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Transcription: Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois

Transcription: Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois

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The following is my transcription of the newspaper article or obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois.

Obituary for Marieanne Turmel-Bourgeois.
Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois.

 

Emile Bourgeois

Mrs. Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois, 82, widow of Emile Paul Bourgeois, formerly of 1200 Elm St., died Friday night at a Manchester nursing home after a long illness. She was born in St. Agnes, County Beauce, Que., the daughter of Jean and Reberra (Thivierge) Turmel and had been a resident of Manchester since 1912.

Mr. Bourgeois was an attendant of St.-George Church.

Members of her family include two daughters, Mr. Roland (Antoinette) Marois of Manchester, and Mrs. Margaret Ducharme, of Goffstown; two sons, Albert Bourgeois and Edouard Bourgeois, both of Manchester; 12 grandchildren, great-nieces.

Relatives and friends may call at the Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm st., corner of North Street. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 9 in St. George Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Lillian A. Auclair.

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Lillian A. Auclair.

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Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ funeral card for Lillian A. Auclair (Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair).

 

Transcription: 'In Memoriam' for Lillian A. Auclair.
‘In Memoriam’ for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair.

In loving memory of

Lillian A. Auclair

Died July 1, 1969

PRAYER

O GENTLEST Heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou O Merciful Savior send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace.

J. N. Boufford and Sons Inc.

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Rose Dionne

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Rose Dionne

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Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ regarding the death of Rose Dionne.

 

Memorial for Rose Dionne
‘In Memoriam’ regarding the death of Rose Dionne.

“We have loved her during life; let us not abandon her, until we have conducted her by our prayers into the house of the Lord.”

St. Ambrose

IN YOUR CHARITY

Pray for the Repose of the soul of

ROSE DIONNE

who died on

JANUARY 10, 1942

PRAYER
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with buring love for the poor captive souls in Pergatory, have mercy on the soul of Thy servant, bring her far from the shadow of exile to the bright home of Heaven, where, we trust, Thou and Thy Blessed Mother, have woven for her a crown of unending bliss. Amen.

May She Rest in Peace. Amen.

From – The Franciscan Fathers, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

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Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

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Following is my transcription of the National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.

Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.
National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.

NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES

and of the State of New Hampshire to all whom it may concern:

This is to Certify, that Hervé Ducharme, Private, First Class, Battery ‘A’, 172d Field Artillery, National Guard as a Testimonial of Honest and Faithful Serve, is hereby HONORABLY DISCHARGED from the NATIONAL GUARD of the UNITED STATES and of the State of New Hampshire by reason of Expiration of Term of Service.

Said Hervé Ducharme was born in Manchester, in the State of New Hampshire. When enlisted he was 21 2/12 years of age and by occupaton a Cigarmaker. He had Brown eyes, Brown hair, Medium complexion, and was 5 feet 5 inches in height.

Given under my hand at Manchester, New Hampshire this 12th day of March, on thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine.

Signed by:
John Jacobson, Jr., Colonel, 172 F.A. Commanding

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Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

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Although both sides of my family are ‘French Canadian,’ my mother’s ancestors are Acadians who settled in the maritime provinces and the eastern seaboard of the United States. Dad, however, is the link to our Québecois French Canadian and military heritage.
Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine
Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine at 3 circa 1938.

In earlier posts about our family’s WWI war casualties, I discussed our family’s attachment to the Canadian military. My own father, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, was an Instrument Electrical Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost thirty years.

Gerard Turmaine in full pipe bank regalia playing his snare drum.
Gerard Turmaine in full pipe band regalia playing his snare drum.

Born in 1934 to Henry Joseph Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery of Quebec, he was nephew to both family members we lost in WWI, Joseph Philias Albert Emery (Rose’s brother) and Joseph Turmaine (Henry’s half-brother). (See photo at right of Gerry Turmaine at age 3.) As a new Canadian forces member, he spent some time in New Brunswick visiting the family of another recruit, Paul Melanson and met my mother, Patricia Gail Melanson – Paul’s sister.

Shortly after, he was transferred to Baden Söllingen, Germany and a long distance relationship proceeded for a while until he eventually asked my mother to go over and marry him. She traveled over on ship, they were married, and just over a year later I was born.

A year after my birth, my father was posted to Trenton, Ontario by the Canadian military, where we lived for ten years. During this time, he was a member of the national military pipe band (see photo at left) and frequently played all around the nation – and on one occasion, I can remember him traveling to Washington, DC to play.  During the ten years we lived in Trenton, my parents had three more girls, my sisters Renee, Andrea and Danielle.

We finally left Trenton when my parents’ dream came true and we were transferred to Comox, British Columbia. I can remember my parents talking about how much they’d like to live on the west coast of Canada for years. As a matter of fact, the story told ever after was that my Dad was so happy at the news of our transfer to British Columbia he wore holes in his socks dancing around the coffee table.

Their intention to remain in British Columbia was evident when my Dad told his superiors in Comox that he would rather forego any further promotions in order to remain in British Columbia until he retired. My parents lived in Comox until his death in 2005.

Turmaine Family in the late 1960's.
Turmaine family photo with Gerry in rear on the right; middle: Renee, Christine, Gail and Andrea; front: Danielle.

Twenty years ago I met my husband while he was training in Comox. He was an Aviation Technician with the Canadian Armed Forces and retired in 2006 to take a position with Marshall Aerospace in Abbotsford, British Columbia – where he could continue to work on his favorite aircraft, the CC130 Hercules.

To add to the tradition, my husband’s father, Marsh Blythe, retired in the 1980’s as a Sergeant in the Canadian army and my sister Andrea’s husband Larry Potter also retired several years ago from the Canadian army.


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Transcription: 2nd Marriage Certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

Transcription: 2nd Marriage Certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

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This post contains my transcription of the second marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

Certificate of Marriage

Church of St. George,

Manchester, New Hampshire.

This is to Certify that Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois were lawfully Married on the 31st day of May 1935 According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church and in conformity with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, Rev. T. J. E. Devoy, P.D., officiating, in the presence of Armand Ducharme and Irene St. Gelais, Witnesses, as appears from the Marriage Register of this Church. Dated April 2, 1974

Rev. Maurice W. Richer, Pastor _____________________

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Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

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Following is my transcription of the extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois
Extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

French Original

Extrait du régistre de baptêmes, marriages, sépultures de la paroisse de St. Hughes du Lac Saguay from l’année mil neuf cent-quinze.

Le trente-et un octobre, mil neuf cent-quinze, nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Margeurite Yvette, née le quatre août fille légitime de Émile Bourgeois cultivateur, et de Marie-Anne Turmel de cette paroisse. Le parrain à été Gédéon Grandines et la marraine Antoinette Sauvé, les quels out déclaré ne savoir signer. Le pére était présent et à signé avec nous Lecture faite.

Émile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette (prêtre)
extrait conformé à l’original 31 mars 1931.
E. Brousseau (prêtre curé)

Lac Saguay

English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’.

Excerpt from register of baptisms, marriages, burials of the parish of St. Hughes Lake Saguay from the year one thousand nine hundred and fifteen.

