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POSTED 02.06.05

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I am looking for information about Harriet BENSON who was said to have been born in Stanstead Que. Dec. 15, 1829 to John BENSON and _?_. She m. Cephas WILLIAMS and d. 1909 in Winhall, Vt. Marcia White [email protected]

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I'm at a brick wall can anyone help? Looking for info on Orilla MASSON(Aurelia) who married Henry RUSSELL in Franklin, Vt. 1857. Also Phillis LAPOINTE who married a Fred BOUGHTON. All from Henryville or Stanbridge, Quebec area. If you have any info it would be greatly appreicated. These are my g-grandparents. Richard Green [email protected]

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My grandfather, Elmer may have been born in Stanstead in 1875. According to the 1881 census, his real name was Amidas or Armidas. His parents were Joseph and Sarah EATON RAYMOND. His siblings were Wilford, Frederick (which we knew as Thaddeus), Alvina and Arthur. Although Joseph was born Catholic, it appears that he changed his religion to that of the Second Day Adventist. We do not know if Elmer/Amidas was baptised Catholic or not. If anyone can confirm that Elmer/Amidas RAYMOND was born in Stanstead it would be greatly appreciated. Arlene Griffith [email protected]

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Ashley HIBBARD, (b. abt 1803) (wife: Margaret, it would be nice to have the marriage date and locale, abt 1828; along with the birth cert. of son, Stephen, June 10, 1828). Ashley A. HIBBARD, b 1782 NH, immigrated to Stanstead Lower Canada about 1796-1800 (wife: Hester, it would be nice to have the marriage date and locale, abt 1802). Looking for death record for Ashley A. HIBBARD, died bet 1822-1850, probably in Stanstead. Augustine G. HIBBARD died December 04, 1831, Stanstead father of Ashley A. and grandpa to Ashley Jr, listed above. I need some kind of census or vital record to support their presence during this time frame. Ken B. [email protected]

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I am seeking any information on Arthur Lorden HUSBANDS, who lived in Cookshire, and was married to Annie Mariah MOWLE, also of Cookshire. They were my grandparents. As far as I know, they are both buried in the Anglican Church Cemetery. Elizabeth Winters [email protected]

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I'm looking for a Maria BEEBE born in Lower Canada in 1800. Married to John AULT of Matilda Township, Dundas Co., Ontario Canada. The AULTs were United Empire Loyalists. Maria & John are my g-g-grandparents. Any information on Maria is appreciated. Patsy [email protected]

Patsy, Loyalist lists suggest the Beebe's went to the Gaspé area of Quebec.

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Hi I am looking for a relative called Percy Malcolm FRANKS. Born in England in 1886 he moved to Scotland then went to Canada before the 1st World War. Apparently he was in the army but I can't find him on the military lists. Have a letter from him dated 20th May 1919 and he was staying at the Hotel Vancouver and was in the automotive business. He was never heard of again and I can't find a death certificate in BC. Any ideas? His niece and I am trying to solve the mystery. Kath Betts [email protected]

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I am looking for information about the SHAW family of Egton Bridge North, Yorkshire. Esther SHAW married William SWALES of Grosmont in the 19th century. They left faming and went to near Newcastle. One of the children became a priest (George) one a nun, and two were teachers (Agnes and Ettie). There was a daughter called Mary and my grandfather called Thomas Bernard who came to the Isle of Man and married my grandmother Margaret COLLINS. He was klilled at the Somme August 23rd 1918.

Anne Swales Davis [email protected]

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I am looking for any CHURCH families in Missisquoi County in the 1800's. In particular, I am looking for the parents of William H. CHURCH , born Jul y 29, 1821. He married Harriet Eliza MANDIGO STEARNS June 25, 1856. All info on CHURCH families would be appreciated. Also looking for any info at all on any LESLIE families around Stanstead in the 1800's. In particular, I am researching Caroline B. LESLIE born June 3, 1810. She was "of Stanstead" and married Samuel GIFFORD across the border in Derby, VT on Jan. 3, 1833. An Alexander W. LESLIE, of Stanstead, was also married there on the same day, possibly her brother. Don Day [email protected]

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I am looking for the death of my 3rd great grandfather Samuel SHEPARD. With the help of Lhorna Rhicard I now have the record of his wife's death as follows: Death, Rebecca PIPER, (this should be Rachel] , died July 3, 1848, burried: July 5, 1848 ae. 82 years, widow of Samuel SHEPARD of Brome Twp. Wit: Erastus and Emily MILLS - Dunham Methodist records.

The last record of Samuel SHEPARDI have is the following: 1825 Census, Canada - Richelieu County, Broome Twp, Samuel SHEPARD, three in family, one over 14 under 16, one married male over 40 under 60, one married female over 45. In 1825, Samuel would be 57 yrs old and their last child, Rachel, would be 14 yrs old. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Carl Sheperd [email protected]

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Searching for parents and siblings of Dennis S. WHEELER b. 1808 Canada. He m. Adaline _?_ b. abt 1826 Salisbury, Merrimack Co., NH. He may have been married prior to this marriage to Adaline. I have no other info. on Dennis. Any help appreciated. Joan Norstedt [email protected]

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Looking for information about family of Vincent DE`ETCHEGOYEN who was born in Compton, Quebec on Oct. 4, 1879. He had at least 2 brothers, Albert and Brian. Any info. would be appreciated Blaine Coleman [email protected]

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Searching Abigail Maria PILLOW born Inverness, Quebec. Parents Christopher PILLOW and Abigail CAMPBELL. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated. J. Honan [email protected]

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I'm looking for the parents, grandparents etc for Phebee TAUPIER who married Leon SALOIS July 18, 1864. The couple lived around Stanhope, Quebec. Her parents are possibly Mathias TAUPIER and Marie LEVESQUE. Does anyone have any information? Sylvie Bessey [email protected]

Sylvie, Index to marriages in Compton Co. suggests that Phebe Toupin did m. on the dates you have Compton Village RC records. Her parents are as you have them and were living in Coaticook at the time. His parents were Michel Salois and Véronique Boisvert. Check out the Twofoots too.

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Looking for any and all information pertaining to the following people: David BROWN of Stanstead and Hatley Quebec; b. 1817 m. Cleone CHURTLEFF Dec. 1842, m. 2nd Mary ROBINSON of Hatley, Qc Jan.22, 1844, dau. of George ROBINSON & Sarah TAYLOR. Seeking informaton on John & Hepzibah BROWN 's children: Ozias Gilbert BROWN , Chester Wright BROWN , Betsey P DAVIS. Seeking to confirm by fact or by indications/associations that David is son of John & Hepzibah BROWN

Also looking for information on David Brown BAGLEY, Otis Brown ROLLINS, Flora Ella BAGLEY, Jacob & Elizabeth Ann (Arnold) BROWN , Wright G. BROWN , Gilbert O. BROWN . All of Stanstead and Haltey, Quebec in the 1800's.

Also looking for marriage record for Albert A. HEATH to Sarah J. WOODWARD and Charles E. WOOD(W)ARD to Nellie May LARUE/LAREAU in abt. 1902-1906. Was Charles WOODWARD a "widow"? Appreciate any and all help, findings.

Mark Leckie [email protected] or write PO Box 83 Lancaster, NH 03584

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POSTED 11.08.04

New Service

Brenda Wilson Birch author of the three books, St. Armand Twp. Cemeteries, Frelighsburg Twp. Cemeteries and Dunham Twp. Cemeteries all of Missisquoi County Quebec is offering to do a free lookup to let you know if a certain person or family name is listed in one of her books. For more specific information a small fee will apply or if there are multiple entries for the family name you are searching for she will suggest which of the books would be best for you.

These books are much more that just a list of names found on the monuments. Ms. Birch has included information from microfilmed church records, old cemetery lists, marriage indexes and the like enabling her to add death dates, the age of the deceased, maiden names and parentage for those buried if found. She also makes the connection to spouses and children when possible and fills in the information, in many cases, when no monument exists.

A valuable service for Missisquoi County researchers. Brenda Wilson Birch can be reached by [email protected] or by mail

Brenda Wilson Birch
54 Abbott's Corner Rd.
Frelighsburg, QC.
J0J 1C0.

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Searching for Abigail Maria PILLOW born Inverness, Quebec. Parents Christopher PILLOW and Abigail CAMPBELL. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
J. Honan [email protected]

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I am looking for information or other researchers who are researching the WOOD family. My great great grandfather Alexander WOOD was born in 1837 in Westbury, Compton Co. Quebec, the son of Levi WOOD & Mary (?). I have no siblings for Alexander and the line no further back than Levi. Any information no matter how small is apprectiated and I'm willing to share my information.

Barbara Barber [email protected]

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I am looking for the origins of the name ALGIER. I am just starting family geneology and need lots of help.

Chris Algier [email protected]

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Searching for parents and siblings of Dennis WHEELER born abt. 1808 in Canada. He died Jan. 1859 Washington Co., Vermont. Married Adaline D. (?) who was born in Salisbury, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire. Need her parents also.

Joan Norstedt [email protected]

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I am seeking families from the Eastern Townships - Richmond and area as well as all their relations.

I will also be pleased to share any and all information I have on these and related families from this area such as ARMATAGE, ARMITAGE, BARRIE, BLAKE, BOAST, BROCK, BURRILL, BUSHEY, CARSON, CROSS, DICKSON, FESSENDEN, FOWLER, GOODFELLOW, GRIFFITH, JOHNSON, JOHNSTON, LEROUX, LESTER, LISTER, LODGE, LYNCH, LYSTER, MASTINE, MCMORINE, MONTGOMERY, MORRILL, PERKINS, POPE, SMITH, STEVENS, SYKES and TRENHOLM(E), which I am also trying to trace.

Bob Dickson Kingston, ON [email protected]

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Am looking for info on parents of John BAIRD who was born on Feb. 17, 1867 Windsor Mills, Quebec. Their names are William BAIRD Sr. and Sarah Ann BROWN.

Marilyn Collins [email protected]

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According to my family tree, my ancestors; Michael MOSHER, born Jun 1732, died in Sept. 1823 and his wife Zelphia PIERCE MOSHER, born in June 1746, died Mar. 1830 were the first, or some of the first, settlers of Mosher's Corner in Barnston. Any literature or data on the two of them would be greatly appreciated.

George Mosher Ft-Worth, Texas [email protected]

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Looking for RICHARDSON family who lived in Shipton Quebec. Gaby Guy RICHARDSON died May 6, 1853. Need his father and mother's name. Believe his father was Jedediah and his grandfather was Jedediah both died in Shipton: buried at Claremont Cemetery. Also looking for info on his wife, Rachel NUTTING, her father John NUTTING. Both died and buried at Claremont Cemetery. Need details on all these names. I know they came from Claremont, NH. Any info will be of help since misinformation has been put on internet regarding these families.

jeanne reichenbacher [email protected]

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Wishing to correspond with anyone who has information on the HANCOCKs of Megantic County. Mary Ann HANCOCK married Duncan DONALDSON in 1833. Mary Ann's father was Thomas HANCOCK but this is all I know. Would like to find siblings etc.

Also seeking information on descendants of John Cullen HUTCHISON and Elizabeth DONALDSON . They lived in the Leeds and Kinnear's Mills area.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Mary Ann HANCOCK and Duncan DONALDSON .

Elizabeth's brother Peter married Charlotte HUTCHISON and another brother John married Harriet HUTCHISON .

J Nickles [email protected]

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My great-grandparents, Samuel Aaron HARRISON and Elizabeth Ruth TACKABERRY arrived in Montreal in early June of 1854 and by Christmas Day, 1854, according to a family history, "were married on Christmas Day in the farmhome of one of Elizabeth's married sisters, from which which we could see the State of Vermont from her kitchen window". They remained there from that day until 1860 when they moved to Smith Falls, Ontario. Their first 2 children were born in Coaticook. Seeking information on any TACKABERRY relatives that may have remained in Coaticook or are buried there, as well as any descendents.

James J. Carey [email protected]

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Hi, Looking for more information on the parents of Julia Ann JONES, born December 1839 in Ascot, Quebec. Her parents were, Julia Ann BLODGETT and William JONES. Looking for family of Julia Ann BLODGETT. But any information would be helpful. I have Julia Ann JONES THURSTON widow's pension papers that lists her parents as above. Would be willing to share any information.

Aleta Utterback [email protected]

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I am looking for information regarding Sara S. STEVENS who married my gg grandfather E. C. ELLIS. Sarah died October 6, 1860 and is buried in Mount Forrest Cemetery in Coaticook.

David Graham Morrisonville, NY [email protected]

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I am looking for information on the family of Magloire FLEURANT/Michael FLORANCE. Wife's name Emilie, children Joseph, Louis, Emilie, Michael, Eusebe, Edwin, Marie and Cesaire Napoleon. This family is listed in the 1860 census, living in Holyoke, Massachusetts with the family of Francis RUEL. In the 1870 census living in Boscowen, New Hampshire and in the 1881 census living back in Stuckley North, Shefford, Que. Michael/Magloire was born in Canada, Emilie is listed as also born in Canada. Most of the children were born in Canada, except Eusebe, and Cesaire Napoleon, who were born in New Hampshire. I would like to know the surname of Emilie who married Magloire/Michael. Michael/Magloire was born approx. 1812-1814 in Canada and Emilie was born approx 1822-1824 in Canada. I have been searching forever and would really appreciate any information. Not sure if they were born or married in the area of Shefford or not.

Marge Florence [email protected]

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_?_ BROWN was drowned, we think in a sawmill accident, about 1800, possibly in Maple Grove. Sarah ARCHER, his wife, later married Gilbert HEALY and they moved to the Richmond, Quebec area where descendants still live today.

We have been unable to find any information on either BROWN or ARCHER. Queries on the ARCHER board have resulted in no responses. Can anyone help?

Ken Healy [email protected]

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POSTED 10.21.04

Looking for further information on the MORRISON families of Stanstead

County. In particular the family of Weston MORRISON, and his son Chester A.

MORRISON in Barnston.

I would especially like to learn of the birth and parents of Weston Morrison

and his wife Anna EDSON.

Weston Morrison married 1st Elisabeth PIERCE 14 Feb. 1843 records of Free Will Baptist, Stanstead.

He married 2nd Anna EDSON May 1846 Free Will Baptist, Stanstead.

Chester A. MORRISON born 6 Dec. 1852 Barnston, Stanstead Co., PQ. died 4 Sept. 1902 Manitou, El Paso Co., Colorado.

Chester married 1st Sarah E. HEATH 27 Nov. 1877 Methodist Church, Barnston,

Stanstead Co., PQ.

He married 2nd Laura Elizabeth ADAMS 17 Sept. 1884 Coaticook, Stanstead Co., PQ. Emma Sarah MORRISON born 12 Nov. 1878 Barnston.

Brian [email protected]

Hubbard WEBSTER, born Jan. 1808, m. Sept. 20, 1836, d. May 22, 1884 in North Hatley his wife was Mary HODGES, of Hatley b. 1815, d. Feb. 20, 1891 in North Hatley. A child, E.R. WEBSTER m. Nancie BROWN May 10,1882 in Lennoxville.

Harman HODGES m. Salvin RICHARDSON Aug. 1, 1828

Salun RICHARDSON m. Flora HODGES Jan. 8, 1828 and probably died and lived in Warden, Quebec.

Daiel [Dainel ?] A. ALLEN m. Martha Ann HODGES Sept. 25, 1860 . She was born in Hatley to Andrew Samual HODGES and Hannah METCALF . Any information about the ALLEN family and decendants is appreciated.

Fay Young [email protected]

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Interestedin any inforamtion on Jonathan or Moses BERRY lived part of their lives in Stanstead, Sheffield or Sutton.

John Calder [email protected]

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Loyal A POTTER, husband of Narcissa L MILLER d. 9/13/1881.

Narcissa d. 3/29/1909. Both are buried in Ruiter Settlement Cemetery, Potton, Brome Co., Quebec.

My question is this, in Narcissa's obituary it is stated that she and Loyal had 13 children. It has been brought to my attention that 2 of the children a boy and a girl died about the same year as their father. They were buried on their parents property. They died of a highly contagious diease and Loyal and Narcissa were not allowed to bury them in Ruiter Settlement Cemetery.

I was wondering if anyone knew of an out break of Small Pox during this time and may have the names of the two missing children. Loyal and Narcissa are my 3rd great grandparents.

Leonette Steele [email protected]

Leonette,

Have you tried:

Brome County Historical Society

P.O. Box 690

Knowlton, QC

J0E 1V0

(514) 243-6782

or

Marlene Simmons, 1039 Burnett Road, Mansonville, QC, J0E 1X0 or P.O. Box 72, Richford, VT. 05476 - 0072 Home Page: http://www.virtuel.qc.ca/simmons/ E-mail: [email protected] o

Does anyone have access to Quebec census names prior to 1881 that includes the Wolfe/Richmond/Megantic area? I'm looking for the John CASSIDY family that, in 1881, was residing in Wolfe County - Ste-Julien-de-Wolfestown.

Nancy [email protected]

Nancy,

I am guessing that with a together.net address that you are close to the Quebec border in Northern VT or NH. If you were to come to Sherbrooke you could access most records yourself.

Should you wish to do that please let me know I will send along addresses.

If you are further south in VT or NH, Manchester, NH has the Franco/American group and their great records.

If your public library has a microfilm viewer you should be able to borrow the census films through interlibrary loan.1861, film # C-1330 and C-1331, 1871, C-10087 and C-10088.

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Looking for MOONEY'S from Megantic County, Quebec. My gr-grandfather, James Johnson MOONEY, born Inverness area. His father also from Inverness area, David D. MOONEY, m. 1873, to Mary JOHNSON, from St Agathe, Quebec. David D. MOONEY b. 1845, he had a brother and two sisters that I know of. James b. 1840, Elizabeth b. 1844, and Margaret b. 1849. David's father James b. 1802, in Ireland, his mother Mary, b.1799 Scotland. Any help would be appreciated and will gladly share info I have.

Dave Mooney [email protected]

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I'm seeking information on any HOLMES who was b. m. or d. in Hereford, Stanstead, Quebec during the 1800's; particularly interested in those families who may have come from New Hampshire, USA.

S. Holmes [email protected]

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I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Richard Pease IRWIN, born in Sherbrooke, Quebec?, in January 1871 or 1873. His death certificate may have been filled out by someone without a lot of family knowledge. He married Annie Aniz DAVIS from Fort Coulounge and the had three daughters the first being my grandmother, Mary Dorothy IRWIN, born Nov.1901. They left for British Columbia in the spring of 1902 where they stayed. His death was in May of 1929. Anyone who may have information regarding the IRWIN family or even the PEASE family I would love to hear from you.

Dawn Beaton [email protected]

Dawn,

Richard Pease Irwin, was baptised April 30, 1881 in the Anglican church in Richmond after his birth Jan. 19, 1873 the son of John Irwin who married Mary Pease Feb. 27, 1864 recorded in the books of the Melbourne Anglican church. It seems that nearly all the Irwin family activity takes place in the greater Melbourne area.

Another son was baptised in the Richmond/Melbourne Methodist Church, William Wesley Irwin born Feb. 18, 1880, bapt. July 14, 1881. John and Mary also had John F. 1864 and George Andrew 1868.

One John Irwin of Melbourne was the witness to the burial of Andrew Irwin who died July 19, 1868 at the age of 60. Andrew was born in Ireland. Perhaps John was the son of Andrew. He gives his son George Andrew as a second name. But Andrew is common. The names Andrew, John, James and Jared appear through the Irwin records at several levels; a bit of untangling might be necessary.

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I am looking for information that might help find Louis BURNHAM's parents names. He came to the U.S. in 1861. According to the 1910 census for Conneticut, Louis and Esther BURNHAM were both born in Canada-French, but both claim their mother tongue was English. I really don't know if ths is usual or unusual for that time period. They moved to New Hampshire, then moved onto Minnesota, Wisconsin and then back to New England states again. They finally stayed in Stonington, CT. I hope someone might be able to help.

