Monday Morning – 10 May 1929

It is not often we have pictures that are dated like the ones I posted yesterday piquing your curiosity.




It is not often we find who were people on old pictures also.

This is what I do best. I have no merit since this is an obsession I am trying to control since 2007. I have not succeeded yet, but I am trying hard. Writing is also an obsession I am trying to control also. This is why I have been posting only on Sunday mornings with some little exceptions.

May 10, 1929…

We are six months away from the Stock market crash, and these people don’t know about it yet.


Sunday Morning – Aiken Vilmer and Calista Maher

I know it must be hard following me, but I got distracted again on Our Ancestors.

Last week I needed to validate this information I had found on Find a Grave about Scholastique Maher, born in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec. Scholastique is listed on Find a Grave as Calista Miles Vilmer.

In 1850 Burlington census with husband Aiken “Henry” Vilmer & 7 children in household. They were the parents of 8 or 9 children:

Henry Aiken Jr (1 Nov 1834 – 25 May 1917),

Delphine (1836 – 1868),

Eugene ? (conflicting sources for his parents 1836 – 22 Nov 1912),

Filmore (10 Sep 1837 – 18 Oct 1920),

Joseph (1840 – 23 Jul 1865),

John (1842 – 20 Feb 1915),

Amanda (16 Mar 1842 – 24 Oct 1923),

William ( 10 Feb 1844 – 15 Jul 1921),

Julia (1846 – ?)

Some family members adopted the last name Edwards while others used some form of Vilmer. Neither Aiken nor Calista were literate. Aiken married 2nd Almira Lavine (aka Elmira, Mira, Mary, Marie 1849 – 28 Feb 1896) with this union bringing children Henry E. (15 Aug 1867 – 20 June 1928) and Agnes (8 Nov 1873 – 10 Oct 1918)

VS George (#48722807) supplied this info: baptismal record from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec, reads (in translation)
“The 23rd of November one thousand eight hundred and eight, I the undersigned priest baptised Marie Scholastique, born this night, daughter of legitimate marriage of Abraham Maher, farmer of the parish of St-Henri, and of Victoire Lagacé”.

Her marriage record, from the parish of St-Henri-de-Mascouche reads in part, “The 10th of February one thousand eight hundred thirty four, after the reading of three bans of marriage between Etienne Derouin dit Vilmer, son of full age of Etienne Derouin dit Vilmer and of Marie Robinson of this parish of one part, and Scholastique Maher, daughter of full age of the deceased Abraham Maher and of Victoire Lagacée of the parish of the other part, and there being no objection or opposition, I the undersigned priest, with their mutual consent, gave the blessing of marriage.”

The surname is usually spelled Derouard or Drouard.

Aiken and Calista, or Étienne Vilmer and Scholastique Maher, were married on February 10, 1834 in Mascouche about a 22-minute drive from where I live. The names Aiken and Calista were a transformation of the names Étienne and Scholastique.

I found out that Étienne Vilmer was Marguerite Drouard dit Vilmer’s brother. Marguerite Drouard dit Vilmer was Margaret listed in the 1850 U.S. census.

1850 U.S. Census Peter Kayou

She was Felix Myers’ wife. It happened quite a lot when a sibling would marry their spouse’s sibling.

I will now call off this search for the Mahers and the Vilmers until I should stumble upon old photos or if a descendant should write a comment.

Next Sunday morning, I have revisited some old photos from another Myers family who doesn’t share the same ancestors

Exeurie Myers and Sophronie Champagne

Sophranie Champagne dit Beaugrand and Exeurie (Xavier) Myers




Monday Morning – To be continued next Sunday morning…?

I never expected to find this photo in Joseph Lagacé’s profile in my family tree last week. I have left a comment thanking the person who added it.

I just had to defer my Sunday morning post about Felix Maher. This is what I had intended to post on Sunday morning.

I know searching for your ancestors on Our Ancestors will never end soon. This is Felix Myers’ family tree.

