Once the main subject of our research has died—William Bangle (1765-1821) in our case—we typically tend to forget about the widow and divert our attention to the children, usually only after their marriage. I will indeed focus on Marie Tourville in my next post, but what I am most interested in here is how this family unit worked. Continue reading
I have created from the 2017 ChallengeAZ posts a new page that can be found in the sub-menu of The Bangle Files. Continue reading
Of the twelve children born to William Bangle (1765-1821) and Marie Tourville (1778-1853), two are nowhere to be found: Joseph-Hippolyte, born in 1806, and his brother Félix, born in 1812.
Let’s start with the youngest. Félix was born on June 13, 1812, and was baptized on the following day, in the parish of Saint-Henri, in Mascouche. This is the only recorded event I got for this child: no clue about a marriage or a burial, no nothing. Until a man called Philip D. Bangle caught my attention. On Find A Grave Website, his birth year is 1813. He was married to Polly Ann Loing. Hum… Philip, Félix… I decided he was worth a careful investigation! Continue reading
It’s strange how you forget about things—but not surprising, especially when you previously had the bad habit of not taking notes. Because you see, I made a discovery about a woman named Archange Tourville this summer when I visited the Archives and I wondered how come I did not have that person’s death in my database. Continue reading
Remember John Bangle and Louise Couvillon? The last we heard from them, they were both serving a sentence in a Montréal prison during the course of the month of October 1820. If you are like me, you are no doubt brainstorming about what happened to them.
A few weeks ago, we left William Bangle traveling across the Northwest as he had agreed to work for more than two years as a voyageur. He was absent from home during the period of May 1803 to October 1805 approximately.
On November 21, 1804, Marie Hubou dite Tourville, resident of Terrebonne, met with Notary Public Joseph Turgeon. She mentioned that her husband William Bangle has left for Upper Canada about 18 months earlier, where he seemed to be residing now (it seems like she was not aware that William had signed up for two years).
François-Xavier Zace joined the Bangle clan by marrying Elizabeth, daughter of William Bangle and Marie Tourville, on August 12, 1828, in Berthierville, Québec. Born in said town on January 18, 1809, he lost his father, Jean-André Szass, when he was just 2. His mother was Théotiste Hénault dit Canada. François-Xavier and Elizabeth had 11 children and their places of birth indicate how the family moved around—Berthierville, Bedford, Saint-Césaire, Stanbridge, and Terrebonne (Québec); Williston and Burlington (Vermont); and Bourbonnais and Kankakee (Illinois) where they settled about 1856. François-Xavier died in Bourbonnais on September 7, 1857.
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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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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:
Adam Bangle—Signed twice. Was too ill to sign his will a few months before his death.
Marie Davis—The mark “X” for her
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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