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William Kean

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William Kean
Born in Flowers Island, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadamap
Husband of — married in Greenspond, Nl.,
Died in Pools Island, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadamap
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Name: William /Kean/
Note: #N418[1]


  • Source: S2 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.; Repository: #R1
  • Repository: R1 Name: Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:


KEEN, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)5 was born May 02, 1810 in Flowers Island,
Bonavista Bay, Nfld,, and died May 01, 1887 in Pools Island,
Bonavista Bay, Nfld.. He married ANNE JANES June 27, 1832 in
Greenspond, Bonavista Bay Nfld., daughter of THOMAS JANES and JANE
JANES. She was born March 03, 1815 in Big Pools Island, Bonavista
Bay, Nfld., and died July 21, 1897 in Pools Island, Bonavista Bay,
Lovell's 1871 Directory - Flowers Island (15 of 244)30/01/2006 11:12:49 AM
FLOWERS ISLAND - An island on the north side of Bonavista Bay,
district of Bonavista. Distant from Greensburgh 9 miles by boat. Mail
fortnightly. Population 82. (Note: Greensburgh is most likely a
mistake and should have been Greenspond.)
Kean, William (1810 - 1887).
Mariner; merchant. Born Flowers Island, son of Joseph and Mary .
Married Anne Janes. Kean was a pioneer sealing skipper out of Pool's
Island, Bonavista Bay, where he was also the major merchant.
A Labrador fisherman, sealer and schooner owner, Kean moved from
Flowers Island to Main Pool's Island c. 1850. From his base in Pool's
Island he was in charge of sea-going operations of one of the larger
fishing and sealing firms in Bonavista North, in partnership with his
brother Joseph, who remained based at Flower's Island. William Kean
became the leading merchant and schooner-owner of Pool's Island and
was the driving force in the building of St. James Church there in
1862. By 1871 the partnership owned four schooners (the Shaver,
Gleaner, Emerald and Barbara) and was a leading factor in
establishing Bonavista North as a centre for the Labrador fishery and
the seal hunt.
Kean's ability as a sealing master was acknowledged throughout
Newfoundland and when the first two steamers went to the front in
1863 he was chosen by Grieve and Co. to take command of the Wolf.
Many of the Bonavista North captains who later went on to long
careers as sealing masters and Labrador skippers began under him
(including his nephew, Abram Kean qv, whose autobiography describes
his uncle as being a more significant influence than his own father).
William Kean died at Pool's Island on May 2, 1887. L.G. Chafe (1923),
Abram Kean (1935), E.R. Seary (1977), Naboth Winsor (1988),
Newfoundland Historical Society (Pool's Island). RHC
William Keen of Poole's Island at age 66 { 1876 } when to england to
secure his inheritance.
Burial: May 1887, C of E Cemetery, Pools Island, Bonavista Bay, Nfld.
Occupation: Planter and Ship Owner (16 of 244)30/01/2006 11:12:49 AM
Notes for ANNE JANES:
Baptized as Anne Jeans
More About ANNE JANES:
Burial: July 1897, C of E Cemetery, Pools Island, Bonavista Bay, Nfld.
  1. Source: #S2 Page: Ancestry Family Tree


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On February 6, 2014 Margaret Grieve wrote:

William Kean was responsible for bringing the first schoolteacher to Flowers Island. Before that children had to go by boat to Greenspond. That teacher was Lucretia Oakley. Her brother Samuel, married William's grand-daughter, Amelia House, my great-grandmother. Margaret (Oakley) Grieve

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