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Conception Bay North

Police


Gleaned from the Book The Newfoundland Constabulary by Arthur Fox.

List of Justices and Constables, 1732, Carbonear district - from the Bay de Verds as far So’ward as Cape St. Francis, including Muskete, Carbonier, Harbour Grace, Bay Roberts.

Justices of the Peace:

  • William PYNN and
  • George GARLAND.
Constables:
  • Fred ASH,
  • Hugh PERRY,
  • Robert D. G. GREAVES,
  • John SHEPPARD,
  • Thomas THISTLE,
  • William BADCOCK,
  • Richard PORTER.

Police in Harbour Grace, 1830

Acting High Constable:

  • John CURRIE
Constables:
  • Abraham MARTIN,
  • William MARTIN,
  • James BARRY and
  • Benjamin ROWE.

Policing in Conception Bay, 1836

3 Constables at Carbonear
2 Constables at Harbour Grace
2 Constables at Brigus and Port de Grave
1 Constable at Bay de Verds
1 Constable at Western Bay
1 Constable at Brigus by South

Port de Grave, 1844

On April 26, 1844, William ANDREWS, planter, of Port de Grave, was granted £10 sterling by the Legislature for relief in consideration of his age and length of service. He was 84 years of age and had served as Constable at Port de Grave for 43 years.

Policing in Conception Bay, 1858

7 Constables at Harbour Grace
3 Constables at Carbonear, one more added in 1859.
2 Constables at Brigus and Port de Grave
1 Constable at Bay Roberts
1 Constable at Bay de Verd
1 Constable at Western Bay
1 Constable at Brigus South
1 Constable at Spaniard’s Bay

Magistrates were at Brigus and Port de Grave, Harbour Grace, and Carbonear.

Gaolers were at Harbour Grace, and Brigus and Port de Grave.

Policing in Conception Bay, 1864

Harbour Grace

  • High Constable: Luke FALLON;
  • Sergeant: William MEAGHER;
  • Constables: Patrick DONNELLY,
  • James DUNN,
  • Patrick DUNSTER,
  • Henry HUNT (Courage’s Beach),
  • Patrick McCARTHY,
  • William MAHER,
  • William NICHOLS,
  • William PEET,
  • Hugh QUIRK (Caplin Cove),
  • Robert WARD
  • William PEET was attested on Sept 24, 1850, aged 51 years, and appointed Constable on Jan 1,1861.

Carbonear

  • High Constable: Peter McBAE;
  • Sergeant: Matthew McKEE;
  • Constables: Michael BRIEN, Alfred BUTT, Matthew COUGHLAN, John RINGWOOD, Frederick ROWE, John SNOOK.
  • Frederick ROWE and Alfred BUTT were attested on Feb 14, 1850, and Dec 23, 1860 respectively, both being natives of Carbonear.

Stipendary Police, 1864

Bay Roberts

  • High Constable and blacksmith: Charles CALPIN;
  • Constables: William PEPPER, cooper, and Robert PEPPER, cooper.

Brigus

  • Gaoler and Constable: Thomas BUTLER.

Coroner’s Jury, 1871 - in the death of Mrs. Jane GEEHAN, wife of Patrick GEEHAN, of Riverhead Harbour Grace.

Foremen: Robert WALSH; T. H. RIDLEY, C. W. ROSS, Robert S. MUNN, John CALLAHAN, Maurice CONNELL, H. W. TRAPNELL, G. C. RUTHERFORD, P. DEVEREAUX, J. P. JILLARD, H. THOMEY, Patrick M’GRATH, Thomas LYNCH.

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