Felix Myers' family tree

Felix Myers was listed in the 1850 U.S. census taken in Colchester, Vermont on September 19, 1850.

That was 169 years-ago.

1850 U.S. Census Peter Kayou

I don’t think anyone in 2019 is thinking about Felix Myers except Kay.

Hi Pierre, Thank you for the very interesting information that you’ve found about the Myers in Quebec. I see that you have found Felix Maher (1800-1886) but there are no sources where this info comes from. Please advise. Thanks, Kay

Felix Myers was the son of Jean Maher and Isabel McDonell.

This is Felix Myers’ wife’s profile.

Marguerite Drouard dit Villemaire's profile

I found four of their children. Felix, George, John and Margaret. Marguerite Drouard dit Vilmer (Villemaire) had at least one brother. His name was Étienne. I found this information about him on the Internet.

In 1850 Burlington census with husband Aiken “Henry” Vilmer & 7 children in household. They were the parents of 8 or 9 children: Henry Aiken Jr (1 Nov 1834-25 May 1917), Delphine (1836-1868), Eugene ? (conflicting sources for his parents 1836-22 Nov 1912), Filmore (10 Sep 1837-18 Oct 1920), Joseph (1840-23Jul 1865), John (1842-20 Feb 1915), Amanda (16 Mar 1842-24 Oct 1923), William ( 10 Feb 1844-15 Jul 1921), Julia (1846-?)

Some family members adopted the last name Edwards while others used some form of Vilmer. Neither Aiken nor Calista were literate. Aiken married 2nd Almira Lavine (aka Elmira, Mira, Mary, Marie 1849-28 Feb 1896) with this union bringing children Henry E. (15 Aug 1867-20 June 1928) and Agnes (8 Nov 1873-10 Oct 1918)

VS George (#48722807) supplied this info: baptismal record from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec, reads (in translation)
“The 23rd of November one thousand eight hundred and eight, I the undersigned priest baptised Marie Scholastique, born this night, daughter of legitimate marriage of Abraham Maher, farmer of the parish of St-Henri, and of Victoire Lagacé”.

Her marriage record, from the parish of St-Henri-de-Mascouche reads in part, “The 10th of February one thousand eight hundred thirty four, after the reading of three bans of marriage between Etienne Derouin dit Vilmer, son of full age of Etienne Derouin dit Vilmer and of Marie Robinson of this parish of one part, and Scholastique Maher, daughter of full age of the deceased Abraham Maher and of Victoire Lagacée of the parish of the other part, and there being no objection or opposition, I the undersigned priest, with their mutual consent, gave the blessing of marriage.”

The surname is usually spelled Derouard or Drouard.

Now we are once again back to Scholastique Maher born in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines where on September 2nd, 1980 I was going up 3rd Avenue on my way to my new school…

To be continued…


Intermission on Our Ancestors… Timelapse Of The Future — notestoponder

From melodysheep – “We start in 2019 and travel exponentially through time, witnessing the future of Earth, the death of the sun, the end of all stars, proton decay, zombie galaxies, possible future civilizations, exploding black holes, the effects of dark energy, alternate universes, the final fate of the cosmos – to name a few. […]

via Timelapse Of The Future — notestoponder

Sunday Morning – Joseph Lagacé and Salomé Pollender

I could go on and on with what I found since 2007 about Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David’s descendants, most of whom have no idea who their ancestors were.

I had written a lot about Pierre Adolphe Lagacé and his children. However I did not have this photo.

This is what I had to remember him with.

Before being on Ancestry I was on My Heritage.

I had found Pierre Adolphe’s first wife and five children. Later I learned how to search for parish records. Pierre Adolphe was born and baptized on March 14, 1851.

Parish records are primary sources.

Later on I found the Family Search Website with its collection of documents.

Now getting back to this photo of Joseph…

I had Joseph Lagacé in my family tree way back in 2009. He was married to Salomé Pollender whose father was with the Meuron Regiment fighting against the Americans during the war of 1812. Joseph Lagacé and Salomé Pollender were just names. I had no photos. That was before I looked at my family tree on Ancestry last week and lo and behold (I like that expression) I stumbled upon this group photo in Joseph’s profile!

