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Community surnames extracts from Seary's Names of the Island of Newfoundland, 1835 Voters Lists, 1864-65 Hutchinson 1871 Lovell's Directory, 1894-97 McAlpine's Directory, 1898 McAlpine's Directory, 1904 McAlpine's as well as some parish records and cemetery inscriptions.

There were names in these communities that were not picked up by Seary and I believe that the some of the entries for the earlier Hr. Grace (HGRC) were surnames of these Conception Bay communities

A couple of examples of why I believe this is as follows:

Barron/Barren (Holyrood) There is a James on the 1835 Voters List for Holyrood and on the 1864-65 directory as a fisherman. Seary shows a James Barron or Barren of Hr. Grace Parish, 1806 (NF. Archives HGRC)

Targate (Holyrood): There is a John Targate on the 1835 Voters List for Holyrood, as well as on the 1864-65 directory and the Targate surname still appeared on the 1871 Lovell's, although John was no longer listed. Seary shows a John Targate of Hr. Grace, 1813 (NF Archives HGRC)

Based on the above, I believe that one can safely assume that if this name appears to be a match for one of your ancestors from the Conception Bay Centre area, ten chances to one, it is. The people "up the bay" as it was called, used St. Paul's Anglican and Immaculate Conception Parish till they became a part of the parish of Brigus in 1833.

 

 

COMMUNITY OF SEAL COVE
(INCLUDES INDIAN POND AND LANCE COVE):

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ANTHONY , BISHOP, BUTLER, COMERFORD, COVEYDUCK, DAWE, DOWDEN, DOYLE, KEARNEY,KELLY, LEAR, MORGAN, PEYTON, PYNN, SQUIRE(S), WALTER(S), WALSH,WARFORD

 

 
 

 

ANTHONY:		a baptismal name and surname of England, Wales 
			and Ireland,   Ant (h) oine  of France,  Anthony and 
			Ant (h) oine of the Channel Islands,  from the Latin 
			personal name  Antonius, of unknown origin, the name 
			of many saints.Withycombe comments on the spelling and 
			pronuncation:  "The intrusive  h   in the spelling  
			Anthony was a later development, and seems not to appear 
			before the late 16th century.   It may have been the 
			result of false etymologizing, for Camden (1605) derives 
			the name from Greek  anthos  (flower).  The  h  is, of 
			course, silent, but there is some danger nowadays of a 
			spelling pronuncation (already in use in USA),  and the 
			older spelling is to be preferred."(Reaney, Withycombe, 
			Turk).   Guppy found Anthony mostly in South Wales, and 
			in smaller number in Norfolk, Derbyshire and Devon;   
			McLysaght in Waterford since the 17th century.

In Newfoundland:	Robert John Anthony, fisherman of Indian Pond, 
			1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)
			Isaac Anthony, fisherman of Seal Cove, 
			1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir)

Modern Status:		small numbers in several communities 
			in the Con. Bay and elsewhere.

