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 reside there, although my mother's immediate family relocated to Ontario in the 1920s. It is likely that our ancestors who came to Newfoundland in the late 1700s and early 1800s emigrated from 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 c1808 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. Some Marshall descendants still live on the Burin peninsula.
On my mother's maternal side of the family, the Walsh family lived in Placentia. Her grandfather was Patrick Walsh (b. 1865), son of James Walsh and Catherine Flinn. His wife, Mary Frances St. Croix of the St. Mary's Bay area, had ancestors in Newfoundland as early as the late 1700s and many St. Croix and Bishop families continue to live there.
This chart of my mother's ancestors shows who I have discovered so far. More information about each of them can be found in the tab labelled "Surname Index".