Newells of Bonavista & Trinity, Newfoundland
Some of the earliest records of the Newell family in Newfoundland are from Trinity and Bonavista, Newfoundland which are approx 100 km north of ‘The Dock’ (see map below).
Newells first started settling in this area in the late 17th century, a century before Philip Newell settled in “The Dock”. A census conducted in 1675 http://ngb.chebucto.org/C1675/1675berry.shtml enumerated two Thomas Newells: one at English Harbour [Trinity Bay] was married with a son and a daughter, nine men servants, two boats, a stage and a trainvat [for processing oil]; the other at Bonavista with five men, one boat and a stage was not married (see Francis I. W. Jones, Summer 1999 issue of the Newfoundland Ancestor).
ffrom English Harb to Port Bonavista is 14 leaugs and from thence to Cape Bonavista 2 leaugs:
|Nicho Newole||Brixon mar?||Brixsom||England.|
1678 Thomas Newell not listed instead there appears a Thomas Newman, clearly written and without a family. Thomas Newell is listed in English Harbour with a wife, one son and one daughter.
Bonavista Story’s List, 1681 (CO 1/47 f. 113 – 122)
|Ship||Home Port||Master or Planter||[TC Notes]|
|Thomas Newell.||Planter /Thomas ?Jr?|
Letter from Wm Coch of Bonavista to Col. Norris 7 Sep. 1698.
I think it my duty to acquaint your Honour that to the north side of this bay are many extraordinary harbours and better fishing; one William Wyng has fished there some years (it being 14 leagues NWN from this place) who has still increased the inhabitants of this place very considerably, and this year one Nowill(Newell) has been that way who has more fish for his two boats than they have for shallops, so that next summer severall of the inhabitants of this harbour design to remove thither and their masters of ships that have fished there this year intend to be likewise, for it is certain the fewer boats are kept in a place the better the fishing.
The following information is from a paper by Prof. Gordon Hancock (2009)
In Bonavista Bay the interval survivals from twenty-two
listed in 1675-77 to twenty-three in 1708 included six surnames
(Brent, Gantlett, Knight, Newell, Shambler, and lilley). According to
the súmame evidence, inter bay movements account for only a small
proportion of these changes, such as the Tavemer family moving
from Bay de Verde, Conception Bay, to Trinity Bay in the 1677-1708
interval, and the migration of Thomas Newell from Trinity Harbour
and George Talbot from English Harbour, each to Bonavista 1675-77;
but only Newell was recorded at Bonavista (Green Island) in 1708.
This type of evidence makes this area a prime candidate for the origin of the Newells of “The Dock”; however, none of the researchers who have researched this area have identified a link. My father (John Robert Andrews Newell) did suggest that there might be a connection with the Newells of Trinity; however, this might have been through a later marriage.
Hopefully, I will get an opportunity to revisit this topic in the future; however, here are some links to the early history of Bonavista and Trinity with Newell references:
Here are some links to the Newells of Trinity, Nfld.
see also: Francis I. W. Jones, “The Newell Family,” Newfoundland Ancestor, XV, (Summer 1999), 61-65. (see following fr more info: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/NFLD-LAB/2000-04/0954787788).
Later Newells Summerville, Bonavista Bay
McAlpine’s 1894-97 Directory, Bonavista District, INDIAN ARM
|McAlpine’s 1898 Directory
NEWELL, Abraham, fisherman. NEWELL, William, fisherman
PRE 1891 RECORDS Bonavista Bay District BROOKLYN
Church of England Baptisms 1879 – 1891
|Dec 13, 1887||Indian Arm||NEWELL||Abraham & Elizabeth||Robert||M||A A Bryant||March 12th||C of E||Fisherman||Twins|
|Dec 18, 1887||Indian Arm||NEWELL||Abraham & Elizabeth||John||M||A A Bryant||March 12th||C of E||Fisherman|
|Dec 23, 1882||Indian Arm||NEWELL||Abraham & Elizabeth||Joseph||M||Theodore Nurse||Feb 4th||C of E||Fisherman|
|Dec 26, 1884||Indian Arm||NEWELL||Abraham & Elizabeth||William||M||Henry C H Johnson||Feb 22, 1885||C of E||Fisherman|
Bonavista Bay Region Salvage Parish Anglican Marriage Records 1842 – 1878
|ST. STEPHEN’S||SALVAGE||HENRY M. SKINNER||WILLIAM NEWELL||SAMUEL FRY|
RE Above See:
Will of Joseph Brown from Newfoundland will books volume 6 page 111 probate year 1894
Last Will and Testament of Joseph Brown of Indian Arm Bonavista Bay, Planter deceased.
