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DUPUIS, Moise and Marie Louise Labine Dupuis

The Dupuis Family is deeply rooted in L’Acadie  and the history of New France in eastern North America.  Dupuis members participated in all walks of life from the hardy well-travelled “voyageurs” to Dupuis farmers and Acadian businessmen throughout eastern Quebec, the Maritimes and Maine. “The first capital of Acadia, established in 1605, was Port-Royal. A British force from Virginia attacked and burned down the town in 1613 but it was later rebuilt nearby, where it...

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DICKSON (DIXON) James & Catherine Warden; & Jemima Ann Van Dusen

(Thomas) James Dixon (Dickson) (1815-1889) born in Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland,  would become an “immigrant ancestor” to a large extended family in Westmeath Township. His first wife (1) Catherine Warden (1818-   ) was also born in Berwickshire,  Scotland. Their immigration to Canada happened around 1841. The first three of the couple’s children were born in Scotland and accompanied their parents. The surname spelling of DIXON at some point in those early years...

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DOUGHERTY – John J. “Irish John” and Sarah Armstrong Dougherty

“A story told is that Sarah as a young girl worked in the hotel in Westmeath. She walked home to Shawville, Quebec to visit her parents along the trail now the Sixth Line or Lookout Road and along the present Queens Line. When people saw that elegant lady they called her a Queen and that is how Queens Line was named.” “His widow was left with 100 acres of bush, and seven children to nourish. According to a tribute from her eldest son James, she made a wonderful job of it too,...

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DUNN, James and Catherine Cassidy Dunn

James Dunn (1806- 1872) and Catherine Cassidy (1816-1901), “immigrant Ancestors”  He was born around 1806 in Clontibret, County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland, close to the present border with Northern Ireland. She was also Irish (unknown hometown), and Catherine would die of old age in her adopted home. 1901 Death Registry.  1872 James Death.  Together they would set up a homestead and raise a family of six children. In the 1851 Agricultural Census, James Dunn had 200 acres...

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DU MANOIR, Richard and Marie Deschamps, Count & Countess du Manoir de Juaye.

French Aristocracy in Westmeath Village “Dick” du Manoir of Westmeath, as he was called by his many friends,  became Count Richard du Manoir de Juaye on March 15th, 1929, on the death of his father Raymond Thibaut le Chanoine Count du Manoir of Paris, France. His father had become Count Raymond de Juaye at the death of his older brother, Gabriel Gerard le Chanoine, who died without a male heir.” The phrase: “It takes all sorts” comes to mind when setting out the du...

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DRAPEAU, Pierre “Peter” Levi and Philomene Marion Gervais Drapeau

So many of these family entries start with where the paternal side originated that it is a real treat to follow  the maternal side of things. This is the case here; we are writing about the  life of Philomene Marion and her marriages. The Marion family lived at the LaPasse end of the Bromley Line in Westmeath Township. Cyriac Marion (1816 –189) and Olive Labrosse (1825 – ) had moved there  from Calumet Island, Pontiac, Lower Canada. The men of the family all went into the north of...

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DESJARDINS, Douglas and Florence Addison

Our attitudes towards childhood have changed a great deal over the decades. In the pre-welfare state, children played a critical role in child labour.  In Britain, children left as orphans and paupers were  sent to workhouses and  helped by charities to be educated, trained and placed in a home. The push for settling and expansion of the British  Colonies presented an opportunity for some of these youngsters to be sent out as labourers to Canada. One such story is of Florence Addison as...

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DAVIS, Joseph and Hattie Stinson

Born in Ireland Joe Davis lived to a ripe old age and was always enthusiastic about his long life in his adopted homeland.  Settling first in Huntley, Quebec and Bells Cornors, Ontario; he then moved to Westmeath Township. He had three siblings still living at the time of his death:  Tillie Davis Lowrey Davis, Sarah Davis Craig and George Davis. Joe Davis’ 90th Birthday Celebration:  Davis His death at age 95:  Davis, Joe Died age 95 He and his wife Hattie Stinson had a family of...

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DAVIDSON, John James & Sarah Grendle Davidson

John James Davidson’s portrait displays an impressive set of medals pinned to his top-coat.  About 1845  James and his wife Sarah Grendle settled on a crown grant on Lot 6, Con. 4 East Muskrat Lake (EML) of two hundred Acres in the Township of Westmeath. The grant was given to him in recognition of his services to England in the Irish Rebellion; his rank was colonel. There is some sense of irony that men like John James Davidson would be proud of their participation in the...

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