A full size scan of an old picture with Pierre Adolphe dead center.

I had not been that excited since Dennis Lagasse IV sent me more than one hundred old pictures his father Lionel had kept of his paternal ancestors.

Dennis Lagasse II with Harvey and Marie, Dennis Lagassey III’s children

Dennis Lagasse II

Dennis Lagassey III’s five sons with their father

Again Dennis Lagassey III’s five sons

Bertha Lagasse’s wedding, Dennis Lagassey III’s daughter

Dennis Lagassey III’s family

Dennis Lagassey III and his wife Amanda Ménard
with their son Harvey and his wife Amanda Cox

Dennis Lagassey III’s two sons, Levi Napoleon and Harvey

Dennis Lagassey III with two unknown men

Dennis Lagasse II, Dennis Lagassey III’s son Harry holding his young son Gerard

The above photos are mostly about Dennis Lagassey III, his sons, and his father Dennis Lagasse II.

So Joseph Lagacé and Salomé Pollender were just names in 2009 with no photos, now the time is right to make them famous on Our Ancestors as well as their descendants.

Famous people – The Lagacé brothers

I have written only about famous people on Our Ancestors.

These seven Lagacé brothers are now all famous people on Our Ancestors. These men are the sons of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David. How I came to identify who’s who is pure and simple logic as you will find out later.

Ambrose, Idala, Damase, Isidore
Joseph, Pierre Adolphe, Henri

Back in 2007, I had started looking for my paternal ancestors. I soon hit a brick wall since I could not find who were my grandfather’s parents. My grandfather had died in 1964, and he never talk to me about his family. My father had died in 1995 and he never talked that much also about his family except for his father’s birthdate, and that his father had stayed in the U.S. when he was young.

The only option I had left was using Canadian and U.S. censuses to track down any Léo Lagacés born on June 5, 1888. Using all information that I had gathered here and there, I had started building my family tree on the Internet. When I found Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David in the 1871 Canadian census, I thought Pierre Lagacé had to be somewhat related to me since we had the same given name, and that he had named one of his son Pierre Adolphe. Little did I know then that it was Pierre Lagacé’s brother who was my great-great-grandfather.

Still not knowing who were my paternal ancestors I had entered all I could find about this Pierre Lagacé born in 1825. His father was Nicholas-Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé and his mother was Ursule Cordeau dit Deslauriers. He had one brother named Stanislas born in February 1816 and one sister named Ursule born in 1828. Two other siblings, Antoine and Geneviève died young.

Ursule Lagacé would marry Damase David on May 7, 1844 in Henryville, Iberville County, in Quebec. Ursule died on March 31, 1845. Damase had died one month before on February, 26, 1845. No cause of death was listed in the parish registers. There was no cholera epidemic at that time. So how did they die? I have no idea…

Pierre’s brother, Stanislas Lagacé, would marry Onésime Cadieux on February 4, 1840 in Henryville. Their first daughter was Philomène Lagacé born in 1840 and their next child was my great-grandfather Stanislas born in 1842. He later changed his name to Dennis Lagasse when he emigrated to Connecticut in 1889.

Getting back to Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David, they had at least twelve children that I know of:

First born: Pierre Adolphe Lagasse 1851–1922

Second born: Joseph Lagacé 1852– ?

Third born: Henri Lagacé 1854–1935

Fourth born: Isidore Lagasse 1856–1934

Fifth born: Emélie Lagassé 1858–1905

Sixth born: Damase Lagasse 1860– ?

Seventh born: Adélia Lagacé 1864– ?

Eighth born: Joséphine Lagacé 1865–1907

Ninth born: Clara Lagacé 1866– ?

Tenth born: Marie Marcelline Lagacé 1868– ?

