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Foreword................................................................................... ..


A Way of Life............................................................................ ..


Memories —Past and Present ..................................................... .. 16

Pearceton................................................................................... .. 19

Laduke Genealogy.......................... ......,.............,.......................
MandigoGenealogy............... ....... ....../.... ......................... 1(/)4‘
Ellison Genealogy...................................................................... .. 111

Ingalls Genealogy....................................................................... .. 120

Fordyce Genealogy.................................................................... .. 125
Lewis Genealogy........................................................................ .. 130
Marsh Genealogy ....................................................................... .. 139

Stanbury.................................................................................... .. 165
Kennedy Genealogy................................................................... .. 172

Stanton Genealogy .................................................................... .. 180

Orcutt Genealogy...................................................................... .. 184
Corey Genealogy ....................................................................... .. 202
Stanbridge Ridge....................................................................... .. 210
Moore-Heame Genealogy........................................................... .. 214

Acknowledgements.................................................................... .. 224

A foreword should tell the reader something about what to
expect in the book, and then decide if they wish to read it.
It seems easier for me to write in the first person, so perhaps
that is the way 1 shall continue as I attempt to put down on paper
the story of my family who have been connected with the life of
Missisquoi County since the late 1 700’s, and up to 1975. For some
time I have had a great longing to tell what I havefound out about
my ancestors. Trying to trace all the twigs on my family tree has
given me many knots, some of which I have not been able to
untangle; but I have decided to put down what! do have before my
memory and my body get any weaker. There will be many
omissions, not intentional, just that I have not been able to find the
necessary information.

My efforts are unskilled but determined and honest. I have
used many sources to gain what information I now have. Unfor­
tunately I did not become interested in family and local history until
I joined the Women’s Institute at Fordyce, Que. in 1946. Lady
Tweedsmuir, the wife of our Govemor-General urged W.I.members
to write VillageHistories, and I became very interested in helping to
write the Histonr of Fordyce. Then the Classesin Eastern Townships
History were organized at Community School in Cowansvilleand led
to the re-organization of the Missisquoi Co. Historical Society.
In this little book I have attempted to tell you about “A Way
of Life” among the pioneer folk; some of my own “Memories,Past
and Present” and short sketches about the areas in which my
parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived at one time in this
County. The genealogy will not prove very interesting to the casual
reader. This has been done to help my young relatives to trace their
background if they so desire.

John Marquand has said: “It is worthwhile for anyone to have
behind him a few generations of honest, hard-workingancestry.”
Charles Dickens: “It is a melancholy truth that even great men
have their poor relations”. . .

Talking with the older people we find that they speak of the
days of their youth and their grand-parents, with a touch of
nostalgia, mixed with their memories of how they worked and
played in the early days. Their grandfather told them of a quaint
custom when a house was being raised for a young married couple,
everybody came and helped, and when the last rafter was in place, a
green twig of evergreen was fastened to the top rafter, and then
everyone joined in a toast to the couple, drank in cider. Went
something like this, “Here’s to John’s industry and Mary’s delight,
raised on a Saturday, and finished before night”. None seem to
remember what the green twig symbolized.
There was very little leisure time for boys or girls in those
days, many odd jobs, to do. When it became cold and frosty in
December the boys had to thresh out the beans for the winter use.
They were spread on the barn floor, and threshed out with a flail. It
was quite a trick to get used to using a flail without getting a bump
on the head from it. There were three pieces, the stail, the toggle and
the swingle. The beans were cleaned of dirt by pouring them from
one tub to another in a stiff breeze, then the dirt was blown away.
Men were experts with the scythe and the sickle. The housewives fed
great gangs of men in the haying and harvesting season. A keen
rivalry was shown among the men mowing hay and cutting corn and
grain. Each one wanted to excel the other, the secret of the trick in
being a good mower was the ability to sharpen or “whet” your
scythe to a sharp edge, many could never do this well.

Home-making in the early days meant a great deal more than it
does to—day. It was not only cooking and cleaning, but weaving,
spinning and knitting. They raised their own wool, also flax to make

linen, long knitted hose for all the family meant many long hours
knitting. They wove their “rag-rugs” for the parlor floor, sheets for
their beds, spreads and coverlets, many of these are still kept as
heirlooms. They gathered roots and barks for their dyes. Many of
the women worked outside to assist their husbands with the chores
and field work. The father did not escape his extra tasks also. He had
to be a blacksmith, harness-maker, shoe-maker, barber, etc. “Jack of

These farmers are using a one-horse power instead of a two—horse
one as some did.

all Trades” was certainly applicable to the early pioneers. The social
part of their lives naturally was very limited, but they succeeded in
having plenty of fun along with their work. Among the most popular
gatherings of those days were the “bees”, barn raisings, corn
huskings, and an evening of apple~paring. Com-huskings always
proved to be hilarious affairs, as it was the custom whenever a red
ear of corn was found among the yellow ones, that was the signal for
the boys to kiss the girls, we suspect the red ear was rediscovered
quite often. After the corn was all husked the crowd went to the
house for a real feed, consisting of baked beans, pies, cakes,
doughnuts, apple cider, etc. This made a fitting climax to a
successful evenings work. At the “barn raisings” the timbers which
had all been placed in their proper positions by the carpenter, were
raised into place, and pegged securely. A dinner followed this.
The scythe and the sickle gave away to the mower and the
reaper and the flail to the threshing machine. The first powered
machines to thresh and cut wood with, were known as “Horses­
Powers”, as they got their power from two horses which were
hitched side by side in an enclosed frame, and they walked on
wooden slats or lags, their heads were raised high, and as they
walked on these lags they turned all the time, something along the
principal of the escalators used to-day, and there was a large wheel
fastened on the side of the horse-power, and a belt run from this
pulley to the saw or threshing-machine. The higher the horses
elevated the more power they supplied. This was a tiring job for
horses, plodding all day long on those moving lags. Smaller ones
were invented to use dogs on, and they supplied power for churning
butter, and turning milk separators. When the gasoline engine and
the steam ones were invented, men felt that nothing more could be
done to make their work easier. These are a far cry from the huge
Combines that move through the grain fields today.

Another cold weather job was the butchering before Christ­
mas. Everyone wanted to get their winter’s supply of meat ready.
Sausage, ham and bacon were prepared from the pigs, and a barrel of
salt pork was put in the cellar for spring and summer. The fat was
cooked on the stove in iron kettles, until it became liquid, and was
then strained and put in crocks or pails for cooking purposes, this
was pure Lard. The beef was cut up and when it became frozen
solid, it was packed away in clean cotton bags and buried in the oat
bin, which was a great insulator. Meat packed like this would remain
frozen until March. Tallow was obtained from the beef fat, this was

made into candles, every housewife had a candle mould, usually this
mould would make a dozen candles at a time. Tallow was also used
for greasing leather boots_to keep them soft. In the spring when the
fish were “running” in Lake Champlain and Pike River, many
farmers drove there, and could use seines in those days, and would
catch a wagon load of fish. Many people salted these in barrels, they
were very tasty, when freshened in milk overnight, and then stuffed
and baked. Meals that our grand-parents and their parents prepared
were very hearty and substantial. They had never heard of calories
and vitamins, many of them kept their own teeth until their death, a
very rare thing today. They had their own wheat for bread,
corn-meal for “J ohnny-Cake” and buckwheat flour for griddle cakes.
One old lady tells of when she was a child, and living with her
grand-parents that on a bitter cold, and stormy day in January, her
grandmother said to her, “It is a terrible day out, not fit for a dog to
be out, no one will be coming in to-day I think we had better pick
over some of the dirty wool”. This was a messy job, and just as they
got the floor covered with wool from the sheep, they heard the dog
bark, and looking out they discovered a large sled load of people
driving in. At the door they recognized their neighbor, who shouts
out, “It was too cold to work outside to-day, so thought we would
come and see you”.

Under her breath, Grandma says, “Wouldn’t you know, the
best cook in the country, and me without a thing to eat in the

They bustled about and cleaned up the wool, and Grandma
says, “I will try and find something in the house for dinner, you
must be half-frozen, set near the stove and warm up”. Out to the
cold room she went, and returned with a slab of head-cheese, some
pork sausage, two mince-pies, some fruit cake and cheese. “Run out
to the barn, Luke, and cut the head off that rooster” she said. By
the time the rooster was on cooking, there were turnips, squash,
cabbage and carrots cooking. Grandma stirred up a batch of “riz”
biscuits, these were split in two, and covered with thick creamy
chicken gravy, and along with some dried-apple sauce for the
sausage, and baked “taters”, we managed to get quite a respectable
dinner on for the company, in spite of Grandma’s lament, “Not a
thing in the house to eat”. . .
Fashions a hundred years ago certainly required a great
amount of material. A lady was not properly dressed without three

or four petticoats on, they knit their own long woollen hose and
mitts. They wove cloth for skirts and dresses, their skirts were lined
if the material was thin, as were their waists. Nearly everyone had
fur muffs, caps, coats and short jackets to ride in sleighs in winter.
Heavy fur robes in the sleighs helped to keep them warm.
Apple-paring bees were held in the evening, the men would
visit, and the women pare and slice the apples very thin, these were
spread on slatted wooden racks suspended over the kitchen stove,
wire from each corner reaching to a hook in the ceiling to hold them
securely. After many years an apple-paring machine was invented,
the apple was fastened on a pronged fork, and turning the handle of
the machine, a knife pared off the skin, and then cored the apple, so
it only had to be sliced. Dryed apples used to provide a little source
of income for the house-wife, she only received about 5c per lb. for
them. The wood-cutting bees were very common, gave the neighbors
a chance to see each other and visit, and work at the same time.
Sometimes the fun reached a high pitch with the help of the old
brown cider jug. We heard of an amusing incident at one of these
“bees”. One of the men who was very small in stature, but he was
wearing a huge pair of pants made from horne-spun material, he sat
down on a stump to rest, there was a great deal of surplus trouser
seat hanging over the edge of the stump, and a man walked up
behind him, and grasping a handful of trouser-seat cut it off with a
blow from his axe. Needless to tell, he had to leave the bee in a
hurry. The men would go home and do their chores and return with
their wives and families, someone would play the fiddle and
mouth-organ, and a great time was had by all, with square-dancing
and singing old songs. Family gatherings were another pleasant
old-time custom which should be practised more today.
Nearly every farm has a large sugar-bush, and the farmers have
derived a great deal of extra money each spring from sugar-making.
The Indians were the first to learn the art of sugar making from the
maples. The settlers had a very crude process of obtaining sugar, but
as time went on, this improved as other methods did. They at first
made a slash in the tree, and had short logs dug out to form a cavity,
and these were set on the ground to catch the sap. It was boiled
down in large iron kettles hung over open fires. Later on, they
learned to whittle wooden spouts and drive them into the trees, into
holes which they had bored out. Then wooden buckets were made
to hang over these spouts, and these were used for many years
before tin buckets were invented, and tin pans known as evaporators


Canada ’sEarliest Product

Our Sugar—Houseat Pearceton.

were used to boil away the sap speedily. These could be bought in
various lengths, according to the size needed. To-day the modern
sugar—campis convenient and sanitary. Sap is speedily boiled down
to syrup, which must weight 13 lbs. 2 oz. to the gallon, to meet
standard requirements. In the early days, nearly all the syrup was
boiled down to hard sugar. This job usually fell to the housewife,
and she did this on her kitchen stove. A pan was made to fit the top
of the range, and the sugar was judged hard enough to remove from
the fire, when it was poured over a dish of packed snow, and when
you hit it with a fork it snapped in two. It was then stirred until
quite cool, and poured into moulds made of wood at first, later on,
of tin. These were of different sizes, some weighed 5 lbs., others
only 1 lb. This sugar was packed away in a dry, cool spot, and during
the year many a cake of sugar went to the local grocer in return for
other staples needed. In the early days there was no white sugar as
now, so the women made what was called stirred sugar. It was boiled
down very thick, and stirred constantly while it was cooling, it broke
up into fine grains when cold, and when rolled out, made a very
good light colored sugar, was stored in cotton bags in a dry place.

The amount of syrup obtained from a given number of trees
varied considerably, depending on the soil in which the trees were
located. Low land trees usually produce more sap, but not of such a
good quality as high land. Sap from 2,500 buckets has produced
6,500 lbs. of standard syrup in a season. Syrup prices have been
varied over the years. It was as low as .75c per gallon in 1930, and as
high as $10 per gallon in 1974. The best sugar season calls for sunny
days, with a cool breeze, and frosts at night. The early sugar seasons
lasted much longer than they do now, many times sugar was made
for five or six weeks. Now it seems as if ten days or two weeks is the
longest season we ever get.- The younger generation of farmers do
not seem to enjoy sugar making as their grandfathers did, and many
of the fine maples are being cut down and sold for timber.
Conservation is not practised enough, and in another generation,
there will be a great scarcity of fine old maples. The Eastern
Townships has always been known as the highest sugar producing
section in the world, in 1954 the World Championship in sugar and
syrup was won by a farmer in the Eastern Townships. Unless this
practise of cutting down maples is halted before too long the future
generation will never know the joys of the maple sugar season, or the
fun of raking the colorful leaves that fall in the autumn. We feel


The type of gathering-tub used by the early farmers. Made of wood.
Have one like this in Missisquoi Museum in Stanbridge East.

This picture taken in 1974 just after fresh wood was put on the fire
under the evaporator. Note all the black smoke from the stack. The
sugar—houseof the Boomhower Bros. near Beartown

there is no other tree that can surpass the beauty and usefulness of
the maple, it should be preserved, not destroyed.
Making maple sugar in 1975 is far different from the iron
kettle and flat-bottom evaporator of many years ago. Many farmers
who have a large number of trees, especially in the hilly areas of the
Province are now using the plastic tubing method. First, the holes
are bored in the trees and a pill is inserted in the hole before the
spout is driven in. The purpose of the pill is to keep the sap from
souring when the season gets well advanced. The tubing runs from
the trees to designated gathering tanks, and from there runs directly
to the sugar-house. The old method of boiling the sap was done with
wood, but now, some have gas burners placed under the evaporators,
this method insures an even heat at all times. Years ago when nearly
all farms had a great amount of wood and plenty of help to cut it, it
was more economical to use the wood; but with the price of labor
today it makes it increasingly difficult for the farmer if he does not
have his own labor force.
During the winter of 1975 in the Lake Megantic area of
Quebec, the farmers are being shown how this new system works,
and they are being urged to produce other products than just syrup,
as has been the case for the past twenty years. Some of the products
would include maple butter, soft and hard cake sugar and coarse
grain sugar to be used on cereals, muffins, etc. In the early l920’s
there was very little syrup made. It was nearly all made into cake
sugar, mostly one pound cakes. The pint and quart syrup tins of the
past few years are very convenient. I well remember when one gallon
tins were all that was available.

During the past year many young people have asked me how
the pioneers made potash, which was really their only cash crop. The
following description is taken from the “HISTORY OF CHAZY,
N.Y., CLINTON COUNTY, N.Y.” and was written by Mrs. Nell
Barnett Sullivan, published in 1970.

“Our first industry developed from the confrontation of the
first settlers with the wilderness which covered most of the land. The
settlers’ first job was to clear the land, and they soon discovered that
while doing it they could turn a profit from lumber and potash made
from the trees they were so anxious to get rid of.

During the early period after the Revolution, there was a great
demand for potash in England, where it was used in the cloth
industry to clean wool and in the dyeing process. It was also used at
that time in the manufacture of glass, soap and explosives. As a
result, almost every early settler made “black salts” or crude potash,
which he sold to the asheries, where it was burned in brick kilns at a
high temperature to consume the carbon and produce an ash, of
much purer quality and lighter, bluish white color, known as “pearl
The crude ash was made by felling trees, mostly elm and ash,
also maple, to form large heaps. The loggers would choose two of
the largest trees which inclined toward each other and whose tops
would probably touch each other when the trees were felled. If this
arrangement could not be found, the woodsmen forced the trees
together by putting long ash poles to the back of the trees and
springing them when the tree was about ready to fall. The settlers
then cleared the land around in a circle, rolling the trees towards the
original pair and jacking them into a heap. Often the trees were cut
into lengths convenient for moving. The mass, limbs and brush
included, was then fired and reduced to ashes, which were raked into
a pile and covered with elm bark to protect them from the rain. A
sudden heavy shower would leach the ashes before they could be
gathered and cause the total loss of a week’s work. These ashes
could be sold to a commercial ashery, but a farmer made more profit
if he first turned them into “black salts”.

To make “black salts” a leach was made from slives of elm
bark into which the ashes were dumped, and the whole had water
poured over it. The lye thus formed was boiled down in large, open
iron kettles to produce the crude ash. The kettle bottoms were cast
especially thick to withstand the strain of the evaporation of this

There was considerable difference in the potash values of the
various types of trees. Water elm was felt to be the best, and
evergreens were of no value at all.

The potash had to be taken to Montreal to be sold. It was
transported by sled in the winter which was much easier than
summer travelling. In 1819 the price of a barrel of potash was $5.00.

Between 1843 and 1861 the production of potash from
mineral salts found in mines was developed in Germany, and the
market for potash burned from timber fell off.

My first memories are of our life at the Butter Factory at
Hawke’s Corners, at the south end of the Stanbury Road, about
1-1/2 miles east of North Stanbridge, or as it is known now, St.
Ignace de Stanbridge, in the County of Missisquoi.
My brothers Alton and Percy went to school sometimes at
Stanbury, and for some time at North Stanbridge. I remember one
year when my brother Gordon was attending school at Pearceton, he
and his chum, Frank Clough, hitched our big old Collie dog to a
small handsled, and he pulled them to school in the winter. He was
rather lazy going in the a.m., but coming home he just flew over the
road as he knew he had a hot supper waiting for him.

The greatest tragedy of our lives came when our brother
Clifton drank sulphuric acid in mistake for cider which my father
had been making that day in the factory. I can still remember how
the white foam poured from his mouth. Mother took him to a
Montreal hospital but they could do nothing for him and sent him
home. He suffered so much, and really starved to death. He wanted
to live to see his birthday; he enjoyed his gifts, and died the next
day, October 30, 1912. I can remember the white horse and the
white hearse that our undertaker, Mr. Morrison from Famham
Centre, used for the funeral. He had a lovely little white casket, and
was buried beside our sister Marion in the Stanbury Cemetery. I
missed him so much as a playmate —he was only nine years old.
I do not remember my only sister, Marion. She had always
been frail (born a “blue” baby) and died before she was ten years
old. A “blue” baby is one born with a defective heart. They slowly
strangle because the blue or used blood from the body is not
directed in the heart and cannot get to the lungs, and the “pink”
blood from the lungs cannot get to the body. The first operation to
save a blue baby was not performed until 1945. The problem is a
hole between the two pumping chambers of the heart. The blue
blood escapes through the hole, and instead of fresh blood, the blue
blood is pumped to the body and the artery to the lungs is blocked.
Now, in 1973, when a child reaches the age of five and is suffering
from this condition, the surgeon performs open heart surgery, which
enables the child to live a normal life.

It seems rather strange to me at the age of sixty-five that I
remember incidents of my early childhood so much better than

something that happened last year. The morning Lloyd, my young­
est brother, was born remains as clear to me as though it only
happened last week. A curly-haired old French Canadian, Fred
Goyette, was working for my father and he came to my room and
said, “I have something to show you downstairs”. I really got into
my clothes in a hurry and rushed down to the parlor-bedroom where
Mother was sleeping with the baby on her arm. Her bright red hair
showed a marked contrast to his black head of hair. That was a very
exciting moment in my life.
Another vivid and frightening memory I have is when our
house and the butter factory burned. Mother and I were out in the
factory when we noticed flames coming through the wooden ceiling.
Mother rushed upstairs but everything was in flames there, and she
had to rush outdoors. The neighbors came as fast as they could, but
very few things were saved. The men carried out the old sideboard
from the kitchen, as Dad had the payroll all made up and put into
the envelopes for the farmers for the next day. He always kept these
in the sideboard. We had a neighbor, Dennis Taylor, who knew
where these envelopes were usually kept, and father always suspect­
ed that he took them, as in a very short time he went away for a
long holiday. Payment was always made in cash in those days
(1912), so it was a complete loss which father had to make up to his
patrons. Retribution was slow, but it came for Dennis. He was found
dead in a ditch in Vermont and was buried in a pauper’s grave there.
His was a wasted life; he had received a very good education and was
really a very clever man, but he hated work in any form.
How well I remember all the neighbors and relatives gathering
up clothes for us. They had a kitchen dance and gave Father and
Mother a purse of money. Mrs. Blanchette and her daughter from St.
Ignace were dressmakers. They came and sewed for mother and all
of us kids. We moved in with Grandpa Laduke until Father bought
the Allan Gage farm in Pearceton, and after we moved there, I
started school.


Following is copied from County of Missisquoi Directory for 1879.
“A small village in the Parish of St. Ignace, Township of
Stanbridge. Pike River, on the north branch of which it is situated,
affords good water power. Among the first settlers in this vicinity
were members of the Pierce, Briggs and Gage families, the first
settlement being made about 1825. Distance from Stanbridge East
about five miles north. Mails semi-weekly. Population of village and
immediate area about 200.”

Postmaster at that time was James Briggs. Alva and Sylvester
Corey were listed as sawyers.

There were two saw-mills and a rake factory located here. The
picture shows the type of wooden hay rakes made at this factory.
The man at left is Forrest Laduke.

Moses Gage was one of the early owners of this factory.
Charles Jones was the last owner. It burned in 1888.

Robert Burnett, the grandfather of Ruth Laduke Johnson sold
these rakes throughout parts of the Eastern Townships. He would go
out with a wagon load of them and travel until he sold them.

Moses M. Gage, 1831-1872
His wife
Orcelia Burnett, 1838-1904

(Sister of Rob. Burnett)

Robert Bumet and his wife Phebe made the bricks for their
house. It was located just south of our home at Pearceton, but was
built some distance from the road, on the east side. I remember it as
a lovely bright home when Espy Corey and his family lived there. It
was bought by someone in Bedford and the bricks used to build a

“James Briggs was the Postmaster in 1879, he lived on the
west side of the road just before you crossed the bridge (the house
now owned by Mrs. Sheila Merner).

He had a small desk with pigeon-hole places for the mail, and
this sat in a corner of his large kitchen. At this time the mail came in
to Riceburg and Rob Bumet would go and collect it and bring it to
Pearceton. Corey neighborhood residents came there for their mail.

In 1888 Briggs carried the mail, would leave Pierceton about
4 p.m., go to North Stanbridge, Mystic and on to Bedford, would
not arrive home until about 11 p.m. Admitted he had a very lazy

The first school-house was on the east side of the road
between the Moses Gage and Luman Gage farms, in 1975 the Senay
and St. Pierre farms. You can still see the pile of stone which was its
foundation. Mary Hall (Fred Laraway’s mother) was my first
teacher. The last teacher in the old school was Mrs. Hurlburt (Bertha
Scl1oolcraft’s mother). The new school was built on the road leading
west near the brook, it is still standing in 1975 and made into a
dwelling-house. The first funeral held in the new school was that of
my grandmother, Mrs. Casey in 1879.
Adam Casey was killed going down ‘Gaudreau Hill’ on a load
of logs on way to the saw-mill (near where George Larocque lives in

Cyril Chandler who lived on the Gilmour farm owned the
saw-mill. Alva and Sylvester Corey were both sawyers, as was Mr.
Briggs. There was also a shingle-mill near the bridge, but I do not

know anything about who owned it.”

Before mentioning a few things about my early school days,
other memories flood my mind about things we enjoyed while living
at the “Factory”, as everyone called it.
We did so love to watch the “red coats”, as we called them,
each year as they went off to summer training camp at Famham,
and sometimes at St. Johns. Each man provided his own horse, and
the uniforms were bright red with red caps. One of these uniforms is
now in the Museum in Stanbridge East — it had been worn by
Leland Martindale. I expect the pay was very small, but it made
something of a holiday for rural men who seldom had any other

Pearceton School as I remember it. We are indebted to Lorena
Wright Davitt for this fine picture, both she and her sister Mary
Snyder had taught school here. Looking past the porch you can see
one end of the horse sheds, these were long, and would hold many
horses, as this school was used as a place of worship as well. The
wood shed at the south end had huge hand—hewnbeams in it, and
the boys W.C was in one end The girls had a little more elaborate
“powder-room” which you can see at the end of the shed. I can
remember when this was built, gave us girls quite a status symbol to
have such a modern room to ourselves. The boys, out of jealously I
presume, were always locking us inside our quarters.

The “pack peddlers” were a joy for the kiddies. I have fond
memories of a very tall, powerfully built man. They were always
Jews, and they had a great deal of patience. They would undo their
pack and spread it out on the floor so that we could always enjoy
everything he was carrying. Mother was not too popular with us at
these times as we could not see why she wanted to buy bits of cloth,
needles, pins, etc., when she could have had the choice of such
fabulous pieces of sparkling jewelry as he displayed. I can never
remember that we were ever able to buy any of these treasures, for
the simple reason that we had no money for such folderol, but the
peddler knew how we enjoyed looking at everything and he never
lost patience with us. We believe that many of these men became
quite wealthy in their later years, as they were able to buy stores and
go into business for themselves. Some of these men fell prey to
robbers, and history related that some were murdered and their
bodies never found.

In the summer and fall, many gypsies travelled through the
countryside. They usually wore bright colors with rings on their
fingers, flashing earrings and beads of every hue. Usually two horses
were pulling a large wagon; sometimes it was covered with canvas.
The men were known to be very shrewd horse traders, and many a
farmer who thought he had made a good deal with them found to
his sorrow that the gypsies had come off much better in the
transaction than he had. I remember they always camped on the

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north side of the Pike River at Bedford in a large field there at the
time of the Fair. Here they did a good business trading horses, selling
baskets, etc. Many of the farmers did not like to have them camping
too near their buildings, as they were known to help themselves to
whatever was available. They enjoyed the life of wandering through
the countryside; hard and steady work did not appeal to them. As I
think of it now, they were the “hippies” of that era. The women
were noted for their fortune-telling. Many a young girl visited these
ladies to see if they could learn something of what the future held in
store for them. I believe there are still certain areas in Europe where
the gypies travel about as they once did here.
When we lived at Hawke’s Corner we did our “trading” at B. S.
Lavoie’s store at North Stanbridge. Today we say we go to do our
shopping, but then the expression was always “do our trading”.
There was a good reason for this. The housewife took her eggs,
maple sugar, beans, vinegar, etc., and traded them for supplies from
the store. I can remember my mother taking a thirty-dozen crate of
eggs to Mr. Lavoie, and he said, “All I can give you today is 8c per
dozen. I have too many eggs.”

This store held a great fascination for my brothers and me. Mr.
Lavoie always gave the boys plugs and little pipes oflic0rice;it was
very easy to trail them when there was snow on the ground, as they
left a black path. I was always given some candy. General stores at
that time were far removed from our supermarkets of today.
Farmers brought in calfskins which were apt to be lying in close
proximity to the cakes of maple sugar. The housewife would
hand-pick beans and as late as 1932 received only 1-1/2c per pound
for them in trade. These same varieties of beans are now 48c per
pound (1973).

Summertime memories bring thoughts of the “banana man”.
He drove a horse on a small express-type wagon, and the huge
bunches of bananas were covered with straw. I remember once in the
haying season our father bought a large bunch, and for once we had
all the bananas that we wanted.

The meat carts were regular weekly visitors. The meat was
hung on hooks around the sides of the covered wagon, and lying on
the bottom. The butcher always gave you a bit of liver — never
charged for such items as kidneys. As late as 1930, the housewife
would buy three pounds of home-made pork sausage for 25c, and a
huge beef heart for the same price.

My first

school-teacher at

Pearceton School, Zina Mary
Addie Jones. Picture was taken
October 10th, 1908 when she
was twenty years old.

Charles and Ida Jones in their
Gray—Dort, June 1920. Ida
would never ride in front for
fear of the engine exploding.

Home of her father Charles Jones and his wife Ida Sargent at
Pearceton. X marks where Post-Office was located for many years. 0
marks Pearceton Cemetery. In its early days it was called “Pierce­
ville” named after Mr. Pierce who operated a mill on the banks of
the North Branch of the Pike River. Note the bridge that spans the
river here.

The large green flies that buzzed around the cart, both inside
and outside, rather dampened one’s spirits, but after a long diet of
salt pork, one’s palate was ready for a change, and we never heard of
anyone being sick after eating this meat. Balanced diets, vitamins
and calories had never been heard of.
While we are on the topic of food, I might mention the custom
among farm people of seeing how many eggs they could eat at
Easter. I remember one Easter Sunday when Harry Goyette’s parents
had gone away for the week—endand Mother invited Harry to have
dinner with us. Dozens and dozens of eggs were eaten; she fried pans
of them. A large blue platter which I can still see in my mind was
piled high with them. A large white ironstone bowl held about three
dozen hardboiled ones. The boys had a real competition at times like
this to see who could eat the most. As I think of it now, I believe
Mother did not have to cook eggs in any form for a few days after
one of these gorging spells.
After we moved to Pearceton we had a sugar bush, and never a
meal without the syrup jug on the table. Our father would put syrup
on his custard pie! We ate grated maple sugar on our porridge and
hot cakes — never heard of anyone in our family suffering from
sugar diabetes, either.

I was able to start school after we moved from the “factory”.
Having had polio when quite young, I had not been able to walk as
far as the boys did to go to school. My first teacher was Zina Mary
Addie Jones, only child of Charles and Ida Sargent Jones, who lived
near the school. Miss Jones was a gifted teacher; could excel in art
and music, in both of which I was a “wash-out”. Other teachers I
remember were Blanch Cooke, who lived on the road from Riceburg
to Bedford, and Minnie Capsey Pharo of Mystic. She was a
wonderful teacher, so patient and understanding with small children
who were frightened their first days at school. Children did not get
very far away from home in those days. I can still see Gladys
Wightman the first day she came to school. She had on a red sweater
and a cream-colored straw hat, and was clutching her lunch pail (a
three-pound red lard pail) with both hands. Her mother said to Mrs.
Pharo, “If she is not a good girl you whip her, and I will give her one
when she gets home.” With this gruesome prospect in front of her,
Gladys burst into tears, but the teacher gathered her up in her arms
and said, “No one is going to get whipped. You can sit with Ruby if
you like”, and so the tragedy of the first day of school was avoided,

Some of the gang at Pearceton School.
Back row, left to right: Gladys Wightman, Ruby Laduke, Iola

2nd row: Lloyd Laduke, Ronald Jones - our teacher, Georgia
Woodburn, Lloyd Wightman.
Front row: Cyril Gardner, Ruth Veysey, Agnes Wightman, Eva
Veysey and Clair Gardner.



Left to right: Edith Wheeler,our teacher at Pearceton with her sister
Gertrude, sitting on the back bumper of our Gray-Dort. Their
mother standing at the side of the car.

and it proved to be a sunny one for us all. Mrs. Pharo played the
organ every morning, and we did enjoy our music.

Georgia Woodbum was a pretty young girl teaching on a
permit. She came from Lisgar, Quebec. I had my first train ride with
Georgia. She wanted to go to Famham to buy a hat for Easter. I was
thrilled with the prospect of a train ride, and my brother Gordon
jumped at the chance to drive the teacher to the station, as he was
rather “sweet” on her. We took the train at “Stone” station. What a
train! When I think of the Streamliners today! That old coach
creaked and groaned in all its joints, and the oil lamps in the centre
chandelier swayed back and forth, making one wonder if they were
going to stay upright. This railroad was called the Montreal, Portland
and Boston Railroad and started from Farnham. The little stations
were built about the 1870’s. The first one south of Famham was
called “Durocher” after the farmer who owned the land where the
station was built, and the next one was “Stone”. The foundation of
this station can still be seen just east a short distance from St.
Ignace de Stanbridge. Then came the “Riceburg” station, Stanbridge
East, and the last one at Frelighsburg. Plans had been made to
extend this railroad into Vermont, but it never was built.

Let me get back to my school days. Another of my teachers
was Edith Wheeler, of Venice, Quebec. She, like most of our
teachers, must have been blessed with a great deal of patience to put
up with our nonsense, but I never remember seeing her what we kids
called “fighting mad”. I know she tried to instill in us the desire to
make something of ourselves. I well remember one of her pupils,
when she asked what his aim in life was, saying, “To save my money
so that I can buy a thressing machine and travel around the
country.” You can imagine her disgust at such an answer. My
brother Lloyd and I used to be real happy when we could go with
our father to her home in Venice, as it was a great treat to wade in
Lake Champlain, and to sit on the then lovely beach. At that time
there were but a very few cottages there. Now it is a nightmare of
pollution and dense population.
Rev. M. S. Lehigh, who had been the Methodist minister in
Stanbridge East, left the ministry and came to live near “Beartown”
in the home which is now owned by Howard Wright. He was hired to
teach the Pearceton school, adding his own family of six boys and
girls to the number of pupils. He was a man of higher education than
our usual teachers, and he gave us extra attention along the lines of

drama. Many entertainments were planned to which the parents
were invited. I well remember a debate ——
I expect it was the first

one ever held in the old schoolhouse. The topic was “Which is the
Greater Evil, Alcohol or War? ” Gerald Corey and Ruth Laduke
fought on the side of alcohol as being the greater evil, and Donald
Laduke and I told of the horrors of war. I do not imagine that our
performance would have given the members of the McGill Debating
Team any new insight into the method of debating, but we had fun
and it did give us practice in speaking before the public.

Jack Watts, an Ontario boy (and a stepson of our local
Bedford Bank of Montreal manager, Mr. King), taught the school
one year and boarded at our place. He taught Lloyd and I in Grade
8, and when our school closed the first week of May, we attended
the old Academy in Stanbridge East where we had the privilege and
enjoyment of having Mrs. Bertha Fortin as our teacher. I will never
forget her kindness. Never by word or action did she ever make us
feel that we were “countrified pupils”, as we certainly were.
I well remember the day Mrs. Fortin asked us in French to put
away our books and prepare for written French text. We didn’t have
the faintest notion what she was talking about. Jack Watts, being
from Ontario and having no French, had taught us Latin instead.
However, we prepared our notebooks as we saw the others do. What
followed was a complete disaster! George Bullard sat behind me and
he was granted the privilege and honor of “correcting” my paper. He
tried to be diplomatic about it, and said there were over ten
mistakes. I never think of George but what I remember that
charitable answer of his. For the balance of the term I memorized
my French dictation, but as you can imagine, that did not help my
pronunciation. Both Lloyd and I managed to pass the Quebec
exams, and no one was more surprised than us at this small miracle.

Every time I go into a modern schoolroom I cannot help but
think of our little old red school at Pearceton which is still standing,
and has been made into a home. This was the second school built in
Pearceton, but I have no idea of the date. I am sure the architect
must have come from a warm climate where they needed high
ceilings for coolness — the ceilings were at least fifteen feet high. If
there was ever any warm spot in that room in the winter it was up
near the ceiling. My brother Gordon built the fires for many years,
receiving the munificent sum of $5.00 per year! He had to supply
his own kindling wood and start the fire at 7:30 a.m. Even then, the

chill was hardly taken off the frigid interior. I always had a very
severe attack of chilblains in my leg which would last all winter, and
become a sore before spring, until my mother asked the teacher for
permission to let me use a padded stool for my foot. Permission was
granted, and I brought the stool to school and sat like Miss Muffet
the rest of the cold weather. You see, I did not have normal
circulation in my “polio” leg, but how I did hate having to be
different from the other kids.
Sometimes if our teacher boarded close by, while she was
home for lunch the games became so hilarious that the stovepipes
came down, and with the chimney at one end of the room and the
stove at the opposite end, it meant a long string of pipes. However,
everyone pitched in and helped, and they were soon back in place. I
can never remember that we were ever punished for this escapade, as
I think in her own mind the teacher realized we were only being so
rambunctious to keep our blood circulating.