Elizabeth Foster [email protected]

Elizabeth,

Canada-French is not an official designation for this part of the country. For the approximate time of Louis' birth he may have been in Lower Canada (1791-1841) or if he was a bit younger it may have been called Canada East (1841-1867). A census closer to the time they actually arrived, may be of more help. The date of arrival, 1861, begs the question, did he take part in the U.S. Civil War? Usually a C. War record would give a lot of information. You must have his age from the 1910 census?

Were they married in Quebec before going to the USA?

If you had a few more clues to their whereabouts in what is now Quebec it be a help.

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POSTED 10.01.04

I am looking for any info on James HOPSON born 1833 in Sutton, Que. married to Sarah WILSON, born 1837 in Sutton, Que. They are buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Sutton. Any info on their parents would really help. Renee Sanders, California [email protected]

I was searching to find any info on my great-grandparents. They are Edith Sophia MARTIN born May 25 1896 and Arthur John BEAUPRE Feb. 9, 1893, he was born In Derby Line the son of Charles BEAUPRE and Mary BELWARE. Mary BELWARE parents are Joesph and Mary BELWARE. My grandmother who is still alive and living in MA is Lillian BEAUPRE , she was born in Bebe. Stanstead on Feb. 2, 1915 any info you can provide would be appriecated. Paul DeBlois 1 Hilton Ave, Exeter, NH 03833 or [email protected]

Paul, Charles Beaupre of Kamouraska marries Marie Beloin in Stanstead May 12, 1877. He was the son of Jean Baptiste Beaupre and Henriette Thibault. She was the daughter of Joseph Beloin and Marie Raymond of this parish.

When Charles' sister Philomène marries Charles Lazerus in Stanstead Feb. 14, 1887 her address was St. Alexandre, Kamouraska.

Charles' sister Adèle marries Eusèbe Couture here June 29, 1903.

Charles and Marie Beloin's daughter Rose marries Joseph Boisvert 12-02-1907 Stanstead. And their son Henri Georges marries Marie Couture June 8, 1921.

Of the 6 children born to Charles and Marie (listed as born and baptised in Stanstead) I do not find Arthur John on that list. Usually Catholics in Derby Line came to Stanstead for their religious needs prior to the church opening in Derby Line in 1947. Some may have gone to Newport once that church was opened in 1875. The church there is St. Mary Star of the Sea. The Reverend J.S. Michaud was named the first pastor in September, 1873; he said his first Mass in a little schoohouse. The cornerstone of the church was blessed July 4, 1875. The completed church was blessed on August 22, 1877.

Nothing found for Lillian Beaupre. The Beebe, Quebec parish did not start until 1925. The Rock Island parish which was between Beebe and Stanstead started in 1916. In 1915 Beebe, Vermont Catholics may have gone to Newport. Prior to 1916 nearly all local Catholics came to Stanstead.

You may find Arthur John in Newport and Lillian too. Charles Beaupree and John Beaupree are listed as living in Derby Line in 1883 (H. Child's Gazetteer and Business Directory). They were shoemakers working for A.B. Nelson. There were Martins to be found on both sides of the border, of both French and English origins and of both Catholic and Protestant religions. It is very likely the answer to that mystery will be found in the USA records as well. There was a Lewis J. Martin in Derby Line at the same time (1883) as Charles and John Beaupree.

Interested in infomrtion about marriage of Frederick Davies and Sarah Patterson April 13, 1892. Dorothy Jones [email protected]

Hi Dorothy, The marriage is recorded in the books of the Anglican Church in Inverness, QC. Frederick Davies is listed as a merchant. Both of them are listed as having been widowed.

I am wondering if you would have a vtal statistic list that might list a Margaret STRAIN HOPKINS of Coaticook. Her daughter was Cora HOPKINS ,(d/o Carl C. and Margaret STRAIN HOPKINS) that married Harry Mitchell EATON. Harry Mitchell was born in Littleton, NH Feb. 20,1869 (refrerence for time period.)

I am very curious about Margaret STRAIN as that name is in our family and is not a common name in this area. Our early Strains were in Bethlehem and Littleon, NH. and I am wondering if this might be a relative. The son of Harry Mitchell and Cora STRAIN was Dana H. who was an advertising manager for the Noyes Buick Co. of Boston,MA. Cynthia Farquharson, Littleton NH [email protected]

Hi,

The only STRAIN I could find in Stanstead Co. was Cate Strain who marries Tyler Clark, Coaticook Baptist records, April 3, 1875.

None found on the 1790 NH or VT censuses. Where were they until they appear in Littleton? I am sure I have had another query in the past year for that name. I will have to look.

The Pioneers of Mass. lists only one; Richard Straine a brewer of Boston who it appears went back to England after 1648.

And Higginson Books lists a book still in print The White Genealogy. a History of the Descendants of Matthew and Elizabeth (Given) White . . . Vol. 1: The Line of Joseph & Elizabeth (White) STRAIN.

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POSTED 09.06.04

Genealogy Workshop

The Georgeville Historical Society will be having a genealogy workshop for those who would like to do some research on their families and don't know how to get started as well as for those who need more information on the tools available and how to use them. Anyone interested should contact Judy Bachelder, 819-847-2595 or [email protected] We will try to choose a time that is convenient for everyone.

I have hit the proverbial genealogical brick wall! Stories from my husband's family say our surname was originally French derived from Lucier. About 4 years ago I decided to determine whether or not this was the case. Through census returns I have determined that yes, they were of French Canadian origin. The earliest ancestor for whom I have dates is Lewis Lovias LUCIA born May 13, 1833 son of Anthony and Margaret.. On his marriage certificate in 1858 he indicates he was born in Vermont yet census info advises his birthplace was Quebec. His son, who was living in Michigan in 1920, first told the census taker his father's birthplace was Vermont, but Vermont is clearly stroked out and Canada is written in the space. It is my theory his parents most likely lived on the Canadian side and he was born, perhaps at a relative's home, on the US side. I do know that his parents names were Anthony and Margaret. The family story goes so far as to say a French male married an English woman and she told him to change the name so it would no longer appear Fench!

If you have any suggestions as to how I should proceed next, I would really appreciate it. I did send to Vermont and no record of birth is recorded for LL Lucia. I am living in Ontario an hour's drive from Montreal. I have considered going to the archives but I feel like I am looking for a needle in a haystack. Where do I start? I should mention this person moved west to Alberta, my husband was born there and we relocated 10 years ago. The name was changed again when they lived in southern Ontario some used LUCHA, others LUCHIA. Sandra Luchia [email protected]

Hi Sandra, I agree that your surname was originally French if it was derived from Lucier. Lucier however was not the original French surname it is an Americanisation, if that is a word, of LUSSIER. When searching the Quebec records you will need to look for Lussier.

French Canadian names were changed for several reasons. Most of these folks were unable to read and write when they went to the U.S.A. to find work. As a result they were not able to correct the records keepers who wrote the French names as they heard them pronounced. The corruption of the name by record keepers is the main reason for name changes. Lucier fits here.

Others did translate their name on purpose so that they might fit in a little better. For example Mr. Racine in Quebec became Mr. Root in the U.S.A..

When these families were originally in Quebec or if they came back for religious services (marriages and baptisms most often) the priests here were able to and did use the proper spellings.

You do not say in what part of Vermont your husband's family lived; it might be a clue to their home in Quebec. There is a group of indexes to Quebec records called the P.R.D.H., registered b. d. m., several sets of marriage record indexes and many more tools to use in your search. There several sites to be found on the www: http://ancestorguide.com/L/Lussier/ http://genforum.genealogy.com/lussier/ http://www3.sympatico.ca/norbert.lussier/ http://www.rootsweb.com/~vtgrandi/demarce/lucia.htm This last one looks promising.

On Saturday August 14 Roy and Desmarais families came from near and far to take part in a special family reunion held in Notre Dame de la Merci, Rock Island's basement. The Phish concert was a concern for many and it prevented some U.S. familiy members from attending the event. However the 110 people present made the day a success.

The event was hosted by Claire Roy who had been looking forward to this special day for many years. She was inspired by her father, Théodore Roy, to begin researching her ancestral lineage more than thirty years ago.

After the welcoming address Claire proudly produced a book for each of her family lines. The Roy book contained over 250 pages and the Desmarais just over 100. Everyone was invited to view the books giving them the oportunity to read about their ancestors, to look at ancestral photos, biographies and more.

It was hoped that each member took home a deeper appreciation for what there ancestors had endured, what the family had become and to be proud of their Roy and Desmarais "roots". Claire Roy [can be reached by email [email protected]

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POSTED 08.23.04

Seeking information on Lemuel GREENWOOD, b. 5-18-1837, Holyoke, Hamden Co, Mass. and removed to W. Bolton, Quebec at an unknown time. Married Mary FULLER in Potton, Que. on 4-1-1865 she was b. 12-23-1849 Knowlton, Que. and had the following children Elson, Charles, Warren, Genevia, Lucinda, Laura, Julia, John Lorenzo, Leaman and Mildred. Lemuel died in S.Troy, Orleans Co, Vt. on 10-3-1907 and Mary died in Troy, Orleans Co., Vt. on 10--3-1939. Seeking concrete evidence of Lemuels' parentage and place of birth along with the same information for Mary. Also seeking any descendents of this marriage that my be able to provide any oral and written history of this branch of the GREENWOOD/FULLER line. Greg Bueddeman [email protected]

Looking for any information on Gilman C. GRAVES' children. He was born in 1811 in Williamstown, NH and died in 1875 in West Shefford Quebec. He married Nancy HAYES in 1835 in Shefford. There was also a second Gilman GRAVES (b. 1803) in Shefford at that time; he married Chirsitine WILLEY. The two Gilman GRAVES are first cousins. Roch Royer [email protected]

Looking for Charles Victor TAYLOR and his wife, Marguite. Charles was born appoximately 1891 his father was Victor Edwin TAYLOR .his mother was Ella RATHBURN. connie taylor [email protected]

I am looking for the descendants of the BONESTEEL families who went to Missisquoi Bay (Baie) Quebec around Lac Champlain area in the year 1787. Some of the names of the heads of the families are as follows: -Luke BONESTALE -David BONESTIEL -Frederick BONESTIEL -George BONESTIEL -Herich/Heinrich BONESTIEL -Jerod BONESTIEL -John BONESTIEL -Nicholas BONESTIEL -Peter BONESTIEL

I am also looking for descendants of the WILCOX families who went to the Clarenceville village and vicinity with Isaac SALLS of Long Island (& others); in the year 1781.

Some of the WILCOX names who came with Salls in 1781 are as follows: - Stephen WILCOX - David WILCOX Other WILCOX families ended up in Ascot Township, east of Lake Humphry in Magog, Quebec in the year 1795. In the year 1796 these people were granted land.

The name of these WILCOX 's are as follows: Francis from the State of Vermont , Clement , Joseph, John, John Sr., Stephen from Alsburgh ? New York, Thomas from the State of New York Any information you can offer, is appreciated. Carol Stuart [email protected]

Who was Ann CORRIGAN husband? Ann CORRIGAN (Edward + Ellen DOONAN) married _?_ MASSON (Jean + Angele FAUCHER) on June 30, 1869 in Leeds, Megantic Co. Quebec. Source : Megantic County Catholic Marriages 1845-1925. Ann and her husband vanished from the face of the earth by 1881, as I could't find them on the census nor the 1880 US census. Ann was born in 1853 Lotbiniere County Quebec. Her parents, were married in St-Sylvestre on July 8, 1851. Ann's mother Ellen DOONAN, was my g-g-grandmother.

Jean MASSON and wife Angele FAUCHER buried their daughter Rose de Lima, aged 13 months on December 27, 1837 in the Five Counties Cemetery now known as The Old Catholic Cemetery in Frontenac County Quebec. When Ann married her husband, he was probably 20 years her senior. I'd like to locate Ann and her husband. This has been a long standing brick wall. I'm hoping someone out there can offer some assistance. Anything will help. Esther [email protected]

I am looking for information on Louis BOULANGER and Flavie BOUCHARD. I have not been able to trace beyond this generation. Would anyone be able to tell me the names of their parents? I do know they had a daughter Elmire in January 1855 in Laurierville, Megantic and another daughter, Marie BOULANGER dit BAKER who lived in Biddeford, Maine. Marie married Venerand LANDRY in Lyster, Quebec. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sonia Roberts [email protected]

My ancestor Elizabeth MCINTYRE was born Jan. 15, 1855 in Inverness, Que. Her parents were Francis Mcintyre and Bridget Campbell.She is living with parents in 1871 census at age 16 in Inverness. By 1881 census her parents have both passed away and her two brothers and one sister are still on farm in Inverness Quebec. She most likely got married between 1871 and 1881. I would like to know if anyone has info on her. also I know there is catholic books published on deaths baptisms and marriages in catholic churches in quebec. I would like to know how I can get copies of such books for Catholic parishes in St Jauques de Leeds, St Slvestre, and St Athanase de Inverness. Another possibility is she entered the convent. Is there records of this in Quebec? Athird possibility is she got married in a protistant church. Does any one have records of such marriges? thank you Tom Mcintyre [email protected]

Looking for further information on the MORRISON families of Stanstead County. In particular the family of Weston MORRISON , his son Chester A. MORRISON in Barnston. I would especially like to learn of the birth and parents of Weston MORRISON and Anna Edson Weston MORRISON married 1st Elisabeth PIERCE 14 Feb 1843 Free Will Baptist Stanstead. Married 2nd Anna Edson May 1846 Free Will Baptist Stanstead. Chester A. Morrison born 6 Dec 1852 Barnston, Stanstead Co., PQ. died 4 Sept 1902 Manitou, El Paso Co., Colorado. Married 1st Sarah E. Heath 27 Nov 1877 Methodist Church, Barnston, Stanstead Co., PQ. Married 2nd Laura Elizabeth Adams 17 Sept 1884 Coaticook, Stanstead Co., PQ. Emma Sarah Morrison born 12 Nov 1878 Barnston.

Brian [email protected]

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POSTED 08.09.04

Hubbard WEBSTER, born Jan. 1808, m. Sept. 20,1836 Mary Hodges, of Hatley, died May 22,1884 in North Hatley. Mary HODGES, of Hatley was born 1815, died Feb. 20,1891 in North Hatley. a child E.R. WEBSTER m.Nancie BROWN, May 10, 1882 in Lennoxville. Harman HODGES married Salvin RICHARDSON Aug. 1,1828 Salun RICHARDSON married Flora HODGES Jan.8,1828 and probably died and lived in Warden, QC. Daiel [Dainel ?] A. ALLEN married Martha Ann HODGES Sept. 25,1860 . She was born in Hatley to Andrew Samual HODGES and Hannah METCALF. Any information about the ALLEN family and decendants is appreciated. Fay Young [email protected]

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When did the Jonathan SHURTLIFF & Mary HOVEY AYER, (relic of Wilder AYER) home burned down? Jonathan SHURTLIFF d. in 1888, Mary Hovey Ayer SHURTLIFF d. 1898. Records show that Lewis AYER s/o Mary HOVEY Ayer was willed the property. He sold the house 2 barns, 200 acres in1898 to the ROBINSON family for $500.00. Then the property was sold to the another family. Some articles read that the house was hit by lighting and burned to the ground. The Belden Atlas has a sketch of it from 1880. I'm hoping to find a photo of the home. William Ayer, 706D Ridgefield Circle, Clinton, MA 01510 [email protected]

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Looking for Jeremiah SAWYER, wife Nancy, sons Reuben b.1809 Duncansborough (now Newport VT, D.L) and Ira, daughter Millie. Jeremiah died before1820 (buried unknown) and the family moved to ?. By 1833 they were in the MI/OH area by Toledo. I'm looking for them between 1820(VT) and 1833(OH). Jeff Thorn [email protected]

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Hoping to find the marriage record for my great -grandparents. Apparently they obtained their license in Stanstead, Quebec to be married in Derby, VT. Does that seem possible ? Vermont has no record of the marriage of Daniel PATTERSON and Jane FOX Sept. 29, 1820. [email protected]

Markine, It would seem from your note and from what I can find that the children of Silas Fox and Mary Cheney were probably all born before the couple came to Stanstead in 1800. There are many Fox marriages in later years but the earliest recorded one appears to be in 1819; that of Amos, son of Uriah who along with Silas was born in Campton, NH. None of Silas' children seem to have been married here officially at least.

Jane's brother Moody m. Nancy Clark from Bethlehem, NH and it would be possible that all the children married folks from back home. Our earliest ministers were from the USA and were circuit riders. It is known that many marriage records from the beginning of the settlement went with the travelling preacher and cannot be found here.

What is the source for the marriage date? A Silas Fox and family are living in Thornton, Grafton County, NH in 1790-1 and listed on the first census of the USA. There are six members of the family which is the same number as the Silas Fox family that came here.

Campton and Thornton are both in Grafton, Co. The census also lists Urial Fox in Campton with a family of 7 members and living near to the Cook and Clark families; names that marry in to the Urial Fox and the Silas Fox families. One Patterson family was in the County that of Isaac in Piermont.

Because I do not find a registered marriage for Daniel Patterson and Jane Fox in Stanstead, QC or Derby, VT, I would try Campton and Thornton, NH.

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My mother was Lucille Robert TROMBLAY. Her parents were Ida PROVENCHER and Emery ROBERT. I am looking for information of the ROBERT family. I knew my grandfather had a brother Donastion. Father Hermrnigilde ROBERT. Does anyone have any information? Lorrette Bourgeois [email protected]

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Could you please tell me how I might obtain a photocopy of an obituary, most likely from the Stanstead Journal for the year of 1916. My husband's great-grandfather, Levi SIMCOCK lived and died in Stanstead, he died on Feb.13th.1916. We have his death certificate, but would like to obtain the obituary from the newspaper. Gale Simcock [email protected]

Gale, His death was noted in the Journal but no obit. sorry. He died at home in Fitch Bay not Stanstead. His widow, the former Jane Hood, remarries in 1918.

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POSTED 07.20.04

Researching my relatives born in Stanstead; Roy Langdon MAXFIELD in 1886, Elmer Truman MAXFIELD born 1862. And Truman MAXFIELD who was married in 1843 in Stanstead. Gail Maxfield [email protected]

Gail, Was this Truman married to Caroline Bachelder the daughter of Jacob and his wife Mehitable Blake?

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Looking for marriage and parents of James CROSS and Catherine REED who were supposedly married June 14 1821, Shipton, Richmond Co, Quebec. This is my husband's line and would love to get it going. Their children were born in the South Durham area. Jacqueline Molson [email protected]

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Looking for Husband's great great grandfgather Alva,Alvin, Alva BLANCHARD born about 1805 in New York? Can't find parents or birth records. Pat Blanchard [email protected]

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I have an album of pictures from the late 1800s early 1900s of the BUCKLAND family. This pictures were taken in Coaticook. I don't know who any of these people are. My great-grandfather was William F. BUCKLAND he married Elizabeth TOWLE and had 2 daughters, Madge Achsah born in 1882 and Nora. I would be happy to send copies of these pictures if anyone thought they could identify them. June Motheral [email protected]

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Searching for the parents of Levi PRATT married to Anna MOE (David / Elizabeth GILMAN) around 1830 in Ascot? Eaton? Sherbrooke? Eastern Townships QC. Would also appreciate the exact date of the marriage. Cyrilla ly[email protected]

Cyrilla, They were married Jan. 18, 1837, recorded in the books of the Anglican church of Eaton.

