Basic Family History Information and Links


While researching the Noels and Newell families of Newfoundland I see a lot of information on different families. This seems to have increased since I participated in the Family Finder DNA test. In order that people will not have to cover the same ground again I will try to record what I find on this site. As always, people should do their own research and check sources.

My main family lines include Alcock [Harbour Grace, NF],  Brown [Harbour Grace, French [Harbour Grace, NF],    Martin [Harbour Grace, NF],   Newell [Newfoundland],     Noel [Harbour Grace & Carbonear, NF],   Noseworthy [Harbour Grace, NF],    Reid [Island Cove, NF],   Sheppard [Harbour Grace, NF],    Snow [Harbour Grace, NF],   Taylor [Carbonear,   NF], Moores [Carbonear],   NF], Garland NF

The Family Finder is connecting us to the Hudsons of Adam’s Cove and Blackhead (Western Bay) and is supported by Elizabeth Noel marrying into the family. The Legge family of Carbonear is also shown to be connected.

Great Early info recently published here:

The Colonial Secretary’s Letterbook & CO 194 Indexes




The Clement name is of interest to the Noels of Harbour Grace because of a note below apparently found in the 1804 Plantation records:

Clement 2

“on the Southside of Harbour Grace the executors of John Clement claim 330 yards waterfront west from the stone house. The Noels and the Yetman’s still living there are also originally Jersey families and related to the Clements”
 * The Yetman’s were from southern England.
The DeQuettevilles were a big trading family. I believe the matriarch was a Noel. I think she was from St Helier not St Martin like Clement. The stone house is the ruin of the DeQuetteville building (maybe 1740’s) in Southside Harbour Grace.
The Jersey traders seemed to marry into business partners’ families so it is possible another Jersey Noel branch came over (a predecessor of John Noel in Brigus et al????)
I had thought the Noels were originally in Carbonear but their property purchase document puts them in Harbour Grace first.
 I think the connection between the Noels, Yetmans and Clements was possibly the Taylor family. I am also speculating that this Taylor family has a number of records showing up in the Jersey database. Clement Noel Jr was married to Mary Taylor at the time of the Plantation records. There was a Taylor line early in the Port de Grave area.
Concerning a later descendant:
John Clement came from a St Brelade family of master mariners who had been merchants at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in the late 18th-century.[51] Unable to weather the disruption to trade caused by the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812-1814, the next generation worked, as did Renouf, for the Nicolles, in their case, as shipmasters. The Clement family returned to shipowning in 1858, when John Clement began to take shares in some of Thomas Renouf`s vessels.
Jersey Marriage records and a possible connection to the LeGros family.
22 NOV 1707 Jean Clement Judith Le Gros
    St Brelade
20 Aug 1709 Pierre Clement Elizabeth Le Gros
(At St Pierre)
    St Brelade
06 FEB 1752 Jean Clement Sara Valpy Dit Janvrin
    St Brelade
23 MAY 1660 Elie Le Gros Rachel Clement
    St Peter
Baptism 21 Mar 1686 Judith Le Gros/Le
Gros Bisson
Daughter Elie
  St Brelade
Agnes Ayre in Newfoundland Names has said:
She seems to have used Munn’s information or had access to the source as well….
Seary in his book lists William Clements of Brigus in 1709. John Clement of Jugler’s Cove in Bay Roberts in 1760 and John Clement, merchant of Harbour Grace 1771. It seems like the name died out in Newfoundland around 1800 when John died having 4 surviving daughters.
.John Clements


4 Sept. 1780 Richard Edwards Charles Garland, J.P. Harbour Grace

Christopher Walsh petitioned that he agreed to work for John Clements of Harbour Grace but he was wounded in the leg and Mr. Clements refused to employ and pay him. Mr. G.arland is requested to look into the matter.




John Clements, who died in 1800, leaving his extensive properties to be sold, the proceeds to be shared equally among his four daughters;  whose extensive properties came under the control of his son-in-law, Dr. John Mayne; Nicholas Payne; Thomas Thistle, and Jewer (alt. Jure, Gore, Juer, Journeaux,), whose property was subdivided and sold by James Bailey, who had married one of the Jewer daughters.

Name Jane Harriet Clements
Event Type Birth
Event Date 23 Dec 1795
Event Place Harbour Grace, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada
Gender Female
Father’s Name John Clements
Mother’s Name Margaret



‘Factory’ in this context is an establishment for traders carrying on business in a foreign country or a merchant company’s trading station. A chaplaincy attached to the Factory was established in the mid 17th century, with the first chaplain being appointed in 1654.

