A stray record found in Jersey….





Newman & Co.

Some info on the branch of the family in Oporto. The Chapter on Hunt, Roope, Teague & Co. discusses the Newmans. Church records in chapter on English Factory records or go to Portugal category.

“Oporto Old and New” work of Charles Sellers:

On the Web Archive:





‘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:






Le Geyt


Seale 0125 Boyle Burton to John Seale13 April 1760 (wrongly inscribed July)

Previous letter BB to JS delivered by Capt. Messervy about Little Horse? BB assumes JS saw Mr. J. Legeyt,an idle, lazy indolent Coxcomb, not to be lent one farthing.

Jean LeGeyt possibly married into the Clement family of St Brelade and Newfoundland.

06 FEB 1752 Jean Le Geyt Anne Clement
    St Brelade

DHRG No.100278

Seale 0041 Philip le Gayt to John Seale 3 Nov. 1729

Gratitude to John Seale’s & to Rev. Mr. Falle’s offer of financing the building of a Library & for donation of books respectively.

Philippe Charles Le Geyt and  sign – looks like principal merchants of Jersey


We the underwritten Subscribers, being the Principal Merchants in Harbour Grace & the Supporters of the Trade in Conception Bay, having seen the annex’d Petition, declare that we verily believe there are nothing but facts represented in it & that we all are

Sufferers in many respects through the said Lawce Coghlan & that he is a very unfitt Person for a Justice of the Peace as well as a Missionary, being Ignorant of the Laws of his Country & a Person of no Education, & pray that he may be Silenc’d or remov’d.

Given under our Hands at Harbour Grace this 26th day of August 1771.

Elias Nibert,  Nichs Fiott,  Robert Gray,  Jno.Clements,  Pet. Du Heaume,  George Davis,  Willm Lilly,Jno.  Le Geyt,  Jno. Alcock,  Jno. Cox,  Thos. Danson,  Willm LeMaistre


Plantation record Harbour Grace # 1003

Charlotte Pike 52 yds. from E. to W. bounded on the E. by Wm. Paine on the W. by the Andrews 178 yds. from H.W.M. to the N. bounded on the N. by the Andrews 1 Stage 1 Wharf 2 Flakes 1 Store 2 Houses 1 Made Beach 2 Gardens

Purchased from Thomas Terry & Capt. Messervey for £90.      1760 Wm. J.& Matt Stevenson, H. Grace

Leased to Wm. & Mattw. Stevenson for 15 years for £15 per annum

Seale 0125 Boyle Burton to John Seale13 April 1760 (wrongly inscribed July)

Previous letter BB to JS delivered by Capt. Messervy about Little Horse? BB assumes JS saw Mr. J. Legeyt,an idle, lazy indolent Coxcomb, not to be lent one farthing.

DHRG No.100278

Seale 0041 Philip le Gayt to John Seale 3 Nov. 1729

Gratitude to John Seale’s & to Rev. Mr. Falle’s offer of financing the building of a Library & for donation of books respectively.

Philippe Messervy signs – looks like principal merchants of Jersey


1769 Philip Messervy, born Jersey married Suzanne Dennis, and removed to Newfoundland. I recently obtained a photocopy of a handwritten genealogy of a portion of the Messervey family of Jersey and Newfoundland. Reference was made to a ‘Genealogy de la famille Messervy compiled 1889’,while other references were made to a Messervy Genealogy by Judge Messervy (1900?) of Waterloo, Ont., and a Messervy Book by John A Messervy, of Charlottetown, PEI.  Phillipe Messervy, de St. Sauveur, who immigrated to St. George’s Bay, Newfoundland in 1769 with his wife Suzanne Dennis, daughter of John Dennis. William James Messervey, born Febryary 12, 1894 at Sandy Point, Nfld., died in a mine disaster at Sidney Mines, NS on January 3, 1911.

Al Beagan’s Notes:



1717 These Channel Islanders, in this year, were involved with the Newfoundland trade and fish business, Seale, Patriarche, Chevallier (alias Knight), Chastray, Denton, Orengette, Janvrin, Carteret, Dean, Pipon, Lempriere, Auley (or Anley?), Le Bailly, Nicolle, Messervy, Marett, Maugier, Brown, Touzell, Martell, Seward and others.” (A. C. Saunders, co. Jersey Bulletin)

Seale 0023 Will of John Seale 3rd Oct. 1713 Dartmouth  document online

Will Beneficiaries – Mother, Elizabeth Seale (née Benest) – sisters Elizabeth Marett – Susannah Poindextre – Nephew John Seale, son of Thomas – Uncle & Aunt Seale & children – Brothers-in-law Edward Marett jnr., John Poindextre & children – sister-in-law Elizabeth Seale (née Pipon) & children

Seale 0045 Anne Seale to brother John Seale ( french) 7 Nov. 1732

Hopeful of receiving a letter from J.S. Her aunt of La Moye (in Jersey), her mother and aunt Marett sent their compliments. Cousin Peter Marett had just arrived from the Canaries. She sent compliments to her aunt & uncle Pipon and also her cousins.