Eric Neil has done extensive work on his family tree confirmed by DNA and shown that the Neils of Bryant’s Cove are descendants of the Knill family of Devon.
These Knills of Harbour Grace below have been proven to match a family from Exeter, Devon through the YDNA test. This family matches the Joseph Neil and George Neil lines of Bryant’s Cove.
The baptismal records from Harbour Grace are here:
|8 Jan 1784||child||Humphrey & Mary||Knill||Joseph|
|8 Jan 1784||child||Humphrey & Mary||Knill||Richard|
|8 Jan 1784||child||Humphrey & Mary||Knill||Humphrey|
|8 Jan 1784||child||Humphrey & Mary||Knill||Joanna|
|8 Jan 1784||child||Humphrey & Mary||Knill||Elizabeth|
The Neils of Spaniards Bay and the Neils of Bryant’s Cove are of the same Knill lineage.
George Neil’s son Bartholomew moved from Bryant’s Cove to Spaniard’s Bay.
A Joseph Knill was recorded in 1709 in Bay Bulls:
Richard Knill born in Newfoundland, North America and came to England when he was 21 to spend the winters in West Teignmouth with friends. He spent the summers in Newfoundland. In the winter of 1801 he married. He changed his residence to Kingsteighton.