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Howlett Wexford to Newfoundland
« on: Monday 05 October 20 14:45 BST (UK) »
Looking for any information on any Howletts immigrating from Wexford to Newfoundland during 1700’s. Found this headstone in old RC cemetery in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. They are my GGGG Grandparents and he apparently came to Newfoundland in 1764. Thank you
Howlett
Raymond
Brennan
Clarke

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Re: Howlett Wexford to Newfoundland
« Reply #1 on: Monday 05 October 20 20:26 BST (UK) »
That gravestone is in remarkably good condition I must say. So little weathering, very unusual.

The dates are somewhat early for baptismal registers.
Your only hope might be if there if you have some idea of his trade/profession - a background.

Any obituaries in local papers, or references while alive?
BRENNANx2 Davidstown/Taghmon,Ballybrennan; COOPER St.Helens; CREAN Raheennaskeagh/Ballywalter; COSGRAVE Castlebridge; CULLEN Lady's Island (LI); CULLETON Forth Commons;CURRAN Hillbrook, Wic; DOYLE Clonee/Tombrack; EDWARDS Wex; FOX Knockbrandon; FURLONG Moortown; HAYESx2 Walsheslough/Wex; McGILL Litter; MORRIS Forth Commons; PIERCE LI; POTTS Bennettstown; REDMOND Ballygarrett; ROCHEx2 Wex; ROCHFORD Ballysampson/Ballyhit; SHERIDAN Monadurtlow; SINNOTT Wex; SMYTH Gerry/Oulart; WALSH Kilrane/Wex

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Re: Howlett Wexford to Newfoundland
« Reply #2 on: Monday 05 October 20 20:48 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the reply Wexflyer. Yes that stone is not very old by the looks of it. He was definitely a fisherman as that was pretty well the only reason young men were bought to Newfoundland for and there weren’t many other things to work at in Petty Harbour at the time and really now as well. Have been looking for obits and other info through local newspapers and such that are posted online but no luck yet. Cheers, Leonard
Howlett
Raymond
Brennan
Clarke


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Re: Howlett Wexford to Newfoundland
« Reply #3 on: Monday 05 October 20 23:34 BST (UK) »
Find the person who paid for the headstone and find out what (s)he knows :)

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"James was born about 1745. He passed away in 1815. He came to Newfoundland in. 1764 and settled at Petty Harbour. Because it was illegal to be Catholic in Newfoundland in 1779 he was married at the Anglican Cathedral in St. John’s. When the census was taken in 1794 James was living at Petty Harbour and stated that he had been living in Newfoundland for 30 years. The family was Catholic and James was engaged in the fishery. "

found at: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Howlett-826

No source given, but if they are right, then you at least know his religion.
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No specific help in any of the rest of this, but interesting background if you are just getting started:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/where-s-that-1.1103887

Howlett Quite numerous: South East, Limerick etc. Ir. Húiléid. Anglo-Normans who settled in Leinster, now mainly Wexford. A double diminutive of Hugh. SI.

https://www.johngrenham.com/findasurname.php?surname=Howlett

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percentages might favor SW Wexford
http://nlirishconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TRACING-THE-IRISH.pdf

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more background
"n fact, according to Mannion, over ninety per cent of Newfoundland's Irish came from an area within forty miles of Waterford City (1971:6) It is interesting to note that Virginia Dillon arrived independently at similar findings in her research on the "Southern Shore" of the Avalon Peninsula. After: surveying some of the existing graveyards along "the Shore," she concluded that "all these Irish origins are on the rivers served by New Ross in County Wexford and Waterford" (1968:54) "

found at: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~cannf/links_irish.htm

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You might have all that, but I'll post it just in case. And I learned something   :).

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Re: Howlett Wexford to Newfoundland
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 06 October 20 14:08 BST (UK) »
Thanks oldohiohome I have most of that. From what I have been told the guy who put the stone there died few years back.
Howlett
Raymond
Brennan
Clarke