Eleventh born: Idala Antoine Lagasse 1870–1947

Twelfth born: Ambrose Lagasse 1872–1956

To be continued next Sunday morning…

Sunday Morning – I just got curious…

This search for Charles Myers’ descendants might become an neverending search since I found another Myers on the 1850 census page…

Felix Myers, 50 years-old, was a mason in Colchester, Vermont on September 19, 1850. Could Felix be related to Charles?

In 2014, I had seen Charles Myers’ name on an 1850 U.S. census page beside the Kayou surname, and I just got curious in my search for your ancestors since some Myers were related by marriage to Lagacés.

1850 Peter Kayou family

Since September 2009, Our Ancestors is all about searching for my ancestors and yours. I believe in sharing my research, and every chance I get, I will write about it because I never know when I will touch other people’s lives looking for their ancestors.

How I got interested in Scholastique Maher in the first place is a long story which started back on September 2, 1980 in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines when I walking up 3rd Avenue on my way to my new school…

How I got to be in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines on September 2nd, 1980?

In June 1980, I was laid off as a teacher in Montreal being among those teachers who were the youngest in the school board. Enrolment was declining in Montreal so the Montreal Catholic School Board had to lay off hundreds of teachers. Having studied in history in the 1960s to become a history teacher in high school, I was first assigned in 1970 to teach religious studies to 12 and 13 year-old. This lasted for two years. Then a teaching position in history was vacant and I jumped on the occasion. This lasted only two years when students enrolment started declining in 1974. Being bilingual, I became an English as a second language teacher until 1980 when I was finally laid off…

I will spare you the details on how my nerve-racking summer of 1980 went.

On September 2nd, 1980, I was walking up 3rd Avenue in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, a place I had never heard before. There was my new school up north on 3rd Avenue, an elementary school from 3rd to 6th grades. On the corner of 3rd Avenue and Ste-Anne boulevard was an old house I had not noticed at that time. I did not know it was the Maison Chaumont and an old barn beside the house. Little did I know in 1980 that later on I would act as a guide to my friend Ron Depatie who visited his paternal ancestors in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines in September 2010.

Ron is the man with the black baseball cap on and a blue shirt. I will spare you the details on how Ron and I first met on the Internet.

So what about Felix Myers, a mason, whose name appears also on the census page with his wife Margaret and their 17 year-old daughter Margaret?

1850 Peter Kayou family

To be continued next Sunday morning…?

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Sunday Morning – 1850 U.S. Census – Take Two

It’s hard to stop writing when someone contacts me on Ancestry. This is what I got last month, but forgot to post on Our Ancestors.

Hi Pierre,
Mary Myers above is my great-grandmother and I would like to find more information about where in Canada her parents Eliza and Charles came from. Do you have any more information? Mary married my great-grandfather, Loomis J. Wright and is the mother of my grandmother, Mary (Mae) Wright who married my grandfather Robert Safford Towers. Thank you for any information you may have.

Warm regards,

Kay from Vermont

This is Mary Mae a descendant of Abraham Maher (Myers) and Victoire Lagacé. She’s their granddaughter.

Her mother Mary Myers was listed on a census page. The date was September 19th, 1850, and the place was Colchester, Vermont.

1850 U.S. Census Peter Kayou

In 2014 I was first interested with a family on that census page. It was Peter Kayou’s family.

1850 Peter Kayou family

Pierre Cadieux and Françoise Trudeau were my great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Onésime born in 1822 married Stanislas Lagacé born in 1816. Charles Myers was Peter and Frances’ neighbor, and I thought he had to be somewhat related.

Now I know they were a little bit related. Charles’ parents were Abraham Maher and Victoire Lagacé.

To be continued when I find the time to translate this research I found on the Internet…

Les pionniers de la communauté anglophone de Mascouche

La présence anglaise à Mascouche s’amorce véritablement au début du XIXe siècle. Elle va constituer entre 5 et 10 % de la population jusqu’en 1976, puis elle va décliner pour ne constituer aujourd’hui que 2,5 % de la population. Voyons maintenant l’origine de cette communauté à Mascouche.