I Joseph Brown of Indian Arm Bonavista Bay, being in the full possession of my faculties do hereby make this my last will and Testament. I hereby declare that any will or testament made by me previous to this date is now null and void. I will to my daughter Elizabeth wife of Abraham Newell Eight hundred dollars ($800.00) I will to my daughter Mary, wife of William Newell eight hundred dollars ($800.00) I will to the parish priest of Kings Cove in trust for the Roman Catholic Church of Kings Cove Parish forty dollars ($40.00) I will the house in which I now reside to my wife Jane during her life and to my grandson Joseph son of William Newell after her death. I will the ground on which my dwelling house is built to my wife Jane during her life and to my grandson Joseph son of William Newell after her death. I will to my wife Jane all the remainder of my estate including money, household effects, property of every description, ground used by my wife as a potato garden and all other ground except that on which my dwelling house is built. I appoint D. A. Ryan Esq of Kings Cove to be the executor of my will. This will is made by me Joseph Brown at Indian Arm, Bonavista Bay on this the (7th ) Seventh day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred & ninety four. (Sgd) Joseph his x mark Brown Indian Arm. April 7th 1894. Witnesses (sgd) William Mullowney. (Sgd) Thomas Sullivan
Newfoundland’s 1935 Provincial Census SUMMERVILLE
Summerville was known as Indian Arm prior to the settlement being renamed in 1904. The Wild Cove Cemetery is an old Anglican Church Cemetery located at the farthest tip of the community accessible only by foot (approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk from the community), or by small boat:
The following two inscriptions are on one headstone:
GEORGE NEWELL Died July 1,1885.Aged 16 years 11 months.
JOHN NEWELL Died April 21,1911. Aged 22 years 7 months.
See Photo of headstone: https://www.math.mun.ca/~dapike/family_history/CemPix/IndianArm/
SUMMERVILLE Roman Catholic Cemetery Bonavista Bay
|NEWELL||Thomas||1889||1972||Thomas Newell, 1889-1972,|
|NEWELL||Johanna||Sept 20, 1964||85 years||Wife of Thomas Newell, Johanna Newell, , Died Sept 20, 1964, Age 85 years|
|NEWELL||Felix||September 25, 1917||March 23, 1957||Vet of WW II, Felix Newell, Born September 25, 1917, Died March 23, 1957,|
|NEWELL||Annie||September 4, 1889||Annie Newell, Died September 4, 1889,|
|NEWELL||Jane Ann||February 27, 1894||Erected by William & Mary, Jane Ann Newell, Died February 27, 1894,|
|BROWN||Joseph||April 12, 1894||66 years||Erected by Jane Brown in Memory of, Joseph Brown of Trinity, Died April 12, 1894, Age 66 years|
|BROWN||Jane||November 14, 1904||72 years||Erected by Elizabeth and Mary Newell in Memory of Mother, Jane Brown, Died November 14, 1904, Age 72 years|
|NEWELL||Catherine||February 10, 1921||29 years||Wife of Abraham Thomas Newell, Catherine, Died February 10, 1921, Age 29 years|
|NEWELL||William & Mary||Erected by Thomas Newell, William & Mary Newell|
|NEWELL||Joseph||August 18, 1884 ?||December 15, 1956||Joseph Newell, August 18, 1884 ? , December 15, 1956,|
|NEWELL||Bridget||June 1, 1966||76 years||Bridget Newell, Died June 1, 1966, Age 76 years|
Passed peacefully away at the Dr.G.B.Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville on August 3, 2021, Albert Newell, age 94, from Summerville, originally from Sacramento, Ca. Predeceased by wife, Erika; brothers, Dominic, Ed and William; sisters, Gertrude, Margaret and Mary. Leaving to mourn are his daughter, Maria; sons, Gary, Pete, Karl and Steve; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, all residing in USA; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend, Scott Abbott.
Albert Newell of Summerville, Newfoundland, who passed away at the age of 94, on August 3, 2021. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Albert Newell to show support. He was predeceased by : his wife Erika; and his siblings, Dominic, Ed, William, Gertrude, Margaret and Mary. He is survived by : his children, Maria, Gary, Pete, Karl and Steve; and his close friend Scott Abbott. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins.
I have contacted several decendants of this family, none of which have done DNA test, and they don’t claim to be decended from the Newells of Bonavista. The original death record for Abraham Newell who died at Summerville in 1917 gives his place of birth as Brigus. This suggest that they are an offshoot of the Newells of Brigus (see my page on that family).
|Death Age:||71 [Born Brigus]|
|Death Date:||5 Jul 1917|
|Death Place:||Summerville, Newfoundland, Canada|