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Hart m.Brownrigg of St-Blaise, Quebec

Note: Please read information from Louise Sarazzin at the foot of this post.

 Message from Dorothy S.

I have been attempting to find some information on my great great grandmother Margaret Jane Brownrigg. We have always been told she was an Iroquois Indian who married a German Jew John Hart(z) upon his arrival to Canada.

I have seen a picture of this women and she is clearly from native decent, but we do not know where the name Brownrigg came from it does not seem to have a native background.

Margaret was born in 1846 St Jean Sur Richelieu and I have found her christening records, could she have been adopted to a white family?? Where should I be looking to get accurate information.

Food for Thought

1. I see no genealogical evidence of a Native connection, however if she were an adopted child then I am not hopeful that you could find any documentary proof of this in records from the md-19th century.

2.  Are you already familiar with the Brownriggs of L’Acadie, Quebec? That is the same area that your ancestors hale from. One possibility – if there is indeed Native background – is that there is a connection in that family tree (through the wives). My suggestion is that you follow that Brownrigg line. I can be helpful f you have those marriages.

3. The fact that the Hart/Brownrigg marriage French protestant missionaries in Quebec | Grande Ligne / St-Blaisetook place in a Protestant church that was famously converting people from the Grande Ligne/St-Blase area, certainly leaves open the possibility that John Hart’s ancestors were of Jewish descent – although from point 5 below we note that his parents were already Protestants in the 1830s.

4. I found the following information that may be useful –

Peggy13 at Rootsweb  says – “Suzanna’s gravestone says Susanna E. Boyd 1808-1892. Family records, unverified, say Oct 14, 1808 in Oxford, England. I have searched long and hard for her marriage record and for her birth but no luck so far. She married Frederick John Hart/Hert in 1831, either in St. Philippe, Quebec, Canada or Rouses Point, New York, USA which is a few miles away. Most of their children were born in St. Valentin, Quebec which is between the other 2 places. I have wanted to know her parents’ names.”

5. John Hart had a brother – William Henry Hart, born on July 25th, 1832 and baptised June 9th, 1833 at Christ Church (Anglican) in Montreal. The witnesses were Eliza Boyd and Joseph Armstrong.

6. Another possibility is that John Hart was a returning French Canadian whose name had been anglicized. French Canadian names associated with Hart (heart) include Vadeboncoeur and Jolicoeur – and if they came from Rouse’s Point that is a possibility. Of course Rouse’s Point also had immigration from Germany.

Further Information

Hart Brownrigg | Grande Ligne - St Blaise Baptist ChurchThis May 3rd, 1868 marriage record from the St.Blaise Grande Ligne Baptiste church registers for John Hart and Marguerit Brownrigg indicates that John was a farmer in St.Philippe and that his parents were Frederick Hart and Susanne Boyd.  Marguerite Jane Brownrigg’s parents were Richard Brownrigg and Marguerit Meggison.

UPDATE

Regarding point 5 – William Henry was my great-great grandfather. His son was Samuel Hart. His daughter was Lovina Leah Hart (1906 Grand Ligne and died 1993 Red Deer Alberta.) Samiuel died in Enilda Alberta along with his wife Melinda Peron. William Henry died in 1919 in the Red Deer Alberta area). William married Philomene Roberts. It is believed that he married a second time to a person named Sarah???. I am not sure if Samuel was born to Philomene or to Sarah.

UPDATE 2     🙂

Hello. I am Louise Sarrazin, eldest daughter of Samuel Albert Boyden, who was the eldest son of Lovina Leah Hart and Albert Edward Boyden. Marguerit Jane Brownrigg would have been my great, great grandmother.

According to information given to me by my late father, the parents of Marguerit Meggison (aka Maggason) were Thomas Meggison (aka Maggason on the wedding certificate and Maggesson on the will) and Agatha De Louzen (aka Aggarth Luseau on the wedding certificate – February 11th, 1805 and as Agatha Lozois on the will dated January 15th, 1844 in the Parish of Sainte Marguerite de Blairfindie). Also known as Agathe De Lauzen. The marriage certificate was dated February 11, 1805 and registered in Montreal Christ Church, Anglican, and District of Montreal. (I did have a copy of their marriage certificate but seem to have misplaced it.)

