Author: Christine Blythe

A fifties' child, mom, wife, avid genealogy researcher, web contributor and author/owner of four blogs including Empty Nest Ancestry. The other is our extensive family genealogy database site at Blythe Genealogy.
Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

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Following is my transcription of the National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.

Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.
National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme.

NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES

and of the State of New Hampshire to all whom it may concern:

This is to Certify, that Hervé Ducharme, Private, First Class, Battery ‘A’, 172d Field Artillery, National Guard as a Testimonial of Honest and Faithful Serve, is hereby HONORABLY DISCHARGED from the NATIONAL GUARD of the UNITED STATES and of the State of New Hampshire by reason of Expiration of Term of Service.

Said Hervé Ducharme was born in Manchester, in the State of New Hampshire. When enlisted he was 21 2/12 years of age and by occupaton a Cigarmaker. He had Brown eyes, Brown hair, Medium complexion, and was 5 feet 5 inches in height.

Given under my hand at Manchester, New Hampshire this 12th day of March, on thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine.

Signed by:
John Jacobson, Jr., Colonel, 172 F.A. Commanding

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Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

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Although both sides of my family are ‘French Canadian,’ my mother’s ancestors are Acadians who settled in the maritime provinces and the eastern seaboard of the United States. Dad, however, is the link to our Québecois French Canadian and military heritage.
Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine
Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine at 3 circa 1938.

In earlier posts about our family’s WWI war casualties, I discussed our family’s attachment to the Canadian military. My own father, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, was an Instrument Electrical Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost thirty years.

Gerard Turmaine in full pipe bank regalia playing his snare drum.
Gerard Turmaine in full pipe band regalia playing his snare drum.

Born in 1934 to Henry Joseph Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery of Quebec, he was nephew to both family members we lost in WWI, Joseph Philias Albert Emery (Rose’s brother) and Joseph Turmaine (Henry’s half-brother). (See photo at right of Gerry Turmaine at age 3.) As a new Canadian forces member, he spent some time in New Brunswick visiting the family of another recruit, Paul Melanson and met my mother, Patricia Gail Melanson – Paul’s sister.

Shortly after, he was transferred to Baden Söllingen, Germany and a long distance relationship proceeded for a while until he eventually asked my mother to go over and marry him. She traveled over on ship, they were married, and just over a year later I was born.

A year after my birth, my father was posted to Trenton, Ontario by the Canadian military, where we lived for ten years. During this time, he was a member of the national military pipe band (see photo at left) and frequently played all around the nation – and on one occasion, I can remember him traveling to Washington, DC to play.  During the ten years we lived in Trenton, my parents had three more girls, my sisters Renee, Andrea and Danielle.

We finally left Trenton when my parents’ dream came true and we were transferred to Comox, British Columbia. I can remember my parents talking about how much they’d like to live on the west coast of Canada for years. As a matter of fact, the story told ever after was that my Dad was so happy at the news of our transfer to British Columbia he wore holes in his socks dancing around the coffee table.

Their intention to remain in British Columbia was evident when my Dad told his superiors in Comox that he would rather forego any further promotions in order to remain in British Columbia until he retired. My parents lived in Comox until his death in 2005.

Turmaine Family in the late 1960's.
Turmaine family photo with Gerry in rear on the right; middle: Renee, Christine, Gail and Andrea; front: Danielle.

Twenty years ago I met my husband while he was training in Comox. He was an Aviation Technician with the Canadian Armed Forces and retired in 2006 to take a position with Marshall Aerospace in Abbotsford, British Columbia – where he could continue to work on his favorite aircraft, the CC130 Hercules.

To add to the tradition, my husband’s father, Marsh Blythe, retired in the 1980’s as a Sergeant in the Canadian army and my sister Andrea’s husband Larry Potter also retired several years ago from the Canadian army.


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Transcription: Enlistment Record of Herve Ducharme, Private 1st Class

Transcription: Enlistment Record of Herve Ducharme, Private 1st Class

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The following is my transcription of the Enlistment Record of Private 1st Class Herve Ducharme.

 

Herve Ducharme Enlistment
Herve Ducharme Enlistment Record.

ENLISTMENT RECORD
OF
Ducharme, Herve, Private 1st Class

Enlisted March 13th, 1936 at Manchester, New Hampshire
In service of the United States, under call of the President, from __________ to ___________
Serving in Second enlistment period at date of discharge.
Prior service, Battery ‘A’ 172 P.A. NHNG March 13, 33 to March 12/36, honorable discharge as Private 1st Class ?? excellent.

