Wondering if you have any information on Mary Teresa Elfred DOB Feb 22/10(nee March), parents Maxum and Jane March (not sure on spelling of Maxum’s name) I believe they are from Stephenville Crossing Area. Any help would be appreciated


  86. Hi Dorothy,
    I’m was wondering if you had any information on aquila francis and his son john thomas francis who lived in hermitage, fortune bay.

  87. Dear Ms. Stewart,
    I was wondering if you have come across any information on the following Sheppard family from the Bay of Islands (Lark Harbour) that may indicate Mi’kmaq heritage?
    Prudence Travers (nee Sheppard) Born in Lark Harbour, April 38, 1888
    Richard Sheppard (her father) born in 1861
    Moses Sheppard (his father) born in 1831 – 1881
    Frances Sheppard (his father born in 1807.

  88. Hi Dorothy I was trying to find some information on Margaret maher orginal Martin born 1854 married 1877 died 1932 Flatrock, I believe she was orginally from the west coast I was told she was native or half native any info you could provide would be appreciated.

  89. Hi Dorothy, Do you have any information on Elizabeth and Sarah Baggs of Cape La Hune. Apparently they were sisters who married Charles Collier of Lamaline (moved to Burgeo) and John Matthews of Burgeo.

  90. I would like to find some information on my great grandmother, Caroline Dauphine Croucher Kettle. I cannot find any birth certificate or marriage certificate (1st. Marriage to Henry Croucher) She was born in Cape Breton in 1827. Her parents , Jean Frederick Daupihne and Marie Anne Lejeune moved to Port-au-Port NL. in 1838 but I can find nothing in the Port-au-Port records for her marriage to Henry Croucher. She married my great grandfather William Kettle of Grand Bay, NL in 1861. Any information would be appreciated. Thank-you.

  91. Hi Dorothy ,
    do you have any info on Elizabeth Stewart who married George Anderson at Otters Pt. I was told that she may have been from the Hermitage Bay area and later moved to the Burgeo area Petites, Lapoile or the West Bay area.Can’t seem to find who her parents were.

  92. Hi Trent, here is what I have on Aquila Francis: b 1814 d 1905, no parents ent’d but sibs Rebecca, Alfred and William. I have 3 wives for Aquilla: Mary Warren marr 1844, Mary Morris marr 1846 and Martha Herritt marr 1857. As children of Aquilla and Martha, I have Jane b 1852 Grole, Aquilla b 5 Dec 1858, Elizabeth b 10 Jan 1860, Philip b 16 Sep 1861, John Thomas b 18 Dec 1864, Matthew Herritt b 1868, Benjamin William b 3 Jul 1872. I have son John Thomas Francis marr 13 Sep 1888 to Edith Rose b Dec 1866 d/o Benjamin Rose and Eleanor Framp b 1833 d/o William Framp, b 1784 Somerset England, and Rebecca Rose d/o James Rose and Charlotte. This info came from someone else’s database and I have no sources. Hope it helps.

  93. Hi Edwina, my information on Baggs and Matthews is considerably muddled. I’ve got sisters Elizabeth and Sarah as daughters of either 1- Hugh Baggs b 1759 Our Cove and Jane b 1763 or 2- William Baggs and Sarah Curry. For Elizabeth, I have 1792 Cape La Hune for birth and 1864 Burgeo for death, and no date for marr to Charles Collier b 1785 Lamaline. For Sarah, birth 1785 Cape La Hune, death 16 Mar 1860 Burgeo and abt 1800 for marr to John Matthews b 1775. I know there are readers familiar with these families, maybe they can help us?

  94. Hi Pauline, go back to a comment from May 27 about Caroline and 1st husband Henry Croucher. You might look in Sandy Point records, evidently there’s a bapt for a son b 1847. I have nothing else on Caroline aside from what you already have.

  95. Hi Holley, she is Mary Brooks Park and you’ll see a lot of discussion about her in ‘older comments’ on this site and elsewhere online. Seems nobody really knows for sure about her parentage but you’ll maybe find some ideas of where to look.

  96. Hi Lewis, I don’t have Elizabeth Stewart’s parents. All I have is parents of her husband George as Robert Anderson b 1789 and Bertina. Robert is s/o William Anderson. In case you don’t have that info, it might help you in looking for her.

    If I may, I’d like to tell everyone else who has written before this, I’ve researched all your questions and if I haven’t directly replied, I don’t have anything useful for you. If anyone else can help with any of these queries, please write. Thanks.

  97. Hi Dorothy,
    I am asking for your help in helping me find any information on Annie Jesso born in Port Au Port or lived in Port Au Port around late 1800’s. She married Jean Murray LeRoy who arrived in port Au Port from Brittney , France. They had five daughters named Rita, Francie, Lillian, Stella and Mary LeRoy but moved over to Cape breton, Nova Scotia in the 1900’s. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks

  98. I am asking for your help in finding my family roots in Port Au Port Newfoundland. My great great grandmother was Annie or Anna Jesso born March 22 1884. She married Jean Marie LeRoy who came to Port au Port from Britnney, France . They had several children in which some were born in West Bay, NFLD. Their names being as follows: Rita, Francie, Lillian, Stella, Mary , John and Harry or Henry LeRoy. I am told that there was a fire in 1911 where some records may have been destroyed in a fire. Any information you could find for me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly,
    Natacha LeRoy

  99. Hi Natacha, if you haven’t read it, try to get a copy of Don Bennett’s The Trail of French Ancestors – there’s a link on this or the History and Genealogy page for it. Here’s what I’ve got on Annie Jesso: d/o Francois Xavier Jesso (b 23 Oct 1853 Black Duck Brook d 1910 Long Point in a house fire) marr 29 Apr 1876 Sacred Heart, Curling to Marie Louise Benoit (b 21 Dec 1858 Port au Port, maybe Black Duck Brook, d 1910 same house fire). They also had a daughter Mary Jane marr 12 Nov 1893 in Stephenville to Dougald Marche b 4 Feb 1867.

    Francois Xavier was s/o Didier Jesso (b abt 1815 Little Bras d’Or Cape Breton d 17 Dec 1896 West Bay P au P Pen) marr 10 May 1851 Immaculate Conception, Sandy Point BSG to Victoire Couenne b 1822. Didier was s/o Joseph Marie Jesso (b 7 May 1785 St. Pierre d 13 Sep 1861 Sandy Point) marr 1809 Cape Breton to Marie Josephe Anne Marche (b 1795 Little Bras d’Or d Sandy Point). Joseph Marie was s/o Jean Jesso (b abt 1744 France, d Little Bras d’Or) marr 1775 St. Pierre Marie Anne Fournier (b 1754 Quebec), d/o Jean Fournier b ca 1730 Quebec and Genevieve Roy b 1726, d/o Charles Roy b 1698 and Marie Charlotte Chauvet b 1700 Pisiquit Acadie d 13 Nov 1758 La Rochelle France d/o Charles Chauvet and Edeme Joseph b 1686 Annapolis Royal. The Wm Young Family Tree by Wayne Young and Doucet Family links will give you more info on the Roy family as will Lark Szick’s LeJeune/Young work if you can find it. For Chauvet and Joseph info look at the links for Jasen Benwah and Jerry Gerrior.

    Marie Josephe Anne Marche was d/o Jean Joseph Marche and Marie Theotiste Babin. You can find info on them in Kirk Butt’s Early Settlers of Bay St. George v 1 and through the Bay St. George Gen. Society in Stephenville (link on Hist and Gen page). When you get back this far, there is a lot of information available on all these families on Acadian sites. I hope what I gave you is correct and that it helps you some.

  100. Thank you so much for your help. That was wonderful information. So nice to see such helpful people! Take care and have a nice day.

  101. I am seeking information on Lena May Hinks nee Grant daughter of Frances (nee Matthews) and John Grant. Frances was the daughter of Christopher Thomas Matthews and Lavina Collier.



  102. I am seeking information on James Hinks, son of Joseph Hinks and Rosanna Osmond/osbourne. Joseph’s mother was Elizabeth Hinks (nee Wells?) married Charley Sheaves. Elizabeth, Charley and two Hinks brothers moved to Sheaves Cove.



