First, I must apologize for the lack of credit on the Mulley’s Cove photo in my last post. I didn’t realize the credit wasn’t attached to the photo until AFTER I’d posted the blog. So to correct that, the photo was taken by Ron Thistle in 2002. There is a site for Thistle family members to check out if they wish.
Cecil Reynolds wrote a series of letters in the 1990s, while he was in his 90’s, concerning the families of Mulley’s Cove and many of the marriages and intermarriages that took place. These letters are a wealth of information, much of it about the life and times of growing up in
Newfoundland. He had
researched the Reynolds (also recorded as Rennolls) family and what he wrote
about astounded me. This is what I learned.
James Reynolds (1749-1834) was born in Rockbeare,
Devon, the 2nd son of the churchwarden. His
older brother inherited the Devon lands and
James was in need of an occupation. He became a bootmaker apprentice of the
Lacey’s of Mulley’s Cove, in 1769. It is said that the Lacey’s made boots for
the fishermen, boots similar to the type worn by the fishermen of the West
Country, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
James’ apprenticeship was to last for seven years and during this time he was
to live with the family and had to remain unmarried. By the time his term was
over, the American Revolution had begun.
Boats were hauled in and out of Mulley's Cove from this old wench. Photo provided by Jim and Glenda Thistle
So it was that James, finally a man on his own at the age of 33/34, was finally able to marry and settle down. Cecil Reynolds in his letters, says he found that James married a teenager named Elizabeth Kennedy and they had at least 4 children: Elizabeth who married John Slade; James Jr., who married an
who married a Hannah and John, no wife found yet.
James Jr. was the father of Esther Reynolds who married John Lacy/Lacey. This James, a fisherman, had 4 daughters and one son, but he doesn’t appear in records after his son was born. There seems to be no death record or grave, so it seems he might have been lost at sea. The children were Elizabeth, who married William King; Esther (above); Sarah Ann married James Thistle; Mary who may have died young; and James 3rd who married Jane King.
‘So now we have all these additional names to tackle: Kennedy, Slade, Thistle and King. There’s Devon, Dorset and
to check out to see who might be connected to where. Then there’s always the interesting
family tale that there were two branches of the Pye family who settled in Newfoundland – one from Herefordshire and the other
from - you guessed it – Devon and Cornwall.
And I thought my gt. grandmother was a brick wall. Well, knocking down that wall has opened up many more avenues that need to be pursued. Have my pick, have my shovel – off I go!