Charles Jerrett
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Charles Jerrett (abt. 1866 - 1898)

Charles Jerrett
Born about in Heart's Delight, Newfoundlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1887 in Cavendish, Newfoundlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 32 in Shoal Harbor, Newfoundland Colonymap
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13:35: G. MacKay edited the Biography for Charles Jerrett (abt.1866-1898). (Bio improvement. ) [Thank G. for this]
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Charles Jerrett was born in Heart's Delight, Newfoundland in 1861, to Richard and Patience Jerrett. He grew up in the region of Trinity Bay, which was a center for the fishing industry during this time. Charles followed in his father's footsteps and became a fisherman, working in the community of Shoal Bay.
In 1887, Charles married Asceneth (Hall) Chislett, and together they started a family. They were living in Shoal Bay when Charles was listed as a fisherman in the 1894 Directory for the area. Unfortunately, Charles contracted tuberculosis, which was a prevalent and fatal disease in the region at the time.
Despite his illness, Charles continued to work as a fisherman to provide for his family. However, his health deteriorated rapidly, and he passed away on December 7, 1898, at the age of 37. He was buried at The Anglican Cemetery in Cavendish, Avalon Peninsula, and was remembered as a grand-looking man with golden hair and beard, as described by his grandson.
Charles Jerrett and Asceneth (Hall) Chislett had several children. Their children's names were Ernest Jacob Jerrett, Miriam (Jerrett) McKay, Dora (Jerrett) Follansbee, Cicely Jane (Jerrett) Pike, and Edith Hannah (Jerrett) Bryant. They were left to carry on after their father's untimely passing due to tuberculosis.
The impact of tuberculosis on Charles' family and community was devastating, as many families in Trinity Bay were affected by the disease. Despite the challenges posed by the disease and the harsh living conditions of the time, Charles and his fellow fishermen persevered and built a thriving fishing industry that was the backbone of the region's economy. Today, the legacy of these early pioneers is remembered in the cultural heritage of Trinity Bay and its importance to Newfoundland's history.


Date: About 1866
Place: Islington, NL, Canada


Charles Jerrett is listed as a fisherman in the 1894 Directory for Shoal Bay, Upper Trinity South District of Trinity Bay Region.
Charles Jerrett listed as a fisherman from Shoal Bay, Trinity Bay District, in McAlpine's 1898 Business Directory for Newfoundland[1]


  • Consumption, better known now as pulmonary tuberculosis, was the cause of death for Charles Jerrett, and mother Patience (Legge) Jerrett within few months of each other in 1898.


Death of Charles Jerrett[2]
Date: 7 DEC 1898
Place: Shoal Bay, Newfoundland
Cause: Consumption
Religion: Methodist
Age: 37 (1861)
Birthplace: Heart's Delight
Interment Place: Shoal Bay
Occupation: Fisherman
Registering Officer: Rev. S. Matthews


Burial of Charles Jerrett[3]
The Anglican Cemetery in Cavendish[4][5] [6]
Cavendish, Avalon Peninsula Census Division
Newfoundland and Labrador
Jerrett, Charles (1866 -Dec 7, 1898) 37y & Asenath Jerrett (1867 - 1941)
JERRETT, Charles H (1998)
Jerrett, Chesley (1980)
Jerrett, Clarence Hubert (1919 - 1994) & Melvie (1923 - 2000)
Jerrett, Eliah (March 20, 1897) Age 3y
JERRETT, Elim (1982)
Jerrett, Esau (March 6, 1907) Age 4
Esau Jerrett (July 16, 1893) Age 23y
Jerrett, Ella M Barrett (1964)
Jerrett, Heber (Feb 24, 1908) Age 1y
Jerrett, Henry (1939) & Ruth
Jerrett, John L (1966) & Sarah E
JERRETT, Julia J (1977) & Gwendolyn
JERRETT, Lily Jane (1941)
Jerrett, Llewellyn (xxxx) Age 46
Jerrett, Marshall (1937) & Sarah Nellie
JERRETT, Marshall R (1997)
JERRETT, Maude (1978)
(Jerrett), Martha Bryant (February 7, 1881 - Nov 26, 1959) & Harrison Bryant
Jerrett, Patience (August 3, 1898) Age 72
Jerrett, Philip (1922)
Jerrett, Phoebe (June 26, 1895) Age 31y
Jerrett, Ralph S (1990)
Jerrett, Reuban (March 2, 1913) infant
Jerrett, Richard (1976)
JERRETT, Robert (xxxx) & Beatrice (1957)
JERRETT, Robert Bob (xxxx) - 4 photos
Jerrett, William B (Sept 17, 1970) Age 65


