Rediscovering St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Lotbinière



Rediscovering St. John the Evangelist Cemetery

St. John the Evangelist Cemetery dates back to 1845, but over the years, its exact location was lost and the site largely forgotten. Canon Harold Brazel went searching for the cemetery in the 1980s, but never found the spot. Steve Cameron, co-founder of the Irish heritage and history group Coirneal Cealteach, recently took up the search and found exactly where it was located, on St. Margaret’s Range. He took our Rachelle Solomon there to see what remains and to talk about the history of Irish settlers in the region

The family researchers, historians, writers of Quebec who are making a distinct effort to preserve the heritage of the English language families of Quebec.

This week, my choice is: Stephen L. Cameron

There is a short audio sound bite that accompanies the above brief article that  requires Adobe Flash.

Stephen can be reached at Coirneal Cealteach at;

Genealogy Societies of France

Genealogy Societies in France

If you are interested in joining a genealogical society in France to pursue your research, the information found within this list may be very helpful.

The document contains a comprehensive list of 95 departments and their genealogical societies.

The following information is noted for each of the societies.

  • location,
  • number of years in existence
  • email address
  • internet addresses
  • cost of membership

Click to open in a new window:  Genealogy Societies of France

No Fairy-Tale Ending

By Janice Hamilton

Last year, I posted an article on my family history blog ( about Polly Bagg Bush, an American whose brothers Stanley and Abner Bagg were well-known merchants in Montreal in the 1820s and 1830s. You can read it at Now, here is the story of Polly’s daughter Mary Sophia Roy Bush, who married into the Lambert Dumont family, owners of vast stretches of forest and farmland in the Saint-Eustache region of Quebec, northwest of Montreal.

It must have been a happy wedding. For a girl from relatively humble American roots to marry the owner of one of Quebec’s vast seigneuries, this must have seemed like a wonderful match. And the groom had recently lost his parents, so family members were no doubt pleased to see him marry.

Unfortunately, there was no fairy-tale ending to this story.

The bride was Sophia Mary Roy Bush. She was born Sophia Mary Bush around 1815, the daughter of William Bush, farmer, of West Haven, Vermont, and Polly Bagg Bush. (Sophia’s grandfather, Phineas Bagg (c. 1750-1823), was our common ancestor.) Her family struggled financially, so Sophia had come to Montreal to live with her aunt and uncle, Sophia Bagg and Gabriel Roy, who had no children of their own.

The groom was Louis Charles Lambert Dumont, born in 1806, the son of Eustache Nicolas Lambert Dumont. Eustache Nicolas had been co-seigneur of Milles-Îles, a judge, militia officer and politician, but he had accumulated crippling debts running the seigneury, and had fallen out with his sister because their father had left them unequal shares of the seigneury.

The Dumont family had been seigneurs of Milles-Îles since 1743. They owned a vast area of wilderness and fertile farmland northwest of Montreal. According to traditions that went back to the time of New France, the habitants, or farmers, paid rent annually to the seigneur, cleared the land and grew their crops. The seigneur built grist mills, saw mills and roads. In 1770, the Dumonts donated land for the construction of a Catholic church and the village of Saint-Eustache grew up next to it. They later built their seigneurial manor house near the church.

Louis Charles’ and Sophia’s wedding did not take place in Saint-Eustache; it was held at the parish church in Saint-Laurent, where the Roy family lived, on September 22, 1835. Saint-Laurent is now a suburb of Montreal, but at that time it was a rural area on the Island of Montreal.

On the bride’s side, no less than eight family members signed the parish record book. Her parents’ names did not appear, so they had probably been unable to come to Montreal for the wedding, but Sophia Bagg and Gabriel Roy signed, as did the bride’s uncle Stanley Bagg, his 15-year-old son, Stanley Clark Bagg, and his mother-in-law, Mary Mitcheson Clark. Sophia’s and Polly’s other brother, Abner Bagg, seems to have been absent, but his wife, Mary Ann Mittleberger, did sign the register.

sophia mary roy bush mar sigs crop

Among Louis Charles’ relatives who signed the book were his sister Elmire, her husband, Pierre Laviolette, and seven other members of the Laviolette family. The groom’s brother, Louis Sévère Dumont, was also present. Their father had died that April, their mother the previous year, and their twelve other siblings were deceased.

