Census 1817 Part III

This Section is a continuation of the section Census 1817 Part II ; that Section provided detail on the families enumerated in the westernmost part of Bareneed ending with # 33 Elias Filler. This Section continues moving eastward and covers the families enumerated in that section of Bareneed east of Mercers Lane. The first property listed in this area belonged to John Richards Senior.

# 32 John Richards Senr. and #28 Isack Richards

32John Richards Senr2143 W PencentD
1817 Census

The record for John Richards Senr includes two adult males in the household, possibly father and son. Only one of these had a wife (perhaps father was a widower) and there were 4 children, 3 male servants and one female servant in the household. The Supplier/ Merchant for this household was W. Pencent and the household was described as “D” (Distressed). W. Pencent was likely William Pincent (2 clients in Bareneed) was a Port de Grave merchant.

28Isack Richards11431Natale & CawleyD
1817 Census

Isack Richards was listed as having a wife, 4 children, 3 male servants and one female servant in the household. The Supplier/ Merchant for this household was listed as “Natale & Cawley” which was likely Nuttall & Cawley, Harbour Grace fish merchants (see History 1805-1818 and Merchant Connections section under the Newell family part of this Web Site for more information on this firm). Isack Richards was also classified as D (Distressed) but both families of Richards employ a number of male and female servants.

In the 1817 Census the record for Isack Richards is separated from the one by John Richards by several members of the Bartlett family (who occupied land to east) but these two properties are likely abutting based on land ownership in 1805 (see below) and later in the 19th century.

#430 Wm. Richards: 64 yards from E to W bounded on E by Abraham Richards on the W by Elias Filleul- 160 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward – bounded on the N. by Bay Roberts. 1 Stage, 2 Flakes, 2 Houses, 2 Gardens, 1 Meadow 1782 : Bequeathed to him, by his father’s Will
#431 Abraham Richards: 63 yds. from E. to W. bounded E. by John Richards on the W. by Wm. — 160 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward on the N. by Bay Roberts. 1782 : Bequeathed to him, by his father’s Will
# 432 John Richards: 64 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E by John Richards on the W. by Abram Richards 180 yards from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded N by Bay Roberts.1782 : Bequeathed to him, by his father
#431 Isaac Richards: 88 yards from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Thomas Bartlett on the W. by John Richards 180 yards from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded on the N. by Bay Roberts. – 1 Stage, 2 Flakes, 2 Houses, 2 Gardens, 1 Meadow
1778 Bequeathed to him, by his father
Plantation Book 1805

The following may be the John of 1805:

Keith Matthews Files

However, the John Richards in 1817 is possibly John son of the 1805 William (see following).

The John Son of John above may be the John who had a daughter baptized in 1814.

The Bareneed Merchant Patten, Graham & Co. was dissolved in Feb 1817 and the company was then reformed as Alex Graham & Co operating with with John McNichol and Duncan McKellar. In the winter of 1817 Patten, Graham & Co. operated a store at Barneed. There is no direct evidence but their store in Bareneed may have been situated on land owned by Abraham Richards in 1805. In May 1814 Abraham Richards had leased his land to Thomas Patton & Co. (in October, 1820 Graham, McNichol & Co. sold the 23 years remaining on this lease).

The following references show that John Son of John and John Son of William were living in Bareneed in the 1820s.

The following shows the burials of two Johns from Bareneed, the first (c 1782-1846) is the son of William and Elizabeth and the second (c1796-1853) is likely the son of John.

The following is the Will of the John who died in 1853.

Will of John Richards probate year 1854: In the name of God Amen, I John Richards of Bareneed in Conception Bay Newfoundland Planter, being in sound mind and aware that it is appointed unto all men once to die do hereby make and sign this my last will and testament, First I surrender my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God beseeching him to grant it an entrance into His Heavenly Kingdom through the alone merits of Jesus Christ our Lord and my body I request may be decently buried in the burial ground attached to Established Church of England I give and bequeath all my land and property thereon (including residence outhouses &c &c- situated at Port de Grave being at present in the occupation of Mr. James Keeping, also my property situated at the Dock adjoining the land of Mr. John Nevill to my four daughters namely Elizabeth, Anne, Mary and Emma (or in case of their death to their lawful children) the aforesaid property to be sold and the proceeds to be equally divided between my aforenamed four daughters or their children. Also I give and bequeath my property including residence, furniture, outhouses, gardens, stores, stages &c. &c. situated at Bareneed also my property at Cubits and my property at Souther Gut equally between my dear wife Ann and my son Isaac the said portion so willed and bequeathed to my wife to become on her decease the property of my son Isaac

#28 Isack Richards

Isack (Isaac) Richards listed in the 1817 Census is likely the Isaac buried at Bareneed in Nov. 1828. Bases on his age recorded in his burial records (74) he was born c 1854.