Woe betide the pupil who forgot to empty the water pail
before going home —it would be frozen like a rock in the morning,
and it would be noon before we could loosen the ice and go to the
house next door for a pail of fresh water. Everyone drank from a
common cup, and as there was no cover for the pail, the water was
usually by mid-aftemoon covered with a light film of chalk dust. We
sure thought we were highly modernized when we got a closed
galvanized water tank with a faucet on it.
The schoolhouse at Pearceton also served as a church for many
years, the minister coming from Frelighsburg or Stanbridge East. It
was under the Methodist Charge. Long before my time, so older
people told me, huge crowds would gather there for Salvation Army
meetings. They always liad a good band. In the summertime, Lawn
Socials were held there, and I remember a Sugar Social in the spring.
If a funeral was planned, we had a day off from school.
I remember one day we were taken unawares by Mr. Wescott,
our undertaker, driving into the schoolyard with the hearse. The
teacher had understood that there was to be just a burial service, but
the family wanted a funeral. What a mad scramble! I grabbed the
broom and swept up the ashes and wood dirt around the stove; the
boys tore to the organ cupboard and rolled out the organ; we got the
books off the teacher’s desk and covered it with a black broadcloth
cover which reached the floor on all sides; put the Bible in the center
—and we were ready and open for business! The best part of all was

that we were allowed to stay. The choir took its place, Dana and
Hattie Gardner, Mrs. Wescott and her son Ari (the undertaker), with
Mrs. Amos Laduke at the organ. The casket sat upon little wooden
trestles near the front of the room. Caskets were always black for
adults and white for children.
A moment of awe and dread came when Mr. Wescott asked if
any of the friends would like to look upon the beloved. We never
dared go, but many felt it their duty to take one last look at the
departed. It was not unusual for the minister to preach a funeral
service lasting one hour. Perhaps if the departed had been able to
hear all the praise heaped upon them, they would not have
recognized themselves. It was more than most of them had received
while living. But enough of these sad episodes in the schoolhouse,
and on to the happier moments.
As you can readily imagine, our social life was rather limited,
and small entertainments provided us with a lot of fun. The
Christmas Tree entertainments were a joy for old and young alike. I
remember one year when Alton was in charge of the programme.
What fun we had making large evergreen wreaths which were
fastened on barrel hoops to keep them round. We made artificial
flowers, berries, etc., to trim them. We strung popcorn and cran­
berries for the tree, cut out silver stars from the lead which came
from the tea packages. Tea came loose then in one-half and
one-pound packages; no tea bags in those days. An orange was
always a treat for us to find on the tree. Each of us had small bags
made from white or green netting and these were filled with
popcorn, peanuts and hard candy; and oh, what a treat if we had a
few walnuts in the shell! We never realized that we would be
considered under—privilegedchildren by today’s standards.

Revival meetings were another great crowd-gatherer, not from
any sense of real religious fervor but because it was something to go
to —to see your neighbors and to get what fun you could from it.
At least that is how the youngsters felt, but probably our elders had
different ideas. The music was really lovely at these meetings. We
seemed to have had many people who could sing well. The
Stanbridge congregation used to come out some nights with two
horses pulling the double sleds, and with fifteen or twenty people
gathered under warm robes. I can still hear them singing as the
horses headed for home with the bells ringing out merrily. The poor
horses had been standing under an open shed for about three hours,

and even though they were covered with wool blankets and fur
robes, they must have been chilled and were only too willing to get
home to their warm barns as soon as possible.
At these revival meetings, we usually had speakers from a
distance, and to a man they were noted for their lengthy sermons.
Men had to keep getting up and refueling the old box stove, or
everyone would have been frozen. Gordon had a peculiar way of
cutting off some of these long-winded orators. He took his pea
shooter with him, and when he began to feel that everyone had
reached the limit of their endurance, he began to shoot peas into the
blackboard in back of the speaker. Usually after a short barrage of
this hard ammunition, he took the hint and brought the meeting to a
close. Of course our Mother knew that Gordon was the culprit, and
he usually received some pretty hard blows once she got him safely
home. They did not make too much of an impression on him, for
the next winter he would be at it again.

Magic Iantem Show! That was a great time for us. Mr.
William Shaw came each year, I think from Stanstead County, but
I’m not sure. It might as well have been Timbuctoo as far as we were
concerned, for we knew nothing of the country beyond a fifty-mile
radius. Gordon and I got free tickets to the show for pasting up the
notices, etc. We had never heard of Public Relations, but we sure
told everyone far and wide about the wonderful show coming to the
schoolhouse. I think Mr. Shaw used carbide in his lantern; the fumes
were really terrific with all the windows closed. Our mother would
be deathly sick but would come right back the second night. Mr.
Shaw put the words of a song on the screen, but said he did not
know the air. Fred Veysey promptly told him if he would open a
window, the air could come in that way.

There never seemed to have been any money for toys from the
store, but we never missed them as we had home-made toys. Our
father made hockey sticks and sleds for the boys. One winter my
father spent many hours making a toboggan. This was quite a long
procedure as he had to soak the lumber in order to get it to bend for
the curve. It was then placed in a vise to hold it in the correct
position. Lloyd and I were quite thrilled the first night we took it
out. The moon was shining brightly, and we went sailing down the
hill at a great rate, but as you know, “Pride goeth before a fall”, and
we crashed into a tree that seemed to have jumped into our path. We


broke the front of our toboggan but it was mended and we used it
for many years.
I never had a doll from the store. My mother saved the
wrappers from the bars of “Comfort” soap and sent away for dolls
that were printed on cotton. She filled them with dry bran or
sawdust and I loved to play with them as much as though they had
been beauties from Paris.
Of course we enjoyed the animals on the farm, and we always
had a dog and several cats. The latter had to live at the barn, as my
mother did not approve of cats in the house. I have already told you
about my Grandmother Kennedy’s parrot, Polly. One summer we
had a mud turtle. Father put a small hole in the edge of his shell and
we put a wire through that to hold him. We kept a large pan of water
nearby for him to play in, but one morning when we got up we
discovered the wire broken, and he had gone back to the river where
he belonged. In the early 1900’s there were many very large mud
turtles in this area; heard my father tell of one he found while
hoeing corn that was strong enough to hold him standing on its

All farm boys had to work very hard. My brothers, Alton and
Percy were out gathering cream for the factory when they were only
in their early teens. Alton drove a two horse wagon, and Percy a one
horse outfit. I can remember riding with Alton down to the Gilmore
farm at Riceburg. Percy went as far east as the 10th Range of
Dunham road where Amos and Ethel lived.

The hard work continued after moving to the Allan Gage farm
in Pearceton. Hundreds of cords of wood were cut, the boys sawed
down the trees by hand with a cross-cut saw. I can remember the
huge maple trees in a small grove on the west side of our road near
the house, they were two and three feet on the stump, but had
become too old for sap. The best of the logs were drawn to the
saw-mill run by John Perry, near the farm now owned by George
Larocque, north of Stanbridge East and were cut into lumber. The
rest went for wood. My father had his own saw rigs, both circular
and drag-saw. The circular was used to cut up the limbs into stove
wood lengths, and the drag cut the large logs into whatever length
was wanted, usually about 16 inches. Perhaps I should explain that
these saws were run by gasoline engine power. The circular saw was
round as its name tells you, perhaps about thirty inches across; the

drag-saw was about five feet in length and instead of running round,
it moved back and forth, and the operator had to regulate it as he
wished. I have seen Alton split the blocks into smaller pieces nearly
as fast as they came from the machine. These would be hard wood
blocks, such as maple and birch.
I suppose the lack of water in so many of the small brooks and
rivers account for the loss of animal life. Muskrats were more than
plentiful in the north branch of the Pike, which ran through our
land, and the boys trapped many of them. As late as 1920, the water
was deep enough in this river to float to the sawmill near Stanbridge
East hundreds of great logs which my father and brothers had cut.
They were sawed into lumber for our new barn which was built that
summer. This saved a great amount of work in loading and unloading
the logs, and also gave all the boys in the neighborhood an
opportunity to show off their prowess as lumberjacks. Mother put in
a terrible day of worrying, as she was quite positive that someone
would drown. ‘
Lloyd and I spent many happy days fishing in this river. He
and Ronald Jones also enjoyed catching large bullfrogs, the legs of
which were keenly enjoyed by Ronald’s mother; we were very
willing that she should have them. When I now see these delicacies
included among the most popular of gourmet foods, my mind goes
back to the time when the boys strung a number of frogs on a piece
of a small limb and hung them in our cellarway to keep them cool.
Mother reached in to get a cloth off the wall and put her hand on
those cold slimy creatures, and how she did shriek!

Trapping was about the only means that farm boys had to get
a bit of spending money. Gordon and Alton chose one of the most
malodorous of all the small animals as the victim in their hunting
expeditions. If I remember correctly, they took a lantern with them,
as skunks would follow a light, and once they got them away from
their holes, they dispatched them quite readily by hitting them over
the head. Sometimes it meant many hours of hard labor if they had
to dig them out of their holes. I can see them coming down the road,
walking single file, carrying a long white birch pole with five or six
skunks hanging from it. Mother would groan when she smelled them
coming — no need to look. The most money was made from
rendering the oil from the skunk, which was done out in the
woodshed. A large black iron kettle was put on the old “Diamond
Rock” stove, and when the fat was all clear, they put it into glass

Rev. Ernest Manley Taylor, at My teacher at Stanbridge East,
age eighty-four. Knowlton, Que. 1925. Bertha Galbraith Fortin.
Mr. Taylor was the school In­
spector in Brome and Missisquoi Counties for many years. He
travelled with horse and sleigh, and top bugy in the summer. He
drove the same black horse for many years. He had a marvellous
memory, and would recognize pupils that he had not seen for years,
and tell them what school they had attended, who their parents
were, and often their grandparents.


Stanbridge East Model School, I 909

Main St., Stanbridge East. The building right front was the “Ameri­
can House” Hotel, it burned. Last owner was Homer Yeats. The
large white building was the Bank (now Catholic Church} and the
house adjoining was Gilmour Home (now Presbytery ).

In 1920 there was great excitement around Beartown and vicinity,
when a balloon from Akron, Ohio, landed on the barn roof of Alfred
Richer. I do not believe the two men passengers were injured. A
great crowd gathered to see it.

jars. I believe they received 25c a quart. Mr. Bloc bought the furs
and the oil. Once in a while they were fortunate enough to catch a
muskrat, and that would bring as much as $2.00.

The boys waited eagerly for the river to freeze over so they
could go skating. Sometimes they were able to skate nearly to
Stanbridge on the river. If the river overflowed its banks or if we had
a lot of rain, low spots in the meadow would be covered with ice and
this made good skating. The grown-ups as well as the children would
gather at these spots on a moonlight night and enjoy the fun.
Bonfires would be built so they could warm themselves, and to
prepare hot drinks. There were no planned sports in those days —
everyone made their own fun and enjoyed doing it.
At Christmas and New Year’s we would all gather either at
Grandpa Laduke’s or at some of our Uncle or Aunt’s homes, and we
had fun, then as we got older it was considered a rare treat to go at
night to the “Christmas Tree” at the Methodist Church in Stanbridge
East. Such a wonderful program, which included not only the
children but the grown-up’s as well. Here is where Lloyd andl first
saw a ventriloquist at work. It was Jim Dike, and he had a doll on his
knee and he was trying to get the doll to pronounce “Constanti­
nople” but it always seemed to come out “Can’t stand on a nickle”.
We were completely mystified as to how he did it. You see we had
no Edgar Bergen’s with Charlie McCarthy’s in those days.

As we got older another treat was going for rides either on the
double-sleds or the traverse sleighs. We had a set with three seats —
would put buffalo robes around us and away we would go to the
jingle of the bells on the horses harness. We used to go up to Amos
and Ethel Laduke’s for a musical evening. Ethel played the piano
and Amos had a very nice tenor voice. I remember one night when
we were going, the regular road was blocked too high with snow to
travel on, so, we had to take to the field near the Miles Hunt place,
Frank Clough was our chauffeur for the night, in some way the

horses stepped off the beaten path, and we tipped over, but no one
seemed to mind that very much. It would be hard for our younger
generation to realize what the roads were like in those days. The
farmers all took their turn in ploughing out the roads, and some­
times they were rolled. Went up over the drifts, and this tended to
make “cahots” which became very deep in places before spring.
Snow fences had not been thought of then, and as there were so


many rail fences alongside the roads these served to block the snow,
and to make tremendous drifts.

Another good program which we enjoyed was going to
“Laraway Comer” school-house. They had a splendid Christmas
party always. Some of the dialogues that the adults put on were
really original and funny. I can remember seeing Ishmael Corey (a
very large man) soaking his feet in large wooden candy pails, while
his make-believe wife, Ethel Laduke was pouring boiling water with
mustard into these pails and urging him to “soak good, only way to
break up a cold”. He said “It may be good to soak, but Ihad not
planned to be scalded to death”.
Music was one of the most enjoyable parts of rural living. No
radios or televisions. Everyone had to make their own fun, and many
more young people took music lessons then than today. very
neighborhood had their own musician, witl/iout training but ots of
rhythm and sweet voices. Lester Williamswithfiis accordion was the
“Burl Ives” of our vicinity, he had a wonderful voice, it was a joy to
listen to him.

Owing to the pain which I have in my right arm and shoulder
from arthritis I cannot hold a pen to write anymore, so these
memories that I have are going to have to be cut short as I am not
able to think very well sitting at my typewriter, and it takes a long
time to write very much (with my two-finger method).

The first of our family to leave the home farm was my brother
Percy. He went to Lowell, Mass. where he lived with our aunt and
uncle Pratt, and he learned the auto mechanic business, which he
worked at most of his life. Lived in Detroit, Mich. and there our
brother Gordon joined him, and they lived there many years
working in the automobile business. From there they went to
California and never moved from there. They became American
citizens. Percy joined the Navy in the last war, and served several
years overseas. After he retired he and his wife moved to Sebastopol,
Calif. where his wife died in 1963. He lived alone after that, andl
spent many happy months with him there. He died in 1973.
Gordon became a fruit farmer in the Napa Valley, and though
he is now retired they live in Calistoga, Calif. They have two sons
and two grandchildren. Have spent some time in Hawaii when their
son was living there. He and his family are now in Nevada, but their


son Lloyd lives nearby, is married, and he and his wife Randy live in
Santa Rosa.

Alton was married in 1923 and he and his wife Melvina went
to Detroit, Mich. where my other brothers lived with them. Their
daughter Ilene was born in Detroit. Alton worked as a carpenter
while there. The beautiful Masonic Temple is one of the buildings he
worked on. They returned to Pearceton when Ilene was a baby, and
they took up farming. Their son Clifton was born in 1930. After a
few years they moved to Stanbridge East, and Alton again took up
carpenter work, and became a contractor with several employees.
Melvina went to work at Torrington Shops in Bedford, where she has
been retired from for some time. Alton also retired. They celebrated
their Golden Wedding in 1973. They live near their son and
grand-daughter J ohanne, whose two sons give their great-grand­
parents lots of joy. Their daughter Ilene and granddaughter Janet
live in New Mexico.

Lloyd (the baby of our family) served in the Air Force, before
that he worked in Asbestos for the Johns-Manville Co. He went to
California and returned to marry a Stanbridge East girl, and they
have lived in California since. They have two sons and one daughter,
which you can learn all about in the Laduke Genealogy. In 1974
Lloyd and Frances retired from the restaurant business, and arrived
in Stanbridge East at end of May, and were able to stay until the end
of October when they moved south to Florida where they stayed
until the end of January when they started on their return trip to

Our father sold the farm at Pearceton in 1947 and he and my
mother moved to Stanbridge East. Our mother was never very happy
after she left the farm. It was difficult for her to make new friends.
She died in 1949, just a few days after the twins were born to Lloyd
and Frances, she was delighted over this event. Our father went to
live with Alton and Vina, where he died in 1959.
I have left the memories of my own life to the last. Have never
done anything very outstanding, but have had my share of joy and
bitter sorrow.

I lived at home helping on the farm and in the house until I
was married in 1930. My husband, James Moore lived at Fordyce
Comer, near Cowansville with his uncle Michael Hearne, who had
been a father to him and his twin brother John, as their own father


died shortly before they were born. Their mother and sister
Kathleen brought them from their home in Cowansville to live with
her brother Michael who was a bachelor. I have such happy
memories of “Mike” as everyone called him. A gentle man, with a
sense of humor, who had accepted hard work very early in life as his
father had died when he was very young, and as he was the oldest
boy he became his mothers mainstay throughout her life. For a
bachelor he had a great gift with boys, he was very handy with tools.
He made them sleds, wagons, hockey sticks, etc. Taught them all the
chores that boys on a farm had to learn. Made small axe handles for
them so they could learn to chop. Made scythe snathes, and cut off
scythe blades short enough for them to use. There was lots of hand
mowing on his farm as it was rocky. All the comers of the fields had
to be mown out by hand. Did not leave weeds and brush to grow up.
He loved horses, it was said that at one time he had more
horses than cows. His kindness extended to his animals as well as to

He once told me that “two boys was pretty good, but three
boys usually meant trouble, and four boys was just too much to
handle”. We know he really did not mean this as all the boys at
Fordyce liked Mike, and always came to see him after they had been
away for many years. He never really had any pleasure in life, as we
think of pleasure today. Never owned an automobile, a radio or ever
travelled. He enjoyed his daily paper, and read it well, and knew
what was going on in the world. He died in the old stone house
where he was born, and which his father had built. He is buried in
the Chapel Comer Cemetery with his parents and brothers.
My husband and I bought a farm in Brome Centre and moved
there in November 1930, where we spent twelve happy but hard
working years on a farm that did not give us much in return for our
work. The l930’s were tough years, but we were happy, made many
friends. I enjoyed our work in the little church at Brome Centre, and
our Red Cross work during the War years. It was here that I became
interested in Temperance Work with the Young People, and with the
W.C.T.U. later on. I became Provincial President and had the
privilege of visiting other Provinces at Dominion Conventions.

In 1943 we bought the old homestead at Fordyce from my
sister—in-law,Kathleen Moore, and my husband returned to his job as
a printer at Bruck Mills which he had previously held in the 1920’s.
His health started to fail, and he had to leave his work. We had the

old house restored, and enjoyed our life there until 1962 when he
suddenly passed away on September 22nd. In 1951 we made a trip
by train to California and spent three wonderful months there, and
in Oregon, and returned home across Canada. This was the only real
holiday Jim had ever had, and he enjoyed it immensely.
I flew to California in December 1963, and stayed until April,
returned by plane to Vancouver, and then to Regina where I visited
Ruth Dryden Tabin and family, then on to Moose Jaw, where I had
a grand time with Alfred and Jean Sargent, and Roy Vaughan. He
drove me to Regina to visit the Museum there.
I also visited Oregon twice, was given a grand welcome at the
Sargent and Neville homes, and driven hundreds of miles to visit
lovely Oregon. I especially enjoyed the area around The Dalles, and
the John Day River, where the early fur traders under leadership of
Peter Ogden travelled through.

In July, 1964 I had the barns taken down at the farm in
Fordyce as I was afraid of fire as empty barns were an attraction for
“Weary Willie’s”. I continued working in the Museum at Stanbridge,
and have always been very grateful to Kate Blinn for taking me back
and forth to work. My husband and I became interested in the
Museum when it was at Dunham in the school there. How much we
enjoyed working with Mr. and Mrs. Spencer. He was intensely
interested in obtaining exhibits for the Museum, and did outstanding
work as President of the Historical Society. In 1967 along with
others in this area we organized the first Branch of the United
Empire Loyalist Association in Quebec Province. In 1968 we were
honored with a visit from Sir John and Lady Johnson from England.
As I had suffered a heart attack early that year I was not able to
meet them at the Art Centre in Cowansville.
In 1968 I realized that I could no longer carry on with my
work at the Museum, and keep my home. I sold the dear old stone
house built by my husband’s grandfather at Fordyce Corner, to Mrs.
Karinn Sorensen, who works for CBC in Montreal. In September,
Kathleen and I had an auction sale, and we had to part with many of
our old treasurers for lack of a place to keep them.
In November 1968 Beryl Tremblay and I went by train to
California. Stopped off at Sacramento to do some research on her
family; then on to Santa Rosa where we stayed at by brother
Percy’s, also visited Gordon and Rachel at Calistoga, and Lloyd and


Frances at Santa Rosa. Beryl flew home and I stayed on until May.
The memory of those happy months will always be with me. I also
visited Bea Baumback at Madera and the Joyal’s at Danville. All
these wonderful people drove me many miles to see the country.
In May 1969 I moved into an apartment in the old Comell­
Moore home, and am still living there in 1975.

I continued to work at the Museum until fall of 1973 whenl
realized that I could not carry on and do justice to the work. I shall
never, I hope, lose interest in this work which has given me so much
pleasure in my life.
Somewhere I read as a challenge for 1975 that we might “Do
something new; do something different; do something extra”. This is
also designated as “International Women’s Year” so I am trying to
get a few extras in. The something new for me was a wonderful
afternoon spent riding through woods and fields with a kind friend
on a ski-doo. I am convinced this is a grand way to enjoy the winter
when properly used.

Church work has always presented a challenge to me, and, in
the past I have enjoyed it so much; but during my years at the
museum I had to neglect it, but now, I hope to participate in a more
active way. At present I am helping with the History of our United
Church here in Stanbridge East as part of our 50th Anniversary
celebration. Our Unified Board is involved in many projects, one of
which is restoring the “Hillside” cemetery here, and I am serving on
that committee. Am on the Board for the “District of Bedford
Association for the Mentally Retarded”. I am intensely interested in
the work of the Association.
As my three score years and ten loom ever closer I have had to
curtail many physical enjoyments, but of one thing I am assured, I
will never become bored with what life has to offer me.
Au Revoir.








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1802 — 1861
Searching for the ancestors of my great-grandfather, Joseph
Leduc, has proved interesting but has not brought a great many
results as yet. Family tradition has it that he came from Belgium,
and was a Roman Catholic. He was supposed to have had two
brothers and one sister. I have found a record of one brother,
Narcisse, who in 1852 was living in the Township of Stanbridge, and
was listed as a sawyer. His wife was Louise Charron. I found several
of his children listed in the St. Croix Records at Dunham.
When my husband and I were in California in 1951, my
brother Gordon told me of a Mr. Leduc in his village. We went to see
him, and I was simply amazed at the resemblance to our grandfather,
Francis Laduke. There could be no mistaking the fact that he was of
the same family. He said his grandfather had lived in Northern
Ontario at one time before going to Michigan.
Several years ago I contacted the Belgian Consul in Montreal
and asked his advice as to howl could find early records in Belgium.
He told me of a Pierre Leduc from Belgium who had at one time
been on his staff; he gave me the address as Wanne, Province of
Liege. I wrote and received a very courteous reply saying there had
been Leduc’s in that part of Belgium for many generations. He sent
the dates of several “Joseph’s” but none seemed to fit the dates we
have. He said there was a Roger Leduc in Wanne who told him that
some of his ancestors went to Canada, but that he knew nothing
about them.

In the 1852 Census of Stanbridge Township, it states that
Narcisse (or Nelson) Leduc was a sawyer, aged 41, and was born in
French Canada, so perhaps their parents had come from Belgium. I
am not sure as to the locale of “French Canada”; perhaps along the
river toward Quebec City. I know that he lived in the area around
Stanbridge East, as I have found his name in the Cornell Account
Books. Where the other brother, Jules, and their sister, Mrs. Millette,
settled is not known.



a Wanne et Stoumont
Par poste: Trois-Ponts
Province de Liege

Wanne, March 31, 1967
Mrs. J. B. Moore
Cowansville, Quebec


R.R. No. 1

Dear Madam,

I received your letter (20-3-67)
To be helpful to you, I have searched in our records for the name of
your great-grand-pere: Joseph Leduc.
I do not know if my researches were successful in finding what you
But, forgive my bad English, for I make my first steps in writing it.
Therefore I tell you in French, what follows:

I) In the birth records (1800-1812) it reads:
1) L’an onze de la république frangaise le 4 vendémiaire =
1802 est né £1Logbiermé commune de Wanne: Jean Joseph
LEDUC fils de Jean-Pierre LEDUC et de Jeanne Catherine
HOBEN de Logbierrné WANNE.
2) L’an 12 de la République francaise le 19 floréal (19-­
1803) est né a Wanne Pierre Joseph LEDUC fils de Jean-Pierre
LEDUC et de Catherine HOBEN domiciliés a Logbierrné

3) L’an mil huit cent douze, le 2 mars est né a Wanne Urbain
Joseph LEDUC fils de Jean Pierre LEDUC et de Anne Marie
MICHA domiciliés a Wanne.
4) L’an mil huit cent douze, le 21 mars est né a Wanne: Jean
Pierre LEDUC fils de Jean Pierre LEDUC et de Jeanne
Catherine HOBEN domiciliés 51Wanne.

In 1805-1806 = nothing written
II) Marriages records:
1) Le 15-2-1833: mariage de Jean-Servajs LEDUC (27 ans) et
Marette Madeleine fils de Jean Francois LEDUC et de Marie
2) Le 3-6-1835: mariage de Pierre Joseph LEDUC (né le 19
floréal an 12 1803) fils de Jean-Pierre LEDUC et de Catherine


3) Le 11-1-1837: mariage de LEDUC Jean Josephet HEM­
ROULLE Marie Catherine fils de Jean Pierre LEDUC et de
Catherine HOBEN.
4) Le 20-4—l838: mariage »de Quoirin Joseph LEDUC et
HEMROULLE Marie Elisabeth fils de Jean Pierre LEDUC et
de Catherine HOBEN.

I have heard that several men of our country settled for Canada in
the 19th. century: alas! the oldest of our inhabitants can not
remember their names or their ancestors.
Two men named LEDUC still dwell in our village: LEDUC Roger
and his father Julien LEDUC, Lavaux street 110 WANNE par

The son told me he has heard of an ancestor: LEDUC in Canada, but
nothing more.
Very helpfully yours.
Le secrétaire communal:

I) In the birth records (1800-1812) it reads:
1) The eleventh year of the French Republic, the 4 “vende­
miaire” 1802*, was born at Logbiermé, town of Wanne: Jean
Joseph Leduc, son of Jean Pierre Leduc and Jeanne Catherine
Hoben of Logbiermé, Wanne.
2) The twelfth year of the French Republic, the 19 “Floréal”
1803 was born at Wanne, Pierre Joseph Leduc, son of Jean
Pierre Leduc and Catherine Hoben residing at Logbiermé,

3) In 1812, March 2, was born at Wanne, Urbain Joseph
Leduc, son of Jean Pierre Leduc and Anne Marie Micha
residing at Wanne.
4) In 1812, March 21 was born at Wanne Jean Pierre Leduc,
son of Jean Pierre Leduc and Jeanne Catherine Hoben residing
at Wanne.
II) Marriage records:
1) February 2, 1833 were married Jean—ServaisLeduc, 27, son
of Jean Francois Leduc and Marie Catherine Plumeisher, with
Marette Madeleine.

2) June 3, 1835 was married Pierre Joseph Leduc (born 19
Floréal, 1803) son of Jean Pierre Leduc and Catherine Hoben.


3) January 11, 1837 were married Jean Joseph Leduc, son of
Jean Pierre Leduc and Catherine Hoben with Marie Catherine
4) April 20, 1838 were married Quoirin Joseph Leduc, son of
Jean Pierre Leduc and Catherine Hoben, with Marie Elisabeth

* This refers to a different calendar instituted during the
French Revolution.

4 Vendémiaire
19 Floréal

: September 26 or 27
: May 9

This was translated by one of our engineers, a Frenchman who was
born in Paris. He verified the dates through the librarian at
Hartford Public Library. That calendar existed for about 12 years,
during the reign of Napoleon.

We believe that Great-grandfather Joseph settled near lake
Champlain. He married Clarissa Mandigo on October 3, 1833, and
the Mandigo’s had the first log cabin near where Venice is now
located. He was mentioned in 1837 at Noyan in a Commissioner’s
Court case.
When he left that area we do not know. He was supposed to
have operated a saw-mill on Morpion Creek, between Famham and
Sand Hill Corner, and from there, we believe he moved just west of
Fordyce Corner. It was the first place on the south road off of the
present Highway 40, first road to the left. This is a cul-de-sac now.
People in the district remember the log house on the west side of the
road —it has long ago disappeared but the wild pink roses still grow
there. His name is marked on Walling’s Map of 1864. Here is where
he died very suddenly one day while he and his son Henry were
skidding logs in the woods.

None of the family seems to know anything about how
Great—grandmother got along on the farm after he died. Their

youngest child, Jonathan (named after her father, Jonathan Man­
digo) was only eleven years old when his father died. I expect the
older boys helped out what they could. She seemed to have lived on
several rented farms in Dunham Township, and at the time of her
death in 1885 was living in a small house at the north end of the
10th range road of Dunham, just a short distance from Famham

Her grandchildren remember that she had a very strong
personality; her way was usually the right way, or so she thought.
Perhaps that is why Great-grandfather left the Catholic Church in
which he had always been a member, and in which he was married
and their first child, William, was baptized. I suspect that she was
one of those people who perhaps did not have a very stable faith of
her own, and was suspicious of other people’s beliefs. Perhaps that is
one of the reasons why we do not know anything about his brothers
and sister; they spoke French, and I expect she did not wish to
communicate. How surprised she would be today if she knew that
her great-grandchildren were not very happy over the fact that they
were unilingual with a name like “Laduke” in a bilingual province
like Quebec, but after all, she is not to blame if we were just too
stupid to learn it ourselves!

I expect Great-grandmother was the one who changed the
spelling of the name “l_educ” to “Laduke”. Anyway, Great-grand­
father lies buried beside her in the little Protestant cemetery just a
stone’s throw from Farnham Centre, where the little Methodist
Chapel used to have quite a large congregation; it stood close to the
cemetery. His name is spelled “Laduke” on his monument.

I am going to attempt to follow the lives of these ten children
of Joseph and Clarissa —seven sons and three daughters.

Edward, the only child not to marry, died when only thirty­
nine. Henry and Clarissa were the only ones who ever got very far
away from Quebec. Great-uncle Henry went to Saskatchewan with
his family in 1912 and died there.
How well I remember our Great-aunt Delia telling us about her
sister Clarissa who, 1-think, went to Kansas. She married a man by
the name of Tryon. Clarissa was a “medium”. We were rather vague
as to what a medium was, but thought it must be something rather
glamorous, as her pictures showed her as a very lovely lady with
most gorgeous clothes (or so we thought). She had beautiful large
dark eyes, which we like to think came from the Mandigo side of the
house. They were of Italian descent. Many of the laduke family had
these eyes, and many a very swarthy complexion —especially our

I have very fond memories of Aunt Delia. She lived near us at
Pearceton, and it was a second home for Lloyd and 1. Nearly every
evening after our lessons were finished, my brother and I went to

Aunt Delia’s. She was very, very deaf and a great reader, and she
took snuff! I can hear her now, tapping that little black box and
sniffing. Our mailman, Charlie Hall from Stanbridge, used to bring
her snuff. I can see the little round box marked “Copenhagen Snuff”
now, and woe betide if he forgot it -4 she was like a drunk without
his bottle.

One winter her brother Francis (our grandfather) lived there
with her and her son Wilfrid. He sent to Eaton’s for some Jews
Harps. Wilfrid played the fiddle, and Lloyd and I tried to play the
old organ. I guess it must have sounded rather awful, but we sure
had fun.
Sometimes in the summer, Aunt Delia’s youngest brother
Jonathan would come to visit her, and he was just as deaf as she was.
Usually at the end of an afternoon of this throat-wracking conversa­
tion, they were both pretty well tired out. Aunt Delia lived near the
schoolhouse, and when the windows were up, we could plainly hear
his ear-splitting voice. He once told my mother, “It sure tuckers me
out trying to make Delia hear”. After one of these sessions, when we
came past from school she would be stretched out on the couch with
a cold cloth on her head, moaning rather feebly.
One day when she was writing out her grocery list and Wilfrid,
who had a large flock of hens and was doing some repair work to the
building, said to her “Put down a pair of hinges”, we heard her
mutter. “Hen-Cheese! What next will they think of to feed hens? ”
When Aunt Delia was over seventy she had the measles. She
had been very sick for several days and Dr. Draper could not seem to
find out what was the matter. One night when Wilfrid and I sat up
with her, she was delirious; she recited poetry and sang hymns all
night long. Finally she quieted down and fell asleep, and when we
looked at her, she was covered with hundreds of blotches all over her
face and body —she sure “broke out”.

Her sense of humor was enjoyed by us kids. Someone once
said to her, “Wilfrid has always looked old”, to which she said, “He
was made from old material! ” She was 46 years old when he was
Aunt Delia died in 1936 at the age of eighty-three, and was
buried in Pearceton Cemetery beside her twin girls and her husband,
Sylvester Corey.

Perhaps I am more fortunate than many youngsters, as I
remember all four of my grandparents. My grandmother Laduke,
who was Patience Alcesta Ellison, died in March, 1915, when I was
seven years old. How well I remember her beautiful white hair. I
thought she had been an old lady for as long as I could remember
her; she was only sixty-eight, but that was pretty ancient to me.
After they left their farm, they lived in a house near to Uncle Henry,
at the south end of the Stanbury road. We always called it the
“Thibault” house, as that was the name of the former owners. I can
remember slipping in the front door and hiding behind the hall door,
and she would call out, “Did I hear someone come in? ” When she
came past, I would jump out at her and call, “Boo! ”, and she
always acted very surprised, as if she had no idea I had been there.
Another memory I have is of the baked sweet apples. 1 can see them
now, with little beads of syrup clinging to the skins. How I cried
when I saw her lying in bed trying so hard to speak; she suffered a
stroke and only lived about a week.

My next grandparent to die was Grandpa [ester Kennedy. He
had pneumonia and died in the house that he had built in Stanbury.
He was eighty-six when he died in 1916. He was a short, stocky man
with twinkling blue eyes (my brother Gordon is very much like
him). He had long white whiskers and walked with two knobby old
canes, which I still have. He loved to hunt, like his grandfather
Kennedy of Bolton, Vermont. 1 read in a history of Vermont that
John Kennedy was the greatest “bar” hunter in Vermont — had
ninety-six bears to his credit. Grandma always said that if he had not
gone hunting so much in the winter, and had his clothes frozen to
his legs, he would not have had such lameness and rheumatism in his
old age. Probably she was right, but from what I remember of her
dour ways, he probably went hunting to escape from her sarcastic
tongue. l’ll bet he really “caught it”, though, when he did come
home with his old hounds after chasing wily foxes all day.
Grandpa was a good farmer, and always kept his buildings well
painted and in good repair. It would make his heart ache today if he
could see his old home standing empty, weather-beaten and forlorn

After he became too old and lame for active farm work, he
and Grandma went to live in another house he owned, called the
“Pino” place. He had bought this property in 1848 from the
DesRiviere brothers, who had owned 35,000 acres of land at one

time. I remember this as a very pleasant sunny house with nice trees
around it. It was a log house, but had been covered with clapboards.
A few years ago, John Rhicard of Stanbridge East bought this house
and carefully took down the logs and removed the wide pine
flooring, and built an addition to the small log house which he had
owned for some time. He is a wonderful craftsman and mason. He
has a lovely stone fireplace, and the wide pine boards are put in
place with wooden pegs. It is indeed a lovely room, and it makes me
very happy to know that these old logs and boards are once again a
part of a happy home.
Grandma Kennedy came to live with us in 1915 after they had
to give up housekeeping. My memories of her, I am sorry to say,
were not happy ones. I can never seem to remember hearing her
laugh. She always seemed to be in her element when she was causing
strife in the household. Her pet parrot she really loved, as did my
brother Lloyd and I. Polly’s funeral was a splendid affair. Mother
lined a shoe box with white cloth and we placed the box in our little
wagon, covered it over with flowers and lined the little grave with
evergreens. Polly was buried under a large maple tree which is still
standing in our sugar woods. I could go to the place now.