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Interestedin any inforamtion on Jonathan or Moses BERRY lived part of their lives in Stanstead, Sheffield or Sutton. John Calder [email protected]

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Could you please do a look up for Sophia/Sophie ROY & Charles ELLIOTT/ELLIOT married in the county of Stanstead, St. Hermenegilde, Qc. in 1875. I do not know the name of the parish but would like to get that info and who their parents were as well. Barbara Gebo [email protected]

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POSTED 07.20.04

I am trying to find out the present day name of the road that the Heathton one room school was on. There was the school and a church and cemetery in one area. The H. and Blanch Davis family lived near the school in the 1940's. Is the school building still standing? [email protected]

Researching my relatives born in Stanstead-- Roy Langdon MAXFIELD - born Stanstead 1886, Elmer Truman MAXFIELD born Stanstead 1862, Truman MAXFIELD - married in 1843 in Stanstead. Gail Maxfield [email protected]

Seeking information on David HEATH and wife Rhoda MERRILL of Stanstead David born 1795 in Vermont and Rhoda born 1799 in Vermont. Their children born in Stanstead were: Alonzo, Betsey, Eleazer, David, Rhoda, Abel, Josiah (whom we descended from), Artemesia, Emily, Esther, Mary and possibly others. In the 1881 census there are HEATH 's still in Stanstead. Looking for the birth information of David and Rhoda children, especially Josiah S. HEATH in Stanstead. Where are the HEATH 's buried. I understand that Rhoda's parents were in Stanstead also.. I believe they were David and Polly/Molly MERRILL . What occupation were the HEATH 's into? Gerald "Jerry" Zimmerman, 1709 Walden LN SW, Rochester, MN 55902-0901 [email protected]

According to the family bible, my g-g-grandfather was born in "Lower Canada" on 10/02/1834. He was named Sydney Eliphlet O'NEAL and his name was changed to Sidney E. NEAL when his family went to the USA in the 1840's. There is no mention of parents or siblings. I have been told that his parents were Irish immigrants. I was wondering if anyone would have any information on the Irish in Quebec or the O'NEAL surname? Any information is appreciated. Valerie [email protected]

Seeking info on Eliza JOHNSON, born 1804 in Quebec, married to William HAWES.They were married in Stanstead, Quebec in 1820. Her father was Jonathan JOHNSON. N. Oakley [email protected]

Looking for descendants of William and Emeline (unknown) CASWELL who lived in the Waterville area about 1840-1855. They had children: William H., George A., Lucy A., Mary Jane, and Charles M. CASWELL . Also two sons from William's first marriage: Alden and Joel. The family later moved to Wisconsin. John Lambertson [email protected]

I am looking for Matilda Eliza JACKSON, born Feb. 20, 1888, the first records of my grandmother are the 1900 US Census, where she was living with an aunt and uncle in New Hampshire. In that, and subsequent censuses, she lists her mother's birthplace as New Hampshire and father's birthplace as Canada. On her application for Social Security (US) she names her mother as Mary Jane Jackson and father as unknown. She lists her birthplace as Inverness, PQ. Jeffrey Stewart [email protected]

Jeffrey, Her birth was recorded in the books of the Anglican church in Inverness. Baptised Mar. 18, 1888. The witnesses were J.L. Brown and Ellen Gowan. No father listed in the index to these records. There is a marriage of widower William Jackson and Eliza Jane Nelson Cougham in the same church Dec. 24, 1861 that may not have anything to do with your search but interesting. Perhaps the Anglican Church Records at Bishop's University might be a source of help. Library, Bishop's University Quebec Diocesan Archives Anglican Church of Canada Lennoxville QC J1M 1Z7 Tel. : (819) 822-9600, ext. 2567 E-mail: [email protected]

I am trying to find some information about my g-g-grandfather Isaac YOUNG, who was married to a Martha Ann GUSTIN on April 14, 1845 in Stanstead. My g-grandfather, Edward Burley YOUNG was born August 16, 1852 in what is now called Tomofobia, Quebec. After 3 years of searching, I am no closer to proving, or disproving either of these things. I do know that several members of their family moved back and forth across the border from Stanstead to Vermont from the 1850's to the 1870's. Edward Burley YOUNG had a brother, Hickory Wilder YOUNG ; b:Feb 12, 1846; a brother, Moses Foster YOUNG ; b: Apr 14, 1855; and a sister, Luella Amerett YOUNG , b: May 15, 1848. Isaac YOUNG had a brother; James F. YOUNG , born Jan 3, 1834. James was married to Mary CASS Apr. 5, 1859 in Stanstead. Isaac's wife, Martha Ann GUSTIN was the daughter of Levi GUSTIN and Elmira (or Elvira) M. "Sally" EARLY. I believe that Isaac's father was also named Isaac, and that he died in Stanstead, Quebec in 1842; and that he was married to Ruth WAID (or WADE). J. D. Peterson, 635 Collette St., Superior, NE 68978 [email protected]

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POSTED 07.08.04

Looking for information on the PERSONS family of East Farnham. Looking for information from before 1840. I believe the family came from N.H. Any information is greatly appreciated. [email protected]

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I am looking for the parents of Prosper BICKFORD who is my g-g-grandfather. His parents, so the census say were born in New Hampshire. He married Mary Jane WHITE, the daughter of George Washington WHITE and Triphena BLACKMER. Gillian Wilson [email protected]

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Searching for dates and information on David and Matilda (MCFADDEN) MCKEAGE and family. They had at least 7 children and were listed in Newport Twp., Compton County, QC in the 1901 census. I have details of David's lineage and would be willing to share. Darrell Grant [email protected]

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I'm trying to find any information about Antoine/Anthony TRAVERSEY, especially interested in finding his parents.

There are several spellings of the name in US records. He was b. around 1785-1790 in Quebec. He appears in the records of Salem(Derby), Orleans Co. VT around 1817...the births of his children are recorded. He does not show up in the VT census until 1840-1850. He dies a pauper in Salem/Derby by 1870.

His eldest son is Ruel TRAVERSEY. Other children include Charles, James, Maria, Mary, Moses, Jeremiah, Martha, Roxanna, Sally, Sarah, and my ancestor Samuel. Their mother, Antoine's wife, was Nancy LATHE. I don't know if that was his first marriage. The male children all dispersed except for Charles, who shows up the 1881 Canadian census of Beebe Plain as Charles TRAVERSEE.

From my research, it seems that all TRAVERSEYs came from the St. Francois du Lac/Pierreville area, descending from a LANGLOIS dit TRAVERSY. I find many TRAVERSEYs settling in towns along or near the river area going down into Lake Memphremagog and into VT...Drummondville, Stanstead, etc. it is likely that Antoine TRAVERSY may have come that way into VT. I also see TRAVERSEYs travelling down into the Lake Champlain area, settling on Grand Isle, etc. and then moving into the Burlington Missiquoi area, so, I suppose Antoine could have travelled that way into the Derby area.

Maybe if I could find descendents of Charles TRAVERSEY, they may have clues as to where Antoine came from and who his parents were. Laura Callier, 3700 E. Jewell Ave. #C509, Denver CO 80210 [email protected]

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POSTED 07.01.04

Looking for information about FREGEAU family. Joseph FREGEAU married an Native American woman who is listed as Marie LABELLE. Marie returned to reservation near Lacolle around 1950 I believe. Any information about the FREGEAU family or Marie LABELLE would be greatly appreciated. I believe Marie died on the reservation but do not know how to get this informtion. Thanks

Sue Fregeau [email protected]

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My family came from England to Bury, Quebec. I'm searching for the VINTINNER, BERWICK, ALLISON, and SHARMAN families. If you have any information please contact me with stories or information. I'm also looking for information or a newspaper article on a 1907 train wreck in Canaan, New Hampshire in which my great grandmother Mary Ann VINTINNER and her two daughters were killed. Their bodies were sent back to Bury to be buried.

Darlene Vintinner [email protected]

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I am seeking information about the Charles/Clara/Helen/Homer PELKY family from Saint-Georges de Clarenceville, Quebec. Charles b. 1875, Clara b. 1874, Helen b. 1897, Homer b. 1900. I would appreciate any contacts.

I am seeking information on a French speaking, Canadian, named Homer who moved to Clinton County in 1920 and married Alice BURNHAM aged 16, the granddaughter of Elise LANGEVIN/DUQUETTE and Joseph DUQUETTE of St Bernard de Lacolle.

I am seeking information on the name CORYER, and looking for leads to an Almira CORYER from Quebec m. Samuel BURNHAM from New York. They lived in Isle De Motte, Vermont around the 1870s. They had a son named Leon BURNHAM m. Georgiana DUQUETTE in 1909 and lived in Rouses Point NY at least until 1930. I have come to a dead end with Almira, Leon and Samuel and would appreciate any leads.

Jan Clist [email protected]

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Looking for info on Alveratta BARROWS b. 1848 in Stowe, Vermont. Alveratta was one of ten children of Filene CONANT and Alfred J. BARROWS. They lived mostly in Stowe. We have located most of the other siblings but Alveratta being the oldest seems to have married and is lost to us. The name is unusual so maybe somebody will remember it and let us know.

Judy Barrows [email protected]

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Looking for information about Charles HYATT born Dec 22 1882 Sherbrooke. His wife's name Edith was born Aug. 31, 1887. I would like also to find Edith maiden name. They had a son Edward. Would love to know more about this family.

Pamela Wood [email protected]

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Looking for information on the GINGRAS family who resided in Knowlton QC in the last half of the 1800's. My great-grandparents Edmond GINGRAS and Mathilde NORMANDIN had 13 children. Edmond was a blacksmith with his brother Paul (Napoleon). Just wondering if there are any records (or descendants) about any of the family in the Brome area.

Richard Gingras [email protected]

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Jean MASSON married Angele FAUCHER before 1836.

I am rying to find out when and where Jean and Angele were married.

These people were Catholics and married most likely somewhere in the Eastern Townships. It's confusing, because Jean is recorded as either MOISAN or MASSON. The wife remains the same Angele FAUCHER.

What I do know:

Jean and Angele buried one daughter on December 27, 1837 in the Old Catholic Cemetery, Frontenac County Quebec.

At least two of Jean and Angele's childrens married in the Eastern Townships. One in Leeds, Megantic Co. in June of 1869 the other one in Inverness, Megantic Co. in January of 1864.

Any help would be greatly appreciated in finding Jean and Angele.

E. S. [email protected]

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POSTED 06.22.04

Seeking information about my g-g-grandparents, both born in Quebec. Norman BERRY 18?? married Melvina LEMERA 18?? Their son Bennie Ammi BERRY of Derby, Vt married Mary SANVILLE. Also looking for George SANVILLE of Quebec who married Alice WHIPPLE. Frank T. Kucienski II [email protected]

I am looking to verify information on the following individuals who have ancestry in the Coaticook area: EC ELLIS, Ephraim ELLIS, Adlebert ELLIS, Electa M. BUCKLAND, Lindsay Adelbert ELLIS, Rufus HARTWELL, Mary HARTWELL, Lucinda BURCH, Burton ELLIS, Reginald Elmer ELLIS and Dorothy ELLIS. David Graham [email protected]

Looking for descendants of William WEST b. 1892 approx. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. William WEST had the following children Lynol, Raymond, Earl and Rosilyn. It is believed that Raymond WEST became a doctor in Washington D.C. William WEST had a brother named George and both of them were in the Canadian Military. Only William's kids are believed to be in the United State. Can anyone help? Tina Tyler [email protected] Trying to find family data on Timothy WORTH who was born in 1827 Stanstead, Que and moved to Barnet, Vt about 1850 where he married Sarah GILFILLAN. Greg Bond [email protected]

Greg: Galusha (Timothy) Worth was born in Stanstead, QC in 1827, died 16 February, 1851. He was the son of Edward Worth, brother of Joseph Worth, my g-g-g-g-grandfather, one of the first settlers of Stanstead (1798). Edward was 10 when he came north from Corinth, VT with Joseph and his wife, Susan Taplin.

We live a few miles down the road from the old Edward Worth homestead -- the brick house was torn down just a few years ago. In the Stanstead Journal, dated January 17, 1850, there is a letter from Timothy Worth, who went west to CA during the gold rush of '49.

Does this connect for you? As far as I know, our family was the only Worth family in Stanstead, QC and Holland, VT in the late 1700s and early 1800s. John Mahoney jmahoney13@earthlink.

David, I just wanted to let you know that Mr. Bromby of Bishop's University has sent me the marriage records for my three Wheeler children. Isaac, Louisa, and Harrison, who seem now to be the children of Lemuel WHEELER. He is the first signator on Louisa's record. That, combined with the newpaper notice you found, fairly well shows the connections. Now, if I just knew something about Lemuel! I'm thinking that he might be a son of Isaac WHEELER of Plainfield. More to do, but thank you for your excellent advice! Jean Copple [email protected]

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POSTED 06.19.04

I am looking for the parents and siblings of Rosanna TREMBLAY. I know she was born in French Canada in 1881 and she has passed away in 1915 or 1916. She is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetary in Rouses Pt., NY. In 1910 she is listed in the Clinton Cty. census as living in Champlain. She was married to Pasquale BONAFILIA and together they had about 8 children: Harry, Andrew, Rose, Bertha, Lena, Antoinette, Elizabeth, and William. At some point my grandfather (Andrew) talked about living in Clarenceville, PQ. If anyone could help with finding out who her parents and siblings were, I'd truly appreciate it. In the 1881 Canadian census they have only one Rosanna TREMBLAY who was born in 1881 but I am trying to confirm that this is my g-grandmother. Her parents are listed as Eduoard TREMBLAY and Hermine MATTE but I'm not even sure if I am spelling her last name right as there are alternate spellings. Thanks for any help. Patricia McCoy [email protected]

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We're trying to pinpoint what happened to: Ashley Augustus HIBBARD, b. January 12, 1782 and his wife: Hester T. (nee PIPER?) His father Augustine, in 1794-95 declared Canadian intentions. National Archives of Canada, giving 1794 as the date/port of arrival or date/declaration of Intention. Augustine (Ashley's father) took Canadian Oath and intend to settle Rosten, Stanstead, Lower Canada He (his father as head & family) appears in History Of Stanstead County by B. F. Hubbard, page 120-121.

By 1850, widowed wife Hester T. HIBBARDis living back in the USA and shows up in 1850-70 censuses. She died 1870. Augustine (Ashley's father) dies in Stanstead, Quebec, on December 4, 1831. But what happened to the son Ashley? KB [email protected]

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Trying to find family data on Timothy WORTH who was born in 1827 Stanstead, Que and moved to Barnet, Vt about 1850 where he married Sarah GILFILLAN. Greg Bond [email protected]

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I am looking for information regarding the son of Moise DUBE and Julia PARMENTIER. They were married at the Cathedrale St. Jean Baptiste de Nicolet, Nicolet, Quebec in 1851. The son I cannot find is Joseph. Julia Parmentier DUBE MICHAUD died in Brainerd, Minnesota. Her obituary does not mention a son by that name. An 1870 census of Illinois shows a son Joseph Napoleon. I assume that this is the same Joseph. He was my g-g-grandfather. I have not found record of his wife's name, or record of his marriage or his death. His daughter, Agnes DUBEY was my g-grandmother. She was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She had a brother Charles who moved to the Chicago area. Agnes married Robert L. BOGGANSTOS in St. Paul, Minnesota, and moved to Brainerd. Their daughter, Eva M. BOGGANSTOS was my grandmother. She just passed away 12/18/1998. She never mentioned her grandmother DUBE at all. She said her grandfather was Joseph. Any information would be very much appreciated. Evon M. Kyar, [email protected]

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My great uncle was the author and poet Frank Oliver CALL. I'm developing a website devoted to his writings, but need to gather more biographical information about him. I am fortunate to have many of his photos, letters and other items. Chris Sharman [email protected]

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Where can I obtain info on the Charles HEWS family who lived at La Petite Nation in the Buckingham Territory. He was widowed at age 39 and is listed on the 1851 census. His children were: Susanna, Elizabeth, George, Mary, Charlotte, Rachel, Catherine and Margaret. There is no mention of who his wife was. Since I am researching my grandmother's name, I was wondering if she was the Mary listed. I know she was born in 1892, but the Mary listed has no birth year.

Here is what I have of Frederick Warner HUES, born Sept. 5,1877 died June 24,1959(he was in the Wales Home in Richmond,Quebec and buried in the Kirkdale Cemetery). I got my info from the Wales Home. His parents were John HUES and Janet PATRICK and the next of kin he had given to the Wales Home was Mary Yetter. He lived in Stanstead from 1907-1950 and moved to Barnston from 1950- ????.

As far as I know, he never married. I would like to also find out what happened to the parents. I was told that they were both killed in an accident and Fred and Mary were orphaned. She lived with the HAM family and he lived with the GREEN family.

Mary had on her marriage certificate that George HEWS was her father and that Cora PATRICK was her mother. So between what Mary says and what Fred says are too different stories. Any help would be appreciated. Shirley [email protected]

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Seeking information about my g-g-grandparent, both born in Quebec . Norman BERRY 18?? married Melvina LEMERA 18?? Their son Bennie Ammi BERRY Derby, Vt. married Mary SANVILLE . Also looking for George SANVILLE who married Alice WHIPPLE both of Quebec. Frank T Kucienski II [email protected]

New Books

I now have three books available on cemeteries in Missisquoi Co. Quebec. They include all of the cemeteries of Dunham, St. Armand & Frelighsburg Twps. Anyone who had family members buried in any of these Twps. might find these books of value to their research. For further information about the cemeteries & the books please drop me a note. Brenda Wilson Birchbrenda.w@sympatico.ca

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Looking for information on the CHANNELL and COX family. Abraham Fitzjohn CHANNELL lived in Georgeville, QC, Canada. In 1815 he married Wealthy COX, d/o Jonathan COX and Naomi SMITH. At one time Abraham Fitzjohn CHANNELL ran the Union Tavern in Georgeville which later became know as the Camperdown Hotel. Their children were Charles Stuart, Leon Lelane and Susan. We are most interested in old newspaper clippings, engravings, photographs, etc.
Rita Channell Rdchannell@aol.com

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I am researching my husband's family. I have old family bible with the following information. But can't seem to find anything before James HALL and Anna STEWART married March 6, 1820:
They had nine children, seven boys and two girls. Girls never married. The youngest son is my husband's g-g-g-grandfather.
Aretus H. HALL born Mar. 10, 1822 married Ann WHITE Oct. 1848 died Nov. 26,1894
Ira HALL born Dec. 13, 1823 married Betsy C. WESTON Nov 27, 1848 died Oct. 25, 1896
Sumner W. HALL born April 6, 1826 married Mary E. SPAULDING no date died Jan. 5, 1883
John S. HALL born July 11, 1828 married ? died ?
J. Franklin HALL born Oct 23, 1831 married Mary F. TAYLOR no date. Died ?
Mary A. HALL born Nov. 13, 1834 never married died Feb. 4, 1874 in Lowell, Mass. buried in Athens, Maine
Crowell C. HALL born August 3, 1838 married Lorinda JOY November 26, 1862 Died July 7, 1879 Lorinda died Jan 20, 1879 Their 10 year old son Georgie died April 21, 1876
Sarah J. HALL born Dec. 23, 1840 never married had been in business with sister Mary at time of Mary's death. in Lowell Mass.
Alanson A. HALL born Aug. 11, 1843 married Maria MOULTON Aug. 18, 1972 died Dec. 31, 1911 Maria and Alanson came to Chicago to rebuild after the great fire in 1871. Their children are: Frank W. HALL born May 13, 1873 In Chicago,
J. Fred HALL born March 14, 1875 born in NH
Edgar E. HALL born Dec. 2, 1877 born in Holliston, Mass.
If any of this means anything to anyone I'd love to hear from you. I know Alanson A HALL served in the Civil War. I also know both James' parents were born in NH. I believe Maria MOULTON 's parents were Nathaniel & Elizabeth MOULTON both born in NH.
Sharyn Hall Hallumark1@Juno.com

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Seeking information about Marvin H. ORCUTT, Christopher BOWEN, John C. BOWEN. LUTHER genealogy says they all lived in Coaticook.
John BOWEN was married to Electa LUTHER. They had daughters Alice and Annie and a son Elwood.
Christopher BOWEN was married to Mary Ann LUTHER. They had a daughters Bertha and Mary and possibly other children.
Christpher and John BOWEN may have been sons of Ira BOWEN and Mary CARR.
Electa and Mary Ann were daughters of Moses LUTHER and Ruth HOLDEN.
Marvin ORCUTT was son of Horace ORCUTT and Mary Ann LUTHER. He was born between 1856 and 1858.
Have seen census entries for Marvin in 1881 and 1901. I have also seen census information for a John C. BOWEN and daughter Annie. Looking for other vital records related to these families.
Leah Smith esmith0709@mindspring.com

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Ruth BATCHELDER was born in Compton, Quebec April 18, 1803
Ruth married Benjamin WEBSTER Dec. 29, 1829.
Ruth died in Compton July 19, 1833.
Any information please.
Peggy Marsh Katzten@aol.com

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I am researching the CANTELL and GUYETTE families from Vermont. Could you give me any info on these families that you have or tell me how to find it?
Marge Teagle Woz120@aol.com

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Leavitt Family Project

This message will attempt, as briefly as possible, to give you some background on a family history project that the Western Association of Leavitt Families, along with some newly-discovered Leavitt descendants in Stanstead area, hope to accomplish this coming September.