  103. dorthy —i need ur help again—

    do u have anything on William George Swyers, b. 7 November 1903
    son of Irene Alexander and James Swyers –im looking to find out if he married and where he ended up—any help would be appreciated –thanks

  104. I too would like to find some information on my GGG Grandmother, Caroline Dauphine Croucher Kettle. Any information on where to find marriage/birth certificates would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  105. Hi Cynthia, on your queries about Lena May and James Hinks, I have her as Lena Crant (b 4 Jun 1894 Burgeo d 1961 Channel) d/o George Crant (b 1848 Gaultois d Channel) and Frances Matthews (with parents you name). Her siblings are Mary, Lillian and John W. George Crant and his brother John b 1842 Gaultois are sons of Thomas Crant and Martha Foote.

    James Israel Hinks was b 27 Jun 1887 Channel, s/o Joseph Hinks (b abt 1867 or 1860 Channel – marr rec has his ‘abode’ as Lake’s Brook) marr (29 Apr 1888 Margaree Nf Methodist) Roseanne Osborne b abt 1866 Margaree. I don’t have anything on Joseph or Roseanna’s parents. Hope this helps.

  106. Hi Darrell, I have him entered as George Swyer/s b Nov 1901 Mattis Point – from 1921 census. 1911 census has b 1902 Main River. That’s all I have, but you might look for him as George if that’s what he went by.

  107. Hi Dorothy,
    I am just curious and would like to know if you could tell me the names of the Cheifs between the era 1700-1900.

  108. I am trying to determine if Sarah Jane Paine(payne) daughter of Phillip Paine(payne) is the daughter of his first wife Catherine Brake daughter of John Matthews Brake or his second Mary Ann Humber

  109. Hi Edward, I’ll tell you what I’ve got but my Paynes and Brakes are mixed up and I hope someone else will be able to correct or add to this. I have Sarah Jane Payne (30 Jul 1866 Bonne Bay – 24 Mar 1890 Rocky Hr, marr 15 Nov 1884 Rocky Hr to John Pittman) as d/o Philip Payne and Mary Ann Humber. I have that Philip as s/o Philip Payne (1823-6 Jun 1873) and Catherine Blanchard Brake (1829-18 Dec 1874. But he also may have been s/o Charles Payne and Elizabeth Brake. I don’t have another wife ent’d for him. We need the Brake family experts here to help out!

  110. Hi Karen, would really like to know where you got your information on Mary Park. You said her last name was Joe, where did you find this information. Mary is my G.G.G. Grandmother and I would like to know if she was really Indian, would appreciate any help.

  111. Hi, I am looking for information on a Sally or Sarah Brown married to Joey Brown. She was also known as Nova Lee Deer Child. Had a son Albert born in 1871.

  112. Hi Dorothy was looking for information on Great great grandmother Hannah Whitehorne who married James White in Twillingate 1853 who her parents were and from where. Thanks.

  113. Hi
    My GGGM was Sarah E. Matthews (b.1811), Daughter of John Matthews ( b.1781 Cape Le Hune) and Sarah Bagg (b. 1785 Cape la Hune)
    I am wondering if there is Mi’Kmaq connection with the Matthews family that you are aware of.
    I have been told that Sarah’s father John Matthews was Mi’kmaq, but have been unable to find proof of it.
    I am also wondering if you know if John Matthews parents were William Matthews and Elvar Langfer.

  114. Wondering if you have any info on the Stricklands on the south coast and if they have any micmac/native ancestors?? Looking for more info on William Strickland born 1832 in Rencontre west. His parents were George (circa1790) and anne. I think George’s siblings were Thomas b1805 and John circa 1808. William Strickland married a Mary Mcdonald and then later married a Mary Kendall. If you have any info, please share it.

  115. John Matthew’s headstone is in the Anglican Graveyard in Burgeo, Nlfd. It is the first one in the graveyard, there are a lot of Matthews headstones, maybe some can fet infor from these.

  116. Good day,

    I was wondering if you came across any information regarding the Blackwood family from the Glovertown/Gander Bay area?


  117. i am looking for info on the peckhams of st francis har labrador louisa peckham was my great great grandmother her parents were william and catherine peckham from st francis har lab after speaking to a number of elders fr williams har they indicate ti me that the were of mi kmaq ancestory would you or anyone else have any info relating to this.

  118. Hi Sharon, I was told that sisters Hannah and Elizabeth Brown (b 1829 and abt 1830) marr. Williams brothers Northern Peninsula) may be daughters of Joseph Brown and Nobalie/Nova Lee Deerchild. Was also told of a son Joseph b 1826. As you see, those birthdates are way off for your Albert b 1871. I have no more info on her so if you can tell me anything else about her, I’d appreciate it.

  119. Hi Dorothy,
    Thanks for the information.Also Gertie was looking for info on william strickland,he is my great,great grandfather.
    Thanks Trent

  120. Hi Gertie, don’t have much on your Wm Strickland. I have him b 1832 in Recontre but you may know that already. I have his father’s brother Thomas as born abt 1785 rather than 1805 as you have. I have Thomas’ wife as Elizabeth b abt 1790. That’s all I have, sorry.

  121. Hi wondering if you could tell me if Michael Herriit that was born in May of 1871 of Isle Aux Morts,NL was a micmaq indian

  122. Wondering if in your searches if you have com across info on a Ann Saunders who was married to Thomas Toms at Georges Cove, Labrador on June 16, 1872. They are my Great Grandparents. Info has it that she is Mi’kmaq but I have no DOB for her or place of origin. Any info you or others can supply would be appreciated. Thank you.

  123. Hi Lorna, all I have on Michael Herritt’s ancestry is that his dad was Jabez Herritt and mother was Phoebe. Jabez was s/o William Herritt, b 1790 Hr Breton, and Elizabeth. William had a brother John b 1788 and their father was John Herritt b 1765 Binsted, Hampshire, England. So you probably want to look at the women and, as you see, I have only first names.

  124. Hi
    I am researching my mothers ancestory. Her great grandfather Edward Whittle born 1900 in St.Bernards or Fox Cove. I was trying to find out who his parents were. Wondering if you could help.

  125. Hi:
    i was wondering if you could tell me if Patricia Dinah Knott who married Michael Herritt of Isle aux Morts, nl is a micmac Indian.


  126. Sorry – the last posting showed up so I’ll ask my question again.

    To Begin, thank you for all the information you share and all the help you offer people who are researching.

    I am looking for information on the following people:
    Maria Ann March
    Her parents were listed as William and Elizabeth March/Murch/Marche
    I have located the following:
    Missionary Baptism for Peter’s Arm, NL for Maria and her sister Mary March
    Both baptized on Aug 8, 1960
    Maria’s Date of birth was listed as Oct 18, 1852.
    I have always been told that my great grandmother (Maria March) was of Mi’Kmaq desend. I am trying to find some information to validate this.
    The only information I have on her partents are the death records.
    William March died Nov 1893 in Philips Head – age 74 – dob – 1819
    Female March (likely match for Elizabeth) died Sept 1901 – age OLD – dob – unknown – nationality – unknown.
    Any information you have would be very much appreciated.

  127. Hi Janessa, I don’t know if this is the Edward Whittle you are looking for or not. I found this on an ancestrylibrary discussion board: Elizabeth Ann Jarvis marr (18 Sep 1920 Harbour Breton) Edward William Whittle, b 11 Oct 1900 d 16 Sep 1990, one son Thomas mentioned. No other info, but I hope it’s of some help.

  128. Hi Maggie, I don’t know if Patricia Dinah Knott was Mi’kmaq. She was d/o John Knott and Mary Taylor (1843-1913).

    John was s/o James Knott marr (1829 her 2nd husband) Dinah Crewe (b 1789 d 2 Mar 1883 Burgeo). Mary was d/o William Taylor (b 1811 Grole d 27 Jun 1897 Hr Le Cou) and Dinah Ingram (b 1817 Grole d 23 May 1903 Hr LeCou).

