The Bangle Files: #21 | The Examination of John Bangle and Witnesses’ Depositions in the Murder Case of Private Michael Flynn

Remember my big smile on that picture taken at the Archives? Further to the coroner’s inquest, one of the Justices of the Peace of William Henry examined John Bangle and took the depositions of some of the people who were at the scene at John’s house. Two witnesses are soldiers from the 37th Regiment and the third one is a woman named Katherine Wagner from Chambly. I let my imagination run wild for a while but I since found out that a Katherine Wagner (maiden name unknown), from the parish of Chambly, was buried in the Montreal Catholic Cemetery at the age of 82, on November 6, 1820. One can assume we have a match here.

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Bye bye 2016 and Welcome 2017!

Note : The publication of this post should have been made on December 31st. As Diane unfortunately suffers from a fractured shoulder, it is posted only today. This post as well as some others to come had been written previously and will be published according to the initial calendar by her loyal assistant. As soon as she has completely recovered from her injury, Diane will be back on this blog. Thank you for your understanding.


I don’t even want to take a look at my 2016 resolutions—although I love making lists on New Year’s Eve. Let’s face it, I haven’t published as much as I had hoped for. Continue reading

French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #10 David Perry

David Perry (whose surname is Paré in Québec) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as David Perry on Page 302 (stamped-left page), Line 36, Household 126, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 37 to 40:

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The Bangle Files: #20 | Murder She Wrote

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Parish of Saint-Pierre of Sorel
Michel Flynn

On September Seventh, one thousand eight hundred and twenty, I, the undersigned vicar priest, have buried in the cemetery of this parish, the body of Michel Flynn, Roman Catholic, assassinated on the sixth instant, in one of this borough’s houses, according to the testimonies of several witnesses. The said Michel Flynn was about twenty-eight years old. Were present Thomas Pratt and William Pococh, people who have signed with us.

Thomas Pratt
William Pococh — M. Cusson, Priest

[Translation from French: Diane Tourville]

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The Bangle Files: #19 | “An Improper Character”

BANQLast time we left John Bangle, he was lying in bed, dictating his will to Notary Public Henry Crebassa. A little over a month after, on March 25, 1814, General Sir George Prevost authorized six men to be put in the Invalid Establishment of William Henry (the town of Sorel nowadays). In time of needs, these men probably petitioned General Prevost to be granted such a privilege. One of them was John Bangle. Continue reading

From the Archives: Finding Your Ancestor in the 19th Century’s Election Polls for the District of Montréal

While perusing on Pistard, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales Québec’s search engine, I came across something really helpful and thought I would share it with you.

If your ancestor was living in Lower Canada in the 1820s, 1830s and 1840s, you certainly know how challenging it can be to find him in the 1825 and 1831 Canadian Census. As only the head of the household is mentioned therein—besides the number of people living in the house broke down by age categories—there is not much you can extract from these censuses. Continue reading

The Bangle Files: #18 | The Last Will and Testament of John Bangle

BANQI’ve come upon so many documents concerning John Bangle lately that I can’t wait to share them with you, especially since—as far as I know—most of it is new information. This new documentation proves that John Bangle and Marie-Louise Quevillon (or Couvillon) were still alive and married in 1820, that Mary Bangle who married Private William Hogan in 1810 in Sorel is indeed the daughter of our John Bangle and that, most likely, John was living in Sorel (William Henry at the time) during the first twenty years of the 19th century. Continue reading

I’m Back Baby, I’m Back!

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Celebrating the discovery of documents on John Bangle at the Montréal’s Archives. Million thanks to my friend Marie-France for her precious help! What a great day!

You may have noticed that I have been rather quiet lately. Some people inquired about me and my health and I was very touched by all your messages. Continue reading