The thirty-first day of October, nineteen hundred and fifteen, we the undersigned priests have baptized Marie Margeurite Yvette, born August 4, legitimate daughter of Emile Bourgeois farmer, and Marie-Anne Turmel this parish. Gideon Grandines was the godfather and godmother Antoinette Sauvé, which said they could not sign out. The father was present and signed with us reading done.

Emile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette (priest)
extract complied with the original March 31, 1931.
E. Brousseau (parish priest)

Lake Saguay

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Edna E. Auclair.

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Edna E. Auclair.

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Following is my transcription and the Google translation of the ‘In Memoriam’ for Edna E. Auclair.

Edna E. Auclair
In Memoriam for Edna E. Auclair.

French original

A la douce memoire de

Edna_E. Auclair

Épouse de Armand Martel.

Née à Derry, N. H., 18 Juil 1910,

Décédée à Manchester, N. H., 28 Août, 1928.

A l’âge de 18 ans. 1 mois et 10 jours.

If fut court sont pélerinage.

Elle meurt au printemps de son âge.

Mais du sort elle subit la loi.

Vous qui l’aimiez, priez pour elle.Seignéur, voud nous l’aviez prêté pour faire notre bonheur; vous la réclamez, nous vous la cèdons sans murmure, mais le coeur navré de douleur.

La famille  éprouvée ici-bas, brisée dans son faisceau se refait au ciel dans la lumière.

Recevez et gardez ce souvenier d’une âme chrétienne qui vous demande de prier pour elle, afin de pouvoir plut tòt prier pour vous.

Nous l’avons aimé pendant sa vie’ ne l’oublions pas après sa mort.

Une communion, une prière, s’il vous plait adieu! Au revoir au ciel.

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English translation taken from ‘Google Translate’

In the sweet memory of

Edna-E. Auclair

Wife of Armand Martel.

Born in Derry, N. H., July 18, 1910,

Died in Manchester, N. H., August 28, 1928.

At the age of 18. 1 month and 10 days.

If is was a short pilgrimage.

She died in the spring of his age.

But it suffers the fate of the law.

That you love her, pray for her.

Lord voud we had paid for our happiness, you are claiming, we cede without a murmur, but the heart brokenhearted.

The bereaved family here, broken in the beam again to heaven in the light.

Get and keep the souvenir of a Christian soul who asks you to pray for her rather early in order to pray for you.

We loved during his life, do not forget after his death.

Communion, prayer, please farewell! Goodbye to heaven.

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Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

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The following is my transcription of the baptism certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme, as well as the English translation via Google Translate.

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.  

 

French Original

Certificat de Bapteme
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Eglise Ste-Marie,
Manchester, N. H.
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Je soussigné certifie que

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
enfant de Joseph Ducharme
et de Alice Tremblay
né le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
a été baptisé le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
tel qu’il appert dans le Régistre des Baptêmes de la dite Eglise.

Selon le Rite de l’Eglise Catholique-Romaine

par le Rév. L. P. Routhier
Parrain:   William Belisle
Marraine:   Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
le 28 mai, 1935

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English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’

Certificate of Baptism

St. Mary’s Church,
Manchester, N. H.

I certify that

Hervé Joseph William Ducharme
child of Joseph Ducharme
and Alice Tremblay
born 31 day of October, 1914
was baptized 31 day of October, 1914
as it appears in the Registry of Baptisms of the said Church.

According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church

by Rev. Fr. L. P. Routhier
Sponsor: William Belisle
Sponsor: Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
May 28, 1935

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Transcription: Birth Certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

Transcription: Birth Certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

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The following is my transcription of the birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.
transcription of the birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.
Birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

Manchester, New Hampshire
Birth Certificate for Joseph William Herve Ducharme, October 31, 1914
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Name:    Ducharme, Joseph William Herve
Date of Birth
Year,   1914
Month,   October
Day,   31
Name of Father,   Joseph Ducharme
Maiden Name of Mother,   Alice Tremblay
City Record,   Vol. 11, Page 99
A true copy. Attest:
Signed by:   M. J.B[risson], City Clerk.
M. J. Quinn

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Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

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I have long been fascinated by the news of events regarding the finding, genetic studying and reburying of King Richard III’s remains.

I have written a couple of posts regarding the search for, discovery and excavation of his burial site under the parking lot of the Greyfriars Abbey in Leicester.

The posts were:

Richard III's final resting place is decided.
Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

A later article on the Archives UK blog does a great job of describing “the depth of feeling generated on both sides of a court battle over the re-burial of the body of King Richard III.”

The dispute arose between the University of Leicester and a group of Richard’s distant relatives, the Plantagenet Alliance, arguing over whether Richard III wished to be buried in York or the grounds where his remains were found.

The evidence brought forth on both sides is clearly described in the Archives UK post and since they have done such a good job, I feel it would be redundant and a huge waste of time for me to try to write a less informative article.

To read their detailed account, the blog post can be found on the Archives UK site.

photo credit: OZinOH via photopin cc


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Transcription – 1901 Canadian Census for Geffrey and Annie (Fougère) Forgeron

Transcription – 1901 Canadian Census for Geffrey and Annie (Fougère) Forgeron

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1901 Canadian Census: Geffrey and Annie Forgeron and Family

 

Geffrey and Annie Forgeron in 1901 Canadian Census
Family of Geffrey and Annie Josephine Forgeron in the 1901 Canadian Census.

Headings:
Dwelling House; Family or Household; Name; Sex; Colour; Relationship; Marital Status; Birth Month and Day; Year of Birth; Age; Birth Place: Year of Immigration; Year of…; Racial or Tribal Origin; Nationality: Religion; Profession…

152, 161;

Forgeron, Geffrey; M, “, Head, M, 10 Sept, 1860, 40, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Mariner…
“, Annie; F, “, Wife, M, 25 March, 1871, 30, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, Louise; F, “, Daughter, S, 14 Dec., 1889, 11, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, Alice; F, “, Daughter, S, 3 Sept., 1891, 9, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, Narcisse; M, “, Son, S, 5 Oct., 1893, 7, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, M. Florence; F, “, Daughter, S, 12 June, 1897, 3, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, J. Lizzie; F, “, Daughter, S, 12 Nov., 1899, 1, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
Fougère, Nancy; F, “, Lodger, W, 12 Dec., 1836, 64, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…

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Transcription: Obituary for Armand J. Martel

Transcription: Obituary for Armand J. Martel

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Obituary for Armand J. Martel.
Obituary for Armand J. Martel. 

Obituary for Armand J. Martel.

Following is my transcription of the obituary of Armand J. Martel.

ARMAND J. MARTEL

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Armand J. Martel, 69, of El Centro, who died Monday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Agustin Cemetery in Manchester, N.H.
Mr. Martel was born July 8, 1928 in Manchester. He married Janet Roy on Sept. 1, 1947, in Manchester. He was an Imperial Valley resident for 29 years.

