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

The Bangle Files #15: The DNA Trail

BANQHow about taking the Bangle Files to the next level? Curious? Let me explain.

While I am still working on the paper trail, why not getting some help from new tools available to us? Y-DNA tests are what I am talking about.

The Bangle descendants Facebook Group has suggested that we create a Y-DNA group on Family Tree DNA. And so we did. Continue reading