Poor Grandma had a long painful illness from cancer, and
Mother cared for her. She died in 1918 and was buried beside
Grandpa in Stanbury Cemetery, where you will find many, many
Kennedy graves. Her maiden name was Mary Orcutt, and she had
lived not far from the Kennedy farm, near Haseville.
Now we are going to talk about Grandpa Laduke. He was the
fourth son of Joseph and Clarissa. I was quite young when they left
the farm on the 10th Range Road of Dunham. My brother Percy,
being older, remembers that Grandpa worked very hard, and he told
me of an amusing incident that happened once when he was there.
Grandpa had a lot of hay to draw in while it was nice and dry,
but that was the day that Grandma decided that she was going up to
Fordyce to visit her sister Jemima, and go she did! And took the
horse that they needed for raking the hay. She stayed all night, and
when she returned the next day the hay was all in the barn. Grandpa
said, “I had to borrow a horse for raking”, whereupon she replied, “I
thought you would figure out something”.

As I remember, Grandpa retired from farming much younger
than people do today, and he lived the life ofa retired gentleman for

many years. He had a nice brown horse and a top buggy that was
kept covered with a huge white sheet to keep the dust off. He lived
with my Uncle Henry Laduke and Aunt Ella for some time, and
when they went to Lowell to live, he came to live with us at
He became quite childish in many ways. He took enough
patent medicine to float a boat, and Epsom Salts by the tablespoon­
ful. This latter dosage caused some quite hectic moments, since there
was no indoor toilet facilities, and there were some very rushed trips
to meet the deadline, some ending quite disastrously. I seemed to
have been the one always chosen to act on the “clean-up” squad.

He would sleep most of the day, then complain because he
could not sleep about 14 hours a night, so Dr. Mitchell of Bedford
gave my father some soda mints or something along that line, and
said to tell Grandpa they were morphine. It worked like a charm!
He would tell people, ‘‘I would never shut my eyes at night if it
wasn’t for those morphine tablets”.
He always seemed to want people to think he was being badly
abused. One nice sunny day he went outside the gate about ten feet
and put up this huge old black “bumbershoot” (umbrella) and sat
down under a tree. Mr. Brault from laraway’s Corner came along
and thinking he was a tramp, offered him a ride. This rather insulted
Grandpa and he told Mother, “That scoundrel thought I was a


Grandpa Laduke, and two of his
granddaughters, Geraldine and
Evelyn Laduke.

Wilfrid Corey, his mother Aunt
Delia, and her brother, Jonathan

As I think of it now, Grandpa became this way because he
gave up work too soon, and had nothing to take up his mind but
himself. I found him dead in bed one night after he had been asleep
for a while, a peaceful end indeed. He was buried in Pearceton
Cemetery beside Grandma. He was seventy-nine years old when he
died on May 23, I924.


Born: April 3, 1802. Died: April 16, 1861.
Married: Oct. 3, 1833 to
Clarissa Mandigo.
Born: May 19, 1812. Died: April 10, 1885.

Both buried in Farnham Centre, just north off Route 40.




Aug. 21, 1835. Died: June 2, 1894.
May 2, 1837. Died: Autumn of 1911.
Feb. 23, 1839. Died: Aug. 30, 1878.
March 7, 1841. Died: Jan. 5, 1918.
March 26, 1845. Died: May 23, I924.
May 19, 1847. Died: Dec. 25, 1919.
July 7, 1849. Died: March 22, 1919.
June 14, 1851. Died: Oct. 9, 1924.
Feb. 26, 1853. Died: May, 1936.
April 26, 1856. Died: March 5, 1932.


WILLIAM AND MARY ELLISON married Oct. 13, 1863.
Mary born April 12, 1843. Died April 1, 1916.

Born: Aug. 5, 1864. Died: Sept. 2, I924.
Born: Jan. 1, 1866. Died: July 9,1941.


Born: Nov. 15, 1867. Died: July, 1870.
Born: May 1, 1870. Died: Sept. 2, 1965.
Born: Feb. 21, 1872. Died: May 5, 1916.
Born: Sept. 4, 1874. Died: June 25, 1931.
Born: Aug. 20, 1876. Died: Jan. 3, 1953.
Born: April 20, 1887. Died: Dec. 26, 1932.

Starting with Stanton and his family I will list these brothers and
sisters and their families in chronological order.
Son of William and Mary Ellison Laduke.
Born: Aug. 5, 1864.
Died: Sept. 2, 1924.
Married: September to
Myrtie Burnet, daughter of
Robert and Phebe Casey Burnet.
Born: Aug. 21, 1872. Died: Nov., 1960.
Both buried in Pearceton Cemetery.
Son —Died in infancy.
Born: Aug. 10, 1908.
Married: Aug., 1943 to

Charles Johnston, son of
Frank and Amy Tittemore Johnson.
Bom: Sept. 29, 1915.
Born: June 1, 1944.
Married: July 18, 1970 to
Margaret Mason, daughter of
Murray and Esther Cowhard Mason.


Their son.
Born: Oct. 18, 1971. Live in Montreal.

Born: Jan. 9, 1950.
Married: Aug. 4, 1973 to

Derek Robertson.
Born: May 11, 1952. Live in Montreal.

Daughter of William and Mary Ellison Laduke.
Born: Jan. 1, 1866.
Died: July 9, 1941.
Married: Jan. 18, 1886 to
James W. Corey, son of
Wilbur Corey and Jane Saxe Corey.
Born: Aug. 4, 1848.
Died: July 18, 1926.
Buried in Pearceton Cemetery.
Born: May 1, 1889.
Married: Dec. 1, 1915 to

Amos J. Iaduke, son of
Jonathan and Louise Mandigo.
Born: Sept. 25, 1886.
Died: Dec. 12, 1969.
No Children. Buried Pearceton.

Born: Dec. 25, 1891.
Died: Sept. 26, 1938. Never married.
Buried Pearceton.

Daughter of William and Mary Laduke.
Born: Nov. 15, 1867.
Died: July, 1870.



Son of William and Mary Laduke.
Born: May 1, 1870.
Died: Sept. 2, 1965.
Married: First to Florence Corey, Nov., 1929.
Born: June 6, 1874.
Died: Feb. 16, 1935. No children.
Both buried in Pearceton Cemetery.
Married: Second to Lizzie Cheney Currier.
Born: March 12, 1885.
Daughter of William and Mary Laduke.
Born: Feb. 21, 1872.
Died: May 5, 1916. Never married.
Buried at Pearceton.

Son of William and Mary Laduke.
Born: Sept. 4, 1874.
Died: June 25, 1931. Never married.
Buried at Pearceton.

Daughter of William and Mary Laduke.
Born: Aug. 20, 1876.
Died: Jan. 3, 1953.
Married: May 11, 1899 to
Azro Callaghan of Stanbridge East.
Born: 1864. Died: March, 1941.
One son.
Born: April, 1906.
Died: September, 1909.
Daughter of William and Mary Laduke.
Born: April 20, 1887.


Married: May 24, 1910 to
Fred W. Clough, son of
Pharoah and Alice Clough.
Born: May 31st, 1888.
Died: May 23, 1971. Buried at Pearceton.

Born: March 22, 1911.
Died: April 19, 1920.
Born: Sept., 1920.
Married: Jan. 17, 1948 to
Elaine Laduke, daughter of
Aubrey Laduke and Frances Smith.
Born: Nov. 7, 1927.
Son of Wilbur and Elaine Clough.
Born: June 18, 1949.
Married: March 25, 1972 to
Katherine Collins of Winooski, Vt.
6. Their daughter Nancy Ann
Born: April 29, 1973.

Daughter of Wilbur and Elaine Clough.
Born: June 26, 1953.

Daughter of Fred Clough and Jessie Laduke Clough.
Born: Aug. 5, 1925.
Married: Aug., 1943 to
Winston Soule, son of Roy Soule.
Son Kenneth Born: May, 1948.
Eunice married secondly Walter Ling,
June 14, 1956.
Their Children
Kathy Ann Born: Nov. 14, 1956.
Judy Born: Jan. 5, 1960.

Peter and Patsy Born: Jan. 17, 1964.
James Born: Dec. 18, 1965.

Married: Dale Albers, July 18, 1970.
Their daughter, Doreen Marie.
They all live in Alberta.

Fred Clough married 2nd wife, Winnifred Orris, on March 18, 1933.
Born: June 20, 1905. She was the daughter of Arthur Orris and his
wife Myrtie Laduke.

Left to right: Edna Laduke Hulse, Nancy Laduke Steele and
Elizabeth Laduke Barette with Nellie Anthony Barctte, adopted
daughter oflilizabetlz /Mrs. Gordon Peron ).


Daughter of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: May 2, 1837.
Died: 1911.
Married: May 3, 1859 to
George Tryon.
Lived in Kansas I believe.

No further information on her.

Son of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: Feb. 23, 1839.
Died: Aug. 30, 1878.
Never married.

Son of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: March 7, 1841.
Died: Jan. 5, 1918.
Buried in Cowansville Union Cemetery.
Married: Nov. 12, 1866 to
Orillia Ellison, daughter of
Vincent Ellison and Nancy Griggs.
They always lived in the Cowansville area.
Eight children: Nancy, Edna, Elizabeth, William,
Frank, Gertrude, Reginald and Forrest.



Daughter of Joseph and Orilla Ellison Laduke.
Born: April 17, 1867.
Married: Charles Steele.
He worked on the railroad. Their home was one of the very
first on Caroline St. in Cowansville. Nancy was a
practical nurse. Assisted at the delivery of many babies
in that area.
Charles died: April 27, 1922.
Nancy died: April, 1960.


Both buried in Union Cemetery beside their baby son who
died at the age of five weeks in 1887.
Lived in the same house over seventy years.
Born: June 23, 1888.
Died: Dec. 31, 1956.
Married: Lafayette Hulse, Dec., 1911.
Born: April 23, 1888.

Born: June 4,1913.
Married: Oct. 12, 1935 to
Donald William Astil.
Born: Aug. 4, 1911.

Born: April 25, 1938.
Died: Jan. 18, 1939.
Born: March 5, 1940.
Married: Aug. 17, 1963 to
Margaret Graham Patterson Brown.
Born: April 30, 1964.
Born: Oct. 2, 1966.
Born: Feb. 4, 1969.
Born: Oct. 25, 1970.
Margaret and Donald lived next door to her parents, in Montreal,
and cared for her mother who suffered several strokes. She died Dec.
31, 1956. Mr. Hulse worked as a plumber until he was 82 years old.
In 1973, at the age of 85, he was operated on for hernia.


Information on the Hulse family written by Velma Parsons.

Daughter of Lafayette and Edna Hulse.

Born: Feb. 14,1917.
Married: Sept. 4, 1943 to
Henry Ernest Parsons.
Born: April 11, 1920.
They live in Montreal where Henry is
Chief Accountant at Simpson’s Store.
Born: Jan. 30, 1946.
Graduated from McGill with a degree in
Biology and Zoology.
Born: Aug. 17, 1947.
Married: Aug. 28, 1971 to
Elgin M. Milne.

Graduated from McGill as Chartered Accountant.
Lives on Nun’s Island in 1973.

Born: Sept. 16, 1948.
He has a Master’s Degree in History.
In 1973 he is completing a Management Training
Course. Employed at Simpson’s in Toronto, Ont.


Daughter of Lafayette and Elna Hulse.
Born: July 1, 1918.
Married: George Strathdee.
In 1973 they are living in Houston, Texas.
Born: Nov. 8, 1955.



Born: Sept. 26, 1959.
Daughter of Charles and Nancy Steele.
Born: June 8, 1891.
Married: Aug., 1912 to Mr. Johnson.
Their Child

Born: Dec. 9, 1917.
Died: Sept. 24, 1920.
Mr. Johnson died.
Myrtle married a second time to Mr. Hay.
After Mr. Hay’s death she continued living
in Arlington, Va. with her step-son.
NOTE: The name “Orilla” I found came from the Ingalls family.
Vincent Elison’s mother was Eunice Ingalls of N.H.
I visited an old cemetery near Canterbury, N.H. and found a
monument to Orilla Ingalls.
Orilla Ellison who married Joseph Laduke, Jr. named one of her sons
Forrest. I found a family of N.H. by the name of Forrest, they were
intermarried with the Ellison’s. My cousin Donald and I visited the

site of this pioneer family near Northfield, NH. The foundation of
the log cabin and basement were there, with steps out from granite
at the front door, and a large lilac bush beside the steps. There were
still many old apple trees in the yard. A large pond was nearby, and
it was marked “Forrest’s Pond” on the local maps.
Son of Charles and Nancy Steele.
Born: July 12, 1887.
Died: Aug. 23, 1887.
Son of Charles and Nancy Steele.
Born: Dec. 24, 1899.
Died: July 14, 1955.
Married: June 21, 1922 to

Edna Marjorie Skinner.
Born: March 28, 1899.
Died: March 6, 1969.
They always lived in Granby, Que.
Born: Oct. 12, 1928.
Married: Dec. 10, 1954
Lives in Granby, Que.
Born: June 16, 1955.

Born: July 3,1957.
They live in Granby, Que.

Daughter of Gordon and Edna Steele.

Born: Feb. 16,1931.
Married: Aug. 25, 1956 to Colin Foley.
Live in B.C.


Daughter of Gordon and Edna Steele.
Born: July 29, 1936.
Married: Sept. 12, 1959 to
Warren D. Brown, son of
Gordon Brown and Ella Beach Brown.
Born: Oct. 15, 1934.
Born: Oct. 28, 1962.
Died: Nov. 27, 1962.

Born: Oct. 21, 1963.
Born: Aug. 21, 1966.

Daughter of Joseph and Orilla Ellison Laduke.
Born: April 7, 1869.
Died: May 1, 1950.
Married: Oct. 12, 1891 to
Charles F. Whitney.
Born: Sept. 18, 1868.
Died: April 28, 1939.
Charles was the son of Phineas Whitney and
his wife Maria E. Westcott.
They lived in Somerville, Mass.
Married: Sept. 9, I867.

Born: Sept. 18, 1868.
Died: April 28, 1939.
Born: April 18, 1871.
Died: July 2, 1872.
Born: April 18, 1871.
Born: Dec. 20, 1873.

Born: May 11, 1877.
All of the above are now deceased, dates unknown.
Charles Franklin Whitney and Miss Edna Clarissa Laduke were
married at Cowansville, Province of Quebec, Canada on October 12,

Born: July 9, 1892.
Died: Dec. 13, 1970.

Born: June 29, 1895.
Born: April 18, 1899.
Died: Oct. 21, 1972.
Born: June 6, 1901.

Charles F. Whitney died April 28, I939.
Edna Clarissa Whitney died May I, 1950.

Arthur F. Whitney and Sarah Mae Shute, Married August, 1910.
Born: April 2, I911.
Born: Aug. 8, 1912.
Born and died as an infant. No dates.
Born: March 2, 1919.
Born: Nov. 29, 1923.
Born: Nov. 30, I924.
Born: Dec. 13,1921.
Died: March 27, 1966.
Born: Dec. 5, 1925.
Died: Date unknown.

Arthur F. Whitney and Helen Collupy, married July 8, 1935.
Child of above
Carole Barbara, born Feb., I936.
Sarah Mae Shute Whitney died Dec. 10, 1930.
Arthur F. Whitney died Dec. 13, 1970.

Charles Lowell Whitney, son of Charles and Edna Laduke Whitney
and Frances DuBois, married 1915. Divorced 1923.

Charles married a second time to Ruby Courtney, Sept. 25, 1928.
No children.

Howard Ellison, son of Charles and Edna, married, 1923 to Louise
Swift. No Children.

Raymond Earle, son of Charles and Edna Whitney, married July 15,
1923 to Winifred Ann Henehan. Their child Jeanne Elizabeth
married Howard Murray Connelly, August 15, 1948.
Born: March 26, 1950.

Bom:May 11,1951.
Born: Jan. 28, I953.
Born: Dec. 14, 1957.

The following pages relate to the children of Arthur and Sarah Mae
Arthur Charles Whitney married Evelyn Boudreau, divorced. Had
one child Evelyn.
Arthur married again, but whereabouts unknown.
Edna Mae Whitney and William Thornton, married 1930. Three
children: Thelma, born April 19, 1931; William, born June 19, 1934;
Richard, born Jan. 10, 1936.

Jennie Irene Whitney married John Bennett. No children. Both
Isabelle Whitney married Whitney Caldwell, Sept. 2, 1939. Two
Judith, born July 16, 1941.
Thomas, born Aug. 4, 1948.

Dorothy Whitney and William Hamilton married June 29, 1939.
Born: June 15, 1940.
Born: March 8, 1942.
Born: Feb. 19, 1943.

Born: June 5, 1944.
Born: Oct. 4, 1946.
Born: May 5, 1948.
Born: June 27, 1953.
Born: Oct. 6, 1956.

Barbara Whitney (Ida) married Robert Smith, January 1942. Di­
vorced, 1946. One child, Herbert. Born: Nov. 21, 1943.

Barbara (Ida) had been adopted by a Dinsmore family in Fitchburg,
Mass. who changed her name, Ida, to Barbara.
Barbara married second time to Arthur Cox, J an. 22, 1947.
Born: Feb. 22, 1948.
Born: July 8, 1950.
Born: Sept. 9, 1953.
Barbara Cox divorced from Arthur in the 60’s.
Barbara married a third time to Arthur Willette in 1969. No

Marjorie Whitney married John Gregory on Jan. 29, 1949, two
children, Michael and Janice.

The children of Edna Whitney and Bill Thornton:
THELMA married Richard Faber, Dec. 8, 1951. Four children:
Sheila, born June 18, 1952; Marsha, born July 2, 1953; Thomas,
born Dec. 20, l954;Janice, born Feb. 17, 1957.
WILLIAM THORNTON married Barbara Ronayne, July 3, 1955.
One child: Donna Marie, born Dec. 29, 1956.
RICHARD THORNTON married Carole Meadows. Four children.
Richard, born Oct. 21, 1957; Cheryl, born Jan. 10, 1963; Karen,
born Jan. 29, 1959; Stacy, born July 28, 1968.

I am indebted to Raymond Whitney for the information on the



Daughter of Joseph and Orilla Ellison Laduke.
Born: April 18, 1872.
Married John F. J. Barette. A native of Belgium, son of Pierre
Ferdinand Barette, born June 1, 1835 and of Marie Francoise
Delmez his wife.

Pierre was Editor of a leading paper Manccaux, and was
President for ten years of the Mutual Help Society of Vilvorde,
Belgium. He was a sculptor and made monuments and carvings
of marble. He died at Ixelles, Belgium, May 13, 1889. His wife
came to Canada with her son John and is buried in the
cemetery belonging to St. Rose de Lima Parish, Sweetsburg.
Both John and Elizabeth are buried in the Union Cemetery,
We were all very fond of “Lizzie” as we called her. She had a
lovely soft drawl.
All three Laduke sisters had large dark eyes, very
expressive, like their Mandigo grandmother (Clarissa). Tradi­
tion has it that three Mandigo brothers came to New York
State from Italy, and after the Revolution some of their
descendants came into Missisquoi Co.
Born: March 28, 1890 at Cowansville, Que.
Died: Nov. 11, 1947.
Married: June 25, 1918 to
Viola Vivian Crocker.
Born: Oct. 28, 1900.
Daughter of William Crocker, killed in an accident, 1903. Her

mother was born in Kennebunk, Maine, July 4th, 1880.
Married second time to Percy Laraba in April, 1905. Died in
Manchester, N.H., Dec. 28, 1959.
Ha1f—sistersof Viola Barette:

Gertrude Laraba, born June 19, 1910. Married Robert Annis.
Beatrice Percis Laraba, born March 28. Died, Feb. 5, 1967.
Thelma Elaine Laraba, born Feb. 28. Married L. Parker.



Born: Oct. 18, 1920.
Died: Oct. 19, 1920.
Born: May 30, 1921.
Born: July 28, 1922.
Born: Sept. 10, 1926.
Born: Jan. 28, 1928.
Born: July 10, I930.
Born: Dec. 14, 1931.

Married Paul Mahannah.
Their children:


Married. Two sons —Lance and Robert.

Married to Peter Perrott.
Four children, John, Jill, Philip, David.

Married. Six children.
Sharron, Wayne, Delson, Ronald, Larry, Alvin.
Not married.


Married to Douglas Miltimore. Two children.
Robert, Gail.



Jeffrey and Mark. Sons of Frederick.
Lee Ashley, son of Wayne.
Baby Barette, born 1973, son of Lance.


Son of John and Elizabeth Barette.
Born: April 21, 1892.
Died: 1972.
Married to Lillian Maude Orris.
Born: April 16, 1901.
Died: June 20, 1953.
Both buried in Detroit, Mich.
Two Children.

Born: July 20, 1920.
Married. One son.

Born: July, 1925. Married.

Son of Joseph and Orilla Laduke.
Born: 1880.
Died: June 26, 1948.
Married: Helen Morgan.
Both Frank and his wife are buried in the Wheeler Cemetery in
Knowlton. They lived in Montreal until his retirement, then
they moved to Bondville. I stayed at their home in Verdun in
1930 when my husband was in the hospital. 1 have very fond



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when we lived in Brome Centre.
They had three sons, Merrill, Albert and Frank. Merrill moved
to Bondville with his parents and died there on Jan. 10, 1970
in his 65th year. Buried beside his parents in Knowlton. Albert
died April I, 1975. Frank, Jr. married and lives in Montreal.
He had several children, I have lost touch with them.
Son of Joseph and Orilla Laduke.
William married Delia Pendleton and they had two daughters.
They lived in St. Johns, Que. but for some reason we never

visited them, and I have no information about them. Their
daughters were named Marion and Doris.

Daughter of Joseph and Orilla Laduke.
I have no information about her. I know she is married, has a
daughter Beulah, lived for some years in N.H. The last I heard
she was in Florida.

This old picture shows the coon and muskrat skins trapped by Reg.
Laduke and his old hound.


Son of Joseph and Orilla Laduke.
Married: Mina Welch of Waterloo.
“Reg” as everyone always called him was a very fine person.
He had lived from the time he was a young boy with Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Ellison at Fordyce, and lived there until his
marriage. He had poor health for many years. His keenest
enjoyment was hunting, also interested in photography.
I have always kept a little memory comer in my heart for
“Reg”, as he introduced me to my husband. He rode a bicycle
for years, and every summer we looked forward to him coming
to our home in Pearceton for a visit.

Son of Joseph and Orilla Laduke.
Born: May 1, 1887, Cowansville, Que.
Died: 1972.

Married in Goffstown, N.H. in 1910 to Rose Agnes Lundervil
who was born in Derby Line, Vt. on May 22, 1891. Their first
child, Forrest was born in Cowansville, March 13, 1911. Died,
April 8, 1911. Buried in Cowansville. They had seven more
children, all born in Manchester, N.H.

Born: March 3, 1912.
Married: Oswald Martel.
Lives in Manchester, N.H. They have three children: Theresa
Moriarty, Francis and Oswald, Jr. All married.
Born: April 3, 1914.
Died: 1971.
Married and has two girls and
three boys.
Born: March 28, 1916.
Died: March 18, 1917.


Born: Aug. 20, 1918.
Married and has two boys.
Born: Oct. 17, 1922.
Married and has two girls
and one boy.
Born: Dec. 1, 1924.
Married and has two boys and two girls. Lost three girls and
one boy in a tragic fire.
Born: Dec. 11, 1926.
Married and has two boys
and four girls.

I have very fond memories of Forrest and Agnes visiting us at our
home in Fordyce, and while there we would take them to visit Amos
and Ethel Laduke, and Miss Ethel Ellison, who at one time was
Forrest’s teacher. Their daughter Bell sometimes came with them,
and l have corresponded with her ever since. She has very kindly
given me the dates for her family. Her father lived with her after his
wife died.

The name Forrest had always intrigued me so much as it seemed like
such an unusual name. I was happy to find out a few years ago that
the Forrest and Ellison families had intermarried along the way
somewhere; so I expect that is why Vincent Ellison wanted to name
his grandson Forrest. My cousin, Donald Laduke took me to visit the
old Forrest home near Northfield, N.H.
The following will give you some information on this family.



X Marks the site of the first Forrest Home, not far from Northfield
and Canterbury, N.H.




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(from History of Northfield and History of
Canterbury Borough Forrests, printed in Concord, 1897)
1. The Forrest ancestor, from whom several of the families of C.
(Canterbury) are descended, was Williaml, who with his wife
Dubia, and their sons, John2, Robert? and William? and their
daughters, Nancy? and Margaret 2, came to this country 1744. He
was b. in Ireland, 1726; his wife was of Scotch parentage; both (1.
in Boston, Mass. John and William and their sisters remained in
Boston for a time, then went to Londonderry, and later came to

Home of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Ellison. Birthplace of Orilla. Nea
Fordyce. There is a road leading south just past the little bridge. Jos.
Laduke lived in the first house on that road. The road was very
narrow then, it is now Highway 40 leading from Cowansville to
Farnham. Vincent Ellison had the only hop orchard in that part of
the country. This gave the housewives a chance to earn a bit of pin
money picking the hops.

Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Laduke.
Their children, left to right: Reginald, Bell and Maurice.

C., having obtained a grant of land on the intervale. Here they
built a fort.
2. Johnz, m. 1746, Elinor Gipson or Gibson, b. 1728, in C.; d. 10
Jan., 1814, in Northfield. Children:

John3, m. 29 Dec., 1778, Sarah Gibson of C., and resided
there. He was a soldier in the French war and was called
“Soldier John”.


Elinor, m. 2 Nov., 1776, Jeremiah Gibson. He was a soldier
in Capt. Jeremiah Clough’s Company, Col. Poor’s Regi­
ment, Revolutionary war,
William, b. 1753.

3. iii



Anna, m. 21 Nov., 1776, James Gibson. He was in Capt.
Jeremiah Cloug,h’sCompany in the War of the Revolution.
He d. 3 March, 1825;she d. 18 Oct., 1783.
Jane, b. in C.; m. James Gibson, nephew of the above. She

d. 11Jan.,1819.


Lydia, b. 1762, in C.; m. Thomas Clough of London. She d.
9 March, 1835, in C.
vii. Agnes, b. in C.; m. Moses Randall.
viii. Robert, b. in C.; m. Sarah McDonald of Northfield. Resided
in C. many years on the James Chase place. He d. 2 Oct.,
1844; she d. 6 April, 1852.
ix. James, b. 1765, in C.; m. first, Anna, dau. of Richard
Ellison; she d. 1809; m. second, 14 Aug., 1815, Mrs. Peggy
Cross Sanborn.


Son of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: March 26, 1845.
Died: May 23, 1924.
Married: July 4, 1868 to
Patience Alcesta Ellison, daughter of
Caleb Ellison and his wife Susannah Fordyce.
Born: Sept. 5, 1847.
Died: March 22, 1915.
Both buried in Pearceton Cemetery.


Born: March 30, 1871.
Died: Sept. 26, 1923.
Married: Oct. 11, 1899 to
Arthur J. Orris.
Born: Feb. 28, 1876.
Died: Jan. 1, 1935.

Born: April 16,1901.
Died: June 20, 1953.
Married: September 17, 1919 to
Guillaume F. J. Barette.
Born: April 21, 1892.
Died: 1972.
Both buried in Detroit. Two children.

Born: July 20, 1920.
Married and has one son.
Lives near Detroit, Mich.

Born: July, 1925.
Born: Jan. 30, 1903.
Married: April 12, 1922 to
Varian F. Casey, son of
Irving Casey and Theresa Corey.
Born: Nov. 21, 1898. They live in
Stanbridge East. Had one child.

Born: March 6, 1924.
Married in June, 1943 to John Ten Eyck, son of Henry Ten
Eyck and Olive Phelps. John’s great—greatgrandfather, Andrew
Ten Eyck came into this County in 1794 from New York. A


prominent Dutch family who settled very early in New York.
John was born April 24, 1923. They have five children.

Born: May 25, 1943.
Married: March 21, 1961 to
George P. Trombly.
Born: June 4, 1944.
They have four children.

Born: Aug. 14, 1962.

Born: Jan. 20, 1964.

Born: March 19, 1965.

Born: Feb. 13, 1967.
Born: April 14, 1944.
Married: Aug. 21, 1965 to

Margaret R. Johnson
Born: Jan. 9, 1947.
Two children.

Born: July 20, 1966.

Born: Oct. 19, 1967.

Born: July 1, 1946.
Married: May 6, 1970 to
Nancy Brown.
Born: March 24, 1950.
They have two children:


Born: June 26, 1972.

Born: Nov. 20, 1974.

Born: Sept. 19, 1950.

Born: Feb. 5, 1956.
Daughter of Arthur and Myrtie Orris.
Born: June 20, 1905.
Married: March 18, 1933 to
Fred W. Clough.
Born: May 31, 1888.
Died: May 23, 1971. Buried in Pearceton Cemetery.
In 1974 Winnie is living in her own home in Bedford and
driving her car.

Winnie Orris. Picture taken by
Zina Jones in Pearceton on Oc­
tober 24, I919.

Son of Arthur and Myrtie Orris.
Born: Sept. 27, 1907.
Died: 1974.
Married: Aug. 13, 1940 to
Barbara Groat.

Kennie had lived in Mass., Mich., Calif. and for many years
before his death in B.C. He and his wife drove from BC. a few
years ago to visit his relatives here. His widow still lives in B.C.


Son of Francis and Patience Laduke.
Born: May 17, 1873.
Died: Feb. 7, 1927. Buried in Pearceton.
Married: Nov. 23, 1893 to

Luella 0. Corey, daughter of
Alva Corey and his wife Dora Jones.
Born: June 4, 1873.
Died: Aug. 27, 1963.
Lived in Dorchester, Mass. with her son
Donald and wife Edna.
Uncle Henry sold his farm in Stanbury, and the family moved
to Lowell, Mass. where he acquired a home, and built another
for rent. He was a good carpenter, and died while working on
one of his houses. We were all very fond of him. Aunt Ella was
always interested in family history and I am indebted to her
for a great amount of my material. Uncle Henry as the eldest
son had the Laduke family Bible, she had it rebound, and after
her death Donald and Edna gave it to me.
In 1973 Ethel Corey Laduke wrote a great many pages of
Family Records into this Bible for me, for which I am very


Uncle Henry and Aunt Ella had two sons, Aubrey and Dona‘.J,
Born: Nov. 23, 1902.
Married: Sept. 15, 1926 to
Frances M. Smith of Dracut, Mass.
Aubrey died of lukemia, Feb. 19, 1943, while they
were living at Tilton, N.H. Buried at Pearceton.

See Laduke Genealogy.

Born: July 30, .1930.
Married Lawrence Lewis.
Two children: Joyce and Janice.
They live in Lowell, Mass.


Born: Jan. 15,1932.
Married Cedric Davis.
Five Children: Connie, Thomas,
Barbara, Ellen and Mark.

Born: Jan. 28, 1936.
Married Aline Morrissette.
Five Children: Steven, Raymond,
Donald Jr., Suzanne and John.
They live in Lowell, Mass.

Donald and Edna Laduke.
February I 930.

Aubrey and Frances Laduke.
September 1926.


Born: April 27, 1934.
Not married. Lives with her
Mother in Dracut, Mass.
Son of Henry and Luella Laduke.
Born: May 1, 1905.
Married: Feb. 22, 1930 to
Edna Wade of Boston, Mass.
They had one son.


Born: Aug. 19,1931.
Died: Aug. 14, 1933. Buried in Boston.
Donald and Edna left Boston when he retired, and came to
Northfield, N.H. and built their home, where the WELCOME
mat is always out.

Son of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Bomz March 26, 1845.
Died: May 23, 1924.
Married: July 4, 1868 to
Patience Alcesta Ellison.
Born: Sept. 5, 1847.
Died: March 22, 1915.
Both buried in Pearceton, Que.


Born: Dec. 3, 1874.
Died: July 23, 1959.
Married: Oct. 8, 1896 to
Pruella Bertha Kennedy of Stanbury, Que.
Born: Feb. 15, 1874.
Died: March 13, 1949.
Both buried at Pearceton.


Born: May 31, 1897.
Died: May 11, 1907.
Buried in Stanbury Cemetery.
Born: Sept. 2, 1898.
Married: June 28, 1923 to
Melvina L. Boomhower.
Born: Feb. 19, 1905.
Live in Stanbridge East, Que.
Born: Feb. 26, 1900.
Died: March 15, 1973.
Served in the Navy in last War.
Married: April 26, 1929 to
Irene Johnson.
Born: 1898.
Died: April 26, 1963.
Both buried in Naval Cemetery at
San Bruno, California.
Born: July 1, 1902.
Died: Sept. 28, 1902.
Buried at Stanbury.
Born: July 20, 1903.
Married: May 20, 1936 to
Rachel Evans.
Born: Sept. 15, 1901.
Live in Calistoga, Calif.
Born: Oct. 28, 1904.
Died: Oct. 30, 1912.

Buried at Stanbury.


Born: March 25, 1908.
Lives in Stanbridge East.

Married: June 15, 1930 to
James B. Moore.
Born: Aug. 15, 1902.
Died: Sept. 22, 1962.

Buried in East Farnham Cemetery.

Born: Nov. 16,1911.
Married: April 12, 1947 to
Frances Brown.
Born: Feb. 11, 1923 at
Stanbridge East, Que.
Live in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Daughter of Alton and Vina Laduke.
Born: March 6, 1925 in Detroit, Mich.
Married: March 16, 1946 to
Robert J . Brown.
Lives in Aztec, New Mexico.

Born: Feb. 26, 1948 at
Sweetsburg Hospital.
Accidentally killed in Arizona,
Nov. 26, 1969.
Buried in Aztec, New Mexico.

Born: Feb. 19, 1949 at
Sweetsburg Hospital.
Lives in Aztec, New Mexico.

Son of Alton and Vina Laduke.
Born: Jan. 25, 1930.

Married: Jan. 5, 1951 to
Beverley Caldwell, Bedford.
Lives in Stanbridge East.

Born: Aug. 25, 1951, Sweetsburg Hospital.
Married: May 9, 1969 to Norman Grenia.
Lives in Stanbridge East.


Son of Norman and Johanne Grenia.
Born: Sept. 24, 1969 at Sweetsburg Hospital.

Son of Norman and Johanne Grenia.
Born: July 22, 1971 at Sweetsburg Hospital.
Son of Clifton and Beverley Laduke.
Born: Sept. 12, 1952 at Sweetsburg Hospital.
Son of Clifton and Beverley Laduke.
Born: Dec. 27, 1953 at Sweetsburg Hospital.

Alton and Vina live in Stanbridge East, as does Clifton and his

Son of Gordon and Rachel Evans I.aduke.
Born: March 30, 1937 at St. Helena, Calif.
Married: Oct. 14, 1939 to Della Prince.
They have two children.
Born: Aug. 25, 1959 at St. Helena, Calif.
Born: Nov. 30, 1962 at St. Helena, Calif.


Gordon was an Honor Student at High School, attended Davis
University and Berkley, Calif, graduated as an Electrical Engineer.
When children were quite young, he and Della moved to Hawaii,
where they spent several years on the island of lanai, where he was
employed by the Dole Pineapple Co. Returned to California in 1972
and in 1975 they are living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Son of Gordon and Rachel Laduke.
Born: Jan. 28, 1946 at St. Helena, California.
Married: 1974 to Randy Glave.
Born: Dec. 31, 1953 in San Francisco.
Lloyd was an Honor Student at High School. Graduated from
University, and joined the Navy for four years. He received a
citation from the Navy saying that he had made a computer
system that had never been good into a reliable working unit.
They live in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Son of Lloyd and Frances Laduke.
Born: Feb. 25, 1949 in Oakland, Calif.
Served four years in Navy.
Married: Aug. 4, 1973 to
Diana Lee Kozicki of East Hartford, Conn.
Born: Nov. 29, 1951.
They live in East Hartford, Conn.