    Dinah Ingram was d/o Joseph Ingram (b 1795 Somerset Eng. d 1829 Hr Grace) and Dinah Crewe (her 1st husband marr 1809). Dinah Crewe also marr James Payne 1852 and she was d/o William Crewe, b Dawsons Cove. I’m confused, but it seems John Knott’s mother was also his grandmother-in-law. I found the same info in an Ancestry family tree, so either it’s right or we’re both wrong!

  129. Hi Dorothy,
    I was wondering if you know of a connection between a John Kendell and Jennifer Drew/Hinks. My great great grandfather’s name was John Kendell and through some research I found out he may have bought land from Jennifer Drew/Hinks in (Lynch Cove) MorrisVille in the 1900’s to establish a saw mill business, and possibly married her or a member of her family? Any information you may have would be appreciated.

  130. hi dorothy i like to know how the mcneil from port aux basque are related to mcneil from cape breton,,ty

  131. hi dorothy for any help you gave me,i’m looking for site to check out surnames for our micmac indian……

  132. Hi Lorraine, do you have any specific Pike or Renouf first names? On another question you had on FB about Marguerite Chaisson m John Gale: I have her as Mary Margaret and have her mother Sophie LeBlanc’s mother as Marguerite Cormier. Marguerite Cormier is d/o Guillaume “Big Bill” Cormier, b 1750 Beaubassin Acadia d bet 1800-1809, and Isabelle Boudreau, b Oct 1763 Brittany France d May 1845 Margaree NS. Guillaume was s/o Francois Cormier, b 1719 Beaubassin, marr 2 Jul 1742 Beaubassin to Anne Chaisson, b Jul 1722. Anne Chaisson was d/o Jacques Chaisson, b 1694 Beaubassin, marr 19 Jan 1718 Beaubassin to Marie Josephe Arsenault, b 1696 Acadia. Some of Jacques and Marie Josephe’s kids were born in PEI.

    So the Chaisson family tree should be helpful to you, also the Bras d’Or families link above because the names here connect to just about all the big families in the Acadia area back to the 1600s. I’m not seeing anything jumping out from my database saying “Mi’kmaq” but the sites I mention should help you trace them. I can’t be sure the information I have is correct – some came from websites, some from a database that was shared with me. Anyway, hope this helps.

  133. Hi looking for information on Mary Vivian (nee Alan) Born 1807 died Aug 1858. Married George Vivian Nov. 10, 1841 in Greenspond. Children were Henery Vivian, Jane Vivian, Aurthur Vivian, Emmeline Vivian, Charles Vivian, and Sarah Anne Vivian. It is believed that Mary Allan is an indian from nova scotia who came to NL when she married George Vivian. It has long been understood that Mary Allen was Mi’kmaq from Cape Breton. Would you have any information on her?
    Thank you in advance.

  134. hi dorothy can you send me links that show who been accepeted for status,,,,i greatly appricated it..ty

  135. Hi Lorraine, google Canada Gazette Qalipu and you should see links for “order amending…” There are several with different dates. I don’t know how up to date they are, but they are official government pages.

  136. Hi Dorothy,
    I sent you an email last April 9, 2012, and just wondering if you have found anything? Can you let me know via my work email address above?
    Much gratitude,

  137. Hi Michelle, sorry, but I have nothing on any of the Vickers, Head or Decker names you give. I apologize for not replying to you before but, to save space, I don’t reply unless I have some information. Readers often contribute if they can help out. If you have names of any siblings or anyone related, that might help locate at least one person to make connections from. I haven’t found anything in my own sources or on line.

  138. Hi Lorraine,
    I have some information regarding the MacNeil/McNeil family of Port aux Basques and how they connect to Cape Breton. Who exactly are you looking for information on?

  139. Hi,
    I’m looking for information on Mary Allen who was born about 1807. She married George Vivian in Greenspond, NL. George Vivian, Mary Allen and their daughter Sarah Vivian are in my Family tree. Would you have any information on her?


  140. Hi Cindy, I’ve been looking and can find nothing. If you have any other names in the family, that might help me or someone reading this to track your Vivian and Allen family down.

  141. Hi Dorothy,
    I’m trying to track down my great great grandparents: Jean Prosper Compagnon (Companion) and Marie Blake (Brake). I believe Marie Blake (1848) married the Frenchman Jean Compagnon (1810) in approx 1867. I have relatives on Woods Island and believe Marie Blake was full Mi’kmaq.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated, thankyou.
    Sam McCurdie

  142. Hi Sam, Marie Brake (b Jul 1848 Curling, d 24 Nov 1925 Woods Island BOI) was d/o Joseph Matthews Brake (b 1812 Deep Cove, d 1 Aug 1950 BOI) and Mary (surname unknown). Joseph Matthews Brake was s/o Ralph Edward Brake (b 30 Mar 1760 Yetminster, Dorset, England, d 4 May 1842 Humbermouth BOI) and Jane Matthews (b 1773 d 23 Aug 1819 Humbermouth BOI).

    There are people who know much more about the Brake (sometimes called Blake) children than do I, so maybe they will write to tell us if anything more is known about Joseph’s wife Mary. She is listed as Mary Mitchell in some genealogies, but others have Mary Mitchell as wife of Joseph’s brother Thomas. Here’s a link to the diary of Bishop Feild from his journey on the northwest coast in 1849 – – he mentions Brakes on Aug. 2 and 3. Marie’s grandmother, Jane Matthews, is assumed to be Mi’kmaq due to sources such as Feild, but nothing about her parents is known for sure. Ralph Brake, her husband, is well documented as being from England. Hope this helps and thanks for writing.

  143. Hello Dorthy,

    My grandmother was Mi’kmaq and I am trying to trace down her family lineage. Her name was Bessie Blanche Tilley (Born in approximately 1912) was married to Cecil Soper, Her father was Charles Tilley and she was a daughter of his through his second marriage to Maggie Masou (not sure of the spelling, this is where I get lost in my efforts to find information). She had stories of going to visit her grand mother on a reservastion as
    a child. She grew up in the Cornerbrook area.

    Any suggestions as to where to look to find out more?

    Best regards,

  144. Hi Paul, Mary Magdeline (Maggie) Musseau was born June 12 1893 in Port aux Basques and died in Mouse Island. She was d/o Charles Edward Musseau (b 1846 d 1901 Nfld) and Mary Ann Randell (b Mar 1847 Burnt Is -or Port Rexton Trinity Bay, d 20 Aug 1943 PAB -or 1895). Charles Edward Musseau was s/o Joseph Musseau (b 26 Dec 1778 Quebec, d 6 Jul 1873 Mouse Is PAB) and Hannah Parsons (1801-1885). Joseph was s/o Francois Musseau (b 13 Nov 1756 Quebec, d 1855 Quebec) and Marie Madeleine Racette (b 22 Jan 1754 Portneuf Quebec, d 1793 Quebec). Francois was s/o Francois Desilet Musseau (b 31 Aug 1723 Quebec d 5 Oct 1807 Normandie France) and Marie Theresa L’Archeveque (also as L’Archeriegue) (b 30 Jan 1736 Quebec, d 1 May 1803 Normandie France).

    Maggie’s mother Mary Ann Randell was d/o John Randell (b 5 Jan 1823 Trinity TB d 18 May 1888 Ship Cove TB) and Dorothy Hogarth (b abt 1822 British Hr TB d 20 May 1897). John was s/o William Randell (b 19 Nov 1798 Ship Cove TB, d May 1839 Ship Cove) and Honor Cook (b 1803 d Jun 1836 Ship Cove/Port Rexton).

    That’s as far back as I have, hope it helps.

  145. Interested in any info on the 3 Mahar’s Cora have mentioned. Henry Mahar, Catherine Mahar & John Mahar. I have also Christopher Mahar , Agnes Mahar, Mary Ann Mahar, William Mahar, Joseph Mahar are they all releated? All appears to be in the area between Flowers Cove & port Saunders.