Noncommissioned officer: No Record
Qualification to arms 10/17/37, Pistol ‘D’ Marksman, 61.7% R.S.O. #38 dated 11-1-37
Horsemanship: Motorized
Attendance at: No Record
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expedition: No Record
Decorations, service medals, citations: No Record
Knowledge of any vocation: Cigarmaker
Wounds received in service: No Record
Date and result of smallpox vaccination: 6-14-37 Vaccinia
Date of completion of all typhoid-paralyphoid vaccination: 5-17-37
Date and result of diphtheria immunity test (Schick): No Record
Date of other vaccination (specify vaccine used): No Record
Physical condition when discharged: Good
Married or single: Married
Character: Excellent
Remarks: A good soldier, and is recommended for reenlistment.

Signature of soldier: [blank]
Signed by: Leon B. Humphrey, Captain, 1727 A, commanding Battery ‘A’.

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Transcription: 2nd Marriage Certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

Transcription: 2nd Marriage Certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

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This post contains my transcription of the second marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

Certificate of Marriage

Church of St. George,

Manchester, New Hampshire.

This is to Certify that Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois were lawfully Married on the 31st day of May 1935 According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church and in conformity with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, Rev. T. J. E. Devoy, P.D., officiating, in the presence of Armand Ducharme and Irene St. Gelais, Witnesses, as appears from the Marriage Register of this Church. Dated April 2, 1974

Rev. Maurice W. Richer, Pastor _____________________

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Transcription: Marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.

Transcription: Marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.

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The following is my transcription of the marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.

Marriage of Joseph William Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.
Marriage certificate of Joseph William Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois. 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Certificate of Marriage

This Certifies that on this, the 31st day of May, 1935, at Manchester, I joined in Marriage, in the presence of witnesses, Herve Ducharme of Manchester and Marguerite Bourgeois of Manchester.

Certificate of Intention of Marriage issued by the Clerk of Manchester.

I also certify that I am a Roman Catholic Clergyman residing in the town of Manchester and am legally qualified to perform the marriage ceremony.

Witnesses: Armand Ducharme, Irene St. Gelais

Signed: T. J. W. Derry, D.P.P.R.

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Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

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Following is my transcription of the extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois
Extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

French Original

Extrait du régistre de baptêmes, marriages, sépultures de la paroisse de St. Hughes du Lac Saguay from l’année mil neuf cent-quinze.

Le trente-et un octobre, mil neuf cent-quinze, nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Margeurite Yvette, née le quatre août fille légitime de Émile Bourgeois cultivateur, et de Marie-Anne Turmel de cette paroisse. Le parrain à été Gédéon Grandines et la marraine Antoinette Sauvé, les quels out déclaré ne savoir signer. Le pére était présent et à signé avec nous Lecture faite.

Émile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette (prêtre)
extrait conformé à l’original 31 mars 1931.
E. Brousseau (prêtre curé)

Lac Saguay

English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’.

Excerpt from register of baptisms, marriages, burials of the parish of St. Hughes Lake Saguay from the year one thousand nine hundred and fifteen.

The thirty-first day of October, nineteen hundred and fifteen, we the undersigned priests have baptized Marie Margeurite Yvette, born August 4, legitimate daughter of Emile Bourgeois farmer, and Marie-Anne Turmel this parish. Gideon Grandines was the godfather and godmother Antoinette Sauvé, which said they could not sign out. The father was present and signed with us reading done.

Emile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette (priest)
extract complied with the original March 31, 1931.
E. Brousseau (parish priest)

Lake Saguay

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Edna E. Auclair.

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Edna E. Auclair.

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Following is my transcription and the Google translation of the ‘In Memoriam’ for Edna E. Auclair.

Edna E. Auclair
In Memoriam for Edna E. Auclair.

French original

A la douce memoire de

Edna_E. Auclair

Épouse de Armand Martel.

Née à Derry, N. H., 18 Juil 1910,

Décédée à Manchester, N. H., 28 Août, 1928.

A l’âge de 18 ans. 1 mois et 10 jours.

If fut court sont pélerinage.

Elle meurt au printemps de son âge.

Mais du sort elle subit la loi.

Vous qui l’aimiez, priez pour elle.Seignéur, voud nous l’aviez prêté pour faire notre bonheur; vous la réclamez, nous vous la cèdons sans murmure, mais le coeur navré de douleur.