In about 1800 Jeremiah and Sarah Shannon Leavitt migrated from NH to Hatley area. They brought their large family, which in the next 20 years became an even larger family. Jeremiah died in 1817. Sarah was still very much the matriarch among her growing posterity.

Sometime in 1835 members of their family coverted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Mormons.) Other members of the family were influenced to join and in July 1837, a wagon train of 55 members of this Leavtt family left Hatley bound for Kirtland, Ohio, where they hoped to join the main body of the Church.

Two of Sarah's daughters and four of her grandchildren remained, most in Hatley, some in Vermont and one family in Lawrenceville, NY.

The travelers met with much bad fortune and many died. Of the original 55, twenty two perished before they reached their final destination in the American west, including Sarah Shannon, all five of her sons, two daughters and many grandchildren.

Among those who died was Nathaniel Leavitt. His young wife, Betsy Bean Leavitt, returned with their three young children. to find succor among her family and friends. These returning three grandchildren brought the total to seven grandchildren and two daughters, as well as Betsy Bean, herself, who were now separated from the main body of the family.

The Leavitts who did reach the west, became colonizers and settlers in the seven western states and Canada.

Those who remained, after a generation, lost contact with those who had departed.

Since the year 1999, we have searched and reconnected with many of the descendants of those of our family who remained in the east. In June, 2000, we came to Hatley, met with our cousins there, and placed a memorial marker at the Old North Cemetery in remembrance of Jeremiah and Sarah Shannon Leavitt.

In September of this year, a contingent of western Leavitts, under the direction of The Western Association of Leavitt Families, will journey east again, to meet with our cousins in Hatley, Vermont and NY. This time we hope to place memorial plaques at the graves of those who remained. Most of their gravestones make no mention of who they are, nor their stories.

In most cases we have connected with living descendants of those who remained. We are quite sure, however, that there are many that we have not reached. And in the case of Nathan and Anna Leavitt Rowell, though they were parents of a large family, we have not found any living person directly descended.

We are well begun on this project. But it will be unfortunate if there are descendants of these people living there, whom we cannot contact, and who will therefore not know our purpose nor of the event.

Can you help us to reach people descended from our people, whom we have not yet discovered?

We have a family organization website with a rather extensive database, which will include many of these people, though we have not been able to find them. Much of the information we've included has been gleaned from the Stanstead Journal Vital Statistics books by Elane Wilson. We've been greatly assisted by other genealogists in the area and, of course, by the cousins with whom we have connected.

We have published three books of family history. The first, From Hingham to Hatley, details the first five Leavitt generations in America. The second, From Hatley to Home, tells the stories of those who left Hatley and who did arrive to make their homes in the early settlements of the west.

The third, Those Who Bade Goodbye, is a history of the children who did not come west, as nearly as we have been able to construct it.

If you would like to read a bit about our organization and get an idea of some of our projects, perhaps for assurance of our validity, you might log on to www.leavittfamilies.org .
Dixie L. Leavitt, President
Western Association of Leavitt Families
or
Anne O. Leavitt at aleavitt@netutah.com

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POSTED 05.31.04

I am searching for any information on Joseph REMY who was born Jan. 1, 1849, and married Pamela DESJARDINS March 15, 1885.

Also I am researching my grandfather, Joseph BRUSSEAU, born May 25, 1908 in CT, married Elsie Viola CHURCH. His father was Paul BRUSSEAU, husband of Sarah HUNTLEY. Any information would be appreciated. Jodi LaCroix jplacroix61@cox.net

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My great great-grandmother's obituary states she was born in Clifton, Quebec. I am unable to locate a place called Clifton. Her parents were married at the Free Will Baptist Church in Stanstead in 1842. Is there a Clifton anywhere in this area? Joan jfdf@shaw.ca

My Quebec road map shows an East Clifton about 12 miles south of Cookshire. I do not find a Clifton. Ken Healy

Ken is right, there is an East Clifton. But it is in the Township of Clifton in Compton Co. and for early dates anyone living in the township would give Clifton as their home.

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I would appreciate any information on Polly MANNING born about 1829. She died July 7, 1891 in Franklin County, New York. Her parents were born in Vermont and she was born in Canada. I've had no luck with info and appreciate all responses. Lyma lymagen@aol.com

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I want to thank everyone who has so far helped me in finding info on my ancestor James CARTER who m. Orpha CARTER in Stanbridge on June 8th1836. I still do not know who his parents were but have found a James CARTER in the 1825 Census of Lower Canada (Quebec) page 835 for the St. Armand, Quebec area. There are 7 family memebers and the oldest is listed as a married male over 40 and under 60 as well as a married female over 14 and under 45. As 4 of the children are under 14, I would think their marriage took place around 1810. Gail Allarie gailallarie@yahoo.ca

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According to the 1881 census, Chester CASWELL was born ca 1862, as was his wife Emma MOULTON, m. by 1884. They had, at least, 2 children, William Frederick CASWELL and Carrie CASWELL

Searching for family information about Chester and Emma, their parents, and their siblings. She may have been born in the USA. Stephen Beaupre Stephen.Beaupre@valley.net

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I am looking to verify information on the following individuals who have ancestry in the Coaticook area: E.C. ELLIS, Ephraim ELLIS, Adlebert ELLIS, Electa M. BUCKLAND, Lindsay Adelbert ELLIS, Rufus HARTWELL, Mary HARTWELL, Lucinda BURCH, Burton ELLIS, Reginald Elmer ELLIS and Dorothy ELLIS. I have a reference to Mary HARTWELL, b. June 6,1862, d. August 29, 1929. She was married to Adelbert ELLIS who is buried in Coaticook, QC. The parents of Mary that I have are Rufus HARTWELL and Lucinda BURCH. David Graham davidg8809@aol.com

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I am doing research on HARTWELLs and HARTLEYs. Any info you have could help a lot. All HARTWELLs and all HARTLEYs in Stanstead. Gerry Hartley Eagle99lds@aol.com

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I am looking for information regarding the relationship of the CHAREST family and the "Blackfoot Indian Tribe." My grandfather's mother was from that tribe. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Steve Charest evets777@hotmail.com

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My grandfather Arthur J. BOUCHARD was from Coaticook. He has passed but I remember a story that he told me of his father and his father's brother who were orphaned and subsequently raised by Native Indians. I was always intrigued by this and have wondered about the kindness of those people. Any help would be apreciated. Corey Bouchard coldsteel1957@aol.com

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Seeking info on descendants of the GADLEY family. Frank's ancestry is online at: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gadley&id=I41 But Anne Stacy is a mystery. Their family photo ca.1918 is attached. I have been unable, as yet, to find any information on who the COLLINSes are. Jane gadleygadelli@yahoo.com

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POSTED 05.21.04

I am looking for any information that would prove that the Catherine Dorothy GRANT born Nov. 18, 1814 in Phillipsburg was the daughter of Benoni GRANT. Records show her name as Dorothy. She married Emerson LASELL in Phillipsburg in 1844.

Also looking for any information on William H. CHURCH born July 29, 1821 in Dunham, Quebec, Canada. He maried Harriett Eliza (MANDIGO) STEARNS in 1856 in Higate/Swanton, VT. Any infomation about CHURCH families in the Dunham area at this time would be appreciated. Don Day donday1@aol.com

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Looking for parents to Clayton Lawrence GOODHUE b. 1897 Sherbrooke, Canada? Any help will be appreciated. Lowell Hammond llhammond14@yahoo.com

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Olivier MAYRAND, born in 1823, married Lucie POISSON on June 22, 1857. It was both Olivier and Lucie's second marriage. My great grandfather Adolph MAYRAND was born in Gentilly, Becancour, Nicolet,Québec. He also had a brother Fred MAYRAND and they both left Canada about 1880 relocating to Northern Mich. I am trying to find any confirmation of their birth and also about my great-grandfather's death. Olivier MAYRAND was drowned in the St. Lawrence River on April 15, 1865 and buried June 3, 1865 in the cemetery of the Parish of La Nativite de Notre Dame, Becancour, Nicolet.

I have been unable to find any information on their birth and life in Québec. Nor have I been able to find any information on Oliviers parents and families. The MAYRANDs moved from Normandy, France in the mid 1600's. Donna Bardos DawnRaven5@aol.com

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I am researching my husband's ancestors who were William WILSON b. 1785, Cavan Co. Ireland died 1872, buried in Mansonville Cemetery, Potton Twp, Brome Co. and his wife Margaret MITCHELL b. 1788 Baileyborough, Cavan, Ireland, died 1879, Potton Twp, Brome, Quebec.

Known children were: William WILSON (1880 census of Potton Twp no wife listed) and daughter Sara Jane WILSON b. abt.1829, married 1st Michael MACK, 2nd John FOSTER, 3rd Sidney DAVIS. Pat Vause vaus4511@bellsouth.net

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My great grand mother, Mary CARLIN, was born in Richmond, Quebec to Patrick CARLIN and Celia KELLEY in 1846. She was baptized in Sainte Bibiane in January of 1847. Her father is buried in the Shipton Cemetery in the family plot. She, her sister, and mother moved to Boston around 1860. In 1874, she married Patrick COSTELLO, a tinsmith. Patrick had fought in the American Civil War when he was around 14. According to family lore, he participated in one of the Fenian Raids on Canada. I am curious if there are any Carlins or Kelleys still in the area. Bill Taylor, Salem, Oregon or William.E.Taylor@state.or.us

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This message will attempt, as briefly as possible, to give you some background on a family history project that the Western Association of LEAVITT Families, along with some newly discovered LEAVITT descendants in Stanstead area, hope to accomplish this coming September.

In about 1800 Jeremiah and Sarah Shannon Leavitt migrated from NH to Hatley area. They brought their large family, which in the next 20 years became an even larger family. Jeremiah died in 1817. Sarah was still very much the matriarch among her growing posterity.

Sometime in 1835 members of their family coverted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Mormons.) Other members of the family were influenced to join and in July 1837, a wagon train of 55 members of this Leavtt family left Hatley bound for Kirtland, Ohio, where they hoped to join the main body of the Church.

Two of Sarah's daughters and four of her grandchildren remained, most in Hatley, some in Vermont and one family in Lawrenceville, NY.

The travelers met with much bad fortune and many died. Of the original 55, twenty two perished before they reached their final destination in the American west, including Sarah Shannon, all five of her sons, two daughters and many grandchildren.

Among those who died was Nathaniel Leavitt. His young wife, Betsy Bean Leavitt, returned with their three young children. to find succor among her family and friends. These returning three grandchildren brought the total to seven grandchildren and two daughters, as well as Betsy Bean, herself, who were now separated from the main body of the family. The Leavitts who did reach the west, became colonizers and settlers in the 7 western states and Canada. Those who remained, after a generation, lost contact with those who had departed. Since the year 1999, we have searched and reconnected with many of the descendants of those of our family who remained east. In June, 2000, we came to Hatley, met with our cousins there, and placed a memorial marker at the Old North Cemetery in remembrance of Jeremiah and Sarah Shannon Leavitt.

In September of this year, a contingent of western Leavitts, under the direction of The Western Association of Leavitt Families, will journey east again, to meet with our cousins in Hatley, Vermont and NY. This time we hope to place memorial plaques at the graves of those who remained. Most of their gravestones make no mention of who they are, nor their stories.

In most cases we have connected with living descendants of those who remained. We are quite sure, however, that there are many that we have not reached. And in the case of Nathan and Anna Leavitt Rowell, though they were parents of a large family, we have not found any living person directly descended.

We are well begun on this project. But it will be unfortunate if there are descendants of these people living there, whom we cannot contact, and who will therefore not know our purpose nor of the event.

Can you help us to reach people descended from our people, whom we have not yet discovered?

I have written to ask if we might list the names of families into which the Leavitt children married, so that people could contact us, if they believe they might belong and have an interest.

We have a family organization website with a rather extensive database, which will include many of these people, though we have not been able to find them. Much of the information we've included has been gleaned from the Stanstead Journal Vital Statistics books by Elane Wilson. We've been greatly assisted by other genealogists in the area and, of course, by the cousins with whom we have connected.

We have published three books of family history. The first, From Hingham to Hatley, details the first five Leavitt generations in America. The second, From Hatley to Home, tells the stories of those who left Hatley and who did arrive to make their homes in the early settlements of the west.

The third, Those Who Bade Goodbye, is a history of the children who did not come west, as nearly as we have been able to construct it.

If you would like to read a bit about our organization and get an idea of some of our projects, you might log on to http://www.leavittfamilies.org . Dixie L. Leavitt, President, Western Association of Leavitt Families

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POSTED 05.13.04

I am searching for the parents of Marie and Sophie ROY, who supposedly lived in Barford, Quebec on the other side of Wallace Pond, Canaan, Vt. Both sisters were married to Charles ELLIOTT of Canaan. My wife is the great grandaughter of Charles ELLIOTT and Sophie ROY. Her grandfather, Joseph, spent much of his youth raised in the house of his maternal grandparents. I don't know their names or where they lived exactly. Charles and Sophie were married in St. Hermengilde, but the record doesn't list their parents' names since it was a second marriage. Can anyone help me out with Roy origins? Cliff Timpson ctimpson@bfa.k12.vt.us

Clifford ,

I received the following query and it ran in the paper April 1, this year. I did a little search and made the response that follows the query.

A friend of mine is doing her grandfather's geneology and told me that he was born in Stanstead, Qc around 1889, his name is Frank ELLIOT. His parent's were Charles ELLIOT and Sophie ROY.

I found her grandfather living in Canaan, Vt. on the 1900 census at the age of 11 years old. Could you tell me where she might find a census for Quebec around 1890 or so and see if she can find her grandfather and his family? Or somewhere she could write to get a copy? Barbara Gebo squawgebo1@charter.net

Barbara, You can find the 1881 Canadian Census online, http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. and the1891 census is available on microfilm. Charles Elliott's first wife was Marie Roy. Ater her death he married Sophie Roy the widow of Moise Dumas May 23, 1875 in St-Hermenegilde, Quebec which is not far from Cannan. Best to look in St-Hermenegilde on the census. Its in Stanstead County not Stanstead the village. And since then I found that Joseph was born Dec. 9, 1874, his godparents were Martin Roy and Sophie Dorais, perhaps his grandparents. His half-brother Alfred Alexandre was born Jan. 5, 1873.) Finding the Moise Dumas/Sophie Roy marriage could help if it was her first marriage.

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In the 1881 Census in Bolton East, Brome, Quebec was William GILCHRIST 41, a Weslyan Methodist, born in England. He was a miner. He was married to Annie HAM, and had a son William, 18 also born in England. The rest of his family, Letitia, 13, Elisabeth, 11, and Joseph, 6 were born in th USA. This family migrated to Canada from Calstock on the Devon/Cornwall border in England. Although not a direct ancestor, William Gilchrist appears in my family tree as the cousin of my gt gt grandfather George Gilchrist. I would love to hear from anyone researching this family. maureen littlegables3@btinternet.com

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I have found Thomas McDONOUGH and his wife Eliza on the 1850 Vermont census, Holland Cty and Derby township. It lists Thomas 68, wife Eliza 39 and 5 children, Mary Ann, Thomas, Ellen, Rachael and James. Widow Eliza and children moved to Wisconsin between 1851 and 1857. I cannot find a death record of Thomas. He was my husbands great grandfather. The children must have attended schools etc out there but I can find no record of them. Ruth McDonah jandr@triwest.net

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Looking for anything on my Isaac WHEELER b. Jan. 4, 1808 in Royalton, Vt. d. Feb. 25,1896 Mn. I know that most of the names of Jonas's children are unknown and have been either trying to prove or disprove my theory that Isaac might have been one of them.

My ultimate goal is to identify the parents of Isaac, William H.H b.ca Jan 1815-Aug. 17, 1881 and Louisa WHEELER BOWKER b.ca 1805 d. Nov. 23, 1889. After looking for anything I can find for the last several years, I still cannot attach these WHEELERs who were in Stanstead Co. to parents. I've collected reams of Wheeler data from Vt. and Stanstead and have an idea that they were related to Josiah and his tribe from Royalton, but can't find proof of any link. Since I do have proof of the relationships of Isaac, William & Louisa, I'm trying to locate Wm's obit to see if parents or other siblings are named. I assume by your notation in red that the info I have is all that was printed in the death notice/obit/?

Do you have access to the original Canadian marriage records for either William or Louisa which might name parents? Wm. H. H Wheeler m. Ann Standish Aug. 27, 1838 Barnston Louisa Wheeler m. Alexander B. BOWKER Feb. 4, 1832 Barnston.

Would there be any other sources of local histories other than The History of Stanstead-Forests and Clearings or bios or family files for Wm. or the BOWKERs which might help me?

Also, there is a Sylvia Wheeler age 2, with Louisa & Alexander BOWKER on the 1861 Stanstead census and I don't know who her parents were and I don't find her in the St. Francis records. She would seem to be a niece of Louisa's? I wonder if she is the Sylvie WHEELER who married Geo. W. BOWEN July 1, 1873 at Derby Line. If she's a niece, she would be the daughter of an unknown sibling so she might be a good clue to follow. Finding the Wheeler parents is my quest.. Also do you know the relationships of the 3 men named John BELLOWS in Stanstead and Lennoxville? One 1744-1824, one 1784-1869-, the other 1796-1837. I think the 1744 and 1784 ones might be father and son from Marlboro, through Dalton, Ma. to Hancock, Vt. and on to Barnston, and the youngest one a son of Benjamin 1769-1859. Do you have any BELLOWS family files in your collection? I"ve been through the works on the WALPOLE family and these Canadian cousins aren't well traced like the others.

Jean Bailey Copple Tempe, Az. jlcopple@msn.com

Hello Jean, Forest and Clearings by B.F. Hubbard lists the children of Josiah, ten in all, with only 3 or 4 coming to Stanstead Co. Most all of the children were born in Royalton, Vt. before their arrival here in 1803. Do you disagree with F&C? There are errors in it.

The 1825 census lists only one Wheeler family here, that of Jabez. It consisted of a man and wife and four children.

There are five Wheeler wills and three marriage contracts registered here: none for the given names you requested. But as there seems to be some alternate first names being used in this family they may be of interest.

Have you searched Royalton records? A Josiah seems to be the only Wheeler there in 1790 but there are many more in the surrounding parts of Windsor Co. including one Isaac.

Lemuel Wheeler of Barnston gave his son Isaac the remainer of his minority July 7, 1826, published in the Stanstead Colonist and St. Francis Gazette. That would make this Isaac less than 21 in 1826 putting his birth in 1805 or after.

There are at least seven Wheeler family histories still in print. All available form Higginson Books.

In answer to your questions can we assume that Jonas Howe Wheeler is the Howe in F&C?