  146. hi dorothy,looking for info on philip legge heatherton/robinson..and on mondella gillam,mckays ,west coast nfld,
    hope to hear from you soon,,,,

  147. Hi Lorraine, I have a Mondella Gillam marr Chester Brown. She is d/o Charles Gillam and Sarah Jane Legge, b Mar 1902. Sarah Jane Legge is d/o Philip Joseph Legge, b 5 Aug 1857 Upper Barrisway, and Fanny Samms, b Mar 1875 Codroy d maybe 1952 or later (his 2nd wife, marr date 25 Oct 1900). I hope this is of some help to you. Thanks for writing.

  148. Hi, I am looking for some information on my Great, Great Grandmother Emily Young (Lejeune) Lavers. I have been told she is off Mikmaq decent. Is there any archival information anywhere that can back this up. Would love to have some documented proof. Thanks.

  149. Hi Brad, if the Emily Young Lavers you are looking for was married to Alban Lavers, she was born 1839 in the Port au Port Peninsula. Her parents were Henri Lejeune/Young and Susanna Duffney/Duffenais. Henri (or Henry) was born abt 1807 in Little Bras d’Or NS and died 1906 Clam Bank Cove (Lourdes) Port au Port Peninsula. He was s/o Gabriel Lejeune and Sarah Ryley, both of Cape Breton. Susanna Duffney was b abt 1820 St. Ann’s Bay Cape Breton and d Clam Bank Cove. She was d/o Jean Frederick Dauphinee/Duffenais/Duffney, b 1791 Lunenburg NS, and Mary Ann Young, b abt 1794 Little Bras d’Or.

    I don’t know about documents, but you can find a lot of information on Gabriel Lejeune and on Mary Ann Young’s parents, Joseph Christophe Lejeune and Radegonde (Barbara) Lejeune, on the Bras d’Or Indian Village Assoc site and Lark Szick’s Lejeunes site. There are links to both on my Family History and Genealogy page.

    If it’s another Emily Young Lavers, maybe I or someone reading can help if we have her husband’s name. Thanks for writing.

  150. Yes , the Emily I was talking about was married to Alban Lavers. My Grandfather was William Jesse Lavers of Port Saunders, NL who from what I understand is a descendant of Alban Lavers. Thanks so much for your help.

  151. Hi, Dorothy
    I have traced my paternal line back to LeJeune lineage on one side and was hoping you might have some information on the other side.
    My Grandmother was Gladys Joyce (b 1912 Cox’s Cove, d 1948 Humbermouth); she married Daniel McIsaac.
    I have traced her father, James Joyce to Dorset England, but have been unable to find much information on her mother (my great grandmother).
    Her name was Sarah Park (b 1873 Bay of Islands, d 1941 Corner Brook). I have only “William Park and Elizabeth” as her parents. I had been told the Parks are Mi’kmaw as well–do you know if this is the case, and do you have any further information on William and Elizabeth?
    Many thanks for any help you can offer.

  152. Hi Elizabeth, with the Parks, whether or not individual family lines are Mi’kmaq or not depends on who they married. The original Park man was not. In the comments on this page, you will see lots of discussion of the family and the mysterious Elizabeth. It has been said she was Elizabeth Joe but that is not known for sure. Also look at the many genealogy forum discussions on the family. Just search for the names and you should find lots of information and speculation. If anyone else has any thoughts, please feel free to share with us.

  153. Thank you very much Dorothy, I’ve been looking in the older comments and see some interesting information. And thank you for sharing so much!

  154. Hi,was wondering where i could info on my family background and mikmaq ties..Family originally from southeast bight newfoundand.grandmother margaret ward,,grandfather thomas ward.Just wondering where could find some info on wher the mikmaq people were.

  155. Hi Fabian, I can’t find your Thomas and Margaret Ward. Searching online, I found genealogy forum discussions on Wards of Southeast Bight. They may be be useful for you. For where Mi’kmaq lived in Newfoundland, a google search will turn up lots of information or check out some of the books on my Nf Mi’kmaq Book post. If you wish to, write back with some more family names and dates and maybe I or readers can help out.

  156. Hi Dorothy,
    I am looking for information about Caroline Young the daughter of Peter Young and Elizabeth Marche. Peter Alexis was a descendent of Alexis Lejeune. I know Caroline married William James Hynes and I would like to know more about their family, specifically their daughter Mary Elizabeth. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  157. Hi Kathy, Caroline Young was b 31 Mar 1861 in Kippens or maybe St. George’s. She and William James Hynes marr Oct 1877 in Three Rock Cove, Port au Port Peninsula, and had 12 children. One was Mary Elizabeth also called Minnie, I think. She was b 1882 in Three Rock Cove and died 14 Sep 1958 in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut. In 1898 she marr James (or John) Hinks (or Hicks), b about 1890 in Port aux Basques. They had a daughter Caroline Jane, b abt 1901 in Port au Port d Port Colborne ON. Mary Elizabeth later married Joseph James Bruce (aka Bourgeois or Broussard), b 13 Apr 1883 Codroy Valley d 1 Jun 1942 Londonderry, New Hampshire. They had 7 children, born in Nf and NS.

    Joseph James Bruce was s/o Julien Bourgeois/Broussard/Bruce, b Oct 1858 Codroy d abt 1935 Abrahams Cove, and Anastasia Theresa Downey, b abt 1858 Codroy Valley d 10 Apr 1898 Abrahams Cove. Hope this helps!

  158. Hello Elizabeth

    Elizabeth, You and I share the same ancestry. The Elizabeth that you mentioned above is Elizabeth Legge who married William Park. The Elizabeth spoken about by Ms. Anger above is quite probably Elizabeth (Joe) Blanchard. This is not our Elizabeth. Elizabeth Legge was the daughter of George Legge and Catherine Darrigan. It is their daughter Sarah, our g grandmother who married James Joyce. If Ms. Anger wishes to pass along my email address to you, I will be more than happy to share what I know and have. We have a very interesting history.

  159. Hi Pauline,
    Dorothy has kindly passed along your email and I have messaged you; looking forward to hearing from you!

  160. Hi Elizabeth, haven’t received any email from you. If you wish, look for me on Facebook. My name there is Pauline Tessier. Would love to get in touch with you.

  161. Ms. Anger, could you please pass along my email address again to Elizabeth. Would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  162. Hi Pauline, I received your email, and replied. :)
    I didn’t get a bounce back from the one I originally sent–could it be gone to “Junk”? Posting here in case you don’t receive it.

  163. Looking for connection Elizabeth Organ to Michael and Sarah (Matthews)
    Organ. Elizabeth was born we think in Brazils, N.L. (about 5 miles from Rose Blanche) in about 1840. Mary was also mentioned. Elizabeth’s husband William Parsons may have been born in England or Petites, N.L.
    I am up in age and want to do the genealogy before I lose more of my memory. Does anyone have pictures of the family, a copy of of Bible records, birth or death record, etc. that can be scanned and sent to me by e-mail. I appreciate any help. One of the people looking for info is 90.

  164. Hi Carol, I didn’t have Elizabeth as d/o Michael Organ and Sarah Matthews, but after some looking, I found one family tree on Ancestry that included her as their daughter. It says she was born 25 Apr 1841 Brazils, marr William Parsons, born abt 1840 (place not given) died 1873 Burgeo. Their children are listed as Robert, died Glace Bay NS, John Henry, b 1854, Elizabeth Jane, b 26 Jan 1865 Petites d abt 1925 North Sydney NS, Edward, b 14 Nov 1866 Burgeo d 31 May 1940 Burgeo, Jane Ann, b 16 Aug 1868 Sandy Point, and George William, b 3 Aug 1873 Burgeo. That’s all I found, hope it helps some. Thanks for writing.

  165. Good afternoon

    I am trying to trace my roots. My mothers fathers name was Ches Lavers from Port Saunders and he had a nephew who drowned just a year or two ago, a Howard Lavers from the same area.. Why I need this information is that we are planning on trying to apply for Qalipu status Indian.. Any information that you could provide would be much apprecaited. thanks in advance

  166. Hi Lorna, I’ve looked for your Lavers and can’t find anything. If you have any other information, you could post it here. If I can’t help, maybe somebody reading this can. Thanks for writing.

