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Hillier of Newfoundland; Perkins, Lyon, Brown of Maine

Updated October 19, 2001

Jerome J. & Hope Hillier Michael

16670 Emory Lane

Rockville, Maryland 20853-1230

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This home page presents the story of Hillier families, the root of my paternal family tree; and the Lyon lineage on the maternal side.

The Hillier side covers related and unrelated Hillier families of Newfoundland and consists of three geographic groups: a. Hillier families of the Burin Peninsula; b. Hillier families of Trinity Bay; and c. Hillier families of Notre Dame Bay.

The Burin Peninsula group originates in Lamaline and includes three branches: descendants of John Hillier 1783;descendants of Charles Hillier 1793; and those of William Hillier 1845. Open the Book for detailed data on the three Hillier branches and, in addition, find entries on the two most frequently related families, the Bonnells and the Footes. The intended objective is to establish, via identity of personal data, potential family relationship between individual geographical locations.

A recent addition is a compilation of data on Hillier originating in England. The purpose is to solicit information on any Hillier born in England and eventually establish connection and thus continuity of ancestor data. See Group English Hillier under REPORTs.

Evanda Brown 1840 is the earliest ancestor in the Brown family branch. Research efforts are underway to extend the ancestry line to the eighteenth century and beyond.

On the maternal side Peter Lyon 1624 is the earliest ancestor leading the Lyon line. Evidence and documentation to substantiate this research finding is currently under way.

Peter Morley Perkins abt. 1310 is the oldest direct ancestor in the Perkins line. Some researchers extend this line to Aubri de Burgundy 775 who precedes Peter Morley by nineteen generations. A 35 generation family tree beginning with Aubri de Burgundy is shown in the gedcom section. Peter Morley Perkins was "High Stewart of Shipton Manor, Sir Hugo De Spencer's Estates" in England and "a direct descendant of Henry III", King of England.

We appreciate contributions in the form of comments, additions, and corrections from interested researchers. We solicit references to related URL links and are prepared to exchange data via Gedcom, FTM, or text attachments.