Josiah and family are in Stanstead by 1803. The only Isaac in the marriage index married Hannah Clement when he was 24 in 1832. Same church and year as Louisa.

Canadian Wheelers married in Derby (7) and Newport, (2) Vermont may be of interest to you. They were all of Barnston and Stanstead. Their first names do not fit your requests but as some seem to be using several names it would not be a stretch to connect them.

Louisa Wheeler Bowker's death is recorded in the Stanstead Journal as Nov. 23, 1889 when she was 84 years and 7 months pretty much a confirmation of a birth in 1805.

In reference to Wm. H. H Wheeler m. Ann Standish Aug. 27, 1838 Barnston. The marriage record index lists the groom as Harrison Wheeler the church as the Barnston Free Will Baptist. If you were to look at the original record you may find additional information eg. the witnesses, that may help you.

In reference to Louisa Wheeler m. Alexander B. Bowker Feb. 4, 1832 Barnston. The marriage record index lists Louisa as 26 years old and the church as the W. Methodist here in Stanstead.

For some of the church records try the: Eastern Townships Research Centre Archives department Bishop's University Lennoxville, Quebec J1M 1Z7 (819)822-9600 ext. 2261 http://www.ubishops.ca/etrc-crce/

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POSTED 05.05.04

I see Barnoldswick figures in your genealogical website. Good site, much information on genealogy/local history. You might like to put a link up to this site http://www.oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk
Best, Stanley Challenger Graham
stanley@barnoldswick.freeserve.co.uk

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I am researching my husband's ancestors who were:
William WILSON b. 1785, Cavan Co. Ireland, died 1872 and is buried in Mansonville Cemetery, Potton Twp, Brome Co. Quebec.
His wife was Margaret MITCHELL WILSON b. 1788 Baileyborough, Cavan, Ireland, died 1879, Potton Twp, Brome, Quebec.
Known children were: William WILSON found on1880 census of Potton Twp no wife listed and daughter Sara Jane WILSON b. abt 1829 married 1. Michael MACK, 2 John FOSTER, 3 Sidney DAVIS.
Pat Vause vaus4511@bellsouth.net

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I am searching for any info on the MAILLOUX family that was in Coaticook at the beginning of the 1900's. They were:
1 Obiline b. Dec.10, 1889
2 Philippe b. Dec. 25, 1891
3 Marie Rose b.,Aug. 30, 1896 (my Grandmother)
4 Laura b. Jan. 20, 1897
5 Ivonne b. Jan. 5, 1899
6 Philippe father b. May 1, 1862
7 Rebecca mother b. July 1, 1868
I have a record of a Philippe MAILLOUX in Essex County, but I'm not sure they are the same person. Any help would be appreciated.
Linda linda@felixculpa.bc.ca

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I looked up the Stanstead census for 1825 and 1842. For 1842 all townships except Bolton and Potton were missing when the microfilming was done in 1954. Are the census returns for 1842 for townships of Stanstead, Hatley, Barnston and Barford still missing?
If so, Jeff Walden referred to an 1847 property map of the area. Is it available for lookups? I'm looking for property of Asa Wilson, and for a Prouty family that was on the 1825 census in Stanstead. These families left the area before 1850. I would like to find where they lived and learn a little more about the area.
Thanks for any information,
Joan jfdf@shaw.ca
Joan,
It seems little has changed with the censuses. Potton and Bolton were in Stanstead Co. for the 1842 census and they appear on roll C-732. Something happened to the 1851 Stanstead census so that too is unavailable. Some of the Stanstead County towns and their inhabitants do appear in the 1857-8 and 1871 Canada Directories. I am not aware of the 1847 property map. The Putnam and Gray map of 1863 is often cited.

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I am looking for any information that would prove that the Catherine Dorothy GRANT born Nov. 18, 1814 in Phillipsburg was the daughter of Benoni GRANT . Records show her name as Dorothy. She married Emerson LASELL in Phillipsburg in 1844. Any information would help.
Also looking for any iformation on William H. CHURCH born July 29, 1821 in Dunham, Quebec. He maried Harriett Eliza (MANDIGO) STEARNS in 1856 in Highgate/Swanton, VT. Any infomation about any CHURCH families in the Dunham area at this time would be appreciated.
Don Day, donday1@aol.com

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I am searching for the parents of Marie and Sophie ROY, who supposedly lived in Barford, Quebec on the other side of Wallace Pond, Canaan, Vt. Both sisters were married to Charles ELLIOTT of Canaan. My wife is the great grandaughter of Charles ELLIOTT and Sophie ROY. Her grandfather, Joseph, spent much of his youth raised in the house of his maternal grandparents. I don't know their names or where they lived exactly. Charles and Sophie were married in St. Hermengilde, but the record doesn't list their parents' names since it was a second marriage. Can anyone help me out with Roy origins?
Cliff Timpson ctimpson@bfa.k12.vt.us

Clifford ,
I received the following query and it ran in the paper April 1, this year. I did a little search and made the response that follows the query.

A friend of mine is doing her grandfather's geneology and told me that he was born in Stanstead, Qc around 1889, his name is Frank ELLIOT. His parent's were Charles ELLIOT and Sophie ROY.
I found her grandfather living in Canaan, Vt. on the 1900 census at the age of 11 years old. Could you tell me where she might find a census for Quebec around 1890 or so and see if she can find her grandfather and his family? Or somewhere she could write to get a copy?
Barbara Gebo squawgebo1@charter.net

Barbara,
You can find the 1881 Canadian Census online, http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. and the1891 census is available on microfilm
Charles Elliott's first wife was Marie Roy. Ater her death he married Sophie Roy the widow of Moise Dumas May 23, 1875 in St-Hermenegilde, Quebec which is not far from Cannan. Best to look in St-Hermenegilde on the census. Its in Stanstead County not Stanstead the village.
And since then I found that Joseph was born Dec. 9, 1874, his godparents were Martin Roy and Sophie Dorais, perhaps his grandparents. His half-brother Alfred Alexandre was born Jan. 5, 1873.)
Finding the Moise Dumas/Sophie Roy could help if it was her first marriage.

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Looking for HUGHES who came to Canada from either Ireland or England - I have a William and a Thomas - Thomas is my great-grandfather. Patrick was the son of Thomas and was a twin to John. They were born April 1, 1863. I have William as the father of Thomas but I have not been able to find anything that would indicate that to be the truth. I do know that they moved into Colebrook, NH to a farm. Thomas eventually died in Berlin, NH. I will give you all the dates I have in a detailed email later today or tomorrow.

Also looking for BONVILLE (BONNEVILLE) information - I am looking for Pierre or Peter. He married Amanda GRANDCHAMP in Brome Co. somewhere. It was believed to be his second marriage and he moved and settled in Connecticut.
Jane Hughes Bonville Janebon@aol.com

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We are looking for a death notice for the year 1908 from Magog. The mass took place at St. Patrick's Church and the burial was in the church cemetery. What newspaper would have carried it and how could we get that article?
Any help would be appreciated.
Judy Tetreault judytetreault22@hotmail.com

Judy,
A French or English family? A person with a high profile in the community may have been included in the newspapers of both languages I believe the only newspaper in the town for that year was the Enterprise. It should be available on microfilm from the National Archives through inter-library loan if you are in Canada or from the LDS Family History Centers in the USA. La Tribune of Sherbrooke would be the closest French language paper. It is still in business but I do not think that they will search that far back for you. The microfilm sources would work for them as well.
If you supply the name of the person you are looking for we may be able to find help from other sources.


I see Barnoldswick figures in your genealogical website. Good site, much information on genealogy/local history. You might like to put a link up to this site http://www.oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk
Best, Stanley Challenger Graham
stanley@barnoldswick.freeserve.co.uk

I am looking for information about Hannah STILL, born July 26,1812 in Magog, Stanstead, Quebec. She married Barnard LOWELL in 1830 in Hatley, Que. and she died Aug. 6,1891 also in Hatley, Que. Would like to know what her parents names were.
Marge Florence flocom@yahoo.com


Marge,
Some Still information can be found in local records. A child was born to William Lowell and his wife Mary Still if the index is correct. There are five Still marriages in the index for 1815 1879. And two births recorded when adult baptisms were preformed for the children of Antonio and Mary Still of Stanstead Township. Most of these events were connected to Hatley.
Is there a chance Hannah remarried after Barnard's death and we should be looking for her under another name? It appears that a Hatley farmer named Barnard Lowell died April 13, 1848 aged 40. If this was Hannah Still's Barnard Lowell she would have been a young women at the time of his death.



I am looking for information on the following people: Clark REYNOLDS born in Hancock, Massachuetts, Peleg REYNOLDS who was born in Hancock MA abt 1788, Rufus C. REYNOLDS born about 1820. All of these people lived near the Morse's Line area. I am trying to find out if they are related. I am also trying to find out where they are buried, who their children are etc.
Carollee Reynolds carollee57us@yahoo.com


My family is:
Joseph GENEREUX-FREEHART who m. Elizabeth LETOURNEAU (E.B. TURNER). They had daughters Elizabeth GENEREUX and Mary FREEHART.
There is also a Marshall FREEHART with several children that went by
GENEREUX , and I think has brothers Alex or Alec and Enos FREEHART.
There is also another Marshall FREEHART.
Also, one of the FREEHART Louise Emma, m. my 'Benjamin' Delphis Fabien GUYETTE. I cannot seem to find any sibling or parent information for any of
these people, other than my GUYETTE/GOYETTE/GOGUET line.
Another question about the FREEHART s. Is this an indian name? We have been told that we might be part Iroquois. I also was told something about Nova Scotia indians, MicMac.
One of the GOYETTEs married a COTE, another a PLOUFFE and another a CAMPBELL. Amazing how it's all linked somehow.
Monika Resucit8@aol.com

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I am seeking information on a French speaking, Canadian, named Homer who moved to Clinton County in 1920 and married Alice BURNHAM aged 16, the granddaughter of Elise LANGEVIN/DUQUETTE and Joseph DUQUETTE of St Bernard de Lacolle. I am grateful for any information. Jan Dueley clist@btinternet.com

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Looking for information and/or confirmation of the birth of Rebecca ESTES born about 1840 in Stanstead, Quebec. The original records were destroyed in a fire at Jefferson, New Hampshire and I only have an oral history. Her father, Richard O. ESTES b. Shelburne, Vermont abt. 1826. Her mother could be Abigail MILLS (claimed/reported to be her mother) but married Richard ESTES in 1846 in Vermont Any information regarding an ESTES /ESTEY/EUSTIS family in Quebec at that time would be useful. Barbara H. Coffey jecoffey@aol.com

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I am looking for my g-g-g-grandfather James CARTER who married Orpha COREY who owned a farm in West St. Armand. I don't know how to get more information. Would the land records indicate his birth date, place and parents. All I know now is that some records indicate 1815 and some 1823 for his date of birth. Any suggestions? I also need the parents of James CARTER who was born in the USA and moved to Stanbridge East (W. St. Armand) Quebec. He was born in 1815 or 1823. He married Orpha COREY on June 8, 1836 and was buried in 1864 in the Stanbridge Ridge Road Cemetery. Gail gailallarie@yahoo.ca

Gail,

According to the index to marriages for the District of Bedford, James Carter was under 21 years old when he married on June 8, 1836. An 1823 birth date would make him 13 at his wedding. The 1815 date works best and he could have been under 21 for part of that year. James and Orphey had a son Jared Orlando Carter

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Need information about Mary BOURET who was born in 1820. She married Andrew EDNEY and had the following children: Thomas EDNEY b. 1862 m. Sarah LOGAN, Elizabeth Jane EDNEY m. _?_ CLAGNEY, John EDNEY m. Charlotte McREYNOLDS. Any info appreciated. Marilyn Lupico lupicol@knology.net

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I am looking for information about Abbott and Eliza MORRILL from the Fitch Bay area. He married Martha MOULTON of Holland, Vermont in Stanstead and moved to Derby, Vt. I am also interested in the WILSON family of the townships. William WILSON was the minister at Plymouth Church in East Charlestown (formerly Navy), Vt. I remember the story of Mark WILSON being killed as he worked constructing a bridge in Montreal. Are there other relatives out there? Hope so. Martha Wilson Judd ern@kingcon.com

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I'm looking for info on the TURNER family of Magog Village, Quebec. It says in my family records that my g-g-g-grandfather went to Canada where his uncle lived. My g-g-grandfather was born in Magog Village on March 12, 1819 his name was Luther French TURNER. He married Caroline Theodocia COATES at Eaton Corner, Quebec. Luther's father was Solomon TURNER, his wife was Dorothy BEEDE both are believed to have died in Magog Village. Any info you can send me would be helpful. Ron Turner Sweetcooking58@aol.com

Mr. Turner,

The Turners in the Magog, Bolton area were numerous. Turnertown about half the way between Magog and Ayer's Cliff, was named for the family. Sadly it is a place in name only. Even the Turnertown Cemetery has been destroyed by the neighbouring gravel pit. The History of Stanstead Co., Forest and Clearings, (Magog Town, Magog Village, Magog all one and the same, are in Stanstead Co.) lists the Turners that settled there and at the Lake Shore. Brothers Jesse and David and their cousins Daniel and Timothy were the early settlers.

A look at the indexes to the Protestant records for the Judical District of St. Francis shows that other Turner family groups were to be found throughout the Eastern Townships.

Solomon and Dorothy are listed as the parents of Alfred at his marriage to Betsey Butler, Nov. 15, 1842, in Eaton. The way the entry reads Solomon and Dorothy were from Eaton.

One Luther French Turner signs as witness to the burial of the infant David Turner Nov. 1, 1816 in Eaton. The parents of the baby were Solomon and Dolly. The same Dolly dies Feb. 25, 1870 in Dudswell and the act mentions that she was formerly of Eaton. It appears that Solomon was still living at her death.

If the record indexes are correct the Luther French Turner who signed his name in 1819 at the death of David Turner was much older than your Luther French Turner.

Listed amongst the associates of Josiah Sawyer the grantee of Eaton is Luther French. I have looked in the History of Eaton and in the History of Compton Co. for a connection to your family but failed to find one. There may be one. Neither book has an all-name index unfortunately.

Perhaps a letter to the Compton County Historical Society would be a help. Compton County Historical Museum Society

P.O. Box 517>br>Cookshire, QC
J0B 1M0

or try the
Eastern Townships Research Centre
Archives department
Bishop's University
Lennoxville, Quebec
J1M 1Z7
(819)822-9600 ext. 2261
http://www.ubishops.ca/etrc-crce/

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I would like to know if anyone knows of a Joseph YETTER(GURTIN) who lived in Coaticook, Quebec. I cannot find anything on him. He was born in 1818-20 and married Charlotte EATON. He died in Vermont but was buried in Coaticook. He did not live in Vermont, only died there. Must have been visiting someone at the time. Any help would be appreciated. Shirley Yetter shirleyyetter@rogers.com

Shirley, When did Joseph Yetter(Gurtin) die? I do not know what records you have searched since hearing from you in 2001. There is a Joseph Yettah on the 1871 Canadian Census for Stanstead Co. This fellow was 54 years old, born in Quebec, French Canadian, Roman Catholic, and a labourer.

From the Stanstead Journal vital stats books we find the marriage of Abigail J. daughter of J. Yetter of Coaticook. She married Allen Foster Oct. 28, 1868, Baptist church records.

Cemetery records have an Arthur J. Yetter in Coaticook's Mount Forest Cem. 1854 - 1911.

The closest French name to your Gurtin I could find is Guertin. In the Roman Catholic records there is a Joseph Guertin having a child, Marie Eliza, in Coaticook in 1871. Joseph's wife is Rose Vaillancourt. The couple also loses a child, Alfred age 1 year in 1868.

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I am researching HOPKINSON's in Stanstead and Sherbrooke Counties and towns of Sherbrooke and Coaticook in particular. My great grandmother was Lillie Ann HOPKINSON b. 1864 in Sherbrooke the daughter of William Cuell HOPKINSON and Clarina Howard SMITH. I believe William's brother may be Henry HOPKINSON, b. England abt. 1831 and wonder if anyone knows anything of this family.
Jacqueline Sleeper Russell K.C.'s new email The Stanstead Historical Society Archive has a new email address achives@colbycurtis.ca . Please remember that Kathy Curtis is in only two days a week and her time and office are often used for other purposes as well. Please be patient she will get back to you as soon as time permits.

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POSTED 04.08.04

Luther CHAPIN was Town Clerk in Duncansboro [Newport], Vermont from 1800 until his death in 1810. Apparently his wife, Dinah JONES, had died before he left Belchertown, MA, with his surviving children.

Their son, John Amsden CHAPIN, was born Dec. 18, 1790, Belchertown; died Sept. 22, 1880 in Westfield, MA. He married about 1820, either in Duncansboro or (more likely) Stanstead, Quebec, Diadama MERRILL, who was born July 1801 (maybe Stanstead; died Feb. 28, 1872, probably in Calais, VT. By 1832 they were living in Calais "on the LEBARON farm" with at least 4 or 5 young children.

John's son, Prentiss [Prentice] H. CHAPIN was born Dec. 7, 1826 "Stanston" (maybe Stanstead), Quebec; died Jan. 10, 1898, Westfield, MA. He married on Feb. 20 or 28, 1849 (probably in Calais) Maria T. LEBARON ; daughter of James & Alma (HATHAWAY) LEBARON. The next year (1850) Prentiss is listed as a lawyer in Chicopee, MA. Questions:

When did Dinah (JONES) CHAPIN die? Where were John A. & Diadama (MERRILL) CHAPIN married?

Who were Diadama's family? The "History of Stanstead County", 1874 refers to a David Merrill & large family from New Hampshire but does not mention her.

What was Prentiss's middle name? And how did he become a lawyer?

Thanks for any leads. I'll gladly share what information I do have. Terry Chapin MYRTLE2GEORGE@aol.com

Hi Terry,

A John Chapin appears on the 1825 census of Stanstead and environs. It is a head of household census. There were 5 members in the family with the head (John most likely), being between 25 and 39 years old. His wife would have been between 14 and 44 years of age.

A second Chapin is listed in Forest and Clearings The History of Stanstead County. On page 204 Candace Chapin is the wife of Abraham Martin.

The Merrill and Morrill families are two large family groups and not all of them are recorded. Forest and Clearings was compiled from material collected by Hubbard from families who provided it on their own. No verification was made on the submissions.

Prentiss [Prentice] H. Chapin's birth does not seem to have been registered in Stanstead nor does the marriage of John A. & Diadama (Merrill) Chapin.

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I'm looking for info on the TURNER family of Magog Village. It says in my family records that my g-g-g-grandfather went to Canada where his uncle lived. My g-g-grandfather was born in Magog, Quebec March 12, 1819 his name was Luther French TURNER married Caroline Theodocia COATES in Eaton Corner, Quebec. Luther's father was Solomon TURNER his wife was Dorothy BEEDE both is believed to have deid in Magog. Any info would be helpful. Ron Turner Sweetcooking58@aol.com

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Looking for information on the SMITH and COX families. Jonathan COX married Naomi SMITH . They were from New Hampshire and settled in Massawippi. William Ayer, 706D Ridgefield Circle, Clinton, MA 01510 ,978-368-1744 or williamayer@comcast.net

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Looking for info on George HEWS and Cora PATRICK. They adopted Mary Francis HEWS. She was born April 14,1892 and married Harold YETTER. As far as I know she had a brother Frederick. She was working for the HAM family at the age of 8 yrs. as a domestic servant and her brother was living with the GREEN family. Aparently their parents were killed when Mary was 4 yrs. If anyone has any knowledge of this, please contact me. Also looking for info on the WATSON and PIKE families. They came from the Hatley, Ayer's Cliff, Massawippi, Lennoxville, Cowansville and Stanstead areas. Any help would be appreciated. Shirley Logue shirleyyetter@rogers.com

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Looking for the BURGESS family, Amos and Elisabeth and grandson Jack came from Hertfordshire, England to Canada I think about 1806-1812 on the ship (I have been told) SS Hesperian. Any help would be great. Alyce Rogers rogersa@ptialaska.net

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I'm hoping someone might be able to tell me if the following two GILSON boys are brothers and if someone might know who their parents were would be an added bonus. They are both found in the Dixville, Coaticook area. 1. Daniel GILSON - b. 1 June, 1836, Quebec; buried in Dixville Cem., Quebec; m. Ann Elizabeth MAYHEW. 2. John GILSON - b. c1830, Quebec; bur. Crooker Brook Cem., Dixville, Quebec; m. Sophia CHESLEY. Darlene dwnautomation@on.aibn.com

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I am looking to find the family history of my great grandmother, Exilda ST. ONGE. She married my great-grandfather, Ovila TURGEON, who was born in Napierville, Quebec. It is there and in LaPatrie, Quebec where they lived and where some of their children were born. I am assuming that Exilda must have also originated in that same general area of Quebec. All I know of her is she was born in 1857 and died in Chicopee Falls, MA on January 15,1925.

