Registry of Deeds

Indentures and other land transactions registered with the Registry of Deeds ca 1889-present

In 2016, I spent several days reviewing the Volumes of the regular series of registers at the Registry of Deeds in St. John’s. These Volumes cover a period from approximately 1888 to the present time. The starting date is somewhat different from one district to another because the Southern, Central and Northern District Courts did not all wrap up their activities at exactly the same time. Most recent documents since 1982 are now scanned and therefore not actually found in these printed volumes.

I checked these ROD records only for records pertinent to my paternal ancestry (Morrys, Carters, Windsors, etc.) and maternal ancestry (initially only the Wheeler line). I had already scoured the Southern District Court records for entries pertinent to my paternal ancestry but, since many of the family gradually moved to St. John’s and nearby areas, there was a good chance that I would find entries of interest in that system as well. Similarly I had checked the volumes of the Central District Court in 2016 for anything pertaining to the Wheelers of Torbay Road and found half a dozen entries of interest up to 1887 but knew that there would be more after that date in the regular series of ROD registers.

In the course of my visits to the Registry of Deeds, I noted down from the indexes of these volumes any entries that might be of interest to my paternal and maternal lineage. I only made copies of a small number of these documents using the self-serve photocopy machine, or in some instances camera or hand held digitiser (both of which are forbidden in the Registry for no explicable reason). The ones copied are those of greatest interest to the family history. The others noted may be copied later on as time permits.

Apparently there is a plan afoot to have all of these older documents scanned professionally so that they can be accessed by computer, as is the case for modern land registers already. I have only obtained one officially scanned copy of such a document from Steve Barnable at the Lands Directorate and it is head and shoulders better than a photocopy or even my own non-professional scans, so the day when all of these have been rendered in this fashion cannot come too soon for researchers and those concerned about the preservation of these historical documents.

In total, I have made copies of 16 documents dating from 1893 to 1945 from all the Volumes of the Registry of Deeds of pertinence to Wheelers and Bishops likely to be of my lineage (there are many other documents pertaining to unrelated Wheelers). I have also copied 22 documents pertaining to my paternal line dating from 1828 to 1970. The reason that there are documents in these Registers predating the time at which the Registers themselves began to be the repository of all land transactions in Newfoundland is because, in some instances, the original deed or indenture was never recorded at the time it was written and remained unrecorded until some challenge necessitated bringing the original documents into the Registry office to be recorded, as a means of fending off spurious claims as to land ownership.

Documents photocopied or scanned at the Registry of Deeds in St. John’s in 2016

The list that follows is a short form index of all documents at the Registry of Deeds in the regular Volumes of the Registry that I have copied and that are available in PDF form. I will transcribe all of these and make them into MS Word files as time allows.

The entries indicate the source (ROD Volume), the pages (referred to as Folios) on which those documents appear in the Volume, the names of the principals involved, and the date in the form dd-mm-yyyy. In many cases there are several dates on each document as it passed through various stages of being prepared, registered and approved by the court. The date given is therefore approximate. The names shown are as they appear in the document in question, though I have abbreviated some longer names by using initials. In many cases the spelling of names in the index and sometimes in the document itself is incorrect as we know it.

Note that I have ordered the documents by Volume and Folio regardless of whether they pertain to my paternal or maternal line. Almost all documents occupied more than one page (Fol) but in a very few instances they took up only a single page and, in those cases, FOL will be followed by a single page number.

Finally, I can only apologise for the poor quality of some of these copies. I did the best that I could considering the primitive copying conditions and rules that presently exist at the Registry of Deeds. The transcripts, when I make them, will reflect the poor quality of the photocopies in some instances, with gaps or question marks where words were either cut off or undecipherable.