The newlyweds went to live in the seigneurial manor house in Saint-Eustache, but their life was not easy. Louis Charles was learning how to administer the debt-ridden seigneury, arguing over money with his brother and fighting off court challenges over the property by his aunt. Then the couple’s first-born child, a daughter, died in 1837, shortly after her first birthday.

Meanwhile, social and political tensions had been increasing in Lower Canada. When the government refused to approve reforms, an armed rebellion broke out. On December 14, 1837, some 2000 government troops attacked the Patriotes, or rebels, barricaded inside the church at Saint-Eustache, killing some 60 people. The troops burned the church, the convent and much of the village, including the Dumont manor house.


Fearing trouble, the Louis Charles and Sophia had left Saint-Eustache for Montreal in November. When they returned in the spring, they moved into a smaller house down the road. Their second child, Marguerite Virginie Lambert Dumont, was born there on August 21, 1838.

On June 27, 1841 Sophia died suddenly, age 26. The body of Louis Charles, 36, was discovered in his house on November 1. His brother, Louis Sévère, died eight weeks later, age 31. None of the accounts of this family’s history explains these deaths, and several historians seem to suggest that these events were suspicious. Three-year-old Virginie was now an orphan and a future heiress.

What happened to Sophia’s orphaned daughter? Read about Marguerite Virginie Globensky at


I do not know Mary Sophia’s exact birth date, but the priest who buried her on July 1, 1841 wrote that she was age 26 years, three months at the time of death, so she must have been born around the beginning of April, 1815.

Written accounts refer to Sophia Mary as Gabriel Roy’s adopted daughter. So far I have not found legal adoption records, though there may be some. The parish marriage record simply refers to her as the daughter of William Bush and Polly Bagg. Sophia’s birth parents were Protestant, so in 1827, Sophia was baptized Catholic. That church records says she added the name Roy at that time, and it refers to Gabriel Roy and Sophia Bagg as her sponsors. She was age 12 at the time and signed the parish record book herself.

Polly, Sophia, Stanley and Abner Bagg were born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in the 1780s to Phineas Bagg and his wife Pamela Stanley. The Bagg and the Stanley families had lived in Massachusetts and Connecticut since the mid-1600s.

Saint-Laurent parish records show that Sophia Bagg and Gabriel Roy did have one child: Edouard Gabriel Roi, born in 1812, died in 1815.

On the Bagg side, one important family member was missing from the marriage register: Mary Ann Clark, wife of Stanley Bagg, had died the previous year. The Mary Ann Bagg who was present was Abner Bagg`s daughter. Another name on the marriage record was Mary Maugham, who was related to Mary Mitcheson Clark.

There are BMD records for these families in the Drouin Collection on, but indexing mistakes and legibility issues make them hard to find. Search for Dush instead of Bush, and for Dumont, not Lambert Dumont. Also, Sophia’s name appears in the records as both Mary Sophia and Sophia Mary, though in French-speaking Quebec she would have been called Marie Sophie.

There are many websites and books concerned with the individuals and events of the Battle of Saint- Eustache. Among those I consulted were the entry on Nicolas-Eustache Lambert Dumont in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (; Elinor Kyte Senior’s Redcoats and Patriotes, The Rebellions in Lower Canada 1837-38, Stittsville, ON: Canada’s Wings, Inc. 1985; André Giroux, Histoire du territoire de la ville de Saint-Eustache, tome 1, L’époque seigneuriale 1683-1854, Québec: Les Éditions GID, 2009; an article about the Dumont house written by the Société de généalogie de Saint-Eustache,; and an online article by André Giroux, Les héritiers d’Eustache-Nicolas,

Members of the both the Dumont and Globensky families fought on the government side at the Battle of Saint-Eustache. Sophia`s relations were also involved in putting down the rebellion. Her uncle Stanley Bagg was a major in the 1st Battalion Loyal Montreal Volunteers, and according to a family story, his son, Stanley Clark Bagg, age 17, was an ensign bearer at the Battle of Saint-Eustache, but I have not yet confirmed that.

photo credits:; Janice Hamilton

Harbour Lights

by Claire Lindell

In the early half of the twentieth century Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio was a thriving port on Lake Erie. The Great Lakes were humming with cargo ships, barges and freighters moving slowly up and down the waterway delivering supplies.