Exilda and Ovila Turgeon both emigrated to the U.S. in 1898. I would like to know the names of her parents and of any brothers, sisters and where in Quebec she came from.

I am also looking for the family history of my great-grandfather, Francis LAPERLE. I have no info except that he was married to Emilie POTVIN of Moosup, Plainfield, CT where they lived for quite awhile. My grandfather, Henri Isadore LAPERLE was born in Moosup. I believe all of their children were born in Moosup. Their other children were George, Emery and Alvina.

I would love to know who Francis' parents were and who his brothers and sisters were, if any. He may have had a brother by the name of John Baptist or Jean Baptiste. I believe that either he or his parents were immigrants from Quebec or the eastern areas of Canada. But they also may have been from Moosup and it may have been an earlier generation that immigrated from Canada. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Jeannette T. Dumas jeannettedumas@yahoo.com

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Looking for information about the descendants of Simeon POPE b. NH about 1761, and Judith ADAMS of Orleans County VT who migrated (or married and then migrated) to the areas around Barnston, Stanstead county. In particular - Clarissa POPE, b. Mar.18, 1789, d. July 18, 1853, had married Calvin WILCOX, b. April 27, 1781 in CT, d. 1868, both somewhere in Stanstead county. Had children Ruth 1811-1814, Pardon B. 1813-after 1881 m. Judith ALLEN, Calvin 1815-? m. Charlotte SMITH, Luther 1818-? m. Seraph GLIDDEN and Mary Ann RIX, sons Justin and John ended up in Minnesota, Abel A. 1820-1830, Mark P. 1822-? m. Margaret ROBINSON, Lydia 1825-before 1881 m. Thomas CLARK, had a son Calvin who married Amy ?, Richard P. 1827-after 1881 m. Sarah EDSON, and Clarissa WILCOX 1830-1833.

Marshal POPE 1796-1880, who married Philura PAUL, had children Lucius 1819-? m. Elsie MOULTON, Alonzo 1825-1893 m. Betsy Annis ROBINSON and Mary WILLIAMS, Emily C. 1829-?, and Jeremiah P. POPE 1836-?. Amanda POPE abt. 1803-1861, married Abraham BOYNTON 1796-1855 and had children Ruth 1825-?, James Mumford 1827-1845, Adams Wilcox 1830-1878 m. Anna CHRISTIE, Osmond 1833-1867 m. Mary G. HUBBARD, Luther W. 1836-1864 and Amanda BOYNTON 1839-? I am trying to pinpoint more precise locations where they lived and possibly cemetery locations and listings. Willing to share data on POPEs. Ian Zaenger iczang@msn.com

Ian, Forest and Clearings has information on Clarissa Pope and Calvin Wilcox pages 207-8. She was born in Deering, NH. They came to Stanstead in 1817 and settled on the east part of lot 5 on the 11 range. The family of Pardon B. Wilcox is described on pages 342-3. There are dozens of Pope marriages, births and deaths recorded in area churches and have been indexed.

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I've been trying for years to find more about my ancestors who came from Northern Ireland. My gr-grandfather was born in 1826. His mother died on the ship coming from Dublin to Grosse-Ile, Quebec, Canada. The father had to give little John up for adoption to Den DAWSON and Margaret BARNS or BANNS or maybe BARNES. John who took the name of DAWSON lived in Pointe-Levy, Quebec, with his wife Philomene GIRARD, whom he had married in 1854. He died in 1890. One of their daughters was Francesca Augusta (Gussie) DAWSON married to Frank LOZO and they lived in Saskatchewan. The others were Mrs. COUTURE from New York and Mrs. LACOURSIERE.

My grandfather was Ephrem DAWSON he was married to Mary Ann REID, daughter of Edward REID and Mary McNAMEE. I would like to find more about Edward and Mary. Where did they come from etc.

I have other names of uncles and aunts on all sides. Please let me know if we can help each other find more about our ancestors. Pierrette Martin pmdmartin@videotron.ca

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I would like to know if anyone knows of a Joseph YETTER (GURTIN) who lived in Coaticook, Quebec. I cannot find anything on him. He was born in 1818-20 and married Charlotte EATON. He died in Vermont but was buried in Coaticook. He did not live in Vermont, only died there. Must have been visiting someone at the time. Any help would be appreciated. Shirley Yetter shirleyyetter@rogers.com

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A friend of mine is doing her grandfather's geneology and told me that he was born in Stanstead, Qc around 1889, his name is Frank ELLIOT. His parent's were Charles ELLIOT and Sophie ROY.

I had never heard of Stanstead, Qc. so I went online and found you. Could you tell me exactly where you are located in Qc. or what big city you are located near. I have relative from Sherbrooke, Qc. but not sure if you are near there.

I found her grandfather living in Canaan, Vt. on the 1900 census at the age of 11 years old. Could you tell me where she might find a census for Quebec around 1890 or so and see if she can find her grandfather and his family? Or somewhere she could write to get a copy? Barbara Gebo squawgebo1@charter.net

Barbara, Stanstead the village is on the Vermont border opposite Derby Line, VT. It is 30 miles south of Sherbrooke. You can find the 1881 Canadian Census online, http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. and the1891 census is available on microfilm

Charles Elliott's first wife was Marie Roy. Ater her death he married Sophie Roy the widow of Moise Dumas May 23, 1875 in St-Hermenegilde, Quebec which is not far from Cannan. Best to look in St-Hermenegilde on the census. Its in Stanstead County not Stanstead the village.

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In this column on Mar. 18 Vi Dussault was looking for Moise Dubé and his wife Emerentienne (Merance) Lareau. Malcolm Juby of Austin read her query and knew he could help. And he did. Both Vi and "cousin" Jeanne Dube wish to express their thanks.

Malcolm Juby is a great man. He had the marriage that I was looking for. Can you please thank him for me? He deserves the recognition. This marriage has been a tough one to find. Thank you for your help as well, Vi Dussault vdussault@comcast.net

I am still shaking with excitement after hearing from Vi this morning with the terrific news from Malcolm on my great grandparents' wedding record! You are as responsible as he for locating this information and I just want to thank you personally! Our family has been searching for this information for so long we had about given up! I am going to write a letter of "Thanks" to Malcolm right now. I am anxious to see if he is actually a cousin of mine since I do have a family photo with the name of an Alice Juby on it. I remember my father saying years ago that some of the family spelt their name Juby. Do the marriage records have the parents' names of the couple on it by chance? That is my next quest!

Thank you so much, again! This has really made my day! Jeanne Dube Jackson, Mount Vernon, WA jescoja@webtv.net

P.S. I got an email from Malcolm's son-in-law who does his email communications. He gave me some added information.

It appeared to Malcolm that Moise and his then wife to be, Merance, moved from Sutton to Richford, VT., sometime in 1856. They were married by a Justice of the Peace on 12/26/1856. Either they or the Justice changed the spelling of their names to Moses Juby and Mariah Larrow.

I've been thinking about this. Merance was 16 in 1856 and Moise was 27. I wouldn't imagine that the family would be too happy about that. Perhaps they eloped over the border, married and changed their own names for obvious reasons. It appears that they were not living in Sutton again until between 1863 and 1868. At that time they began using their original names.

The St. Andre church in Sutton shows their marriage valid in the earliest record, that of the death of their 4-year-old daughter in 1868. There is probably no record of the Blessing of the marriage as far as a certificate goes. Nothing is issued to my knowledge. In a case such as this I wonder if we would find any record of parents.

Jeanne,

If the marriage is a first marriage, in a Catholic church in Quebec, the parents name and where they were living should appear in the register. In the case of a second marriage after a death the late spouse is usually given instead of parents. You find that first marriage and then you have the parents.

Catholic births (baptisims really) give parents and god-parents.

Protestant marriages you seldom find the parents names but some do appear. Births do have parents.

Perhaps you are making this more complicated than it really is. By today's standards the marriage of a 16 year old girl to an older man would be unthinkable. Back then a marriage in Quebec could take place when the girl was 12. Often the men were older.

Most of the name changes can be explained with one fact. Nearly all working class French Quebecers were unable to read and write. Record keepers in English Canada and certainly those in the USA wrote French names as they heard them. When the subject of their work was unable to correct them the errors remained.

Quebec families were large and many children went to the USA to find work to survive and if they were lucky they earned enough money to come back to Quebec and buy a farm of their own.

They did not go back to using the correct spelling on their return to Quebec by choice. A French speaking and educated priest could correctly spell their names and did so in his records. I may be wrong with your paticular case but this pattern is the norm.

Are you a member of the Dube Association of America? The last address I have for them (1997) was: Association des Dubé d'Amérique, C.P. 6700, Sillery (QC) G1T 2W2 Telephone, Richard Dubé, home 418-658-5206, work 418-643-2158 Fax. 418-658-0458 These folks should be able to help you.

From Jeanne, Thanks for that valuable information. I should have given it more thought before I went off into left field. I had read on your site about the variation of names for the same person and I have seen so many examples of that. I have also seen some very young brides among the pedigrees. Guess I am over-anxious for some answers. What you explained certainly makes a lot more sense! Jeanne

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I I am still researching the BARTLETT family, especially Edson Lyman BARTLETT and I have come across two different publications which might devulge some information which I need.

There is a publication Obituaries from the Canada Christian Advocate 1858-1872 by Rev. Donald McKenzie in which I am told that there is an obituary notice for a Franklin BARTLETT who died on September 7, 1867 from a blast while mining limestone in Stanstead. This appears to be a son of Edson BARTLETT about whom we have only the date and place of his death. Notes left behind by a cousin verifies that he was killed by a blast. Secondly, there is another volume of Obituaries from the Canada Christian Advocate 1873-1884 in which an obituary for Edson Lyman Bartlett might appear. How can I obtain this information without having to buy these publications? Is there anyone who could look up this information or a inter-library exchange available for these ? I really do not wish to buy the publications at approximately $40.00 a piece and find that there was no information of value to me. I would appreciate any help you may give me in obtaining the information . Clifford Johnson Wrjcliff@sover.net

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Looking for information on a David WHITE who was a hatter in Rock Island in the mid 1800's. I think he is my relation but cannot find anything about him. He married or lived with an Iris Sky's BAILEY and had about 6 children. Helen Faries hlfdlf@earthlink.net

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If anyone has the cemetery transcriptions for Mount Forest Cemetery in Coaticook andwouldn't mind looking up the following I would greatly appreciate it. Elmer J. CHESLEY Darlene Nutt dwautomation@on.aibn.com

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One of my direct ancestors, Isaac VOORHEES, had several half-brothers (Abraham & Jacob) that supposedly married daughters of James H. BROWN. Most of James' children were born in Stanstead, so I was hoping that someone might have more information. I'm trying to verify the marriages to Abraham and Jacob VOORHEES as well as gather any other information about the BROWN family that I can. Here is what I have on James H. BROWN and his family. There is confusion about whether Abraham VOORHEES married Jane Ann BROWN, or Adaline Jeanette BROWN, or both (I currently show him as having married both), as well as whether Adaline Jeanette BROWN married a John R. WOODS (which I also currently show): 1 James H. BROWN b: 11 Aug 1803 in Potton, Brome Co., Quebec, d: 30 Nov 1884 .+Elizabeth A. COPP b: 25 Apr 1807 in Hatley, Stanstead, Quebec, d: 9 Jun 1882 m: 27 Feb 1827 in Stanstead, Quebec, ........2 Jane Ann BROWN b: 1827 in Stanstead, Quebec, d: 1909 in Bloomington, McLean Co., IL ............+[1] Abraham VOORHEES b: 26 Dec 1830 in Neshanic, Somerset Co., NJ d: Abt. 1910 in St. Joseph, MO m: 1859 ........2 Eleanor Ann BROWN b: 23 Mar 1829 in Stanstead, Quebec, d: 29 Jan 1905 in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA ............+James Carr BROOKS b: Abt. 1825 in New York m: 5 Apr 1848 in Henderson Co., IL ........2 Jeremiah BROWN b: 1831 in Stanstead, Quebec, d: 14 Jan 1906 in Boise, Ada Co., ID ............+Sarah ROWLEY ........2 Annis P. BROWN b: 18 Feb 1833 in Georgeville, Quebec, d: 26 Sep 1899 in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA ............+Jacob Rutsen Schenck VOORHEES b: 31 Mar 1829 in Neshanic, Somerset Co., NJ d: Abt. 1870 m: 25 Oct 1855 in Biggsville, Henderson Co., IL ........2 Harriet Emma BROWN b: 3 Mar 1835 in Hatley, Quebec, d: 18 Apr 1919 ............+Charles E. DREW b: Abt. 1822 in m: 7 Oct 1851 in Henderson Co., IL ........2 George W. BROWN b: 1836 in Hatley, Quebec, d: 1927 ............+Nancy J. _?_ m: 8 Jan 1858 in Henderson Co., IL ........2 Adaline Jeanette BROWN b: 16 Jun 1840 in Stanstead, Quebec, ............+[1] Abraham VOORHEESb: 26 Dec 1830 in Neshanic, Somerset Co., NJ d: Abt. 1910 in St. Joseph, MO m: bet. 1855 - 1859 ........*2nd Husband of Adaline Jeanette BROWN: ............+John R. WOOD m: 3 Jul 1867 ........2 Ira M. Putney, Jr. b: 16 Jun 1840 in Stanstead, Quebec, d: 5 Mar 1901 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL ............+Azubah Ann HAISLETT b: 27 Aug 1840 in Fitchville, Huron Co., OH d: 5 Jun 1900 in Stronghurst, Henderson Co., IL m: 23 Jun 1858 in Henderson Co., IL ........2 Victoria L. BROWN b: 10 Aug 1843 in Stanstead, Quebec, d: 11 Mar 1902 in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA ............+Lee D. FULMER ........2 Joshua T. BROWN b: 19 Feb 1846 in Illinois d: 30 Jan 1870 in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA ........2 Abigail C. BROWN b: 27 Mar 1848 in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA d: 12 Sep 1848 in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA Does anyone have any additional information about this family? Dick Voorhees genealogy@dvoorhees.mailshell.com

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I am pleased to have discovered a couple of your articles about the mysteries of Vermont/Canada border births, marriages, etc. and these have shed some light on my difficulties in learning about the origins of my French-Canadian great-grandfather. As I try to build "Ancestor Albums" for my children, I have been on a "wild goose chase" trying to trace Eugene Ernest GILBERT, (son of Antoine W. GILBERT and Andaline or Adaline MALAHOIT), said to have been born around in January 1857 or 1861 in Derby Line, VT., which has no record of him; nor do his parents appear in the 1860 census in that area. As I research the births of each of his many children, I am trying to find some clue to his origins, I see that he gives a different birthplace for himself with the registration of just about each birth. In one of the earliest, he reports being born in Stanstead, French Canada. Can you tell me where I should write to request his birth certificate and/or if there is a place where I may search for the birth myself? Also, how would my letter, in English, fare in the Quebec bureaucracy? If necessary, I'm willing to make a trip up to Stanstead to do the work, but hope to have a sense of where I should be looking before traveling the distance. I sometimes wonder if he gave so many birthplaces for himself because he felt insecure of his status in the U.S., or if his comprehension of English was as limited as mine is of French, so that he misunderstood or fabricated answers just to get the question answered. Any enlightenment you may be able to offer me will be much appreciated. Constance Snyder, 338 Cranberry Hill Road, East Thetford, Vermont 05043 or c.crovosnyder@VALLEY.NET

Hi Constance, There are still several Gilbert families in greater Stanstead who may have some answers. Another son of Antoine Gilbert and Adeline Mailhot, Zepherin Napoleon, was born Nov. 18, 1873 and was baptized Jan. 1, 1874 here in Stanstead. This appears to be the only one of this family recorded in this parish. Of Eugene Ernest's many children none seem to have been married in Stanstead County. Our parish was founded many years before a RC parish was started in Orleans Co. Vermont. For many years Vt. Catholics came to Stanstead for services. This parish was formed in 1838.

If you require a certificate from the government you must know the date and place before you ask for it. They will not search. If you were to go to Manchester, NH (I believe that is closer to you) The Franco American (American/Canadian) group might have all your answers.

As a non-resident you should not have a problem with the language when writing Quebec. But writing without knowing as mentioned above, will not be productive.

I have looked in the indexes to the Stanstead RC records and found nothing for you except for Zepherin Napoleon. Perhaps Eugene Ernest was evolving with the times. For years the whole county was Stanstead then places like Rock Island, Beebe, Magog, Hatley were formed within its boundries. A person born in Stanstead in 1853 might have been married in Beebe in 1873 and never left the home place. A study would have to be made to see if that is what was happening or if he was trying something. If he remained a Catholic and came back to Quebec for services, language would not be a problem for him. The census takers in the USA might have been.

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Looking for information about Archie CLOKEY (CLOUCKEY, CLOUCKIE?) born in 1873 in St. Ephrem, Que. He married Minnie LITTLE. One of his brothers was a Catholic priest, there were four boys and two girls in the family. There was some connection to these towns: Scotstown, Lake Magantic, St. Mary, St. Sebastian, New Woods (?), Rat Lake (?). The family eventually settled in Vermont. Two of his brothers were named Charles and Paul. He fathered 11 children, all born in Vermont. Patty jayclark@tds.net

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Looking for info on Moise DUBE, born 3/1/1829, in Sutton, Brome Co. He married Emerentienne (Merance) LAREAU, sometime in 1864-1866, supposedly in Sutton as well. I cannot find a record of this union. They both died in Sutton, he died in 1916, she died 12/8/1887. They are both listed in St. Anthony books. Moise had a brother Jean Marie (born 1821), who was married to Jeanne QUINN, they were also living in Sutton and died there. Moise's father was Jean Marie DUBE, who married for the second time, to Amable LAPIERRE MEUNIER at Notre Dame des Anges in Stanbridge. I do not know who Moise's mother was. Both Moise and Jean Marie had children who married in Sutton during the 1890's to 1900 time frame. Any help would be appreciated. Vi Dussault vdussault@comcast.net

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My search is for the surnames BACHELDER and CHASE. They were in Lower Canada in Stanstead area in early 1800 and Susan CHASE may have returned to this area in about 1845-50. Susan BACHELDER married Dudley L CHASE and they moved to Oswego county New York about 1813. I have found that the BACHELDERs moved to the Stanstead area from New Hampshire. Looking for help or advice. Russ Chase russachase@hotmail.com

Russ, Our county history states the several Bachelder families that settled here are the descendants of Jethro Bachelder who emigrated from England and settled in Loudon, NH in the 18th century. There are not many records to be found here before 1815. Finding something for your early dates would be most fortuitous.

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I found a family group sheet for Edward CHAMBERS and Adelia WEST in the IGI (International Genealogical Index) records for Dunham Flates, Missisquoi, Quebec. They also appear in the 1851 census of Missisquoi. I believe Adelia's full name was Cynthia Adelia WEST. She was born about 1814, her parents were form NY and CT.

