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Land Grants
Swain's Island and Wesleyville
Bonavista Bay District

From "The Sea, Our Life-Blood A History of Wesleyville, Newfoundland"
by Rev. Naboth Winsor.
Permission to use graciously given by his widow,
Mrs. Mildred Winsor.

A list of some of the Land Grants obtained for Swain's Island and Wesleyville, 1860 - 1900
Please note the names given to the different parts of what is now Wesleyville
Name YearLocation
Abbott, Richard1880Swain's Island.
Best and Sons, Charles1876Western Island of Swain's Island.
Biddlecombe, Robert; and Tiller, James1871Swain's Island.
Breaker, James1877North West Island of Swain's Island.
Hoyles, Joseph1890Swain's Island.
Mullett, John1877Western Swain's Island.
Andrews, Noah and Kenneth1880Mainland to the northwards of Swain's Island, and known as Lobster Cove.
Andrews, Edgar1897Woody Island, near Lobster Cove, Three Island Harbour.
Best, William and Edward1886West side of Bennett's Cove.
Bishop, James1890Bennett's Cove.
Carter, Benjamin1885Three Island Harbour.
Carter, John1886Mainland near Swain's Island.
Cross, Thomas1886Coal Harbour.
Gibbons, Thomas sr., Richard, John, Mark, and Thomas jr. 1886Mainland North East of Swain's Island, part of Coal Harbour.
Hann, George, Peter and Charles1881Mainland opposite Swain's Island.
House, George1897Sleepy Cove near Wesleyville.
Roberts, Thomas sr., Eli, John, Abram, Samuel sr., Samuel jr., Thomas jr., Caleb 1884Three Island Harbour, near Swain's Island
Sainsbury, Japheth1864East side of Sleepy Cove.
Standford, Abram1898Wesleyville.
Tiller, Stephen and George1887West side of Bennett's Cove.
Tiller, James1887Bennett's Cove.
Winsor, George1864Mainland opposite Swain's Island.
Winsor, Cornelius and Japheth1887Wesleyville near Bennett's Cove.
Wicks, Samuel sr., John, James, Charles, and Israel 1887Bennett's Cove.

The entries have been transcribed as they appear in the original works.
Over the years many of the names have become colloquial.

Page transcribed by: Donna Randell

Page revised: Oct. 2002 (Terry Piercey)

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