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The Star & Conception Bay Journal
Harbour Grace
January 1839-September1840
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.

Wednesday, January 9, 1839

Died yesterday, after a brief illness, Mr. JAMES ASH, joiner, leaving a wife and five children to lament his loss.

Wednesday, January 30, 1839

Married on Thursday last, by the Rev. J. Cummins, Mr. THOMAS POWER to MARY, second daughter of Mr. Francis RONAN, all of this town.

Married on Thursday last, by the Rev. J. Pickavant, Wesleyan Missionary, JOHN WILLS MARTIN, Esq., to MARTHA, third daughter of Mr. Richard Hayward DAYLOR.

Died on Saturday last, ANNA BROWN, wife of John R.M. COOKE, Esq., of Her Majestyís Customs, and fourth daughter of Newman W. HOYLES, Esq., Colonial-Treasurer, in the 25th year of her age.† Gazette, Jan. 15

Died at St. Johnís on the 19th inst., after a short illness, MATHILDA JULIA, third daughter of Mr. Joseph GILL, of that town.

Died at St. Johnís on the 20th inst., Mr. WILLIAM BRANSCOMB, a native of that place, aged 78 years.

Wednesday, May 1, 1839

Died at Liverpool, on the 15th February, THOMAS HARRISON, Jr., Esq., partner in the firm of Thomas, Ridley & Co., of this town.

Wednesday, June 19, 1839

Died on Monday last, at his residence in this town, THOMAS FOLEY, Esq., merchant, aged 78 years.† His funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon.

Wednesday, July 3, 1839

Died on Saturday, the 29th ulto, after a† few days of painful suffering, aged 43 years, Mr. JAMES HATCHER, for many years a trustee and diligent postman of this town.† His funeral took place on Monday last.† The deceased has left a widow and eleven children to lament his loss.

Wednesday, July 24, 1839

Died on Wednesday last, after a lingering illness, aged 12 years and 9 months, DUNCAN, eldest son of Mr. John CURRIE, Keeper of H.M. Gaol, in this town.

Wednesday, August 28, 1839

Died on Thursday last, after a few days of painful illness, in the 26th year of her age, SUSAN, the wife of Mr. Solomon SHEPPARD, of this town, planter, leaving an only son to bewail his untimely loss.† Her funeral took place on Sunday.

Died at Bearís Cove, on Sunday, after a short illness, aged 13 years, ANN, daughter of Mr. Robert PARSONS, of that place.

Wednesday, September 24, 1839

Married at St. Johnís on Thursday last, by the Rev. W. Faulkner, Wesleyan Missionary, Mr. MARK PARSONS of this town, merchant, to EMMA, daughter of Mr. James PITTS, of the former place.

Wednesday, October 23, 1839

Murder at Carbonear Ė Coronerís Inquest Ė On Saturday last, an inquisition was taken at Carbonear before John Stark, Esq., Coroner, on view of the body of DENIS CALLAGHAN, fisherman and laborer, then and there lying dead.† It appeared in evidence that one THOMAS NOWLAN, a fisherman, had returned to his tilt at Carbonear, from Hr. Grace, on Wednesday evening, 16th inst., and that about a quarter of an hour afterwards, the deceased Denis Callaghan was seen to enter Thomas Nowlanís tilt, situated only a few yards from the house of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Cullinna..† A great noise and loud talking and screeching from Nowlanís wife and the deceased was soon afterwards heard, and it being supposed that both Nowlanís wife and Callaghan had been murdered.† Assistance was procured, the door of the house was ultimately unlocked by Nowlan himself, when the deceased Callaghan was found severely wounded in the head, lying upon a bench near the fire, almost speechless, his body covered with blood with several mortal wounds in the head and a great deal of blood on the bench and the floor.† He was carried to his own house and expired about ten oíclock the same night.† The body presented a sad spectacle; there were several mortal wounds and one of a circular shape, as it had been inflicted with the muzzle of a gun.† The head was neatly dissected by Dr. Walsh, in the presence of the Coroner and Jury.† The investigation continued for two days, many witnesses were examined and on Saturday, a highly respectable jury of 17 in number, and of which Mr. JOHN FOOTE was elected foreman, unanimously returned a verdict of willful murder against Thomas Nowlan.† The Coroner instantly issued his warrant for the apprehension of the murderer, who was still supposed to be lurking in the neighborhood of his own dwelling, situated on the margin of the woods.† Mr. Power, the stipendiary magistrate, Carbonear, and his constables have been, and continue to be on lookout, in the endeavors to discover the felon, and it is hoped he will be apprehended.†† There is little doubt that the murderer had but too good cause to be jealous of the deceased, and it was to this jealousy the murder is attributed.