Keith Matthews files

Based on his age we can assume he is also the Isaac in the 1805 Plantation Book who received his land in 1778 from his father (he would have been ~ 24 at that time). In his Will written in 1823, modified in Nov 1828 and probated in 1829 he mentions his wife Elizabeth, his sons William and John plus daughters Mary, Amy, Elizabeth, Jane, Nancy & Rebecca. Their son William was born in 1788 (see below) and based on the Will (order in which sons are named and fact that William was executor) we can assume that John was younger.

Isaac Richards married Elizabeth Butler at Harbour Grace on Nov. 17th, 1778.

Nov 17, 1778Harbour GraceRICHARDS, IsaacPortograve
  BUTLER, ElizabethPortograve

Isaac and Elizabeth are buried in the old COE Cemetery above Shop House Hill, Bareneed (Eastern end of Richards Property). The notes in the following record were added by the transcriber indicating that Isaac was the son of William Richards of Port de Grave, likely the William who died in Harbour Grace in 1782.

NameBurialAgeNotes from Transcriber
Isaac Richards Nov. 21, 182879[son of William Richards of Port de Grave; Isaac & Elizabeth are th gr-gr-grandparent of Capt. Bob Bartlett]
Elizabeth RichardsNov. 1, 182974 [daughter of John & Mary Butler of Port de Grave; Isaac & Elizabeth are th gr-gr-grandparent of Capt. Bob Bartlett]

This Isaac was likely the Isaac Richards who was a constable at Bareneed in 1814.

This Isaac was also likely the Isaac Richards who registered the 67 Ton schooner Good Intent in 1819 (built by him) and the William who was Captain was likely his son.

Later John was Captain and part owner of the same ship.

A petition filed on November 17, 1830 at Port de Grave filed by Elizabeth’s children list the married names of her daughters:

We the Undersigned Children and Heirs at Law of the late Elizabeth Richards do hereby request the Honorable Supreme Court will be pleased to cause Administration of the Goods Effects and Estate of the said Elizabeth Richards to be granted to William Antle Jr., in whom we have all great confidence. Mary Antle, Nancy Bartlett, William Richards, John Richards, Jane Batten, Amey Listen, Rebecca Butler, Elizabeth Hussey. *(All used their marks except sons William & John Richards, who signed. )

Isaac’s son William was buried in 1868.

Abraham Richards who was listed in the 1805 Plantation Book is not recorded in the 1817 Census. This may be because he had leased his land to Thomas Patten & CO.

Keith Matthews Files MUN

This Abraham had acquired land in Port de Grave from his Uncle in 1775.

Abram Richards 34½ yds. from E. to W. by Waterside 60 yds. from H.W.M. 98 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Isaac Richards on the W.by John Butler 100 yds from S. to N. bounded on the S. by —Hussey on the N. by Jno. Lidston and Wm. Hussey – 3 Flakes 2 Houses 2 GardensPort de GraveBy deed of gift from his uncle Abram Carnell1775
Plantation Book 1805 Back Cove, Port de Grave

An Abraham Richards was buried in the Shop House Hill Cemetery in Bareneed in 1824.

RichardsAbraham Oct. 182472 Yearsson of William Richards of Port de Grave [likely comment by transcriber]

The other brother that had land in 1805 was John. His land abutted Abrahams. Either this John or his son John might be the John involved in disputes with Patten and Graham (see History 1805-1818 for more info on this land).

One final note on the early Richards family relates to their founder (father of brothers in 1805). The following record from Sept. 1820 demonstrates that William Richards arrived in Bareneed in 1728 from Stepney, London. His son John (see below) was born in Bareneed c 1742 is almost certainly the John Richards in the 1805 Plantation Book.