La famille  éprouvée ici-bas, brisée dans son faisceau se refait au ciel dans la lumière.

Recevez et gardez ce souvenier d’une âme chrétienne qui vous demande de prier pour elle, afin de pouvoir plut tòt prier pour vous.

Nous l’avons aimé pendant sa vie’ ne l’oublions pas après sa mort.

Une communion, une prière, s’il vous plait adieu! Au revoir au ciel.

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English translation taken from ‘Google Translate’

In the sweet memory of

Edna-E. Auclair

Wife of Armand Martel.

Born in Derry, N. H., July 18, 1910,

Died in Manchester, N. H., August 28, 1928.

At the age of 18. 1 month and 10 days.

If is was a short pilgrimage.

She died in the spring of his age.

But it suffers the fate of the law.

That you love her, pray for her.

Lord voud we had paid for our happiness, you are claiming, we cede without a murmur, but the heart brokenhearted.

The bereaved family here, broken in the beam again to heaven in the light.

Get and keep the souvenir of a Christian soul who asks you to pray for her rather early in order to pray for you.

We loved during his life, do not forget after his death.

Communion, prayer, please farewell! Goodbye to heaven.

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Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

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The following is my transcription of the baptism certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme, as well as the English translation via Google Translate.

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.  

 

French Original

Certificat de Bapteme
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Eglise Ste-Marie,
Manchester, N. H.
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Je soussigné certifie que

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
enfant de Joseph Ducharme
et de Alice Tremblay
né le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
a été baptisé le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
tel qu’il appert dans le Régistre des Baptêmes de la dite Eglise.

Selon le Rite de l’Eglise Catholique-Romaine

par le Rév. L. P. Routhier
Parrain:   William Belisle
Marraine:   Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
le 28 mai, 1935

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English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’

Certificate of Baptism

St. Mary’s Church,
Manchester, N. H.

I certify that

Hervé Joseph William Ducharme
child of Joseph Ducharme
and Alice Tremblay
born 31 day of October, 1914
was baptized 31 day of October, 1914
as it appears in the Registry of Baptisms of the said Church.

According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church

by Rev. Fr. L. P. Routhier
Sponsor: William Belisle
Sponsor: Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
May 28, 1935

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Transcription: Birth Certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

Transcription: Birth Certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

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The following is my transcription of the birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.
transcription of the birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.
Birth certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.

Manchester, New Hampshire
Birth Certificate for Joseph William Herve Ducharme, October 31, 1914
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Name:    Ducharme, Joseph William Herve
Date of Birth
Year,   1914
Month,   October
Day,   31
Name of Father,   Joseph Ducharme
Maiden Name of Mother,   Alice Tremblay
City Record,   Vol. 11, Page 99
A true copy. Attest:
Signed by:   M. J.B[risson], City Clerk.
M. J. Quinn

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Transcription – Obituary for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair

Transcription – Obituary for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair.

Lillian Activ Paradis and Thomas Auclair in July 1929.
Lillian Active Paradis and Thomas Auclair in July of 1929.
Mrs. Lillian A. Auclair

Mrs. Lillian A. Auclair, widow of Thomas Auclair died Tuesday at a Manchester hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Auclair was born in Franklin, daughter of Joseph and Delia (Seney) Paradis and had resided in Manchester the greater part of her life. She was an attendant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

Obituary for Lillian Activ Paradis-Auclair
Obituary for Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair.

Members of the family include three sons, Joseph Auclair of West Hartford, Conn., Lester Auclair, Miami, Fla., and Arthur Auclair of Manchester; three daughters, Mrs. Ella LaPalme, and Mrs. William (Rita) Quinn, both of Manchester, and Mrs. Joseph (Lida) Bellefeuille of Bedford; two brothers, Oscar Paradis of Billerica, Mass., and Adolphus Paradis, of Lowell, Mass.; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the J. N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home, 110 Bridge St. Saturday morning at 8:45, followed by a high mass of requiem in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday and Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10.

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Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

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I have long been fascinated by the news of events regarding the finding, genetic studying and reburying of King Richard III’s remains.

I have written a couple of posts regarding the search for, discovery and excavation of his burial site under the parking lot of the Greyfriars Abbey in Leicester.

The posts were:

Richard III's final resting place is decided.
Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

A later article on the Archives UK blog does a great job of describing “the depth of feeling generated on both sides of a court battle over the re-burial of the body of King Richard III.”