Son of Lloyd and Frances Laduke.
Twin brother of: Linden.
Born: Feb. 25, 1949 in Oakland, Calif.
Served four years in Navy.
Married: March 22, 1975 to Judy Eckroat in
Boise, Idaho, an X-ray Technician.
They live in Santa Rosa where Terry is
studying at University there.

Daughter of Lloyd and Frances Laduke.
Born: Oct. 22, 1954 in Oakland, Calif.
Graduated in June, 1975 from

Santa Rosa Hospital as X-ray Technician.

Lloyd and Frances returned to their home in Santa Rosa in
February, 1975, having left there in April, 1974. Spent summer in
Stanbridge East, and winter in Florida, near our cousins Evelyn and



The Commander Submarine Flotilla EIGHT takes pleasure in
commending Electronics Technician (Radar) Second Class
(SS) Linden Ernest LADUKE, United States Navy
for outstanding performance of duty for services as set forth in the
following CITATION:

“While attached to USS JALLAO (SS368) during the period
19 July to 20 October 1971, deployed to the SIXTH Fleet, Petty
Officer LADUKE consistently displayed outstanding technical
ability, reinforced by laudable zeal and exceptional leadership
qualities. Despite an extremely difficult operational schedule prior
to and during JALLAO’s recent Mediterranean deployment, and
despite a general lack of technical and supply support, the Elec­
tronics Division under the direct supervision of Petty Officer
LADUKE groomed, maintained and operated JALLAO’s electronics
installation in an extremely efficient fashion, thus directly contribu­
ting to JALLAO’s success in two exercises and to the ship’s ability
to provide all of the various services required. All of the radar, ECM
and navigational equipments under his cognizance were properly
maintained, and any breakdown was repaired extremely efficiently.
In fact, JALLAO departed from the Mediterranean in better elec­
tronics shape than she entered. The Electronics Watch Team, under
his direction continuously provided tactically essential information,
both against exercise targets during NATIONAL WEEK X and a
FREEPLAY against SARATOGA, as well as useful intelligence
information against other targets of interest. Further, the sonar and
electronics watchstanding teams were well cross—trained,reflecting
Petty Officer LADUKE’s ability to lead a division of diverse
personalities including, for watches a Hospital Corpsman, in an
effective manner. Petty Officer LADUKE himself is an exceedingly
able radar navigator and can, in fact, do any job normally assigned to


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Gordon and R(1(‘/I(’l[.adukc,


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Percy and Irene Laduke.


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Lloyd Laduke in his Air Force uniform.

im (11 uby MooreleavingKelo, Washngtonr eattle in 951.

Francis Laduke Family.
Front row, left to right: Francis, son Archie and Patience Alcesta.
Back row: Myrtie. Henry, Bertha and Herbert.

Clifton Laduke, son ofHerbert and Ella Laduke.

one of the best collections ofold cars in North America.
OLDEST —Model R 1907 Ford roadster, restored to new condition
by Donald Laduke, Northfield, N.H., was oldest car at 15th annual
Stowe Vermont Antique Car Rally. It wasfound, dismantled, in old
T. C. Baker Ford agency in Brookline in 1959.

(Globe Photos by Arthur Kelley/

V‘there are no frontdoors on this bar. zcture taken
in 1926 showing Herbert Laduke at the wheel.

a Quartermaster during piloting, a valuable asset during Mediter­
ranean operations. Petty Officer LADUKE’s perfonnance of duty
reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Naval
Rear Admiral, United States Navy

Daughter of Francis and Patience Laduke.
Born: Dec. 22, 1878.
Died: Dec. 21, 1964.
Married: Nov. 23, 1895 to
Leslie H. Pratt.
Born: Feb. 14, 1875.
Both buried in Lowell, Mass.

Born: July 20, 1896.
Married to Agnes MacClements
from Scotland.
Some years after Agnes’s death Herbert married Mabel. They
live in Lowell, Mass.

Son of Herbert and Agnes Laduke.
Born: Aug. 23, 1921.
Married and has three children.
Audley had a career in the Air Force.
Retired as Major. Lives in Florida.
Daughter of Leslie and Bertha Pratt.
Born: Aug. 21, 1902.
In 1975 Beulah is still living in her parents
home in Lowell, Mass.



Son of Francis and Patience Laduke.
Born: Nov. 20, 1885.
Married: Oct. 6, 1909 to
Eva J. Jones of Stanbury, Que.
Born: Sept. 26, 1888, daughter of
Zeno Jones and his wife Nellie Salisbury.
Died: March 5, 1966.
Both buried at Massawippi, Que.

Born: July 30, 1902.
Married Bernard Surveyer at Arvida, Que.
Buried in Montreal.
Lives in Montreal.
Geraldine married a second time to William McCrea of North
Lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Daughter of Archie and Eva Laduke.
Born: Feb. 26, 1905.
Married: William Cranston.
They have three children: Joyce, Tina and John. The girls are
both married. John is in University. Bill and Evelyn lived in
Montreal for several years, then his business firm sent him to‘
New York where they lived until his retirement, when they
went to Florida where they have a lovely home at Palm Bay.
Lloyd and Frances Laduke spent three months in Florida this
past winter, and had many lovely visits with them. This gave
Lloyd and Evelyn an opportunity to reminisce about their
youth, and the good times we all had together. Uncle Archie

and Aunt Eva moved to Massawippi, Que. near Ayer’s Cliff
when the girls were quite young. It was always a keen delight
for us to go up there to visit. We loved Lake Massawippi.
Lloyd also lived in that area for awhile, so, he also knew Herb
and Bessie Colt, and renewed his friendship with them in
Florida this winter.


Son of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: May 19, 1847.
Died: Dec. 25, 1919.
Married: March 27, 1883 to
Emma Jane Corey.
Born: July 3, 1861.
Died: April 26, 1913.
Moved to Saskatoon, Sask., Aug. 1912.
Buried at Saskatoon, Sask.


all born in County of Missisquoi

Born: Feb. 17, 1884.
Died: Nov. 3, 1938.
Buried at Hearne, Sask.
Married: May 4, 1922 to
T. Mclnery.

One daughter Ada, Deceased.
Born: Nov. 12, 1885.
Died: Feb., 1943.
Buried at Vancouver, B.C.
One daughter Beverly.
Born: July 11, 1887.
Died: June 11, 1945.
Vancouver, B.C.
Born: Sept. 21, 1888.
Died: Oct., 1948.
Married: Sept. 21, 1915 to
Violet Pearce.


Two sons, William and Ernest.
Moved to California.
Buried in California.

Born: June 21,1891.
Married: Jan. 10, 1917 to
William J. Thompson.
Living at Nipawin, Sask.
Two sons, Harold and William.
Born: March 16, 1893.
Died: Aug. 10, 1918.
Buried in Bramshott Cemetery, England.
Born: June 5, 1895.
Died: Dec. 20, 1937.
Married: June 16, 1931 to
Pearl Cairns. No children.
Moved to California.
Buried in California.
Born: Jan. 29, 1897.
Died: March, 1921.
Buried Saskatoon, Sask.

Born:Jan. 11,1901.
Died: Oct. 28, 1948.
Married: July 31, 1925 to
William Scott.
Two daughters, Helen and Rita.
One son, Rae.
* Served in First World War.
Lieut. Harold Edgar Laduke served in 1st World War. He was gassed
in France. Buried at Bramshott, England.
George Wilbur Laduke served in 1st World War. Lived to come to
Saskatoon at war’s end. Later moved to California, married. Never
had good health after and not able to do much work.
Albert Edward Laduke served in 1st World War. He had influenza in
trenches, in France. Lived to get to Saskatoon after war’s end. Died
of T.B. Buried near his parents.


Henry and Emma Laduke lived in sev­
eral parts of Missisquoi Co. when they
were living near Cowansville, they, and
their family took an active part in the
work of the Methodist Church. I found
mention of their names in the Minute
Books of that church as workers in the
Young People’s Club. My brother Percy
used to visit at Ernest’s home in Los
Angeles. They were a very musical family,
and by a strange coincidence when he
went in training for the Navy he met one
Emma Laduke
of Ernest’s sons who was also at the same
Grace (Mrs. Wm. Thompson) of Nipawin, Sask. is the only
surviving member of this family.


Son ofloseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: July 7, 1849.
Died: March 22, 1919.
Buried in Pearceton, Que.
Married: March 22, 1878 to
Calista Hutchins of Granby, Que.
One son.

Arthur went away from this vicinity when a young man, and
no one ever heard from him.

Daughter of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: June 14, 1851.
Died: Oct. 9, 1924.
Buried in Derry, N.H.
Married: April 13, 1876 to Simon Sentre.
They had two children.

Married Bernard Grant,
lived in Hudson, N.H.

Had one daughter, Laura.
Married Albert Stone, and
lives in Hudson N.H.


Son of Simon and Mary Sentre.
No information.
I remember Aunt Mary coming to visit us when we lived at the
factory. Grandma Laduke went home with her to visit, and she
brought all her granddaughters a mug for a gift when she came
home. 1 still have mine, it is lovely. A soft cream color with a purple
pansy on it. One side says “Souvenir of Derry, NH.”

Daughter of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: Feb. 26, 1853.
Died: May, 1936. Buried at Pearceton.
Married: Aug. 25, 1875 to
Sylvester Corey.
Born: Jan. 26, 1846.
Died: July, 1911. Buried in Pearceton beside
their twin daughters who died as infants,
Ada and Ida.
Their son:

Born: May 26, 1899.
Died: July, 1949.
Buried at Pearceton.
Married Ruby Nichols.

Son of Joseph and Clarissa Laduke.
Born: April 27, 1856.
Died: March 5, 1932.
Buried at Pearceton.
Married: Jan. 1, 1883 to
Louise Jane Mandigo. Divorced.
Born: Nov. 20, 1868.

Died: Sept. 14, 1946. Buried at Amesbury, Mass.
Second marriage to Mrs. C. Barnes. No children.
Jonathan was named after his grandfather Mandigo.
John and Louise had three children, namely:

Son of John and Louise Laduke.
Born: Feb. 25, 1884.
Died: Jan. 23, 1928. Buried in Nashua, N.H.
Married to Etta K. Morse of Nashua, N.H.
No children. After his death Etta married Harry Shaw. They
lived in Nashua, after Harryfs death Etta moved to Manchester,

Born: Sept. 25, 1886.
Died: Dec. 12, 1969. Buried at Pearceton.
Married: Dec. 1, 1915 to
Ethel May Corey.
Born: May 1, 1889.
Daughter of James Corey and his wife Frances Laduke.
They lived in the 10th Range of Dunham, which was called

“Corey” neighborhood for many years. No children.

Born: March 20, 1893.
Died: June 17, 1965 at Dover, N.H.
Married about 1910 to Alexander L. Jackson.
They had one daughter, Marjorie. Married to Gardner Kimball.
Mae divorced and re—marriedto John F. Burke. They had five
children, two girls died in infancy.
Carl is a Baptist Minister.
Born: Dec. 12, 1917.
Married to Marion Libby, they had three children: Joyce,
Kathy and David. Marion died of polio when Joyce was three.
Rev. Carl married Caroline Burns. Kathy died in 1973. Carl is
Chaplain to the Erie County Jail, New York, and has recently
returned to a Parish ministry at Evans, N.Y. about 18 miles
south west of Buffalo, on shore of Lake Erie, after serving on
the Council of Churches Staff for over eleven years. Joyce is

married and she and her husband are attending College at
Turner, Oregon. David is a junior in High School and interest­
ed in Boy Scouts and Camping. Caroline is President of the
American Baptist Women of Erie County, also serves on the
Volunteer Staff of the Community Counselling Centre.

Married to Virginnia McKay,
One son, Arthur, Jr. and
two daughters, Audrey and Lillian.

Married Jewel Vachon.
They had two children.
Arthur divorced and married again.
JOHN F ., J R.:
(Mike) Married.
No information on him.

Married William Leahy, has one son Daryl.
Born, July 1965.

Married and has one daughter.


As my great-grandmother Laduke was a Mandigo I have
searched for sometime to learn more about them. Tradition has it
that they came to America from Italy. I rather like to think that this
is right, on account of the lovely dark eyes that so many of the
Laduke and Mandigo family have.

I have not had sufficient time to look at early records at
Albany, N.Y. but Darby Livingston has sent me some church and
census records from New York and Mrs. Gadys Allen Mandigo of
California has very kindly sent me what she has been able to find out
from the New York papers. Mrs. Mandigo has searched early
passenger lists from many countries but have not found anyone of
that name. It was spelled in many ways: Mandego —Mandegu, etc.
Gladys has found a Peter Mandigo listed on the Dutchess
County New York list as early as 1741, that is on the tax list. Census
records show that John, Judah and Rumbout all came from
Dutchess County.

I found in the Land Records at the Courthouse where Judah
Mandigo sold to John Holden, Lot 46 in St. Armand on September
14, 1798, and on October 3, 1800 Rumbout Mandigo sold Lot 76 to
John Holden, and in description of the lot it said it was bounded on
the north by John Mandigo’s land. The lot had a log-house on it. So
this proves that Judah, Rumbout and John were all in this County in
the 1790’s, but no where have I found where they took the Oath of
Allegiance. Gladys found in Washington where Judah had applied for
a pension, said to have served in the Revolutionary War. Apparently
Judah returned to the United States after he sold this land to Holden
as he is listed in the 1800 Addison County Vermont Census. When
Judah was applying for pension he stated he had brothers Jonathan
and Rumbout, and that he had waited on table in an Officer’s Mess.
The Congressional Records show that he never did receive the
pension, and after his death his widow tried again, but no luck.
Charles Mandigo who lived at Mandigo’s Corner, one mile
south of St. Sebastien, on the old road; had been interested for years
in the Mandigo history and he states in his records that Jude came to
Lower Canada, John to the upper end of Lake Champlain where the
hunting and fishing was good, and that Rumbout finally settled on
the Hudson River somewhere.

My great-great grandfather Mandigo was named Jonathan, but
I feel that this John it mentions was really Jonathan, as for years an
old log-cabin near Venice was always pointed out to us as being
where Jonathan lived. Now, I do not know what relation William
Turner Mandigo was to our Mandigo’s. His father William Mandigo
and his wife Catherine Fadden were the first proprietors of the Stage
Coach Inn and General Store at Mandigo’s Corner. 1 have visited this
home several times with Beryl Tremblay to visit Mrs. Charles
Mandigo and she had the lovely old lantern hanging in her porch
which had been used when the Inn was in operation. She had some
beautiful old antiques. She passed away two years ago. Turner
Mandigo learned the blacksmith trade when he was sixteen, and was
the inventor of the first double horseshoe of which he held the

Tradition has it that the Mandigo men of New York State were
really outstanding men physically, well over six feet with broad
shoulders. I well remember Walter Mandigo from Venice, he used to
visit us in sugar-making time. He was a very large man with huge
hands. Jonathan, Stanton and Charles Laduke were all men well over
six feet. Walter Mandigo had a very good memory and he told Amos
and Ethel many things about the family, and we have Ethel to thank
for writing it down.

From the Reformed Dutch
Church, Town of Ghent, Co­
lumbia County, New York are
the following Mandigo bap­
tisms. Jeremiah and Sarah Ells­
worth Mandigo’s children, Mas­
sic and John, born 1784 and
1786. The sponsors for John
were Nancy Vincent and John
McCarty. So one can trace the
Vincent connection from this
early date. Jonathan Mandigo’s
wife was Sally Vincent, and
Margaret Vincent who was kill­
ed at Eccles Hill at the time of
the Fenian Raid. She was an
aunt of Clarissa Mandigo la­

My great—grandmother, Clarissa
Mandigo Ladu ke.

At Rumbout, Dutchess Coun­
ty, New York, at the Presby­
terian Church, Jeremiah and
Eleanor Mandigo, children of
John Mandigo were baptized in
1756 and 1759. This John was
the ancestor of Clark Rogers
Mandigo of California whose
wife Gladys has sent me much of
this early information.

Richard and Delia Mandigo at
Rougemont, Quebec.

Phyllis Vincent Owen sent me
the following information from
the Will of Michael Vincent,
Dutchess County, New York,
dated 1801. “I give unto my
wife’s sister Jane, the widow of
John Mandjgo the sum of fifty
pounds.” Michael’s wife was a
Hunt, so this Jane must have

Left to right: Rev. M. Errey, Amos Laduke (grandson of Amos
Mandigo) and his wife Ethel M. Corey, and her cousin Ruth Laduke
Johnson. Amos and Ethel celebrating their Golden Wedding.Ruth
was ring-bearer at their wedding.








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(C) shows cemeteries mentioned in that area. (S) shows schools at
Fordyce, and the Rudd School south of Famham Centre where the
Laduke’s attended school. X marks the Francis Laduke home. E
marks Ellison home mentioned.

also been a “Hunt”. John was certainly a very popular name in the
Mandigo family.
From the Archives at Fonda, N.Y. the following was sent to
me. Marriage record of Jonathan Mandego and Polly Benson, August
7, 1797, in the Reformed Church of Kinderhook, Columbia County,
New York. I have no way of knowing if this could have been our
great-great grandfather or not, if so, he would have been married
twice, and Polly Benson was his first wife. As Clarissa’s mother is
listed as Sally Vincent.

of New York State.
Married: Sally Vincent.

Married: Mr. Thompson.
Their children: Susie,
Sarah, Libby and Walter.
Married: Levi Leslie.
Second Marriage: 0. Regan.
Married: Elizabeth Dodge.
Born: 1802 in New York State.
Married: Joseph Laduke.
Born: 1812.


The following are the ancestors of
Royce Mandigo, of Pittsford, Vermont.
Zebulon Mandigo and his wife Elizabeth Dodge.

Born: Dec. 21, 1839.
Died: March 21, 1882.

Married: Amanda Curtis, daughter of
Elijah Curtis and his wife Lucinda Wheeler.
Amanda had nine brothers and sisters: Marion, Stephen, Olive,
Asa, Lucy, Agnes, Sarah, Mahala, Lydia. Amos was born in
Brazier Falls, St. Lawrence County, New York. Amos is buried
in Pearceton Cemetery.
Married: Jonathan Laduke.
Second Marriage: Fred Duba.
Married: Nellie Nash.
Married: Delia Johnson.
Married: Don St. Germain.
Second Marriage: Thomas Nutt.
Married: Fred Cutter.

Louisa Jane and Jonathan Iaduke had three children: Arthur,
Amos and May. Look in Laduke Genealogy.
Amos Mandigo had a brother Aaron and a sister Louisa, butl
have no information on them at all.
Zebulon Mandigo is listed in the 1840 Census as having been
born in 1802 in New York State and living in Pierrepont, St.
Iawrence County, New York in 1840.
Richard Tuttle Mandigo lived in Quebec as a young boy, and
was at the John Gage farm at one time in Stanbridge East, going to
the United States as a young man.


The name “Tuttle” I have found as a family name in New
York and records state that Tuttle Mandigo, brother of Zebulon was
killed by a horse kicking him in the head.
Married: Delia Johnson in Vermont.
Buried in Rutland, Vermont.
Their son:

Born: Nov. 30, 1899 at Shrewsbury, Vermont.
Married: Alice Haight.
Second Marriage: Emma Vargo.

Live at Pittsford, Vermont.

Throughout the years our family and the Richard Mandigo
family have always enjoyed a very close companionship. My Mother
looked forward so much to the days she spent in Rutland, and the
many lovely rides throughout Vermont. Richard suffered from a
heart ailment the last few years of his life. His wife Delia is over
ninety and lives in her own home across the lawn from Royce and
Royce and Alice celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1972.


From Public Archives, Ottawa:

In 1794 there were alarms of an invasion of “Lower Canada”
from the States. It was suspected that there were many American
spies at large, and to check this the Governor issued an order that all
aliens in the Province should make a declaration, giving particulars of
their past history, occupation, etc. The file of these declarations is
still preserved in the Dominion Archives, and among them is the one
made by Joseph Ellison.
I, Joseph Ellison do hereby declare that I am a native of the
United States of America from the State of New Hampshire, my age
is thirty-two years and my trade or occupation is that of a farmer
that for these six months last past I have resided in the Co. of
Chittenden in the State of Vermont and came into this Province by
land on the 21st day of March, 1794 and now reside in St. Armand
as witness my hand at Missisquoi Bay this sixth day of October,
Signed, Joseph Ellison.

It was many years before I found what section of New
Hampshire my great-great grandfather Joseph came from. I came
across a paper that said he was from Loudon, N.H. In the Archives at
Concord it states that Joseph Ellison enlisted from Canterbury for
Loudon, March 7, 1781 for three years. It also states that in the
Association Test of 1780 that Richard Ellison was arrested as a
Loyalist by the Committee of Safety, May 20, 1777. He was
overheard to say that he would not deny his King. He was
imprisoned at Exeter for an unspecified time.

I have no proof that Joseph was a son of Richard, but am sure
he was, as Joseph named his eldest son Richard. I hope to be able to
do more research sometime in this area. I have found several Joseph
Ellison’s, so, I have no proof that the Joseph who enlisted at
Canterbury was our Joseph. If so, he had a change of heart and
decided to come to Canada.
I have a copy of a document from the Courthouse Archives
which was drawn up by Leon Lalanne, N.P. at the dwelling house of
the widow of the late John Ruiter at Philipsburg, on October 25,
1799 in which Joseph Ellison was to receive a grant of land of 200
acres and was to be named an Associate of Stanbridge Township

under the Leader Hugh Finlay. One of the strings attached to this
agreement was that any mill sites on this 200 acres would belong to
Finlay. We do not know what happened as Joseph Ellison’s name is
not found among the Associates of Stanbridge, and family tradition
has it that he had cleared thirty acres of land and then in some way
he could not get a clear title. He helped the Surveyor’s to survey the
Township of Dunham and was given 200 acres in the area of what is
now Fordyce. The first Lodge in the Eastern Townships was called
“Select Surveyor’s Lodge” and was held at Missisquoi Bay; that is
the first Masonic Lodge. I received a letter from the Grand Lodge of
Quebec saying that my great-great grandfather, Joseph Ellison was
initiated in Prevost Lodge No. 7 in 1816, and he was listed as a
I believe his interest in the Masonic Lodge was always retained
by him. His monument bears the Masonic emblem.

I found it most interesting that the document of 1799 relating
to the 200 acres that he was to receive as an Associate was witnessed
by John Mills and Caleb Tree. The latter was an Associate of
Stanbridge Township and these three men all wrote their names in
very legible handwriting, which was not too common in the l790’s,
as many of the Deeds are signed with their mark.
? Joseph Ellison was a man of wide interests, his great-grand­
children had a desk which he was supposed to have made, and
which, I believe, is now at Upper Canada Village in one of the old

There is no picture of him or his wife Eunice Ingalls which is
to be regretted. If the readers are interested in this family you will
find it covered more fully in the History of Fordyce.

The historic plaque on a stone in the former school yard at
Fordyce which is now a Picnic area, pays tribute to him and John
Fordyce who were pioneers of that area.
Joseph Ellison and Eunice Ingalls were married at Franklin,
Vermont. I have a copy taken from the Vital Records books found
in Town Clerk’s Office and reads as follows: Joseph Ellison and
Eunice Ingalls legally joined in marriage. Signed: Samuel Peckham,
J.P., June 17th, 1801.
Mr. and Mrs. Ellison had a large family of boys, one of which
was Caleb, my great-grandfather; Richard who remained on the farm

and where his grandson Arthur lived until his death, and Vincent and
Edmund and Joseph, Jr. They all lived within a short radius of
Fordyce. We know there were others but I do not have the proper
information on them. Edith was a daughter of Joseph and Eunice
and she married Andrew Truax and died quite young and is buried in
Brigham; and her niece, Caleb’s daughter Edith later married Andrew
Truax. Richard bought the first school-house built in Fordyce, and
remodelled it into a home with an addition on it at one end, and this
dear old place remained in the family until it burned down a few
years ago. The original school-house door was still on the kitchen
with its hand wrought iron work, and Murray Mason and] found it
in the basement after the fire and it is now in the museum at
Stanbridge East. Richard told his grandchildren he remembered
hearing the noise of the guns when the War between United States
and Canada opened. He married Maria Griggs when she was seven­
teen, and when he was twenty-three years old he was the father of
three children. His granddaughter Ethel Ellison was a teacher, and
she is still living in 1975 at her home in Sweetsburg at the age of
ninety-three. Her sister Ada married William Howie of St. Sebastien
and they had six children, one of whom is Dr. Mabel Howie, now
retired and who lives part of her time with Miss Ellison.

Married: June 17, 1801 at Franklin, Vermont to
Eunice Ingalls, daughter of
Caleb and Mary Chatsey Ingalls.
Buried: Union Cemetery, Cowansville.

Born: May 22, 1807.
Died: Oct. 31, 1879. Buried at Famham Centre,
Married: March 9, 1832 to

Susannah Fordyce, daughter of
John and Jemima Marsh Fordyce.
Born: Dec. 14, 1806.
Died: April 13, 1880. Buried at Farnham Centre.

Born: Dec. 18, 1832.
Died: Dec. 9, 1833.

Born: March 6, 1833.
Died: Nov. 8, 1869.
Buried in Brigham, Que.

Married: Andrew Truax.

Born: Aug. 7, 1834.

Died: Jan.31, 1901.
Buried at Farnham
Never Married.
Died in the house
where he was born.
Born: Dec. 21, 1836.
Died: April 30, 1907.

Never married. Lived with her
brother John in the house their

Jemima Ellison, daughter of Su­
S“""“h» 8”“""'d”“8’”"’ of 10”"
Jr. with her sister
Mary s son, Stanton Ladukc.

father had built and which still
stands across from Golf Course
on south side of Route 40,
leading from Fordyce to Fam­
ham Centre. The pine trees that my great—grandfatherCaleb planted
are still there.

My father told me that “Aunt Mim” as they all called her used to
dry apples, and take them to Bedford and trade them for things
from the store. Got 5c per lb. for them. Made her own cheese, and
some to sell also. Kept it under bed to cure. Her brother John was
rather shiftless like his father before him, would not even cut any
wood to have it dry, would pull up a tree full length and cut it up as
needed. The first house Caleb built was just west of the present one.
John would walk sometimes down to visit his sister Patience, my
grandmother Laduke. He wore leather boots and Grandma told that
he would sleep with them on, and she would hear him get up in the
night sometimes or before daylight; his boots hit the floor with a
bang, and he would go home to milk the cows. Aunt Mim had a
generous and kind heart. Loved children, reared the grandchildren of
Edmund Ellison: Clara, Edward and Henry Snyder. I have a picture

of my father and Uncle Henry taken in Cowansville one time when
they were visiting her at Fordyce. Stanton, son of her sister Mary
was a great favourite of her, and he and his wife Myrtie were kind to
Born: Nov. 1, 1838.
Married: Mr. Cram. Lived in U.S.
Born: April 12, 1843.
Married: William Laduke (See Laduke Genealogy).
Born: Oct. 5, 1845.
Died: Nov. 12, 1910. Buried in Boston.

Married: Clara Glidden of Brome.
Buried in Boston.

Born: Dec. 24, 1878.
Married: 1904 to Gilbert Fletche.
Lived in Bangor, Maine. No Children.
Eunice and her sister Ida visited us at Fordyce. A very clever
and vivacious person. I visited Bangor in September 1974, but
could find no trace of her. Once her eyesight failed we heard
no more from her.
Born: June 30, 1880.
Never married.
Died in Boston.
Born: Aug. 11, 1883.
Never married.
Died in Boston.
Born: Sept. 5, 1847.


Died: March 22, 1915.
Married: July 4, 1868 to
Frank Laduke (See Laduke Genealogy).

Son of Joseph and Eunice Ellison.
Died: 1855.
Married: Catherine Lampman.
Died: 1887.

Son of Joseph and Eunice Ellison.
Married: Nancy Griggs, daughter of
A. Griggs, and a sister of Mrs. Richard Ellison.
They had six children, one died aged three.
Orilla married Joseph Iaduke (see Laduke Genealogy).
Idella married Melvin Galer. No children. They lived on a farm
near Richford. Buried: Richford.
Adelaide married Clarence Atwood. Two children: Ivy and
Alzina married Loren Quebec. One son: Allen.
Sophronia married James Stewart. One son: Earl.
Candace, the youngest, never married. Lived alone for many
years in the old Home near Fordyce. Died at her sister’s in
Richford. Buried in East Farmham Cemetery.

Son of Joseph and Eunice Ellison.
Born: June 23, 1809.
Died: Jan. 23, 1901.
Married: Sally Maria Griggs.
Born: March 15, 1813.
Died: Jan. 15, 1880.
In a list of pupils from Fordyce School in 1829 sent from the
Archives the names of Sally Maria, Nancy, Henry and Abra­
ham Griggs were listed.


Born: 1847.
Married June 4, 1877 to

Jennie M. McCulloch, daughter of
John McCulloch of St. Andrews, Scotland, and
his wife Sophia Hall.
Henry died in 1936 and Jennie in 1936.
Buried at East Farnham.


Married: William Howie, St. Sebastien.
Both buried in Pike River Cemetery, west of Bedford, Que.
Ada received her B.A. from McGill and taught school for
several years.
They had six children: Mabel, Ruth, Vivian, Freda, Jean and
Ross. Ross and Freda live on the home farm at St. Sebastien

Ethel taught school many years.
She lives in Cowansville. Never married.
Arthur was a good farmer, and also had a very large apiary of
bees. Died on the farm where he was born. Never married.

Born: 1852.
Married: 1873 to Hubert Knowles.
Born: 1849.
Three children: Jessie, born 1874: Hoyt, 1877;
Leroy, born 1880, died in infancy.
Jessie married Harry Glover, June 1, 1902. Lived in Manches­
ter and are both buried there.
They had five children: Herbert, Marjorie, Edith. Franklin and

Wilma married William Goodman on June 28, 1935. They own
a large book store in Manchester, N.H. They have one son,
Richard, born March 24, 1937. He is married and has children.

Never married, no information.


Never married, no information.


Daughter of Richard and Sally Ellison.
Born: 1836.
Died: 1882.
Married: Orrin Buck.
Born: 1818.
Died: 1904.
Their daughter Cora married Arthur Vaughan. Cora was born
Dec. 16, 1866. In Dec., 1947 they celebrated their 59th
wedding anniversary. Both died in 1948, and are buried in East
Farnham Cemetery (Riverside). They had eight children, the
youngest being Irene (Mrs. Williams, who in 1975 is the
County President of the Women’s Institute).

Son of Richard and Sally Maria Ellison.
Born: 1843.
Died: 1921.

Front row, left to right: Daisy M Jones, R. Edson (father), Florence
MacM1'llan,Margaret Watson E. (mother).

Middle row: Ethel Emery, Roy Edson.
Back row: Forrest, Earl, Ernest.
Edson bears a marked resemblance to his brother Henry of Fordyce.

Married: Jan. 1, 1866 at East Farnham to
Margaret Grant Watson.

Born: July 21,1848.
Both are buried in Bradford, Penn.
Three of their children; Henry, Edward and Eunice all died
young and are buried in Union Cemetery, Cowansville. They
had seven other children: Ernest, Florence, Forrest, Daisy,
Earl, Edson and Ethel.
I have corresponded for some years with Daisy (Mrs. George
Jones) and her daughter, Mrs. Eckley who lived in New
Kensington, Penn. and who sent me many pages of early
family genealogy. Have had the pleasure of meeting her sister,
Leatha, who lives in Texas. I have not heard from them in the
past two years.

Mrs. Eckley has one daughter who is married and has eight

Mrs. Eckley sent me this family picture.



Giving the descendants of Edmund Ingalls who
settled at Lynn, Mass. in 1629.

compiled by
Charles Burleigh, M.D.
Malden, Mass.

of Lynn, Mass.
First Generation.

Edmund Ingallsl, son of Robert and grandson of Henry Ingalls,
was born at Skirbeck. Lincolnshire, England, about 1598, came to
Salem, Mass. in Governor Endicott’s company in 1628. With his
brother Francis and four others he commenced the settlement of
Lynn in 1629. He was a man of good character even though the
following court record is found “20/4/1646, Edmund Ingalls was
fined for bringing home sticks in both his arms on the Sabbath day
from Mr. Holyokes rails, witnesses Joseph Mood, Obadya Mood,
Jane Mood”. These were probably jealous neighbors and it goes to
show the strict observance of the Sabbath in those days. His name is
often found on the town records showing him to be one of the
prominent citizens. In March, 1648, while travelling to Boston on
horseback, he was drowned in the Saugus River, owing to a defective
bridge. His heirs recovered damages from the town. His will was
probated Sept. 16, 1648 and the estate appraised at 135 pounds.

I, Edmund Ingalls of Lynn, being of perfect memory commit my
soul unto God, my body to the grave and dispose of my earthly
goods in this wife.

Firftly, I make my wife Ann Ingalls, sole executor, leaving my
houfe and houfelot, togather with my stock of cattle and corn, to
her, Likewife, I leave Katherine Shipper with my wife.

Item I bequeath to Robert my sonne and heir four pound to be

payd in two years time by my wife, either in cattle or corn. Likewife
I bequeath to him or to his heirs, my houfe and houfelot after the
deceafe of my wife.

Lifewife I bequeath to Elizabeth my daughter, twenty shillings
to be payd to my wife in a Heifer calf in two years time after my
Likewife to my daughter Faith, wife of Andrew Allen, I
bequeath two yearling calves, and inform my wife to pay him forty
shillings debt in a years time after my deceafe.

Likewife to my sonne John, I bequeath the houfe and ground
that was Jeremy fitts, lying by the meeting houfe, only out of it the
sd John is to pay within four years, four pounds to my sonne
Samuel, and the ground to be his security, further I leave with said
John, that three Acres of land he had in England fully pofsefs and
Likewife, I give to Sarah, my daughter, wife of William Bituar
my two ewes.

Likewise, to Henry my sonne, I give the Houfe that I bought of
Goodman West, and six Acres of ground, lying by it, and three Acres
of Marsh ground lying at Rumely Marsh, and this the sd Henry shall
pofsefs in two years after my deceafe. Only out of this sd Henry
shall pay to my sonne Samuel, four pounds within two years after he
enters upon it.

Likewife, I bequeath to Samuel my sonne, eight pounds to be
difcharged as above, in the premifes.
Laftly, I leave with Mary the Heifer calf that she enjoyed and
leave her to my wife for future dowry.

Finally, I appoint Francis Ingalls, my brother and Francis Dane,
my sonne in law, overfeers of my will, and order that thofe things
that have no particular exemption in the will mentioned, be taken
away after my deceafe and entreat my overfeers to be helpful to my
wife in ordering her matters.




HENRY INGALLSZ, (Edmundl), son of Edmund and Ann lngalls,
born Skirbeck, 1627; married, first, July 6, 1653, Mary, daughter of
John and Ann Osgood of Andover. She died Dec. 1686. Married,
second, Aug. 1, 1687, SARAH FARNUM, widow of George Abott.
She died May 12, 1728, age 90. He owned land at Ipswich which he
sold in 1652; was one of the first settlers of Andover, Mass., buying
the land of the Indians, paying in clothing and trinkets. He took an
active part in town affairs, holding many of the offices of trust, and
was made a Freeman by the General Court 1673. He died Feb. 8,

JOSIAH INGALLS3, (Henry2, Edmundl), son of Henry and Mary
(Osgood) lngalls, born Andover, Feb. 28, 1676; married, first Sept.
19, 1705, MARY HOLT, who died Feb. 9, 1714/5, age 34;married
second, 1715, ESTHER FRYE, who died Sept. 29, 1757, age 76. He
died Andover, Aug. 14, 1755.