Some Lisbon merchants – Leghorn (Livorno) section also includes Garlands


Lisbon Christenings

Can search here for surnames then look up record to get the parents:


Records here:


Portugese marriages:


entries can be found at the above link by copying this into the place of birth:


some names of interest Pyke, Hudson, Hutson, Nosworthie, Martin, Earle, Curnow, Butler


List of Fathers at christenings 1700-1800

John Slesson Robert Tidswell
Thomas Trollope Richard Tidswell
Thomas Toone John Farmer
John Caulet January Farmer
Thomas Newman James Alvey
Samuel Askwith George Bullimore
Benjamin Evans Alexander Bunting
James Warre Bartholomew John Bull
William Warre John Overbeck
John Gabriel Schmidt John Page
Edward Lloyd Charles Page
Wm. Babington Justinian Kerry
Francis Bearsley Thomas Derbey
Charles Bearsley John Kingston
William Bearsley Benjamin Kingston
Oliver Beckett Richard Gillett
John Olive Joseph Longstaff
Robert Jackson Antony Rocher
John Brownlie Thomas Reily
Philip Brin Jacob Herault
Thomas Follett John Gotlieb Rezel
Samuel Mead John Christmas Smith
John Bayly John Palmer
James Brett William Smith
Hook Christian Smith
John Cooth Thomas Croft
John Hitchcock Stephen Croft
John Thompson John Croft
Stephen Thompson Thomas Croft
Thomas Thompson John Wade
Harry Thompson Daniel Shepheard
Samuel Weaver Thomas Snow
Henry Peter Wichers Stephen Dupuy
William Fish George Martin
William Campion Benjamin Webber
Thomas Dawson Nicholas Webber
Robert Brown John Webb
Francis Pitt James Webb
Thomas Plummer James Tynn Nash
Joseph Plummer Thomas Nash
John Clark William Swarbreck
William Montgomery Alexander Ogilvy
John More John Fryer
Joseph Murat Edward Egan
Peter Muratt Russel Wager
John Gabe William Wharton
James Bowman John Kessor
Alexander Fry John Hesketh
William Clutterbuck John Hammond
William Brooks William Bennet
James Stewart Lovell Pennell
Daniel Lesueur Robert Perrett
George Wye James Wood
John Wye Henry Wood
James Taylor John Woods
Benjamin Wyat Adam Standert
Francis Young Thomas Stafford
Edward Whitaker Gray Conway Stafford
Joseph Harris James Butt
Charles Harris

Portuguese Burials – Thanks S.R. and

From: “Pauline McGregor Currien”

I should have said that there are many more Baptisms, burials and Marriages
on Film 0477648 than I have noted and really if anybody suspects their
ancestor went out to India for HEIC and may have worked in the Portuguese
Factory they would be well advised to look at this film. There were also a
few American families, Swedish and Russian families named as well as men
from the Loyal regiments, the Royal Etrangers and French Canoniers to name
those i remember seeing.

From S. R.
I found this inscription transcribed in an old transcription made of the gravestones in St. George’s Church cemetery, Lisbon, I don’t know if both names are inscribed on the same stone, but the record seemed to imply that:
“Sacred to the Memory of Mr. Joseph Martin
Many Years a Merchant in this City
A Member of the British Factory
He lived with a fair Character and in Much Esteem. and dying on the 6th of June, 1741
His remains are deposited beneath
This Stone
Here lie the Remains of
Mr. Paul Martin
who departed this Life, 15th September 1758, Aged 51 years”
They are in the same plot, but there is no indication on the gravestone as to their relationship.

Imigração Inglesa no Porto Séc. XVIII 

A fellow on this forum had 4 suggestions on following up on Feitoria Inglesa:

1) “The Factory at Oporto House” by John Delaforce.  (Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd, Bromley, Kent – 1979).This seems to be used copies available Toronto Library and on Amazon.

2) “Oporto Old and New” work of Charles Sellers:

On the Web Archive:


Available also on Microfilm from Salt Lake City.

3) “Bacchus & Hermes’ work, António Barros Cardoso (1st edition 2003). – Portuguese 2 volumes? the most complete work about Inglês merchants in Oporto in the period 1700-1756.

4) local tax records – Livros da Imposição do Vinho

the books of the “Wine Imposition”: were the accounts of all wine dealers established in Porto and Gaia.  Any wine entered in these cities, whether it came from Viana do Castelo, either the Duero or even South was subject to tax if sold in the local market.  It  was tax free if exported. Some interesting info apparently. Available for Oporto but lost for Lisbon.

The City Historical Archive (not to be confused with the District Archive of Porto) to search the “Books of Wine Imposition”.

A search for books of “Wine Imposition” may tell us: where the person lived throughout his years of activity, if he worked directly or used another merchant’s apprentice, who their customs employees, carriers , guarantors were, etc.

They (the Feitoria files) are in the Historic Archive in the house of Prince, Port Maria


Cadiz, located about sixty miles northwest of Gibraltar, was the most important coastal city in Spain after 1717. Situated on a narrow, rocky point of land, that year it became the point of deposit for all goods arriving from Spanish America. Its sheltered harbor made it a natural and major port of call for Mediterranean shipping. The English factory there issued instructions to be followed by arriving British vessels.

For these complex services agents in these southern European ports earned their fees. At Bilbao the firms of the Gardoquis and Lynch, Kelly, Kelly & Moroney; at Barcelona earlier the Harris Brothers and later Miller & Forrester or else Greene, Ford & Hull; at Alicante the firm of Wombwell, Coxon & Wombwell, or Fletcher, Road & Co.; at Cadiz Macky & Smith during the 1730s and, on the eve of the Revolution, Bewickes, Timerman & Co., or Duff & Welch; while at Lisbon Parr & Bulkeley or Mayne, Burn & Mayne, or Thomas Horne – all these firm members, accompanied by their families, resided in Iberian cities over this



The English in Porto: