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The Star & Conception Bay Journal
Carbonear and Harbour Grace
January 1838-December 1838
MF 4981



Some pages in the original contain flaws and other defects which appear on the film.

Some issues are missing and some are too faded to read.


Conception Bay  Printed and Published by JOHN T. BURTON, at his Office, Carbonear



Wednesday, January 3, 1838

The session of the Supreme Court closed on Saturday last, on Friday, a man named GEORGE AVERY, against whom a true bill was found by the Grand Jury for murder.  He having, at Bonavista, fired a gun amongst a group of children, one of whom was thereby killed, and was put upon his trial and was found guilty of manslaughter.  He was sentenced by the court to perpetual punishment from this island.  Gazette, Dec. 26th


Wednesday, January 10, 1838

Married on Sunday last, by the Rev. John Snowball, Mr. WILLIAM WEBBER to ELIZABETH, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. KENNEDY, of Bear’s Cove.


Died – It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of JAMES STEWART, Esq., of Clydebank, who on Friday last was unanimously elected to the office of Provost of this town.  He expired on Saturday after an illness of little more than a week.  Mr. Stewart was in the prime and vigor of life.  Greenock Advertiser, Nov. 2


Wednesday, January 24, 1838

Died at Carbonear on Saturday last, after a long illness, Mr. WILLIAM JACKMAN, tailor.  He has left a wife and a large family to lament their loss.


Wednesday, February 7, 1838

Died at Upper Island Cove on Monday last, after a few days illness, Mr. GEORGE CRANE, aged 73 years.  His funeral is tomorrow.


Died on Saturday last, JANE, the beloved wife of James B. WOOD, Esq., merchant of this town, in the 29th year of her age.  Communicated from the Gazette, Jan. 30.


Wednesday, February 28, 1838

Married at St. John’s on the 6th inst., at St. Thomas’s Church, by the Ven. Archdeacon Wix, Mr. JOHN W. M’COUBREY, Proprietor of the Times newspaper, to MARGARET ELIZABETH WATTS.



Wednesday, March 14, 1838

Died suddenly at Carbonear on Thursday last, Mr. WILLIAM HOWELL (of the firm W.W. Bemister & Co., merchants of that town), aged 63 years.


Died at St. John’s on the 8th inst., after a protracted illness, Mr. JAMES BOAG, (of the firm Perchard & Boag, merchants of that town), aged 33 years.


Wednesday, April 4, 1838

We are requested to state that “The Carbonear Sentinel” will reappear tomorrow week, Thursday, 3rd May.


Wednesday, April 9, 1838

The Sentinel we are requested to state will be published on Tuesday next, the 15th inst.  The issuing of it having been delayed by some extra work.


Wednesday, May 16, 1838

Died at Carbonear on the 11th inst., OLIVIA LILLY, relict of the late Mr. Samuel Lilly, aged 72 years.


Wednesday, May 23, 1838

Inquest – An inquisition was taken at Carbonear on Saturday last, before John Stark, Esq., Coroner, on a view of the body of GEORGE BISHOP, a seaman belonging to the brig Triumbirule, Capt. Green. After a lengthened inquiry, the jury returned a verdict “found drowned”.  The Coroner in approving of the verdict took occasion to warn all the  shipmates of the deceased against that extreme species of drunkenness, in which the deceased had indulged, and which ultimately led to his death, by his jumping off the wharf and attempting to swim on board.  The Coroner issued his warrant for the burial of the deceased in St. James’ Churchyard.


Wednesday, June 6, 1838

Died at St. John’s on Saturday last, after a short illness, JAMES BLAIKIE, Esq., aged 62 years.  Mr. Blaikie was a native of Roxburghshire, in Scotland, but has long been a resident of this country.  For a considerable period he filled the office of  clerk of the Supreme and Central Courts, and for about 28 years he had the arduous duties of Police Magistrate in this town.  Ledger, June 5


Wednesday, July 4, 1838

Died yesterday, after a short illness, in the 76th year of her age, CHARLOTTE, relict of the late James CAWLEY, Sr., Esq. Her funeral will take place on Friday next.