JOSIAH INGALLS4, (Josiah-3,Henryz, Edmundl) son oflosiah and
Esther (Frye) lngalls, born Andover, Aug. 4, 1719; married March
19, 1743, EUNICE FLINT of Reading. He moved to Rindge, N.H. in
1764, took a prominent part in the settlement of that town and held
many of the important offices. He built the first mill and was a
deacon of the church. He died about 1775. She died Jaffrey, 1811.

CALEB INGALLS5, (Josiah4, Josiah3, Henryz, Edmundl) son of
Josiah and Eunice (Flint) lngalls, born Rindge, N.H., Feb. 22, 1756;
married MARY CHATSEY. He was a revolutionary soldier, in
Captain Stevens’ Company at Ticonderoga, 1777; after the war
moved to Jay, then to Keene, N.Y., where he died in 1843. The
block house he built is still standing.
Their daughter Eunice6, b. 1784; d. May 21, 1864;m. Joseph
Ellison. Ch.: (1) Jacob; (2) Caleb; (3) Richard; (4) Nelson; (5) John;
(6) Vincent; (7) Mary Jane; (8) Eunice and (9) Edmund; resident at
Cowansville, Quebec.


of the
From 1639 to 1874
By Hon. Lilley Eaton

FLINT, GEORGE, son of Thomas and Ann, of Danvers, b. 1652;d.
1720, aged 68. He is called on the records “Segt, Geo. Flint”. He
went to Reading before the year 1682, and settled on land he
acquired by inheritance from his father, and was the first of the
name in the town. He ‘was a farmer, and resided in the North
Precinct, now the town of North Reading. Tradition says that his
was the first framed house in the Precinct, and that it was early used
as a garrison—house,while there were hostile Indians in the Colony.

Another circumstance connected with this family is, that on a
certain Sabbath all the family were absent at Church (five miles
distant) but two daughters of Sergt. Flint, who were left at home in
charge of the house. During their absence, one of the daughters took
a pistol, and, aiming it at the other, said: “Suppose you were an
Indian, how easily I could shoot you! ” At that moment the pistol
went off and lodged its contents in the shoulder of her sister, which
crippled her for life. Sergt. Flint was selectman of the town and a
very influential citizen. He m. lst. Elizabeth, daughter of Nath and
Elizabeth, (Hutchinson) Putman; she d. 1697; m. 2nd., Mrs. Susan­
nah Gardner; she d. 1720. Chil.: Elizabeth, b. 1685, and m.
Ebenezer Damon; George, b. 1686; Ann, b. 1687, and m. 1706
Jonathan Parker; Ebenezer, b. 1689; Nathaniel, b. 1690, and d.
young; Mary, b. 169}, wounded, accidentally, as aforesaid; Mercy, b.
1692, and m. Benja. Damon; Nathaniel, b. I694, and removed 1722,
to Tolland, Ct.; Hannah, b. I695, and m. 1716, John Hunt; John, b.
1696, and d. in infancy.
FLINT, EBENEZER, son of Sergt. George, b. 1689; lived in North
Precinct, near Andover line; (I. 1778; m. 1714, Tabitha, dau. of
Joseph and Tabitha Burnap. Chil.: Tabitha, b. 1714 and (1.young;
Ebenezer, b. 1716; Eunice; John, b. 1720; Tabitha, b. 1721;
Elizabeth, b. I723; Jacob, b. 1729; Hepzibeth, b. 1732; Ann, b. and
d. 1734.

FLINT, EUNICE, daughter of Ebenezer, was the grandmother of
Eunice Ingalls (Mrs. J os. Ellison).

As both Mrs. Richard and Mrs. Vincent Ellison were from the
Griggs family I thought that I might mention that they lived nearer
Freeport than Fordyce, but attended school in Fordyce.

There were Abraham, Henry, Maria, Nancy and Sarah Ann.

We do not seem to have much information as to where the
Griggs family came from before settling near Freeport, but I feel
that they very likely came up from Caldwell’s Manor way, as the
Griggs family were there very early.
Abraham seems to be the only son that l have any data on. He
was born November 2, 1812, and married Mary M. Harder, born
June 11, 1818. Mrs. Griggs was of Dutch descent. They had three

Born: Dec. 5, 1852.
Died: May 17, 1935.
Married: Ida Persons.
Died: Sept. 4, 1932.

Married Thomas Riddick of Farnham, and they had one son
Robert. After Mr. Riddick’s death they lived on in Farnham
until 1975 when failing health made it necessary for them to
move to Convalescent Homes in Cowansville area.

They were cared for in 1974 by Dr. Mabel Howie, whose
great-grandmother was Mrs. Richard Ellison, and she had been
a mother to her nephew Calvin Griggs, who lost his mother
when eleven years old. Mrs. Riddick had been a teacher, and
she has given to the Missisquoi Museum some drawings and
other test papers done by her pupils when she was teaching the
Sweet School near Brome Centre. We note that two of the
pupils were Errol and Roxie Marsh. Mrs. Riddick did very
outstanding work in penmanship.
A faithful member of the Rebekah Lodge, she is the Past
President of the Rebekah Assembly of Quebec.


Daughter of Abraham Griggs. She married Mr. Stinehour and
lived at Glen Sutton. They had four daughters. One of these,
Jennie, married a Mr. Courser. No other information.


Daughter of Abraham, died young.


by Reg Willis

Heraldic Artist

The shire of Banff in the north of Scotland was the early home
of this ancient family. The family name is said by some writers to
have been originally that of a place being derived from the Gaelic
words “fure chess” which means a cold place to the south, but most
authorities agree that it is a corruption of the Scottish Clan name of
Forbes; the similarity of the Coat-of—Armsfor both Forbes and
Fordyce family which was located in Banffshire early in the 15th
century. Authentic records of the family date from the 17th century
when it was located near Turriff in shire of Aberdeen by George
From his eldest son, John, is descended the family of Ding­
wall-Fordyce which originated in the marriage of Jane, heiress of her
brother William Fordyce of Culsh, with William Dingwall in 1744.
The Dingwall or Dingwell family was of Norse origin long
domiciled in the shire of Ross;leaving there during the 16th century
to escape the constant Clan feuds, the family settled in Aberdeen­
shire. From this marriage was descended many soldiers who served
the British Crown with distinction, especially in India.

George Fordyce’s second son, who was also named George,
was the father of a remarkable family. It included Sir William
Fordyce, a Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor David Fordyce,
Dr. James Fordyce, noted preacher and author, Dr. George Fordyce
distinguished physician and lecturer and Alexander Fordyce, the
noted banker of London.

Early in the 19th century a branch of the family was
established in the Scottish Lowlands where it became allied by
marriage to the well—knownfamilies of Buchan and Hay.

As my great-grandmother Ellison was a Fordyce I have been
keenly interested for many years in learning more about this family.

I learned about the Fordyce in Scotland from the Gray family
who came to visit the Hooper’s at
Fordyce Corner. I wrote to the Secre­
tary of the Fordyce W.I. in Scotland,
who very kindly sent me a great deal
of literature on Fordyce Academy and
Fordyce Castle. It was from this
source that I learned of C. Powell
Fordyce of St. Louis, Mi. who had
been in Scotland trying to trace the
family. I at once began a correspon­
dence with him which has lasted
through the years. His father had hired
a professional genealogist to trace the
family, and from this information we
learned that they had at a very early
date been in the north of Ireland, later

) Fordce Castle

going into Scotland. and from there coming into the United States
but they have been very elusive to follow. We cannot seem to find
any specific dates as to when they came. Tradition had it that they
came to Mass. but no trace of them has been found there. Thanks to
Mrs. Owen, a kind friend who did a lot of work in Boston one winter
on genealogy, found where they, our John and Elizabeth were
married in R.l.
With that clue to follow, Bob Butler, whose great-grandfather
Stanton Fordyce had been a brother of my great-grandmother,
Susannah went to Westerly, R.l. where he was able to find the
marriage of John’s father and mother, so, we now know that they
were there very early. Westerly, R.l. Land Evidence, Book 2,
1707-1717, Page 121 confirms that James Fordice owned land in
Westerly and sold it to a Henry Williams on 13 of Aug. 1711, and it
showed that James at that time was a resident of Stonington, Conn.

In 1973 I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting different
areas of New Jersey with Bob Butler and Louise Fordyce Coulson.
We found several records of Fordyce’s, and some live ones too. This
was an extremely interesting and worthwhile trip, and one that I
shall always treasure the memory of.

It never ceases to amaze me the distances that the Fordyce
clan travelled in those early days. There are several “Fordyce”
Post—Officesin the United States besides our own community of
Fordyce here in Quebec. If the reader studies the topographical map
it will be easy to find its location near Cowansville, Quebec. 1 have
corresponded with a Miss McConnell of White Salmon, Wash. and
she tells me that a William Fordyce lived in her area at one time and
that he came from Nova Scotia. She is descended from the Penn.
Fordyce, the same as Powell of St. Louis. Some from our area went
to Iowa, and to Ontario, there was a P.O. there once by the name of
My friend, Marion Perkins who lives in the old James Fordyce
home near Cowansville, went to Scotland three years ago, and on a
motor trip there she visited Fordyce Castle and the village. The
castle was built in 1592. There has been a church there since before
the 13th Century, and the Presbytery of Fordyce is in the Synod of
Aberdeen. Many of its old historic houses are now being restored.
Here is a little poem about Fordyce copied from a Scottish paper.

“Far down the north in a warm howe, Where field are green
and burnies rowe-Stan’s auld Fordyce; I kenna how it first was riggit,
But it’s a queer old town noo, As e’er was biggit”. . .
Before starting on the genealogy of the Fordyce Clan I
thought perhaps I might explain something of what I have learned
from different sources about “our” Canadian John and his parents
and grandparents.

From the Westerly, Rhode Island Records Bob Butler found
the following information:
James Fordyce married Sarah Lewis, born Aug. 17, 1687 daughter
of Samuel and Joanna Lewis.
Their son:
John Fordyce, born Oct. 1711. Died, 1745. Married Lucianna Pettes
on Dec. 27, 1733, daughter of William and Mary Pettes.
Their son:
John: Born, May 17, 1740. Married Elizabeth Stanton. Born, April
1, 1747.

Their son:
John: Born, 1775. Died July 17, 1862. Married: lst, Jemima Marsh;
2nd, Asenath Stone.

The John born in 1740 is the first one to come to Canada, so,
perhaps I should tell this story about him before relating what his
father and grandfather did in Rhode Island.
He was a Tory and in fear of his life on that account. He went
out one night to get an armful of wood and hearing a noise in the
nearby woods he skulked away without telling his wife, as he
thought the house was being watched. If he went to Nova Scotia at
that time we are not certain, records show that he received a grant of
land there in 1784. After he had been gone for sometime his wife
Elizabeth married a Mr. Porter, and they had two children, a son
who died young and a daughter Anna who married Daniel Rust, who
was Lorenzo Dow’s uncle. Lorenzo Dow was one of the first
Methodist saddle-bag preachers to hold services in Missisquoi

After things got quieted down after the Revolutionary War
John decided he had better go back and find his wife. He appeared
in “Enoch Arden” style one night at his wife’s home, and, to his

dismay found of her second marriage. After holding a conference
with Porter it was mutually agreed to let Elizabeth choose which of
them she wanted. I expect going back with John to N.S. was really
her only chance, as her second marriage was invalid. This story was
written by Nathaniel Stone, and was found in the Aylsworth
Genealogy in Washington, D.C.
I was quite thrilled in Sept., 1974 when I visited Parrsboro,
N.S. to find this same story was familiar to residents there, and it
was quoted in a W.l. History of Parrsboro.

Before telling the rest of the Parrsboro story I think we will go
back to Rhode Island and learn something of John’s father and
grandfather. The latter was not a very admirable character as the
following story from Westerly, R.I. records show.

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DATED JUNE 10th, 1784
REGISTERED July 2nd, 1784

George, the Third. Know ye that we of our special Grace, certain
knowledge and mere motion, have given and granted, and by these
presents, for us, our heirs and our succesors, do give and grant unto
John Fordice and Caleb Lewis and in severalty, to each of their
respective heirs and assigns. Two certain tracts of land containing
together one thousand acres in the County of King’s, Nova Scotia,
bounded and butted as follows, to wit; a tract of land on the east
side of the road leading from Chegnecto River to Cumberland,
beginning on the said east side of the road thence to run 144 chains
along this road, thence north 63 chains, then West to Cumberland
Road aforesaid, then by the said road running southerly to the
boundary first mentioned, containing 800 acres, being Lots No. 21,
22 and 23, on the said east side of the road; beginning on said west
side of road thence to run west 148 chains, then North 21 chains,
thence east to the road aforesaid, thence by the several courses of
the said road to the boundary first mentioned containing 200 acres,
altogether 1,000 acres. Allowance being made for all such roads as


may hereafter be deemed necessary to pass through the same, being
all wilderness land.
Provided the Grantees within three years, for every fifty acres
of plantable land, clear and work three acres; or to drain three acres
of swamp, and to keep upon every fifty acres three neat cattle, erect
a dwelling-house 20 ft. in length and 16 feet in width, and yearly at
the feast of St. Michael pay two shillings for every 100 acres, the
same to commence and be payable from the Feast of St. Michael
which shall first happen after the expiration of ten years from the
date hereof, and thay they will maintain and defend the authority of
the King in his parliament.
Given under the Great Seal of the Province of Nova Scotia.
Witness our trusty and well-beloved John Parr, Captain and Gover­
nor and Commander in Chief in and over our said Province. This
10th. day of June 1784 and in the twenty-fourth year of our reign.
Signed in Council Richard Bulkeley.

In Marion Gilroy’s book “Loyalists in Nova Scotia” is found
the following: “A John Fordice, Refugee, that is, a Loyalist, but
belonging to no military corps, was in Nova Scotia by 1784. That
year he was granted 500 acres of land at Chignecto River, now River
Hebert in Parrsboro Township, on Basin of Minas”.

Genealogy and Historical Sketches
by Alfred A. Langworthy
Westerly Public Library (A book by Alfred Langworthy, descendant of Daniel
Lewis, son of John Lewis published ‘Lewis FamiIy'and is catalogued 929-2L,
Gena. Room}.

It has been handed down by tradition that during the early
settlement of America there were five brothers that came either
from England or Wales and settled on the shores of New England
bearing the name of Lewis. It has been stated that two or three of
them settled near Boston and one in what is now Westerly, Rhode
Island. By searching, the writer has learned of John Lewis who
settled in what is now the town of Westerly, R.I. The date of his
marriage and also the name of his wife are unknown. The first trace

we get of him is 22 March 1661, where we find his name signed to
certain articles in regard to Misquamicut (which is now Westerly). In
October 1668, he was admitted as a freeman. 18 May 1669, his
name appears among the list of inhabitants. 17 Sept. 1679, he took
oath of Allegiance. He probably died 1690 or before. His remains are
interred on what was his homestead farm. Said burying ground is
still visible and is on land owned by the heirs of J. Hobart Cross, and
is located in a pasture lot and near the road running from Westerly
to Lottery Village (now Avondale) and is nearly opposite a dwelling
house now owned by Thomas Saunders and is also near what is now
known as Westerly Greenhouse. It is known as Lewis burying
grounds. It is also said that in this burying ground repose the remains
of five generations of the Lewis family, commencing with said John
Lewis. By records of Westerly, it is shown that a reserve of said
burying ground was made for the use of the Lewis family forever.
Said estate was sold to Isaac Thompson in 1701. (See Westerly
Records, Land Evidence, No. 1, pg. 89)
The seventh son of John was: Samuel
Died: 1739.
Married: Joanna Tanner.
Died: 1734.
Children: Samuel, Jonathan,
Joanna, Sarah.
Married: James Fordice.
Children: John.
Born: Oct., 1711.
Married: Dec. 27, 1733 to Lucianna Pettey
James, born Jan. 30, 1734.
Sarah, born Nov. 18, 1737. Married: John Stanton.
John, born May 24, 1740. Married: Elizabeth Stanton.
Lucianna, born Dec. 12, 1744.
Married: Aug. 17, 1687 to
Sarah Lewis, daughter of
Samuel and Joanna Lewis, Westerly, R.I.


Died: 1690.
Jonathan: died, 1710. Married, Jemima Whitehead.
(2) Deliverance.
John: died, 1735. Married, Ann.
Daniel: died, 1718. Married, Mary Maxson.
James: died, 1745. Married, Sarah Babcock.
David: died, 1718. Married, Elizabeth Babcock.
Israel: died, 1719. Married, Jane Babcock.
Samuel: died 1739. Married, Joanna. Died, 1734.
Dorcas: married, Robert Burdick.

Children of Samuel and Joanna Lewis:

Joanna, married Mr. Tanner
Sarah, married James Fordice.
The will of Samuel Lewis dated 5 Aug. 1734 and proved 1
Feb. 1739 . . . to daughter Sarah’s son, John Fordice, 100 pounds,
to lay out in lands . . . (Recorded in Town Records, Westerly, R.I.)

What transpired to cause the following action is not known,
but recorded in Council Records, Probate Records and C. Lands,
1699-1719, Book 2, page 77 a and b, Westerly, R.I.:
For as much as James Fordice, late resident in this town, gone
from or left the town, and one child near 3 years old without
making any provision to us, manifest for bringing up said child
without care is likely to become chargeable to the town, and the
grandfather to said child making his application to the town cousell
for the ordering and disposing of said child, as they in are wisdome
think fitt for the educating and bringing up the child and in
reference to the same over, the present town cousell proceed as
follows in the next page.

The judenture witnesseth that the counsell of the town of
Westerly, in her Majesties Collony of Rhoad Island and providence
plantation in New England to put John Fordice, son of James
Fordice, late of said town, apprentice unto Samuel Lewis, grand­
father of the child of the town aforg to live with and to serve him

faithfully as an apprentice and with his heirs, executors, administra­
tors as assigned to him or either of them to live till he shall attain the
age of twenty-one years: During which term of time (which will be
eighteen years from October next) shall his said master serve him
faithfully, serve without absenting himself from his said masters
service either by day or by night without his maters leave, not to
haunt ale houses or tavern, he shall his said masters lawful com­
mands gladly obey and he shall not do any damage to his said master
nor see it to be done without giveinghim notice thereof but behave
himself as a faithful apprentice ought to do and I the said Sam X (his
mark) Lewis by these presents do bind myself, my heirs, executor
and assigns to find the above said apprentice with sufficient meat,
drink and cloths washing and lodging suitable for such an apprentice
dureing the term of time aforesaid and at the expiration of said term
of time to give him two good suits of apparel and learn him to read

-and write.

In conformation of which we have set to our hand and seals
thiss 9th of August 1714.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered
in the presence of
Peter Crandall
William Champline, Juner




Thomas Hiscox, Clerk
in behalf of the twon Counsell

The above written indenture is a true copy of the original
compared and entered by me thiss 20th of August 1714.

Westerly Land Evidence, Book 2, 1707-1717, p. 121 confirms
that James Fordice owned land in Westerly and sold it to a Henry
Williams on 13 Aug. 1711 and shows James to be a resident of
Stonington, Conn.
* * *

No evidence of where James Fordice came from, date of
marriage or demise of James or Sarah. Two facts are certain: John
Fordice went to live with his grandfather Samuel Lewis and
secondly, a James Foredice is living in South Kingstown, R.I. (13

miles from Westerly) where he and Mary Foredice have two children,
shortly thereafter.
BIRTHS AND DEATHS, South Kingstown, R.l.

1-5 Foredice, James of James and Mary born, 2 June 1714
Abigail of James and Mary born, 14 March 1717/18
NOTE: Since the Fordice line in Rhode Island appears to involve
one family 1 will assume at this point that James Foredice, South
Kingstown and the James Fordice that departed Westerly are one
and the same.

Born: Oct., 1711.
Died: 1745
Married: Lucianna Pettes on Dec. 27, 1733
by John Hoxie, J .P. recorded Westerly Courthouse.


Children of William and Mary Pettes, Charlestown, R.I.
(VR, R. 1., 1636-1850, Vol. 5, Wash. Co. 2-9, 2-34)


17 May 1714
6 July 1716
4 June 1718
12 Dec. 1719
24 June 1722
27 Oct. 1724
10 Aug. 1727
23 Nov. 1729
3 Jan. 1732
29 March 1735
19 Nov. 1737


Born: 30 Jan. 1734
Born: 18 Nov. 1737


Born: 24 May 1740
Born: 12 Dec. 1744

Married: Mary Aylsworth
Married: John Fordice
Married: Ephraim Aylsworth

Married: Martha Rogers
Married: William Douglass
Married: Mary Colegrove

Children: (VR, R. I. Exeter Records)


Married: John Stanton
24 Dec. 1764
Married: Elizabeth Stanton

Exeter, R. I. Town Clerk’s Probate Book 1, p. 28:

To all people to whom these presents shall come, Greeting
know ye that whereas John Fordice, late of Exeter in the County of
Kings County has dyed intestate (without a will). Who having whilst
he leased goods, chattles and credits within said town. The adminis­
tration therof is hereby committed unto Lusiano Fordice, widow, to
the said deceased, she having defended same. She will and truly to
administer on the same and do all things needfull and necessary in
the letter on her said administration and to enter letter or cause to
be entered letter to the town councell of said town upon fact,
inventory or oath of all the goods, chattles and credilty of the said
deceased in one month time from the date hereof and also do make
or cause to be made a true and just account or her administration in
one year’s time from the date hereof. In conformation whereof and
by order of the town councell of Exeter afore said. I have signed this
letter of administration and sealed it with the councell seal the
nineteenth day of November A.D. 1745.
Benoni Hall


Descendants of ROBERT STANTON, Newport, Rhode Island
Born: 1599.
Died: Aug. 29, 1672.



Died l708(


Married: Dec. 1661 to Henry Tibbits.
Children: 1. Henry, 2. Ann, 3. George, 4. John,
5. Mary, 6. Sarah, 7. Martha, 8. Daughter.
Born: Aug. 1645.
Died: Oct. 3, 1713.
Married: (1) Mary Hamdel.
Born: July 6, 1647 daughter of John Hamdel.
Married: (2) W. Mary Cranston
Born: 1641. Died: April 7, 1711.
Daughter of Jeremiah and Frances (Latham) Clarke.

re: Robert Stanton
1638: He and others were admitted inhabitants of island of
Aquidneck, having submitted themselves to the government
thereof as it shall be established.
15 Sept. He was fined 5s for having been engaged in a riot
of drunkenness on the 13th.
1639: 30 April. He and twenty-eight others signed the following
compact: “We whose names are underwritten do acknow­
ledge ourselves the legal subjects of his Majesty King
Charles and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a
civil body politicke, unto his laws according to matters of
16 March. Freeman.
1644: Sergeant.
1652: 23 Sept. He sold Benedict Arnold a dwelling house and 8

30 Jan. A deed of this date from the sons of Thomas
Stanton of Stonington (probably brother of Robert, New­
port) is valuable as grouping part of the children of said
Thomas, who are sometimes confounded with children of
Robert. The deed was made by Thomas Stanton, Sr.,
Joseph Stanton, Sr., Robert Stanton, Sr., and Samuel
Stanton, Sr., “who are four brothers” the said Joseph living
in Quonocontaug, all the rest in Stonington; they selling to
Captain William Champlin, Sr. for 35 pounds, land between
Quonocontaug and Pawcatuck Rivers.
Born: Aug. 1645.
Died: Oct. 3, 1713.
Married: (1) Mary Hamdel.

Died: May 11, 1747.
Married: John Coggeshall, son of
Joshua and Joan Coggeshall.
Bom: Dec. 1659.
Died: May 1, 1727.
Children: 1. John, 2. Caleb, 3. Joshua, 4. Joseph, 5. Mary,
6. Hannah, 7. Mercy, 8. Daughter, 9. Avis, 10. Humility.

Died: 1752.
Married: Edward Carr, Oct. 6, 1686.

No information.
Born: April 22, 1674.
Married Elizabeth Clarke.
No information.

Married: Martha Tibbits
Benjamin was a Physician.
Born: April 22, 1674.
Married: Feb. 9, 1698 to

Elizabeth Clarke, daughter of
Latham and Hannah (Wilbur) Clarke.
Born: 1680
Died: Sept. 10, 1730.


4 Dec. 1698
21 Sept. 1700
27 Feb. 1702
12 Dec. 1703
12 Dec. 1705
25 March 1708
5 May 1710
18 Sept. 1714
6 June 1717
5 May 1719
22 Dec. 1721

Born: Dec. 22, 1721



Married: Martha






25 Nov. 1742, No. Kingston, R.I.
13 Jan. 1745, No. Kingston, R.l.
1 April 1747, So. Kingston.
5 March 1749, Exeter, R.I.
28 Dec. 1751, Richmond, R.I.
19 Feb. 1755.

Born: April 1, 1747
Died: Sept. 1816, So. Kingston, R.I.
Daughter of David and Martha Stanton.
Married: John Fordice on Dec. 6, 1764.
Born: May 24, 1740, Exeter, R.I.

Son of John and Lucianna (Pettey) Fordice.
This family migrated to Parrsboro, N.S.,
Dunham, Quebec, Canada.
John died: March 25, 1809.
After the death of John Fordice, Lucianna remarried:
Children of 2nd marriage of Lucianna (Pettes) Fordice and James

BIRTH AND DEATHS, Richmond, R.l.
Born: May 26, 1748.
Born: Dec. 15, 1749.
Married: Sarah Card.
Children: Patience, l776;James, 1778;
Leah, May 7, l787;Gideon, 1789.
Bom: Dec. 15, 1752.

Children of John and Elizabeth Fordyce:
Born: 1776.
Died: July 17, 1862.
Married: (1) Jemima Marsh on July 24, 1797,
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

(2) Asenath Stone on May 28, 1844 at
Shefford, Quebec, Canada.
Born: April 9, 1777
Died: Feb. 10, 1840, McLean County, Ill.
Married: Susannah Marsh on Feb. 3, 1801,
Parrsboro, N.S.
Born: Oct. 9, 1783.
Died: July, 1859.
Born: Nov. 15, 1801.
Died: Nov. 5, 1804.

Born: Aug. 31, 1803.
Died: Nov. 25, 1804.
Born: March 31, 1806.
Born: Sept. 17, 1807.
Died: Oregon.
Married: (1) Elizabeth Kentston on March 5, 1829.
Born: March 7, 1810.
Died: Jan. 27,1833.
(2) Elizabeth Lucas on Jan. 16, 1834.
Born: Aug. 10, 1811.
Died: March 31, 1852.
(3) Margaret (Hunter) Coons on March 24, 1853.
Born: May 4,1818.
Zevia: born, Sept. 26, 1830; died, Nov. 17, 1842.
Catherine Olneyz born, July 12, 1835; married, James Good­
Susannah: born, July 27, 1837; married, (1) Duncan E.
Cameron on March 15, 1854; (2) Eli Harris on Dec. 2, 1856.
Maria: born, Dec. 14, l840;married,Sa1matius Dearth.
Elizabeth: born, Aug. 3, 1841.
Lewisa: born, Sept. 29, 1842; died, Jan. 26, 1846.
William Stanton: born, Dec. 27, 1844; settled in Iowa.
Lewis: born, March 15, 1849 (Washington, Iowa).

Lucy Jane: born, Jan. 21, 1854; died, Nov. 13, 1854.
John Hunter: born, Nov. 7, 1855; settled in Calif.
Virginia Ann: born, Feb. 18, 1860; died, Feb. 6, 1866.
Born: March 14, 1809.
Married: Dean.
Born: March 25, 1811.
Married: (1) Mary C. Dean on Nov. 17, 1836.

(2) Susannah Lanear on Jan. 28, 1846.

Born: Feb. 14,1813.
Married: Benjamin Dean on May 30, 1836.
Born: Nov. 8, 1814.
Married: Letitia Satterfield.
Born: Nov. 12, 1816.
Died: March 5, 1846.
Born: Dec. 5, 1818.
Born: Aug. 8, 1821.
Died: July 19, 1823.
Born: Sept. 10, 1824.


Newport, on Rhode Island, Dec. 5, 1708
*Samuel Cranston, Governor

Governor Cranston also sends the Board the following: A list
of the number of freemen and militia, with the servants, white and
black, in the respective towns; as also the number of inhabitants in
her Majesty’s colony of Rhode Island and c., Dec. 5, 1708.


Farnham Centre, Quebec
Ruby Laduke Moore standing beside the grave marker of her
Loyalist ancestor, John Fordice. Inscription reads “In memory of
John Fordice who departed this life March 25th, 1809, aged 69
years”. Just 99 years to the day before she was born.



New Shoreham


White Black Total No. of
Servants Servants Inhabitants












* Samuel Cranston (Gov. for 29 years) grandson of Jeremiah Clark
our 8th generation grandfather. Jeremiah Clarke (1), Latham
Clarke (2), Elizabeth (Clarke) Stanton (3), David Stanton (4),
Elizabeth (Stanton) Fordjce (5), John Fordice (6), Stanton For­
dice (7), Lovisa (Fordice) Brown (8).

Since writing the last page previous to this on the Stanton
Fordyce and Susannah Marsh family 1 have had some very happy
contacts with the great—great-greatgranddaughter of Stanton.

Murray Mason received a letter from a Dr. Kenneth Parker, of
Clawson, Mich. who was doing genealogy for a Mrs. Ambinder, who
is the direct descendant of Stanton, and who lives at 1583 Claren­
don, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Mrs. Ambinder is a School Social Worker for a Detroit
suburban school system, and Dr. Parker is a High School Counsellor.
He sent me some information which I did not have on the Lewis and
Clark families. Mrs. Ambinder has very kindly sent me her line down
from Stanton, which is as follows: John, born March 25, 1811,
married Mary C. Dean on Nov. 17, 1836. Their daughter, Sara
married Philip Thomas. Their daughter, Amy Susan married James
Turley Foster. Their daughter Ola married Frank Frederick and their
daughter Ruth married Walter J. Ambinder.

Mrs. Ambinder’s aunts and uncle on her mother’s side of the
family: Laura Foster Bodham (in nursing home in Marion, Iowa),
Miles Foster (deceased), Grace Foster Alburtis (deceased), Maggie

Leona Brown (in nursing home in Illinois) and her mother Ola Moe
Frederick living in Marion, Iowa, aged 77 years.

EDITH (Edey) Daughter of John and Elizabeth Fordyce.
It is most interesting to note that the name Edey has come
down from the family in Scotland, as we have there an Edey Taylor
who married a John Fordyce. It seems to have occurred in each
generation down to Susannah, the last Fordyce to name her
daughter Edey. Records show that Susannah’s grandmother was
sometimes listed as Lucianna and sometimes Susannah, I like to
think that it was Susannah, and that John named her after his

Edey married Asa Olney in Nova Scotia. He was the son of Asa
Olney and Catherine Jenks. Asa Olney, Sr. was born in 1725. He was
the son of John, and grandson of William and Alice Olney. Asa had a
daughter, Catherine, who was born on board ship when they were
going to Nova Scotia and she grew up on her father’s farm in Nova
Scotia which was very close to that of Nathaniel and James Pettes
and she married James Pettes and came here to Quebec and settled
in the area near West Brome, where she and James are buried there
in the Pettes Cemetery. So,one can see that they were rather a close
knit family, Pettes, Fordyce’s and Lewis. In September while in
Parrsboro I talked with several members of the Pettes family. Was
interested to find in the Town Clerk’s Office an old book dating
from 1784 in which Asa and Edey’s wedding was recorded on Oct.
8, 1787. The mark for James Pettes stock was also registered in this
book. Dated Aug. 14, 1786. A slit in the left ear and a halfpenny in
the underside of same. John Fordyce’s mark was dated July 13,
1786, and was two swallow forks in the right ear, and a slit in the
left ear. I expect this was two notched points like a swallow’s tail.

The only child I know of was Oman, born June 28, 1795. If
Edey and Asa had other children I do not know of them.

LOVISA (Lucy) Daughter of John and Elizabeth Fordyce.
Lovisa married John McCaJlman in Nova Scotia. They later
went to Ohio, and they are mentioned in John Fordyce’s Will of
1806 which is at Cowansville Courthouse. Their first two sons
George and John were born in Mass. Three other children Asa,
Elizabeth and Nancy. No information on them.

John’s father Archibald McCallman came from Scotland to
South Carolina in 1768 with his three sons, George, John and
Archibald. He was a Loyalist and returned to Scotland with his son
Archibald. George as a loyalist lost his land grant. John enlisted Nov.
4, 1775 and served as a private in the First South Carolina Regiment
in the Revolutionary War and never heard from his brothers again.

Asa, Jr. acted as Power of Attorney for his parents in settling
his grandfather John’s estate in 1826.

Daughter of John and Elizabeth Fordyce.
Born: Sept. 1, 1785.
Died: Aug. 22, 1865.
Married: Benjamin Sargent, son of
Chase Sargent, Cornish, Me.
Born: May 1, 1780.
Died: May 15, 1862.
Enoch: Born, June 2, 1806. Died, May 15, 1874. Married,
Rebekah Bell. Born, April 6, 1807. Died, 1884.
David: Born, Oct. 22, 1807. Died, May 22, 1854.
Betsey: Born, April 23, 1809. Died, Dec. 23, 1898. Married,
Almon Ingalls.
William Anson: Born, March 15, 1811. Died, Feb. 4, 1888.
Married, Nickey Mahannah.
Samuel Draper: Born, Feb. 6, 1813. Died 1862.
Ruamy Draper: Born, Jan. 6, 1815. Died, Feb. 14, 1815.
Arthur Wellington: Born, Jan. 25, 1816. Died, Jan. 12, 1899.
Patience Matilda: Born, Jan. 17, 1818. Died, Jan. 30, 1907.
Married, James N. Humphrey.
Asa: Born, April 18, 1820. Died, June 20, 1820.
Hannah: Born, April 25, 1821. Died, Nov. 10, 1853.
Married, James N. Humphrey.
Amelia Maria: Born, March 15, 1825. Died, Oct. 15, 1857.
Married, Herbert Newell.
Sarah Emmeline: Born, March 28, 1828. Died, 1896.
Married, William Weld.
Olive Lucretia: Born, Feb. 18, 1830. Died, Aug. 13, 1806.
Married, Jacob Burridge.


The Sargent family has been well covered in the History of
Fordyce. There is also a Sargent Genealogy in Knovvlton Archives.

Enoch’s eldest daughter Julia, born Aug. 1829. Married
Stephen Fordyce, born Jan. 10, 1825. Married on Jan. 8, 1855.
They had one daughter who married Hazen Niles.
Stephen was a son of John Fordyce and his second wife
Asenath Stone. H: is buried in Waterloo, Que. Julia was married a
second time to Harmon Butler. They had two sons: Jay, born 1871.
Died, March 24, 1959. Ernest died at 6 years.
Jay Butler’s daughter Lillian Mae married Forrest Duckless on
Sept. 2, 1925. Forrest was born Nov. 23, 1901. Lillian was born
June 29, 1905. Live in Newport, Vt.


Kenneth, born 1927. Harold, born Dec. 25, 1929. Robert,
born Feb. 19, 1934. Myrna, Sept. 14, 1938. Elwood, Oct. 13, 1940.
All the children are married and have children. I corresponded with
Mrs. Duckless at one time.

Betsey: daughter of Benjamin Sargent and Elizabeth Fordyce.
Born, April 23, 1809. Married to Almon Ingalls. Four children:
Manley, Moses, Cordelia and Elvira.
Space does not permit the history of all this family, will deal
briefly with Cordelia who married Elim Humphrey and lived at
Their daughter Avis married William Mason, and they had two
children, Mildred who died while teaching school at Mansonville
(with typhoid fever) and Murray Curtis.

