Welcome! My name is Patricia (Monogue) Balkcom and this site is a compilation of my research of the ancestors of my mother, Loretta Patricia Marshall. Both her paternal & maternal ancestors came from Newfoundland, Canada and many descendants still live there, although my mother's immediate family relocated to Ontario. It is likely that our ancestors who came to Newfoundland in the 18th & 19th century originally lived in England and Ireland.
On my mother's paternal side of the family, it appears that the first ancestor to arrive on Newfoundland soil, was John Marshall and his wife, Mary Houlihan. John reportedly was a former British soldier and a skilled carpenter and apparently arrived in Burin shortly after 1810 and was commissioned to build the Roman Catholic Church there. In the ensuing years, John became one of the settlement's leading merchants in Burin and prosecuted the seal fishery with his vessels. Marshall descendants still live on the Burin peninsula.
On my mother's maternal side of the family, I know little about her grandfather, Patrick Walsh (b. 1865) of Placentia and his ancestors. However, we know that his wife, Mary Frances St. Croix of the St. Mary's area, had ancestors in Newfoundland as early as the late 1700s and many St. Croix families continue to live there.