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I put this Duff file together from an obituary I found in the St John’s Evening Telegram for Apr 25 1925. The obit provided so much information that I couldn’t resist a little research. The obit (which is quite long) is located at the end of this post.

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James Dwyer & Mary Hawco

The information contained in this Dwyer family tree has been gathered over a period of twenty years from many sources. Much of the information on the individual families were supplied by researchers who were following their own particular lines. Information on living family members has been removed as far as I’ve been able to determine. […..]

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The Kieley families in Holyrood most likely belong to a single clan but I haven’t been able to make concrete family associations based on current information. It is difficult to connect the later generations to each other, or to know for sure who their immediate ancestors might be. Clarification would be most appreciated!

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John Mackey & Bridget Dwyer

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Mullowney Harbour Main

William Mullowney is listed in the Plantation Books of 1805-6 as having a room in Harbour Main (pg 46 #306) since 1806; ‘In consequence of lying void for upwards of 60 years or more.’ This room is on the waterside and has no buildings. His immediate neighbours are James Wall (south) and Thomas Hickey (north).

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Murphy Tree

My Murphy Tree is truly a result of group effort! The research material which was given me, and the peripheral research required to confirm the connections, would, I think fill a book.

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Murphy – Halfway House & Chapel’s Cove

About ten years or so ago my Murphy family was based on an article printed in ‘Come Ashore to Holyrood’ that provided some history on the Halfway House. In it the Murphy’s were described as being the original proprietors – John Murphy of Chapel’s Cove being named as the first caretaker. He had moved his […..]

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Salmonier Line of Road & Halfway House

The ‘Salmonier Line of Road’ had the humblest of beginnings. On Wednesday, April 30th 1834, a number of Resolutions were read in the House of Assembly, some ‘for the purpose of opening, making and improving Roads’ in the Colony.

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Murphy – Voter’s Lists & Directories

The following Murphy and associated families information will eventually (I hope) be attached to the Murphy Tree post, or to some other connected tree. Some of this information is already, obviously related, and when I get a moment (or two) I will add these to the bibliography in the appropriate post.

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Penney Country Path & Salmonier Line

The Penney’s of Country Path and Salmonier Line of Holyrood.

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Shea – Pouch Cove – Sharon Lewison

See also Shea Records

A1 Mr SHEA b Ireland Co Waterford 1740/50s died circa 1780 m unknown date unknown
Oral history says they planned to go to American colonies. Mr SHEA died before the journey. Mrs SHEA made the voyage with 5 children giving birth to a 6th child on […..]

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Targett – Holyrood, Salmonier Line

The Targett or Targate family name has been in Holyrood for at least 200 years but is remarkably difficult to track. Some years ago, I found some birth records at PANL that I’ve posted at Harbour Grace RC Marriages 1822-1888 Extracts

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Well, actually
My Theoretical Walsh Tree
I’ve been attempting to link the various Holyrood Walsh families into family groups.
James Walsh and Mary Besso/Beeso/Beseau/Besaw are my great great grandparents, but it’s never been obvious who James Walsh’s siblings or his parents may be.

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Walsh James – Harbour Main

Yes, I have two Walsh clans – I get my name from the Holyrood family on my father’s side, but my mother’s family has Walsh connections from Harbour Main.

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Walsh in Come Ashore

Walsh in Come Ashore to Holyrood
When Mary Veitch was gathering information for her book she asked members of all the old families in Holyrood to tell what they knew about their family histories. I’m sure that everyone tried their best to help her out, but even in the 1980’s much knowledge of old family connections […..]

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