Mr. Martel worked for the El Centro Community Hospital as a purchasing agent. He had been ill since 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Martel of El Centro; daughters, Cynthia Marcoux, of El Centro, Virginia Audette of Sacramento, Patricia Rose of El Centro, and Edna Wilkinson of Seeley; brother, John Martel of Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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Transcription – ‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

Transcription – ‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

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Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Armand J. Martel.

“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.”
St. Matt. V. 5
May Jesus have mercy on the
Soul of

ARMAND J. MARTEL

In Memoriam Card for Armand J. Martel
‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

1928 – 1998

O gentlest heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou O Merciful Savior send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace. AMEN.

May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN.

HEMS BROTHERS MORTUARY

Colexico – El Centro

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Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

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Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better.

My grandparents on my father’s side were Henri Joseph Turmaine (Henri) and Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery (Rose Amande).

Gail, Gerard, Grandma Rose and Christine (front) Turmaine
Rear l-r: Patricia-Gail (Gail), Gerard Ronald Joseph (Gerry), Rose Amande Turmaine; Front: Christine Blythe (Turmaine).

Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005) was the youngest of three children who survived infancy. Dad’s brothers and sisters included Albert Joseph Turmaine (1923-1966), Rose-Marie Azilda Thérèse Turmaine (1929-2003), and Marianne Claudette Andrea Turmaine (1937-1937).

The Turmaine Family
Turmaine Family: Theresa, Henry (Grandpère), Gerard (Dad), Rose (Grandmère), and Joseph.

Therese Paquette (Turmaine) with Christine.
Ma tante Thérèse Paquette and Christine Blythe (Turmaine) circa 1989.

I was too young to remember much about my grandfather Henri as he died in 1966 in General Hospital in Toronto. I know I saw Grandma Rose quite frequently within the first few years of my life, but again, I was too young to remember much. When I turned 10 in 1970, however, that all changed since we were transferred from Ontario to Comox, British Columbia. We took the last opportunity to visit everyone we could that summer on our trip across the country.

I can remember one particular visit where we were permitted to stay at the cottage of cousins, the Pollaris, at Loon Lake in Ontario. What a beautiful cottage it was, too. A semi-circle shape, the front circular side rested on posts in the lake shore, extending over the water. That entire side of the cottage was one big great room and standing in it felt like being in motion on the lake.

I do remember being awestruck in Grandmère’s home. She was a highly devoted Catholic and as soon as we walked in, we were overwhelmed by praying hands, her obsession. There were praying hands statues, prints, and paintings everywhere.  I can remember being told when I was young that Grandmère’s ambition was for Dad to become a Catholic priest and how disappointed she was when he opted for the military instead and married my mother. Knowing my father, he definitely chose the path that suited his own nature and ambitions, especially considering his naughty, rather raunchy sense of humor. Somehow, I don’t think it would have gone over very well as a priest.

Front: Rose Amande and her mother Émilie Labelle, Rear: Unknown Cousin
Front: Rose Armande Emery seated next to her mother, Émilie (Labelle), wife of Charles (Albert) Emery. MIddle: Betty Turmaine, daughter of Hérmènégilde and Azilda Labelle.

A couple of years later, we saw Grandmère Rose one last time in about 1972 when she came to visit us in Comox. She passed away in 1978. Tante Thérèse came out in 1987 for my sister Andréa’s wedding, in 1989 for Renée’s wedding and in 1991 for my own wedding to Mark. She passed away in 2003 in Chateaugay, Québec. It may seem odd that I haven’t mentioned Dad’s brother, my uncle Albert Joseph, but unfortunately, he had committed suicide just prior to Grandpère Henri’s death in 1966.

Grandmère Rose’s father was Charles Albert Emery, who was born in about 1870 in Vermont, United States and died in about 1915. Her mother was Émilie Labelle, born about 1870 in St. André Avellin, Ripon, Papineau County, Québec to Antoine Labelle (1820-1890) and Joséphine Périllard (born 1844), both of Québec. In addition to Grandmère Rose, they had four other children, of whom one was Pte. Joseph Philias Albert (1889-1917) who was missing in action and presumed dead at Vimy Ridge during WWII. His name is only one of many immortalized on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.

Oddly enough, my father’s grandfather Herménégilde (father-in-law to Grandmère Rose) took Marie Joséphine Azilda Labelle as his second wife in 1911. Azilda was sister to Joséphine (and Rose’s grandmother).

Children of Antoine Labelle and Joséphine Périard (Périllard)
Children of Antoine Labelle and Joséphine Périllard.

Antoine Labelle (1820-1890) was the son of Antoine Labelle and Marie Isaac Duplanty dit Héry of Québec, and had been married twice, first to Émilie Fournelle and second on November 23, 1863 to Joséphine Périllard (my great great grandmother), born 1844 in Ste. Magdeleine Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Québec to Michel Périllard and Zoé (Madeleine, Michel) Demers. The 1852 Census of Canada East shows Joséphine Périllard with her parents, brothers and sisters living in 274 Petite Nation Parish, St-André Avellin, Ottawa County.

Antoine and Joséphine’s six children included Émilie Labelle (born 1870), Antoine Labelle (1872-1944), Célima (Délima) (born 1874), Joseph (1877-1944), Marguerite (1880-1960), Azilda (1884-1933).

During my extensive research into my French Canadian ancestry, I’ve come to realize one thing – there are no surprises. Families remained close in proximity and emotion, and marriage within the inner circle – and yes, family, according to the laws of consanguinity of the Catholic church was commonplace.

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Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

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Following is my transcription of the biography of Joan Antrobus taken from pages 67 to 69 of The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I.

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (1)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 67. 

JOAN ANTROBUS

ORIGIN: St Albans, Hertfordshire
MIGRATION: 1635
FIRST RESIDENCE: Unknown

ESTATE: On 16 May 1614, administration on the estate of Walter Antrobus of St Albans was granted to “]ane Antrobus, his widow”
[Archdeaconry of St Albans, Diocese of London, Admon Act Book, 1574-1638].

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (2)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 68.

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BIRTH: About 1567 based on date of marriage.
DEATH: 1635 or later, perhaps in New England.
MARRIAGE: Joan Arnold married at St Albans 8 February 1586/7 Walter Antrobus [St Albans PR 135]. He was buried at St Albans 5 April 1614 [St Albans PR 2.04].

CHILDREN (all baptized St Albans, Hertfordshire):

i WILLIAM, bp. 2.5 June 1587 [St Albans PR 25]; m. St Albans 6 July 1607 Alice Denton [St Albans PR 140].

ii WALTER, bp. 1 June 1589 [St Albans PR 28]; no further record.

iii ROBERT, bp. 21 February 1590/1 [St Albans PR 29]; no further record.

iv JOAN, bp. 2.5 June 1592 [St Albans PR 30]; In. (1) St Albans 23 October 1609 Thomas Lawrence [St Albans PR 141]; m. (2.) by 1628 JOHN TUTTLE [TAG 51: 173].

v ELIZABETH, bp. 6 August 1598 [St Albans PR 35]; presumably she who m. St Albans 5 May 1617 John Cowley [St Aibans PR 144].

vi HENRY, bp. 25 April 1600 [St Albans PR 36]; bur. St Albans 14 June 1602 [St Albans 196].

