1836 Census Exploits River, Cape John and Fogo Island

    "Fogo Harbour: Jos Oake, planter; Rich Elliott, planter .... " just some of the names in this unique 1836 census.
    To view the Census click here: 1836 Census
    This is a handwritten nominal census for the year 1836 for the area from Exploits River to Cape John and Fogo Island. This census is just one part of the collection which has been scanned and placed on this website.

    The Peyton Family Collection consists of a variety of records deposited in the Archives and Special Collections division by Ernest Peyton of Gander, Newfoundland, as well as material concerning the Peyton family which was transferred from other collections in the Archives. Ernest Peyton is a direct descendant of John Peyton, Senior, the progenitor of a family which has played a prominent role in Newfoundland history: John Peyton, Senior (1747-1827), his son, John Peyton, Junior (1793 -1879), and his son, Thomas Peyton, residents of Exploits Island and Twillingate.

    The material in this collection ranges from 1806 to 1908 and was mainly written by the Peytons mentioned above. There are a number of legal journals, wills, notary work for shipping wrecks, and writs issued for the Supreme Court. There are two voters lists for Twillingate district (1882 and 1889) which may be the only ones extant from before 1900. A valuable item is the 1836 nominal census for Twillingate and Fogo area which is probably the only one of its kind to have survived from before 1900. The register of fishing rooms (1806-1828) is a rare treasure which should be of interest to historians, demographers, geographers, and genealogists. Other material includes memorials of indentures generated through the Deputy Surveyor's Office, Twillingate, from 1851 to 1908; and, navigational aids for sailing from Newfoundland to a variety of places in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, and the West Indies.

    For more information on the collection please visit the finding aid by clicking Coll-150