Wednesday, July 25, 1838

Married at Brigus, on Saturday last, by the Rev. James G. Hennigar, Wesleyan Missionary, JOHN MUNN, Esq., of this town, to NAOMI, eldest daughter of William MUNDEN, Esq.



Wednesday, August 1, 1838

Married at Carbonear on Saturday last, by the Rev. J. Pickavant, Wesleyan Missionary, Mr. THOMAS NEWELL to Mrs. MULCAY, relict of the late Mr. John Mulcay.


Wednesday, August 22, 1838

Died on Saturday last, MARY, wife of Mr. William PARSONS, of this town, after some years of painful illness, aged 64.  Funeral takes place today to the Wesleyan Church.


Wednesday, September 5, 1838

A Coroner’s inquest was held at the Court House in this town, Monday last, before John Stark, Esq., and a most respectable jury of which Mr. James R. Knight was elected foreman, to inquire into the cause of the death of EDWARD DALTON, a male infant of about 12 months old.  It appeared in evidence that the child (whose mother has for some time past been confined in Gaol under sentence) had long been lingering with a dysenteric affliction from which it completely recovered, it was then seized with convulsions consequent upon teething, from which it died.  Dr. Sterling had regularly attended the deceased and Mr. Currie, the gaoler, as well as Mrs. Curried had been unremitting in their attendance and kindness administering to it , bread and milk, with wine, and every other comfort that was required.  Verdict – “died a natural death by the visitation of God.”


Wednesday, September 19, 1838

Married at St. John’s on the 9th inst., at St. John’s Church, by the Rev. T.F.H. Bridge, B.A. curate, the Hon. JAMES CROWDY, Col. Secretary, to CAROLINE AUGUSTA, second daughter of the Hon. John DUNSCOMBE.


Wednesday, October 24, 1838

Died at Lower Island Cove on Friday last, ELIZABETH, wife of Richard RANKIN, Esq., of that place.


Died at Placentia, early in the present month, the Rev. WILIAM HERRON, for many years R.C. curate for that district.


Wednesday, December 19, 1838

Extract from the calendar of the autumn turn of the Northern Circuit court: -

 at Twillingate: GILES NORROMORE – taking salmon out of a net – fined 20 shillings;

at Greenspond: JAMES LASH – marrying without a license – fined 5 pounds and to be imprisoned til the fine be paid;

at Greenspond: MOSES CHEATER (?) – larceny – imprisonment at Trinity for 3 months and to be kept at hard labor until his arrival at Trinity;

at Trinity: JOHN COX – malicious mischief – killing a horse – verdict: not guilty;

at Trinity: JAMES BROWN   - receiving stolen goods – to be confined in Her Majesty’s Gaol in Trinity for 3 calendar months;

at Harbor Grace: PATRICK POWER – perjury – to be imprisoned in Her Majesty’s Gaol in Hr. Grace for 6 calendar months and pay a fine of 10 pounds.


Her Majesty’s solicitor general filed information against the following persons for selling liquor without a license, to which they were severally pleaded guilty and judgment passed thus – each shall pay a fine of 5 pounds sterling and a further sum of 2 pounds 10 shillings on amount of costs viz:


Mr. ARTHUR THOMEY at Mosquito;

Mr. THOMAS BUTLER at Port de Grave;

Mr. FRANCIS LYNCH & Mr. ROGER HANRAHAN of Hr. Grace, about 25 others such informations will come on for trial next term.


Died on the 7th inst., after a long and severe illness, aged 56 years, Mr. THOMAS PYNN, formerly of Mosquito.


Died on the 16th November, on board the brig Sophia of St. John’s, on her passage from St. Jago de Cuba to Turk;s Island, after a short illness, ANN, wife of Capt. John HUMPHREYS of said brig and daughter of the late Adam McLARTY.


Page Transcribed by Maxine Edwards (October 2001)
Page Revised by Don Tate (April 2002)

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