The dispute arose between the University of Leicester and a group of Richard’s distant relatives, the Plantagenet Alliance, arguing over whether Richard III wished to be buried in York or the grounds where his remains were found.

The evidence brought forth on both sides is clearly described in the Archives UK post and since they have done such a good job, I feel it would be redundant and a huge waste of time for me to try to write a less informative article.

To read their detailed account, the blog post can be found on the Archives UK site.

photo credit: OZinOH via photopin cc


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Transcription – 1901 Canadian Census for Geffrey and Annie (Fougère) Forgeron

Transcription – 1901 Canadian Census for Geffrey and Annie (Fougère) Forgeron

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1901 Canadian Census: Geffrey and Annie Forgeron and Family

 

Geffrey and Annie Forgeron in 1901 Canadian Census
Family of Geffrey and Annie Josephine Forgeron in the 1901 Canadian Census.

Headings:
Dwelling House; Family or Household; Name; Sex; Colour; Relationship; Marital Status; Birth Month and Day; Year of Birth; Age; Birth Place: Year of Immigration; Year of…; Racial or Tribal Origin; Nationality: Religion; Profession…

152, 161;

Forgeron, Geffrey; M, “, Head, M, 10 Sept, 1860, 40, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Mariner…
“, Annie; F, “, Wife, M, 25 March, 1871, 30, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, Louise; F, “, Daughter, S, 14 Dec., 1889, 11, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, Alice; F, “, Daughter, S, 3 Sept., 1891, 9, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, Narcisse; M, “, Son, S, 5 Oct., 1893, 7, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, M. Florence; F, “, Daughter, S, 12 June, 1897, 3, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
“, J. Lizzie; F, “, Daughter, S, 12 Nov., 1899, 1, ” ” “, Blank, ” ” “, Blank, Blank, “, “, “, Blank…
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Transcription: Obituary for Armand J. Martel

Transcription: Obituary for Armand J. Martel

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Obituary for Armand J. Martel. 

Obituary for Armand J. Martel.

Following is my transcription of the obituary of Armand J. Martel.

ARMAND J. MARTEL

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Armand J. Martel, 69, of El Centro, who died Monday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Agustin Cemetery in Manchester, N.H.
Mr. Martel was born July 8, 1928 in Manchester. He married Janet Roy on Sept. 1, 1947, in Manchester. He was an Imperial Valley resident for 29 years.

Mr. Martel worked for the El Centro Community Hospital as a purchasing agent. He had been ill since 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Martel of El Centro; daughters, Cynthia Marcoux, of El Centro, Virginia Audette of Sacramento, Patricia Rose of El Centro, and Edna Wilkinson of Seeley; brother, John Martel of Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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Transcription – ‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

Transcription – ‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

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Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Armand J. Martel.

“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.”
St. Matt. V. 5
May Jesus have mercy on the
Soul of

ARMAND J. MARTEL

In Memoriam Card for Armand J. Martel
‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

1928 – 1998

O gentlest heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou O Merciful Savior send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace. AMEN.

May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN.

HEMS BROTHERS MORTUARY

Colexico – El Centro

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Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

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Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better.

My grandparents on my father’s side were Henri Joseph Turmaine (Henri) and Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery (Rose Amande).

Gail, Gerard, Grandma Rose and Christine (front) Turmaine
Rear l-r: Patricia-Gail (Gail), Gerard Ronald Joseph (Gerry), Rose Amande Turmaine; Front: Christine Blythe (Turmaine).

Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005) was the youngest of three children who survived infancy. Dad’s brothers and sisters included Albert Joseph Turmaine (1923-1966), Rose-Marie Azilda Thérèse Turmaine (1929-2003), and Marianne Claudette Andrea Turmaine (1937-1937).

The Turmaine Family
Turmaine Family: Theresa, Henry (Grandpère), Gerard (Dad), Rose (Grandmère), and Joseph.

Therese Paquette (Turmaine) with Christine.
Ma tante Thérèse Paquette and Christine Blythe (Turmaine) circa 1989.

I was too young to remember much about my grandfather Henri as he died in 1966 in General Hospital in Toronto. I know I saw Grandma Rose quite frequently within the first few years of my life, but again, I was too young to remember much. When I turned 10 in 1970, however, that all changed since we were transferred from Ontario to Comox, British Columbia. We took the last opportunity to visit everyone we could that summer on our trip across the country.