BISHOP: a surname of England, Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands, from the Old English personel name Bisc (e) op, or "a nickname of one which the appearance or bearing of a bishop, or a pageant name from the custom of electing a boy-bishop on St. Nicholas's Day" (Reaney), or one who worked in the household of a bishop; in Ireland, as a synonym by translation of MacAnespie and GILLESPIE. (MacLysaght, Black, Reaney, Cottle, Turk). Guppy and Matthews found the name widespread, especially in the southwest of England. In Newfoundland: Thomas Bishop, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern Status: widespread
BUTLER: a surname of England and Ireland, from Old French bouteillier - servant in charge of the wine-cellar, usually the head servant. "In some early examples, an officer of high rank nominally connected with the supply and importation of wine". (Reany). Later examples may be for Bottler - maker of (leather) bottles. Guppy found Butler widespread. Spiegelhalter traced it in Devon. MacLysaght found it widespread in all provinces except Ulster. Black comments that Butler appears to have been ousted in Scotland by SPENCE. In Newfoundland: William Butler, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Charles Butler, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern Status: widespread
COMERFORD: a surname of England and Ireland, ? from the English place names Comberford (Straffordshire) or Comford (Cornwall), or for the Irish surname Cumiskey, or a variant of the English surname Comfort. (Ekwall, MacLysaght, E.C. Smith). Traced by MacLysaght in Cos. Kilkenny, Cavan and Longford, "prominent in Ireland since 1210" (MacLysaght). In Newfoundland: John Comerford, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Rare.
COVEYDUCK: ? a Newfoundland variant, apparently not recorded elsewhere, ? of the surname of England Cobbtedick, Cobledick, ? associated with the surname Cobbold, from the Old English personal name Cuthbeald witch contains the elements famous and bold. (Barsley, Reaney) Guppy traced Cobbledick and Cobeldick in Cornwall. In Newfoundland: Charles Cobbaduc, of Seal Cove and Indian Pond (Harbour Main district), 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Charles Coveyduck, fisherman of Indian Pond, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Henry Coveyduck, fisherman of Indian Pond, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) William Coveyduck, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Thomas Coveyduck, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: In the St John's and Port de Grave districts.
DAWE: a surname of England, either a diminutive of the baptismal name David (See Davey), or from Old English *dawe, Middle English dawe - jackdaw, ? a nickname for a petty thief, (Reaney, Cottle). Traced by Guppy in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. In Newfoundland: George Daw, planter of Seal Cove & Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Henry Daw, fisherman of Seal Cove & Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Isaac Daw, fisherman of Seal Cove & Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) George Dawe, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Edward Dawe, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Stephen Dawe, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Solomon Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) George Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Richard Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) John Dawe, Sr., fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) John Dawe, Jr., fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Philip Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Isaac Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Wm. John Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Noah Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Robert Dawe, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Widespread
DOWDEN: a surname of England and Ireland, ? from an unidentified place name, or ? a variant of DOWDING. Traced in Hampshire. In Newfoundland: William Sr. fisherman of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory). William Jr. fisherman of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory). William Dowden, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) George Dowden, Sr., fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) George Dowden, Jr., fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Scattered, especially at Seal Cove and St. John's.
DOYLE: a surname of Ireland, (O) Doyle, O Dubhghaill, Ir. dubh - black, gall - foreigner, of Norse origin. (Reaney, MacLysaght). MacLysaght describes (O) Doyle as one of the most numerous nams in Leinster, In Newfoundland: Patrick Doyle, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Joseph, Doyle, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Thomas Doyle, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Widespread,
KEARNEY: CARNEY, surnames of Ireland, (O) Kearney, O Catharaigh - warlike, or O Cearnaigh, Ir. cearnach - victorious. (MacLysaght). Traced by MacLysaght in Co. Meath where it is now often changed to FOX, in Cos. Mayo and Tipperary, and as Carney in Connacht. In Newfoundland: John Kearney, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Kearney, scattered; Carney, unique
