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William Yates (abt. 1788 - 1863)

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William Yates
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1816 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Twillingate, Newfoundlandmap
Profile last modified 27 Feb 2020 | Created 25 Sep 2016
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William was born about 1788. William Yates ... He passed away in 1863.[1]

William Yates was born in 1788 in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. The story goes that he was a sea going man and on a trip to England, he met and married a Protestant girl with the maiden name Brown. On returning to Ireland, he was driven from his land because he had committed the unforgivable sin. He was left with no where to go except to the follow the lead of his wife's sister who was married to a Haggett and had already gone to the New-found-land.

William packed his bags and left for his new home across the sea never to return to Ireland to see his family again. The story goes that several of his cousins came at the same time or just after, but this has not been confirmed. William landed in Twillingate about 1810 and began to make his living off the land and the sea. He had at least two children, a daughter Tryphena and a son Albert who married Tamar Rowsell whose family had fishing interest in New Bay. Albert moved to a place called Cottrell's Cove to live on land that belonged to Rowsells near Jacob Manuel's ship building and farm land. After his arrival he seems to have been a man of importance in the area - performing marriages and funerals and also keeping church. He was also the government official in the area. Albert had seven children, five boys and two girls. Some of his family relocated to New York. Tryphena, married George Philips of Twillingate who was an accountant and book keeper at Ashbourne's Store, a major supplier in the area.

In a 1836 census of Twillingate/Fogo William Yates was a planter, living in Farmers Arm, Twillingate Island.


  1. A source for this information is needed.

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), William Yates, 1863; Burial, Twillingate, Notre Dame Bay Census Division, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, South Side United Church Cemetery; citing record ID 134414011, Find a Grave,

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