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Bear's Cove, Newfoundland

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Date: 1750 [unknown]
Location: Harbour Grace, Newfoundlandmap
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Early Families

A description of Bear's Cove, in 1800 reads[1]:

Let us follow the path along the waterfront. We start from the Grove, where Surrogate Charles Garland has his residence, which Rev. Lewis Anspach in his History calls "The Castle," where some cannon were mounted. He had two stages and three flakes. Henry Warford came next with one stage and three flakes. Now we get to Bear's Cove. Charles Parsons has 175 years by the Seaside, and 186 yards from highwater mark to the Woods.
William Taylor Parsons has a frontage of 149 yards. Jonathan Parsons, 138 yards. Patience Parsons, 4 yeads by the seaside, sufficient for one stage, but a lot of land in the rear. The Parsons families claimed this land back to 1765 and 1770. Tradition says they obtained this land by marriage with the Shepards, who were still earlier settlers, and more than likely of Jersey descent. Admiral Parsons of the Blue and his brother, who fished at first from Harbour Grace Island, are said to be the start of the Parsons family well and favourably known all over Newfoundland today.
William Kennedy, 130 yards waterfront. Widow Kennedy, 130 yards, bounded on the East by Francis Marshall and on the West by Garland Bradbury. Tradition say the Kennedys got this land originally from the Shepards.
Abraham Parsons has 146 yards seaside, just East from the Battery. He purchased this land from Ann Stretch.
Francis Shepard has an extensive sea front of 153 yards, but only 11 yards from high water mark to the road.


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  1. [http://www.ancestraldigs.com/Kennedy/Harbor%AD%20Grace_land.htm Harbour Grace History Harbour Grace Described in 1800 by W. A. Munn, Chapter 11]. Accessed 2018.

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