ASSOCIATIONS: Through her daughter, Joan (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle, this immigrant was ancestress of several members of the Tuttle, Lawrence and Giddings families (see sketches of JOHN TUTTLE, GEORGE GIDDINGS, JOHN LAWRENCE, THOMAS LAWRENCE and WILLIAM LAWRENCE).

In his will of 27 January 1664[/5], “William Antrobus of London Esq.” bequeathed to “William Antrobus in New England the sum of forty shillings for a legacy and that is all he shall have out of my estate” [PCC 11 Hyde]. Sir Reginald Antrobus suggests that this may be the William Antrobus baptized at St Albans 7 April 1611, son of William Antrobus [St Albans PR 46; Antrobus Pedigrees 34, 108], and therefore nephew of Joan (Arnold) Antrobus [Antrobus Pedigrees 12-13, 96]. But the testator of 1665 and the William baptized in 1611 were third cousins once-removed, so the legatee may be another William more closely related to the testator.

COMMENTS: On 2. April 1635, “Joan Antrobuss,” aged 65, was enrolled at London, with a certificate of conformity “from the minister of St Albans, Hertfordshire,” as a passenger for New England on the Planter [Hotten 45]. No record of Joan Antrobus has been found in New England. She may have chosen at the last minute not to make the trip, or she may have died

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (3)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 69.

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aboard ship. It she did make the passage to New England, she probably resided in Ipswich with her daughter and son-in-law.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1929 Sir Reginald L. Antrobus published extensive information on the Antrobus families of England, including data relating to the branch of interest to us here [Sir Reginald L. Antrobus, /introbus Pedigrees: The Story of a Cheshire Family (London 192.9), 12-13, 96-9’7 (cited above as Antrobus Pedigrees)]. In 1941 Mary Walton Ferris published a brief account of ]oan Antrobus [Dawes-Gates 1:64-65].

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Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time.

Area Deaths
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Aged Louisa County Resident Dies
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.

Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the home of his daughter Mrs. Roland Barrick. Death resulted from a stroke suffered New Year’s day.

A native of Neenah, Wis., Matthews was born Dec. 1, 1854, the son of David and Mary Ann Adams Coon. His mother died when he was 3 1/2 years old and his father died while a prisoner of the Confederate army. The child was adopted by the Nathan Matthews family of Omro, Wis. He married Martha Jane Jordan at Auroraville, Wis., Oct. 26, 1873, and they lived in Wisconsin and Colorado before coming to Iowa.

In 1899 Matthews began to operate a truck farm near Morning Sun, which he ran for many years before retiring and moving into Morning Sun. His wife died in 1935 and a son, William Matthews, died in 1940.

Despite his advanced age, Matthews was a very active man. When he was 94 he made a trip to California, and last fall took a trip to New York.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Stanley Matthews, Morning Sun, and Mrs. Edith Barrick, Wapello, and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Last rites will be held at the Pierce funeral home at 2 p. m. Saturday. Officiating will be Dr. Will M. Hughes, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

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Transcription: Death Certificate for Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

Transcription: Death Certificate for Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

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Following is the death certificate for Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

Death Certificate of Joseph William Herve Ducharme
Death Certificate of Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

CITY OF BIDDEFORD

COUNTY OF YORK

No. 95

I, Luc A. Angers City Clerk of said City of Biddeford, depose and testify that I have in my official capacity as City Clerk the books and records of said city, including the records of births, deaths and marriages. I find recorded therein the following in the record of Deaths:

Name:   Herve Ducharme

Place of Death:   Biddeford, Maine

Date of Death:
Year:   1982
Month:   December
Day:   19th

Age:
Years:   68
Months:
Days:

Place of Birth:   New Hampshire

Sex:   Male

Color:   White

Married, Single, Widowed or Divorced:   Married

Occupation:   Salwsman

Name of Father:   Joseph Ducharme

Maiden Name of Mother:   Alice Tremblay

Cause of Death:   Massive Intercerebral bleeds, ? Hypertension

Name of Physician reporting said Death:   James W. Geortitis, M.D.

I further depose that I have no interest in the prosecution of any claim against the U.S. Government, or otherwise of the above.

I hereby certify that the above is a true copy on information contained on the record of the above named person, which is in my official custody.

Attest:   Luc A. Angers City Clerk

Biddeford,   December 27, 1982

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I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

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African slave in America, John Punch.
Barack Obama is descended from the first documented African slave in America, John Punch.
A while ago I learned from news headlines that President Barack Obama is descended via marriage from John Punch, the first documented African slave in America. He was an indentured servant declared a slave for life in punishment for attempting an escape in 1640.

Ancestry.com has been researching Barack Obama’s ancestry for several years and has declared that Barack Obama is the eleventh great grandson of the first documented African slave in American history, John Punch and eighth cousin to my husband, Mark.

If this is true, then by virtue of the connection of my husband Mark and Barck Obama through Ulrich Stehle (1720-1773), who was sixth great grandfather to Mark and seventh great grandfather to Barack Obama, Mark and Barack are eighth cousins.

In the words of Joseph Shumway, genealogist with Ancestry.com , “Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related.” What is wholly surprising is that the connection exists through his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and not his Kenyan father.

John Punch, an indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, was declared a slave for life in punishment for trying to escape in 1640.

Ancestry.com states further that they used DNA analysis to learn that Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors were white landowners in Colonial Virginia, who were actually descendants of one African man, John Punch.

President Obama is traditionally viewed as an African-American because of his father’s heritage in Kenya. However, while researching his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham’s lineage, Ancestry.com genealogists found her to have African heritage as well, which piqued the researchers’ interest and inspired further digging into Obama’s African-American roots. With the support of existing documents and DNA, it is believed that John Punch had children with a Caucasian woman, and her free status was subsequently passed on to their children. Her descendants continued to be free land owners in Virginia.

The findings were further reviewed and verified by Elizabeth Shown Mills, past president of the Board of Certification of Genealogists and a Southern research expert. She states, “In reviewing Ancestry.com ‘s conclusions, I weighed not only the actual findings but also Virginia’s laws and social attitudes when John Punch was living,” said Mills. She further states, “A careful consideration of the evidence convinces me that the Y-DNA evidence of African origin is indisputable, and the surviving paper trail points solely to John Punch as the logical candidate.

Source:

  1. Ancestry.com ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Ancestry.com Press Release.

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Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

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This is my transcription of the obituary for Charles G. Blythe (2nd great grandfather to Mark) from The Hoosier Genealogist, Indiana Historical Society, June 2001, Vol. 41, No. 2.

 

Obituary for Charles G. Blythe
Obituary for Charles G. Blythe.

Blythe, Charles G.

