The Bangle Files: #12 | Marie Davis, Widow of Adam Bangle

BANQEver since I found the contract for the Terrebonne house purchased by Adam and Marie in 1792, I always wondered what happened to it. Was it sold by the person who inherited it? Was the sale contract lost? Well, here is a good example why you should not overlook revisiting an old brickwall from time to time.

A few weeks ago, while working on my previous post, Claude Blouin, from the Société d’histoire de la région de Terrebonne, provided me with the house’s owner’s name after Adam’s death. I was flabbergasted as I had already looked twice at Notary Public Joseph Turgeon’s chronological index!

On September 8, 1802, Marie Davis, who was still a resident of Terrebonne, is in Notary Public Joseph Turgeon’s study, together with her son William Bangle, to close the sale of her house to Joseph Mathieu, of Mascouche. It is mentioned that said house was initially purchased jointly by Marie and her husband, Adam Bangle. So this is the reason why her name was mentioned next to her husband’s in the 1792 contract.

contrat 1792On that very same day, William Bangle as well sells his own house which is adjacent to his parents’. He also makes his mark on his mother’s contract along with hers.

However, the most interesting fact about this sale contract is the amendment that was made thereto about a year later, on October 27, 1803.

Jacob Smith, then a resident of St. Vincent-de-Paul of Jesus Island, was read the initial contract as he and his wife, Catherine Bangle, were heirs apparent to Adam’s estate. John, who was absent, was also mentioned as being heir apparent to his father’s estate! After the reading, Jacob Smith declared he was satisfied with the initial contract’s terms and conditions.

Does that mean that John finally inherited from his father? In 1803, John is not absent from the province, he resides in William Henry (today known as Sorel). But we are not there yet, we will come back soon to John in future posts.

Afterwards, on the same day, Marie Davis declares that she has just received the sum of one thousand schillings which was still outstanding from the sale of the house and thus, gives acquittance to the said Joseph Mathieu.

As of today, this is the last trace of Marie Davis one may see in Québec’s records before her death.

sorel death“Mary Pingle”, then a widow, died in Sorel on October 28, 1805, at the age of 74; she was at the time a resident of Pot-au-Beurre (Pot-au-Beurre was the name of a concession in the seigniory of Sorel). She was buried two days later in the local Protestant Cemetery. A certain “John Pingle” witnessed the burial.


A portion of Sorel’s Protestant Cemetery where Marie was buried. Only a few stones have resisted the passage of time.

Sorel? Yes, Sorel! That’s where we will end up when we are done with the Terrebonne records.

Speaking of Terrebonne records, I found something very interesting concerning Jacob Smith and John Bangle. All the details in two weeks!

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

8 thoughts on “The Bangle Files: #12 | Marie Davis, Widow of Adam Bangle

  1. Hi Diane,
    Great follow up. Shows it pays to revisit genealogical sites and lists as we gain more knowledge of the family.
    Eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  2. I have come across your Bangle Files by pure coincidence. Don’t know why I haven’t seen it before, but thank you. I had researched the Bangles a while back, and have now just returned to it (just joined the Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française) and am looking forward to continuing the research. Came across many things that you have and found them fascinating and so appreciative to see your hard work. It is addictive, I am sure you agree. I am a direct descendant of the Catherine Bangle and Johann Jakob Schmidt line (my grand-mother’s maiden name was Smith) and coincidentally now live in Laval, not far from where some of these people toiled. So as I drive by the neighbourhoods I often try to picture where and what they would have been doing. Lovely!

    I came across 2 Bangles born from Johann Adam and Anna Maria in Germany before their big move. Not confirmed, as the original source is in Germany, but maybe you have heard or seen something. I am presuming that this Johann is the John often referred to in various documents, and I am also assuming that Anna Margaretha probably did not survive as I haven’t come across her anywhere:

    Johann Adam Bengel born in Evangelisch, Laumersheim, Pfalz, Bavaria, Oct. 24, 1761 (source:”Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 March 2016), Johann Adam Bengel, 24 Oct 1761; citing ; FHL microfilm 193,017.)
    and Anna Margaretha Bengel, same location, on 24 Sept, 1764 (Source: “Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 March 2016), Anna Margaretha Bengel, 24 Sep 1764; citing ; FHL microfilm 193,017.)

    • Hi Nadine,
      Thank you very much for your nice comments. I am always glad to read that I’m reaching out to more family members! 🙂

      I have not explored the German records yet but I was told by a researcher that she found at least one daughter baptized for this couple after Adam came to America, i.e. in 1767, so it’s probably not our Adam. But as I wrote, I have not made the research yet, I am working very hard on the Québec/Canadian records for now. Are you a descendent of Jacob Smith and Françoise Aucoin?

      • Yes, I am descendant from Jacob Smith and Françoise Aucoin. That branch at some point moved to the South shore past Sorel, around Yamaska and the Drummondville area where my great-grandfather was from before going to Montreal to work. An interesting factoid: I was told that a house in which the Smith family lived in that region has been moved to the Village Québécois d’Antan of Drummondville. It is the Maison Smith-Coll.

        • oh! oh! oh! I’ve got to see this. Another little trip for this summer! 🙂

  3. Almost forgot. I have come across on the web, what I believe are the Revolutionary War Service records of John Bangle in 1st New York Regiment (1777-1781) before he deserted to Canada with his father, Adam, in 1781. (Found on

    Happy research!

    • Yes I did too 🙂 It will come later. I want to go to the NY State Archives this summer about this.

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