This was the home of My Maternal Great Grandparents, John William Tobin and Mary Bridget Follett Tobin of Ship Cove, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. This was the home my Grandmother,
Ellen Mary Tobin lived in before she came to Flynn's Hill.
In the middle, is an older photo of John William and Mary Bridget, not sure where this was taken, might be their house in the background. It came from Great Agnes Tobin Morey's collection in New York, so possibly it was taken one time when she was back home to Ship Cove. Great Aunt Agnes came to America around 1928. I am thinking this photo could of been taken sometime in the 1930's,. There is no date on this photo or any additional information.
On the back of this photo, it says it was "taken while back home in 1946, Elsie, Mother and Henry Tobin" Great Grandmother Tobin died in 1948, Elsie is nickname for Ellen, and Henry Tobin is a cousin.
Ship Cove - Cape Shore Cultural History, page10
Ship Cove is situated on the east side of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, about 22 km from the town of Placentia.
The first settler, John Skerry, came to Ship Cove in 1794 from Blackwater, County Waterford, Ireland on a vessel owned by Ronald Sweetman, His wife Alice, and two daughters: Catherine age eight, and Alice age six, accompanied him on this voyage. Within a few years, Patrick Tobin from Wexford and James Brennan from Fadown, landed at Placentia and made their way to Ship Cove, where they settled.
The Skerry dwelling house was built on a level of land that had a current of fresh water running through. The house was studded and had three small windows, a porch, two bedrooms upstairs, two bedrooms downstairs, and a rock chimney.
James Brennan built his house on the bank of the river, enabling him to brook logs. The logs, sawed on a pit-saw, had numerous uses. In addition to building houses, the lumber was used for stools, shelves, closets and cupboards. The slabs were used for firewood and the sawdust for bedding for the animals.
James married John Skerry's oldest daughter Catherine, and had eight daughters and three sons. Patrick Tobin married John Skerry's youngest daughter, Alice and had five daughters and three sons. ( Alice, Andrew, Bridget, John, Mary, Sarah, Patrick, and Johanah) He built his house in the southeast corner of Ship Cove.
These were the first two families from which all the Brennan's and Tobin's of the Cape Shore descended.