Census 1817

The 1817 Census of Bareneed Number of inhabitants in the Harbour of Brigues, Cupids, Bear Need and Port de Grave ending September 27th 1817 was compiled by Capt Buchan RN. The Governor was away for the summer and did not return until September 30th, shortly after the date of this report. Buchan likely compiled the information for the Governor to prepare for what was expected to be another bad winter (food shortages and riots) in Newfoundland.

The following Table presents the information in the 1817 Census for Bareneed (Bear Need). The Table was compiled from the transcription on the Newfoundland’s Grand Banks Web Site; however, I have corrected several errors. For example, the Supplier Pack was transcribed as W. Pack but my interpretation is Mr. Pack, Bay Roberts. I have also restructured the population data into three categories: Children, Servants (now includes M & F) and Total.

2Th’s Boon Senr3 5Mr. Pack, Bay RobertsDistressed
3Ab’m Boone4 6Graham Bare Needditto
4Jacob Hall349PackWell off
5Th’s Boon John Son4511PinsentD
6Th’s Boon Wm Son4 6PackDistressed
7Wm Boone1 3Packditto
8Ch’s Boone Abm Son136Natale & Cawlyditto
9Th’s Boon Junr215John Mooreditto
10John Boone Abm Son215Grahamditto
11Ben Batton518Johnstonwell off
12Sam Batton327dittoditto
13John Batton Wm Son327Grahamditto
14John Batton Sam’l Son5411Johnstonditto
15Edw’d Snow E son6 8John MooreDistressed
16Wm Snow ditto2 4dittoditto
17John Snow ditto6 8Ths Bartlettditto
18Wm Snow Senr4 6dittoditto
19John Snow2 3dittoditto
20Edw’d Snow W Son215Ths Dansonditto
21Th’s Snow E Son215dittoWell off
22Ch’s Morgan2 4John MooreDistressed
23Thomas Snow Snr1 3Grahamditto
24Elias Picco  2dittoWell off
25Jacob Delany114N & CawlyD
26John Boon Son Th’s5 7W PackDistressed
27Th’s Bartlett Senr327Sundry Merchantsall well off
28Isaac Richards4410Natale & CawleyD
29Wm Bartlett7 9Ths BartlettD
30Th’s Bartlett Junr619dittoD
31John Bartlett215dittoD
32John Richards Senr4310PencentD
33Elias Filleul4 6Ths BartlettDistressed
34 Isack Filler  2Dittoditto
35 Abr’m Filler  2Dittoditto
36 John Filler  2John Mooreditto
37 John Moore2913Packwell off
38 Sam’l Stephens4 6Ths BartlettDistressed
39 Benj’m Stephens2 4dittoditto
40Hard Stephens2 4John Mooreditto
41John Bucham5311Johnstonwell off
42John Curlew2 3Grahamwell off
43 Benjamine Curlew6 8dittoDistressed
44 Samuel Curlew1 3dittowell off
45 Dan’l Deleany5 7John Moorebad off
46 Sam’l Bradberry4 6Ths BartlettD
47 Batt Corbin Senr114  
48 Batt Corbin Jnr  2Edwd Frenchwell
49 Phil Corban439  
50Edward French316Grahambad off
51 James Butler4612Ths Dansonwell
52 Wm Turner5 7Graham? only
53 Philip Nule415Natale & CawleyWell Off
54 Isaac Daw1 1Ths BartlettDistressed
Total 1586.1 avg

The Survey was organized by town (Port de Grave, Bareneed, Cupids, Brigus) with Bareneed including people living at the head of Bay de Grave (Otterbury, Northern Gut, Clarke’s Beach, Southern Gut and Salmon Cove). The data for Bareneed was listed in two sections; the first group starting with #2 (#1 blank) Thomas Boon Senior who likely lived just east of the current wharf and going east to Jacob Delaney (#25) in the east end of Bareneed. The second group starting with John Boone (#26), who likely lived west of Thomas) and running in a general east to west direction (counter clockwise around the Bay). I have assumed, based on my research, that Isaac Daw (Dawe) was the last resident of what is now Bareneed and that the remaining people in the list (not included above) were living in what is now the Otterbury, North River, Clarke’s Beach and Salmon Cove.

The 1817 census not only listed householders but also included statistics on their wives, children and servants (M & F). In addition it includes the name of the supplier (merchant) each planter used and a general indication of their economic state (e.g. Well Off, Distressed). The following is a list of the Merchants and the number of planters they supplied.

SupplierBase# Clients
Bartlett, ThomasBareneed13
Graham (& Co.)Scotland & Bareneed10
Moore, JohnBareneed7
Pack, Likely RobertBay Roberts6
Johnston, WilliamScotland & St. John’s4
Natale & CawleyHarbour Grace4
Danson, ThomasHarbour Grace3
Pincent, WilliamPort de Grave2
French, Edwardthe Dock / Bay Roberts1
No Data2

This list is somewhat misleading since Graham (operating as Patten, Graham & Co) had difficulties 1816 and likely lost a number of clients prior to 1817. In addition, in some cases there were multiple layers