  167. Hi Dorothy,
    I hope you can help. Fast run down, my husband, John Young, … his Father, Dominic Young, born November 2, 1899 in CAPE RAY, his father, Dominic Young, Born Feb 11, 1872, Cape Ray, His Parents Dominic Young and Sarah Parks. I can find nothing on this last set of parents. Who their parents were or where they were from. The second Dominic had a brother William and John and a sister Mary and a Sarah Jane. DNA tests do show Mi’kmaq. Thank you for anything you can come up with.

  168. Hi Glynis, I have the 1st Dominic and wife Sarah Parks as both born abt 1849 and married 9 Aug 1869, from the St. Anne’s RC records, Codroy. But their parents are not named. Doing a quick search, I see people looking for the same info as you are, but nobody with an answer. Maybe someone reading here can help? Thanks for the info on their son Dominic and daughter Mary. I had their other kids but not those two.

  169. ty first for you help,,,im going to find out if anyone know where mondella gilliam brown is buried,,,she was married 1st to my dad chester brown,and died,,,i know she d/o charles gillam and sarah jane legge,who was sarah jane parents ,please and ty

  170. Hello Dorothy,
    I just noticed while doing some of my own research that Cindy wrote you in March 8, 2013 about Mary Allen and George Vivian. These are relatives of mine. I have some information but I am looking to obtain as much as possible. To my knowledge Mary Allen is from Nova Scotia and I believe her father is George Allen. They are also believed to be of Mi’kmaq descendant. They are my Great Great Grandparents. They had a son named Henry Vivian of Greenspond who was married to Martha Oldford. His son was Arthur Vivian who was married to Lucy Wheeler of Greenspond. Im looking to speak to anyone else who has further information or anything to add to what I already know. Thanks

  171. Hi Jean, I have a Martha Dalton Oldford, b 1927 d 1991, d/o John Oldford and Belinda Canning (Bonavista Bay and Gambo). But I have her married to George Stanley Dennis (BOI) so I don’t know if she’s connected to yours or not. I can’t anything on the Allens or Vivians you and Cindy name. If you have dates, they might help me or anyone reading this.

  172. Hello, Dorothy, I am trying to find info on my Great grandmother Lucy Sheppard, she mother to my grandfather Ralph Joesph Macdonald, who are Mikmaq Indians. I was unable to find anything on Ralph’s father,who I was told was a Judge in Nfld. I would love any info you can find. Thank You Della

  173. Hi Della, I don’t have anything on Ralph Joseph Macdonald. I have a Lucy Sheppard b 1913 and a Lucy Maude Sheppard b 1844 but no husbands or children for either of them. Maybe a reader can help?

  174. Dorothy, I have seen on Vicki Carroll’s site that Henry pilgrim, my grandfather was the son of William and Elizabeth Pilgrim. according to Vicki, Elizabeth was Micmac. However, I haven ‘t been able to get into contact with her to validate the information.Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  175. Hi There, we are looking for information on our ancestors whom we believe are part of the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq. We didn’t recieve any information about this possibility until the death of same family members and research that resulted upon their passings- this is a piece of copied text from my uncles search as far back at 2006 ” hi i am checking on the marche family and the alexander familes great grandfather was edward marche and great grand mother was adelaide (alexander) marche, birth abt.1849 they had several children and 1 of them was my grand father joseph arthur march and his birth was 1882 bay st. georges nfld. and i do from they where st. georges nfld.would like to find out if they were mi’kmaq”- since this note we have batismal information and birth certificates etc that put the families in port au port and bay st. georges can you provide any additonal information on the names mentioned or guide us in our search? we appreciate any information you can assist with.

  176. Hi Mark, I’d suggest looking at Jasen Benwah’s sites (links on Nf Mi’kmaq Family Hist and Gen page) and joining Bay St. George Genealogy Society in order to have access to their large Marche family tree. Also look at the LeJeune links I give, including Bras d’Or Indian Village site.

    Edward (or Edouard Urbain) Marche, b 5 May 1834 Red Island Cap St. George, was s/o Jean Marie Marche (b 1800 Little Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, d 11 Nov 1859 Bay St. George) and Marie Marthe LeJeune (b abt 1803 Little Bras d’Or, d 8 Nov 1859 Stephenville Crossing, Bay St. George). Jean Marie Marche was s/o Jean Joseph March (b abt 1758 France, d aft 1818 Boularderie, Cape Breton) and Marie Theotiste Babin. Marie Marthe LeJeune was d/o James Christophe LeJeune (b 1779 Little Bras d’Or d 25 Feb 1872 S’ville Crossing) and Catherine Jesseau (Jesso) b 1778 St Pierre. James Christopher LeJeune’s parents were Christophe (Jean-Christophe) LeJeune (b 1740 Annapolis Royal NS, d aft 1818) and Louise-Marguerite Hache dit Gallant (b 3 Mar 1737 PEI, d bef 1818). His wife, Catherine Jesseau, was d/o Jean Jesseau (b 1744 St Pierre, d 1800 Little Bras d’Or) and Marie Anne Fournier (b 1754 Quebec, d 27 Jun 1843 Little Bras d’Or)

    Edward Marche’s wife Adelaide Alexander was b abt 1849, d/o Jean Marie Alexander (b 1799 France, d 18 Jan 1886 BSG) and Julie Marie LeJeune (b 1817 Cape Breton). Jean Marie Alexander was s/o Jean Marie Alexander (b abt 1774 Cape Breton) and Annette L’Official (b 1774). Julie Marie LeJeune was b 1817 Cape Breton, sister of Marie Marthe LeJeune (above).

    All these lines, especially L’Official and Hache (aka Gallant), are connected to Mi’kmaq families. There is much more info than I can give here in the sites I mention above. When you get back that far, it’s not always clear who exactly is son of whom, so you’d want to verify what I have included here but it’s something for you to start with. Good luck!

  177. Hello Dorothy,

    I think it is really great and I respect the time that you spent answering all of the comments! Maybe you can publish a heritage book in the future with all the family information you have collected. Really wonderful work!

    I stumbled across this web site whilst looking for information on my great-great grandfather Aquila Francis and my great grandfather John Thomas Francis of St. Alban’s and Hermitage area. I am wondering if you had found anymore information or where the unsourced information came from, from your response to Trent Dominie. Also, I would not mind making contact with Trent as he may be an unknown distant relative of mine. The following is the original comment from Trent and your response. Anything would be much appreciated as it appears to be some blanks when it comes to my grandmothers past.

    Trent Dominie says:
    September 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    Hi Dorothy,
    I’m was wondering if you had any information on aquila francis and his son john thomas francis who lived in hermitage, fortune bay.

    Dorothy says:
    September 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    Hi Trent, here is what I have on Aquila Francis: b 1814 d 1905, no parents ent’d but sibs Rebecca, Alfred and William. I have 3 wives for Aquilla: Mary Warren marr 1844, Mary Morris marr 1846 and Martha Herritt marr 1857. As children of Aquilla and Martha, I have Jane b 1852 Grole, Aquilla b 5 Dec 1858, Elizabeth b 10 Jan 1860, Philip b 16 Sep 1861, John Thomas b 18 Dec 1864, Matthew Herritt b 1868, Benjamin William b 3 Jul 1872. I have son John Thomas Francis marr 13 Sep 1888 to Edith Rose b Dec 1866 d/o Benjamin Rose and Eleanor Framp b 1833 d/o William Framp, b 1784 Somerset England, and Rebecca Rose d/o James Rose and Charlotte. This info came from someone else’s database and I have no sources. Hope it helps.

  178. Hi Megan and thank you very much. I haven’t found anything more on your and Trent’s Francis family yet. Maybe seeing the info again will jog a memory and someone will post something that will help. I can pass your email address on to Trent if you’d like – just let me know.