KELLY: with a rare variant O'KELLEY, surnames of England, Ireland and Scotland; in England from the English place name Kelly (Devon), Cornish celli - wood, grove; in Ireland and Scotland for (Mac) Kelly, Mac Cealliagh or O'KELLY, O Ceallaigh, ? Ir. ceallach - strife; also in Scotland from the Scots place name Kelly (Angus, Renfrewshire) or Kellie (Fife). (Reaney, MacLysaght, Black). MacLysaght remarks that MacKelly and O'Kelly are indistinguishable now that the Mac and O have been widely dropped, though he notes that O is being to some extent resumed. Traced by Guppy in Cornwall and Devon and the Scots Border countries, and by MacLysaght from MacKelly in east Connacht and from O'Kelly throughout Ireland where it is the second commonest name. In Newfoundland: John Kelly, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) George Kelly of Lance Cove, 1835 (Voter's List) George Kelly, Sr., fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) George Kelly, Jr., fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) William Kelly, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Thomas Kelly, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Joseph Kelly, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Richard Kelly, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Kelley, scattered. Kelly, widespread, O'Kelly, rare at Avondale
LEAR: a surname of England, ? from the Old English personal name Leofric as in the English place name Learchild (Northumberland) - Leofric's slope, ? from the English place name Leire (Leicestershire), or from Old Norse leirr - (dweller at the ) clayey place, or from Old English hlear - face, cheek 9 Spiegelhalter, Reaney Notes, Ekwall). See also LOVERIDGE. Traced by Guppy in Devon. In Newfoundland: Abram Lear, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Henry Lear, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) John Lear, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Scattered, especially at Hibbs Hole and Seal Cove (Harbour Main district).
MORGAN: a surname of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and a baptismal name in Wales, from an Old Celtic name Morcant, Morgan containing the elements sea and ? bright; in Ireland also the anglicized form of several Irish surnames. See MERRIGAN. (Reaney, Cottle, MacLysaght, Black, Withycombe). Traced by Guppy especially in Monmouthshire ans South and North Wales, by Black in Aberdeenshire, and by MacLysaght in Cos. Armagh, Monaghan, Belfast and Dublin and eslewhere. In Newfoundland: William, granted land at Lance Cove (near Holyrood), 1863 (Nfld. Archives, Registry Crown Lands). Abram Morgan, planter of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Abram Morgan, planter of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) John Morgan, fisherman of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Joseph Morgan, fisherman of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Joseph Morgan, planter of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Joseph of Wm. Morgan, planter of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871 (Lovell's Directory) William Morgan, fisherman of Seal Cove and Indian Pond, 1871, (Lovell's Directory) MORGAN'S - (see 1894-97 Directory for entries . There are too many to list here) Modern status: Widespread, especially at Indian Pond (Harbour Main district), Seal Cove, Upper Gullies.
PEYTON: a surname of England and Ireland, in England ? from the English place names Peyton (Essex, Suffolk) or Petton (Devon, Shropshire), or a variant of PATON, PATTEN, PATTON or PAYTON; in Ireland, with PAYTON and PATTON, an anglicized form of O Peotain, ? a diminutive of Patrick (See PATRICK). (Bardsley, Ekwall, MacLysaght). See also PENTON. Traced by Matthews in Hampshire and by MacL:ysaght especially in Donegal. In Newfoundland: Henry Payten, of Seal Cove at Indian Pond (Conception B.), 1871 (Lovell's Directory) Richard Paten, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Scattered
PYNN: a surname of England, ? from the English place name Pinn (Devon). (Gover). Traced by Matthews in Dorset. In Newfoundland: John Pynn, fisherman of Seal Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status:
SQUIRE(S): surnames of England from Old French escuyer, Middle English squyer - shield-bearer, esquier, a young gentelmen attending a knight. (Reaney, Cottle). See also SWYERS. Traced by Guppy in Bedfordshire, Devon, Leicestershire, Ruthlandshire and Nottinghamshire, with Squires "far the least frequent, occurring in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire." In Newfoundland: Ambrose Squires, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Squires, widespread.
WALTER(S): WALTERS, surnames of England, Wales and the Channel Islands, (Mac) Walter of Ireland, from the Old German personal names Walter or Waldhar containing the elements mighty and army, introduced into England in the regin of Edward the Confessor and very popular after the Norman Conquest, giving the surnames WALTER(S), WATERS, WATKINS, WATSON, WATT(S). (Withycombe, Reaney, Cottle, MacLysaght, Turk). Guppy traced Walter in Devon, Kent, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Sussex, Walter in Devon, Monmouthshire, Straffordshire and South Wales. In Newfoundland: Mary Walters, school teacher of Lance Cove (Conception Bay), 1864-65 (Hutchingsons Directory) Modern status: Walter, unique. Walters, scattered.
WALSH: a surname of England, Scotland and Ireland from Old English woelisc, Middle English walsche - foreigner (Reaney, Cottle, Black, MacLysaght) See also Wallace, Wallis, Welsh. Traced by Guppy in Lancashire, by Spiegelhalter in Devon, and by MacLysaght as the fourth numerous of Irish surnames. In Newfoundland: Michael Welsh of Lance Cove, 1835 (Voter's List) Richard Walsh, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Widespread in all districts
WARFORD: a surname of England from the English place name Warford (Cheshire) or (dweller by the) ford (by the) wier. See WARE, WIER. In Newfoundland: Charles Warford, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) George Warford, fisherman of Lance Cove, 1894-97 (McAlpine's Dir) Modern status: Scattered

 

 

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