Murray has remained on the home farm near Fordyce where
he was born. He had been a very successful farmer, a graduate of
Macdonald College in Agriculture, is now retired from active farrn—
ing, but leads a very busy life in his community and church
activities. Married Esther Cowhard of Dixville, Que. and they have
four children. Helen who married Rev. Barry Thomas, a United
Church minister. They have three sons and live in Ontario. Wesley,
who has his B.A. and M.A. Degrees, is studying in Penn. for his
Ph.D. Degree, not married. Margaret is married to Gerald Johnson
of Montreal, they have one son David. Freda is attending university
at Charlottetown, P.E.I. taking Home Economics Course.


Hannah and Patience Sargent, daughters of Benjamin and
Elizabeth were both married to James Humphrey (at different
One can see how closely intertwined all these families were, as
James mother was Anna Fordyce. They lived at Fordyce Corner,
Que. and have many, many descendants in the area, also in United

Son of John and
Elizabeth Fordyce
Born: Oct. 22, 1772.
Married: Lydia Allen in
Nova Scotia, 1794.
Born: Nov. 8, 1772.

Died: Jan. 15,1848.
Buried in East Farnham
Born: Aug. 14, 1795.
Died: Sept. 5, 1883.
Married: Catherine
Whitting of Dunham.
Born: Sept. 4, 1805.
Died: Jan. 14, 1862.
Their children: Sarah,
Jane and Alma.

Daughter of John and
Elizabeth Fordyce.
Married: James
Son of James and
Lydia Fordyce
Born: 1810.
Died: 1875.
Married: Almira Wood,

Arthur L. Fordyce, of Thomp­
son Road, Holland Patent, cele­
brated their 65th wedding anni­
versary on Christmas Day. For­
dyce and the former Ida New­
comb were married December
25, I 909, in Waukomis, Okla.
They have three daughters, Mrs.

Lyle (Lueen) Parkhurst, of Fair­



William C

(Margaret) Thomas, Prospect;
and Miss Mildred Fordyce, Hol­
land Patent; five grandchildren
and four great—grandchildren.
Fordyce was a farmer for 40
years in the Floyd Hill area and
was later employed by the
Oneida County Highway Depart­

daughter of
Hon. Thomas Wood,
member of the Legislative
council, Que.
Born: 1811.
Died: 1864.
Both buried at Chapel
Comer, Dunham

Born: 1838.
Married: Miss Carter of


Iowa. . ‘

They had Geniver, born


F ordyce and wife

1861. He married Carrie
Esther. Grandson of Jas., born in
M. Fox, lived in RandailSt. Thomas, Ontario,
lia, Iowa. Their son Ar­
thur bom in 1887 married Ida Newcombe in 1909. They live
in Holland Patent, N.Y. and they have visited us several times,
and Bob Fuller and his wife and I visited them in 1973. They
celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 1974. Have three
daughters who live near them. Arthur gave Miner Fordyce’s
Bible to our Museum.
Daughter of Miner Fordyce.
Married: Peter Fuller.

Have no further information.
Daughter of Miner Fordyce.
Born: 1842.
Married: Christian Sager.
Both are buried in Chapel Corner, near Dunham.
They had six children, all girls, one died in infancy. Almira,
Lillian, Mary, Nellie and Minnie. Almira married Henry Tilson,
and they lived on the old farm at Fordyce. They opened a
Post-Office in their home there in 1907, and named it
Fordyce. It operated until 1912 when rural delivery came into
effect. They had a family of five: Winnie, Charles, Frank, John

and Claude. Frank lives in Cowansville, Que. and Winnie in
Sherbrooke, Que. The others are deceased.
Daughter of Julia and Christian Sager.
Married: James Strickland.
They had three children. Their daughter died young.
Norman and James Fordyce both became lawyers.
Daughter of Julia and Christian Sager.
Married: James Johnson of Brome, Que.
Was a teacher. They had two children.

Daughter of Julia and Christian Sager.
Never married. Lived in Ottawa.

Daughter of Julia and Christian Sager.
Married: Franklin J oyal of Brome, Que.
They lived in Manchester, N.H. Moved to Calif. in 1920. They
had three sons, Arnold, Meredyth and Eric. All were married
in Calif. Eric has passed away. I have had some memorable
visits with the Joyal family while in Calif. We enjoyed Franklin
and Nellie visiting us at Fordyce.

Descendents of John and Elizabeth Stanton Fordyce
Born: 1786.
Married: Rhuama Buck.

Joseph, born 1807.
Patience, born 1808.
Amos, born 1810.
Nelson, born 1811.
George, born 1814.
Asa, born 1816.
Joseph B., born 1818.
Jesse, born 1820.
Melvina, born 1822.
Mary, born 1824.
Sarah, born 1826.

Born: March 16, 1789, Parrsboro, N.S.
Died: Dec. 13, 1823, Bainbridge, Chenango Co., N.Y.
Married: July 11, 1809 to Nathaniel Stone.
Born: July 11, 1788.
They were in Brandon Township, Vermont 1815.

Hiram Harwood: Born, March 7, 1810, Famham, Que.
Married, Julia Ann Comstock.
Archibald: Born, May 29, 1811, Famham. Married,
Amelia Monroe.
David: Born, June 2, 1813, Dunham, Que. Married,
Louisa Ingalls.
Martha: Born, Feb. 15, 1815, Dunham, Que. Married,
Orsine Comstock.
Asenath E.: Born, Feb. 14, 1817, Bainbridge, N.Y.
Married, Rev. Amos Cleghom.
Lepha Patience: Born, May 28, 1819. Married, (1) Abram
Frazee, (2) J. G. Cox.
Elijah: Born, Aug. 24, 1821. Married, Sophia Louisa Creighton.
Nathaniel Fordyce: Born, Dec. 11, 1823. Married, Amanda Reed.
SIMON STONE GENEALOGY — Ancestry and Descendents of
Deacon Simon Stone of Watertown, Mass. 1320 — 1926 by J.
Gardner Bartlett —Publ. for Stone Assoc. Boston 1926 p. 504.

Nathaniel (7), Elijah (6), Archibald (5), Isaac (4), John (3), Deason
John (2), Deacon Samuel (1).
Born: Hoosick, N.Y., July 11, 1788, went with parents in
1806 to Famham, Quebec, Canada. Thence he successively moved
from Famham to Dunham in 1812 and about 1816 to Bainbridge
(now Afton) near Binghampton, N.Y. and about 1838 to Menard
County, Ill. and finally to North English where he died.
He married first in St. Armand, Que, Canada. July 11, 1809 —
Patience Fordice. Born in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, daughter of John
and Elizabeth (Stanton) Fordice.

She had 8 children and died in Bainbridge, N.Y. on Dec. 13,


These last few pages have been involved with the children of
John and Elizabeth Fordyce but I feel that I want to put down what
we learned while visiting Parrsboro, N.S. in Sept. 1974. Have
included the wording of the Land Grant which John and Caleb
Lewis received. We have found how the Lewis’ are connected with
the Fordyce’s. The Lewis family remained in Parrsboro, and are still
a prominent family there. In local histories there it says that Caleb
Lewis came in 1780, and that he was the first man in that area to cut
down trees. Caleb Lewis had a son Jesse who came from the States
looking for his father, and he was directed to Caleb’s home, and
hired out to work for him, and after a few days he told his father
who he was. Jesse married Chloe Olney, who had come from Rhode
Island with her mother Patience Olney. There is a stump of a willow
tree 19 ft. in circumference on the Lewis farm which was started
from a willow cane which Jesse stuck into the bank of the brook the
day he arrived.

It was a great thrill for Murray and I to go into this vicinity
and have a Mr. Davidson say to us, “Right over there where you see
that barn with the peculiar shaped roof is where John Fordyce lived,
my grandfather often told me the story”. The land there looked
very, very nice. Their grant ran both sides of Halfway River (River
Hebert) to Neuville Lake. They cleared the land, planted orchards
and made maple sugar (No longer any maples in the area). They got
along very well with the Indians, the Micmacs, who had a large
reserve near them. Glooscap was the Indian chief, and there is a large
statue of him in Parrsboro Park. We found Caleb Lewis’ grave, he
was ninety-four when he died, another example that hard work and
hardships never ki1led- these pioneers. Found deed where John
Fordyce sold the last of his land to Caleb Lewis in 1800, and local
histories state no more was heard of him.

This is the year he arrived in Quebec. Parrsboro has the highest
tides in the world, and it was quite thrilling for us to watch it
coming in and then to see how far it receded when going out.

I found it most interesting that Jesse Lewis was confirmed by
Bishop Inglis of Nova Scotia on Aug. 10, 1779. He had a license to
marry. His daughter Anna was courted by Ebenezer Bishop, and
their trials are set out in lengthy verses which was printed in the
Loyalist Gazette in 1973.


The kindness of people in Parrsboro Town Hall and elsewhere
that we went, left us with a great longing to return there someday.
Our ancestor John apparently had an itchy foot for travelling, to
leave such a lovely area and come to Quebec. I often think of the
turmoil which Elizabeth had been through in her life.She must have
been ready to lay down the burden and go to her last resting place in
the little Methodist cemetery at Farnham Centre, Que., a long
journey from her birthplace in Rhode Island. In John’s Will made in
1806 he admonishes his son William (whom he was leaving his farm)
to see that his mother received a small monthly pension the same as
she would have received if she had remained in Rhode lsland
(Probably about .50c per month). In 1806 they were still living in a
log cabin which they had built when they first came.

Born: 1775, Rhode Island.
Died: July 17, 1862, Shefford, Que., Canada.
Married: (1) Jemima Marsh at Parrsboro, N.S. on
July 24, 1797. Daughter of Henry Spear Marsh.
(2) Asenath Stone, daughter of
Elijah and Susanna Aylsworth Stone.
Born: Feb. 9, 1799.
Alexander Marsh born in 1628 (Wales) came to America in
1654. He died March 7, 1698 at Braintree, Mass. (now
Quincy). Buried in Hancock Cemetery next to Quincy City
Hall. Married: (1) Mary Belcher on Oct. 19, 1655 at Braintree,
daughter of Gregory and Katherine Belcher. Mary was born
July 8, 1639. Died, Feb. 17, 1678. (2) Bathshua Lotrop Beal,
daughter of Rev. John Lothrop of Barnstable and widow of
Benjamin Beal. She was baptized Feb. 27, 1641. Died, Jan. 8,
Children: 9 —one of whom was:

John: Born, Feb. 7, 1678. Died, June 22, 1745.
John Marsh was born Feb. 17, 1678. Married, Sarah Wilson on
Aug. 28, 1701, daughter of Dr. John and Sarah (Newton)
Wilson. Sarah was born April 1, 1684, New Haven, Conn.
Died, Sept. 11, 1747.

Children: There were 12. Six died young or unmarried.

Samuel: Born, May 9, 1717. Died, 1800.
Samuel Marsh was born May 9, 1717 at Braintree. Died, 1800
at Economy, Nova Scotia. Married Jemima Spear on Dec. 31,
1741, daughter of Nathaniel and thankful (Woodward) Spear.
Jemima was born Oct. 12, 1721.

Samuel, baptized Oct. 17, 1742.
Joshua, born March 16, 1744.
Elijah, baptized Oct. 19, 1746.
Jemima, baptized June 5, 1748. Married, Miss Whitehead.
Nathaniel, baptized March 29, 1750.
Isobel, baptized Nov. 24, 1751. Died, 1771.
Henry Spear, baptized July 21, 1754.
Henry’s children:
Susannah, born Oct. 9, 1783, Nova Scotia.
Married, Stanton Fordice.
Jemima, married July 24, 1797 to John Fordice.
Daughter of John and Jemima Fordyce.
Born: 1798.
Married: John Bell, Shefford Co., Quebec.
1 have not been able to trace the Bell family. I feel that they
must have come in with the Fordyce’s or else became friends after
they arrived here.
Stanton’s wife was also a Bell, we do not know as yet if she
was a sister of Elizabeth’s husband John or not. I think she would
have been, as Sarah’s father was named John also.

Bob Butler and I went searching in the area of Shefford and
found where the Fordyce farm was, at a spot called Sheffmgton. The
railroad went through there at one time. Not very far to West
Shefford (now Bromont) and seven miles to Waterloo, Que.
1 found a deed in Courthouse issued in 1829, where John
Fordyce sold his farm there to his son Stanton. The Sargent’s family
were also in that area. Enoch Sargent married Rebekah Bell. Their
marriage was witnessed by Richard Bell in April 1828, and also at
Sarah’s in March 1828 when she married Stanton Fordyce. 1 found
an entry in Shefford Register, dated March 31, 1836 stating that
Richard Bell was killed by the fall of a tree. No age given.

Also found an entry for George Bell, son of John and Sarah,
born April 12, 1776, and he married Lucy Fordyce, register states
she was born in 1780, daughter of James and Lydia Fordyce. So this
means that George was a brother of Mrs. Stanton Fordyce. Well, the
Bell rings on, and I must get back to Elizabeth and John.
John was born in 1794. Died, 1878. Elizabeth was born in
1798. Died, 1877. They are both buried in Farnham Centre
They had a son John, born Feb. 13, 1831. Died, Nov. 27,
l909. His wife was Caroline J. Seale.

Their son Arthur married Miss Blake, from Hillside, near

I have no record of when the Bell’s left Shefford Co. and came
to live at Farnham Centre. The farm is just a short distance across
the field from the cemetery, and is located on Highway 40. We find
the names of John and Elizabeth Bell on the Methodist Chapel roll,
also Elizabeth Fordyce.

Arthur Bell and his wife had two sons: Grant and Lynn. Grant
married Ruth Stowe, and they live in Sask. Lynn married Velma
Smith of Dunkin, and they had one son Keith, who married Barbara
Goheen of Cowansville, and they had three sons.

Barbara died and Keith married Olive Jewett, widow of Allan
They live on the old Bell homestead at Famham Centre.
Velma died in 1972, and Lynn is now married to Mrs. Nellie
D’Artois of Knowlton, and they live at Famham Centre.



fiupvrinr (llnurt


from the Register of the Acts of Baptlsm, Marriage
and Burial of the
Angurnn Church, Pros: Village

in the said District of’ Bedford, for
eight hundred and



one thousand
to wit:

John Fordice of the Township of Jhefford died the seventeenth day of

July one thousand eight hundred and sixty two in the eighty seventh
your of his are and was buried the eighteenth

d:.y of the same month

by me




David Lindsay

John S. Fordice

Emeline Fordieu

The following is an Extract from the Register of the Acts of
Baptism, Marriage and Burial of the Methodist Church, Shefford in
the said district of Bedford, for the year one thousand eight hundred
and forty-four to wit:
Married by Special License on this twenty-eighth day of May one
thousand eight hundred and fourty four, by me, Andrew Balfors,
Protestant Espiscapol Minister, John Fordice of the Township of
Shefford, farmer, widower, second son of John and Elizabeth
Fordice, in their lifetime: late of the Township of Dunham (farmer)
and Asenath Stone of the township of Famham, spinster, of major
age, only daughter of Elijah Stone formerly of Famham, now
supposed to be living in Illinois, Western States of America and of
Susanna his wife, now deceased — in presence of Daniel Clark and
George Stetton, farmers, of the Township of ‘Shefford. The above
parties acknowledging publickly recognizing the following children
as their proper offspring:

Stephen, born Jan. 11, 1827.
Eleety, born March 20, 1824.
John Lyman, born Nov. 26, 1829.
Emeline, born Aug. 7, 1836.
James, born Aug. 15, 1843.

In our presence
(signed) Daniel Clark Jr.
(signed) George Stetton his (X) mark
(signed) Andrew Balfors, Minister
The above marriage was solemnized
(signed) John Fordice
(signed) Asenath Stone

After reading the certificate of John Fordyce, Jr.’s second
marriage to Asenath Stone I am not very thrilled about owning him
as a great—greatgrandfather; certainly not very proud of his actions.
It has always remained a mystery to me what became of his
first wife Jemima Marsh. I have searched the Church records for
years to find her death certificate but to no avail. I know she was
alive in 1837 when their daughter Rhuamah died, another daughter
Patience died in 1819 aged one year. They are buried in Famham
Centre, Quebec.

If you study the birthdate of Eleety, daughter of him and
Asenath you will see that he was being unfaithful to Jemima for
many years.
I found a Deed where Elijah Stone left the farm near
Fordyce’s to his daughter Asenath as long as she remained unmar­
ried. This might have been the answer to some of this queer
problem. Acres were looked upon as something of great value in
those days, and it looks as if Asenath wanted to keep her farm and
have a family without benefit of clergy.
We will drop a curtain on this unhappy set-up as it probably
never will be solved.

Asenath’s mother Susanna Aylsworth came from a very fine
family as did Elijah.

Powell Fordyce sent me the following which he had copied
from material found in the Thomas Jefferson Room of the Library
of Congress from a book entitled “Arthur Aylsworth and His
Descendants in America” written by H. E. Aylsworth, M.D. of
Roseville, Warren Co., Ill. The book was published by the Narra­
gansett Historical Publishing Co. of Providence, R.I. in 1887.
Susanna Aylsworth (4), Thomas (3), Chad (2), Arthur (1) was born

Dec. 7. 1765. Married Elijah Stone, born Feb. 11, 1768, in
Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. eldest son of Archibald and Rhoda
Dewey Stone. They dwelt in Hoosick, N.Y. until the year 1806,
when they moved to the Prov. of Quebec, Township of Farnham —
some think Dunham — in Co. of Missisquoi. Elijah died at the
residence of a Mr. Blair, near Ellisville, Fulton Co., Ill. on Nov. 23,
1844. End of quote. .. I found the gravestone of Susanna in the
cemetery at Farnham Centre, Que. not far from John Fordyce, Sr.
monument. It says, “Susanna, consort of Elijah Stone died May 5th.
1820, aged 54 years. From pages 181 and 182 from the same volume
it stated that Nathaniel, son of Elijah and Susanna, born July 11,
1788, dwelt last at North English, Iowa. He was married on his 21st
birthday at St. Armand, Que. by Rev. Charles Stewart of the church
of England, to Patience Fordyce, born at Parrsboro, N.S. Nov. 8,
1789 and was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Fordyce. They
left Canada about 1815 and settled in Bainbridge, N.Y. where she
died Dec. 13, 1823. Patience died shortly after the birth of her son
Nathaniel. He was born Dec. 11th. He was her eighth child, poor
woman must have been worn out with moving and child bearing over
a period of years . . .

I feel that perhaps Elijah and his parents settled first at “Stone
Settlement” no wSt. Ignace de Stanbridge, as their first children
were born in that area, then the next two were born in Dunham
Township. Peter Stone of “Stone Settlement” had a daughter
Susanna, born 1819 who married Jacob Shufelt, who owned the
farm near Fordyce where Murray Mason now lives. Perhaps Peter
Stone was a brother of Nathaniel, and he named his daughter
Susanna after his mother.
Son of John Fordyce Jr. and Jemima Marsh.
Born: Nov. 11, 1808 at Dunham, Que., Canada.
Died: Oct. 14, 1882.
Buried at Rosendale Cemetery, Wisc.
Married: Sarah Bell on March 19, 1828 at
Township of Shefford, Que., Canada.
Born: Farnham, Que., daughter of John and
Sarah (Johnston) Bell.
Died: July 2, 1874. Buried, Rosendale Cemetery, Wisc.
They lived in Malone, N.Y. and went to Wisc. in 1848.
John and Sarah Bell are buried at West Shefford, Que.

Children: The first five were born at Dunham, Que., Canada.
Family then migrated to N.Y. and then to Wise.and Rosendale.
Born: Dec. 28, 1828.
Died: Aug. 4, 1901.
Married: April 14, 1859 to
Harriette Amanda (Moore) Wilson.
Born: Feb. 24, 1827.
Died: Oct. 4, 1867.
Children: (known)
George E.: Born, 1862. Died, 1948. Married, Anna Mathilda.
Solie (1883-5). Died, 1904.

Stanton Alonzo, born June 18, 1897.
Frank E., born 1895.
lra Dwight, born Jan. 29, 1893. Died, Aug. 25, 1897.
Sadie, married Mr. Rensch.
Samuel L., born July 25, 1895. Married, Elsie Schrankler.
Shirley Louise, born 1927. Married, Mr. Gelhaye.
Born: 1831.
Married: Sarah...
Removed to Olmsted Co., Minn. before 1883.
Born: March 16, 1831.
Died: Oct. 11, 19]].
Married: Oct. 3, 1854 to Samuel Rasey.
Died: July 18, 1914.
Born: 1833.

Died: Sept. 16,1911.
Married: (1) Emeline Emory Pratt in April, 1858.
Born: 1837
Died: Sept. 10, 1885.
A son, Herbert A. died at 5 months old.

(2) Jennie (Collar) Conant, niece of first wife.
He had one child Charles A. Fordice who married Augusta Ferch.
Married: Mr. Evarts.
In 1833 was residing in Franklin County, N.Y.
In 1911 residing in Vermont.
Died before 1928.

Born: Oct. 31, 1842, New York.
Died: Dec. 14,1911.
Married: (1) Frances Elizabeth Eddy (l849—1893).
There were two children: Ray, born Sept. 25, 1883;
Laura who married Allen Tracy of Wilmotte, 111.
(2) Georgia Swaney (Sweeney) on Sept. 16, 1903.
Died: June 3, 1948 at King, Wisc.
Born: Feb. 15, 1845, Malone, N.Y.
Died: May 20, 1928.
Married: Mary Elizabeth (Sheldon) Barnes on
April 15, 1868.
Starr, born June 20, 1881. Died, Feb. 25, 1946.
Frances, born Jan. 30, 1885. Died, July 13, 1937.
Married: Charles E. Fink.
Born: 1847.
Married: Alvin Eddy.
Was in Centerville, So. Dak. in 191 1.
Born: April 20, 1851, Rosendale, Wisc.
Died: March 13, 1924.
Married: William Kossuth Brown, Jan. 24, 1872.
Born: March 29, 1854.
Died: June 28, 1899.
Married: Herman Ewald, Oct. 18, 1882.
Children: Harrison, Arthur.




Stanton and Sarah Fordyce had ten children. Thispicture shows five
of them. Left to right back row: Charles, Stanton and Levi. Front
row: Charlotte Melissa and Sarah. The brothers looked so much
alike. The only picture of Fordyce ’s that 1 have ever seen. Loaned by
Bob Butler.
Daughter of Stanton and Sarah Bell Fordyce.
Born: April 20, 1851.
Died: March 13, 1924.
Married: William Kossuth Brown, son of
John T. and Deborah (Hook) Brown.
Born: Nov. 7, 1851.

Died: July 26,1915.
Rollie Hook, born Aug. 28, 1876. Married, Mary Edna Fry.
Bert S., married (1) Edna H. Goodall.
(2) Gertrude (Stoll) (Brown) (Brother Paul’s widow)
Alice, married John Eastman.
Frank J.


Paul Kossuth, born Dec. 18, I887. Married, Gertrude May Stoll.
Ruth Mildred, born Oct. 22, I889. Married Henry John Butler.
Born: Oct. I88‘), Cannvalley, So. Dakota.
Died: April 13, l960, buried at Manitowoc, Wisc.
Married: Henry John Butler.
Born: Sept. 8, 1879 at Nelson (Buffalo County) Wise,
son ofJohn Fiscus Butler, born March 2, 1842, Pa. and
Annie Catherine (Beck) Butler, born Dec. 22, 1844.
John F. and Catherine buried at Cornell, Wisc.
Henry Butler died on Dec. 15, 1950 and is
buried at Estella, Manitowoc.

Born: July 3, 191 1, Estella, Wise.
Died: Aug. 5, 1952 and buried Manitowoc.
Married: llarold Herbst on Oct. 8, I932.
No children. llarold deceased.

Born: Dec. 13, 1915, Westfield, Wise.
Married: July 6, 1940 to Jeanette Albrecht,
daughter of Herman and Ida Albrecht of
Shoto, Wisc. (Manitowoc County).
Pamela Janet, born May 8, I942, Manitowoc.
Married, Gerald Cooper son of Roger and Florence Cooper.
Penny Ardis, born Feb. 22, I944, Manitowoc.
Married, Lawrence Groniak son of Chester and
Sylvia Groniak.
Children: 1) Michael, 2) Matthew,
3) Elizabeth Sylvia.
Born: Dec. 27, 1917, Cornell, Wise.
Married: Murray Sachse, June 22, 1946.

Born: May3, l9ll,son of
Henry G. and Eda (Rehybein) Sachse.
Murray was born Newton, Wise. (Manitowoc Co.)



David. born July 25, I947 at Manitowoc, Wise.
Ruth Ann, born Nov. I, I952 at Manitowoc, Wise.
Born: ()cI. I8, I920, (fornell, Wise.
Married: (l)(i|yde Fields, (2) John Sweeney,
(3) Ray Westman.

Born: July I, I9l0, son ofllenry John and
Pauline ((‘obcI) Westman. Minot, No. l)akota.
Larry Ray, born ()ct. I. I958, Little Rock. Ark.
R()BER'l‘ MIL'l‘()N:
Born: April 22, I923, (‘orne|l, Wisc.
Married: Geraldine Olga Clark on March 2| , I948.
Daughter of Lyman and Eva (Peel) (Gregory) Clark.
Marriage took place in Monmouth, III.
Born: June 2. l9l9.
Bob and Gerry now live in Albany, N.Y. (I975)
Richard (‘alen, born Jan. 3, I950, Ft. Lee, Va.
Janet Christine. born Jan. 29. I951, Frankfurt. Germany
(97th Qmeral Hospital)
Married: Michael Harris Guinan at Norfolk. Va.
Son of Spud and Patricia (McDonald) Guinan. Virginia Beach.
Born: April I3, I948.
Jeffrey Shane, born Dec. 1, I970, Norfolk, Va.
Bom: Jan. 2, I925, (‘ornclI, Wise.
Married: Sept. 7, I940. Manitowoc, Wisc., to
Frances Beck, adopted daughter of
Andrew and Ada ((‘elIett) Beck.
Born: Jan. I2, I920.
Thomas llarry, born June 28. I947.
Susan Ann, born June 22, I948, Married.
Nov. 6. l97I to Mr. Schmidt.
Daniel Michael. born July 7, I950. Died, Oct. I I950.
William James. born March 25, 1952.
Michael Joseph. born March I2, I954.


Mary Catherine, born May 27, 1955.
Patricia Frances, born May 17, 1956.
Constance Marie, born Dec. 1, 1960.
Robert Anthony, born Oct. 9, 1965.
Born: Feb. 17, 1927
Died: Nov. 8, 1958 at Manitowoc, Wisc.
Married: June 4, 1948 at Manitowoc to
Mary Ann Pekulik.
John, born Manitowoc, July 15, 1951.
Gerald, born Manitowoc, Oct. 16, 1953.
Julie, born Manitowoc, Aug. 4, 1956.
Mary (Pekulik) Butler remarried to Lorin Phillips
on May 4, 1960.
Children: 1) Tim, 2) Lori.
Born: June 11, 1929, Manitowoc, Wisc.
Married: Elsie Ruth Herman, daughter of Floyd and
Adeline Herman.
Born: April 30, 1931.
Scott Eugene, born Aug. 18, 1953 at Manitowoc.
Sheree Renee, born Oct. 21, 1954 at Manitowoc.
Renee Lynn, born Dec. 1, 1955 at Manitowoc.
Brigett Bobe, born Jan. 20, 1967, Boulder City, Nev.
Born: April 8, 1934, Manitowoc.
Married: Nancy Groth on May 28, 1962 at Miami, Okla.
Daughter of Reinhert Groth.
Born: April 24, 1942.
April, born April 13, 1963, Peoria. 111.

Laura, born Dec. 21, 1964, Roanoke, lll.

It is always a pleasure for me to meet any of my Fordyce
cousins. A few years ago Austin Fordyce and his wife from
California came to Fordyce Corner to take pictures of the old James
Fordyce home. Austin is a nephew of Art Fordyce of Holland
Patent, N.Y. They came to the Museum, and we enjoyed a visit.






. .

Merwin and June Waiteand Ruby Moore beside the plaque honoring
their ancestor, John Fordyce.
Son of William Brown and his wife Lovisa Fordyce.
Born: Aug. 28, 1876.
Married: Mary Fry.

Thelma Delard Brown. Married: Roy Parsons.
Harold Parsons. Married: Dorothea Johnson.
Carol Parsons. Married: Robert McCord.
Robert McCord, Ill

Harold and Dorothea Parsons visited this area in 1973, and
took many pictures of Fordyce homes and grave markers. They live
in Somerville, Mass. Mr. Parsons is a first cousin of Bob Butler.
Daughter of John and Jemima Fordyce.
Born: 1803 in Nova Scotia.
Married: (1) Hosea Briggs, born 1790. Died, 1836 and is
buried near John Fordyce in Famham Centre Cemetery.

Lovisa married a second time to Samuel Harriman, son of
Enoch Harriman, a blacksmith of the Town of Grantham, N.H.
and of Sarah, his wife, and was born Feb. 3, 1804. Lovisa died
on June 24, 1873, and was buried in Sweetsburg Methodist
Cemetery by Jonas Somberger, an Advent Minister.
In the 1871 Census of Dunham Township they were listed as
living with Joseph Laduke and wife Orilla Ellison at Fordyce.
Lovisa states that she was born in Nova Scotia. There is no
monument for her in this cemetery.
Their son Lot Parker Harriman was named after a travelling
Methodist preacher in the Dunham area. We find the name of
Samuel on many, many of the Church Registers, where he was
a witness to Baptisms, etc.
Lot Parker Harriman went to the United States to live. He
married Louisa Ellen Matthews, and their son was Edwin
Selvester, who married Georgiana Marion Halstead. Their
daughter June married William Noble Waite, who was a
Vice-President of the Brigham Young University at Provo,
Utah, he conducted a campaign that raised $5,000,000 for this
huge Mormon University. They had five sons:
Married: Lenore Sly.

They had four children: William Noble,
Mark S., Roger and Karen.
Married: Naomi Jensen.
They had nine children: Brian, Paul, Jeffrey, Colleen,
Rebecca, Keven, David, Laylin, Edwin.
Married: June Moncur.
They had five children: Delys, Wendy,

Brent, Clynton, Steven (deceased).
Married: Evadean Slack.
They had four children: Dale, Jay,
Kathleen (deceased) and Lorna.
Married: Cathleen Christensen.


They had four children: Juleen, Christene,
Nathan and Jonathan.
I had the pleasure of visiting June in California and she has
been here. Her son Merwin, wife and daughter have also visited this
area. They live in California. June lives in Provo, Utah part of the
time, and also in California. Has travelled extensively. Her grandsons
are Missionaries. ller sons Richard and Merwin were Missionaries in
England and France.

If you study the map enclosed with the History of Pearceton
you will see that Stanbury is at the north-end of the Township of
Stanbridge, about six miles from Stanbridge East and same distance
from Farnham. In the 1876 Directory the Postmaster was Porter
Beattie, by 1900 the Postmaster was Charles Short, and we think it
remained in their home until 1912 when Rural Delivery started.
There is no record to show when the first School was built but l find
in the Secretary-Treasurer’s book for 1883 where the Commissioners
paid the balance owed on the new school-house built in 1881. Miss
Agnes Truax was the teacher in I882 for the summer term, and she
taught four months at $8.00 per month. In winter months of 1884
the teacher was Minnie Dryden and she rec’d $15.00 per month.
Times were getting better. by 1901 Minnie Sager of Fordyce was
receiving $ 1100 per month. In Oct. 1901 my father, Herbert
Laduke repaired the No. 3 school at Stanbury, and received $7.50
for six days of carpenter work, and for ten cord of wood he was paid
$14.00. Note on same page that Dana Gardner supplied a broom and
water pail for No. 2, Pearceton School for .60c.

About this same period my father painted the steeple of the
Methodist Church for $2.50. A certain person was promised $5.00
to do this while he was visiting on his holidays in Stanbury, but,
alas! he celebrated too long. and was not able to climb this tall
steeple; so, he offered my father half the contract price of $5.00.
One can see that a young man with a growing family had to seize
every opportunity he could to get a bit of money. The last
schoolhouse at Stanbury was sold, and moved not far from Massey­
Vanier School, roof was raised, and it makes a comfortable home.




Services held during summer
The Anglican church have a few

services in summer months,
there are only about four fami­
lies left to attend church. The
Methodist church was taken
down years ago, and made into a
tenement house in Bedford.
Bricks were made well in those
days, to last from 1823, when
they were first laid in Pigeon
Hill, then again in Stanbury and
lastly in Bedford.

Methodist Church, Stanbutjy.
Built in 1823 at Pigeon Hill,
Que. (formerly Sagersfield).
Moved to Stanbuty in 1889.

I have not been very success­

ful in trying to trace my
mother’s people, the Kennedy’s.
Tradition has it that they came
from Mass. but trying to sort out
the Kennedy’s in Mass. is rather

Pruella Bertha Kennedy
1874 —194 9

Married Herbert Laduke, 1896.
Aged 18 when picture was
taken. My mother had lovely red
hair. Her life was one of work
and very little fun. Had eight
children all born at home. Never
had any conveniences to do her
work, but I never remember
hearing her complain. Her chil­
dren and grandchildren were her
main interest in life.

Pupils at Stanbury School about 1939. It closed in 1942. Back row,
left to right.‘ Ralph and Arnold Crosby, Agnes and Doug Hunter,
Leslie Clouglz. Front row: Daisy Clough, Jas. Hunter, Alan Clough,
Roy and Sheila Clough.

a difficult problem. Easy enough to do the late President John
Kennedy’s line as we know they came from Ireland. I have never
been able to get a trace of where my tribe came from. I found
several mentioned in the Rhode Island records, but am not able to
fasten them together to complete a line. Several years ago I visited
[)uxbury and Bolton where my great-grandfather David was born,
and found some distant cousins there, but their information did not
go back far enough for me to gain a lead.
I found some information at Montpelier, Vt. in 1973 when I
visited with distant Kennedy cousins. They were living in the area of
Duxbury and Bolton, which is off Highway 89 not far from
Richmond, Vt. In a local history I read the following description of
Bolton Notch. “The rocky caverns of Camel's Hump in the early
days of the settlement of Duxbury were the homes for the bears,
and ‘‘Honest" John Kennedy as he was designated to distinguish him
from relatives of the same name, was a pioneer and famous hunter,
killed upwards of eighty bears in this vicinity. Ilardscrabble is the
name of the valley.” I feel sure that this is my great-great grand­
father as my grandfather and his brothers all liked to hunt, as well as
his sons. From information sent me from Mrs. Irene Chapman of
Duxbury, and from an obituary in a local paper Charles Kennedy
was born in Duxbury, Vt. in I849, and he lived and died on the farm
that was settled by his grandfather John in 1798. My cousin Nettie
Kennedy visited these cousins many years ago, and Howard Kennedy
drove her away up on the side of Camel’s Hump, and they found the
site and well of the John Kennedy place.

I have not been able to find my great-grandfather David‘s birth
record. Bible records sho vhe was born in 1791.

