This information is a gold mine and how nice was Brendan to go out of his way to email me this information!? I'm certainly eternally grateful to him for this wonderful email.
As I mentioned, I did find the website http://ngb.chebucto.org/ and was perusing through the posts to see the various topics. One person asked why so many Newfoundlanders moved to Boston and Edward gave the following explanation:
Emigration from Newfoundland to Massachusetts involved the push-pull factor. From the 1850s until Confederation in 1949 life in Newfoundland was difficult. Boston was the "Athens" of the New World, the epitome of culture, education, and opportunity. By 1925 there were roughly 40,000 Newfoundlanders in the greater Boston area. They had their own newspaper, churches, and stores.
What is particularly fascinating is the impact of religion on emigration. Catholic Newfoundlanders settled in South Boston, Gloucester, or Cambridge. However Protestant Newfoundlanders tended to settle north of Boston in places like Chelsea, Everett, Malden, etc...
If you visit the old cemeteries in Newburyport or Gloucester many of the headstones say "a native of Newfoundland" or "a native of Carbonear" which is very interesting because the emigrant's family is embracing Newfoundland as an identity rather than merely being English or Irish in origin. (Link to post: http://ngb.chebucto.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3214&p=9486#p9486)
Another member, Eileen (enobe), went on to say the following about hardships our ancestor's children experienced in Newfoundland which may have been another reason for the great emigration:
Starvation probably was a reason why many moved away. I hesitated to mention this before because I thought that maybe the people in my little area of NFLD weren't doing something right. While going through the death registers, I noticed that many young children had died of "marasmus". I'd never heard of that so I looked it up, then cried. It means malnutrition and/or starvation usually ending in death. Often occurring in third world countries. Can you imagine the horror of losing a child that way, no wonder so many left.Note: This week I've found a wonderful website and even better, a super email! This goes to show you, never give up your search. Something will eventually give!!