La défaite de l’armée française sur les Plaines d’Abraham en 1759, puis la capitulation de Montréal marquent le début, en 1760, du régime anglais au Canada. Progressivement, quelques Britanniques viennent s’établir dans la colonie, mais ils se concentrent surtout dans les villes principales. La campagne demeure essentiellement française.

Les seigneurs anglais

Le 8 avril 1766, la seigneurie de Lachenaie est vendue au lieutenant-colonel Gabriel Christie. Originaire d’Écosse, il arrive au pays à titre d’officier militaire pendant la guerre de la Conquête. La guerre passée, il investit dans les grandes propriétés foncières. Il propose d’acquérir le presbytère de Mascouche pour en faire son manoir seigneurial, mais c’est possiblement le refus de la fabrique qui incite Christie à s’installer, plus à l’ouest, aux «rapides» de Mascouche. D’ailleurs, en 1766, il y fait construire un moulin à farine, voisin du moulin à scie. C’est à ce moment que naît le domaine seigneurial de Mascouche. En raison de ses activités militaires qui le retiennent dans les Antilles, il décide de vendre la seigneurie à Jacob Jordan en 1785.

Marchand dans le commerce du grain, il acquiert (1784) la seigneurie de Terrebonne et ses grands moulins, puis celle de Lachenaie. En 1794, il vend la seigneurie de Lachenaie à un collègue dans la traite des fourrures, Peter Pangman.

Originaire du New Jersey, pionniers de la Compagnie du Nord-Ouest, il revient à Montréal et achète la seigneurie le 3 novembre 1794. Il épouse Grace MacTier et vient s’établir dans son nouveau manoir seigneurial, à Mascouche. Mais ce qui distingue Pangman des deux autres seigneurs anglophones, c’est qu’il est le premier seigneur à recruter des colons parmi la communauté anglophone du grand Montréal.

Peter meurt soudainement d’une violente forme de toux, le 28 août 1819. Sa dépouille est inhumée sous un tumulus et donnera naissance au cimetière anglican Grace. À sa mort, la seigneurie est administrée par son gendre, George-Henry Monk, jusqu’à la maturité de John Pangman, en 1829.

L’arrivée des premiers anglophones à Mascouche

À l’époque du seigneur Peter Pangman, la majorité des terres de Mascouche sont concédées. Il ne reste que le secteur autour des rapides, le long de la rivière Mascouche et de la côte Georges. Les terres du rang de La Plaine ont été concédées, pour la plupart, par le seigneur Christie en 1771-1772, mais plusieurs d’entre elles ne sont pas occupées. La raison est fort simple, ici, la majorité des terres sont composées de sable et donc très peu propices à l’agriculture, surtout à l’époque où les techniques agricoles ne permettaient pas d’améliorer ces sols sablonneux et acides. Seule la pomme de terre poussait bien ici.

Outre le cas le Jean-Baptiste Holl ou Oulle dit Langlais, la première mention d’une présence anglaise à Mascouche apparaît dans un acte de vente du 19 novembre 1785, où le négociant mascouchois Thomas Armstrong achète la terre de la veuve de Pierre Petit dit Beauchamp, dans le Bas de Mascouche. La présence d’Armstrong est éphémère, car aucun autre document ne mentionne sa présence, d’autant plus qu’un négociant, c’est censé passer beaucoup de contrats chez le notaire.

Notre seconde présence arrive en juillet 1789 alors que l’un des coseigneurs du fief Sainte-Claire de La Plaine, Sébastien Villot dit Latour, cède une terre du rang de La Plaine à son nouveau gendre, James Bowley. Celui-ci la revend à Robert Robertson en 1795, qui venait également de Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines et qui ne semble pas avoir établi sa famille dans notre seigneurie. Rappelons qu’à cette époque, la majorité du territoire de La Plaine appartient à la paroisse de Mascouche.

