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

BANQ

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 #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

The Bangle Files: #10 | From Palatine to Terrebonne

BANQI must admit I am quite ambivalent about this post. You see, I like to write about documents which I have found and read myself. As for the Ontario Loyalists, I didn’t. Or more precisely, I couldn’t do it yet.

I have this big project coming up. Next September, I plan to spend some time at the Ontario Archives, in Toronto, and at Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa. I even aim to visit both locations before September so that my fall trip may be as successful as it can be. Continue reading

The Bangle Files: #9 | Citizen Bangle

BANQCitizen Bangle… Wrong title, right? I was desperately trying to find naturalization records for Adam Bangle since I knew he had been naturalized, but I was looking at the wrong era for answers, as New York was not a State then but a Province, of course. Therefore, Adam Bangle didn’t become an American citizen but rather a subject of His Majesty the King of Great Britain. Continue reading