The Brixham Nowells/Knowlings of Devon

Brixham

Brixham history

http://www.devon.gov.uk/historicbrixham

The Brixham Nowells of Devon were a fishing family that operated over many centuries. They had branches in Hull, Ramsgate and Tenby, Wales. As Newfoundland was a focus of the fishing industry we detect their presence in Newfoundland. To what extent they have operated and settled remains an open question

Brixham history notes:

http://www.ianperkes.co.uk/index.php/history/brixhams-history

Thomas Cole was studying records in Bonavista, Newfoundland.

He noted for 1678 – Nicholas Nowell captain of the Bricksom Merchant bn Brixham s/o Philip/brother of John Noll (Nowell). John Noll was attacked by the French in Bonavista in 1705.

The Knowlings were another family line in Brixham during the same period. They were involved in the Newfoundland trade. They signed the 1642 Devon Petition along with the Knowles of Dartmouth.

25 January 1642 —
A Copy of petition of the Mayor, his brethren and the rest of the inhabitants of Clifton-Dartmouth-Hardnes, with the places adjacent, to the Justices of the Peace for the County of Devon. The petitioners, who are occupied in the Newfoundland fisheries, complain that their trade is likely to be destroyed in consequence of the number of Turkish pirates from Algiers and Sallee, the rebellion in Ireland, and the dread entertained of a popish rising.

Dartmouth 1642

713 Knowlinge James M1635 Brixham.
714 Knowlinge Tho M1645 Brixham.

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Cole-Documents/dartmouth-harbour-gathering-1642.shtml

 

Thomas and Richord Knowling of Brixham married 1645

Thomas  bap April 16, 1645

John bap Nov 16, 1654 (FHS transcription Knewlinge)

James bap Oct 10, 1656

Mary bap Sept 13, 1659

 

15 Feb. 1710 (rec’d & read)

The merchants of Bideford

    

The harbours of Ferryland and Fermeuse having been safe places to fish until now, require two warships . Every fifth name picked: W. Hath, L. Knitt?, Peter Willington, William Meddon?, Timothy Lang, J. Clifton May, J. Buck, G. Knowling, T. Adams.

http://www2.swgc.mun.ca/nfld_history/CO194/CO194-4.htm

Some Genealogical Records

Births:

Child/Parent(s)

RICHARDE (son) NOWELL PHILLIPPE 09 12 1594
TAMSYN NOWELL JOHN ?? 05 1596
JOHN NOWELL PHILLIP 25 01 1630/1

Tamsin is a contraction of Thomasina, which is a feminine form of Thomas. Thomas is the Greek form of the Aramaic name Te’oma, which means “twin”.

Richard female below?????

THOMAS KNOWLLING THOMAS & RICHORD 20 04 1645
AVERIN (dau) KNOWLLING HUGH 25 10 1642
ELIZABETH NOWELL PHILLIP & MATHEW 26 01 1638/9

Mathew is female……

Below also transcribed as John Knewlinge FHS

1 JOHN KNOWLINGE THOMAS 16 11 1654
HENRY NOWELL JOHN 24 08 1655
JAMES KNOWLING THOMAS 30 10 1656
NICHOLAS NOWELL NICHOLAS 07 08 1657
JOHN NOWELL NICHOLAS 06 08 1659
MARY KNOWLINGE THOMAS 13 09 1659
ELIZABETH NOWELL JOHN 14 10 1659
PETERNELL NOWELL NICHOLAS 18 10 1662
JOHN NOWELL JOHN 25 10 1662
JOHAN NOWELL NICHOLAS 28 11 1665
ANDREW NOWELL JOHN 24 02 1665/6
MATHW (dau) NOWILL JOHN 18 01 1673/4
NICHOLAS NOWELL JOHN 08 02 1675/6
NICHOLAUS NOWELL PHILLIP 07 08 1677
JOHN NOWELL NICHOLAUS & DORCAS 23 05 1681
NICHOLAUS NOWELL NICHOLAUS & DORCAS 08 08 1683
JOHN NOWELL HENRY & MARY 03 08 1690
SIBELA NOWELL JOHN & MARY 06 10 1691
MARY NOWELL HENRY & MARY 22 11 1692
MARGARET NOWELL JOHN & MARY 14 02 1692/3
HENRY NOWELL HENRY & MARGARET 09 08 1686
JOHN NOWEL NICHOLAS & ANN 23 11 1701
ELIZAB KNOWLINGS JAMES & ELIZAB 07 08 1705
NICHOLAS NOWEL NICHOLAS & ANNE 16 10 1705
OADES NOWELL NICHOLAS & ANN 23 10 1707
THOMAS KNOWLING JAMES & ELIZABETH 27 10 1709
JOSEPH NOWELL NICHOLAS & PATIENCE 05 10 1714
DORCAS NOWELL NICHOLAS & PATIENCE 13 04 1716
NICHOLAS NOWELL NICHOLAS & PATIENCE 03 04 1718
JOHN NOWELL JOHN & AGNES 03 09 1723
NICHOLAS NOWEL JOHN & AGNES 09 12 1725
ELIZABETH NOWEL OADS & SUSANNAH 11 03 1728/9
WILLIAM NOWELL JOHN & AGNES 28 08 1729
DANIEL NOWELL JOHN & AGNES 01 11 1732
JOSEPH NOWELL OADS & SUSANNA 22 11 1734
THOMAS NOWELL JOHN & AGNES 05 11 1735
THOMAS KNOWLING THOMAS & ELIZABETH 04 01 1737/8
JOSEPH NOWEL JOSEPH & ELISABETH 15 10 1740
RICHARD NOWELL JOSEPH & ELIZABETH 22 12 1741
JOSEPH NOWEL JOSEPH & ELIZABETH 05 12 1744
JOSEPH KNOWLES EDWARD & MARY 04 10 1748
SUSANNA KNOWLINGS ELIZABETH 19 01 1748/9
AGNES NOWEL NICHOLAS & CATHARINE 25 04 1749
EDWARD KNOWLES EDWARD & MARY 16 12 1750
JOHN NOWEL NICHOLAS & CATHARINE 16 10 1752
JOSEPH KNOWLES EDWD & MARY 29 10 1752
JOHN NOWELL JOHN & JANE 01 01 1754
MARY KNOWLES EDWARD & MARY 26 12 1755
WILLIAM NOWELL JOHN & JANE 25 12 1757
MARY KNOWLES EDWARD & MARY 14 01 1759
ELIZABETH KNOWLES EDWARD & MARY 13 04 1761
JOHN KNOWLES EDWARD & MARY 24 01 1763

 

England,   Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Philip Nowell 07 Jul 1633 Phillip Nowell
Philip Nowell 25 Jan 1631 John Nowell
Philip Nowell 26 Jan 1639 Elizabeth Nowell spouse: Mathew
Philip Nowell 07 Mar 1631 Nicholas Nowell
Philip Nowell 07 Aug 1676 Nicholaus Nowell

 

Muster roll 1569 Brixham – Nowell

Walter Batten had these family records listed:

Family of Phillipe Nowell and Rycharde Eme at Brixham.

Phillip born c. 1590 married Martha Barrett October 1617.
John born c. 1591 married Richord Ellett Oct 1617.
Richard born c. 1594

Children shown as Christened to Phillip of Brixham:

Jan 25, 1631 John
Mar 7, 1631 Nicholas
Jul 7, 1633 Phillip

Marriages:

NOWELL PHILLIPPE EME RYCHORDE 5 1 1589/90
CURRYDON THOMAS NOWELL ISABELL 14 11 1590
NOWELL PHILLIP BARRETT MARTHA 14 10 1617
NO?ELL JOHN ELLETT RICHORD 8 10 1617
58 EATON of Dartmoth THOMAS KNOWLLING of the sam? CASSANDREW 06 08 1632
KNOWLLING JAMES WARD MARGARETT 07 04 1635
PENY RICHARD KNOWLLING SIBLY 23 11 1636
KNOWLLINGE HUGH EASTON SIBLY 24 01 1641/2
KNOWLLING THOMAS HAZARD RICHORD 14 01 1643/4
KNOWLLING JAMES BLACKALLER THOMASIN 24 03 1644
REEVE of Brixham RICHARD PENNY of Brixham SIBLY 26 01 1656/7 William Clowter, Christopher Nowland
LUSCOMBE of Brixham ARTHUR s/ Elizabeth PENNEY d-i-lw to Richard Reeve MARGARETT of Brixham 28 11 1659 Richard Reeve, James Knowlinge, Hugh Graye
NOWELL JOHN LUSCOMBE of Mareldon JULIAN 17 03 1672/3
CUNDET WILLIAM KNOWLING SIBLY 02 02 1684/5
NOWELL HENRY DOLBER MARY 29 09 1689
NOWELL JOHN PROWSE MARY 14 10 1690
KNOWLINGS JAMES COOTE ELIZABETH 22 11 1704
CUNDETT AZERIAS NOWELL SIBELLA 04 01 1709/10
NOWEL OADES ROGERS SUSANNAH 24 09 1727
KNOWLING THOMAS ELLIOT ELIZABETH 09 05 1737
HOWARD JOHN KNOWLING ELIZABETH 12 11 1738
NOWEL JOSEPH (OTP) CROWTE ELISABETH (OTP) 08 04 1740

