Clare

First generation

1. JOHN1 CLARE was born in 1836 somewhere in England. He emigrated to Newfoundland and married JULIANNE SOUTHWELL of Upper Small Point (now Kingston) on 29 November 1861 in St. Patrick’s Church in Carbonear. Julianne was the daughter of William and Mary (King) Southwell of Upper Small Point. (John’s name on the wedding certificate was spelled Clear.) John was a fisherman in Upper Small Point in 1871. The family seems to have moved into Harbour Grace. The family was both English and Roman Catholic. John Clare died in Harbour Grace in April 1892.

John and Julianne had at least three children:

[2] i. BRIDGET CLARE,  see below.

ii. ANNIE CLARE, born 1879 in Harbour Grace. Married ALEXANDER WHELAN of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and emigrated to East Boston befoe 1914. They had an adopted son named Elmer. Many relatives and friends from Harbour Grace boarded with the Whelans when they first emigrated to East Boston.

iii. JOHN CLARE, born 1881 in Harbour Grace. Married a woman named Annie. He appears in the 1921 Newfoundland census.

Second generation

2. BRIDGET2 CLARE (John1), born 1876 in Harbour Grace. Married 9 November 1893 to ELI COOMBS, a ship’s carpenter, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Harbour Grace. Emigrated in 1920 to East Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Died 20 April 1950 in East Boston. She had 9 surviving children you can read about on the Coombs page.

Julianne Southwell Clare and someone’s baby

Bridget Clare Coombs – from her passport

Annie Clare Whalen in East Boston

8 thoughts on “Clare

  1. i am looking for southwells from Upper Small Point, Newfoundland. my gggrandmother was Elizabeth Southwell, she had a daughter my gggrandmother Julia Ann Hurley.

    It seems a big conincidence that these names are familiar. do you have any info on these Southwells?

  2. These are my great-grandmother’s parents — I got their names from her marriage record and that’s all I know about them. I agree with you that the “Julia Ann” name is tantalizing. Do let me know if you find a connection!

    Here is the tiny bit of info I have on Southwell in my research notes. Probably nothing new if you’ve been searching:

    Lovell’s 1871 Directory for Upper Small Point, Bay de Verde, lists both a
    John Clare and a William Southwell as fishermen.
    William Southwell is also in an 1832 voter’s list from Upper Small Point (NGB). He could be her father.

    The 1921 NFLD census for Carbonear shows a Charles Southwell, b. 1841 (aged 80), living with his married son John Southwell, b. 1877 (aged 44) — all born in Carbonear.

  3. It seems that my Elizabeth Southwell b.1855 was the daughter of William Southwell b.1825 and ?. I suspect that Julianne Southwell 1845 was her sister and other siblings were charles 1841,brdiget 1850,richard 1851.
    I also suspect that William Southwell b.1825 was a junior and therefore his father was also William Southwell.

    Daphne I would love to find what info you have,please e-mail me at mcurran@stx.rr.com

    Maurice

  4. I JUST FOUND A SITE THAT STATED THAT CHARLES SOUTHWELL WAS THE SON OF WILLIAM SOUTHWELL AND MARY KING.!
    THERE WERE ONLY TWO KING FAMILILES IN UPPER SMALL POINT AT THIS TIME ( JOHN AND JAMES). SO MARY WAS THE DAUGHTER OF EITHER JOHN OR JAMES.

  5. i think i am related to you – there are few Southwell’s in Newfoundland – and any that are still around are related….

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