According to various baptismal records or notary acts, William identified himself either as a miller, master miller, ploughman, farmer, daily labourer or habitant (term designing someone who owned a concession in current Québec Province territory). Still, there is a further aspect of William’s occupations that I wanted to write about—for in spite of what things look like he might have got his share of thrills.
William was also a voyageur.
Prison commune de Montréal, Place Vauquelin, 19e siècle — Archives de Montréal, VM6,R3067-2_155E-1939-005
Life is full of surprises.
As I was doing research for the Bangle Files at the Archives nationales du Québec on Viger Street in Montréal, I unearthed a document among the criminal files shedding light on the appalling living conditions at Montréal’s Common Gaol, actually the same building where John Bangle and his wife, Marie-Louise Quevillon, were detained in September, October, November 1820 and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parish of Saint-Pierre of Sorel
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.
William Pococh — M. Cusson, Priest
[Translation from French: Diane Tourville]
As 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 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
Lots of firsts today! And you thought I couldn’t do it!
This Tuesday, I visited three repositories: the Vermont State Archives in Middlesex, the Leahy Library of the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, and the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester.