The Early Settlers of Stephenville Crossing


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Top Heritagewhich has a detailed account of the Mi'Kmaq of Newfoundland.

If you are interested in researching the origins of early families in the Stephenville Crossing/Bay St. George Area can use the Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogy Project.

TopHistorical Articles BSG
Early History St. Georges Diocese
Memorial University's Archives
Edward Wix's Travels in NFLD.
Photos Harmon Base
Old Photos Bay St. George
Newfoundland Heritage
NFLD history to 1869
Historical Directory of NFLD. Newspapers
Newfoundland Museum Notes
NFLD. History and Culture
Info on Stephenville Crossing
Telephone Directory 1951
Marcot 98
Flood 1951
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In the summer of 1813 the HMS Rosamond was moored off Sandy Point in Bay St. George. Lt. Chappell and the ship's purser, accompanied a local to the Main Gut area where they purchased a cow to supplement their provisions.

In 1835 the Reverend Wix on his trip through Newfoundland made mention of five families at the Main Gut area.

An 1838 census shows three families, namely those of Jean Lucas, Jean Filler, (both of whom had arrived in 1823 from France via St. Pierre) and a Mr. Jim Young (Jacques LeJeune) who had arrived in 1830.

The town first appears on a McAlpines census of 1904 under the name Prairie. The family names listed were Benoit, Hawkins, and Luca, ancestors of whom are still found here today.

Many people in the area of Bay St. George trace their ancestory back to the First Nations Mi'Kmaq people. This also holds true for the residents of Stephenville Crossing. This link will take you to a site at Newfoundland and Labrador