Family Names of Calvert (Caplin Bay), Newfoundland

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Caplin Bay/Calvert

In the pages of this site, I have tried to consistently use the name Caplin Bay in reference to events which occurred prior to January 30, 1922. Likewise, when referring to events after that date, I have tried to use the new name of the settlement - Calvert.

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On January 30, 1922, the small Newfoundland fishing settlement of Caplin Bay was re-named Calvert in honour of Sir George Calvert (Lord Baltimore), the leader of a failed attempt to establish a permanent settlement in this area of Newfoundland in the 1620s. Much later than Lord Baltimore had hoped for, permanent settlement eventually did take place, primarily in the last two decades of the 1700s and the first three decades of the 1800s.

This site is dedicated to providing information about the origins of the families who eventually settled on the hillsides above the cliffs, coves and beaches of what was then Caplin Bay. Although some of the first settlers arrived as established families, most families were formed from the marriages of young unmarried men and women, both immigrant and "bush-born", who had been hired to work in the fishing industry. By the 1840s, resident families were well established at Caplin Bay. Primarily as fishermen-farmer families, they wrested a living from both the sea and the land. In addition, they become hunters, trappers, woodsmen, and boat builders, continuously adapting and improvising to survive in a sometimes unforgiving and inhospitable climate.

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