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Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey At The Turn Of The Twentieth Century | The Harveys of Quebec | Links Related

This is a historic image of Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey (see also:  Baptism, 1897)  taken at the time of the First World War. We have not yet identified the lady to his left.

Can anyone confirm whether this is a Black Watch uniform?

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11.11.11 | Remembrance Day 2009


In Flanders Fields

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Valcartier, Quebec. World War I – Links Restored

World War I – Valcartier – Wash Day

Valcartier – Wash Day

Since today is Remembrance Day in Canada, I’m sharing a vintage postcard of what is now known as CFB Valcartier. Valcartier was first used as a military base at the beginning of World War I.

It was built in what was originally St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, and although it’s not far from Quebec City much of the area was originally settled by United Empire Loyalists from Connecticut and then by English-speakers from England, Ireland and Scotland. This was a deliberate strategy on the part of the British government to settle the area with more people English-speaking Protestants who were perceived to be more loyal to the British Crown.

Further Reading:

Canadian War Museum – Valcartier Training for World War I

History of Valcartier

Related Posts:

Vintage Postcards of Quebec



November 11, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Paquetville Cemetery: World War I Memorial to Fallen Soldiers

Paquetville CemeteryWhenever I visit a cemetery I always stop and pay my respects to any fallen heroes. Since Remembrance Day is this week in Canada, I’m sharing a memorial stone I saw several years ago when I was visiting Paquetville (Gloucester County) New Brunswick. As you will see from the genealogy notes below, these soldiers never came back home to Paquetville. They rest on the battlefields of Europe.

A la memoire de nos bien aimes soldats

(in the memory of our beloved soldiers)

Frederic Theriault

Felix Labrie

Alfred Gallant

Jacques Theriault

Ernest Pinette

Docithe Hebert

Francois Savoie

Joseph Hache

Frederic Vautour



Some Historical/Genealogy Notes:

Louis-Felix Labrie (b. 13 Jan 1897, Shippegan) died on August 28th, 1918 at the age of 21 yrs. and is buried at Quebec Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France. His parents were David Labrie and Hombeline Hebert of Paquetville. He had served with the Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) of the 22nd Bn. Sources: Registers of the Parish of St-Jerome, Commonwealth War Graves & CEF.

Frank Savoie died on June 2nd, 1916. He had enlisted at the age of only 15 years old and was dead just after his 16th birthday. His parents were Henri and Marie Obeline Savoie. He served with the 42nd Bn. of the Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) and is buried at Memin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium. Sources: Commonwealth War Graves

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November 10, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Paternal Grandfather’s Military Career (1) Rosaire Theriault – Links Restored

Excerpt from family history interview

Subject: Rosaire Theriault

Date: Late 1940s


World War I Registration Papers (1918)


My grandfather spent his last years at the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Military Hospital for Veterans


This black and white vintage postcard of the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Veterans’ Hospital was published by PECO (Ottawa).

Related Posts:

The Theriaults – An Acadian Family

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The Battle of Riviere-Ouelle

In a former post Riviere-Ouelle: Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle I introduced Abbe. Casgrain’s book and shared some of his genealogical tables of the founding families of Riviere-Ouelle. Today I’d like to recount some of what Abbe Casgrain had to say about one of Riviere Ouelle’s most historic moments.


Riviere-Ouelle habitants led by their priest

The year was 1690. The British were attacking Nouvelle France (today’s Quebec) and word had reached all the French settlements that a flotilla of thirty British ships was coming down the St-Lawrence river.

Riviere-Ouelle’s leader – the seigneur de La Bouteillerie – was expected to stay at Gov. Frontenac’s side to defend the walled fortress-city of Quebec and there was no militia present because they had all been sent either to Quebec City or to other crucial points along both shores of the St-Lawrence.

So Riviere-Ouelle’s other natural leader – Father de Francheville – took charge and exhorted the habitants of Riviere-Ouelle to do their part in the defense of La Nouvelle France by preventing any disembarkment by the British.

The habitants kept an eye out for the ships – and when they were spotted on the horizon Father de Francheville led a group of men down to a hidden place where the shore juts out and waited for the British to land. They were not disappointed. Once the tide rose, Admiral Phipps from Boston (U.S.A.) sent rowboats towards the beach at Riviere-Ouelle. The tide was so high that the boats landed very swiftly on the shore where they were met by a volley of musket balls. This must have been completely unexpected because they immediately retreated in great panic and never returned!

List of habitants presumed by Casgrain to have taken part  in this incident because they wer of an age to carry arms:

Francois and Joseph Deschamps (sons of M. de la Bouteillerie who was in Quebec City), Robert Levesque, Pierre Hudon, Charles and Jean Miville, Galleran Boucher (and his 3 sons), Pierre Dancosse, Joseph Renault (and son), Guillaume Lissot (and son), Rene Ouellet (and 5 sons), Jean Pelletier, jean Lebel (and son), Pierre Emond, Mathurin Dube, Jean Mignot, Noel Pelletier, Jean Gauvin (and son) Pierre de St-Pierre, Nicolas Durand (and son), Francois Autin, Sebastien Boivin and Jean de Lavoye. Natives believed to have taken part: Pierre Oustabany, Gabriel Keskabogouet and Guillaume Meokerimat.

I am not sure why our ancestor Andre Mignier dit Lagace appears on this list. He was a soldier and he is supposed to have settled in the area by 1685. Casgrain explains the absence of four other habitants but does not mention Andre Mignier. I suppose one possibility is that he went to Quebec City with de la Bouteillerie (I’ll update this post when I have more information).


Casgrain, Abbe. H.R. (1890) Une paroisse Canadienne au XVIIe Siecle: La Riviere-Ouelle. Pub. C.O. Beauchemin & Fils

Related Posts:

Mignier dit Lagaces – French Canadians
Riviere-Ouelle: Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVII Siecle

Land Grants – La Pocatiere/Riviere Ouelle


February 22, 2009 Posted by | . | , | 35 Comments

Andre Mignier dit Lagace – what did he look like?


Andre Mignier was a simple, 17th century soldier, so we certainly have no images of him, however we do have this recent painting by Francis Back of a typical soldier of the Carignan-Salieres Regiment. The painting is historically accurate as it is based on equipment lists and descriptions of the period.

Andre Mignier’s regiment was stationed in Nouvelle France (Quebec) between 1665 and 1668. The soldiers were brought here to defend the colony from what Europeans called “marauding” Iroquois warriors. Of course, the Iroquois (and other First Nations and Inuit) were already here before the arrival of the Europeans so they would undoubtedly write this history from a different perspective!

At the end of the three years soldiers (and officers) were offered the chance to settle in Nouvelle France. Officers received seigneuries while their soldiers were offered plots of land. In return they had to meet certain requirements (such as building a house) but most importantly – they had to marry!


Related Posts:

Portal – Lagace Mignier

The Iroquois of Kahnawake

Further Reading:

Patrimoine Militaire Canadien

February 11, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 4 Comments