Birthplace: England
Occupation: Farmer
Entry into service: 1861, Pvt. 8th Btry
Final discharge: May 1864; Cause: End of war
Length of service: 4 months [sic]
Mustered into GAR. Mar. 1911
Died. 13 Jan. 1914

Obituary “C. G. Blythe Dies at Daughter’s Home,” Covington Friend, Jan. 1914, p. 1, col. 1: Blythe Was born in Lincolnshire, England, on 12 July 1840. He was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Blythe. Charles came to America when he was fifteen years of age with his parents and three older brothers. At first they Went to Chicago. The father’s goal was to see his three sons started Well in life in this country and then the father planned to return to his native land. Unfortunately the father became ill and soon died. The boys were scattered to different parts of the country Charles Went to Wisconsin about the time of the Civil War. He enlisted 21 Nov 1861 in the light artillery. He received a bayonet Wound in his arm at Lookout Mountain, Which made him nearly an invalid for the rest of his life. He was honorably discharged in Aug. 1865. After the War he returned to his farm in Wisconsin and was married to Mary Elizabeth Keefer. They had four sons and two daughters, who all survive him. They are: Jennie M. of Urbana, Ill., Charles E. of Danville, Ill. Robert of Newell, S. Dak., Olive L. of lsanti, Mich. [Ipsilanti, Mich. or lsanti, Minn.‘?], and Clayton W. and Wesley E. of Covington. He died in Urbana on 15 Jan. 1914 after having been an invalid for more than a year. Rev E. W Strecker of the Methodist [Episcopal] Church officiated. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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Transcription: Obituary for Mary Foulke (née Underwood)

Transcription: Obituary for Mary Foulke (née Underwood)

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Following is my transcription of the obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underhill), published Monday, June 3, 1935 on page 2 of the Noblesville Daily Ledger.

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1935

MARY FOULKE DIED SUNDAY NEAR ARCADIA

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The Funeral Services Will Be Held Tuesday Afternoon

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LONG RESIDENT OF JACKSON TOWNSHIP

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Death of Charles C. Crouch, Indianapolis, Came as a Surprise

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Obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underwood)
Obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underwood) – Noblesville Daily Ledger – Mon 3 June 1935, page 2.

Mrs. Mary Frances Foulke, widow of George Foulke, passed away at an early hour Sunday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Robbins, seven miles east of Arcadia. Mrs. Foulke has been in poor health for several years and her death was not unexpected. The body was taken to the Shaffer funeral home at Arcadia, where it will lie in state until Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held in the Shaffer parlors and burial will take place in the cemetery near Sheridan.

Mrs. Foulke was the daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Statton) Underwood and was born Dec. 4, 1853, on the old homestead west of Arcadia, where she resided until less than a year ago when the daughter and family moved to east of Arcadia and she went to live with them. The husband has been dead for several years. Just a year ago, June 6th, the tragic death of her son, Arthur Foulke, of Arcadia, was a great shock to her.

She leaves besides the daughter at whose home she died, two other daughters, Mrs. Alice Phillips, of west of Arcadia, and Mrs. Sarah Ross, residing on road 31, and stepson Alvin Foulke, west of Cicero. She also leaves several grandchildren.

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Transcription: Joss family biography.

Transcription: Joss family biography.

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The following is my transcription of the biography of the Joss family, taken as an excerpt from a compilation of numerous biographies in the book “Cabri: Through the Years”, page 619.

 

JOSS FAMILY

Duncan Joss came west from Quebec in 1909, with the railway, as a carpenter. He filed on his homestead, and brought his wife and four of his family. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Mitchell, was living at Oroville, Washington, U.S.A. by this time. George went on to Victoria, B.C. The youngest daughter, Verda, married Mack Mclntyre, a grain buyer in Cabri. She passed away in 1915. Arthur went to work as a grain buyer and lived at Elstow, Saskatchewan; he is now deceased.

Joss family biography.
The Joss family.

Howard married Annie Paton who had immigrated to Montreal, Quebec from Dundee. Scotland. She had come west with the Oughtreds, working for them for a while before marrying Howard in 1918. They lived and farmed the Joss land until 1944, when they moved to live on the Clarke Moore place now Jim Smith’s just out of town. This was to be closer to town and doctor. Howard passed away in 1947. Mrs. Joss moved to British Columbia in 1948 and passed away in I959. The had two daughters; Gladys, married Walter Gummeson in June 1943 and they have two daughters—Elaine, married to Jerome Haaf, and Lois married to George Seward and one son Verne married and living on a farm in the area.

Gladys passed away in August of 1981. Doris (Mrs. Micalehuk) lives in North Surrey, B.C. and has two sons.

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Sir Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France

Sir Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France

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In geneal­ogy research there comes a point in his­tory where the only sources avail­able are very sub­jec­tive and ques­tion­able at best. We must con­sider how many per­sons the account was retold to before it was finally put to paper. We also must ask about the motives and biases of those recount­ing the story over time, and of the author. Such is the case of the history of Sir Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella of France.

Con­sid­er­ing these issues, some­thing close to the truth can be gleaned by com­par­ing the accounts from numer­ous sources and find­ing points of sim­i­lar­ity. All facts cited must be sourced as well as pos­si­ble and where there are ques­tions, they should also be doc­u­mented for fur­ther investigation.

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I have spent ten years research­ing hun­dreds of branches which include thou­sands of indi­vid­u­als. I con­sulted the best and most respected sources avail­able and think­ing this may be one instance where the old adage “safety in num­bers” may apply, I cited as many good sources as possible.

This post is just one regard­ing our family’s con­nec­tions to noble and royal fig­ures in Euro­pean his­tory. I have cho­sen Queen Isabella (Queen of Eng­land and 25th great grand­mother to my chil­dren) and Sir Roger Mor­timer (third cousin 21 times removed to my chil­dren). I, myself, am but a lowly commoner.

This story intrigues me because it’s a love story that ulti­mately ends in tragedy with the exe­cu­tion of Sir Roger.

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Sir Roger de Mor­timer was the son and heir of Sir Edmund de Mor­timer and his wife Mar­garet, daugh­ter of Sir William de Fiennes. Sources dif­fer on the date of his birth, some say­ing he was born April 25 and oth­ers say­ing May 3 of 1287. His main strong­hold dur­ing his life­time was Lud­low Castle.

Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle

Sir Edmund hav­ing died in 1304, Piers de Gavas­ton was granted ward­ship of the lands Sir Roger inher­ited and an agree­ment was reached for Sir Roger to pay off the debts of his father at 20 pounds per year. Upon full pay­ment, although still under­age at the time, Sir Roger was given full con­trol of the lands. Soon after, on May 22, 1306, Edward II, the King, knighted him at West­min­ster. Roger per­formed ser­vice for the King in Scot­land, but in Octo­ber his lands were seized for leav­ing ser­vice with­out per­mis­sion. The fol­low­ing Jan­u­ary, he was par­doned and his lands were restored because of the influ­ence of Queen Margaret.

Sir Roger received his family’s lands in Ire­land under order of the Jus­ti­ciar of Ire­land. Decem­ber 24, 1306, Lord Geof­frey de Geneville sur­ren­dered the lands in Ire­land that he held in name of his deceased wife Maud, which were to have descended to Sir Roger and his wife Joan (daugh­ter to Piers and grand­daugh­ter to Geof­frey de Geneville) upon Geoffrey’s death.