Taken from “A Record Genealogical, Biographical, Statistical, of
Thomas Stanton of Connecticut and His Descendants” by William A.
Stanton, I891.
SOPHIA STANTON: b. July 18, 1798, in Preston, Conn.;m. March
10, I817, in Franklin, Vermont, to David Kennedy; he died Dec. 30,
I864, in Stanbridge, P.Q., Canada; he was b. Dec. 15, 1791, in
Bolton, Vermont; she died Oct. 3, l863in Stangridge. Daughter of
(pg. 159)
WILLIAM STANTON: b. Jan. 15, 1762, Preston, Conn.;m. Aug. 24,
I785, Lovica Gates; lived in Lisbon, Conn., and Stanbridge, P.Q. He


d. in Stanbridge, Aug. 15, 1844; his widow died there Aug. 30,
1865; she was b. Feb. 7, 1769, Son of
(pg. 143)
JABEZ STANTON: b. Dec. 19, 1718; m. Sept. 9, 1745, Sarah
Morse; lived in Preston, Conn. d. March 2, 1804. Son of
(pg. 137)
JOHN STANTON: b. May 22, 1665; lived in Preston on lands given
him by his father. His will, dated Feb. 13, 1747, was admitted to
probate in Norwich, Conn., July 8, 1755. His children were recorded
in Preston without the parent’s names.
Son of
(pg. 135)

JOHN STANTON: b. 164] in Hartford, Conn., m. 1664 Hannah
Thompson; died Oct. 31, 1713 in Stonington, Conn. He was a pupil
of that famous old school teacher of the Puritans, Elijah Corlet. In
1654 he and John Minor, son of Thomas Minor, were selected by the
Court of Commissioners to be educated for teachers of the Gospel to
the Indians. Both young men, however, ultimately left their studies
and devoted themselves to their pursuits. In 1664 he became the
first Recorded of the town of Stonington. Feb. 18, 1675 he was
commissioned captain of one of the four Conn. regiments in King
Philip’s War. He served with distinction and was in command at the
time of the capture of Canonchet, the cheif sachem of all the
Narrangansetts. Son of

THOMAS STANTON embarked at London, England, Jan. 2, 1635,
in the merchantman “Bonaventura”. He went first to Virginia and
then to Boston. In 1637 he settled in Hartford, Conn. where he
married Ann Lord, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Lord of
Hartford. In 1650 he established a trading house in Stonington,
Conn. on the Pawcatuck River. He died Dec. 2, 1676 and his wife
died in 1688.
DANIEL STANTON: (William, Jabez, John) b. Jan. 27, 1795, in
Preston, Conn.; m. Lydia Wheeler in 1817; d. Sept. 5, 1859.
I Horatio, b. March 8, 1820; d. Nov. 25, 1850.
[I William, b. Jan. 19, 1822, lives in Stanbridge, P.Q.
III Daniel, Jr. b. Sept. 1826; dead.


Merrill, b. May 1, 1834; d. May 21, 1860.

SOPHIA STANTON (wn., Jabez, John) b. July 18, 1798, in Preston,
Ct.; In. March 10, 1817, in Franklin, Vt., to DAVID KENNEDY: he
d. Dec. 30, 1864, in Stanbridge, P.Q., Canada; he b. Dec. 15, 1791,
in Bolton, Vt.; she d. October 3, 1863, in Stanbridge.


Edson Kennedy, b. Feb. 7, 1818; m. in 1850 to Mary
Bruce; d. Nov. 12, 1860. Buried in Stone Cemetery.
William, b. Aug. 8, 1820; m. Nov. 13, 1845, to Alma M.
Vail of Dunham, P.Q. and lived in Stanbury, Que. and
buried there.
1. Ann, b. Oct. 7, 1851; m. in 1883 to Martin Henry Short







and lived in Stanbury, Que. and buried there.
2. Charles Guy, b. Nov. 10, 1864; m. in 1886 to Nettie
Brown. One son Rupert. All three buried in New York.
Amy, b. Oct. 15, 1822; m. April 10, 1842, to Major Sweet,
and d. March 25, 1886. Her son, David V. Sweet. Buried in
Stanbury, Que.
Maria, b. Aug. 6, 1824; m. Sept. 20, 1854, to Wm. John
Marshal. P.O. Frost Village, P.Q. Canada.
Laura, b. May 1, 1826; m. May 1, 1846, to Morey Spoor,
and lived in Stanbury.
Lester, b. July 4, 1829; m. Nov. 6, 1859, to Mary Orcutt,
P.O. Stanbury.
Guy, b. April 14, 1831; m. June 4, 1878, to Sarah Spears,
and lived in Farndon, P.Q.
George, b. Feb. 29, 1835, P.O. Stanbury, P.Q.
Sarah, b. Aug. 10, 1833; m. in 1853 to Leonard Fay.
Canton, Minn., is their address.
Jane, b. Oct. 12, 1838; m. Wm. O. Daniels, and lived in
Franklin, N.H.
Horatius Martin, b. Oct. 10, 1842; m. Lydia Hunter, and
lived in Stanbury, P.Q.



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We have no record of when David Kennedy came into Quebec.
He married Sophia Stanton of Stanbridge in 1817 at Franklin, Vt.
Perhaps he was already settled in Stanbury, where he and my
grandfather Lester built the house which is still on the farm, next to
the last farm on the road, which leads from Stanbridge Ridge to the
north end of Stanbury. He did blacksmith work as well as operating
a large farm. His anvil is in the Missisquoi Museum.

ln 1848 my grandfather bought 100 acres from the DesRiviére
Bros. They owned about 30,000 acres in the Township, and lived at
Malmaison, near Pike River. If interested in their career there, you
will find the story in Vol. 9 of the Missisquoi Co. History.

David and Sophia Stanton had a family of eleven children,
which will be found under the Stanton Genealogy. My grandfather
Lester and Mary Orcutt had two sons and two daughters.
Born: May 4, 18...
Married: Minnie A. Dryden.
No family. Divorced.
Born: Feb. 15, 1865.
Married: (1) Fred Spears.
One daughter, Gertrude.
Born: 1884.
Married: Waldo Cheney.
Hannah married: (2) Charles Case.
Born: Feb. 15, 1874.
(See Laduke Genealogy.)
Born: Nov. 14, 1876.
Died: Oct. 7, 1959.
Married: Edith Sargent.
Born: Dec., 1880.
No Children. Lived and died in
house where he was born.
Uncle Irving lived most of his years in Vt. He was Supt. in a
large Woolen Mill in Winooski, Vt. He travelled quite extensively in

Europe for the Company. Was an amateur Photographer, 1 have
many of the Glass negatives which he used. He retired at Franklin,
N.H. and died there.
Uncle John Kennedy lived on the farm all his life. He became
quite well known for the large acreage of Seed potatoes which he
grew for many years. In his younger life he had been a Methodist lay
Preacher. Had a fine tenor voice and played the accordion.

I would like to pay tribute to my Uncle John Kennedy’s wife,
Aunt Edith. The daughter of Nelson Sargent and his wife Annette

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from the minute book of the municipal council
of the parish or saint-Ignace de Stanbridge at
Fab:-usry's' meeting -1935.

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Secondedby councillor oharpantier;
nd unanimously resolved:
That this council thinks to express the opinion of the
whole parish in offering

to Mr John 4-. Kennsdy,ex-mayor.
3. vote of thanks for the eight consecutive years of
Ldevotedness during which he has acted as mayor of our
psr1sh,and for the me great number of years he was
counci11or,and that a copy of the present resolution
be sent to him.
True Copy.



many as twenty-five. No electri­
city to work with, just a wood
stove, but the terrific meals that
she prepared were a joy to the
boarders. She never travelled one
hundred miles from Stanbury.
Her great longing was to go back
to California so it gave me great
pleasure to be able to visit her

birthplace in California and
bring back to her news of the
area. 1 also visited her brothers
in Oregon and Saskatchewan.

John Kennedy, 1876_1959


Bradley. Born near Sacramento,

My grandfather Kennedy’s
brothers and sisters have been
named, but will tell a bit about
their families. Laura, who mar­
ried Morey Spoor had two
daughters, Ida and May. May

Calif. Aunt Edith had two
brothers, Arthur and Alfred,
both living in 1975, and one
sister Ida. Their father was shot
while performing his duties as
Sheriff of Rocklin, Calif. and his
second wife brouglt the four
children from Calif. to stay with
their uncle Benjamin Sargent
and his wife Mary Woodard at
Pearceton, Que. When Arthur
was 16 he went to Oregon and
lived with some of his mother’s
people, he is still there. Alfred
went to Ontario, and later to
Sask. where he still lives. They
were all very strong people, my

Aunt did a terrific amount of
work all her life on the farm.
Besides the work of the apiary
she kept summer boarders from
Montreal, at times having as

Right: Mrs. John Kennedy
(Edith Sargent) and her sister
Ida, taken in 1901. They were




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married Henry Robinson, they lived next door to Grandpa for many
years. Three children: Blanche, Harold and Gladys.

His brother Guy had one son Clarence, who died Jan. 10,
1921. George, Jane and Martin had no family. Sarah, who lived in
Minnesota, I know nothing about. Never remember my mother
telling me anything of their history. Ann and Maria had no children.

It seems strange to think that of all this large family of
Kennedy’s, that in 1975 there is no one bearing the name of
Kennedy except the grandchildren of Charles Guy and Nettie. They
all live in New York City area. I omitted the fact that Jane was
married to William Daniels and died in 1921. Martin married Sarah

Mrs. Lester Kennedy, Gertrude Spears‘ (her granddaughter), Mrs.
Irving Kennedy, Lester Kennedy, Hannah Kennedy Spears, holding
Marion Laduke.

In 1975 it is interesting to note how the trend of farming has
changed. One hundred years ago the County contained some
splendid farms, and the larger part of the population lived on farms.
In a 1975 report issued at St. Anne de Bellevue it states “In
the last twenty years the number of farmers has decreased by 5 ‘/2,
and the acreage of agricultural land, having been taken out of
operation, has decreased by 36% in Quebec. Forecasts are, that in
the next generation, 94% of this population will be urban, and
another million acres taken out of agriculture”. Makes one wonder
where the food will come from to feed the people.

Winter view of the Apiary on the Kennedy Farm. Edith Kennedy
took the entire care of the bees and the honey. No extracted honey
then, it was all in one pound cards or combs, as some called it. The
building on the right is typical of the type of granary found on most
farms Note the pile of shingles, meant a new roof for the granary.
There was always two or three hound dogs at the farm. Used for

Copied from Stanstead Journal, Jan. 14, 1875 “A new postal
arrangement has just been completed between our government and
the United States, by which the mail matters of each country will be
delivered free by the other. That is, letters from any part of Canada
will go to any part of the United States prepaid with Canadian
postage, and vice-versa.“
Mailing letters before this came into force. was rather an
expensive and not very satisfactory operation. If postal strikes
continue as they have done in 1975, perhaps we will have to go back
to the old “Pony Express” method.

James Corey in his diary written in 1884 states that he took
87 pounds of maple sugar, in cakes, to a store in Stanbridge Station,
and received 9c per lb. in trade. In March 1975 the price in the local
store is $1.98 for soft sugar.


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Butter Factory located at Farndon, Township of Farnham, owned
by Guy Kennedy. Man at left beside horse, Robert Hunter, near the
door, Lester Kennedy, at right Martin Kennedy. Slzows the 30 gallon
cans that they carried their milk to the factory in, and in doorway
how they lifted cans off the wagon.

My Great-Great Grandparents —William and Louvisa (Gates) Stanton
Born: Friday, Jan. 15, 1762.
Died: Aug. 15, 1844.
Married: April 24, 1875 to Lovisa Gates.
Born: Feb. 7, 1769.
Died: Aug. 30, 1865.

Their children’s birthdays have been listed, I will now give
their marriage partners:


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My great-grandmother, Sophia Stanton Kennedy came from
Preston, Conn. Her grandparents were Jabez and Sarah Morse
Miss Brenda Heney gave me two account books which had
belonged to my great-great grandfather William Stanton, and among
the store bills, and all the other memos I was delighted to find one
page listing all of Jabez’ children and when they were born. Starting
with twins in 1746, they had eight more children up to 1762. Lydia,
born 1747; Abel, born 1748; Elizabeth, born 1751; Daniel, born
1753; Ann, born 1755; Hannah, born 1757; Mary, born 1759 and
William my great-great grandfather, born 1762. Up to and including
the year 1751 it was written as follows: Elizabeth, b. July 8, 1751,
Old Style. 2nd. day of the week; then the remainder were listed as
follows, New Style, Wm. 6th. day of week. Hope someone can
explain this. Among the family papers given me by Miss Heney is a
copy of Jabez Stanton’s Will made in 1798. This gives one an insight
into the type of will made in those early days. It was signed in a very
good hand by Jabes and red sealing wax beside the signature. His son
William was the Executor, he left him a gun worth $200, several of
his daughters only received $2.00 each, but his eldest daughter
received all his real estate, which was rather unusual for those days,
usually the eldest son inherited the farm. To his “beloved wife” a
comfortable support from her children and an honorable Christian
burial. After bearing him ten children I think he might have left her
a bit of cold cash. His eldest son he left $ 200 in cash and his
clothes. This will was made in Preston, County of New London,

The following page in the account book lists my great-great­
grandparents William and Lovisa Stanton. Am having the page
reproduced so as to show the handwriting.

By rather an unusual coincidence, both my great-grandmother
Kennedy, and my great-great grandmother Fordyce are descended
from Thomas Stanton who left England in 1635 on the Merchant­
man “Bonaventura”, going first to Virginnia, and then settling in
Connecticut. It seems as if they lived within a short distance of each
other, and never knew of their common ancestry.


Merrill: married Elizabeth Neer, of Thurlow, N.Y.
Lovisa: married Mr. Ayres.
Elizabeth (Betsy): married Allan Edson, their grandson was Allan
Edson, the artist.
Daniel: married Lydia Wheeler in 1817. Four children: Horatio,
William, Daniel d Me ill, born 1834 and died 1860.
Sophia: marriedgbfouc Kennedy.
Sally: Mr. Drew.

Erastus: married Lucy Randall of Stanbridge.
Samuel Parkis: married Jane Maria Wightman. Born, Sept. 7, 1807.
Maria: married Mr. Rice. (Hcr~~\+.u£ VJI1-Eglér /91).?)
Arletta: Born 1810. Died 1814.
William lived to be 82 and Lovisa 96.

I can well imagine that my great-grandmother’s sister Elizabeth
little realized that she was the grandmother of a man who would
become eminent in his field of painting. He was one of the founders
of the Royal Canadian Academy. He was born at Stanbridge Ridge
on Dec. 18, 1846. He studied in Europe and was rated as one of the
best landscape painters in Canada. His pictures hang in Windsor
Castle, and in the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, and one in
Missisquoi Museum in Stanbridge East. Many are privately owned,
one of a local river scene owned by Mrs. George Tremblay. He died
in 1888 at Glen Sutton where he contracted pneumonia w 'le
painting local scenery. At his death the Gazette printed the f ow­
ing: “A true son of the Townships, who remained true to his
boyhood impressions of the Missisquoi woods, the Shefford hills and
the blue Magog waters”. . .

Miss Heney tells me that it was always told in their family how
much he loved to come to visit his grandparents Stanton, (at the
home now known as the Orville Stanton farm). His grandmother
used to give him a lunch when he went sketching in the woods, as he
would forget to come home to eat. His son Norman was a famous
photographer and an artist in his later years. I corresponded with
him for several years. He sent me many of his photos, and among
them was this sketch done by his father and marked “Elderberry,
June 1870. Leaf is four in. long, veins at back ofleafvery strong”. . .


I like to think that perhaps he sketched this at his grandfather’s
place, as elderberry has been a bush that has grown wild in this area
since the early days.
I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said “I have ever had a
pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors” . . . So,
you can imagine what pleasure I am receiving from the old papers
given me by my Stanton connection, Miss Heney. From these I
learned that my great-great grandfather William Stanton started to
keep a diary on Friday, 19th. day of March, 1802, in which he states
that he came with his family from Connecticut in Dec. 1807, landed
at Missisquoi Bay, and remained there until the spring. Arriving in
Stanbridge he bought a farm at once, and began to teach school.
During the summer of 1808 he hired Mr. Town of Waterbury, Vt. to
chop and burn over fifteen acres of land which was cleared up and
sown with grain the following spring. He seemed to have been a
valuable settler as almost at once he began writing deeds of sale,
transfers and agreements and other documents such as wills, and at
the time of his death in 1844 he had drawn up over a thousand of
these documents. He was a great lover of horses, as was his son
Samuel. At one time in Connecticut he had owned ninety-three
horses, and had received $4,500 for horses sold and for “boot”
Born: April 6, 1805.
Married: Jane Maria Wightman,
daughter of Thomas Wightman.
Born: 1809.
Their Children:

Mary Ann, born May 27, 1833; Gardner Gates, born Nov. 24,
1836; Harriet Lovisa, born Nov. 27, 1840; Emily Jane, born
Sept. 30, 1843, died March 23, 1845; Helen Elvira, born
March 23, 1846; Samuel Orvil, born Dec. 28, 1848.
Samuel died July 19, 1876.
Jane Maria died Jan. 23, 1889.
I believe Lovisa Gates Stanton must have been a small lady as
on a scrap of paper I found the following: “Little Grandma was but
16 when she was married, and her wedding dress was a pretty chintz
calico, plain ground with a little flower in it. It cost $1.00 a yard.
They travelled in a covered waggon from Preston, Conn. and little
Grandma sat in an old splint bottom chair holding the baby. When

spring came they built a little log house just north of the present
house. Little Grandma also brought a small mirror with her which
had been a gift of her mothers. They also brought a bureau and the
old clock which is in the attic.” end of quote. Miss Heney still has
the mirror. Rather than take up arms against his country William
Stanton and his son Merrill returned to Connecticut in 1812, and
stayed there until peace was restored with the United States. In the
first years of his stay here corn sold for $3.50 per bushel, times were
very hard. His diary states that on March 2, he lent 1/2 bu. of
potatoes to Robert Burley, and to Captain John Saxe 1-1/2 bushels.
On June 1, 1815 he was harvesting his wheat, reaped 298 sheaves,
and cradles 277 sheaves.
He often wrote of his horses in his diary. Had one called
Tallassar, which he refused an offer of $750.00 for. One time he
rode horseback to New York State to purchase an imported English
horse which he kept in his stables for many years. At one time there
were a great many people by the name of Stanton in the district,
now, there are none.


(Bapt. 1669 —Died 1753 age 86 years)

Helen G. Judson of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Elbert E. Orcutt of New London, Connecticut
The purpose of this Orcutt Genealogy of the Progenitor of all
Orcutt families in America is to preserve the records so labouriously
gathered by a number of his descendants of previous generations. It
is hoped that these records may be useful and of interest to those
who may wish to learn more about the joys and pleasures, the work
and play, the trials and tribulations, and the role their ancestors
played in the affairs of their time, which has made us what we are
today. An old Chinese philosopher once said, “to know one’s
ancestors is to know oneself, and, if one does not have respect for
his ancestors, he can expect no respect from his descendants”.

The records of the Orcutt Genealogy are as authentic as it is
humanly possible to ascertain, and if errors do occur they are of the
“head and not of the heart”. It is further hoped that these records
will be of use at some future time by an abler genealogist who will
fill in the lacking material, correct errors when found to exist, and
carry the work on to completion. I trust that those who read this
family history will find as much pleasure in the reading as I have
found in my search of old records, visitations to old cemeteries,
villages and towns where their ancestors once lived and died.
Helen G. Judson
WILLIAM (1) ORCUTT of Scottish Ancestry
d. Sept. 14, 1693 at Bridgewater, Mass.

bur. Cem. at Bridgewater, Mass. (Cem. marker)
m. Mary Lane Jan. 24, 1663 (old style date) V.R. Hingham, Mass.
dau. of Andrew and Tryphena (x) Lane and granddaughter of
William Lane, who settled in Dorchester, Mass. in 1635.
b. 1640 (Lane Family Genealogy vol. 2; by James Hill Fitts: publ.

bapt. Aug. 16, 1646 (Ch. record Hingham, Mass.)
d. To date no record of the death or cemetery burial place has been
found for Mary (Lane) Orcutt or a Martha Orcutt, the wife of
William(1) (1965).

The above is copied from a book containing nearly 300 pages
giving the Genealogy of the Orcutt family from 1163 up to my
great-great grandfather Moses, and from thereon I have supplied data
up to my own generation with help from Bea Bauback, the Orcutt
and Humphrey families.

William(5) Orcutt; Ebenezer (4); Ebenezer (3); John (2); William(1)
son of Ebenezer (4) Orcutt and Jane (Pratt) Orcutt.
b. Oct. 8, 1775; bapt. Oct. 22, 1775 (V.R. Cohasset, Mass.)
d. after 1813.

bur. place of burial not known (1965).
m. Martha Keith Int. Jan. 6, 1798 (V.R. Chesterfield, Mass.) dau. of
Edward and Susannah (Littlefield) Keith and a sister to Sarah the
wife of Moses (5) Orcutt, a brother to William(5) Orcutt.
b. July 12, 1776 or 1777 in Easton, Mass.
d. after 1818.

bur. place of burial not known (1965).
Issue of William (5) Orcutt and Martha (Keith) Orcutt, 9 children all
born near Swanton, Vt., Franklin Co., close to the waters of Lake
1. Horace (6) Orcutt, b. May 10, 1798 (Franklin Co., Vt.)
2. Moses (6) Orcutt, b. March 17, 1800 (Franklin Co., Vt.)
3. Sally (6) Orcutt, b. Nov. 7, 1801 (Franklin Co., Vt.)
4. Lucinda (6) Orcutt, b. Nov. 7, 1803 (Franklin Co., Vt.) m. Isaiah
Lamkin Mar. 1, 1826 at Swanton, Vt.
5. Fanny (6) Orcutt, b. Mar. 4, 1805 (Franklin Co., Vt.)
6. Susannah (6) Orcutt, b. Oct. 14, 1806 (Franklin Co., Vt.) m. John
Vaughn Dec. 29, 1826 at Highgate, Vt., Franklin Co. Vt.
7. Amos (6) Orcutt, b. Jan. 3, 1809 (Franklin Co., Vt.)
note: date 1809 is blurred on record. He was born between
Susannah (6) and Harvey (6).
8. Harvey (6) Orcutt, b. Feb. 2, 1810 (Franklin Co., Vt.)
9. Nelson (6) Orcutt, b. Dec. 30, 1813 (Franklin Co., Vt.) no date of
death or place of burial found (1965). m. Mary Moses Feb. 1845
in Vergennes, Vt., Addison Co. dau. of John and Amishritte
(Wilcox) Moses. b. Dec. 16, 1824 in Hinesburg, Chittenden Co.,
Vt. d. Feb. 16, 1896, widow, age 72 yrs. at Huntington,
Chittenden Co., Vt.; no further record at this time (1965).
Ref. for this chart from Mrs. Arlo (8) Orcutt R.F.D. No. 6,
Columbia, Ind. also from “History of the Families of Chesterfield,
Mass.” p. 212. The ref. from Chesterfield, Mass. gives the infomia­
tion that William (5) and his wife, Martha moved from Chesterfield
shortly after marriage to the vicinity of Swanton, Vt. and that
Martha was a sister to Sarah (called Sally), wife of Moses (5) Orcutt,
brother to William(5) Orcutt.
Records found by Bea Baumback show that William died in
1814 and is buried in Swanton, Vt. and Martha then married Jabez
Vaughan, born 1766, died March 1860, buried in Hancock Hill
Cemetery near Morses’ Line.

JOHN (2):
Born: 166 7
Died: 1753.
Buried: Hingham, Mass.
Married five times. His second wife was Mary Beal.
Born: 1702.


Their son Ebenezer born March 1, 1703 at
Hingham, Mass.
Married: Deliverance Kingman, 1725.
They had eleven children. Eldest son:

Born: Aug. 10, 1727.
He served in the Revolutionary War from the outbreak from
Cohasset, Mass. in 1775 and died 1779. It was during the war
that Ebenezer moved to Chesterfield Mass. from Hingham.
Married: Jane Pratt. 9 Dec /7 5 3
Born: Beeé,-1-7-53.
They had twelve children. Their youngest son was:
MOSES (5):
Born: May 16, 1778.

His birth record is recorded in the “History of the Families of
Chesterfield, Mass. Page 212. He married Sarah (Sally) Keith}
daughter of Edward and Susannah (Littlefield) Keith. Born,
July 15, 1780. Married, Jan. 17, 1802. This family moved to
Swanton, Vt. They had six children. Their third was my
LYMAN (6):
Born: Aug. 14, 1806.
Died: Feb. 7, 1888.
Married: Feb. 3, 1831 to H_anna_hCorey,
daughter of Benjamin and Lillis Baker ‘Corey.
Died: March 31, 1849.


Their daughter Mary was my grandmother.
MARY L. (7):


Born: June 18, 1844.
Married: Lester Kennedy, Nov. 6, 1859.
Buried in Stanbury, Que.
Their daughter Pruella Bertha (my mother).

Born: Feb. 15, 1874.
Died: March 13, 1949.
Married: Oct. 8, 1896 to Herbert laduke.
Their daughter:

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RUBY G. (9):
Born: March 25, 1908.
Married: June 15, 1930 to James Moore.

I have carried down the line from William Orcutt (1) to
myself, just to see how many generations had gone before. Now, I
will start with my great-great Grandfather Moses, and tell what little
I know about him and his family. His first wife Sally Keith died May
3, 1814, and he wasted no time in finding a wife to care for his
young family, as he was married the second time to Phebe on
Nov. 17, 1814. They had four children. William, born Aug. 18,
1815. Died, Feb. 18, 1816. Harley, born May 26, 1822. Married,
Julia They had one son Lyman who died in Dec. 1859 aged five
years and was buried in Meller Cemetery, north of Meigs Corner. 1
found an agreement between Harley Orcutt and another man for the
running of the saw—millon North Branch of the Pike which crossed
the road on 10th range of Dunham, in “Corey” neighborhood. No
(furtherfword of Harley and family.
Daughter of Moses and Phebe.
Born: April 30, 1824.
Died: April 25, 1829.
Son of Moses and Phebe.
Bom: Aug. 3, 1826.
Died: Dec. 26, 1868.

Church records say that he was buried in
Chapel Comer Cemetery, Dunham, Que.
No further word on him.
I made the mistake of giving Moses second marriage records
before I had given his first family. These now follow:
Born: Nov. 3, 1802.
Died: March, 1803.


Born: Feb. 26, 1804. m. us am] was
Died: 1890.

Aug. 14, 1806.
Died: March 3, 1884.
My great-grandfather.






Born:July 27,1808.

Died: June 13, 1843.
Born: June 10, 1810.
Died: Dec. 18, 1882.

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Born: Aug. 6,1812.


Died: Feb. 5, 1852.

The only onesog the above that I have information on besides
my great grandfather is Chloe, who married Charles Nelson Corey,
born 1808 at Stanbridge Ridge, son of Henry and Rkuth"“Corey,in

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They moved from Stanbridge to Stanstead County in 1854
and lived on P. B. Buckland farm just off the Coaticook—Ayer’sCliff
highway near Bamston. In 1862 they moved to the Jerry Popes
farm, east of Kingscroft. Nelson and Chloe are buried in the Ayer’s
Cliff Cemetery.

Married: Julia Tenney.
Died in infancy.
Married: (1) Emmaline Kent.

(2) Edith Corey, daughter of Clark Corey.

Not married.
Married: (1) Gardner Hunt.

(2) Richard Sitith.
Born: 1849.
Married: Lillian Humphrey, daughter of
Charles Humphrey.
Born: 1863.



Born: July 8,1883.
Married: Constance Spencer.
Children: Percival, David and Mary.
Hollis Corey was a missionary in Japan for years.
Born: June 4, 1885.
Married: Mary Etta Sherman.
Issue: Nelson and Lillian.
Born: Aug. 18, 1887.
Married: Oscar Bowen.
Issue: Eleanor, Marguerite,
Maurice and Lillian.
Born: March 14, 1890.
Married: Eloise Bowen.
Issue: Carl, Harold, Marion, Hamilton, Jessie,
Rose, Lucy, Arthur, John and Muriel.
Benjamin: Fourth child of Hamilton Corey took over the
Corey farm at Barnston, Que. where his father had served as
Secretary of the Township until his death in 1929. Benjamin
died Feb. 14, 1953, and his eldest son Carl Benjamin lives on
the old farm with his mother. Bea Baumback and I visited
them in 1971, and enjoyed their kind hospitality and all the
help they gave us on their early records. Also allowed Bea to
take a picture of a lovely old photo of Chloe Orcutt Corey.
Son of Hamilton Corey.
Born: Aug. 30, 1892.
Married: (1) Muriel Planche.
(2) Ellen (Nellie) Smith.
Issue of wife Muriel: Ross and Sylvia.
Irving is a veteran of World War I, the following notes taken
from Vol. 2 of the Canadian Bank of Commerce “Letters from
the Front”. 2nd Lieutenant Irving Banfield Corey entered the
service of the Bank Nov. 24, 1913. Enlisted Nov. 22, 1915
from Bedford, Que. Branch, in 87th Batt. with rank of Private.
Transferred to Training School, Royal Flying Corps, Oct. 17,
1917, 103rd Squadron, Royal Air Force, France, June 16,

1918. Promoted 2nd Lieutenant on March 17, 1918. Service
and principal actions, Somme, Oct. Nov. 1916, Lenz, 1917.
Day Bombing from June 18, 1918 to cessation of hostilities.
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for services rendered
during the War, 1919. Headquarters 80th. Wing, R.A.F. “I
wish to bring before your notice the gallantry of Officer I. B.
Corey who on the 30.10 18th he acted as leading Observer in a
low bomb raid, which achieved considerable success, two
machines and a hangar being destroyed by the bomb which he
released, and two other machines driven down by his gunnery.
On other occasions this officer has accounted for two enemy
machines. He is one of the senior Observers in this squadron
and has acted as leading Observer in many bomb raids. His
energetic example has been invaluable to the whole squadron.”
Signed Major M. H. B. Nethersole, O.C. No. 103 Squadron

Irving is a member of Missisquoi Co. Historical Society and
lives in Beebe, Que.

Daughter of Hamilton Corey.
Born: Dec. 4, 1900.
Married: ( 1) Eugene Webb.
(2) David Turner.
Issue: Madison, Gordon and Marjorie.
Born: 1913.
Single. Lives on Home Farm.
Born: 1915.
Married: Hilda Bowen.
Issue: Ann, Marilyn and Elaine.
Born: 1917.
Married: Donald Brown.
No children.
Born: 1919.
Married: Maxine McLeod.
No children.

Born: 1921.
Married: Alan Bullock.
Issue: James, Dale, Patricia, Katherine,
and Philip.
Malcolm and Ronald.
Philip born: 1952. Died: 1967.
Buried: Marlington Cemetery.
Born: 1924.
Married: (1) Ewam McGlashan.
Issue: Evelyn, Elizabeth, John and James.
Married: (2) Joseph Chartrand.
No children.
Born: 1926.
Married: Glyne Moore.
Issue: Reginald and Hugh.
Born: 1929.
Married: Thelma Ball.
Issue: Benjamin, Hollis, Lance, Joyce,
Rodney and Gail.
Born: 1931.
Married: Joan Roberts Tolliver.
Issue: Sharon, Scott, Susan, Sheila, Sylvia.
Born 1934.
Married: Royce Martin.
Issue: Virginia.
MARY ORCUTT —Daughter of Moses and Sally Keith Orcutt
Born: Aug. 26, 1812.
Daughter of Moses and Sally, and a sister of my great
grandfather Lyman, who named his daughter Mary (my grand­
mother). Mary married Joseph Hutchinson Russell, bom Dec.
22, 1812. Mary died Feb. 5, 1852 and Joseph on April 18,
1870. They are buried in Russell Cemetery onHancock Hill‘,

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Died March 8, 1862 and buried Hancock Hill. Joseph Russell
married Catherine Corey, sister of Reuben. She was born


1827, married 1852. Died Nov. 9, 1839,T1H17edHancock Hill.
Their son Clark died in 1870 aged 16 years.
Daughter of Joseph and Mary Orcutt Russell.
Born: Sept. 30, 1841, Farnham, Que.
Died: May 4, 1875 at Santa Maria, Calif.
Sarah married Harvey Bradway Fuller. Born 1842. Married
1865. Died June 8, 1918 at Calabassa, Calif. Their son Russell
Joseph Fuller was born May 28, 1867. Married Oct. 18, 1893.
Died June 27 at Madera, Calif. His wife Ethel Seed was born
Nov. 23, 1871 at Mt. Forest, Ont. Died Nov. 4, 1969 at
Madera, Calif. Their children were: Sidney, born July 7, 1895
at Los Angeles. Married Anna L. Marshall, Aug. 1, 1921 at
.4 Artesia, Calif. No family, they live near Madera, Calif.
-HUG H R.:

Born: July 6, 1897.
Died: Sept. 28, 1918.
Never married.
Born: March 22, 1905.
Died: May 12, 1913 at Madera,
Born: Nov. 11, 1907.
Married: Otto Baumback, June 7, 1930.
Now divorced.
Their daughter Norma Joan was born Feb. 28, 1941. Married,
June 25, 1966 at San Francisco to Robert Kenneth Stretch,
born June 9, 1938 at Merced, Calif., son of Kenneth M.
Stretch and his wife Amy Lee Christian. They live at Plains­
burg, Merced Co., Calif. where Bob is an Orchardjst. They have
two children: Suzanne Dawn born Feb. 15, 1971, and William
Robert born Jan. 10, 1974.
Daughter of Joseph and Ethel Fuller.
Born: May 13,1910.
Not married.
Bea, Sid and Grace all live within a short distance of each

other at Madera, Calif. Grace is a retired teacher. They have at one
time or another all visited Canada, and I have visited them twice at

If the reader will turn back to the story of Pearceton and
study the Topographical Map you will see where I have marked an
near Haseville to show where the Lyman Orcutt farm
was located, and also the Kennedy farm. In the 1879 Directory
Haseville is described as follows: “A Post-Office in the Township of
Stanbridge, five miles from Famham, Que. Postmaster was Thomas
Hase, and James and John Hase were listed as farmers. The
blacksmith was Joseph Bissonnette”. I believe at one time there was
also a Creamery located there.
When Lyman Orcutt came to this farm I have no record, I find
his name in some of the early books from the Cornell Grist Mill and
Stores at Stanbridge East, so, it seems likely that he might have lived
in this area before moving to Haseville. He must have been living
there as early as 1838, as his infant son Wolford Nelson was born
that year, and was buried in the little cemetery between Haseville
and North Stanbridge, as my uncle removed a little monument to
him from the cemetery before it was ploughed up and returned to
farmland. This is a great blot on our heritage that some people had
so little respect for the work of our ancestors, and were so greedy
for a little piece of land, that they would plough up the last resting
place of these pioneer people.

I feel sure that my Great-grandpappy Lyman was an admirer
of Dr. Wolford Nelson in 1838 or he would not have named his son
after him. Many families in this area were in sympathy with him and
Papineau in their fight against high taxation and discrimination
shown by the Government. Papineau once spoke in St. James
Church in Stanbridge East to a great crowd of admirers.

About the late l870’s or early l880’s Lyman moved to
Stanstead Co. and bought the fine farm owned by J. Shurtliff. A
picture of this farm is in Belden’s Atlas of 1881, and it shows the
cemetery at Ayer’s Cliff beside the little Methodist church there
where Lyman and his second wife are buried.
I feel very sure that Moses is very likely buried in the same


Lyman Orcutt :andHannah Corey

small cemetery that his little grandson Wolford Nelson was buried in.
I found in the Baptist Church records of Rev. Jersey of Stanbridge
Ridge where he conducted Moses’ funeral service, and he listed his 3 Mm W”
children’s names. I have never found Sally’s death dat ‘/50 perhaps
she died in Vermont. The following are the dates of§‘Lyman and
Hannah Corey and their children:
Born: Aug. 14, 1806.
Died: Feb. 7, 1888 at Kingscroft.
Married: (1) Feb. 3, 1831 to Hannah Corey.
(2) Lucy P. Chase.
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Born: July 27, 1810, daughter of
Benjamin Corey and Lillis Baker.
Died: March 31, 1849.

Daughter of William and Dorothy Chase.
Born: Jan. 23,1817.
Died: March 31, 1884.

