My great-grandfather, John ANTLE (1865-1949) was born in Brigus, Conception
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 NOEL.
The marriage record simply says: "John Antle of Brigus and Patience Noel of
Brigus were married in Brigus Church with consent of Parents on the 6th day
of January 1824 by me, John Haigh, Methodist Missionary. This marriage was
solemnized between us - John Antle, Patience Noel - in the presence of us -
John (his mark) Antle Senr and Amy (her mark) Antle." That suggests 2 things
to me: when he came over from Devon he was with his parents and they were at
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 male
family names may indicate a particular family line of ANTLEs: John and
Stephen are repeated several times in subsequent generations as well. There
are a large number of ANTLEs in Newfoundland, mostly centred around the town
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 advance
for any help you can offer.
Regards - Glen C. Bodie
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