Edward was born in about 1817 in Canada otCanadian parents. Their children were born in Canada, except Helen who was born Feb. 1855 in Wis. The 1851 shows the family was in Missisquoi. By 1860 the family was in Seboggan, Wisconsin. And in 1870 the family was in Martin County, MN.

I would like to learn more about the WEST family. Need a clue as to the parentage of Edward. Other direct surnames to this family that I have so far are BLAKE and REED.

A family history story states that one of the BLAKE children went to work for their Uncle Ezra REED in Burr Oak, Wisconsin. This Ezra REED was born Oct . 13, 1808 in Vermont. He died June 2, 1887 age 79. His wife was Phoebe, who was born about 1811 in Canada, to Vermont born parents. Ezra had several children born in Canada. Julia A. (1833) William C. (1835) (Nelthy?) (1840) Rosina (1842)

Children in NY: Ezra W. (1837)

Children in Wis: Ira -1844-1902 George W. (1848)

Children in Iowa: Luther -Feb 1851

The 1850 census has a Philena and James O'CONNELL living in the REED home. Philena was age 21, born in Canada. Which leads me to believe this is an elder married daughter of Ezra's. Does anyone know the maiden name of Ezra's wife? Or his parents names? Would like to conact anyone interested in this family. Barbara Cady cadyfam@ttc-cmc.net

Barbara, There is an interesting marriage record for an Adelia E. West whose address at the time of the service was St. Albans, Vt. She married Ora S. Blakely, Aug. 24, 1868. She was 31 years old at the time making her birthdate about 1837. Any connection?

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I am in need of some guidance, information and assistance. My 6th Generation great-grandfather Joshua GIBBS and I believe his brothers Thomas, Isaac and David all resided along the Canadian border area starting in the mid 1790's. I know that David is buried at St. Armand. That Thomas lived in St. Albans, VT until very old and then moved to NY to lived with his son. That Isaac lived in Franklin, Franklin Township, Franklin County, VT until his death.

According to a hand written note my g-g-great-grandfather, Joshua moved back to the states in 1814 - after his sons Horris and Hirum were released from service in the British Army.

One of his daughters wrote that she was "born on 09 NOV 1794 in Warwick County- district Montreal in a township called 'Dunn's Pattent'. The nearest place of business in Lower Canada is Slab City. The nearest place in Vermont was Dunham." I can find Dunham in Missisquoi County but not in Vermont? Could you shed light on this? She also writes that " When quite young her parents moved to Penny's Seignory fifty miles north of Montreal. Is there a master list of all the Seignories?

In the hand written note from Joshua - It sounds like he traveled back and forth. "I went in to Canada in year 1806 to Pennets Seignory my family went to Pennets seignory march 1807". Any idea where Pennets or Penny Seignory was/is?

I know that Joshua signed a 1794 Declaration of Aliens, Lower Canada and an Oath of Allegiance at Missisquoi Bay in April 1795. David C. Gibbs, Boise, Idaho dcgibbs@yahoo.com

Hi,

With the exception of the Penny Seigniory and Warwick questions most of your material deals with Missisquoi Co. Have you tried that historical Society? Or Marlene Simmons?

I did not find a Warwick County, but there is a township and a village by that name but not in Missisquoi Co.

At one time St. Armand, the former French seigniory was called Dunn's Patent after the Hon. Thomas Dunn, the same fellow who organized the settlement of Dunham. Although there were several Slab Cities in Quebec (mostly local usage) the one that fits your request would be Frelighsburg.

The Canada/USA border was in dispute for many years at the beginning of the settlement. Some parts went back and forth between the two countries as the border moved. I doubt Dunham the village or the township of Dunham both of which are north of St. Armand were affected. Parts of St. Armand were however.

Is there a master list of all the Seignories? I have not found one. Sorry.

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My mother is a MONAGHAN by birth. Her g-grandfather was George MONAGHAN born 1833 in the Province of Quebec. I am looking for the parents and siblings of George MONAGHAN/MONAHAN. He married Sarah BAKER on Oct. 31, 1855 in St. Luke's Anglican church in Laprairie. George was a butcher in Montreal and attended Zion First Congregational Church on Radegonde St. which later became Beaver Hall Hill. Sarah BAKER was the daughter of John BAKER and Francis WARD, John was also a butcher, he moved his family from Montreal to a farm on Cote St. Lambert. I do not know if the MONAGHAN family left Montreal also or if they remained there.

George and Sarah moved to Ontario in the early 1870's. Regards, Sharron Nadeau, Calgary, AB sharrnad@hotmail.com

There were five MONAGHAN brothers in St .Sylvester --10 land grants 1825--1835-- but today there are no MONAGHANs in area. Where did they go? Leo Monahan RLGM@webtv.net

There were five MONAGHAN brothers who arrived in Quebec in the 1800's (I was told 1840's). Francis Charles arrived first setting up land for his brothers and parents. They left the area for some reason and bought land in Streetsville, Ont. That apparently didn't work. Francis Charles settled in Glanworth, Ontario but the other four boys disappeared. Francis Charles parents died in Windsor, Ontario and are buried there. Only info I have is that they are buried in the oldest cemetery in Windsor. Pat Monaghan monaghan@rivernet.net

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Would like to find if there is any information about these families who were in Quebec from about 1820-1850. My great-grandmother Emaline WILSON always said she was born in Quebec. Today I found a record of the marriage of her parents Asa WILSON and Catherine PROUTY in Stanstead at the Free Will Baptist Church Mar. 1841. Emaline was born in Oct. 1843 and her brother Charles in 1848. The families, originally from NH, remained in Quebec until about 1850 and then migrated to Illinois.

PROUTY family in Quebec: Joshua PROUTY was born in Quebec in 1824. His father Henry PROUTY supposedly died there in 1827. Joan jfdf@shaw.caxxx

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Looking for information about Gideon ALEXANDER and his second wife Philea/Philia who lived perhaps in Durham in the early 1800's. He was born in 1767 in Uxbridge, Mass. He m 1st Lucretia TAYLOR in 1791, in Worcester, MA. He had 3 children by this first wife: Asa (m. Susan WOODBRIDGE), Calvin (m. Sally CARPENTER), and Mary/Polly (m. Stephen HICKS). Some in his extended family became Catholic in Quebec. They lived not only in the E.T. but also in other places in Quebec such as Nicolet, St. Gregoire, and La Prairie. Gideon himself had at least one child by his second wife Philea _?_ (who may have been American like his first wife): Jane, who m. Moses FOLLANSBEE in 1821 in Shipton, Quebec. I have some reason to believe that Gideon died around 1850, perhaps in Durham. I have no idea when Philea was born or when she died, what her maiden name was, or whether she had any children other than Jane. Without her maiden name of course I cannot find her in the records of the notaires. Any information much appreciated. Karen Courtenay KCourtenay@aol.comxxx

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Seeking any information on the following people: Frank LARAWAY, born 1837/38, St.Mary's, Quebec, Frances LARAWAY, born 1797, St. Mary's or St. John's, Canada; Frank's wife, Melinda JACOBS, born December 31, 1839, probably in Vermont; Joseph JACOBS, father of Melinda, born Brome, P.Q., Canada; Delia LADEAU, wife of Joseph JACOBS, born May 5, 1800, place unknown; and Mary GOOSEY, wife of Francis LARAWAY, daughter of Joseph and Mary (LNU) GOOSEY, mother of Frank LARAWAY. The families migrated from Canada during the mid1800's and lived in Johnson, VT. I would appreciate any leads. Julia jvstrees@yahoo.com

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I am researching Josette Rene LABOUNTY found on the 1871 nad 1881 Compton Co. Quebec censuses. Joseph and Josette LABOUNTY were listed along with their son David and his family. I have not been able to find the birth record and parents of Josette. In 1867 the LABOUNTYs were living in Holland, Vermont as was another son Joseph.

Josette died in Compton Mar. 6, 1882. It appears that her birth may have been around 1804.

In my quest for ancestors I have found a Joseph WOODS. But he has become a brickwall. His wife was Marie GRENIER and they came from Canada to the USA. June Lewis, 10803 Lavon Creek Dr., Riverview, FL 33569-7322

June, Please look for the alternate spellings for Labounty (Labonte) and Dubois for Woods.

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If anyone has baptism information for North Hatley, I am looking for the parents of a Jean / John VANASSE born about 1904. Also looking for his marriage to Clara LOGAN in the area of Stanstead County Quebec . I am trying to connect this family with the main Vanasse lines. Bernard bvanasse@hotmail.com

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I am searching for a birthdate for Simon GEVRY/GIVRY/GEVRI. He married Adelaide MENARD, November 4, 1839 at St. Dominique, Shefford County, Quebec. Simon's parents names were: Jean Baptiste GEVRY and Marie Anne TOUCHETTE of the same parish. Any other information you can give me about the GEVRY or GIVRY family is greatly appreciated. Joan Croteau NotelyJoan@aol.com

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I am looking for any information about the family of Margaret STEBBINGS/STEBBINS who married my g-g-grandfather John MOORE in 1835 in St. Peter's Chapel, Quebec City. All help will be greatley appreciated. Keith Moore kemoore@telus.net

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Looking for any information on THOMPSON/WEBSTER/PROSPER genealogy in Cherry River, Magog area. Barb broffe7151@rogers.com

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Searching for George BUCK, UEL Elizabethtown Township 1884 and family. Son Joseph b. 1784. Delphine Cameron Large dlarge@shaw.ca

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I am looking for any information on Samuel Van ANTWERP (from NY) and Eliza TRAVER (probably from Vermont). I believe Samuel was born in Dunham in 1802 and lived there through abt. 1850. Eliza was born in abt. 1810 and married Samuel in abt. 1839. At least one child, Peter, was born in Dunham, Any information on them would be greatly appreciated. Dave Nichols db.nich@verizon.net

Dave, Samuel and Eliza married Oct. 18, 1836 in Dunham, Anglican church records.

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Looking for info on Peter BEDARD, b. 1778 in Quebec, m. Elisabeth FLEMING in 1811 in Anglican marriage. Peter does not show up in the many BEDARD genealogies in Canada. Help! Ron Bedard RBedard565@aol.com

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Looking for information of David or Freeman Benjamin WHITE. Could someone with a copy of the History of Stanstead check to see if there are any of the following listed: David White, Betsey (BAILEY) WHITE Freeman Benjamin WHITE, Samuel WHITEor Absalom BAILEY. Helen Faries hlfdlf@earthlink.net

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Melvina BAILEY, wife of Orin HUNTOON, is my great-great-grandmother. I have been searching for years for info about her. Please share all you have about her and her family. Vernon Dunbar urgent1506@yahoo.com

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I believe Orin HUNTOON was the brother of our g-grandfather Leander HUNTOON. Any info on any part of this family would be greatly appreciated. John O'Donnell elknhaust@northcom.net

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_?_ CROSS b. Ireland d. 11/8/1884 had a son William CROSS b. 1846, d. 1913 and m. Sarah BAIRD b. 1848, d. 1927 in VT. Children Lathan, George and Arthur. Seeking info on all. Need info on Sarah BAIRD too. Their son Lathan James CROSS b. 1879 Quebec d. 1951 Ohio m. Bertha Louise EDNEY b. 1890 Victory, VT d. 1981 Ohio. Marilyn Lupico lupico1@gte.net

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I would appreciate any information about the parents of this family seen on the 1881 census for the town of Stanstead: William WATSON 51, b. Que, C. of E., Irish, fisherman Lizzie 50, b. Que Laura 12 and Ida 15 (who came to MA & NH and married) and Ida M. WATSON b. 1866, d. Rochester, NH, m. Jan. 4, 1887 Herbert STRATTON, Beebe Plain Laura E. WATSON b. 1868 Beebe Plain, d. Rochester, m. 1902 John W. FEENY, Lynn, MA Nellie WATSON b. aft 1881 census. Do you have any idea how I can find the marriage to Herbert STRATTON, and Nellie's m. to C.E. WHITE? Connie Burbank, Newmarket, NH ceb.connieburbank@verizon.net

Hi Connie, Is this William G. Watson 1831-1926 who was married to Elizabeth Hunter 1829-1917? Certainly the dates are close enough to be him. This fellow died at the home of his daughter Mrs. C.E. White in Lennoxville.

Herbert A. Stratton married Ida M. Watson Jan. 4, 1887 in Derby, Vermont not in Beebe. The Rev. G.S. Case performed the ceremony.

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On the 1880 Iowa census I found my ancestor Gilbert SAWYER and his wife Adaline CRELLER. Two other SAWYER families are also listed: Samuel SAWYER who married Ellen MCNEIL, and Eli SAWYER who married Ellen VOSBURG all are from Stanbridge, Qc. The coincidence of surnames, ages and geography suggest they are brothers, or else closely related. Can anyone connect these SAWYER men with families in Quebec 1825 - 1865? Rafael Soler exegis1@yahoo.com

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I would appreciate any information about the parents of this family seen on the 1881 census for the town of Stanstead, p. 25: William WATSON 51, b Que., C. of E., Irish, fisherman, Lizzie 50, b Que., Laura 12 and Ida 15 (who came to MA & NH and married). Connie Burbank ceb.connieburbank@verizon.net

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For years I have been trying to identify the 2nd wife of Levi Locke BELKNAP, son of Mitchell BELKNAP and his wife Elsea Charlotte MOSHER. Levi was born July 13, 1838 at Barnston East. On March 27, 1861 in the Calvinist baptist Church in Barnston, he was married to Abbie M. PERKINS, daughter of Joseph PERKINS and Eliza JAMES. They had one son, Arthur L. BELKNAP born March 12, 1862 in Holland, Vermont.

Abbie died at her parents home on November 7, 1875 of Consumption. She was originally interred in the Lyons/Perkins Cemetery, but was later removed to the Bickford Corner Cemetery.

Levi remarried sometime after 1875, but we had no idea of his wife's name. The only information known about her was that she was a Catholic. Somewhere along the way Jim came up with a possible last name of FLYNN from Coaticook. I checked the Cemetery at St. Edmonds and found some FLYNNs, but nothing that proved a thing.

I have now found that in the 1881 census, Levi is married to a lady named Sarah, and living with her and his son in Barnston. Levi is listed as a millwright, and he and Arthur are listed as Wesleyan Methodist, while Sarah is listed as Catholic.

Levi died March 12, 1912 in North Straford, New Hampshire. We know that he had a son by Sarah, J. Sherry BELKNAP, born July 16, 1883, Stanstead County? He married abt 1900 to a lady named Margaret. They had a son named Walter who for many years had a car dealership in Colebrook, N.H.

The last we knew Walter was in a home in Laconia, N.H., but his son Sherry lives in the old homestead in Bloomfield, Vermont. J.Sherry and his wife Margaret are interred in the Catholic cemetery at Bloomfield. I have a feeling that Levi and his 2nd wife might possibly be interred there in unmarked graves.

I believe that Levi and Sarah were married at St Edmonds, but I am looking for proof of that and also to determine her maiden name. Any information on how to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated. O.K.Belknap sagebrush@sympatico.ca

Hi Zack, A Catholic marriage record exists for a Lévis Belknap at St. Edmund's, Coaticook. He married Sarah Flynn, daughter of James Flynn and his wife Agnes Moore on June 4, 1880. Sarah and Levi had four children baptised at St. Edmund's. Claude John, b. Mar. 13, 1891, James Sherry b. July 16, 1883, Lindsay Edward b. Jan. 23, 1889 and Mary Charlotte b. July 27, 1881.There is an earlier Catholic, Belknap marriage. Moody Belknap the husband of the late Rosanna Marsh, marries Mary McGooghin in Stanstead, August 18, 1856. James Sherry Belknap appears to have been named for James Sherry who along with his wife Mary Horane were his godparents.

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I am seeking information about a CASSADY family. The CASSADY parents came from Ireland to Magog about 1844. There is a possible son, Thomas, who was born in Ireland, married a French-Canadian woman named Margaret from Magog, and died in PA in 1887. A son, David Franklin (my great-great grandfather) was born in Magog in 1845 or 1850 and died in PA in 1921. A daughter Ellen was born in 1847, married Daniel SNYDER and died in PA in 1932. A son James died in PA. A son, Owen J. was born in Magog in 1854 and died in 1925 in PA. A possible son, Philip, was born in 1855 and died in 19143 in PA. There is also a possible son named Charles and other siblings. The CASSADYs did not come to PA until the late 1860s. Do you have any further information about a Bridget CASSADY ? Could she be a sibling of this family? I am searching for information about the Patrick DONIGAN, Thomas CASSIDY, Hugh SMITH, John DONAHUE, and MULVEY families who arrived in the Magog area from Ireland, about 1838. They lived in the Magog and Georgeville areas. Susan Smith susanesmith@juno.com

Susan, The index to marriages suggests that a Thomas Cassudy married Mary Murvy? in St. Patrick's, Magog, Mar. 2, 1862. He had been married to the late Catherine Donigan. The index to births lists a daughter born to Thomas Cassiday and Marguerite Mulray named Marguerite Eliza baptised in St. Patrick's Sept. 9, 1862.

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Looking for information on Ebenezer HOVEY Jr. m. Mary Polly COX abt 1810, Stanstead area. Mary Polly COX is the d/o Jonathan COX and Naomi SMITH. They were m. 1780, Hanover, NH and removed to Stanstead County abt 1800. William Ayer 706D Ridgefield Circle Clinton, MA 01510-1451 williamayer@comcast.net

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Looking for information about Elisha SMITH, born about 1852, married to Martha KINSTON, born about 1858. They had many children, among whom was Belinda SMITH, who married Manley NELSON. Other children may have been Abigail, Mehitable, Shurbel, Parthnia, David, Richard, Catherine, Nancy, Hiram or Jesse. Also need more information on Manley NELSON. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. 21 Nov 2003 golda22@bellsouth.net

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Looking for info on Joseph DUTILLY tilly and wife Julia (maiden name unknown), parents of Adeline (d-o-b1844) and Lucie (d-o-b 1842 or 1843) DUTILLY . Adeline married Israel Etienne MYERS in Rutland County, VT in March, 1862. In June, 1876, Israel Etienne MYERS, Jr.(d-o-b 1864) received his First Communion at St. Zenon in Piopolis, Comte de Frontenac; and in November, 1881, Adeline MYERS (d-o-b 1862 or 1863), married Phillip Therrien, also at St. Zenon in Piopolis, Comte de Frontenac. Earlier in 1881 the family, along with Lucie DUTILLY, was living in Marston South, Comte de Compton, where they were enumerated in the Canadian Census. 1) Trying to find out whether Lucie and Adeline had any siblings, and if so, who they were. 2) Also trying to find out how Joseph DUTILLY, father of Adeline and Lucie, fits into DUTILLY family tree. Also looking for maiden name of his wife, Julia. 3) Israel Etienne MYERS, Jr. died sometime between the 1881 Canadian Census and 1884, when the family is in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Family legend says he died in a fire, perhaps a house fire. Would like to find place and date. 4) Daughter Malina MYERS was born in 1881, presumably in Marston South, Comte de Compton, and has died by 1884. Looking for place and date of death. Susan Hanson susandhanson@hotmail.com

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I am trying to find an index of cemeteries in Barnston Township. My g-g-g-grandfather Absalom BAILEY was buried in a Calvanist Baptist cemetery in Barnston on January 7,1844. I am hoping to find if other BAILEY 's and some WHITE's were also buried there. Can you give me any suggestions on where I might find some information. Helen Faries hlfdlf@earthlink.net

Helen, Try the Stanstead Historical Society. They can be reached at shs.archives@interlinx.qc.ca, by mail, Stanstead Historical Society, 535 Dufferin, Stanstead, QC J0B 3E0, by telephone (819) 876-7322, or fax (819) 876-7936.