Burials (Partial)

THOMAS NOWELL 11 03 1582/3
RYCHARDE NOWELL S/ PHILLIPE 18 01 1602/3
RICHARD NOWELL 28 05 1617
SIBLYE KNOWLLING W/ JAMES 24 08 1634
ELIZABETH NOWELL 13 08 1642
PHILLIP NOWELL 21 12 1643
MARGARETT KNOWLLING 10 03 1643/4
JOAN KNOWLLING 02 11 1644
PETERNELL NOWELL 30 11 1645
ELIZABETH KNOWLINGE D/ THOMAS 27 10 1663
PETRONELL NOWELL D/ NICHOLAS 26 12 1663
THOMAS KNOWLD A SEAMAN OF SESSEX SHEERE 20 02 1663/4
JAMES KNOWLINGE 28 04 1664
SIBLY NOWELL W/ JOHN 24 02 1665/6
ANDREW NOWELL S/ JOHN 16 04 1668
JOANE NOWELL W/ NICHOLAS 06 11 1676
MARTHA NOWELL D/ JOHN 14 12 1678
JULIAN NOWELL 12 02 1685/6
RICHARD KNOWLING 05 07 1690
MARY NOWELL 14 09 1693
JOHN NOWELL S/ HENRY 14 09 1693
HENRY NOWELL S/ HENRY 12 08 1696
MARGARET NOWELL W/ HENRY 16 08 1696
JOHN NOWELL 27 02 1697/8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other family trees:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/SYDK-CBD

http://dodd.familytreeguide.com/pedigree.php?personID=I8012&tree=T1&PHPSESSID=9ca61ab9edd7c110aae041646e790184

Bonavista, Newfoundland links:

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Articles/1678-shipsr-bon.shtml

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Articles/bonavista-1497-1700-bon.shtml

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Articles/fr_atk.shtml

And from Walter Batten:

1677: Phillip Newell, Captain of the “Nicholas” out of Dartmouth. 90 tons with 56 men and 11 boats. (Boats were carried on deck for fishing)

1675: Nicholas Nowell, Captain of the “Brixham” out of Brixham. 80 tons with 60 men and 12 boats at Bonavista. 2 stages and 1 Train full. (A train is how Cod Oil was measured)

1676: Nicholas Newell at Harbour Grace. From Dartmouth with 30 men and 6 boats. Vessel particulars not recorded.

1677 Ship Nicholas for Barbadoes

National Archive Crew List records – Devon

Bideford – 1863
Registered Port: Brixham, Devon (later Dartmouth registration?)
Tonnage: 129
Master(s): Nowell; Jefferies
Owner(s): Nowell

Wasp – 1863
Registered Port: Dartmouth, Devon
Tonnage: 35
Master(s): Sherry
Owner(s): Nowell

Gleaner 1891-1896
Registered Port: Brixham, Devon
Tonnage: 24
Master(s): Nowell
Owner(s): Nowell

Heriam – 1893
Registered Port: Dartmouth, Devon
Tonnage: 23
Master(s): Nowell
Owner(s): Nowell

Industry – 1913
Registered Port: Brixham, Devon
Tonnage: 24
Master(s): Nowell
Owner(s): Dugdall

Vessel: “Beatrice” 1881 Kent

Robert NOWEL         U 15 M Ramsgate, Kent, England A B Seaman

Vessel: “Enigma” 1881 Kent

John NOWELL       M 43 M Brixham, Devon, England Master
John NOWELL         U 17 M Ramsgate, Kent, England Third Hand