Ainsi, le véritable premier colon anglophone est Abraham Myers, qui se fait concéder une terre à La Plaine en 1794. D’origine allemande et de confession luthérienne, il arrive de Burlington au Vermont (États-Unis), il y est possiblement né en 1760, mais peut-être est-il né en Allemagne? En 1792, il épouse, à l’église Christ-Church de Montréal, Victoire Lagacé, une catholique francophone; la famille vint s’établir à Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines jusqu’à ce que la terre de La Plaine soit suffisamment défrichée, soit en 1797. C’est une famille nombreuse, d’ailleurs, au recensement de 1825, on retrouve la veuve d’Abraham et les familles d’Alexandre, de Jean-Baptiste, de Jean, d’Antoine et d’André Myer. Les prénoms sont tantôt présentés en français, tantôt en anglais, selon l’auteur du document. Le nom Myers devient Myer, Mayer, Maher et Mahaire.

À la même période, vers 1794, on voit aussi apparaître Christophe Hendendier. Un proche de la famille Myers, tout probablement d’origine allemande. Il n’est plus présent en 1825.

Aux Pangman et Myers s’ajoute un autre Pangman, Joseph, instituteur établi à La Plaine. Est-il parent avec le seigneur? On ne le sait pas. Tout porte à croire que l’arrivée de compatriotes anglophones n’a pas lieu avant les années 1810. George-Henry Monk épouse Jane Pangman en 1818; les familles Robinson-George, Launcelot, Thomas et Joseph arrivent en 1819, suivies par celle de Francis Alexander en 1824. Ces deux familles, les principales familles anglophones de Mascouche, proviennent du comté de Kings (aujourd’hui Offaly), au cœur de l’Irlande agricole. En plus de ce groupe de pionniers, le recensement de 1825 nous présente les familles de Philippe Mount, un catholique né dans la vallée du Richelieu, de James Barker, de John Kerry et d’Elam Church. En 1825, la population anglophone de Mascouche compte 100 personnes sur un total de 2 152 Mascouchois, soit 4,6 % de la population. Dans les cinq années qui suivent, une dizaine d’autres familles s’ajoute à la communauté anglophone, dont celle de Joseph-Wilson Reilly, qui vient aussi du comté de Kings en Irlande.


Abraham Myers
Allemand de confession luthérienne. Il est témoin au mariage de Jacob Maher et Marie Gauvreau le 14 mars 1803 à Christ Church de Montréal.


The English presence in Mascouche really began at the beginning of the 19th century. It will constitute between 5 and 10% of the population until 1976, then it will decline to constitute only 2.5% of the population today. Let’s now look at the origin of this community in Mascouche.

The defeat of the French army on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, followed by the surrender of Montreal, marked the beginning of the English regime in Canada in 1760. Gradually, some British settlers came to settle in the colony, but they concentrated mainly in the main cities. The campaign remains essentially French.

The English Seigneurs

On April 8, 1766, the seigneury of Lachenaie was sold to Lieutenant-Colonel Gabriel Christie. Originally from Scotland, he came to the country as a military officer during the guerre de la Conquête. After the war, he invested in large land holdings. He proposed to acquire the presbytery of Mascouche to make it his seigneurial mansion, but it was possibly the refusal that prompted Christie to settle further west in the “rapids” of Mascouche. In 1766, he had a flour mill built there, next to the sawmill. It was at this time that the seigneurial domain of Mascouche was born. Due to his military activities in the West Indies, he decided to sell the seigneury to Jacob Jordan in 1785.

Jacob Jordan, a merchant in the grain trade, acquired in 1784 the seigneury of Terrebonne and its great mills, then that of Lachenaie. In 1794, he sold the seigneury of Lachenaie to a colleague in the fur trade, Peter Pangman.

Peter Pangman, originally from New Jersey, a pioneer of the North West Company, returned to Montreal and bought the seigneury on November 3, 1794. He married Grace MacTier and moved to his new seigneurial mansion in Mascouche. But what distinguishes Pangman from the other two English-speaking seigneurs is that he was the first seigneur to recruit settlers from the English-speaking community of Greater Montreal.

Peter suddenly died of a violent form of cough on August 28, 1819. His remains were buried under a burial mound which gave birth to the Grace Anglican Cemetery. Upon his death, the seigneury was administered by his son-in-law, George-Henry Monk, until John Pangman’s maturity in 1829.

