Clarkin name in Prince Edward Island

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It has been said that the first Irish migrants arrived at what is now Prince Edward Island as early as 1763. [1]

Monaghan settlers who contributed a lot to the social progress of the island began to arrive in 1830. It has been referred to as a "planned migration" due in part to Reverend John MacDonald and his contact with the parish priest of Donagh, Fr. Moynagh,[2]

The intention was that the Catholic Irish migrants would be able to lease land on the Revd. John MacDonald's estate. [3]

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  • Catholic migration sticker pre 1879 from Ireland
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Among the surnames of those Irish Catholics having their families in Prince Edward Island during the period prior to 1879 are Clarkin.

This is a place to set out some of those Clarkin mentions.

Clarkin mentions 1830 - 1839

  • Mary Clarkin, name entry in baptism of son Joseph Murray on 5 October 1835 at St. Dunstan's Basilica
  • Ann Clarkin, name entry in baptism of daughter Ann Cherry on 3 April 1836 at St. Dunstan's Basilica

Clarkin mentions 1840 - 1849

  • In the 1841 PEI Census there was 1 Clarkin household & 1 Clerkin household: refer to Census 1841 section below for details.

Clarkin mentions 1850 - 1859

  • Mrs John Clarkin age 85 death1950 Note: Nee: Ann Barbara. Insufficient information to trace to source; copy cannot be provided.
  • Cheistine Clerkin, name entry in baptism of daughter Bridget Dougherty on 23 October 1853 at Vernon River
  • Edward Clarkin, name entry in baptism of daughter Bridget Clarkin on 8 May 1859 at Vernon River

Clarkin mentions 1860 - 1869

  • Ann Clarkin, name entry in baptism of daughter Agnes Kelly on 11 April 1869 at Vernon River
  • Will for Owen Clarkin - mentions brother John and John's son Owen Clarkin, also mentions Owen McKenna, and Bernard, Owen, Margaret, Michael, Peter, and Francis Dougherty[4] Image is also attached to this page.

Clarkin mentions 1870 - 1879

  • Hugh Clarkin, name entry in baptism of son Bernard Clarkin on 24 April 1870 at Vernon River
  • Owen Clerkin of Lot 65, name entry in baptism of son Henry Pope Clerkin on 4 August 1878 at St. Ann's R. C

Census 1841

  • Bernard Clarkin at Lot 49 was a farmer in a household of 12. He was most likely the male age 45-60, there were also 3 males under 16, 1 male age 16-45, 4 females under 16 and 3 females age 16-45, all 12 were RC from Ireland who paid their own passage. The family held 100 acres of 2nd best quality land by lease and 200 as occupants. They had 4 hogs and produced 10 Bushels of oats and 200 bushels of potatoes. Full rent: 0/1/0, 0 Acres arable.
  • Michael Clarkin at Lot 36 was 1 of 5 in his household. He was a blacksmith aged either 45-60, or 16-45, 2 females 16-45 and 1 female 45-60 also recorded. They had 50 acres at the start of a 999 year lease. Rent in sterling 2/10/0. They had 3 neat cattle and 15 hogs. They also produced 27 bushels of oats and 200 of potatoes. All 5 were RC from Ireland who paid their own passage. 6acres arable.

Clarkin family unions

Clarkin couples First noted mention Notes
Thomas Murray & Mary Clarkin 1835 name entry in baptism of child at St. Dunstan's Basilica
Nicolas Cherry & Ann Clarkin 1836 name entry in baptism of child at Charlottetown
Michl Mugans & Ally Clarkin 1840 name entry in baptism of child at Charlottetown
Frank Doherty & Kitty Clarkin 1841 name entry in baptism of child at Vernon River


  1. Early Immigration - Prince Edward Island Irish Settlers from page 9]
  2. O’Grady, Brendan. “A People Set Apart: The County Monaghan Settlers in Prince Edward Island.” Clogher Record, vol. 12, no. 1, Clogher Historical Society, 1985, pp. 23–47,
  3. IGraham, J. (2003, December). Hands across the Atlantic. Retrieved from Irish Identity:
  4. Owen Clarkin 1861 will, Prince Edward Island. Probate Court, Will books, v. 6-7, 1858-1868, Vol. 6 page 179, digital page 123 of 562, {Must access from a Family History Library or Affiliate to see image}

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