  179. Hello Dorothy, First of all i’d like to thank you for all the time and work you put into this. I have some information on my mom’s side of the family am also looking on her dad’s side. I’m looking for a connection to MI’kmag maybe around the Conne river area. My GGgrandfather John Hinks married a woman named Mary Neil from Conne river..He was born about 1823 and she 1820.
    Here id the other info on the Crant side of my Moms family.
    Thomas CRANT was born ABT. 1808 in Gaultois, NF, and died 1869 in Burgeo, NF. He was the son of ? Crant. he married Martha FOOTE was born ABT. 1810 in Gaultois, NF, and died 1868 in Burgeo, NF. She was the daughter of John FOOTE and Jane McDONALD.

    Children of Martha FOOTE and Thomas CRANT are:
    i. William CRANT was born 1837 in Gaultois, NF, and died 1866 in Burgeo, NF.

    ii. Catherine CRANT was born 1839 in Gaultois, NF. She married John STRICKLAND 29 JUN 1864 in Lwr. Burgeo, NF, son of Henry STRICKLAND and Sarah SKEARD. He was born ABT. 1838 in Lwr. Burgeo, NF.

    iii. Thomas CRANT was born AUG 1841 in Gaultois, NF. He married Rosannah NORTHCOTT, daughter of Valentine NORTHCOTT and Elizabeth McDONALD. She was born 1848 in Gaultois, NF. He married Mary CLARKE ABT. 1861.

    iv. John CRANT was born 1842 in Gaultois, NF.(1st) He married Matlida SWIFT.(2nd) He married Bridget McDONALD 21 MAY 1875 in Gaultois, NF, daughter of James McDONALD and Mary NEIL. She was born ABT. 1845 in Gaultois, Nl

  180. Hi Sharon. I have a John Hinks born 1865 in Dragon and Jane Annie (Nancy) Drew, born 1869 McCallum died Conne River. But they are much later than yours and I don’t have a Mary Neil married to John Hinks. I can’t find a connection between the two, but maybe a reader will help us. Thanks for your kind words and the Crant info.

  181. Dorothy, back in Sept 2012 you had some correspondence with Trent Dominie regarding Aquila Francis. This looks like it is someone from my family back in Somerset, England. You may like to pass this on to Trent if you can along with my email address.

    I have no direct info on the first Aquila, but I have an ancestor Alfred Francis born 1829 to Jonas and Mary FRANCIS Ditcheat, Somerset.

    In 1881 census in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, Alfred has living with him Aquila FRANCIS, Nephew, 20, Newfoundland Hermatra Cove (presumably a mispelling, but if you know of such a place I would love to know).

    In 1891 census Aquila seems to have married his cousin, and been back to Newfoundland in the intervening years:

    Heneritta FRANCIS, Daur 29 M Dress Maker Shepton Mallett.
    Aquilla FRANCIS Son in Law 31 M Plate Layer on line Newfoundland Hermitage Bay.
    Jonas P FRANCIS Grandson 7 Newfoundland Hermitage Bay
    Ernest F FRANCIS Grandson 9 Shepton Mallett

  182. Hi Derek, I’ve sent your message on to Trent. Thanks for the information. Best I can think about Hermatra Cove is that Hermitage Bay is meant.

  183. I am trying to find information on my great-grandfather George Ingram who was born sometime in the 1820’s in or around Gaultois in Hermitage Bay. He moved to Harbour Buffett probably in the late 1840’s where he married my great-grandmother Frances Reid. I know that they had two sons, my grandfather Henry Ingram 1851-1935, and another son George Ingram. I have not heard of any other family members. George was a member of the Church of England and the parish headquarters was probably in Hermitage. I heard that there were three brother, one remained in the area of Gaultois and the other moved to Burgeo.

  184. Hi Moses, I don’t have George Ingram married to Frances Reid. Lots of other ones, and a few Henrys. Who did sons Henry and George marry?

  185. I’m very interested in your website. There is debate as to whether or not I have Mi’kmaq in my lines – I have Hache-Gallant ancestors. I will read all that you have on your site, as it might give me a clue. My ancestors came from NB, though. Anyway, terrific site! Cheers!

  186. Hi Jon, I just found another Hache-Gallant site (here) and I added it to the links on my Nf. Mi’kmaq Family History and Genealogy page. I saw on the site that there is a family reunion this weekend, Aug. 16th, in Kedgewick NB. All your questions would be answered there, I’m sure! Aside from that, however, the website has a lot of information. For the Mi’kmaq connection, look for Pierre Larche in Ancestry in Family History section (menu on left). Also look at the other links I have for Gallant and PEI (Nf Mi’kmaq Fam History and Gen page). Thanks, and good luck!

  187. Dorothy,
    First of all I want to say thank you. I am quite certain the searching tips you have provided will help me immensely. I do believe from reviewing the posts here that at least two other people have made similar inquiries but I’ll put the information out there and something may turn up this time. Someone in the family has already found the information (so its out there somewhere) but they are not sharing. My great grandfather was James Ryan (reported born in 1851 and in a 1921 census reported to have been born in March of 1850) in Turks Gut NL. He died on January 22, 1941. My great grandmother Agnes Ryan (reported to have been born in 1857 however 1921 census reports her to have been born in March 1860) in Port au Choix. Various other documents indicate she might have actually been born in Bird Cove. She died on September 22, 1935. I do not know when or where they were married. My grandmother’s baptismal certificate says she was born in King’s Cove 7-Sep-1898, and baptized 16-Apr-1899 by Revered P.W. Brown of the Parish of the Holy Family. The 1921 census indicates that a subsequent sibling Felix was born in Port Saunders in 1901. Any information regarding the family beyond 1900 reports them living in Port Saunders. Okay – after all that – what I am looking for are the parents of my great grandmother Agnes. There is additional information however I have gone on quite long enough. I would be so appreciative of any information you could provide and/or if you could just point me in the right direction. (Mom’s been trying to do this research by snail mail for years – it would be great if I could help her out)

  188. Honestly I reviewed it before I sent it – but in the rush to add the addendum – another mistake. My great grandmother’s maiden name was Mahar.

  189. Hi Kathy, thanks for your kind words. I hope the search hints help you because I’m afraid I can’t. I don’t have them in my database and all I could find through searching was the 1935 census for Port Saunders where I think James and Agnes are listed, with grandson Lawrence. Felix, maybe their son, is listed with his family, and John and family, maybe also a son. Looking for Agnes as Mahar, Maher and Meagher did not turn up anything either. If I, or anyone reading, finds anything more, I’ll post it here.

  190. Hello. My mother is from Flat Bay St. George’s. Her name is Mildred Pauline Renoufe. She was born Nov. 16, 1945. That is all I know about her. I was born in 1966 a Murphy, but was adopted when I was young. I live in Cape Broyle, Newfoundland all my life and have been left in the dark as to where I am from and who are my descendants. My mother also had a sister Shirley who married a Norman from Placentia Bay. I believe that there are still living family members and I would like to have contact with them. I just happened on your site by accident and decided to try a shot in the dark. Chris

  191. Hi Chris, I’m sorry but I can find nothing on your Renoufs, either Mildred Pauline or Shirley, in my database or by googling. Maybe somebody reading will be able to help – I hope so!

  192. Hello Dorothy
    I am trying to find a marriage doc on my great grandfather Thomas John Coveyduck ( that has many spellings to that last name) He was born 1881 in newfoundland and he married Sarah Ann Whelan around 1903 or 5 not sure. Sarah was born Aug 3rd 1883. Thomas had 2 other brothers and i think 1 sister. we dont know who Thomas parents are and i have been looking for years on every site still nothing. my great grandfather has been passed since 1964 in Toronto ontario. we have his death records but we need marriage or birth, you are my last hope please help
    Thank you

  193. Hi Karen, I don’t have anything on your Coveyducks or Whelans. I found the marriage listing for Thomas Coveyduck and Sarah Whelan, in Newfoundland Grand Bank’s Brigus United Methodist Church Marriages 1827-1924. Thomas Cobbaduck, of Goulds, and Sarah Whalen, of Turks Gut, married Dec 8 1909.