Daughter of Lyman and Hannah.
Born: July 7, 1832.
Married: March 12, 1850
to Clark Boomhour by Rev. Jersey.
Sally died Oct. 16, 1871, and I found her gravestone a few
years ago in the Meller Cemetery, north of Meigs Corner, but it
has since been carried away by vandals. Sally died when her
youngest child was-three years old. Their children were:
Homer B., born near Famham, Jan. 11, 1851.
Lyman H., born near Farnham, Oct. 25, 1852.
Eddy C., born near Famham, Oct. 28, 1856.
Elgin C., born near Dunham, Jan. 28, 1859.
Hattie E., near Dunham, Nov. 28, 1865.
Herbert W., near Dunham, Oct. 4, 1871.
Died June 5, 1874.

I believe Clark married again and lived in St. Albans, Vt. A son
Hiram was married to a Miss Moyles and their son Miles lived in
Stanbridge and married Nellie Hodge, another son is Rev. Harold
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Philo and Lyman Lambkin had a very large furniture factory in
Riceburg, Que. Many examples of this furniture found in Missisquoi
County. Note the interest rate was 10% in 1872.

Elwin and Aurelia Orcutt

has made two trips to Germany searching out Boomhour ancestors. I
think it was spelled Baumhauer in German.
Daughter of Lyman.
Born: Nov. 9, 1834. Date copied from Orcutt Bible.
I found her marriage in the Advent Register at Cowansville
Courthouse as follows: “Hiram Holman, farmer, Township of
Dunham, and Laura Orcutt, Township of Farnham, Que.
married after due publication of banns on Feb. 24, 1858 by
Rev. P. V. West. Witnesses: Elwyn Orcutt and Caroline Lamb­
kin.”. . . Hiram was born Sept. 30, 1833. Died Feb. 16, 1921
at Mansfield, Mass. Laura died Feb. 15, 1917 at Bath, Me.
Issue of this marriage: Charles, born 1862, died 1945; Alberta,
born 1864; Lillian, born 1870;Minnie; Reuben, born 1865.
Bea Baumback visited some of these relatives in Mass. in 1971.

Son of Lyman and Hannah.
Born: July 10, 1839.
Married: Aurelia Smith of North Pinnacle, Que.
I can remember seeing Uncle Elwin just once, he came to visit
his sister Mary, my grandmother; and they drove over to the
factory to visit us. He told my mother to always welcome
guests with a smile, and not to worry if she had no pie made
for dessert, that a happy welcome was more important.

I have happy memories of Aunt Aurelia coming to visit,
she always had interesting stories to tell us. I still have my
birthday book that I received from my teacher, Mrs. Pharo in
1920, and that summer when Aunt Aurelia came she wrote all
her grandchi1dren’s names, and when they were born, in my
book. A fine Christian woman, she died at the home of her
daughter Maggie. After Uncle Elwin died she sent his Bible to
my mother, and when I was married Mother gave it to me, and
last year I gave it to her grandson Herbert Orcutt, so, that he
could have it for his grandchildren. Aunt Aurelia had given me
a lovely green glass set, four pieces, and, again I felt that
Herbert should have it for his children. May they treasure it!
Elwin and Aurelia had two children: Margaret (Maggie) born
Oct. 14, 1876; married Frederick Humphrey. We used to visit
them at Way’s Mills. Fred taught school at Clarenceville one
year, and used to come up to our place. They had four


Bomzlan. 11,1900.
Married: Alice Ashman.

They live St. Catherines, Ont. Five children: Wainright, Neil,
Wendell, Lois and Carol. The latter was killed along with her
husband Jack Hudgins, at Parry Sound, Ont. on July 27, 1972,
in an automobile accident, aged 22 years.
Born: April 21, 1908.
Married: Aug. 1, 1935 to Dorothy Kezar.
Born: Oct. 22, 1913.
Elwin died Feb. 26, 1972, just a short time before he was due
to retire from the Butterfreld Co. in Rock Island, Que. I wish
to quote from his obituary in the Sherbrooke Record “Mr.
Humphrey was on the Beebe Municipal Council for 20 years,
and had served as Pro-Mayor. Also served on the Beebe School
Board. He was a person with a sense of humor, always
believing the best in all, and was highly respected”. I would
like to add that he was like his grandfather Elwin Orcutt, the
same could have been said of him. We played together as
children when his grandmother would bring him to visit us.
Dorothy lives in their home at Beebe. They had two children:
Son of Elwin and Dorothy Orcutt.
Born: Aug. 8, 1940.
Married: May 30, 1970 to Elizabeth Hatch.
Daughter of Elwin and Dorothy Orcutt.
Born: May 17, 1944.
Married: Winston C. B. Fraser on
Jan. 6, 1968 at Beebe, Que.
Two children: Andrea Jane, born Dec. 16, 1969;
Charles Cameron, Feb. 16, 1971.
Son of Fred and Maggie Humphrey.
Born: Dec. 24, 1910.
Sorry that I have no information on Charles, except that he
lives in St. Catherines, Ont.


Son of Fred and MaggieHumphrey.
Born: Oct. 9, 1918.

No further information.

Son of Elwin and Aurelia Orcutt.
Born: 1882.
Died: 1956.
Married: Mildred Frances Pope.
They lived in Kingscroft, Que.
Two children:
Born: Aug. 31, 1909 at Bamston, Que.
Married: June 30, 1939 to Dorothy E. Houle.
Born: July 8, 1916 at Massawippi, Que.
Two children:
Born: Aug. 3, 1941.



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Married: July 21, 1962 to Barbara Branan.
Children: Wayne Daren, born July 5, 1963.
Sean Geoffrey, born Aug. 26, 1966.
Born: July 28, 1944.
Married: March 3, 1962 to Donald Fuhrman.
Children: Faye Christine, born June 6. 1963.
Carol Anne, born July 3, 1966.
Daughter of Lyman and Mildred Orcutt.
Born: Jan. 16, 1913 at Barnston.
Married to Albert Gill.
Born: April 4, 1913 in England.
Reside in Coaticook, Que.
One daughter: Lynda May, born Oct. 7. 1953.

Herbert and Dorothy Orcutt live in St. Catherines, Ont.
We have enjoyed meeting and looking up our family history





Phoebe Orcutt, sister of Lyman

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Let us travel back to the children of Lyman and Hannah. After
Elwin, came my grandmother Mary Louise: born June 18, 1844.
Died Sept. 18, 1917. Married to Lester Kennedy, born Bolton,
Vermont on July 4, 1830. Married Feb. 22, 1860. You will find her
family under the Kennedy and Laduke Genealogy.
After Lyman married Lucy P. Chase they had one daughter
Alice A., born May 18, 1851. I do not know very much about her,
only that she married a Benjamin Corey, I do not know who his
parents were. They had one daughter I believe. They are buried in
the Wheeler Cemetery in Knowlton, Que.


Residence: Portsmouth, R.l.
Born: between 1615 and 1622, probably at Devonshire, England.
Died: Jan. 4, 1682.
Married: 1653 to Mary Earl, daughter of
Ralph and Joan (Savage) Earl.
Died: March 22, 1718.
Residence: Portsmouth and King’s Town Road.
Born: about 1655, Portsmouth, R.I.
Died: Shortly after May 31, 1712.

Married: about 1679 to Elizabeth
Died: after 1735.
Father’s Name: William Corey (1)
Mother’s Maiden Name: Mary Earl.
Residence: North Kingstown, R.I.
Born: about 1687-8 at Portsmouth, R.I.
Died: after March 1768.

Married:to Elizabeth
Born: about 1692.
Died: Oct. 1766.
Father’s Name: John Corey (2)
Mother’s Maiden Name: Elizabeth






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Residence: North Kingstown, R.l. and

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East Greenwich, R.I.
Born: about 1717 at North Kingstown.
Married: 1741 to Ruth---...
Father’s Name: John Corey (3) _.
Mother’s Maiden Name: Elizabeth .1.


Residence: N. Kingstown, R.I. and
Hancock, Mass.
Born: 1748 at East Greenwich, R.I.
Died: Feb. 11, 1824. ,.
Married: 1770 to¥Din'z'1h,C1ark,daughter of Caleb.
Died: March 26, 1842.

Father’s Name: Caleb Corey.


Born: Dec. 29, 1770.
Place of Birth: North Kingston.
Marriage: Jan. 15, 1795.
Wife’s Name: Lillis Baker

Born: 1772.
Place of Birth: North Kingston.
Marriage: 1806.
Wife’s Name: Ruth Bates.
Feb. 17, 1775.

Place of Birth: North Kingston.
Marriage: about 1795.
Wife’s Name: Mehitable Rockwell.
Place of Birth: Hancock, Mass.
Marriage: 1795.
Husband’s Name: John Corey.

Place of Birth: Hancock, Mass.

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Husband’s Name: Ephriam Hurlbut. \./‘


Place of Birth: Hancock, Mass. ‘
Husban‘d’s Name:_Jesse Potter.

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Date of Birth: 1781.
Place of Birth: Hancock, Mass.
Wife's Name: Elizabeth Sornberger.
Date of Birth: March 11, 1784.
Place of Birth: Hancock, Mass.
Wife’s Name: Patience Vaughn.
If you have studied the Corey Genealogy you will see that my
great-great grandfather Benjamin Corey was a son of Reuben and
;“ ~''f*~BinahClark Corey. Born, Dec. 29, 1770. Married, Jan. 15, 1795.
Died-, Aug. 20, 1828. He is buried in the Corey Cemetery on
Stanbridge Ridge, beside his wife_,Lillis Baker, Died May 19, 1827.
The Corey’s came to the Ridge early in 1800 from Hancock, Mass.
In the history of Berkshire Co., Town of Hancock, Mass. is found
the name of Reuben Corey, as a soldier. In a book of soldiers and
sailors of the State of Mass. is found Reuben Corey, Private, Capt.
William Douglas Co., in C01. Benjamin Simmonds Regiment, dis­
charged Oct. 29, 1780, on alarm roll dated Handcock, Mass. My
great grandmother, Hannah Corey Orcutt was-;;their'daughter, born
July 27, 1810. Died, March 31, 1849.
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by R. Duncan Foster

The popular surname Baker is obviously an occupational name
which was used to designate the person in the community who
baked bread for a living. Some other names which are derived from
this occupation are the English names Baxter, which is the feminine
form of Baker, Bagster, and the French names Boulanger, Bullinger
and Pullinger.

Baker is among the earliest of English surnames and its roots
date back beyond the Norman Conquest. The name is derived from
the Old English word Baecere meaning “baker”.



WALTER LE BAKER of Devonshire, William le Bakere of
Oxford, and Alan le Baker of Sussex are all recorded in the Hundred
Rolls in the year 1273.

In the Middle Ages peasants were forbidden to bake their own
bread at home or at any place except that place designated by their
lord. Each lord usually provided an official baking oven and charged
his peasants a fee to use it.

IN 14TH CENTURY London there were two types of bakers.
One, the substantial tradesman, used his own capital and baked
brown or white bread which he then sold door to door or at the
market place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The second type
received his material from his customers and charged a fee for baking
their bread. The “public baker” was a widespread institution of
medieval London. Some of these bakers were quite notorious and in
1327 ten London bakers were found guilty of using special moulding
boards by which they could surreptitiously remove some of their
customers dough for their own use. The guilty bakers were made to
stand in the pillory until Vespers.

In the United States, where the name ranked 31st in 1956, the
name Baker can be traced back at least as early as 1635 when
Thomas Baker settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Thomas Baker, son of Arnold, born in Stanbridge East, has
done a great amount of research on the Baker family. In his family
records he has a piece of paper headed “Family Records” in which it
states that Lillis Baker (my great-great grandmother) was one of
eleven children of Benajah Baker and Mary Manchester. Benajah was
born in 1747 and Mary in 1751. This paper lists all of the children
with their birth and death dates. The name Lillis has been carried on
in the Baker family until the present time.

I will not attempt to trace out all the Corey lines, that would
take hundreds of pages. Though I might do a few of them such as
Ishmael, Caleb and Henry, who were brothers of my great-great
grandfather Benjamin. Ishmael was born in 1781 and married
Elizabeth Somberger. They had Norman, Caleb, Mary, Hemen,
Wilber, Ishmael and Elizabeth. The Corey’s came to Stanbridge
Ridge, south of Stanbridge East, in the early l800’s. In 1849 Wilber,

Picture taken in Venice, Quebec.
Jas. W. Corey, born 1848. His

daughter Ethel has presented his
diary for the years of 1884-85
and 1886 to the Missisquoi Mu­
seum. It tells of the daily work
on the farm, his few pleasures

such as attending


School, Meetings in the school­
house at Rudd’s Corners and
Bedford Fair.

lHelen and Ishmael came into the 10th Range of Dunham, later
called “Corey” neighborhood. It was all forest then, but the three
brothers cut the trees and built log houses that year.
Once they had land enough cleared to raise some corn, they
carried a bag of corn on their back to get it ground at the local mill
(now museum at Stanbridge East). Wilber Corey who married Jane
Saxe had three children when they came there in 1849, John aged
seven, Charles four and James seventeen months, Emma was born
later. If the reader is interested in learning more of the early life of
the pioneer Corey’s in that neighborhood buy the book “Missisquoi,
A Store of Memories” from the Museum. James married Frances
Laduke, and he built a home just north of where his father Wilber
had his house, and it is the only one of the Corey homes which
remained in the family until 1974 when James’ daughter, Ethel
Laduke, sold it when she was eighty-five years old. Ethel in 1975 is
living in Bromont, Que. I was very fond of “Jimmy” as everyone
called Mr. Corey. He was a man of whom it was said “his word is as
good as his bond”. Having had very little formal education he was a
great reader and kept abreast of the times in all things. Ishmael
Corey, brother of Wilber married Sarah Saxe, daughter of John Saxe
of Famham, Que. and sister of Jane. Their son Herman married
Edith Casey.

Ishmael Adam, son of Herman, born Feb. 5, 1884; married
Minnie R. Casey, daughter of Benjamin Casey and his wife Phoebe
Yates. They had three children: Gerald, born Dec, 25, 1906; married
Beverley Edith lone, born Nov. 2, 1908; married Gerald Hawke.
They have two children, Lois and Lyndol and live in Famham.
Dolores M., born April 13, 1920; married Edwin Lampman. One
daughter, Cheryl. Dolores died some years ago.
Earl Saxe son of Herman, born 1885, married Nettie Gage,
daughter of John Gage. They had Marjorie, who married Homer
Somberger, one son Wayne. Marjorie died some years ago. Thelma
married C. Bergeron, one son Charles lives in Orleans, Vt. Raymond
died young.

Henry Corey, brother of Benjamin (my great-great grand­
father) and his wife Ruth Bates had twelve children. The oldest was
Lindol 1807, he was born on Stanbridge Ridge and was married in

1839 to Susan Dymond. He was a Provincial land Surveyor, and was
well-known in the Counties of Brome, Missisquoi and Shefford. He
surveyed the well-known Bolton Pass Road about 1838. He was a
great lover of trees, and his home at one time was nearly surrounded
with many different kinds of trees, some of these may still be seen at
his old home on the Ridge where his great-granddaughter MissJean
Corey lived with her mother, Mrs. Edna Corey. His son Mervin
continued to live on the old homestead, and he was the very popular
Editor of the “Missisquoi Record” for several years. This was printed
in Stanbridge East, there is a bound copy of the issues of 1885 in the
Museum placed there by his grandson, Guy Martindale. About 1888
or 1890 his printing establishment was destroyed by fire, he then
went to Bedford and became the Editor of “The Bedford News”
until his death in 182}, at forty-four years of age. His Editorials are
a joy to read, he was possessed of a keen sense of humor and his
pithy remarks were directed to those who needed them most.

In describing the roads once between Stanbridge and Bedford
he likened the sensation of going through the “cahots” as something
similiar to riding on a roller-coaster, only harder on the spinal




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Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buck, née Ethel Corey



Mr.,iCoreywas bom in 1849. Died in 1

MarriedElla Earle

who was born in 1860 and died in 1921. They had a family of six
children. Willis died in infancy. Ethel married first Henry Buck of
Famham Centre, one daughter Arlene. Mr. Buck died from a fall
from his silo. Ethel married a second time to Henry Kemp of
Stanbridge East. Two daughters Doris and Brenda. Doris married
Lyall Rhicard, they have three sons, Earl, Terry and Danny. Brenda
married and lives in New Zealand. Her husband is Graham Appleby.
Lillian married John Cook, several children. Lived in Spring­
field, Mass.

Jessie married first to Leland Martindale, several children.
Married second to George Phelps.
Frank, born 1888. Died 1963. Married to Edna MacLeod.
They lived on the old Corey farm where his grandfather Lyndol had
his home. Frank was a very successful farmer, keenly interested in
the welfare of his family. church and community. They had three
children: Jean, who lives with her Mother on the farm, and is
employed in the Office of the Torrington Co. Douglas, lost his life
while serving in the Air Force in the last War. Hugh, an ordained
minister, lives with his wife and children in Mass.
Miriam Irene, born Dec. 16, 1890 was but three years old
when her father died. She was employed for many years in Branches
throughout the Eastern Townships of the Canadian Bank of Com­
merce. Follo ving her banking career she did clerical work at St.
Helen’s School. When it came time for her to retire she returned to
Stanbridge East, living for awhile with Mr. and Mrs. S. Cochrane,
then taking an apartment at “Cornell Place”. This was her first
attempt at “Keeping house” and she enjoyed the thrill of having her
own things and learning to cook. It was a great privilege for me to
live across the hall from Irene, and I grew to value her friendship a
great deal. She passed away Oct. 5, 1972 after having lived her life
always maintaining her high ideals.

I have found an article written by Mervin Corey and printed in
the Missisquoi Record at the time of his father’s death, in 1886.
“Lindol Corey, Provincial Land Surveyor was born July 19, 1808,
his birthplace was but a few rods from his late residence, and in this
neighborhood of Stanbridge Ridghe spent the greater part of his life.
In his early years he followed the occupation of school teaching for
some time then took up the study of land surveying, under the late

Hiram Corey, P.L.S. For nearly half a century he practised his
profession and did not give up his business entirely until he was
seventy-six years old, when the infirmities of age rendered it
impossible for him to walk any great distance. Probably no man had
more personal acquaintances in the District of Bedford or was better
posted in regard to the different characteristics of the land in this
section of the country than he, for there were few lots in the three
Counties but what bear the marks of his professional visits. He has
doubtless travelled more miles on foot than any other man in the
Townships. When in the prime of life he seldom ever took a carriage
to answer professional calls, whether far or near, and time and time
again he has shouldered his compass and walked the whole distance
from his home to the Townships of Bolton and Sutton, a distance of
twenty or thirty miles, and after finishing his work returning in the
same way. He was a man of good education and sound judgment,
and always took a lively interest in politics and other matters of a
public character. A staunch and firm believer in Conservative
principles he never lost an opportunity of advocating his views. In
the family he was always kind and considerate father, a true and
dutiful husband and a genial and companionable neighbor. He leaves
behind to mourn his loss his widow, two daughters and three sons.
The funeral service was held in the Baptist Chapel on the Ridge by
Rev. Samuel Jackson.”

A settlement in one of the best farming sections in the
Township of Stanbridge, 2 miles from Bedford, the chef-lieu of the
county, and the same distance from Stanbridge East. Mails semi­
weekly. Population about 100.
Baker Herbert, farmer
Corey Lutl1er, J .P., farmer
Baker Mrs. Lydia, widow B.
Baxter George, agent Brome Organ Co.
Calvey Daniel, farmer
Corey Miss Elizabeth,
Calvey Mrs., widow, farmer
Corey Arthur, farmer
Corey Miss Julia A., Dis­
Corey Benjamin L., farmer
trict school teacher
Corey Henry, farmer
Davis George, farmer
Corey Lafayette, farmer
Davis Mrs. Caroline,
COREY LINDOL, provincial
widow Nelson
land surveyor
Davis William, farmer


District School, Miss Julia A.
Corey, teacher
Dufresne Simeon, farmer
Loynes Charles, blacksmith
Macnamara Edmond, farmer
Martindale Aaron, farmer
Martindale Abel, farmer
Martindale Ari, farmer
Martindale Azro, farmer
Martindale Curtis, farmer
Martindale Florien, trader
Martindale John, farmer
Martindale Noble, postmaster

McGovern Patrick, farmer
Murray James, blacksmith and
Post office, Noble Martindale,
Rikard Josephus, farmer
Stanton Gardner G., farmer
Stanton William, farmer
Vance Thomas, farmer
Vaughan David, farmer
Wells Hale, farmer
Wells William, farmer
Whiteman Thomas, farmer

The above copied from the 1879 Directory of Missisquoi Co.
and City of St. Johns, Que. Of interest to many is the little Stone
Church built in 1842 on the Ridge. It is still in wonderful condition
(1975). The only church in the area with box pews, and the doors
are still on them. There is usually one or two services held there _
during the summer months. Hiram Corey, born 1801, died 1855,
married to Mary A. Palmer, born 1817, died 1860, was Clerk of the "‘ ,
first Board of Trustees in 1842. He and his wife are buried in the
little “Corey” cemetery across from the large cemetery. He went to
Montreal to bring back a minister for the Chapel, there he met Rev.
Francis Jersey, a Methodist minister who had just arrived with his
family from England; shortly after taking over as Minister of the
Chapel he was ordained into the Baptist ministry. His excellent
Registers are to be found in the Archives at Cowansville Courthouse.
He gave more family information in his records than any other
minister. He served there fourteen years, then moved to Potton. A
word more about Hiram Corey, he was a surveyor as well as his
nephew Lyndol. In 1845 he surveyed the road leading through
Missisquoi Co. to Brome. He received his Surveyor’s Commission in
1831. I have not as yet found which of the pioneer Corey’s was his

Henry Corey, born 1772, was a brother of my great-great
grandfather, Benjamin. His son Henry Green born Nov. 21, 1812.
Died Nov. 6, 1904. Married Patience Taylor. They had four children,
one of whom was Fayette, born Oct. 22, 1853. He was a splendid
musician, and his ability has been remembered by many of the
old-timers in this area. He was twice married, first to Emeroy Corey,

they had three children. Second marriage to Harriet Russell Corey,
they had two children: Aileen Vivian, born March 1888, married
1908 to Arthur Rychard. Rita, born May 3, 1891.
The Rychard’s had a daughter Evelyn who married Mr.
Domingue, she lives in Springfield, Mass. They had a daughter Betty,
who is married to Ben Monette, of Stanbridge East. They have three
sons: Graydon, who is married to Eleanor Blinn: David and Lance at
home in Stanbridge East. Betty has done a marvellous Genealogy on
the Corey family, so, if you are interested get in touch with her at
Stanbridge East.

Caleb Corey was another brother of my Benjamin. He was
born on Feb. 17, 1775, married 1795 to Mehitable Rockwell, born
1774, died 1846. Both are buried in the “Corey Cemetery”, which is
south of Stanbridge Station. This cemetery has been restored with a
good fence around it.

They had ten children: Sarah married Peter Richard Martin.
Catherine married Ora Blakley. Hannah never married. Reuben
married Melinda Reynolds. Permelia married Truman Blakley. Caleb
married first, Susan Williams; second, Mariette Z Hogel. Mehitable
married Carleton McCarthy. Esther married Luke Hitchcock. Alzina
married Elijah Spear. Martin married first, Sophie Kelly; second,
Laura M. Casey.

We will tell something of Caleb, Jr. and his family. He, like
many of the Corey family was a talented musician, who not only
played the violin and piano, but composed as well. While living in
Montreal he composed several operas, and presented them in the
Victoria Hall in Westmount. Some of these are now in the possession
of his son “Reg”. Caleb, Jr. born May 18, 1868, son of Caleb and
Mariette Hogel. Married in ‘1909 to Amelia St. Denis, born 1881. His
first wife was a Miss Lawrence. They are buried in the Stanbridge
Ridge Cemetery.
Their son Caleb Hascal Reginald was born Dec. 2, 1909 in
Montreal. He is called “Reg”. He and his family live in Ottawa, Ont.
where he is retired from business. He was married on July 6, 1940 to
Coila May Smith, daughter of Henry and Pearl Schoolcraft Smith of
Mystic. They have their summer home in Mystic. They have two
children: Carol Ann, born June 18, 1942, married March 28, 1964
to Blair Phillips of Ottawa. They have three children: Allison



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at Church Services in the Cam I)
is shown below. Seated at the
organ is his son “Reg” who has
restored the organ. He loans 1'1
for special displays at the Mu­

Elizabeth, born April 1, 1965. Andrea Louise, born June 29, 1967,
and Robert Blair, born March 1, 1970.
Brian Wayne, son of Reg and Coila, born Sept. 13, 1946,
married Nov. 11, 1967 to Jill Anderson. They have one son Matthew
Spencer, born June 21, 1968. Earl Hector Edward, son of Caleb
and Amelia, was born Sept. 19,1921. (v3..4,,t;.g, of Caleb H.R.


I want to tell something of my husband’s family before I write
“30” to these happenings.
His mother was Annie Hearne, daughter of Michael Hearne,
and her mother was Bridget Folliard, daughter of Andrew Folliard.
Michael Hearne, Sr. was born 1808 in Galway, Ireland, his
mother, the former Dolly Horan, born 1789 came here as a widow,
with two other sons, John born 1819 and Thomas born 1820. They
are all buried in Chapel Corner Catholic Cemetery.

The first few years after Michael, Sr. arrival in Dunham
Township he worked for William S. Baker, on “J ohnny—CakeSt.”,
now known as St. Joseph’s Road, it leads directly south from
Fordyce Comer. Sometime in the early 1840’s Michael bought his

first fifty acres of land, which is at Fordyce Corner, north of the
present Highway 40, and bounded on the east by what is now called
“Fordyce Road”; part of this land is now owned by his grand­
daughter, Mrs. William Ardington and Mr. Ardington. He purchased
this land from Michael Clossey, later on buying seventy-five acres
more farther west on north side of Highway 40. He apparently built
his stone house sometime in the 1840’s, and it stands today as an
example of the type of sturdy construction that these early farmers

Children of Michael Hearne and Bridget Folliard were:
Michael, Jr. born Sept. 26, 1866. Died Sept. 26, 1942. John, born
Dec. 12, 1868. Died Dec. 24, 1913 in New York City and‘is buried
there. Annie, born July 14, 1870. Died Sept. 25, 1943. Andrew,
born March 28, 1872. Died April 26, 1946. Patrick, born Dec. 12,
1874. Died July 11, 1944. Sarah, born May 3, 1876. Died Jan. 29,
Michael, Sr. died Nov. 12, 1876. Bridget was born in 1838 and


died Jan. 20, 1909. Buried in Dunham. Michael, Jr., Andrew and
Patrick never married. All buried at Chapel Comer.

Annie married John Richard Moore, of South Gloucester, Ont.
in St. Rose de Lima Church, Sweetsburg, Que. on Sept. 20, 1896.
They lived in Cowansville where he worked for W.F. Vilas Co. and
built a home and a store which was known as McLaughlin’s Store on
South St., Cowansville. They had four children: John Francis, born
Jan. 28, 1898, he passed away when only a few hours old. Agnes
Kathleen, born June 21, 1899. John Moore passed away after a short
illness on Aug. 6, 1902. On Aug. 15, 1902 twin sons, James Bernard
and John Henry were born to Mrs. Moore. Mr. and Mrs. Moore and
their infant son are buried in St. Rose de Lima Cemetery.
John H. married Lena Corrigan of Manchester, N.H. in Sept.
1927. One child, John Alexander, born March 31, 1938. Died May
19, 1940. Lena died Nov. 19, 1968, buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery,
Manchester. John lives in Manchester, N.H.

James Bemard married Ruby Laduke on June 15, 1930 in
Stanbridge East. He died Sept. 22, 1962. Buried in Riverside
Cemetery, East Farnham, Que.
Agnes Kathleen. Never married. Has lived in Farnham and
Montreal several years. Taught school for many years. Has been ill
the past year, but now convalescing in Cowansville, Que.

Sarah, daughter of Michael and Bridget Hearne married Frank
Emmett. He worked for C.P.R. and they lived at Freeport, near
Cowansville. Their eldest child, Gordon married first to Martha
Cormier, from Gaspé, they had one son Norman, who is married and
lives in Waterloo. Gordon died in 1968, and Martha in 1944. Gordon
married second time to Mary Truax, who lives in Waterloo. Cedric
and Irene never married and they are buried beside their parents in
East Farnham. Ina, was a teacher, and married Cecil Thompson of
Brome. They have two children: Betty who married Eric Newton of
Warden, Que. They have two sons. Wesley, married and lives in
Waterloo. Helen, youngest daughter of Frank and Sarah married
William Ardington. They have two children. Norma who married
Claude Roy, they have two children, live in Chateauguay, Que. and
Kenneth, who is not married and lives in Ottawa. Helen and Bill live
there also, where Bill is a manager at the Experimental Farm.


Andrew Folliard, father of Bridget, was married to Honor
Scarry. They came from Co. Mayo, Ireland, and lived at St. Mary’s
(Marieville) before coming to Farnham. Their farm was at the lower
end of the Militar Camp ground. The map shows where they lived.
They had five daughters.
Bridget, born 1837, married M. Hearne. Baptized at Marieville.

Kate. Never married. Burned to death in a fire at Longue Point
Mary. Never married. Died in Sept. 1900. Buiiedxin St. Rose
de Lima Cemetery where Kathleen erected a small monument on her

Sarah married John Daniel, Farnham. They had three
daughters: Mary, Sarah and Louise. Mary and Louise went to New
York State. Mary did not marry. Louise married Frank Blackwell,
Syracuse, N.Y. Sarah died young, and her daughters for sometime
lived at L’Hospice St. Elizabeth in Farnham. In fact, Sarah, the
daughter lived her life there, and passed away about 1972. Her
parents are both buried in Farnham.
Annie, daughter of Andrew, married William Earle and you
will note their farm on the map near the Folliard farm. They had
eleven children. A son and two daughters are buried in the Anglican
Cemetery beside their father. Their mother was buried in the old
Catholic Cemetery in Farnham, which was removed. Her name is on
the monument with her husband’s. After the farm was taken over by
the Government the family came to Fordyce and bought a farm near
the Heame home. Allin, Richard, Jane and Ann along with William
and granddaughter Jennie Earle, who married James Buck, are all
buried in the Union Cemetery in Cowansville. William and James
Earle went to Vermont to live at Barre, where they worked in the
quarry there. Their families all grew up in Vermont. We have had a
close relationship with these Vermont cousins for many years.
Especially Ella, daughter of William who taught school in Vermont
for fifty years, and now lives with her sister Florence in Rochester,
N.Y. and Sidney, son of James who had a wonderful farm at
Hardwick, Vt. and, who used to visit us with his wife Blanche. He
passed away a few years ago. Blanche and their son Ronald and
family still live on the home farm at Hardwick.

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My husband’s great-grandfather was William Moore, and his
wife was Ann Cronan. They came to Canada in 1827, and settled at
Black Rapids, not far from Ottawa, Ont.
Their son John Charles bas born March, 1825 in Co. M_onahan,
Ireland. Died in Ottawa, Nov. 6, 1906. His wife Bridget McKem1a,
born in Co. Tyronne, Aug. 1835; died March 22, 1919. Both buried
in Gloucester Cemetery.

Bridget was 20 years old when she came to Canada, to her
brothers home at Black Rapids; she kept house for her brother
Bernard McKenna, a widower. Her father was James McKenna, her
parents died when she was young. John Charles had two brothers,
James and William, both buried at South Gloucester, Ont. and four
sisters Jane, Elizabeth, Margaret and Ann Bridget had five brothers,
Bernard, Francis, Henry, James, and Michael, and three sisters Jane,
Ellen and Mary.

Children of John and Bridget Moore were: William, born July
2, 1859. Married Julia Johnson. One child, Ida, married Gladstone
James, born July 3, 1860, died Aug. 5, 1929. Married Mary
McBride, she died Feb. 19, 1934. No children. James was a
policeman in Ottawa.

Margaret, born July 20, 1862, married Terrance Smith. She
died May S, 1935. One child Agnes, born Oct. 1891, married I. R.
O’Conne11,three children, Deirdre not married. A business lady, lives
in Montreal. Has been exceptionally kind to Kathleen through her
illness, and visits her often.
Harold shot down over the Irish Sea during last war.

Donald, not married lives in Ottawa. Terrence Smith died and
Maggie married John Reardon in 1913. He died in 1915. Maggie died
May S, 1935. Buried in South Gloucester.
Bridget Ellen, born Feb. 28, 1864; died Jan. 24, 1936.

John Richard: Listed in Heame Genealogy.
Patrick C., born July 17, 1866. Died May 28, 1913. Married
Sylina Christian. One child Harold, born Aug. 1910, died Sept.

David, born Aug. 1867. Drowned June 3, 1890.

Mary, born Sept. 16, 1868, married James O’Brien, born July
30, 1864, married Sept. 1913. Mary died Jan. 26, 1939. James died
Nov. 9, 1934.
Katie, born March 27, 1870, died Feb. 23, 1927. Married
Martin Powers, April, 1907. Martin died April 1925. No children.

Annie, born April 20, 1871, died July 1939 and was buried in
New York State. Not married.
Henry, born Aug. 23, 1872. Married Mary Murphy of East
Templeton, Que. in Aug. 1915. No children. Both buried Notre
Dame Cemetery, Ottawa. I have happy memories of visiting Aunt
Mary, she was a lovely person.
Elizabeth, born 1874. Died 1878.

Francis Bernard, born Jan. 24, 1877. Died June 21, 1933. Not
married. Buried South Gloucester.
Jane died as an infant in 1861.

It was always quite an adventure for Kathleen, John and James
to go to visit their grandmother at the old home, near South
Gloucester. Mrs. Moore took the twins when they were very young,
it must have been quite a journey to travel with two babies, but
Kathleen was a willing aide to help her. I remember my husband
telling how they had to pay a toll to go over some part of the road.
Once they attempted walking but a kind farmer came along and gave
them a ride. Sometimes they went on the Stage, which, of course,
was horse drawn. Unlike many rural children they very early became
acquainted with train travel.

In doing research for Church Histories I often noted that the
Treasurer in his report wrote “Praise the Lord” at the end of his
report for the few times that the budget was met. I feel like saying
the same now that I have come to the end of these ramblings.


Mrs. John Moore and daughter
Kathleen. Twin sons, John at
left, James at right.

Michael Hearne, Jr.

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The Hearne stone house as it looked in 1940’s before roof was




John R. Moore

Birthplace of John Moore at South Gloucester, Ont.

This plaque is placed near a large rock on the former schoolgrounds
at Fordyce, just a short distance from the stone House built by
Michael Hearne, Sr. This is now a Picnic Area enjoyed by summer

Ruby Moore seated before the fireplace in the kitchen of the stone
house in Fordyce.

“I’d like to be a could be

If I could not be an are,
For a could be is a may be
Witha chance of touching par.
I ’d rather be a has been
Than a might have been, by far,

For a might have been has never been,
But a has been was an are.”


I wish to thank the following persons for their help in sending
me infonnation on the families included in this little publication.
First of all, my appreciation must be expressed to C. Powell
Fordyce of St. Louis, Missouri, who really got me interested in
searching out the Fordyce families. To Bob Butler, who has visited
many areas in the United States and copied material for me; and
took Louise Fordyce Coulson and myself on a wonderful trip where
we enjoyed searching out Fordyce data. To Arthur Fordyce of
Holland Patent, N.Y. To Murray and Esther Mason who took me on
a trip to the Maritimes in 1974, where we visited the area where the
Fordyce’s settled.

To my double cousin Ethel Corey Laduke, whose wonderful
memory has taken me back to 1894 when she was five years old, and
far beyond that in the tales told her by her father.
To Aunt Ella Laduke who left me the Laduke family Bible in
which Ethel has written the family record. To June Waite in Utah.
To Ethel Otis in Conn. for excellent typing.

To different members of the Ellison and Laduke families who
have helped compile the genealogy. To Kathleen for Moore

To Bea Fuller; members of the Orcutt and Corey families;I
owe you all a great debt of gratitude.

Printed by

Saint-Lambert, P.Q.


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