Jeffrey sent me this message…
Regarding the 1731 birth year of William (Guillaume) Campbell (husband to Marie Josephte Chartier), new evidence has arrived, from a 1784 document taken at St. Philippe, La Prairie, that lists Guillaume as age 62, which places his birth nine years earlier than originally anticipated. The original 1731 date was calculated from type script taken from his death/burial record stating, “about 80 years old” in 1811. In light of this new evidence, the original birth year appears to have been an approximation at best, and Guillaume now appears to have been born circa 1722.
In corroborating this new document, two gentlemen listed as neighbors (Francois Girou and Gabriel Laroche) are the same two gentleman listed on William’s July 1798 ‘Donation of Farm to Son, Michel’ document, proving we have the correct ancestor.
For those wishing to learn more about William’s military regiment, Fraser’s 78th Highlanders, I’ve just open a new online blog dedicated to providing transcriptions of original regimental documents. Feel free to stop by and browse. http://frasers78th.blogspot.com
As always, I will be more than happy to provide this new document at your request, and also answer any questions you may have.
Comment added by Michele
I am a descendant of William Alexander Campbell/Marie Chartier and have been working on my family tree since 2004. My paternal grandmother was Aurore Campbell, born to Jules Campbell, who was William’s great-great-grandson.
I know for many years several of us have tried to trace William’s family in Scotland. To my surprise, on familysearch.org it appears someone has made a tree connecting his parents as James Campbell and Mary Fisher. By James and Mary’s birthdates it looks like they definitely could have been married by 1722 and had William then. But if William is actually 9 years older than we first thought then he could belong to a different family altogether.
Here is the link: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:34HR-S85
Thanks for this blog.