The Following tree, based on the data presented earlier, list some of the children and grandchildren of the William who arrived in 1728.

Gen #1  William Richards Snr of Stepney (c 1700-1782)  
Gen #2William Richards Abraham Richards (1752-1824)John Richards   (c1742 –  )Isaac Richards (1749-1828)Amy Richards
 Married ElizabethMarried Jane Married Elizabeth Butler (1755 -1829) in 1778Married William Pinsent in 1797
Gen #3.William (1779-Jane (1782-John Richards (1796-1853)Elizabeth (1783 – 
 John (1782-1846)Abraham (1788- Jane (1785- 
 Elizabeth (1786-1847)Grace (1788- William Richards (1788-1868) 
  William Richards? John Richards 
  Charlote (1790   
My Family tree for Early Richards of Bareneed

The one question I still have relates to the Isaac of 1805 and 1817. The Plantation Book indicates that John, William and Abraham were living on properties they received from their father and these properties were registered in 1782; however, Isaac’s property was registered in 1778. There are a number of possible reasons for the earlier date on his property including the possibility that Isaac was not their brother (could have been cousin) and he inherited his property from a different father; however, a more likely explanation is that Isaac was living on the original grant which was registered earlier than the properties further west.

The following provides a summary of some later references to the Richards family in Bareneed.

The 1835 Voters List has five Richards listed in Bareneed and one in Port de Grave:

RICHARDS, IsaacPort de Grave
RICHARDS, John of IsaacPort de GraveBareneed
RICHARDS, William of IsaacPort de GraveBareneed
RICHARDS, John of WilliamPort de GraveBareneed
RICHARDS, William of AbrahamPort de GraveBareneed
RICHARDS, Abraham of WilliamPort de GraveBareneed
1835 Voters List Port de Grave Region

John and William sons of Isaac were discussed earlier. They were sons of the Isaac who was listed in the 1805 Plantation Book and the 1817 Census. John of William was the son of the William who owned the western most Richards plantation in 1805, it is not clear if he is the John in the 1817 Census. Abraham of William is likely his brother. William of Abraham is possibly the son of the Abraham of 1805 or another Abraham.

The records of the Church Society for 1847 list five contributors: 2 Williams, 2 Johns and Hannah (possibly a widow). The same report for 1849 list:

Richards, John  
Richards, Mrs. John  
Richards, Isaac (J. ) 
Richards, Wilham  
Richards, John, 
(Boat John) [a separate contribution from the boat]
Richards, John(G.)
Richards, Wm. J'r.

Lovell’s Directory for 1871 list the following for Bareneed:

  • Richards Abraham, fisherman
  • Richards George, fisherman
  • Richards Isaac, planter
  • Richards Isaac, planter
  • Richards John, planter
  • Richards John, fisherman
  • Richards John, fisherman
  • Richards John, fisherman
  • Richards Joseph, fisherman
  • Richards Thomas, fisherman
  • Richards William, fisherman
  • Richards William, planter
  • Richards William, planter

The following list of Newfoundland Captains [from various communities] show that the Richard’s family were noted seafarers.

 Index of Newfoundland Captains, 1820-1889

Richards, IsaacBillow1857129
Richards, IsaacCharles1844137
Richards, IsaacConvoy1865044
Richards, IsaacGood Intent1825135
Richards, IsaacIsaac & Elizabeth1835030
Richards, IsaacRenfrew1860095
Richards, IsaacVolant1852064
Richards, JamesClara1870028
Richards, JohnCreole1852110
Richards, JohnFavorite1825020
Richards, JohnGood Intent1828039
Richards, JohnIsaac & Elizabeth1844022
Richards, JohnLady Ann1831101
Richards, JohnVolant1852064
Richards, WilliamCharles1844137
Richards, WilliamClara Maria1870070
Richards, WilliamFavorite1832029
Richards, WilliamLady Ann1845007

In the 1864 – 65 Directory for Bareneed – Thomas Richards is listed as a schooner owner (see History 1837-1901 Section for more information on this Thomas).

#31 John Bartlett, #30 Thomas Bartlett Junr., #29 William Bartlett & # 27 Thomas Senr.