An account made by Danford MacKay while on a trip to Newfoundland in the 1990s' with his sister Anne:
"We arrived in Cavendish on Saturday, Sept. 1. A convenience store owner referred us to a Mrs. Ann Jerrett. She was very cordial and over coffee she tried to contact a Mrs. Minnie Anne Critch who was away camping for the weekend. We check Ann Jerrett's family "bible" and found the name Aseneth Chislett who died February 8, 1946, aged 71 years. This had to be our grandmother who was married to "Dinny" Chislett after her first husband died in ?1898. Ann Jerrett also remembered Jake Jerrett who was our mother's brother who was married in Newfoundland, had three children and ran off to Boston leaving his first wife and children. He divorced and remarried.
Two women walking by Ann Jerrett's house saw us on the front lawn taking pictures and stopped to chat. One of them, Lois Hicks (nee Jerrett) was the daughter of Chesley Jerrett, now deceased, who was a son of Jake and therefore our first cousin. (He also completed a detailed family tree of the Jerretts which is now being printed.)
Jake's daughter is Minnie Anne Critch who is also our first cousin. We exchanged addresses of all concerned and will be in touch to see the family tree when it is available.
They also knew Mina Jerrett from the Lakehead who is also a distant relative and travels to Newfoundland often. We found an overgrown grave in the Methodist (United) church cemetery inscribed Ascenath Jerrett and Charles Jerrett (our grandparents but reported her death as 1941 and erected by their children." (Transcribed by G. Patrick MacKay.)


  • WikiTree profile Jerrett-3 created through the import of Danford MacKay Family(2).ged on Feb 3, 2012 by G. MacKay Ahnentafel GM-10. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Graeme and others.
  1. Source:
  2. Newfoundland Death Index 1897-1802, Volume 03 is a record for Charles Jerrett showing the reference information of ‘page 179 line 20’. With that information, go to Deaths 1898-1902, Volume 03 and the search will locate him on Image #185 or 467;
  3. Methodist Burials of Green's Hr Mission, 1874-1913;
  4. Stonepics Database:
  5. Anglican Cemetery:
  6. Methodist Burials of Green's Harbor Mission

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From a transcript of a recorded conversation from August 2005, between brother and sister, Anne Hardy, and Danford MacKay.

GRAEME M – Let’s talk about nanny. Nanny was born in Newfoundland, I take it.

DANFORD M – She was born in Newfoundland, do you know the year?

GRAEME M – Cavendish, Newfoundland.

ANNE H – Yes. We visited there. Between 10 and 15 years ago.

GRAEME M – So nanny was born in Cavendish ,Newfoundland in 1889.

ANNE H – And her father had a small lobster canning …

GRAEME M – Oh really?

ANNE H – When he died at a young age.

DANFORD M – Cut down in his prime by TB which was an epidemic down there.

ANNE H – That would have been a horrible life out on the ocean.

DANFORD M – Wiping out whole families. My mother used to say he was such a grand looking man, he had a golden beard, he had golden hair. She idolized him. She had an idealized picture of him. She regarded him as a god and of course she worshipped him, she was only 13 or so.

ANNE H – Yeah, she was only 13 when she came out here.

posted 13 Feb 2012 by G. MacKay   [thank G.]
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Would you happen to know the FAG memorial # for Charles?
posted by Karen (Malley) Morris