I can remember one particular visit where we were permitted to stay at the cottage of cousins, the Pollaris, at Loon Lake in Ontario. What a beautiful cottage it was, too. A semi-circle shape, the front circular side rested on posts in the lake shore, extending over the water. That entire side of the cottage was one big great room and standing in it felt like being in motion on the lake.

I do remember being awestruck in Grandmère’s home. She was a highly devoted Catholic and as soon as we walked in, we were overwhelmed by praying hands, her obsession. There were praying hands statues, prints, and paintings everywhere.  I can remember being told when I was young that Grandmère’s ambition was for Dad to become a Catholic priest and how disappointed she was when he opted for the military instead and married my mother. Knowing my father, he definitely chose the path that suited his own nature and ambitions, especially considering his naughty, rather raunchy sense of humor. Somehow, I don’t think it would have gone over very well as a priest.

Front: Rose Amande and her mother Émilie Labelle, Rear: Unknown Cousin
Front: Rose Armande Emery seated next to her mother, Émilie (Labelle), wife of Charles (Albert) Emery. MIddle: Betty Turmaine, daughter of Hérmènégilde and Azilda Labelle.

A couple of years later, we saw Grandmère Rose one last time in about 1972 when she came to visit us in Comox. She passed away in 1978. Tante Thérèse came out in 1987 for my sister Andréa’s wedding, in 1989 for Renée’s wedding and in 1991 for my own wedding to Mark. She passed away in 2003 in Chateaugay, Québec. It may seem odd that I haven’t mentioned Dad’s brother, my uncle Albert Joseph, but unfortunately, he had committed suicide just prior to Grandpère Henri’s death in 1966.

Grandmère Rose’s father was Charles Albert Emery, who was born in about 1870 in Vermont, United States and died in about 1915. Her mother was Émilie Labelle, born about 1870 in St. André Avellin, Ripon, Papineau County, Québec to Antoine Labelle (1820-1890) and Joséphine Périllard (born 1844), both of Québec. In addition to Grandmère Rose, they had four other children, of whom one was Pte. Joseph Philias Albert (1889-1917) who was missing in action and presumed dead at Vimy Ridge during WWII. His name is only one of many immortalized on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.

Oddly enough, my father’s grandfather Herménégilde (father-in-law to Grandmère Rose) took Marie Joséphine Azilda Labelle as his second wife in 1911. Azilda was sister to Joséphine (and Rose’s grandmother).

Children of Antoine Labelle and Joséphine Périard (Périllard)
Children of Antoine Labelle and Joséphine Périllard.

Antoine Labelle (1820-1890) was the son of Antoine Labelle and Marie Isaac Duplanty dit Héry of Québec, and had been married twice, first to Émilie Fournelle and second on November 23, 1863 to Joséphine Périllard (my great great grandmother), born 1844 in Ste. Magdeleine Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Québec to Michel Périllard and Zoé (Madeleine, Michel) Demers. The 1852 Census of Canada East shows Joséphine Périllard with her parents, brothers and sisters living in 274 Petite Nation Parish, St-André Avellin, Ottawa County.

Antoine and Joséphine’s six children included Émilie Labelle (born 1870), Antoine Labelle (1872-1944), Célima (Délima) (born 1874), Joseph (1877-1944), Marguerite (1880-1960), Azilda (1884-1933).

During my extensive research into my French Canadian ancestry, I’ve come to realize one thing – there are no surprises. Families remained close in proximity and emotion, and marriage within the inner circle – and yes, family, according to the laws of consanguinity of the Catholic church was commonplace.

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Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

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Following is my transcription of the biography of Joan Antrobus taken from pages 67 to 69 of The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I.

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (1)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 67. 

JOAN ANTROBUS

ORIGIN: St Albans, Hertfordshire
MIGRATION: 1635
FIRST RESIDENCE: Unknown

ESTATE: On 16 May 1614, administration on the estate of Walter Antrobus of St Albans was granted to “]ane Antrobus, his widow”
[Archdeaconry of St Albans, Diocese of London, Admon Act Book, 1574-1638].

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (2)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 68.

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BIRTH: About 1567 based on date of marriage.
DEATH: 1635 or later, perhaps in New England.
MARRIAGE: Joan Arnold married at St Albans 8 February 1586/7 Walter Antrobus [St Albans PR 135]. He was buried at St Albans 5 April 1614 [St Albans PR 2.04].

