I’m a little late this week but better late than never.
I’m trying to imagine what would have occurred in Montreal way back in the mid 1600’s when
Anne Archambault discovered that her husband, Michel Chauvain, was a bigamist. They contracted to marry in July of 1647, had two children, Paul (1650-1650) and Charlotte (1651-1718). By Feb 1654 Anne was married to Jean Gervaise.
Was there a big todo? Did her father, Jacques, confront him peacefully or otherwise? Were the neighbours scandalized? One would think not, since many men had mistresses back in the day, but Montreal was a small, and I imagine, close knit community. At any rate, Michel was packed off back to France presumably in disgrace. I wonder if his wife in France ever found out?
Donald Ross, born about 1827 at Barney’s River, Nova Scotia. He was the son of Archibald Stewart and Elizabeth Crocket. Archie came over from Scotland around 1801, landing in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
Donald moved to Prince Edward Island from Pictou County as a young man and taught school at Cape Traverse. On 27 December 1862, Donald married Fannie Glover, daughter of William Gover and Ann Watmough. The J. P. officiating was Harry Compton Green, the husband of my 3x great aunt, Elizabeth “Caroline” Ellis. Finding this record and a few others in and around Summerside, where different branches of my family are connected in the records, really makes me realize how small a community it really was.
Donald and Fannie had two children, Lucy, born 26 Aug 1863, who went on to marry Kenneth Forbes Ellis (they are my great-grandparents) and William Allan, born 22 March 1864, who married Emma Blanche McPhail.
Donald died on the 21st of January 1873 of tuberculosis. He had been ill for a year. He is buried at the North Bedeque United Cemetery. His widow, Fannie, went on to run a hotel/boarding house situated on the waterfront in Summerside.
One of my third Great-Grandfathers was William Glover. William is the progenitor of a very large number of the Glover’s on Prince Edward Island. According to a decorated list of family BMD dates he was born 14 July 1790. Numerous sources say he was from Dumfries, Scotland, but I haven’t been able to verify that yet and I am wondering if that is true. You see, William married Ann Watmough at Warrington, Lancashire, England on 3 May 1816. What was he doing in there? Just another mystery that I have yet to unravel. While I was looking for Ann’s family in Warrington, I noticed that there are Glovers in the same area. Not an unusual name, so no big surprise, but it makes me wonder. Was his family from Lancashire and his parents had travelled to or moved to Dumfries and so he was born there, then at some point they moved back to Lancashire, or was William working in Lancashire, having moved there himself as a young man?
This is the family record that some of my info came from. You can see that a lot of the writing is consistent which leads me to believe the document was created after the death of Ann on the 23rd of September 1864. Clearly not a primary source document for a lot of the information included, but nice to have just the same.
William and Ann’s first son, William was born at Warrington on the 17th November 1816. In 1817 they moved to Prince Edward Island and settled at Five Lanes End. The name was later changed to Barrets’ Cross. In 1862, it was changed to Kensington. It might be only four roads now, but you can still clearly see where the fifth lane (black arrow) came into the intersection.
William was the postmaster and worked out of his house. The Post office was situated on the corner of the roads to Charlottetown and Margate (red arrow above).
The post office was the section to the right. My father remembers visiting elderly cousins, Gordon and Jane Glover, in this house. They were siblings who never married. Gordon was the Post Master like his grandfather before him. At some point the house was moved across the road to Charlottetown and down several houses. The post office is gone and the house was updated, more windows were added to the front on the second floor and the centre gable was modified.
William died on the 21st of April 1875 and was buried at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. All in all, I know relatively little. William won a prize in 1831 at the Prince County Cattle and Grain Show for the best sow and an entry in the Richmond Parish register says that he was an Inn Keeper. Looks like there’s a lot more work to do on this one…