The Bangle Files: #24 | Mary Bangle and William Hogan

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.

We are positive that Mary was baptized in the Catholic Church since she was a godmother to her niece Marie, born in 1807 to her sister Josette and brother-in-law Joseph Fontaine.

Mary Bangle—possibly John’s youngest daughter, Marie-Dorothée, born in Terrebonne in 1789—was married to William Hogan, a private of the 49th Regiment, on January 7, 1810, in William Henry’s Anglican Christ Church.

Married the seventh day of January One Thousand eight hundred and ten William Hogan a private of his Majesty’s forty ninth Regiment quartered here and Mary Bingle spinster of this place.
Richard Bradford, Rector
Wm Hogan (signature)
The Mark X of Mary Bingle
The Mark X of John Bingle
The Mark X of Christopher Holmes

The couple’s first child lived only one day. He was buried in Montreal’s Catholic Cemetery. This record is from Notre-Dame Church.

Today, September eleventh one thousand eight hundred and ten, by me, undersigned priest, has been buried the corpse of an infant, born, summarily baptized and deceased yesterday, son of William Hogane, laborer, and of Marie Bangle, of this parish. Were present Louis Guerrier and Louis Lemai, who both declared not be able to sign.
[…], Priest (signature)

The following year, in 1811, was born a daughter, Marie Julie, who was baptized in Sorel’s Saint-Pierre Catholic Church:

December the thirtieth one thousand eight hundred and eleven, by me undersigned priest has been baptized Marie Julie born yesterday of the legitimate marriage of William Hogan, Private in the forty-ninth regiment of His Majesty, currently residing in Sorel, and of Marie Bengel Davis. The godfather was François Rondeau and the godmother was Marie Collenne who were both unable to sign.
(J. Boisonnette) (signature)

Then, much later, in 1815, was baptized a boy, again in a Catholic Church, of Yamaska this time:

In the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, on September twenty-seventh has been baptized by me undersigned priest (Jean Baptiste Davis Prime Hogan born of the legitimate marriage of William Hogan Private in the forty-ninth regiment and of Marie Bingle of the parish of Sorel. Alexis Carme Lenoblet du Plessis, Esquire, was the godfather, Louise Duchesnay, the godmother who both have signed with us. The father was absent.
A.C. Lenoblet du Plessis (signature)
[…], Priest (signature)
Louise Duchenay (signature)

It is acknowledged that in November 1820, Mary Hogan was still alive, having been a witness at her father’s trial, accused of the murder of Michael Flynn.

You have already guessed I am coming up with something, don’t you? Well, you don’t expect this family to have a perfect dull life, do you?

Please read this document carefully:

Horse Guards,
6th April 1811

Having had the Honor to lay before the Prince Regent, the Proceedings of a General Court Martial held at Montreal on the 11th and 15th August 1810, for the Trial of William Hogan and William McCabe, Private Soldiers in the 49th Regiment, who were arraigned upon the undermentioned Charge, viz.

“Having deserted from the Detachment
“of the Regiment at William Henry, on
“or about the 14th July last”.

Upon which Charge, the Court came to the following decision:

General Sir James H. Craig K.B.
as Officer Commissioning in
British North America

“The Court finds the Prisoners, William
“Hogan and William McCabe, from
“their own confession, Guilty of the Crime
“laid to their charge, which being in
“breach of the Articles of War, […]
“therefore sentence them to be transported
“as Felons for the term of seven years,
“and at the expiration of that period
“to be at the disposal of His Majesty for
“Service as Soldiers for Life in any Re-
“giment or Corps which His Majesty
“shall think fit.”

“The Court in consideration of the former
“good Character of the Prisoner, Wm
“McCabe, humbly begs leave to recom-
“mend him for Mercy”.

I am to acquaint you, that the Prince Regent, in the Name and on the Behalf of His Majesty, was pleased to confirm the finding and sentence of The Court; But under the circumstances attending the case, His Royal Highness was further most graciously pleased to remit the sentence of transportation against each of the Prisoners.

His Royal Highness was at the same time pleased to command that the Prisoners, William Hogan & William McCabe, should be transferred to the West India Rangers.

You will therefore take the proper steps for the conveyance of the Prisoners to the Leeward Islands.

I have the the Honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant,

David Dundas”


I have no idea what happened to Jean-Baptiste but the 1851 Canadian census reveals that Marie Julie or Julia was then living in Caledonia (now part of the municipality The Nation), Prescott County, Ontario, with her husband William Eaton, a native of Maine, USA, and their children.

According to various censuses and children’s death certificates, all were born in Caledonia, so that puts her and her husband in such locality in the early 1830s. When I went to the Ontario Archives last fall, I could prove that William Eaton was living—or at least, owned a land—in Caledonia before his marriage.

I always suspected that William and Mary Hogan moved to Caledonia or the area and that their daughter met William Eaton there. Well, I am not sure about this theory anymore since there is apparently no trace of William or Mary in the church records in that area.

Also, if William Hogan never returned to Sorel—or even in Canada—after 1811, Jean-Baptiste could not be William’s son. Was he baptized in another parish to hide the fact that the legitimate father was out of the picture for years?

And now we know that Mary Hogan is still in Sorel in 1820, and seemingly did not remarry.

I am really curious to learn what happened to William Hogan. Well, the answer is at the UK National Archives in Kew. Food for thoughts…

William Bangle is up next!

24 Feb 1789Possible birthdate of Mary
1807Mary is a godmother to her niece Marie in Sorel.
7 Jan 1810Marriage of Mary to William Hogan
14 Jul 1810Desertion by William Hogan from his Regiment
Aug 1810Trial of William Hogan in the Martial Court
Sep 1810Birth and death of their first-born child. William is said to be labourer in Montréal.
6 Apr 1811William is sentenced to be transferred to the West India Rangers in the Leeward Islands.
13 Dec 1811Birth of Marie Julie Hogan in Sorel
Sep 1815Birth of Jean-Baptiste Hogan. The father is absent at the baptism.
Fall 1820Mary Hogan is in Sorel, living with her father, and acts as a witness at her father's trial in Montréal.
Early 1830sAccording to the 1851 Canadian Census, Marie Julie Hogan was married to William Eaton, a native of Maine, USA, since the early 1830s. All her children were born in Caledonia.
1902Death of Julia Hogan Eaton in Prescott County, Ontario

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