Vessel “PET” – Cornwall 1881

NOWELL Joseph             u    24    Brixham, Dev              Mate
NOWELL William            u    16    Brixham, Dev              Cook

Nowell Crew List
Brixham Tithe Apportionment of 1842 – Freeholder Nowell

Petition of Mary Nowell, widow of Dartmouth

To the Rt. Hon’able & Rt. Worp’lls His Maj’ties: Justices of Peace at ye Court of Sessions held in ye County of
Devon:

The humble Petition of Mary NOWELL, widdow of Harnes In Dartmo:

Humbly Sheweth:

That yo’r petitioners son Michael Sanuders was an apprentice unto Thomas Blackler of Dartmo: who in a Ship of that place called ye Eagle The said Blackler Com’and’ [Commander] went hence in her intended voiage for Newfoundland & from thence goeing with her Loading of fish toward ye Straights about ffifty Leagues off of ye Souther Cape meet wth a Sally man of warr wch. had 4 guns 12 Petereerers and see men [seaman] wch. came up & boarded them fireing on my awhole broadside & entring abord 20 of ye Turkes…………

http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Dartmouth/MaryNowell1688.html

Research

There is an experienced researcher (jigsawpuzzler) who has tracked the family back to the Philip Nowell above. She has posted her line in the various locations as follows:

My jigsaw puzzle starts with Philip born in Brixham at the end of the 16th century, there are a few earlier Nowells but any attempt to make a tree would be guess work. The Nowells stay in Brixham other than their seafaring until 1829 when
Henry b.1804 moves his family to Bridgewater.
William b.1806 has his family in Teignmouth & Brompton Kent 1834-47.
John William b.1809 has family in Brixham Ireland & Ramsgate 1831-51
Nicholas b.1810 has a daughter in Tenby, Wales in 1840
John 1818 has his family in Tenby 1844-47
Nicholas b.1815 has family in Ramsgate 1840
Stephen b. 1829 has family in Hull in 1850
In the 1870s some families went to London, but there was a lot of movement between Hull, Ramsgate Tenby & Brixham but with Brixham featuring less & less.
One Nowell Samuel b.1869 had his son Roger in Altoona USA, Roger joined the RFC in WWI and died falling from or being shot from a plane over France

This would mean that this would be too late in Wales for our lines in Newfoundland. I guess another view might be that John Noll’s ship Pembroke of 1705 might have referred to Pembrokeshire where Tenby is located. That means there could have been a Wales connection in the right time period.

On the other hand it is possible there are other lines there. Someone else posted:

“My Davies and Nowell families, 1700-1890s, lived right on the front by
Tenby Harbour.”

Not clear to me if the both families are from the 1700’s though.

 Jane Nowell Article

a descendant of the Brixham Nowells.

Used with permission. Thank you Thomas Liffiton!

Jane Nowell 3-2-14

In St John’s

The Times and General Commercial Gazette (March 25 1835)

DIED on Monday evening last, after an illness of only forty-eight hours, Mr. JOSEPH NOWELL, aged 38, a native of Brixham, Devonshire.  His funeral will take place from the house of Mr. Goss, this afternoon, at 3 o’clock, when his friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.

An experienced researcher says one branch of the family a George Nowell was in New Brunswick in 1847-1850 with 3 children born there.

It looks like the Nowells were indeed thinning out in Brixham by the 1800’s

http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Brixham/BrixhamResidentslistedintheGreatUniversalDir.htm

That is where firm references end.

The Brixham Nowells seem to have a frequent occurence of the name Nicholas through the generations. We have Nicholas and Frances wirh 2 children.  Nicholas was born in Newfoundland.It looks like he has a son and a grandson Nicholas in Pouch Cove.

Brixham Fishing families

Tenby Fishing Fleet

Tenby or Dinbych-y-pysgod, meaning little town of the fishes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/posts/The-fishing-fleet-of-Tenby

Tenby

Interesting boat in Tenby

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52523368@N05/9913774575/in/photostream/

Captain Newell Death

This was at a dockyard not too far from Ramsgate where a branch of the Nowell clan operated.

Capt Newell 1795 burial

A Petition by Devon fishermen in 1642:

Devon Petition 1642

originally from here:

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Cole-Documents/dartmouth-harbour-gathering-1642.shtml

An article on Devon and Dorset Newfoundland origins:

http://collections.mun.ca/PDFs/cns_decks/DA_Vol22_No02.pdf

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