The Bangle Files: #24 | Mary Bangle and William Hogan

After having confirmed—as related in the last post—that Mary Hogan was indeed John Bangle’s daughter, I thought it would be interesting for you to get to know her and her family.

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The Bangle Files: #23 | John Bangle On Trial

Thanks to John Bangle, I had my very first experience in digging in Quebec Archives criminal records in Montréal. Not only was it fascinating but it also proved to be an opportunity to upgrade my knowledge for that period, namely the 1820s.

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The Bangle Files: #22 | Visitors for John Bangle in Montreal’s Common Gaol

When I read a few months ago that Ancestry had launched an index for the Québec notarial records on its Website, I was very excited. It was a search tool I had long hoped for, but as I was not aware it was in the works, it came as a total surprise to me.

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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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The Bangle Files: #20 | Murder She Wrote


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

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

40 Days | Day 14 | A Day At The Archives

fullsizerender-126Home Sweet Home! Just before leaving for St. Louis I had found in a notary’s repertoire numerous contracts concerning the Arpajou family—I’m working on the ancestors of Sophie Arpajou married to Charles Tourville. While perusing said documentation, I stumbled upon the name Bangle. Continue reading

The Bangle Files: #17 | Another Look at John Bangle’s Children

BANQAs you know, we have identified three children from John Bangle’s first marriage to Josephte Allaire: Marie-Catherine, Jacques (who died as an infant), and Marie-Dorothée. Continue reading

The Bangle Files: #16 | John Bangle’s First Land

BANQThe scene takes place in the Notary Public Joseph Turgeon’s office on March 10, 1789. Marie-Dorothée, John’s and Josephte Allaire’s daughter, was born just a couple of weeks before. On this day, as far as we know, John Bangle is acquiring his very first piece of land in the province of Québec. Continue reading