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Mulley's Cove, Newfoundland

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Date: 1720 [unknown]
Location: District of Bay de Verde, Newfoundlandmap
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Near Broad Cove, Small Point, Adam's Cove and Blackhead in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland.


See the Mulley's Cove One Place Study for more detailed information of the earliest families.

The name, "Mulley's Cove", come from an anglicizing of Mollet. Michel Mollet of St. Helier Jersey was in Newfoundland by 1715 and at "Little Blackhead" before 1741 when he left a will on the disposition of his property there .[1] that documents he and wife, Susanne (Giffard) Mollet had a plantation there. One half he gave to his son Michel Mollet who was born in Newfoundland in 1715 and the other half he gave to his son-in-law, John Thistle who had married his daughter, Mary. Adam Mulley and Edward Mulley, who inherited land from their father in Mulley's Cove are his grandsons or possibly great grandsons.

Early Families

The founding family in Mulley's Cove was Mollet. Michel Mollet was at Mulley's Cove before 1741 as was his son-in-law, John Thistle, who married Marie, Michael Mollet's daughter. Later the Lacey, King, Reynolds, and Moores families joined the Thistles and Mollets in the second half of the 18th century.

  • According to one memoir[2]: "there are scores of Kings and Thistles who could, if they wished, trace their descent to James Reynolds (1749-1834) who came to Mulley’s Cove in the spring of 1749 (sic) as an apprentice to the boot-making Laceys. In 1876, my grandfather Nicholas Kennedy Reynolds married the last surviving Lacey and united the properties in Small Point but not in ancestral Mulley’s Cove...According to the foggy legend told me by my father in 1930...James [Reynolds came to] Newfoundland...to Mulley’s Cove.


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  1. Will of Michel Mollet, 26 Dec 1741, Jersey Heritage database online (fee). French
  2. 2.0 2.1 Newfoundland's Grand Banks Site, Fifth in a series of Eight Cecil J. Reynolds Letters. 1993. Transcribed transcribed by Bruce King, 2001. Accessed 2016.
  3. Newfoundland's Grand Banks Site, Sixth in a series of Eight Cecil J. Reynolds Letters. 1996. Transcribed transcribed by Bruce King, 2001. Accessed 2016.

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Hi, I'm hoping someone still checks this even though it's a few years old, I'm descended from Richard Moores of Mulleys cove who is mentioned in the letters. I was hoping you may have or be able to direct me to someone who may have more information on him. I'll gladly provide proof of who I am. Thanks 😊
posted by Cherie Moores
Hi, this is Richard Moore's profile:


posted by Brad Foley
Its actually the Richard Moores that is listed in the plantation records for 1783 ( I think) who's talked about in the Cecil J Reynolds letters.
posted by Cherie Moores
So then maybe the Richard Moores mentioned here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Reynolds-10412

I don't think I've gotten around to making a profile for him yet. If you want to work on it, that'd be great!


posted by Brad Foley
To be honest , I wouldn't even know where to start. I can't seem to find him in any records because they don't seem to.go back that far, or at least the ones I've found. I only know he's my line because someone else related the info to me, plus I've traced my Moores family back to Mulleys Cove but I can't seem to make a.link to him myself.
posted by Cherie Moores
My gt. grandmother was Rachel Elizabeth Lacey. She was b. in Mulley's Cove, the d/o John and Esther Reynolds Lacey. Her mother's sister, Elizabeth Reynolds married John Slade who ran a huge fishery in Battle Harbor Labrador. Rachel went to Battle Harbor to work for the Slades, serving meals to the people who worked in the fisheries. She met and married my gt. grandfather there, John Charles Pye. He fished the Grand Banks during the season. My grandfather, Jesse Pye, was born at Cape Charles, Labrador, in 1865. The summered at Mary's Cove but spent time during the winter in Corner Brook and Bay of Islands. I have dates for them but don't have my app opened. I will update ASAP when I get my app up and running.
posted by Bette (Pye) Wing