Agatha was an Iroquois Indian from St. Helen’s Island. There is a note saying that both Thomas and Agatha were illiterate which would account for different spellings of their names.

 

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External Links

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10 Comments »

  1. Thank you for all the useful information!! I am very appreciative!! I will doing some digging with those leads! Dorothy

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    Comment by Dorothy Shier | September 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Dorothy: as a Brownrigg descendant you might be interested in having your Autosomal DNA tested at Family Tree DNA to see if you match some of the rest of us cousins with BROWNRIGG relies. Let me know if you are interested: estre68132@msn.com thanks, Mary Villalba

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      Comment by Mary Villalba | January 6, 2013 | Reply

  2. Regarding point 5 – William Henry was my great-great grandfather. His son was Samuel Hart. His daughter was Lovina Leah Hart (1906 Grand Ligne and died 1993 Red Deer Alberta.) Samiuel died in Enilda Alberta along with his wife Melinda Peron. William Henry died in 1919 in the Red Deer Alberta area). William married Philomene Roberts. It is believed that he married a second time to a person named Sarah???. I am not sure if Samuel was born to Philomene or to Sarah.

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    Comment by Robin Brenner | September 13, 2012 | Reply

    • Bonjour,

      Je m’appelle Gisèle Logier et je demeure au Québec. Je m’intéresse à la généalogie des familles HART qui font partie des ancêtres de mon mari.

      Selon mes données, Samuel Lewis HART (le père de Lovina Leah Hart) était le fils de John Frederick Hart et de Margaret Jane Brownrigg. Il épousa Melinda Perron (fille de Joseph Perron et de Sarah Perrier) le 5 août 1902 à Grande Ligne (Saint-Blaise) au Québec. Samuel et Melinda ont eu huit enfants tous nés à St-Blaise (dont Lovina est la troisième).

      L’ancêtre de cette famille était Frederick HART époux de Susan BOYD, parents de cinq enfants : William Henry (époux de 1- Philomeme Roberts et de 2- Jane McGowan), Samuel (époux de Rubina Smithers), Jane (épouse de Thomas Brownrigg), John Frederick (époux de Margaret Jane Brownrigg, la soeur de Thomas) et Elisa (cette dernière est décédée à 13 ans).

      William Henry Hart, le fils aîné de l’ancêtre, eut comme première épouse Philomène Roberts et ils eurent cinq enfants : Mary Elisa, Susie Louise, Frederick Walter, Samuel Paul et William Henry. Au début des années 1890, il vint s’établir à Red Deer en Alberta avec sa seconde épouse (Jane McGowan), deux fils nés de son premier mariage (Frederick Walter et son épouse Lily Susan Hart et William Henry et son épouse Mary Ann Stimpson, une américaine, et leurs enfants) un autre fils issu de son second mariage (John William), et sa soeur (Jane et son époux Thomas Brownrigg).

      Comme tous les prénoms des enfants se répètent d’une génération à l’autre, il devient parfois difficile d’établir correctement la filiation. Je ne connais pas votre lignée, mais si vous êtes une descendante de Lovina Leah HART, votre ancêtre ne peut pas être William Henry HART.

      Gisèle LOGIER
      glogier@hotmail.com

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      Comment by Gisèle LOGIER | September 22, 2014 | Reply

  3. I have found some further info in the Brownrigg line, although I am not sure how it all fits together.

    John Hart and Maruret Jane Hart(Brownrigg) had a son Richard Hart(born 1872) married a Laura Brownrigg (born 1882), they had a daughter Gladys Hart(born 1918). All three were killed in 1922 when their horse and buggy was hit by a train.
    There was two older daughters of Laura and Richard one of them was possibly named Dorothy who were not involved in accident.

