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.
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.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Charles by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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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.