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Most of the information presented on this page comes from the research (1966-1969) of Florence E. (Anthony) Gushue. She was born August 19, 1890 in Seldom-Come-By, Newfoundland, died June 18, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Hoddinott/Holmes family in Newfoundland

John Holmes was the child of Thomas Holmes and Frances (Fanny) Hoddinott. His mother died when he was young and his father remarried. John did not get along with his step-mother and ran away to Newfoundland. John changed his name to Hoddinott to avoid detection by his wealthy parents. (See letter from H. J. Indoe page 1 and page 2.)

  • December 3, 1826, married Susanna Wilcox (June 17, 1807 - May 18, 1872) in Brigus, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

  • 1828, First settler in Seldom-Come-By, Fogo Island, Newfoundland

    "The first settler at Seldom was one John Hodnett (Hoddinott), who had settled by 1828. Local tradition has it that he was a runaway from Kent, England, who subsequently changed the family name to Holmes in order to avoid detection. (Although this tradition does not explain why the family went by the name Hoddinott for about 50 years -- after the death of John Hoddinott in the 1870s the family appears in church records as Holmes Hoddinott.) In the 1836 Census there were 12 people recorded at Seldom: the families of Hoddinott and Eli Roberts. "
    - Encyclodedia of Newfoundland and Labrador

Children of John Holmes and Susanna Wilcox

  • September 12, 1827, birth of Thomas Hodinott Holmes. Died October 12, 1827.

  • August 29, 1828, birth of James Hodinott. James was the father of:
  • August 26, 1830, birth of John Hodinott Holmes, Jr. John was the lighthouse keeper at Cann Island, educated in England and father of Albert Angel Holmes.

  • September 5, 1831, birth of William Henry Hoddinott. William was:
  • September 18, 1834, birth of Frances Hoddinott.

  • November 10, 1836, birth of Samuel Hodinott Holmes. Died May 10, 1839.

  • February 18, 1839, birth of Susannah Elizabeth Hodnott Holmes. Susannah married James Agustus? Hoddinott.

  • April 15, 1841, birth of Thomas Samuel Hodinott Holmes.

  • April 21, 1843, birth of George Albert Hodinott Holmes. Died January 9, 1844.

  • September 29, 1845, birth of George Hodinott Holmes. Died April 5, 1846.

  • December 5, 1847, birth of Henry Albert Holmes. Died December 30, 1866.

  • August 20, 1850, birth of Moses Edmund Hodinott Holmes

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