    Other names I have come across are cousins of Marguret Jane Brownrigg. Louise Brownrigg married a Sam mctaggart, and Bernice Brownrigg. That is all I can find on the Brownrigg women ??

    Dorothy

    Very interesting, Dorothy. I’ll try and take a look at this next weekend.

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    Comment by Dorothy Shier | September 25, 2012 | Reply

    • I have been going through notes from my grandmother Olive Hart (Platt). She was three years old when her uncle Richard Hart, aunt Laura Brownrigg and cousin Gladys were killed. She says that Richard was her father’s brother and Laura was her mother’s sister. Her father (Henry Hart) and mother (Edith May Brownrigg) sold the family farm to educate the two siblings left behind. Dot and Bea. Dot became a nurse in Montreal and Bea became a teacher for a few months then was married Ernest Craig and had 7 children. Dot married Leslie Maggs .

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      Comment by Cheryl | October 9, 2014 | Reply

  4. Very much appreciated!!
    Dorothy

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    Comment by Dorothy Shier | September 27, 2012 | Reply

  5. Hello. I am Louise Sarrazin, eldest daughter of Samuel Albert Boyden, who was the eldest son of Lovina Leah Hart and Albert Edward Boyden. Marguerit Jane Brownrigg would have been my great, great grandmother. According to information given to me by my late father, the parents of Marguerit Meggison (aka Maggason) were Thomas Meggison (aka Maggason on the wedding certificate and Maggesson on the will) and Agatha De Louzen (aka Aggarth Luseau on the wedding certificate – February 11th, 1805 and as Agatha Lozois on the will dated January 15th, 1844 in the Parish of Sainte Marguerite de Blairfindie). Also known as Agathe De Lauzen. The marriage certificate was dated February 11, 1805 and registered in Montreal Christ Church, Anglican, and District of Montreal. (I did have a copy of their marriage certificate but seem to have misplaced it.) Agatha was an Iroquois Indian from St. Helen’s Island. There is a note saying that both Thomas and Agatha were illiterate which would account for different spellings of their names.

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    Comment by Louise Sarrazin | November 10, 2012 | Reply

  6. I am a descendant of the Brownriggs from L’acadie, Quebec, Canada. I have been doing research on the Brownrigg line for over 20 years and have been thru over 100 years of church records putting the family together. I had originally found he marriage of Robert Meggison to Agathe DeLauzen. We have been doing Y DNA and MtDNA tests of Brownrigg descendants and have had success on matching DNA to the line in Ireland and in England where they originated. Contact me at cmebebize@aol.com

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    Comment by Sherlyn Tero | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  7. Bonjour. La mère de mon mari était une descendante de Richard BROWNRIGG et de Margaret MEGGISON. Selon mes recherches personnelles, l’idée que Agathe LAUZON, la mère de Margaret Meggison, fut une Amédindienne, n’est qu’une légende véhiculée par la tradition orale. Mes recherches confirment plutôt qu’elle était une Canadienne française, née à Montréal le 22 octobre 1779, fille de Joseph LAUZON et de Françoise LAPORTE dite RICHELIEU. Elle a épousé Thomas MEGGISON à l’église anglicane (Christ Church) de Montréal le 11 février 1805. Elle est décédée à Grande Ligne (St-Blaise) le 26 mai 1851 et fut inhumée deux jours plus tard à St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

    Quant à mes recherches sur les familles HART et BROWNRIGG de L’Acadie, les informations que j’ai trouvées me disent que Samuel Lewis HART, époux de Melinda PERRON, était le fils de John Frederick HART et de Margaret Jane BROWNRIGG (et non le fils de William Henry HART et de Philomène ROBERTS). John Frederick HART et William Henry HART étaient deux frères, fils de Frederick HART et de Suzanne BOYD

    Merci pour toutes les données fournies via Internet.

    Gisèle Logier

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    Comment by Gisèle LOGIER | August 30, 2014 | Reply


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