One evening a young man of twenty or so stood on the shore and pondered his future. He was certain about one thing. He did not want to remain in the Harbor and become a dock worker like several of his uncles. He yearned to see what lay beyond. Where were all these ships going? What would it be like to live and work aboard ship? Where would it take him? His whole life lay ahead of him.

Alpo Hjalmar Lindell was the seventh child of eight children, born on November 9, 1917 to Johan Hjalmar Lindell, the Harbor blacksmith and Court interpreter. His mother, Ida Susanna Karhu, was a local activist in the Temperance Movement.

Alpo decided to become a merchant marine and fulfill his dreams The job description  stated clearly that it was an arduous, tedious and strenuous occupation. Seaman worked long lonely hours swabbing decks, lifting heavy cargo, polishing brass. They were the custodians of the ship. Their responsibility was to see that everything aboard remained in “ship shape”.

       P4_AUX_174_256           Cletus Schneider

Click to open a new window to view a current job description:

Job Description

which is not that much different than it would have been back in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The first indication that Alpo became a merchant marine was  on September 12, 1944 . His name appears on a departure Passenger List in the Panama Canal, Cristobal Canal Zone. He was twenty-six years old.

Later at the age of thirty-one he is on an Immigration and Emigration List leaving Copenhagen, Denmark on June 18, 1948, destination, New York City.

A third document  showed that in 1950 he was working much closer to home on board the “Cletus Schneider”, a long sleek freighter on the Great Lakes as third Assistant Engineer.

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Cletus Scneider on the Great Lakes

Information about Alpo  between 1950 and the middle 60s is mostly hearsay. We do know he continued to work as a merchant marine.

Over the years he fulfilled his dreams. After more than twenty years as a seaman he could no longer  do the demanding work. He settled in New York City, a city he knew well.

In New York City he would occasionally have a short visit  with  one  of his older brothers who visited the city regularly on company business.  They would meet and chat briefly at Grand Central Station. Alpo would leave with a few extra dollars in his pocket and make his way back to the Bowery.

It was shortly after such an occasion on April 6th, 1968 that perhaps he flashed money, settled debts,  or paid a round for his ‘friends’ that he was rolled and later found dead. He was only fifty years old! A broken man.

At the time of Alpo’s death the authorities could not locate any family members. He was buried on Hart Island in a pauper’s grave.

Shortly thereafter, his brother was made aware of Alpo’s tragic death. The brother had the body exhumed and brought back to Ashtabula where he was given a proper burial. He lies in Edgewood Cemetery close to his parents.

That brother was my father.

We are all our brothers’ keepers.

Alpo Lindell Ashtabula Ohio

Sources: found on Ancestry

1920 United States Federal Census CENSUS & VOTER LISTS

1930 United States Federal Census CENSUS & VOTER LISTS

1940 United States Federal Census CENSUS & VOTER LISTS    Click to view

New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1945 IMMIGRATION & TRAVEL

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 IMMIGRATION & TRAVEL



Note: Alpo’s older brother, Karl,   left home to study when Alpo was only six years old. They hardly knew each other and their paths did not cross for many years. Karl moved to Canada and became a successful Mining Engineer.

RootsTech Happens Next Weekend, the genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are teaming up to host RootsTech, a two-day educational extravaganza next weekend, from Thursday February 11 until Sunday, February 14.

I’m so disappointed not to be going to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend in person, but at least I’ll be able to attend virtually, via a multitude of seminars that will be live-streamed via the website.

