Hi, you are extremely lucky that this is an unusual name .
The National Archives Discovery website has a will of John Antle, Planter of
New Perlican , Trinity Bay, Island of Newfoundland . Dated 16th Aug 1841 .
You can download this by going to the site and paying £3.36. It is
possible that this is maybe John senr . The series is Probate but the
subseries is Americas , wills and probate . However I now see this is
transcribed in the GrandBanks website . John Antle of Brigus , his wife was
Grace , his son William , his wife`s son by her first husband, James Norman
, John Antle his grandson , William Antle my grandson , my granddau Nancy,
Mr William Antle my brother . Marked X dated 17 April 1834. Codicil dated
25 April 1837 gives his title and interest in his pew in the church to John
Norman son of James afsd .
Grace died in 1838 and leaves her son James Norman, " a new
clock which came out to me this summer from England . The remainder of my
money lieing in the hands of Mr Joseph Gundry of Bridgport England "
I would guess Bridgport is perhaps Bridport in Dorset .
There is a second John Antle whose will is dated 1841, he
is " of Cerne Abbas in the county of Dorset but now residing in New Perlican
, Trinity Bay ... to my son or reputed son Joseph Antle alias Sullivan ,
£400, to each of the 5 children of Isaac and Mary Sanson ... will dated
27th Sept 1836 Probate 1841 .
The 1841 census for Cerne Abbas, Dorset shows a Sarah
Antel, 66 , silk winder , Y, Sarah , 24, tayloress, and Elizabeth , 6. In
the same place is a family of George Antell, 30, ag lab, wife Sarah, 30,
silk winder, Y, and their 5 children . In the same census there is a John
Antel , 65, ag lab, Y, in Piddletown , Dorset.and a younger 20yr old John
Antel also in Piddletown , a cordwainer .
Dorset Record Office has a MS book of carols which
belonged to Stephen Antell in 1814 , and to John Antell of Puddletown in
1913. And finally there is a newspaper cutting reporting the death of John
Antell who was a cousin of Thomas Hardy . c 1930.
The will of Joseph Antle of Brigus, is proved 1847
mentions wife Grace .
There are also a number of Medal cards for Antles who
served in the Royal Newfoundland Regt and one in the Canadian MCG ,
There is an 1817 Planters list for Brigues which
includes, Wm Antle WR son , (as transcribed) this family is one man , one
woman, 2 children . . There is also a letter D in one column but that
doesn`t seem to indicate Distressed as that word is written in full .
A little below is Wm Antle WR Son , one man . and below
is James Antle , one man , I wonder if D is in fact Ditto , so well off .
Further down the list is Wm Antle senr, one man one woman, 6 children ,
again D hopefully for Ditto under Well Off . and Wm Antle , one man one
woman one child and he has 6 male servants . Wm Antle junr is one man one
woman and 9 children .
In the United Methodist Church births of Brigus, 1801 -
46 , there are a number of Antle bapts as early as 1805, Mary is bapt
March 1805 dau of William and Mary , Amey is bapt Oct 27 1805 dau of William
and Mary , Jane bapt 1806 also William and Mary , Anna , 1810 also Wm and
Mary etc .
There are two very good references on Devon families in
Newfoundland , under the Emigration./Immigration page of Genuki Devon . One
has a look up facility and the other is Michael Steer`s article Devon
families in Newfoundland , in the Devon Family Historian of 1992 which I
don`t have but someone will .
Hope some of this is of assistance . It looks like
Dorset not Devon .
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Glen Bodie" <glen.bodie(a)gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:02 AM
Subject: [DEV] ANTLE from Devon to Newfoundland
My great-grandfather, John ANTLE (1865-1949) was born in Brigus,
Bay, Newfoundland. In 1933, he told a newspaper reporter that "My people
emigrated from Devon about 100 years ago, and my mother's people, the
Chalkers, are well known in Dartmouth".
His mother's parents were Thomas CHALKER (abt 1810-bef 1881; born in
Dartmouth, Devon) and Johanna PARKER (abt 1810-1881). My immediate concern
is the ANTLE family, but if you have knowledge of this CHALKER / PARKER
connection, I welcome that as well.
His father was Stephen ANTLE (1840-1014; born in Newfoundland). Stephen's
parents were John ANTLE (abt 1802-1850) and Patience NOEL (1802-1868; born
So my theory is that John ANTLE (my GGG-grandfather) was born somewhere in
Devon around 1802 and, perhaps with his parents/siblings, moved to
Newfoundland where, in 1824, he married a "local girl" named Patience
The marriage record simply says: "John Antle of Brigus and Patience Noel
Brigus were married in Brigus Church with consent of Parents on the 6th
of January 1824 by me, John Haigh, Methodist Missionary. This marriage was
solemnized between us - John Antle, Patience Noel - in the presence of
John (his mark) Antle Senr and Amy (her mark) Antle." That suggests 2
to me: when he came over from Devon he was with his parents and they were
this wedding to give consent; and the witness "John Antle Senr" may be his
father, while Amy could be his mother or a sister.
I don't believe that the CHALKERs coming from Dartmouth leads to any
particular expectations about from where the ANTLE line originates. The
family names may indicate a particular family line of ANTLEs: John and
Stephen are repeated several times in subsequent generations as well.
are a large number of ANTLEs in Newfoundland, mostly centred around the
of Brigus, Conception Bay where my great grandfather was born in 1865. I
have evidence that some of them have been there since the early 1700's but
the records are extremely poor. There are likely connections between my
family and these older generations of ANTLE in Newfoundland, but I believe
those connections are back in Devon, and my direct ancestor arrived in
Newfoundland sometime between 1802 and 1824, perhaps following uncles and
cousins who had already migrated.
I need to "jump the pond". I welcome any advice on how I might locate the
John ANTLE born about 1802 in Devon who had moved to Newfoundland by 1824.
What records from the early 1800's exist that I can search online? Might
there be a birth record of John, or a ship passenger list? Thanks in
for any help you can offer.
Regards - Glen C. Bodie
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