I recently had this request from Shirley:
My Mother was Lillian Florence May Hollett who was born in Montreal, but her father was Samuel Hollett from Spensers Cove Placentia Bay NL.
My father was Cecil Llewelyn Upshall, born in Harbour Buffett NL.
Can you give me any information on either of those backgrounds?
This could be the couple in 1945:
Cecil was born in Placentia and Lillie in Canada according to this Census. Here is Grand Falls where the couple were in 1945:
The 1921 Census
This gives some more information. Cecil’s parents were Isaac and Rebecca. Cecil’s grandmother was Lizzie Hann from Harbour Buffett. Here is the marriage record for Isaac and Rebecca:
Isaac was a fisherman. Both Isaac and Rebecca were living in Harbour Buffet at the time of their marriage. Before this, the genealogy gets a little shaky:
Martha shows that Isaac’s parents were Peter and Hannah. Martha has this further information:
Martha has Peter dying in Kingwell:
Here is the tree I have for my wife:
My wife’s ancestor Henry Upshall was born around 1841. Perhaps Peter was a brother or other relative to Henry.
Shirley’s Hollett Side
So far Shirley’s tree looks like this:
Here is the marriage record for Samuel and May:
This couple married in a Methodist Church in Montreal. Samuel was a carpenter and his parents were John and Susan Butcher. It appears that Samuel was born at Sound Island in 1860.
This is not too far from Spencers Cove.
Records have his death at Botwood:
Botwood is to the Northeast of Grand Falls. Samuel is listed as 84 years old in 1944. The number next to the cause of death is for something else. He shows as being born in Burin. This record for another Hollett birth appears to tie things together:
This shows that Sound Island was in the District and Parish of Burin. I was not aware of this connection previously:
Sound Island and Burin appear to be about 100 miles away from each other. It is a good thing that the Holletts were Methodists as those records appear to have survived better than some of the other records.
Here is the tree that I have for Shirley:
Due to missing records, it may be helpful for Shirley to take a DNA test. This could help to solidify existing connections and perhaps suggest some new connections.