    Tracking the Coveyducks I have and through googling, I found a Joseph Coveyduck, b 1882, marr Fannie Jane Mugford, b 1 Nov 1874 Juniper Stump. They and children emigrated to Connecticut. I can’t find his parents, but I found them (I think) in the 1935 census for Juniper Stump, Port de Grave district. Joseph is listed as 65, meaning b 1870, and Fannie as age 59, so b 1876. Their younger children are listed in the household, including Thomas aged 12. He is too young to be your Thomas, but I wonder if Joseph and your Thomas might be brothers or at least cousins. I saw one mention of Joseph’s father as James Coveyduck but I can’t get into the family tree.

    Here‘s a site with a whole lot of names in it. You may know it, and I didn’t see any Coveyducks that connected, but at least there are a lot of them listed! If anyone reading can help, please do.

  194. k here it is i have a william snook b 1785 new perlican nl everything up tp present day is accurate from decendants of william i am led to beleive that morgan snook of fortune/grand banls married a ann wollridge barnes which is correct they had a robert and morgan morgan drowned but i beleive he had boys to carry up the blood line robert also married and had mary,fanny,robert and john hasker .i am led to beleive that robert of robert was the one whom i decended from and this robert married and had a son robert who married louisse peckham fr francis har labrador she and him are my ggg grandpts i have proven that but beyond then like the robert who had fanny,mary and robert i cant find them,also how can the snooks fr fortune be the decendants of snooks in new perlican,,can u help

  195. Hi Roger, I have nothing on William Snook b 1785. On Morgan, I have him as b 1735 in Dorset, England, d 1818 in Burin Nfld. He was son of Morgan Snook (b 1710 England, marr Susanna) who was s/o Morgan Snook, b 1670, and Mary Chamberlain.

    Morgan Snook III marr Ann Woolridge Barnes, b 1738 in St. Pierre (not sure if the island or in France) d 1818 Grand Bank Nfld. They marr 20 Jan 1756 in Dorset. I found 7 children for them, including Robert and Morgan. Robert was born 1755, can’t find birthplace or his wife, but I found George b 1780, Susanna b 1800, and Benjamin b 1803 as his children. His brother Morgan was b 1760 in St Pierre and Miquelon, d 1806. He marr Grace Thornhill, b 1765 d 1809, and had Morgan (IV) b 1783 St Pierre d 1846 Fortune, Dinah b 1785, Sarah b 1800, Benjamin b 1804, and Jonathan b 1805 Fortune d 1877 Fortune.

    I can’t find anything on Robert’s son Robert marr Louise Peckham, sorry. The information above came from Ancestry trees, so I’m not sure how correct they are but they may give you some avenues to explore.

  196. i have william snook born 1785 in the trinity trinity bay parish baptism records it shows him and wife elanor having children baptised im looking for williams parents maybe i should b looking in the fortune grand banks area records can u help still trying to find john hasker,robert snook,mary,catherene children of robert peckof robert would have married louisa peckham fr francis hr labrador

  197. Hi Roger, I think I found the baptisms you mention. On Nf Grand Banks site, St. Paul’s Anglican 1821 to 1825 baptisms, there are children of William and Eleanor Snook, New Perlican, baptized July 25, 1823 (I think). William, age 6, so b abt 1817 and Elizabeth, age 2?, so b abt 1821. I tried to find either child, but no luck. If anyone reading can help, please do.

  198. Hi Dorothy,
    I live in Alberta and have never been to Newfoundland. I’m related to the Rhymes family of Burgeo. I’ve been told that my great, great grandmother was a Mi’kmaq woman named Benoit who was born maybe in the late 1800s at Grandy’s Brook, near Burgeo. Her father’s name was Frank Benoit and her mother’s name was also Benoit and she was, or so I’ve been told, born at White Bear Bay. Can you tell me if this may be true and that I may be of Mi’qmaq ancestry? Thank-you. Jason

  199. Hi Jason, I would need more information to try to track your gggrandmother down, like her first name and her husband’s name and/or children. But the names and places you give would suggest that, yes, they were Mi’kmaq.


  201. Hi Linda, all I could find was Evangeline Kendall (or Kendell) was born 1879 Codroy, d/o Reuben Kendall (b Feb 1854 d Oct 1940 Codroy) and Mary Reid (b Feb 1854 d Feb 1934 Codroy Pond). Reuben was s/o Samuel Kendall (b 1831 Cul de Sac East) and Ann Donovan. Samuel was s/o John Kendall (b abt 1790, and s/o John K.) and Susanna. For Evangeline’s husband, Benjamin Peddle, I found Nicholas Peddle as his father and two names as his mother – Lavinia Simms (maybe Simmons) and Mary Pynn (maybe Mary Ann). You may already know all that but, if not, I hope it helps in your research.

  202. I have traced my Grandfather’s birth in Boston 1919 to my Great Grandfather William J (possibly Joseph) Norris a dock builder from Witless Bay who with my great grandmother Rose Walsh (remote possibility of a relation to the White family) from Bay Bulls. The Norris line arrived in Newfoundland from either County Cork Ireland or Wales but I am not sure on the year, but I know for sure we married into Mi’kmaq. Not much but, it is half from grandpa’s birth certificate and the other half from grandad telling me while at the wee age of 10, getting it all out before the tobacco cancer took him.

  203. Hello Dorothy,
    I found some additional info on my great great grandparents. I know that we have Mi’kmaq but clueless on whether it is from the Norris/Crew (possibly Carew) from Witless bay or Walsh/Colbert from Bay Bulls side. Any insights?

    They were married in Massachusetts.
    Name: William J Norris (from Witless Bay)
    Event Type: Marriage
    Event Date: 11 Jun 1916
    Event Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
    Gender: Male
    Father’s Name: Thomas Norris
    Mother’s Name: Maggie Crew
    Spouse’s Name: Rose Walsh (from Bay Bulls)
    Spouse’s Father’s Name: Andrew Walsh
    Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Mary Colbert

    Then in 1919 my grandfather William J Norris was born in Boston.

    Thank you,

  204. Hi William, sorry, I have nothing on them. But I hope, with all the info that you’ve kindly provided, that someone reading might be able to help.

  205. Thanks Dorothy! One more thing for anyone else who recognizes these names, Maggie Crew was also known as Margaret Carew. Thanks again for looking!

  206. I’d like to know more about Métis-Acadian-Mi’kmaq connections in our extended family. Many of us look native but don’t know our roots. Several of my relatives have status. Our paternal surname: Frontain & maternal: Cottreau-Richard-Mius-Doucet-Surette..back to earliest LeJeune (both sides). These names are mostly Acadian to my ear, but most are from mid-south-eastern Nova Scotia, where I understand there was a wide-spread Mi’kmaq population. There are also ancestors from Cheticamp & PEI.. mostly Deveau..Martin, Mius, Aucoin, Vincent.. Several of my ancestors are documented in the out-of-print book “Métis/Acadian Heritage 1604 to 2004 – Eastern Woodland Métis Nation Nova Scotia” by Roland Surette. A distant cousin is on the cover, Leander Frontain. . I came across your website by web-searching the name on a dated post in genealogy forums by someone named Mildred Lavers. That led me here. She mentions being a cousin of my g-uncle Emile Frontain : . I know it’s a bit of long-shot but thought I’d give it a try to see if she is connected with your group and is the same person who posted. Very happy to have found you. You’re doing some wonderful research. Thank you.

  207. Hi Claude, I believe it’s the same Mildred. I will email her about your comment. I’ve heard of Surette’s book but never seen it. It sounds really useful. The families you mention certainly are very large and complex in their origins. On my Family and Genealogy page, there are links to online genealogies for some of them that might be helpful to you. Thank you for your kind words and for writing.

  208. Solved after inquiring with relations in Manitoba and Alaska I got it narrowed down, my Great Great Grandfather Thomas Norris of Witless bay is where I get my Mi’qmac from. :) Figured it wouldn’t hurt to report, as it may help someone else out in the future.