I do not find Absalom Bailey in their cemetery index however. He may not have had a monument. Also try Ellie Bailey in Dixville. She has a lot of Bailey information for that region. codyalice@sympatico.ca

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Melissa HUNT McGIVERN and I believe my grandfather Edward J. McGIVERN were members of the Methodist church. Melissa's husband Michael was Roman Catholic. They were married 1845-1850? We find them on the1850 census of Bath, NH along with 2 daughters ages 1 and 3 and he had 200 acres of land. Melissa's mother was Susan LANG. I have not been able to find their records in New Hampshire. No doubt they were married in her church either in NH,VT or Quebec. They moved to Magog before 1860. Can someone tell me where they were married and anything else about the MCGIVERNs? Sheila sma50@snet.net

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I've been trying for years to find more about my ancestors who came from Northern Ireland. My gr-grandfather was born in 1826. His mother died on the ship coming from Dublin to Grosse-Ile, Quebec. The father had to give up little John for adoption to Den DAWSON and Margaret BARNS or BANNS or maybe BARNES. John who took the name of DAWSON lived in Pointe-Levy, Quebec, with his wife Philomene GIRARD, whom he had married in 1854. He died in 1890. One of their daughters was Francesca Augusta (Gussie) DAWSON married to Frank LOZO and they lived in Saskatchewan. The others were Mrs. COUTURE from New York and Mrs LACOURSIERE. My grand-father was Ephrem DAWSON who married Mary-Ann REID, daughter of Edward REID and Mary McNAMEE. I would like to find more information about Edward and Mary. Where did they come from etc. I have other names of uncles and aunts on all sides. Pierrette Martin pmdmartin@videotron.ca

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Looking for any information about the Joseph NAUD - Angelique CLEMENT family of Millington. Need their parents, sibilings and proof of their marriage of Jan. 16, 1843. Would like information about their 12 children too. Marie Clarise, m. an EMMERSON, Allodie m. X. BRUNEAU, Joseph m. C. MATHEWSON, Jude Madeline m. F.X. BRUNEAU, Pierre/Peter, Clemence m. J. SEARS, Livie m. M. BROWNING, Frederick Edward, m. Ella Jane YOUNG, Alfont/Alfas Walter m. Nora JOHNSON, Charles Sergent m. M. WEEDIN, Richard Ramon/Remon Regisse m. R. PETTY and Malvina m. HORNBECH. Also need information on Frederick and Ella's children: Charles E., Lorna Mildred, Lovina Christine, Dora May, Raymond Alvin and Arthenise Murel. Mary H. Naud-Kent, 18636 107 Ave. SE, Renton WA 98055 Michel Neault writes in response, I do have information on their children but was never able to find their parent's names. Michel Neault mneault@videotron.ca

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Can someone tell me if there were any HIGMANs in Magog between 1910-1920 and info on births, marriages and burials. I note from the 1901 census there were a family of Oly?am, and Harriet with children Maddie, Hattie, Felix and Abbie living there at the time. The census says they were Methodists but I believe them to be Roman Catholic.Any info would be useful. L G Treadgold LTreadgold@aol.com

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Looking for information on Comfort PINKHAM and Elizabeth PHELPS b. abt 1812 in Quebec. One of them d. Sept. 1883 in Clarke Twp. They married Mar. 13, 1832 at St. Armand East, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada. Moved to Clarke, Durham County and had 8 children. Stephanie Eddy stephanie@i-zoom.net

Stephanie, Comfort's address was given as St. Cesaire when he married. Elizabeth was from Stanbridge. This was each one's first marriage and they were both over 21 years old at the time.

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I'm researching the family of John HARRISON and Margaret SMITH ( my g- grandparents) who lived in the Windsor Mills - Brompton area between 1870 to early 1900's. Their children married into the RICHES, WHEELER, LITTLE, VOGT, MACDONALD and BILTON families. Would love to hear from my "cousins", or anybody knowing of these families. Lucy McRae glrae@telusplanet.net

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Anyone have information on the Tertius FRENCH who married Sylvia CALKINS December 30, 1819 in Richford, Vermont? Both were of Sutton. Doug Smith nina.swaim@valley.net

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George, John and Sophie TITTEMORE were the first TITTEMOREs to settle in the Pigeon Hill area in the last quarter of the 1700's. Does anyone know of any living decendants of these people? If so Please contact me. May Paxman Dyck hmdyck@hotmail.com

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This snap is labeled 74th Battery. Can someone tell us who, when and where? You can reach me directly at dlepitre@abacom.com or 876-5755.

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POSTED 01.26.04

Seeking descendants of Albert E. CARR, who lived as a child in Coaticook b, abt 1866 in Stanstead County, s. of Horace L. CARR and Elizabeth. They were in Magog in 1881. Albert was in N. Hatley before 1900. I would like to know what became of this lost cousin of mine. Does anyone have any knowledge of Albert E. CARR . His parents were Cornelius CARR and Nancy (possibly HACKET) and was married in Fitch Bay to Mary BOYES Jan. 22, 1889. She died in 1891. Her parents were George BOYES and Mary LYTLE. Glad to share any info I have. Madge Kokenburg rmkoken@charter.net

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Letter 1 Looking for information on Ceser CHARLAND born abt. 1850 living in Barford, Stanstead County 1881 census. Wife Delvina ? who was she? she was born abt. 1854. Had a son Fred born 1879 wife Lede? (1870) living in Barford (1901 census). Henry Rolfe hpcdm@aol.com

Henry, Césaire Charland married Delvina Couture Jan. 7, 1878 in St. Hermenegilde. He was the son of Joseph Tranquille Charland and his wife Marie Anne Mailhot, his address was given as St-Hyacinthe. He died June 23, 1873. He lost a child, stillborn, just days before his own death. Delvina was the daughter of Pierre Couture and Zoe Chartier. Delvina died Feb. 14, 1924. Joseph Alfred was b. Dec. 3, 1878.

Letter 2 My wife Phyllis is a CHARLEAU her father was Edward CHARLEAU son of John CHARLEAU . Now I thought I was sure that this was the same man named John SHARLAND 18 yrs. of age in Barnston 1901 census. He married Annie HOWE at home of her father Wilson HOWE in Barford in 1905 under name John CHARLEAU . John died June 30, 1932. I have it that he was son of Cesaire and Delvina born August 29, 1892. Do you have any stats that might confirm or show this to be wrong. John & Annie are interred Mount Hope Cemetery in Coaticook. Annie died May 23, 1927 St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Sherbrooke. Henry Rolfe hpcdm@aol.com

Henry, I do not find John listed as a son of Cesaire. No record of his baptism in St. Hermenegilde or St. Edmond's Coaticook or Stanstead. I do find a John Charland in the Rural Mail Directory of 1928, RR#1 Coaticook. If your John was 18 in 1901 he would have been born in 1883 probably and not 1892. Is it possible that John becomes a Protestant after his marriage? Perhaps it is Mount Forest Cemetery in Coaticook they are buried in? The Sherbrooke Record listed Annie's last name as Horne at their wedding.

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Letter 1 I just found your web site which has a lot of great information on genealogy. Great site! I live in Connecticut and have just started researching my French Canadian ancestors who lived in Rock Island. Since I am unsure as to where my grandfather was born, Iwould like to start with trying to obtain a photocopy his death certificate. He died in Stanstead on Oct 17, 1907 according to the obituary from The Stanstead Journal . <> My question is this: Would the Town Clerk in Stanstead, or the Catholic Church in Rock Island, (from where he was buried) possibly have a copy of this death certificate that I could write for ?? Or, must I write to Le Directeur de l'etat civil Offices in Quebec? John Farrow jfarr8660@sbcglobal.net

John, All official copies of any b. m. or d. are supposed to come from Le Directeur de l'etat civil in Quebec or Montreal. The clergy have been discouraged from providing any copies of their records.

You may wish to check that date. The Parish of Notre Dame de la Merci, Rock Island did not start until 1916. Town clerks did not do registration in Quebec. Rock Island Catholics went to Stanstead for their religious needs until 1916.

Most married people will not have their birthplace mentioned on their death certificates. Most RC certificates will say what parish they lived in at the time of death, the date of death and that of the burial service. If they were married their spouse would be mentioned.

The most effective way to research Catholics in Quebec is through their marriage records. What was grandfather's name?

Letter 2 My grandfather's name was Richard LACASSE, and the date of death according to The Journal was Oct 17, 1907. I looked at the obituary again and it did not refer to a church in Rock Island, as I had incorrectly assumed, but rather the "Catholic Church" with the "Sacred Heart Choir " in attendance. This probably means Stanstead, or elsewhere in the area. I had hoped to get some valuable leads info from his death certificate but now that I have read up on what is actually listed, none of that will help me. I have no idea when or where he was married. The only other clue that I am following up on is that he was born in St. Jean Baptiste, near St. Marguerite de Dorchester.

There are a number of places with this St Jean Baptiste name and I have to find a good Canadian map and narrow in on which one it is and then try to send away for his birth certificate. One final genealogy question for you: Do the local funeral homes keep records that would assist genealogy research

John, Richard Lacasse dies Oct. 16, 1907 aged 43 years and was buried on the 18th. His wife was Georgiana Lizotte. The witnesses were John and Alexander Lacasse. The service was from Sacre Coeur in Stanstead. I did not find his marriage record in Stanstead. I tried the marriage directories for all the counties east of here including Dorchester and did not find it. He may have been married where his bride came from which may have been anywhere in the province or the USA. Funeral Home records can be helpful when you find them. They are inconsistant here.

Letter 3 Richard LACASSE& Georgiana LIZOTTE had 6 children together. I suspect that they married abt 1890, but I am not sure where. 1. Albert born 1891, lived in the Boston area and then retired and died in Milford, Conn. in 1977. 2. Alfred born abt 1892, lived in Maine, married there, had 2 childern and died there in 1976. 3. Alex born 1893, lived in Rock Island and died there in 1928 ( never married). 4. Malvina born 1895, lived in Rock Island with husband and had 8 childen, all lived in Can. Some still live in the area and I have had contact with one of them on genealogy. 5. Peter born abt 1900 moved to the Boston area, died there abt 1948 (no children). 6. Alice born 1905, moved to Boston where she married James FARROW who was from Stanstead. They later moved to Conn. and she died there in 1983. Had 4 children.

I suspect that all were born and baptised there locally in either Rock Island, Beebe or Derby Line.They moved several times back and forth across the border.

I descend from Alice, my mother, who was the youngest of the 6 children.She was born in Derby, where the family lived at that time.

After Richard died, Georgiana married again to John Bolduc and had 3 more children in Rock Island. One possibility is that Richard and Georgiana may have been married in Champlain County. In the 1881 Canadian census, a Georgiana Lizotte was living there with her family. She was 9 years old at the time which matches the birth year we have on her. I think that may be her, but until I locate their marriage records, I won't be sure. John Can you tell me which parish in Champlain Co. you found her in? I looked in the parishes of St. Stanislas de Champlain, and La Visitation de Champlain, no luck. There is a possibility that these people married in the USA too.

Mystery Photo This sawmill appears to be on a lake, possibly at Newport, Vt. Can anyone say for sure?

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Briggs WAIT, b. 1778 NY, and supposedly died Oct. 7, 1876 or 1870 and is buried in Marlington Cemetery, Stanstead. The last record I have of him was in the 1861 census records when he was living with his daughter, Amy Almeda, b. 1816 (by his 1st wife, Mary SHEIR/SHELT) and her husband Daniel TRYON in Stanstead. I have not located a church record confirming his death. Many of his descendants settled in the Stanstead area, although they originally lived in Noyan, Quebec. His 2nd wife, Jane LONGEWAY also has a stone at Marlington Cemtery, dated Aug. 19, 1859. Does anyone have further info confirming their deaths? I would love to hear from other descendants. - Pam Wood Waugh, 730 Dunhill Dr, Orlando, FL 32825 pam@woodwaugh.com

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I'm looking for a HOYT family living in Barnston in 1810 when my great-great-grandfather was born there to a man who had immigrated from Connecticut and his wife from New Hampshire. Their child Wendell Samuel Salisbury HOYT then moved to northern Vermont to marry Harriet P. MAY in St. Johnsbury, VT on Dec. 16, 1838. The migration to Canada may have been a result of the American Revolutionary War. Lee Hoyt leemhoyt@northnet.org

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Looking for the records of the Samuel BRYANT family born Aug. 8, 1812 and subsequent family. Margaret Cressman duffy@golden.net

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I am new at this. Looking for my Daddy Joseph Stanislas TREMBLAY's family. His father was Alexandre, his mother Emelie PAQUOT. Names are as shown on bapteme certificat. Joanna Marie Tremblay joannanesw@aol.com

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Looking for information on Thomas William LANE b. 1836. Married Valesta BOWKER from Stanstead (Barnston) and had children Elmer, Gertrude, Lizzie and Minnie Mabel (who would be my g-g-grandmother). The LANE 's came over from England on the ship Ardwell in 1836. I would really like information on Thomas' parents but am having trouble finding any. If anybody has information on the LANE family I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Lois Smith loissmith@hotmail.com

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I am looking for the marriage of John/Jean VANASSE who was from North Hatley Quebec and Clara LOGAN in the area of Stanstead County Quebec . Their son George was born on March 29, 1933 in Canada and immigrated to the U.S.A. later on in life. At a young age George was put in an orphanage. I am trying to connect this family was the main VANASSE lines . Bernard Vanassebvanasse@hotmail.com

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My g-g-grandparents James MILLER s/o John MILLER and Margaret McCarthy married Katherine (Kate) Hyland/Holland d/o John Hyland/Holland and Margaret Cusick/Cusack September 13, 1859 in L'Avenir, QC. They had the following children: Margaret Elizabeth b. October 12, 1866 possibly Richmond, QC (my great grandmother) Mary b. circa 1869 QC William b. circa 1870 Curtis b. circa 1872 Susan b. circa 1873 They left Quebec and went to the States. This information of children I found on 1880 census for Corinth, Vermont. I believe there were a few children prior to Elizabeth but were probably out on their own. From Vermont they went on to Connecticut, and that is where my g-grandmother was buried. My grandfather came to Quebec in 1925 from New York met my grandmother and stayed. I would appreciate any information on this family, and if there is still family in Quebec. Janice Copeman, Ottawa, Ontario jlcopeman@rogers.com

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Does anybody have photographs and or maps of Hopetown, QC? I would like to know what it looks like, or looked like in the past. Christopher Ross info@thisismyurl.com

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I'm looking for STINSON ancestors. My great-great-grandfather, Thomas STINSON, arrived in Ontario, Canada sometime prior to 1851, supposedly from Ireland. Linda Stinson mil.stin@bmts.com

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Hi David, Thank you for the mention of my Missisquoi and Frelighsburg Twps. Cemetery books. It was very kind of you to post the message an it's appreciated. Here it is corrected, sorry about that New book Brenda Wilson Birch has a second book out titled, St. Armand Twp. Cemeteries, Missisquoi County Quebec. This book lists the information from headstones in the ten township cemeteries. Each cemetery is indexed separately, with the names in alphabetical order, along with the dates, (birth and death), ages & spouses or parents when stated. She also found and included additional information from the Missisquoi microfilm reels, older cemetery lists and Neil Broadhurst's Marriages in the District of Bedford 1804 - 1879 for stones that were no longer standing or that did not exist.

This book does have more information and some corrected and or more complete dates than those in the Missisquoi Graveyard Tour booklets. Ms. Birch suggests, "should any errors be found I welcome corrections." This book is very straight forward, simple to use and easy to read and includes the following cemeteries: 1) Pigeon Hill Cem. 2) Hasting Cem. 3) Saint Philippe Cath. Cem. - Philipsburg 4) Luke Cem. 5) Philipsburg Prot. Cem (very early settlers, some U.E.L.'s) 6) Vincent Cem. 7) Notre-Dame Du Lourdes Cath. Cem. - St. Armand 8) Russell a.k.a. Hancock Hill Cem. 9) Krans Cem. 10) Sornberger Cem. There are 96 spiral boundpages, allowing the book to remain flat when open. The book sells for $25. plus $5 shipping. For those who wish to order a copy contact Brenda Wilson Birch at: brenda.w@sympatico.ca or Brenda Wilson Birch, Frelighsburg, QC.

Her first book, Frelighsburg Twp. Cemeteries is also available and is of the same format.

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I am looking for more information on Joseph BIGELOW he was born in 1827 or 1828 in Blaise Township, Quebec and died in Mclean Township, Muskoka County, Ontario. Also need information about his wife; she was born in 1821 in Ontario Her name was Lucy HOGG or Elezebeth HOGG . Greg Waldner twostorey110@yahoo.ca

Greg, If I understand the description of Blais Township in Noms et lieux du Québec , this township did not receive its name until the death of André-Albert Blais in 1919. There may not have been very many towns or parishes in the region at that early date but knowing the name of the village or parish he was born in would be a help and the religion he was baptised in a must. Can you supply more?

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I am looking for information about William Smart BROOKS married to Ida LOWELL. They lived in Ascot or Sherbrooke. Their children were Edmond, Arthur, Ernest, Mary, Albert Henry, Gertrude and Goldwin C. William was born in Valcartier, Quebec. Mona Savard monasa61@hotmail.com

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I am lloking for any information on John Roberts WIDDUP. He was my great -grandfather, born in Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, England in 1870. He emigrated to Canada from Leeds in 1898. Last known address was Melbourne Street, Sherbrooke City, Sherbrooke County, where he lived with his wife Emily and two sons Harold aged 2, Percy aged about 5 months (the 1901 census). I am decended from a son that he had in England. I am very keen to find out anything about this man. He was politically active in England, from about 1894-1898. Sue Hayter sue@hayter56.freeserve.co.uk

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I are searching for my great-grandfather William CALDWELL who married Jessie MANN and we are trying to find out the name of William's father and so on. We believe the Gaspe area would be where these roots may be located. Any information would be appreciated. Karyn and Ron Brunelle rzulich@cyberbeach.net

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Would be delighted to hear from anyone familiar with the HOTCHKISS families who lived in Lacolle in the 19th. century. Most interested in Merritt, who ran a mill and his brother Alonzo, (married to Mary STARNES), who ran a hotel. There may be a connection with the family of Henry HOYLE who located from Baucup, Lancashire with his brother Robert. Clark Shea ccshea@smarttnet.com

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I am looking for info about Luther TURNER and family of Magog Village b. 1818. Married Caroline COATS in Eaton, 1842. Her parents Goodrich & Jemima COATS . Bernie bcparr@digitex.net and

Looking for the father of Luther French TURNER b. 1819 in Eaton Corner, Quebec, Canada. Married Caroline T. COATES b. 1820. Ron Turner sweetcooking58@aol.com

Another year draws to a close

It has been a year of so many changes for this paper. I started this column in 1990 during Peter Scowen's editorship. There was someone new in that chair every so often in those first few years and I was just starting to get used to Ross Murray when he had to leave. It has been a privilige to have worked with many of The Journal 's editors over the years (I supplied photos to Lloyd Bliss when he asked for them in the late 60s and early 70s). Each editor has allowed me to do what I wanted to do with this column, space permitting, but I'll miss Ross the most.

For the first year the typesetting/proofreading was kind of hit and miss for Your Ancestry. But even that, traumatic as it was, created a lasting friendship with fellow researcher Pearl Britch as a result of her name being mispelled.

After that mishap proofreader Malcolm "Dr. Feelgood" Stone gave my copy a once-over each week. At first he gave my bits of miscellaneous information his attention but found the gobbledy-gook of queries too tough for his tiring peepers. But once he got into it he became a co-conspirator and friend. Now he too has had to go.

Phil Desmoreaux left his post as production manager in the spring and Al Smith went after the new owners took over.

The electronic version of the Journal died then too. That was sad. We were getting dozens of email queries weekly and reaching so many more people with your questions; we were really getting things done. Folks were receiving answers.

Things continue to change with this paper. Who knows what the future holds. I feel like the last rat at the dump. All the best in 2004.

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