According to the RootsTech Facebook page, the sessions that will be live streamed in Eastern Standard Time are:


10:30 a.m. Keynote speakers
1:00 p.m. The Future of Genealogy – panel
3:45 p.m. Tell it Again – Kim Weitkamp
5:00 p.m. The Genealogists Gadget Bag – Jill Ball and panel
6:15 p.m. Finding the Obscure and Elusive…- James Tanner


10:30 a.m. Keynote speakers
11:45 a.m. Researching Ancestors Online – Laura Prescott
1:00 p.m. FamilySearch Family Tree – Ron Tanner
3:45 p.m. Google Search…and Beyond – Dave Barney
5:00 p.m. From Paper Piles to Digital Files – Valerie Elkins


10:30 a.m. Keynote speakers
11:45 a.m. Using Technology to Solve Research… – Karen Clifford
1:000 p.m. Digital Storytelling: More than Bullet Points – Denise Olson

Family history fairs around the world will also stream some of the sessions. Check the website to see if there’s one near you.

After watching as many of these as I can, I’ll be trying to figure out how to attend next year’s RootsTech. It will take place February 3–6, 2016, again at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Register of Abjurations


Definition: When you’ve given up your old ideas about something, or retracted a statement you made earlier, you can call it abjuration.

Many people experience an abjuration of their religious beliefs, renouncing one faith for another or dropping religion from their lives altogether. When you abjure something, you give it up or renounce it. The Latin root is abiurare, “deny on oath.”


Acte d’abjuration de John Rottell. 26 septembre 1671. (Source : AAQ. Registre des abjurations d’hérésie, vol. A, p. 22, no. 50).

The above abjuration is taken from the blog of Guy Perron (posted November 9th, 2014) entitled Les abjurations a Quebec de 1662 a 1757.

The document: Register of Abjurations is a  guide to a microfilm available at Drouin that lists the numerous church records of abjurations.  This document may assist those who have traced their French Canadian ancestors to France and their research has led to the possible  conclusion that at some point in time members of their family or families in New France may have been Protestants in France.

Note: In New France in order for Protestants to marry French Canadian Catholic women, they had to become members of the Catholic Church.

Click on the following link: Register of Abjurations

A Special Offer for Followers of Genealogy Ensemble


Special Offer for Followers of Genealogy Ensemble

Are you having difficulty tracking down your ancestors in the province of Quebec (at various times known as Canada East, Lower Canada or New France)? The information-rich images of parish records for French Canadian Catholic churches are included in the Drouin Collection on, and even more records are available through an annual subscription to You can also buy vouchers to search more than 12 million records on the BMS2000 database,

You could also try searching the online genealogy resources of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (the provincial archives) at  or

But perhaps your ancestors were members of a Protestant church that isn’t included in those collections, or perhaps you have trouble understanding the French-language records you do find. Now, Montreal genealogist Jacques Gagné – the man behind the many compilations of genealogical resources on Genealogy Ensemble – is offering to help readers of Genealogy Ensemble break through their brick walls in Quebec. He knows how and where to look for those elusive records of births, marriages and deaths, from 1604 to the early 1940s.

Searches for wills, guardianships and marriage contracts are not part of this offer.

If you would like Jacques’ free assistance, send him an email at   Be sure to mention that you read about this offer on Genealogy Ensemble.



Genealogy Collections in Genealogical and Historical Societies in Quebec

 1851 Census Canada East Isidore Jodouin

  • Original pioneer papers,
  • Original manuscripts,
  • Family papers,
  • Township papers,
  • Towns and villages papers,
  • Indexed church records of births, marriages, deaths,
  • Indexed cemetery listings,
  • Indexed land grants,
  • Local census records,
  • Forgotten villages
  • Old place names,
  • Church history,
  • History books, & Publications for sale which can be found at various societies across this province and surrounding regions

Click on the link below to open the file:

Genealogy and Historical Societies in Quebec – Genealogical Collections

The Loyalists of Stanstead, Sherbrooke and West Compton 2014

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The American Revolution  was time of flux for many citizens who were loyal to the British. These Loyalists sought refuge in towns north of the border in an area known as the Eastern Townships. They settled and formed communities and built their churches


In this database you will find the locations of  births, marriages and deaths of these early settlers.

Townships Map

Right Click the title below to open the database in a new window: 

The Loyalist Churches of Stanstead, Sherbrooke and West compton 2014

The Twelve Days of A Genealogy Christmas



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