The 1817 Census list four families with the Bartlett name all likely married and with a total of 18 children. Thomas Bartlett Senr. was described as “Well Off” while the others were listed as “D” (Distressed). Thomas Senr. had 2 male servants and had dealings with “Sundry Merchants”, the other Bartletts, who were likely his children, used Thomas Senr. as a supplier (see History 1805-1817 Section for a discussion of Thomas Senr’s role as a merchant). Thomas was listed in 1805 Plantation Book has receiving his property in Bareneed from his Father in Law in 1778. Thomas only had 2 servants but likely relied on his large extended family to run his business.

27Th’s Bartlett Senr1132 Sundry Merchantsall well off  
29Wm Bartlett117  Ths BartlettD  
30Th’s Bartlett Junr1161 dittoD  
31John Bartlett1121 dittoD  
1817 census

Three of the four Bartletts in the 1817 Census listed before Isaac Richards (#28); these three were children of Thomas Bartlett Senior. Both the 1805 Plantation Book and the 1817 Census suggest that Thomas Bartlett’s property was east of Isaac Richards.

#434: Thomas Bartlett 56 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Abraham Boone and on the W. by Issac Richards 188 yds. from H.W.M. to the Northward bounded N. by Bay Roberts 1 Stage 2 Flakes 5 Houses 3 Gardens 1 Meadow1778
Held by deed of gift from his Father-in-law
Plantation Book 1805

The following map shows the approximate frontage (in Red) of the Bartlett Plantation in Bareneed as described in the 1805 Plantation Book.

Bartlett Plantation (Red) and Richards (Yellow) 1805

The 1805 Plantation Book states that Thomas Bartlett’s property was “held by deed of gift from his Father-in-law”. It is possible that Thomas’ father-in-law was the father of Isaac Richards listed in the 1817 Census. This is based on:

  • connections between Isaac Richards and the Bartlett family of Brigus,
  • the fact that Bartlett’s land was adjoining the property of Isaac Richards, and
  • Thomas Bartlett’s grant was recorded in 1805)as 1778 bequeathed to him, by his father-in-law in 1778 which is the same year that Isaac Richards property was bequeathed to him, by his father.

The date for Isaac Richards receiving his land is different from the date for the other Richards living further west (1782) which might suggest that Isaac had a different father from the other Richards. If this is the case then the original Richards property incorporated the Bartlett property.

However, this does conflict somewhat with the theory proposed by Judge Rupert Bartlett that the Bartletts of Brigus had their origin in Bareneed.

Source Interview with Judge Bartlett in Decks Awash, 1986

IF the Bartletts were established in Bareneed before 1778 then this might support a connection to the family of Isaac Richards.

The following is the birth record for Thomas’ son William.

Porto GraveBARTLETThomas & MaryWilliamMJ. Balfour18 July 1779
22 Nov 1804Harbour GraceBARTLETT Thomas   Port de GraveL.A. AuspachWilliam Bartlett 
  DAW Mary   Port de Grave Amy Bartlett 

The following is the adult Baptism of Thomas Bartlett’s wife in 1803; based on this she would have been born c 1857 (likely Thomas Jnr.).

Amy Bartlett23. Jul. 1803 46BearneadWife of Thomas BartlettWitnesses:
Wm Lilly, Robert Neal
William BARTLETTJuly 12, 184061 years
John BARTLETT.May 14, 184153 years

Some time prior to Jan. 27th, 1820 Thomas Sr acquired the property of Elias Fillier in Bareneed west.

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In March 1821 Thomas (Jr. ?) and Mary had son Samuel

Samuel Bartlett Senr. was still alive in December 1827 but was dead in 1832 (see Estate Files below).

11 Dec 1827IsaacDawof Ship CoveJaneDawof Ship CoveSamuel Daw, Thomas Bartlett Senior

Thomas Bartlett (d 1832) and Mary (Richards)Bartlett m 1778 Port de Grave (Source Susan Way),

Newfoundland Supreme Court Estate files for Thomas Bartlett Sr., 1832, Bareneed. Vol 2. Two daughters Daw. Elizabeth and ??Louisa?? .

This section still under development

Continued in Census 1817 Part IV (Boone Family)