CHILDREN (all baptized St Albans, Hertfordshire):

i WILLIAM, bp. 2.5 June 1587 [St Albans PR 25]; m. St Albans 6 July 1607 Alice Denton [St Albans PR 140].

ii WALTER, bp. 1 June 1589 [St Albans PR 28]; no further record.

iii ROBERT, bp. 21 February 1590/1 [St Albans PR 29]; no further record.

iv JOAN, bp. 2.5 June 1592 [St Albans PR 30]; In. (1) St Albans 23 October 1609 Thomas Lawrence [St Albans PR 141]; m. (2.) by 1628 JOHN TUTTLE [TAG 51: 173].

v ELIZABETH, bp. 6 August 1598 [St Albans PR 35]; presumably she who m. St Albans 5 May 1617 John Cowley [St Aibans PR 144].

vi HENRY, bp. 25 April 1600 [St Albans PR 36]; bur. St Albans 14 June 1602 [St Albans 196].

ASSOCIATIONS: Through her daughter, Joan (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle, this immigrant was ancestress of several members of the Tuttle, Lawrence and Giddings families (see sketches of JOHN TUTTLE, GEORGE GIDDINGS, JOHN LAWRENCE, THOMAS LAWRENCE and WILLIAM LAWRENCE).

In his will of 27 January 1664[/5], “William Antrobus of London Esq.” bequeathed to “William Antrobus in New England the sum of forty shillings for a legacy and that is all he shall have out of my estate” [PCC 11 Hyde]. Sir Reginald Antrobus suggests that this may be the William Antrobus baptized at St Albans 7 April 1611, son of William Antrobus [St Albans PR 46; Antrobus Pedigrees 34, 108], and therefore nephew of Joan (Arnold) Antrobus [Antrobus Pedigrees 12-13, 96]. But the testator of 1665 and the William baptized in 1611 were third cousins once-removed, so the legatee may be another William more closely related to the testator.

COMMENTS: On 2. April 1635, “Joan Antrobuss,” aged 65, was enrolled at London, with a certificate of conformity “from the minister of St Albans, Hertfordshire,” as a passenger for New England on the Planter [Hotten 45]. No record of Joan Antrobus has been found in New England. She may have chosen at the last minute not to make the trip, or she may have died

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (3)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 69.

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aboard ship. It she did make the passage to New England, she probably resided in Ipswich with her daughter and son-in-law.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1929 Sir Reginald L. Antrobus published extensive information on the Antrobus families of England, including data relating to the branch of interest to us here [Sir Reginald L. Antrobus, /introbus Pedigrees: The Story of a Cheshire Family (London 192.9), 12-13, 96-9’7 (cited above as Antrobus Pedigrees)]. In 1941 Mary Walton Ferris published a brief account of ]oan Antrobus [Dawes-Gates 1:64-65].

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Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time.

Area Deaths
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Aged Louisa County Resident Dies
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.

Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the home of his daughter Mrs. Roland Barrick. Death resulted from a stroke suffered New Year’s day.

A native of Neenah, Wis., Matthews was born Dec. 1, 1854, the son of David and Mary Ann Adams Coon. His mother died when he was 3 1/2 years old and his father died while a prisoner of the Confederate army. The child was adopted by the Nathan Matthews family of Omro, Wis. He married Martha Jane Jordan at Auroraville, Wis., Oct. 26, 1873, and they lived in Wisconsin and Colorado before coming to Iowa.

In 1899 Matthews began to operate a truck farm near Morning Sun, which he ran for many years before retiring and moving into Morning Sun. His wife died in 1935 and a son, William Matthews, died in 1940.

Despite his advanced age, Matthews was a very active man. When he was 94 he made a trip to California, and last fall took a trip to New York.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Stanley Matthews, Morning Sun, and Mrs. Edith Barrick, Wapello, and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Last rites will be held at the Pierce funeral home at 2 p. m. Saturday. Officiating will be Dr. Will M. Hughes, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

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Transcription: Death Certificate for Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

Transcription: Death Certificate for Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

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Following is the death certificate for Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

Death Certificate of Joseph William Herve Ducharme
Death Certificate of Joseph William Hervé (Babe) Ducharme

CITY OF BIDDEFORD

COUNTY OF YORK

No. 95

I, Luc A. Angers City Clerk of said City of Biddeford, depose and testify that I have in my official capacity as City Clerk the books and records of said city, including the records of births, deaths and marriages. I find recorded therein the following in the record of Deaths:

Name:   Herve Ducharme

Place of Death:   Biddeford, Maine

Date of Death:
Year:   1982
Month:   December
Day:   19th

Age:
Years:   68
Months:
Days:

Place of Birth:   New Hampshire

Sex:   Male

Color:   White

Married, Single, Widowed or Divorced:   Married

Occupation:   Salwsman

Name of Father:   Joseph Ducharme

Maiden Name of Mother:   Alice Tremblay

Cause of Death:   Massive Intercerebral bleeds, ? Hypertension

Name of Physician reporting said Death:   James W. Geortitis, M.D.