As a result of his own inher­i­tance and that by right of his mar­riage to Joan, Sir Roger de Mor­timer became a wealthy man of influ­ence in Ire­land and Wales.

Dur­ing the next years, Sir Roger de Mortimer per­formed ser­vice for the King against the Scots and to raise sol­diers in Wales. In 1315, he aided in sup­press­ing Llewe­lyn Bren’s revolt, ulti­mately secur­ing his sur­ren­der on March 18, 13156. In 1316, Roger was defeated by Edward Bruce in Ire­land and after return­ing to Eng­land, assisted the Earl of Pem­broke to sup­press a revolt in Bristol.

He was appointed the King’s Lieu­tenant in Ire­land and in Feb­ru­ary 1316/​7, he amassed and com­manded an army at Haver­ford­west, cross­ing to Youghal on April 7, 1317. After defeat­ing Wal­ter de Lacy, his broth­ers and his men, Sir Roger returned to England.

At the treaty of Leek on August 9, 1318, Roger was nom­i­nated to the King’s coun­cil and to the com­mis­sion for royal house­hold reform.

He was appointed Jus­ti­ciar of Ire­land March 15, 1318/9 and remained in this capac­ity until Jan­u­ary 1320/1. Soon after, on March 16, 1320/​1, he became keeper of the cas­tles of Roscom­mon, Athlone and Randown.

Dur­ing a war between the Earl of Here­ford and Despenser about Gower, Roger and his uncle Roger Mor­timer of Chirk sided with Here­ford. In the next year, Roger and the Earl of Here­ford were sum­moned to the King, but both refused to attend because Despenser was in the King’s train.

Later in the spring of 1321, the King yielded and ban­ished the Despensers. Sir Roger de Mor­timer received a par­don from the King August 20, 1321 and returned to Wales.

Later, the King’s forces attacked the cas­tle of Leeds in Kent after the Queen had been refused admis­sion. Here­ford and Mor­timer ven­tured as far as Kingston, but took no fur­ther action. The King’s forces took the cas­tle and pur­sued Mor­timer and Here­ford to the west. Mor­timer burned Bridg­north and the King’s army was forced to pro­ceed north to Shrews­bury to cross the Sev­ern river.

Con­sid­er­ing they had received no help from the Earl of Lan­caster, Mortimer’s group sur­ren­dered to the King at Shrews­bury and were dis­patched to and held in the Tower of Lon­don. Upon the defeat of Lan­caster at Bor­ough­bridge on March 22, 1321/​2, power was restored to the Despensers. A trial of the Mor­timers was con­ducted and in July they were sen­tenced to death. How­ever, on July 22, 1322, the sen­tence was com­muted to life imprisonment.

Roger escaped from the Tower of Lon­don August 1, 1324 after drug­ging the guards. He crossed the Thames River, pro­ceeded to a ship wait­ing for him in Dover and sailed on a ship to France. In the spring of 1325, Queen Isabella (sis­ter of Charles IV) sailed to France to try for peace about Gui­enne and suc­ceeded May 31, 1325. On Sep­tem­ber 12, Prince Edward arrived in France and stayed there with his mother, who was closely asso­ci­ated with the exiles by this time.

Isabella and Roger de Mortimer
Isabella and Roger de Mortimer

Although there is doubt about when Roger de Mor­timer and Isabella actu­ally became lovers, there is no doubt that Mor­timer was her lover and adviser while in Paris, France at the end of the year. Amidst the scan­dal of the rela­tion­ship of Roger and Isabella, Prince Edward was engaged to Philippe of Hain­aut, and they raised men and money to attack Eng­land. On Sep­tem­ber 14, 1326 they landed near Ipswich and their num­bers increased with other oppo­nents of the Despensers. They fol­lowed the King, who had fled to the Despensers in Wales and Octo­ber 26, 1326, the older Despenser was cap­tured, and then tried and hanged by Mor­timer, Lan­caster and oth­ers the fol­low­ing day.

Mor­timer cap­tured the King and the younger Despenser on Novem­ber 16 at Llantrisant. Upon Edward II hav­ing been deposed Jan­u­ary 7, 1326/​7, he was forced to abdi­cate in favour of his son, who was crowned Jan­u­ary 25, 1327. Three of Roger’s sons (Edmund, Roger and Geof­frey) were made Knights that day. In fact though, the coun­try was actu­ally ruled by Roger and Isabella.

Later, Novem­ber 24, he, Lan­caster and Kent judged against and hanged the younger Despenser from 50 foot high gallows.

He was made Jus­ti­ciar at Llandaff Feb­ru­ary 20, 1326/​7, Jus­tice of Wales dur­ing plea­sure and then the fol­low­ing year for life. He received a par­don for his escape from the Tower of Lon­don and his other actions. The deci­sion being that he was not fairly tried by his peers, the sen­tenced was reversed and his lands restored.

In Sep­tem­ber of 1328, Roger became Con­sta­ble of Walling­ford Cas­tle and was made Earl of March. While rul­ing Eng­land along­side Isabella, he became Lord of Den­bigh, Oswestry and Clun.

Tyburn Tree Gallows
Tyburn Tree Gallows

Sir Roger de Mortimer’s power and ambi­tion raised the jeal­ousy and ire of those he had once asso­ci­ated with, includ­ing Henry, Earl of Lan­caster. Hav­ing been a co-​onspirator respon­si­ble for Edward II’s depo­si­tion, the Earl of Lan­caster attempted to over­throw Roger. In March, 1330, Edmund, Earl of Kent, half-​brother to Edward II, was exe­cuted upon the order of Roger de Mor­timer. Under some pres­sure from Henry of Lan­caster, Edward III decided to take action and in Octo­ber 1330, he called a Par­lia­ment and had Roger de Mor­timer and Isabella cap­tured at Not­ting­ham Cas­tle and Roger was impris­oned in the Tower of Lon­don yet again.

Wigmore Castle ruins.
Wigmore Castle ruins.

He was con­demned with­out trial for assum­ing power and was hung, drawn and quar­tered upon what was known as the “Tyburn Tree” at Tyburn on Novem­ber 29, 1330 — and his body was left hang­ing in view of the pub­lic for two days. His estates and prop­erty were forteited to the crown and his widow, Joan, received a par­don in 1336, died in 1356, and was buried beside Sir Roger de Mor­timer at Wigmore.

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Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky

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Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky is the grandson of the original immigrant from Wales, Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby), who is eighth great grandfather to my children, Erin and Stuart; the son of Brigadier General Evan Shelby, who is the son of Evan (Dhu) and seventh great granduncle to my children; and is therefore first cousin eight times removed from my children.

Although not a direct ancestor of my husband, Marshall Mark (Mark) Blythe or our children, Isaac Shelby is of great interest to us for a couple of reasons. First, he was renowned for and distinguished himself for his actions in battle against United Empire Loyalists in Canada in the War of 1812, ultimately defeating Loyalist forces at the Battle of the Thames in southern Ontario. We are also related to and are descended from Loyalists who settled in this area. For a lengthy period of time, we lived in Trenton, Ontario which is located in the area of Loyalist activities and battles against American forces. This area is steeped in this history and it is still considered to be an honor to be from a Loyalist lineage.

