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Re: Looking for John Inkpen/Sussana Cossam
Posted by: John (Jack) Inkpen (ID *****8989) Date: October 21, 2002 at 16:46:40
In Reply to: Re: Looking for John Inkpen/Sussana Cossam by Earl Inkpen of 99

Dear Earl,
I read your message re: an Inkpen that escaped England and went to Shalloway Island, Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland. You may be interested to know that we visited the Burin Peninsula in 1993 and searched for Inkpen's there. The major town is Marystown and it had 30 Inkpens recorded in the phone book. 14 of these were in Ships Cove and 14 in Lewins Cove (which are just outside of Marystown). We visited a couple of the Inkpens and spoke to a "Darcy" fisherman on the wharf who we were told knew all about the Inkpens. He told us that they were mainly on Shalloway Island before the re-settlement of the early 1970's (when the government forced the people on the remote outposts to move to the mainland and more accessible areas so that they could be suppllied with power and roads access). He said the older Inkpens are all buried on Grand Buren Island which is larger and was formerly connected the Shalloway with a bridge. He said there is an "Inkpen Point" on one of these islands. He offered to take us to the Grand Burin graveyard in his boat but we had an appointment with a plane for home at St. Johns and could not afford the time.
An old graveyard near Ships Cove that is mostly overgrown has 9 Inkpen stones in it.
The Inkpens of my family came from Sturminster-Newton, Dorset, England. My Grandfather was born ther in 1872 and my father, in 1899. My grandfather told me that an uncle of his went to Newfounland but I didn't ask him the first name of his uncle. Therefore I could not link up with any other Inkpen family who orignated from Newfoundland immigrants.
I hope this is a help, or, at least, interesting to you. Jack Inkpen



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