Hope Hillier Michael, Jerome J. Michael



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Family Photos

  • Funeral carriage of the past (29 KB)
    A horse-drawn funeral carriage - an original that took many a resident of Lamaline and nearby settlements on their last journey to St. Mary's cemetery. The vehicle is parked in the northwest section of the cemetery against the backdrop of St. Mary the Virgin church. Photo by J. Michael, August 1999.
  • Selina Hillier, Oct 7, 1857 (33 KB)
    Selina Hillier, wife of Samuel King (1858), daughter of Charles Hillier and Susannah Thornhill. From collection of Reginald King, Lamaline, courtesy Violet Hann.
  • Clarence Hillier (1897) and wife Martha Bonnell (56 KB)
    Pictures like this one produce many memories..(Violet Hann)- Photo courtesy Ella Lorraine Hillier Moore; cca 1954.
  • George Stephen King 1868 (6 KB)
    George Stephen King of Lamaline, son of Robert 1828, grandson of Stephen 1796. Courtesy Joan King, Burin, NF
  • Augustus, Dinah, and Robert John Hillier (10 KB)
    L to R: Augustus Hillier (1895)was a quiet man, always pleasant, not a great talker; Dinah (1899) was a lady of many talents and a business head of the family; Robert John (1871), unrelated, spent the last years of his life in Dinah's care. Photo 1950's in Lamaline. Courtesy Ella L. Hillier Moore.
  • Emma Hillier and Dean Beck (72 KB)
    Emma Hillier (1874), daughter of Charles Hillier and Susannah Thornhill, with husband Dean Beck. From the collection of Reginald King, Lamaline, NF, courtesy Violet Hann.
  • James Hillier @ 1815 and wife Ann Bonnell 1815 (13 KB)
    James, the third oldest child of John Hillier (1783) is the oldest person in this collection of early photographs. James and Ann had thirteen children, six of whom are shown in photographs on this page. Photo taken cca 1890. From private collection, courtesy Violet Hann.
  • Wilfred Bonnell (1899) and Clarence Hillier (1897) (11 KB)
    Wilfred (left) and Clarence pose for a teenage portrait in Nova Scotia in 1915. Photo from collection of Ella L. Hillier Morris.
  • Alvina Hillier (58 KB)
    Alvina Hillier (1877), daughter of Charles Hillier and Susannah Thornhill, with husband Unkn. Fraser. From the collection of Reginald King, Lamaline, NF, courtesy Violet Hann.
  • Return to the Roots of Burin Peninsula Hillier (40 KB)
    Reunion of several Hillier families on occasion of the 150th anniversary of St. Mary's parish in Lamaline, Aug 1999. From left: Ken Moore; Wayne Hillier; Ella Hillier Moore; Muriel Hillier; Launce Hillier; Hope Hillier Michael; Cyril White; Florence Hillier White. In front of St. Mary The Virgin Church, Lamaline.
  • Thomas William Hillier (1859) and family in 1890s (13 KB)
    Thomas William Hillier (1859), son of James (@1815), with wife Martha Louise Fairhall (1871) and first child Annie Melissa in the early 1890's. From private collection, courtesy Violet Hann, St.John's, NF
  • Jessie Dora Mosher (Malzard?) 1884 (24 KB)
    Jesse Dora Mosher (Malzard?), b. 1884, wife of Henry Hillier. Courtesy Garry Hillier, Grand Bank, NF.
  • The Twins: Luke Robert and Mark Henry Hillier (13 KB)
    Luke Robert Hillier (1862)and Mark Henry Hillier, the twins of Lamaline, grew up and settled in Lamaline. Both were dory fishermen. Their wives were known as Hannah Mark and Hannah Luke. Mark reached the age of 93, Luke the age of 90. Courtesy Violet Hillier Hann.
  • Old Homestead, Lamaline (66 KB)
    Typical homestead of a fisherman - this one of Robert John Hillier (1876) - as it looked in the 1920s-1950s. Gone today, it stood behind a new structure of a seaweed processing company at northern entrance to Lamaline. (Photo taken cca 1950). Album of Hope Hillier Michael.
  • Jane Malzard (1847) of Jersey, Channel Islands (9 KB)
    Jane was the daughter of John and Mary Malzard (@1818)of Jersey, C.I. Courtesy Dave De Bourcier, B.C.
  • Captain George Malzard 1828 (30 KB)
    In 1864 he took the brig "Prospero of Jersey" more than 2000 miles up the Amazon river to Iquitos in Peru. Copy from unnamed book ('Jersey Shipping'? - under research) submitted courtesy M.Mullins.
  • St. Mary's Cemetery in Lamaline, Newfoundland (209 KB)
    You feel you're walking on cushions of history when passing between the rows of those who witnessed Lamaline's days of the past. The serenity of the place is accentuated by the place of worship, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Courtesy Ella Morris, 1999.
  • Joseph Foote 1863 (6 KB)
    Joseph Foote was the first layman to take the services of the Church each Sunday in the absence of the Clergyman. ...Joseph was an avid fisherman all his life and at the age of 75 was forced to give up trap fishing at the insistence of his sons. ...he continued jigging fish for another eight years until he was prevented going to sea for his own safety... (From Carl Lake). Picture is a copy of photo shown in St. Mary's booklet. (Received from G. Sweet).
  • John Hillier 1840 (39 KB)
    Known affectionately as "Uncle John", he was devoted to the church and civic activities... (From obituary, St. John's Telegram, April 14, 1928). Courtesy Ella Lorraine Hillier Moore.
  • Thomas William Foote 1877 & Mary Ann Hepditch 1879 (20 KB)
    They left native Lamaline for better life in Sydney, Nova Scotia Courtesy George Sweet, Florida.
  • Resting place of John Hillier 1783 (130 KB)
    John Hillier was buried in St. Mary's cemetery, Lamaline, on June 11, 1863, by Rev. A.E. Gabriel. His wife Deborah followed twelve years later. Their graves are located "...near the fence by the street in the area where the first church of St. Mary the Virgin was built... on the east side of the cemetery. Two indentations are the only marks today..." (Violet Hann). Photo by Peter King, yr. 2000.
  • James Hillier 1843-1917 (5 KB)
    For many years James operated a store in Lamaline. He turned the store over to his eldest surviving son Joseph years before his death. Photo courtesy of Violet Hann (private collection)
  • Phoebe Hillier (1842) (11 KB)
    Phoebe Hillier, dau. of James (@1815), granddau. of John Hillier (1783) - the first known descendant of the Hillier line to marry into the Foote line. Husband John Foote (1836). Picture taken in the 1920's. Courtesy George Sweet.
  • James Hillier 1843 & Rebecca Bonnell 1857 (12 KB)
    L to R: James Hillier with second wife Rebecca Bonnell and son Waldeman 1896; standing: Joseph 1884 and Thomas 1885. Photo courtesy of Violet Hann (private collection)

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Related Files

  • PROGENY - a poem (1 KB)
    A poetrical look back at family genealogy by direct descendant Harold William Hillier Jr. Reprinted with permission of author; submitted by Violet Hillier Hann.
  • Lady of Lamaline. By Ada M. MacDuff (1 KB)
    A poem about a young girl who left her native Lamaline, Nfld. home in 1885 for a housekeeping job in Nova Scotia where she lived an independent life until her age of 99. She died in Nova Scotia in 1968 never to return to her native land. Published in "More Yarns Worth the Telling" by Senior Writers' Guild of Nova Scotia. Sent by Shirley (Burton) Gould to Margaret Mullins through whose courtesy the poem is reprinted here.
  • Migratory Settlement in Newfoundland (2 KB)
    Notes on migratory settlement in Newfoundland - -a historical overview.
  • In search of family trails (1 KB)
    HERITAGE: I came to find my past, to reclaim a heritage unknown... A poem by Jack Gallop
  • TO MORGAN, MY UNCLE, THE SOLDIER, by Jack Gallop (3 KB)
    A tribute to a young fallen soldier from Newfoundland in the First World War - so we may live free.
  • Diary of William Harding (Excerpts) (5 KB)
    Excerpts from the diary of Wm. Harding from 1820 to 1877 featuring surname Malzard. Courtesy of Violet Hillier Hann, transcribed.

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