Marshall Matthews Blythe
Marshall Matthews Blythe
Portrait of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.
Portrait of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.

Second, because Isaac Shelby is so revered in history, there are accurate portraits of him during the latter period of his life available. Upon comparing portraits of him with recent pictures of my father-in-law, Marshall Matthews Blythe (father to my husband Mark and grand-father to my children Erin and Stuart), the resemblance between them is quite remarkable. For clarification, Isaac is first cousin six times removed to my father-in-law.

Isaac Shelby (December 11, 1750 – July 18, 1826) was a revered and decorated soldier and the first Governor of Kentucky.

The son of Brigadier General Evan and Letitia (Cox) Shelby, Isaac was born December 11, 1750 near North Mountain, Frederick (now Washington) County, Maryland.

Having been raised with the use of arms, he became proficient at an early age and was very familiar with and accustomed to the hardships and stresses of frontier life. Isaac worked on his father’s plantation. However, having received an education, he was occasionally employed as a surveyor and also as Deputy Sheriff.

About 1773, the Shelby family moved to the Holston region of Southwest Virginia, now East Tennessee, where they established a new home. A timeline of Isaac Shelby’s military and political career thereafter is as follows:

1774

  • Isaac Shelby served at the Battle of Point Pleasant as a Lieutenant under his father, Brigadier General Evan Shelby, in the Fincastle Company on October 10.
  • Second in command of the garrison of Fort Blair (until July 1775), which was built on the site of the battle. An uprising of the Shawnee and Delaware Indians compelled Isaac to take up arms and he served as a Lieutenant under his father Brigadier Evan Shelby in the Battle of Point Pleasant in West Virginia.
  • He fought in the Battle of Kenhawa of 10 October. This was believed to be the most severely contested campaign ever fought with the north-western Indians.

1775

  • After July of 1775, he visited Kentucky and surveyed lands for the Transylvania Company.
  • After returning to Kentucky due to failing health, he became involved in the Battle of Long Island Flats.
  • At the first onset of the Indians, the American lines were broken and Shelby, who was there only as a volunteer Private, seized command, reformed the troops, and severely defeated the Indians.

1776

  • In July he was appointed by the Virginia Committee of Safety to the position of Captain of a company of minute men. However, he was not called into service.

1777

  • Governor Patrick Henry promoted Shelby to Captain and made him Commissary-General of the Virginia forces.
  • He attended the Long Island Treaty with the Cherokees, which was finalized at Fort Patrick Henry on July 20, 1777, at which his father was one of the Virginia commissioners.

1778

  • Helped to provide supplies for the Continental Army and for the expedition projected by General McIntosh against Detroit and the Ohio Indians.

1779

  • Provided boats for Clark’s Illinois campaign and collected and provided supplies upon his own personal credit for the successful campaign waged about the same time against the Chickamauga Indians.
  • In the spring he was elected as a member for Washington County of the Virginia legislature.
  • In the fall, Governor Thomas Jefferson made him a Major in the escort of guards for the commissioners appointed to run the western boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina. By the extension of that line, his residence was found to be within the limits of North Carolina.
  • He resigned his commission, but was at once appointed Colonel of Sullivan County by Governor Caswell.

1780

  • Upon receiving news of the fall of Charleston on May 12th, he returned home to an urgent summons for help from Colonel Charles McDowell.
  • He organized a force and about July 25, he joined McDowell at the Cherokee Ford, South Carolina.
  • On July 30, Shelby captured the major Loyalist stronghold, Thicketty Fort (Fort Anderson), at the head of the Pacolet River. On August 8, his command successfully repulsed a party sent by Major Ferguson at the second Battle of Cedar Springs.
  • Upon receipt of the report of General Gates’ defeat at Camden on August 16, operations under McDowell and Shelby were halted.
  • On August 18, he was largely responsible for the victory at Battle of Musgrove’s Mill on the north side of the Enoree River.
  • As a result of a threatening message dispatched by Ferguson, Shelby held even greater resentment and determination and in consequence, with the assistance of John Sevier and others, he organized and conducted the expedition against Ferguson.
  • On October 7, they overwhelmingly defeated Ferguson’s combined Provincial and Loyalist force in the Battle of King’s Mountain.

1781

  • Shelby has also been credited with the plan for the attack, which led to the Battle of the Cowpens on January 17.
  • In February, the legislature of North Carolina adopted resolutions of thanks to Shelby and his compatriots for their services at King’s Mountain.
  • Similar resolutions were adopted by the Continental Congress on November 13.
  • As a result of repeated uprisings by Cherokee Indians during the first half of the year, it was impractical to send forces from there to assist.
  • A treaty with the Cherokees was negotiated on July 20.
  • In October, upon receipt of a delayed message of appeal, Shelby raised 500 mounted riflemen and was accompanied by Colonel John Sevier in command of 200 more.
  • He marched to join Greene, by whose order they reported to General Marion on the Santee.
  • The joint command of Shelby and Colonel Hezekiah Maham, of the Carolina dragoons, contributed greatly to the capture of a strong British post at Fair Lawn, near Monck’s Corner, South Carolina on November 27.
  • Meanwhile, having been elected a member of the North Carolina legislature and having obtained a leave of absence, he attended the sessions in December.

1782

  • Reelected to the North Carolina Assembly, he attended the legislative sessions held at Hillsboro in April.
  • He was appointed one of three commissioners to superintend the laying off of the land south of the Cumberland River allotted by North Carolina for military service in the Revolution.

1783

  • Completed the laying off of the land south of the Cumberland River.
  • He relocated to Kentucky, where he was married to Susannah Hart, daughter of Captain Nathaniel Hart, at Boonesborough on April 19, by whom he had eleven children.
  • Appointed a Trustee of Transylvania Seminary (later Transylvania University).
  • Chairman of the convention of militia officers held at Danville on Nov. 7-8 (was also a member 1787-1789).

1787

  • In January 1791, he was appointed a member of the Board of War, which was created by Congress for the District of Kentucky, and was charged with providing for the defense of the frontier settlements mounting punitive expeditions against the Indians.
  • For several years he served as High Sheriff of Lincoln County.

1792

  • Member of the convention (April 2-19) which framed the first constitution of Kentucky.
  • In May he was elected Governor, taking office on June 4 and serving four years.
  • During his administration many events of importance to the infant commonwealth occurred, not the least being the part it took, under Shelby, in supporting Wayne’s campaigns against the Indians in the Northwest Territory.

1796

  • At the close of his term, he declined reelection.

1796-1812

  • Retired from service.

1812

  • Elected Governor of Kentucky a second time in August.
  • He actively participated in the planning and preparation for war.

1813

  • With a sword presented to him by Henry Clay as voted by the legislature of North Carolina for his gallantry at King’s Mountain 32 years before, Shelby assembled and personally led 4,000 Kentucky volunteers to join General Harrison in the Northwest for the invasion of Canada, resulting in the defeat of the Loyalists on October 5 at the Battle of the Thames.