  209. I am originally from St. John’s, N.L. I have been living in Victoria, BC for the past 27 years. My families interest in our ancestry came to an interesting intersection a few years ago in Cook Street village in Victoria. My brother Greg had called me from Toronto one night to tell me he had tracked our heritage to Hermitage Bay, Newfoundland. That was interesting but not conclusive. He profoundly mentioned the name ‘Aquila Francis’; it stuck. A few months later while working in the village incredulously, I encountered an older woman in the house in which I was working. We acknowledged each other with nods from 40 feet away and I was almost knocked over by the intense color of her blue eyes. A shiver went through me like someone had had walked over my grave. We both went on our way and about our own business. I returned the next day – a Friday – and completed my work. As I was about to leave the lady appeared again and asked me if I was from Newfoundland. I confirmed that I was. She asked if my name was Francis. Again I confirmed. She then told me that she was from Newfoundland and her name was Francis. I asked which part of Newfoundland and she said “Hermitage”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I asked who were her ancestors and the first name off her lips was “Aquila Francis”. I was floored. We spoke excitedly for a while and then I asked if she would speak to my brother in Toronto. She agreed. I called him and they spoke for a half hour or so. When we had to part company that afternoon she asked me to wait for a second while she went to get something. She was probably into her 80’s and she went upstairs and returned some moments later with a Bible. She opened the Bible and produced a deed to the property that Aquila Francis had purchased in – if memory serves me correctly – was dated 1804. I could be wrong on this but that’s what I remember. Sadly, I have lost touch with this lovely lady and don’t know if I could find her or her grandson who was living with her at the time. I will try to find the house again but it has been some 5 or 6 years. You can email me. Hope this helps.

  210. Hi Bill, what a lovely story and thanks for the information on Aquilla Francis. While looking around for Hermitage Francises, I found a blog called A Somerset Family History with an interesting post about the family.

  211. Hi Dorothy
    I would like to update my mother’s place on the genealogy chart if possible.
    She is the descendant of Sherlock Lavers and Minnie Simyard(Sinyard).

    Henry Young (Lejeune)/Suzanne Duffney(Duffenias)
    Amelia Marie Young(LeJeune)/Alban Lavers
    Arthur Thomas Lavers/
    Sherlock Thomas Lavers/Minnie Simyard(Sinyard)
    Harvey Lavers
    Jeanette Lavers(Janes)
    Sherlock Lavers (Jr.)
    Brendan Lavers/Mary Feltham
    James Lavers/Shirley Feltham
    Helen Lavers/Leslie Humphrey
    Patina Lavers/Alex Pearce
    Paula Lavers
    Sandra Humphrey/Walter Wells
    Ashley Wells
    Ryan Wells
    Richelle Wellls
    Leslie Humphrey/Paula Bennett
    Dion Humphrey/Lori Rumboldt
    June Lavers(Orford)
    Velma Lavers/Gary Bennett

    I can help you update the children of Sherlock/Minnie if you require. Thanks so much. If you require additional information, please let me know. Sandra Wells(nee Humphrey/Lavers family)

  212. Hi Sandra, thanks for the information. I’ve put it in my database. One question – are Patina, Paula, June and Velma sisters? I figured out who belonged where for the most part, but am not sure about them.

  213. Just wanting to provide some information for the family tree. William Jesse Lavers born 1906 was my maternal grandfather. My grandmother Dorothy Euphemia Pye and my grandfather were to be married as she was pregnant with my mother. There was a dispute over religion and the wedding didn’t happen. My grandmother spent the winter in Port Saunders with a Mrs. House. My mother was born April 28, 1941 in Port Saunders. My grandmother returned to Cape Charles , Larador in the spring of 1941 on the first boat. She died when my mother was 2 years old with TB. My mother was raised by her Labrador grandparents. She was always aware of who her father was , though she didn’t have a relationship with him. She only saw him once in her life as a teenager. About 16 years ago our family in Port Saunders reached out to us, and we re-established some connections.

    My father is not listed on my mothers birth records , but I would like to have this recorded that he was our grandfather. As you know squabbles over religion are not nearly as common today and there is way more tolerance for differences.

    I do believe my grandfather married later in life but had no other biological children.

    Please contact me if you require further information. I have a picture of me taken at his gravesite in Port Saunders where I go to visit every summer.

  214. Hi Dorothy, I have a William Jesse Lavers born 1865 in Port aux Choix married to Elizabeth Jane Hynes, with Robert and Josephine as children. But I’m guessing he’s your Wm Jesse’s dad? I don’t have your grandmother Pye. Who were her parents? Thanks very much for this.

  215. there was a lady named kathy who made a post last year about her great grandfather james ryan from turks gut and moved to port saunders…that is my fieonce’s great great grandfather and i was wondering if she had any other information on the family tree we are very interested in learning anything we can.

  216. Hi Kristina, I’ve just emailed your question and email address to Kathy. (Whoops, it bounced back – we’ll hope she sees your comment here.)

  217. Hello Dorothy, I was wondering if you had anything on William Crant and Rebecca MacDonald ….they were married August 5th 1883 and I think Rebecca may be the daughter of Mary Neil of Conne River. Mary was born about 1820. Also anything you may have on a connection to the ” Hinks” family would be helpful.
    Thank you

  218. Hi Sharon, I have Rebecca McDonald b. abt 1860 in Bay d’Espoir d. 9 Nov 1918 Gaultois, daughter of James McDonald, b abt 1815 Gaultois, and Mary Ann Neil, b 1826 Furby’s Cove d. 30 Oct 1903 Gaultois. Mary Ann was d/o Peter Neil and Rebecca, who also had children Rebecca, Peter, Stephen, Charles and Elizabeth. James McDonald’s father was also named James, his mother unknown.

    Rebecca’s husband William Crant was b 18 Feb 1854 in Swanger’s Cove and d. 25 Dec 1919 in St. Alban’s. He was son of William Crant and Hannah Hynes (married abt 1850). Hannah was born about 1825 in Conne River but I don’t know her parents. William, Hannah’s husband, was b. 1825 Wreck Cove d 1903 Gaultois and was son of Robert Crant, b abt 1773 d 27 Feb 1853 Hr Breton, and Elizabeth, b 1785 d 1851 Bay d’Loup.

    That’s all I have, and I don’t see a Hinks connection. Hope this helps some. Oops, adding something I just found. I have William and Rebecca’s son William J Crant, b Oct 1902 St. Alban’s d 1972, married “Marie (Benoit) Hinks” b Conne River. But the name came from someone else’s database and there are no parents for her.

  219. My Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great GrandParents are Ralph Brake of Yetminister Dorsetshire England Born March 30 1760
    Died May 4 1841 (BayOfIslandsNLCanada)

    I applied for my status back in Nov 28 2012, submitted all required info, but haven’t heard a thing?! Any help would do!

  220. Hi Richard, you would have to contact the Qalipu band office or Indian Affairs to see what’s happening with your application.

  221. Dorothy, I am looking for information on the Pilgrim family. My GF henry Pilgrim’ s parents were William and Elizabeth. I can’t find Elizabeth’s maiden name. William had a second wife Ann and I don’t have anything on her as well.
    any help is greatly appreciated.

  222. Hi Frank, I found William Pilgrim and Elizabeth but with no more info than her first name. Searching online, I read that William’s parents were William M. Pilgrim (b 1814) and Dianna Hollett (b 1818) and that William and Elizabeth had a son Henry b Jul 1866 Flower’s Cove.

    On Ancestry trees, I came across a William Henry Pilgrim (abt 1863-1956) s/o William Pilgrim and Isabella Freake.No more info than that. I wondered if William Henry might be the same person as Henry b 1866. I’ve often come across Isabella as a variation of Elizabeth. That’s just speculation on my part, I have nothing more solid on any of them.


  224. Hi Linda, a couple things I found, not sure if accurate though. Charlotte Young, b 1839 d 1893 Cape Anguille, marr George Read, b 1825 Codroy d 1870 Codroy, with daughter Mary Ann, b 1858 Codroy d 1934 Codroy Pond, marr Reuben Kendall. Maybe another daughter Sarah Read, b 1864 d 1942. I can’t find parents for Charlotte or George.

    I found another Charlotte, b 1832 Codroy, so same time period. Can’t find a husband, but her parents might be James Young and Elizabeth Gallop. James was s/o Francois LeJeune, 1766-1818, and Marthe LeJeune, 1864-1818, both from Cape Breton. The two Charlottes may not be the same person. Maybe someone reading this can help!

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