I further depose that I have no interest in the prosecution of any claim against the U.S. Government, or otherwise of the above.

I hereby certify that the above is a true copy on information contained on the record of the above named person, which is in my official custody.

Attest:   Luc A. Angers City Clerk

Biddeford,   December 27, 1982

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I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

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African slave in America, John Punch.
Barack Obama is descended from the first documented African slave in America, John Punch.
A while ago I learned from news headlines that President Barack Obama is descended via marriage from John Punch, the first documented African slave in America. He was an indentured servant declared a slave for life in punishment for attempting an escape in 1640.

Ancestry.com has been researching Barack Obama’s ancestry for several years and has declared that Barack Obama is the eleventh great grandson of the first documented African slave in American history, John Punch and eighth cousin to my husband, Mark.

If this is true, then by virtue of the connection of my husband Mark and Barck Obama through Ulrich Stehle (1720-1773), who was sixth great grandfather to Mark and seventh great grandfather to Barack Obama, Mark and Barack are eighth cousins.

In the words of Joseph Shumway, genealogist with Ancestry.com , “Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related.” What is wholly surprising is that the connection exists through his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and not his Kenyan father.

John Punch, an indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, was declared a slave for life in punishment for trying to escape in 1640.

Ancestry.com states further that they used DNA analysis to learn that Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors were white landowners in Colonial Virginia, who were actually descendants of one African man, John Punch.

President Obama is traditionally viewed as an African-American because of his father’s heritage in Kenya. However, while researching his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham’s lineage, Ancestry.com genealogists found her to have African heritage as well, which piqued the researchers’ interest and inspired further digging into Obama’s African-American roots. With the support of existing documents and DNA, it is believed that John Punch had children with a Caucasian woman, and her free status was subsequently passed on to their children. Her descendants continued to be free land owners in Virginia.

The findings were further reviewed and verified by Elizabeth Shown Mills, past president of the Board of Certification of Genealogists and a Southern research expert. She states, “In reviewing Ancestry.com ‘s conclusions, I weighed not only the actual findings but also Virginia’s laws and social attitudes when John Punch was living,” said Mills. She further states, “A careful consideration of the evidence convinces me that the Y-DNA evidence of African origin is indisputable, and the surviving paper trail points solely to John Punch as the logical candidate.

Source:

  1. Ancestry.com ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Ancestry.com Press Release.

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Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

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This is my transcription of the obituary for Charles G. Blythe (2nd great grandfather to Mark) from The Hoosier Genealogist, Indiana Historical Society, June 2001, Vol. 41, No. 2.

 

Obituary for Charles G. Blythe
Obituary for Charles G. Blythe.

Blythe, Charles G.

Birthplace: England
Occupation: Farmer
Entry into service: 1861, Pvt. 8th Btry
Final discharge: May 1864; Cause: End of war
Length of service: 4 months [sic]
Mustered into GAR. Mar. 1911
Died. 13 Jan. 1914

Obituary “C. G. Blythe Dies at Daughter’s Home,” Covington Friend, Jan. 1914, p. 1, col. 1: Blythe Was born in Lincolnshire, England, on 12 July 1840. He was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Blythe. Charles came to America when he was fifteen years of age with his parents and three older brothers. At first they Went to Chicago. The father’s goal was to see his three sons started Well in life in this country and then the father planned to return to his native land. Unfortunately the father became ill and soon died. The boys were scattered to different parts of the country Charles Went to Wisconsin about the time of the Civil War. He enlisted 21 Nov 1861 in the light artillery. He received a bayonet Wound in his arm at Lookout Mountain, Which made him nearly an invalid for the rest of his life. He was honorably discharged in Aug. 1865. After the War he returned to his farm in Wisconsin and was married to Mary Elizabeth Keefer. They had four sons and two daughters, who all survive him. They are: Jennie M. of Urbana, Ill., Charles E. of Danville, Ill. Robert of Newell, S. Dak., Olive L. of lsanti, Mich. [Ipsilanti, Mich. or lsanti, Minn.‘?], and Clayton W. and Wesley E. of Covington. He died in Urbana on 15 Jan. 1914 after having been an invalid for more than a year. Rev E. W Strecker of the Methodist [Episcopal] Church officiated. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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Transcription: Obituary for Mary Foulke (née Underwood)

Transcription: Obituary for Mary Foulke (née Underwood)

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Following is my transcription of the obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underhill), published Monday, June 3, 1935 on page 2 of the Noblesville Daily Ledger.