1817

  • He was given the portfolio of War in March by President Monroe, but declined due to his age.

1818

  • Isaac Shelby was awarded a gold medal by Congress on April 4 in recognition of his patriotic and heroic services.
  • Shelby and General Andrew Jackson were commissioned to hold a treaty with the Chickasaw Indians for the purchase of their lands west of the Tennessee River.
  • He was President of the first Kentucky Agricultural Society, formed at Lexington in 1818.

1819

  • He was Chairman of the first Board of Trustees of Center College, founded in 1819 at Danville, Kentucky.
Governor Isaac Shelby - Traveler's Rest Burying Ground Plaque
Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky – Traveler’s Rest Burying Ground Plaque.

1826

  • After his death on July 18, he was buried at his historic home, “Traveller’s Rest,” and a monument was erected over his grave by the state of Kentucky. Counties in nine states have been named Shelby in his honor. __________ An account of Governor Isaac Shelby by Samuel M. Wilson is as follows:

 

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky - Grave Marker.
Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky – Grave Marker.

“In person, Shelby was of a sturdy and well-proportioned frame, slightly above medium height, with strongly marked features and florid complexion. He had a hardy constitution capable of enduring protracted labor, great privations, and the utmost fatigue. Habitually dignified and impressive in bearing, he was, however, affable and winning. A soldier born to command, he nevertheless evidenced a high degree of political sagacity and executive ability. Numerous difficulties confronted him during his first administration, when the new government was passing through its formative stage, and much depended on the choice of officials then made by the executive. Shelby exhibited rare selective intelligence and an extraordinary mastery both of men and measures. Kentucky at this time experienced constant dread of the occlusion by Spain of the Mississippi River, and use was made of this situation by designing men to promote speculative ventures and political schemes hostile to the true interests of both Kentucky and the Union. Through it all, Shelby pursued a wise and moderate course which baffled the plots of all conspirators and held Kentucky firmly to her federal moorings. During his second administration, the pressure of the war with Great Britain fell with extraordinary and unremitting severity upon the state, and he showed himself not only a prudent and farseeing counselor, but an active, resourceful, and patriotic leader. His energy, determination, and perseverance knew no bounds, and his devotion to duty was unflagging.”

You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site are available for free access and download.

Sources:

  1. Shelby, John Todd: KERR, C. ed. History of Kentucky, v. 3-5, 1922 #4.
  2. History of Michigan; Moore, C.; v. 2-4; 1915; Shelby, William Read.
  3. Family Data Collection – Births; Shelby, Alfred, 1765.
  4. Family Data Collection – Individual Records; Shelby, Nancy, 1792.
  5. 1860 US Census; Shelby, John Warren, b. 1835; PO Lexington; Roll M653_365; Pg 0.
  6. Shelby, Isaac Flournoy: KERR, C. ed. History of Kentucky, v. 3-5, 1922.
  7. The Pioneer Mothers of America 1; Shelby, Susannah Hart; Green, H.C. and M.W.; 3 v., 1912.
  8. American Biographical and Historical Dictionary; Shelby, Isaac; Allen (W); 1832.
  9. Military Heroes of the War of 1812; Shelby, Evan; Peterson, C.J.; 1848.
  10. Eminent Americans; Shelby, Isaac; Lossing, B.J.; 1857.
  11. National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans; Shelby, Isaac; 4v.; 1865.
  12. Dictionary of American Biography; Shelby, Isaac; Drake, F.S.; 1870.
  13. Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the US…; Shelby, Isaac; Lanman, C.; 1876.
  14. Biographical Encyclopaedia of Kentucky; Shelby, Isaac; 1878.
  15. National Cyclopaedia of American Biography; Shelby, Isaac; v.1-13; 1898, 1893-1909.
  16. Harper’s Encyclopaedia of American History; Shelby, Isaac; 10v.; 1902.
  17. Century Cyclopedia of Names; Shelby, Isaac; 1904.
  18. Herringshaw’s National Library of American Biography; Shelby, Isaac; Herringshaw, T.W.; 5v.; 1909-14.
  19. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army…; Shelby, Isaac; 1775, to… 1783; new, rev. & enl. ed. 1914.
  20. History of Kentucky; Shelby, Isaac; Kerr, C. ed.; v.3-5; 1922.
  21. An American Biographical and Historical Dictionaryy; Shelby, Isaac; Allen, W.; 2nd ed.; 1832.
  22. US Army Historical Register; Shelby, Isaac; 1789-1903; Vol. 1.
  23. Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography; Shelby, Evan; 6 vol.; 1888.
  24. 1820 US Census; Shelby, Isaac; 1750; Roll No. M33_25; Pg 59; Image No. 38.
  25. Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1500s-1900s; Shelby, Isaac.
  26. Settlers of Maryland 1679 – 1783; Consolidated Edition; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.; 2002; Pg 597.
  27. Kentucky Land Grants, Shelby, Isaac; Jillson, Willard Rouse; The Kentucky Land Grants, Vol. I-II, Louisville, KY: Filson Club Publications, 1925.
  28. US and International Marriage Record; Shelby, Isaac b 1750; 1560-1900.
  29. Shelby, Isaac; KY Historical Society: http://kentucky.gov/kyhs/hmdb/MarkerSearch.aspx?mode=Subject&subject=185. KW-N-399-3.
  30. Dictionary of American Biography; Shelby, Isaac.
  31. DAR; Mrs. Maria Shelby Tevis Field; DAR ID Number 7785; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Vol. 8; Pg 265.
  32. DAR; Anna Stein Shelby (Annie Shelby Darbishire); National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number; Vol. 11; Pg 182.
  33. DAR; Mrs. Alice McDowell Shelby Riddle; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 16130; Vol. 17, Pg 51.
  34. DAR; Mrs. Katherine Shelby Scott; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 18004; Vol. 19; Pg 3.
  35. DAR; Miss Katharine Shelby Todd; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 25234; Vol. 26; Pg 83.
  36. DAR; Mrs. Laura Shelby Fisher; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number; Vol. 42; Pg 154.
  37. DAR; Mrs. Mary P. Shelby Napton; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 62264; Vol. 63, Pg 87.
  38. DAR; Miss Christine Shelby; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 68811; Vol. 69; Pg 291.
  39. DAR; Miss Shelby Walker Patton; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 83679; Vol. 84; Pg 263.
  40. DAR; Miss Susan Shelby Taylor; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number 85134; Vol. 86; Pg 51.
  41. DAR; Mrs. Ann Shelby Magoffin Austin; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; DAR ID Number; Vol. 114; Pg 141.
  42. “Soldiers of the American Revolution from Franklin County,”  database, Ancestry.com http://search.ancestry.com; extracted from  (N.p.:n.p.n.d.).Revolutionary Soldiers in Kentucky p. 174.74.
  43. Shelby Historical Data (Chronology for Evan Shelby, Jr. and Letitia Cox), online http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.trolinger.com, accessed.


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