The Bangle Files: #25 | A First Land for William Bangle

After having revisited the year 1820 through John Bangle’s uncommon way of life, let’s retrace our steps to the late 1790s to explore the one of his brother, William Bangle.

As evidenced by the Catholic parish records, William Bangle and his wife, Marie Tourville, spent the first years of their marriage in Terrebonne (ca 1794-1806) (with a brief stay in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul on Isle Jésus in 1799-1800), and then moved to Mascouche until 1812. Afterward, they will settle in Berthierville and, finally, in Sainte-Élisabeth of Joliette, where William died and was buried in 1821. Other records provide more specific details about William which we will address in the next few posts.

The first trace of William’s presence in Terrebonne, besides the information contained in said Catholic parish records, is with Notary Public Joseph Turgeon, on June 20, 1795, before whom he closed a purchase transaction—William and Mary’s presumed first child, William Jr, was born just a few days later, on July 5. At the time of said transaction, William’s occupation was miller.

William bought from Charles Baptiste Bouc, a merchant from Terrebonne, a piece of land in the village of Terrebonne, of 50 feet more or less which is part of a 90 feet piece of land identified as Number 107, covering 230 feet on St. Joseph Street, on one line and 19 feet and a half on the other line, bounded on the front by the land of Pierre Frontigny and on the back by St. Michel St., bounded on the north-east by the land of Jean Benguelle (who owns the other portion of the entire piece of land) and on the south-west by the land of Michel Alari.

Some often believe “it ain’t over till it’s over”… well they might be right as we are not done yet with John Bangle! While we don’t know when he sold the piece of land he had bought on May 14, 1792, before Notary Public Jacques Dufault, we learn, thanks to William Bangle’s purchase, that he was still the owner thereof three years later. Also keep in mind that in June 1795, Josephte Allaire, John’s wife, was deceased for five months then. Moreover, with the help of William’s sale contract dated as of April 16, 1801, we are allowed to ascertain that John had already sold it by then. You may remember that Marie Davis sold her house on that very date, as mentioned in Post #12.

William will get five other pieces of land during his lifetime, all in the vicinity of Terrebonne. We will look at these acquisitions in the next post of this series. If he ever acquired some land in Berthierville or Sainte-Élisabeth of Joliette, no notary acts have been found yet in order to validate such a deal.

At this point in the Bangle Files, you are entitled to expect that William’s life was an uneventful one compared to his brother’s. Well, don’t bet on it, you might be in for a few surprises.


For related posts about The Bangle Files, please refer to the Introduction Page

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