Travel 2017 | Day 10 | Home Sweet Home

I wanted to share my last days in England but unfortunately I lost the wifi connection where I stayed. Day 8 was spent in London at the British Museum.

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ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | Y for Y-DNA

Genetic genealogy is part of genealogy nowadays, but it certainly does not replace the paper trails—essential so that the relationship between two people may be proven. Nevertheless, I look forward to the day when we will have more Y-DNA tests done by male Bangle descendants to validate (or invalidate) relationships between different Bangle lines, i.e. those of Joseph, married to Theodate Yeaton; Philip, married to Polly Loing (both presumed sons of William and Marie Tourville); and Louis, married to Angélique Duhaut dit Jasmin (presumed son of John Bangle). While I’m waiting, I’m still digging in the archives.

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ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | X for Signature (or not)

It’s noteworthy that some of the Bangles of the first and second generations were able to sign their name. Did they know how to read and write though? This matter is somewhat challenging to elucidate. Here is a summary:

First Generation
Adam Bangle—Signed twice. Was too ill to sign his will a few months before his death.

Marie Davis—The mark “X” for her

Second Generation
John Bangle—Depending on what foot he got up in the morning, sometimes he signed, sometimes he didn’t.

William Bangle—Always the mark “X” for him

Catherine Bangle—She signed on various documents.

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ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | W for William

William Bangle was the first child of Adam and Marie to be born in America, on September 6, 1765, in Palatine, NY. He joined the King’s Royal Regiment of New York during the Revolutionary War. In 1786, at age 19, he arrived in Montreal and, at age 28, he married Marie Tourville, most probably in Terrebonne, Québec. The couple had twelve children. William’s occupations were diverse: miller, laborer, voyageur and farmer. William also owned a few lands in or near Terrebonne. His family later moved to the Berthierville and Joliette areas. William died on February 2, 1821, at age 55.

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ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | V for Visitor

The visitor we’re talking about here is Michael Flynn, 26, Irish and Catholic, a private of the British 37th Regiment of Foot which was stationed in Sorel in 1820. The house of John Bangle on King Street seems to have been a welcoming hangout for privates looking for a drink. When he knocked on John’s door on that September night, it seems that Michael had already had a glass too many. As he used a window to let himself in, John warned the intruder to get out. No use: John shot him and Michael Flynn died right on the spot.

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Travel 2017 | Day 7 | From Elizabeth I to Mick Jagger: A Walking Tour of Richmond

After four full days devoted to research at The National Archives in Kew, I thought I deserved a break. For the first time today, I woke up later than 5 AM (7:30 AM!), and while surfing on the Web, I read there was a walking tour of Richmond leading to 17th-century Ham House, once home to a friend of King Charles I. Deal! Continue reading

ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | U for Unique

Since I have started the Bangle Files, many people have asked me how I am related to this family. Marie Tourville, wife of William Bangle, is my first cousin, five times removed (or to put it simply, Marie’s father, Charles Tourville, married to Marguerite Dufour, is my five times great-uncle). That’s not what I would call a close relationship; however the history of this family is so unique that I have been quickly enraptured by its exploits and adventures. No doubt, this is a project of a lifetime. I dread the day I will have exhausted all sources available.

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ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | T for Terrebonne

About a 30-minute drive from Montréal today, the village of Terrebonne was the home of the Bangles. Adam Bangle and his wife Marie had bought a house in the heart of the village in the early 1790s. The families of John and Josephte Allaire, of William and Marie Tourville, and of Catherine and Jacob Smith also settled there—no surprise here as several Germans were living in the parish, as evidenced by the Catholic records. William was said to be miller in the early years. The historical site of Île-des-Moulins includes the bakery’s original building from 1803.

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ChallengeAZ 2017—A Bangle Dictionary | S for Sorel

At the turn of the 19th century, John Bangle’s family and mother, and later on, sister Catherine and Jacob Smith’s family, settled in Sorel. The Seignory of Sorel was bought by Governor Frederick Haldimand in 1781 to accommodate loyalists who came to Canada from America after the Revolutionary War in 1777. Various military regiments were stationed in Sorel. There was also an Invalid Establishment, mainly for loyalists, veterans, and their family. The town was once known as William Henry from 1787 to 1860, after His Royal Highness’ visit to the town. Afterwards, the place changed its name back to Sorel.

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Travel 2017 | Day 4 | Finding Ol’ Blue Eyes

Hide in plain sight they say. That’s just what I have been doing. It was kind of entertaining to observe that old stubborn lady from Longueuil trying to catch me.

Well, well, well… Seems like she finally laid hands on that Description Book from the Glengarry Fencibles Regiment. Ain’t that funny! She was looking for it in the Canadian Archives, but it was here in England. Even worse, it’s available for everyone to review it on the UK’s National Archives Website. Continue reading