Died on Monday last, after a few hours illness, aged 38 years, Mr. WILLIAM DIXON, leaving a wife and two young children.† His funeral will take place this afternoon.

Wednesday, November 6, 1839

Died on Tuesday, after an illness of several years, SARAH BENNETT, aged 42 years.

Died on Friday last, in the 28th year of her age, MARTHA, second daughter of the late Mr. Joseph LILLY, of Harbor Grace.† The Times, Nov. 6

Wednesday, December 18, 1839

Died at St. Johnís on Sunday last, aged 72 years, SIMON SOLOMON, Esq., postmaster of this island.


Wednesday, January 8, 1840

Died on Saturday last, after a short but painful illness, aged 16 months, EVELINA, youngest child of Mr. W.S. COMER.

Died at Crockerís Cove, Carbonear, after several years illness,† FLORENCE McCARTHY, aged 83 years.

Wednesday, January 15, 1840

Died at Carbonear, on the 8th inst., after a lingering illness, in the 58th year of his age, Mr. JAMES LEGG.

Died on the same day, at the above named town, in the third year of her age, MARTHA, daughter of Mr. Francis PIKE, Jr., and grandchild to the late Mr. JAMES LEGG.

Wednesday, February 5, 1840

Died on Friday last, after a long illness, Mr. CUTHBERT KITCHEN, aged 24 years.

Wednesday, February 12, 1840

Married at Carbonear, on the 2nd inst., by the Rev. J. Pickavant, Mr. JOSEPH TAYLOR to MARGARET, fourth daughter of the late Mr. Henry ROWE, both of that town.

Wednesday, February 19, 1840

Died at St. Johnís on the 7th inst., after a short illness, ADAM, fourth son of the late Mr. Adam MíLARTY, of that town, aged 32 years.

Wednesday, February 26, 1840

Died suddenly at Carbonear, on the 14th inst., aged 55 years, ANN, relict of the late Mr. George BEST, merchant, of Brigus.

Wednesday, March 4, 1840

This week becomes our painful duty to record the death of JOHN ELSON, Esq., of the late firm of Slade, Elson & Co., merchants, Carbonear, where he died, Wednesday last, after a few days illness, in the 64th year of his age.

Died at Carbonear, on the 18th ult., after an illness of four days, FREDERICK SHREVE NEWELL.

Wednesday, March 11, 1840

Died at St. Johnís suddenly, on the morning of 29th ult., in the 63rd year of his age, NEWMAN WRIGHT HOYLES, Esq., Colonial-Treasurer.

Wednesday, March 18, 1840

Married last evening, by the Rev. J. Burt, Mr. CHARLES BRADBURY, only 75 years of age to Miss CHARLOTTE McLEAN, aged 19 years.† The happy couple intend to spend their honeymoon at Upper Island Cove.† Communicated

Married on 22nd January, at East Bergholdt Church, in the county of Suffolk, WILLIAM TARBET, Esq., merchant of this town, to Mrs. ARABELLA MARIA CHAPMAN. Liverpool Courier, January.

Died at Blackhead on the 3rd inst., HARRIET ELIZA, eldest daughter of the Rev. George ELLIDGE, aged 10 years and 6 months.† On the same day, SARAH BATES, his youngest daughter, aged 2 years and 9 months, and on the 11th inst., ELIZABETH HANNAH, the only surviving daughter, aged 6 years and 6 months.