ROD Vol 5 Fol 341 Anne. C. M Tessier To Eliza Morry 24-03-1892

ROD Vol 6 Fol 83-84 Sarah Morry To Henry Winser 29-07-1891

ROD Vol 7 Fol 125-126 Eliza Morry To Kenneth R. Prowse 28-09-1892

ROD Vol 8 Fol 153-154 William Wheeler To William English 10-05-1893

ROD Vol 11 Fol 172-174 Thomas G. Morry To Alexander J. W. McNeily 01-05-1895

ROD Vol 13 Fol 376-377 John Morry To Judith Morry 08-12-1896

ROD Vol 16 Fol 170-171 James Wheeler To Mary Jane Cook 30-04-1898

ROD Vol 16 Fol 541 Peter Malone To Agnes Wheeler 28-03-1899

ROD Vol 20 Fol 107-109 John Wheeler To Montreal Loan 16 June 1900

ROD Vol 21 Fol 487-488 John T. Wheeler To William Field 03-06-1901

ROD Vol 23 Fol 2 James W. Wheeler To John B. Wadland 16-09-1901

ROD Vol 24 Fol 378-379 James J. Wheeler To James W. Wheeler 31-10-1902

ROD Vol 55 Fol 158-159 Thomas G. Morry To Alan Goodridge & Sons Ltd. 23-02-1915

ROD Vol 107 Fol 560-562 Philip Wheeler et al To Agnes Wheeler 01-04-1929

ROD Vol 107 Fol 562-564 Agnes Wheeler To Wm. E. Wood et al 01-04-1929

ROD Vol 110 Fol 257-259 George W. Le Messurier To Henry William Noseworthy 01-08-1929

ROD Vol 110 Fol 259-260 Peter Morey To George W. LeMessurier 09-07-1929

ROD Vol 111 Fol 309-310 Peter Morry To George William LeMessurier 10-12-1929

ROD Vol 117 Fol 104 Mary Hannah Wheeler To Joseph Allander Wheeler 23-02-1931

ROD Vol 122 Fol 201-204 Agnes Wheeler To Wm. E. Wood and Wm. O’D. Kelly 07-05-1932

ROD Vol 126 Fol 3-4 Joseph A. Wheeler To Lauretta J. Bourne 05-06-1933

ROD Vol 137 Fol 136-138 William N. Gray Exor. To Thomas Grant 12-06-1836

ROD Vol 159 Fol 130-133 Philip Wheeler et al To Minister of Transportation 09-09-1941

ROD Vol 165 Fol 108-110 Eastern Trust Exor. To Alice W. Ellis 30-10-1942

ROD Vol 168 Fol 374-376 Agnes Wheeler To Comm. Pub. Util. 31-05-1943

ROD Vol 179 Fol 88-89 J. Alexander Winter Admr. To Agnes Wheeler 08-02-1945

ROD Vol 180 Fol 18-19 Eastern Trust Exor. To Ethel LeMessurier Smith 13-04-1945

ROD Vol 334 Fol 70-73 Howard L. Morry To Douglas Shute 20-10-1955

ROD Vol 343 Fol 457-458 John Morry To William Morry 26-05-1956

ROD Vol 343 Fol 459-460 Howard Leopold Morry To William Morry 10-05-1956

ROD Vol 343 Fol 461-463 Howard Leopold Morry To William Morry 30-05-1956

ROD Vol 410 Fol 89-90 Douglas Shute To Howard Leopold Morry 02-05-1958

ROD Vol 436 Fol 508-510 Howard Leopold Morry To William Morry 01-04-1958

ROD Vol 454 Fol 306-309 Howard Leopold Morry To Phyllis Mercer 22-05-1959

ROD Vol 651 Fol 32-35 Elizabeth Morry To James O’Toole 10-11-1928                Transcript

ROD Vol 960 Fol 277-280 Robert Boyles To Howard G. Morry 22-02-60

ROD Vol 1184 Fol 134-142 William Morry To Director Veteran’s Land 30-10-1970

ROD Vol 1733 Fol 121-125 Victoria M. Bishop To Otto E. Wheeler et al 06-11-1974

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