The arrival of the first Anglophones in Mascouche

During the time of Seigneur Peter Pangman, most of the land in Mascouche was granted. There was only the area around the rapids, along the Mascouche River and the Côte Georges. The lands of La Plaine were granted, for the most part, by Seigneur Christie in 1771-1772, but several of them were not yet occupied. The reason was very simple since the majority of the land was composed of sand and therefore very unsuitable for agriculture, especially at a time when agricultural techniques did not improve these sandy and acidic soils. Only potatoes grew well here.

In addition Jean-Baptiste Holl or Oulle dit Langlais, the first mention of an English presence in Mascouche appears in a deed of sale dated 19 November 1785, where Thomas Armstrong, a Mascouche merchant, bought the land from the widow of Pierre Petit dit Beauchamp, in the Lower Mascouche region. Armstrong’s presence is ephemeral, because no other document mentions his presence, especially since a merchant is supposed to make many contracts with the notary.

Our second presence arrived in July 1789 when one of the seigneurs of the Sainte-Claire de La Plaine fiefdom, Sébastien Villot dit Latour, gave land in La Plaine to his new son-in-law, James Bowley. He sold it to Robert Robertson in 1795, who also came from Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and who did not seem to have established his family in our seigneury. It should be remembered that at that time, most of the territory of La Plaine belonged to the parish of Mascouche.

So the first real English-speaking settler was Abraham Myers, who was granted land in La Plaine in 1794. Of German origin and Lutheran confession, he came from Burlington in Vermont (United States), where he may have been born there in 1760, or perhaps he was born in Germany? In 1792, he married Victoire Lagacé, a French-speaking Catholic, at Christ-Church church in Montreal; the family moved to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines until the land of La Plaine was sufficiently cleared, in 1797. It is a large family, moreover, in the 1825 census, there is Abraham’s widow and the families of Alexander, Jean-Baptiste, Jean, Antoine and André Myer. The first names are sometimes seen in French and sometimes in English, depending on the author of the document. The name Myers becomes Myer, Mayer, Maher and Mahaire.

At the same time, around 1794, Christophe Hendendier also appeared. A relative of the Myers family, probably of German origin. He was no longer present in 1825.

In addition to Pangman and Myers, there is another Pangman, Joseph, a teacher based in La Plaine. Is he related to the seigneur? We don’t know that. There is every reason to believe that the arrival of English-speaking compatriots did not take place until the 1810s. George-Henry Monk married Jane Pangman in 1818; the Robinson-George, Launcelot, Thomas and Joseph families arrived in 1819, followed by Francis Alexander in 1824. These two families, the main English-speaking families in Mascouche, come from the county of Kings (now Offaly), in the heart of agricultural Ireland. In addition to this group of pioneers, the 1825 census introduced us to the families of Philippe Mount, a Catholic born in the Richelieu Valley, James Barker, John Kerry and Elam Church. In 1825, the English-speaking population of Mascouche included 100 people out of a total of 2,152 Mascouche residents, or 4.6% of the population. Over the next five years, a dozen other families joined the English-speaking community, including Joseph-Wilson Reilly, who also came from County Kings in Ireland.


Abraham Myers
German Lutheran. He was a witness at the wedding of Jacob Maher and Marie Gauvreau on March 14, 1803 at Christ Church in Montreal.

More below… 142 pages in French!



Scholastique Maher

Marie-Scholastique Maher was the daughter of Abraham Maher and Victoire Lagacée.

This is the baptisimal act confirming that Scholastique was born in the early hours of November 23rd, 1808 in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

Scholastique Maher 23-11-1808 baptism act (2)

This is a close up view.

Scholastique Maher 23-11-1808 baptism act (3)

How I got interested in Scholastique is a long story which started on September 2, 1980 in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines walking up 3rd Avenue on my way to school…

To be continued…

As a footnote, Scholastique was Charles Myers’ sister.