Died at Dumfries, on the 14th January, aged 80 years, the Hon. and Rt. Rev. Dr. ALEXANDER MíDONNELL, R.C. Bishop of Kingston, Upper Canada.

Wednesday, April 1, 1840

Died at Carbonear, on Saturday last, after a long and severe illness, Mr. JAMES BARRY, aged 43 years.† He had been a police officer for the last 20 years.

Wednesday, May 20, 1840

Married at St. Johnís Church on Sunday the 10th inst., by the Rev.T.F. Bridge, ANNA WINSLOW, daughter of the late Hon. Benjamin GREEN, of Halifax, to NOEL HANMER, Esq.

Wednesday, June 10, 1840

Died at Georgetown, Demerara, on the 29th April last, in the 31st year of her age, ELIZABETH, wife of John C. PRESTON, Esq., daughter of George WINTER, Esq., Deputy Ordnance Storekeeper, of this island.

Wednesday, June 24, 1840

Died on the 10th inst., JESSIE, eighth daughter of Mr. John CURRIE, Keeper of Her Majestyís Gaol.

Died on the 12th inst., Mrs. BRIDGET QUINLANS, aged 73 years.

Died on the 17th inst., MELINA, youngest daughter of Mr. John CURRIE, Gaoler.

Died at St. Johnís on the 11th inst., A.W. GODFREY, Esq., late member of the House of Assembly for this district, aged 64 years.

Wednesday, July 8, 1840

Died on Sunday last, Mr. JAMES PRENDERGAST, in his 78th year, 54 of whichy he has spent in Hr. Grace. His funeral took place yesterday.

Wednesday, July 15, 1840

Died on the 8th inst., Mr. WILLIAM MARTIN, aged 87 years. He discharged the duties of Constable and latterly of High Constable in this district for a long period of 64 years.† His remains were conveyed to the Silent Tomb on Saturday last.

Wednesday, July 29, 1840

Died lately in the city of Bristol, THOMAS DANSON, Esq., son of the late William Danson, Esq., late a merchant of Hr. Grace.† Communicated

Wednesday, August 19, 1840

Birth in this town on Saturday last, the 15th inst., the Lady of JOHN STARK, Esq., Chief Clerk and Registrar, Northern Circuit Court, J.P., of a son.

Coronerís Inquest Ė On Thursday the 6th inst. at Blowmedown, near Salmon Cove, an inquest was taken before John Stark, Esq., Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM PENNY, a young man, 24 years of age, son of Clement Penny. On the previous evening, shortly before dark, the deceased, in company with one of his brothers, and EDWARD BALDWIN, were returning from the jigging ground in the punt, under sail.† The deceased was in the bow of the boat and had an oar in his hand with which (out of his tricks, as described by the witnesses) he was endeavoring to counteract the steerage of Edward Baldwin, who was sculling Ė a sudden flow of wind reached the boat Ė the oar of the deceased caught in the water when he was tossed overboard and before the two lads could take in the sail and return to the spot, he sank to rise no more.† Verdict Ė Accidentally Drowned.† No blame whatever attaches to the two young lads that were in the punt.

Wednesday, August 26, 1840

Died at Poole, on the 7th June, Mrs. OLIVIA PACK, widow of the late Stephen Pack, Esq., aged 72 years, and the beloved mother of Robert Pack, Esq., J.P., of Carbonear.

Died at West Lulworth, in the county of Dorset, England, on the 26th of June, JOHN BEATON, Esq., aged 75 years.† This gentleman was father of the lady of the Rector of this town, and also of the lady of the Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald of Bonavista.

Wednesday, September 2, 1840

The Rev. JAMES WOOD, the senior Minister of the Wesleyan Methodist connection, died on the 17th June.† He was in his 39th year.

Wednesday, September 23, 1840

Died on Sunday last, aged 64 years, REBECCA, wife of Mr. Jonathan MARTIN, planter.


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

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