Early Noels of Newfoundland
Some early Newfoundland Noel's were
Jerseymen, others came from the other Channel Islands,
Wales and possibly Dorset and Devon. There was a
concentration of Noel's in St. Martin parish in Jersey.
The Early Newfoundland Noels fished (seasonal) or became
planters (year round fish and farm). The early Jersey
traders were operating in Europe independent of the
English colonial authorities. One early Noel in
Newfoundland appears to have been Clemence Noel arriving
ca 1765 in Freshwater, Carbonear, Newfoundland. Roland Noel's
Freshwater Site will provide a letter that
he wrote in 1774.
name Noel appears in Jersey in the Assize Roll of 1309
In other records we find Joseph Noel in Harbor Grace, Newfoundland with wife Mary Sheppard and daughters Mary (born 1841) and Ann (born 1855). Ref: LDS FHC # 1761108. Also Daniel, Peter, Sr., and Peter, Jr. are listed as fisherman at Grates Cove, Newfoundland, 1894-1897. In 1898 Arthur and John Noel are also on the list.
My great grandparents were John Noel & Emma (nee Moore) Noel from Carbonear. John was born in 1839 & died January 22, 1908. He is buried in the United Church Cemetery at Goose Cove West. However the name on his tombstone is spelled Newell. Emma was born August 12, 1839 and died around 1912 - no tombstone.
John & Emma were married in Carbonear on November 15, 1865. It is believed they moved to the northern Peninsula in the spring of 1884. One son (twin) born to them did not make the trip and it is believed he died as a child, however little information is known. His name was Samuel Lezer Noel, born October 12, 1868 and was baptized (Methodist?) on June 3, 1871.
Goose Cove on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland was a little village of about 300 back in the 1950s/60s. It contained two little villages - Goose Cove East and Goose Cove West where the Noels livided. Today Goose Cove West is resettled but I have many Noel relatives in a nearby town. There are still people living in Goose Cove East. There were only about eleven families in Goose Cove West. The adults always pronounced Noel as Newell therefore that's how I pronounced it. When I came to Ontario back in 1969 my fellow coworkers didn't understand why I was pronouncing my surname Noel as Newell so I changed the pronounciation to Noel(French) and I still do today. Some years after I left Newfoundland the younger generation changed the pronounciation from Newell to Noel(English). When I visit the folks back in the area I change my pronounciation to Noel(English). I haven't corresponded with the Noels in Harbour Grace/Carbonear but I do believe they use the English pronounciation.
My name is Clayton Noel. I was born in Goose Cove West (now resettled), on the Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland. I am interested in searching for information on the early Noels, in particular, to make connections to Harbour Grace/Carbonear.
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