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1935

MARY FOULKE DIED SUNDAY NEAR ARCADIA

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The Funeral Services Will Be Held Tuesday Afternoon

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LONG RESIDENT OF JACKSON TOWNSHIP

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Death of Charles C. Crouch, Indianapolis, Came as a Surprise

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Obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underwood)
Obituary for Mary Foulke (nee Underwood) – Noblesville Daily Ledger – Mon 3 June 1935, page 2.

Mrs. Mary Frances Foulke, widow of George Foulke, passed away at an early hour Sunday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Robbins, seven miles east of Arcadia. Mrs. Foulke has been in poor health for several years and her death was not unexpected. The body was taken to the Shaffer funeral home at Arcadia, where it will lie in state until Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held in the Shaffer parlors and burial will take place in the cemetery near Sheridan.

Mrs. Foulke was the daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Statton) Underwood and was born Dec. 4, 1853, on the old homestead west of Arcadia, where she resided until less than a year ago when the daughter and family moved to east of Arcadia and she went to live with them. The husband has been dead for several years. Just a year ago, June 6th, the tragic death of her son, Arthur Foulke, of Arcadia, was a great shock to her.

She leaves besides the daughter at whose home she died, two other daughters, Mrs. Alice Phillips, of west of Arcadia, and Mrs. Sarah Ross, residing on road 31, and stepson Alvin Foulke, west of Cicero. She also leaves several grandchildren.

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Transcription: Joss family biography.

Transcription: Joss family biography.

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The following is my transcription of the biography of the Joss family, taken as an excerpt from a compilation of numerous biographies in the book “Cabri: Through the Years”, page 619.

 

JOSS FAMILY

Duncan Joss came west from Quebec in 1909, with the railway, as a carpenter. He filed on his homestead, and brought his wife and four of his family. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Mitchell, was living at Oroville, Washington, U.S.A. by this time. George went on to Victoria, B.C. The youngest daughter, Verda, married Mack Mclntyre, a grain buyer in Cabri. She passed away in 1915. Arthur went to work as a grain buyer and lived at Elstow, Saskatchewan; he is now deceased.

Joss family biography.
The Joss family.

Howard married Annie Paton who had immigrated to Montreal, Quebec from Dundee. Scotland. She had come west with the Oughtreds, working for them for a while before marrying Howard in 1918. They lived and farmed the Joss land until 1944, when they moved to live on the Clarke Moore place now Jim Smith’s just out of town. This was to be closer to town and doctor. Howard passed away in 1947. Mrs. Joss moved to British Columbia in 1948 and passed away in I959. The had two daughters; Gladys, married Walter Gummeson in June 1943 and they have two daughters—Elaine, married to Jerome Haaf, and Lois married to George Seward and one son Verne married and living on a farm in the area.

Gladys passed away in August of 1981. Doris (Mrs. Micalehuk) lives in North Surrey, B.C. and has two sons.

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Transcription: Jack Johnson biography.

Transcription: Jack Johnson biography.

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The following is my transcription of the biography of Jack Johnson, taken as an excerpt from a compilation of numerous biographies in the book “Cabri: Through the Years”, page 619.

 

JACK JOHNSON

Jack Johnson, a friend to all, had had a varied life before coming to this part of the country. He had been in the Klondike Gold Rush, had cooked for hotels, railway work gangs, harvesting crews. He like nothing better than to have large dinner parties for any occasion. He really was a wonderful cook.

Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson of Cabri, Saskatchewan.

He lived and gardened at the George Smith place and also at Alex Barrie’s. He homesteaded the NW % 7-21-18-3 in 1930. This land now belongs to Walter Davidson. Jack went with team and wagon to British Columbia where he passed away.

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Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam

Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam

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Sir William ap Thomas Herbert, (21st great grandfather to my children) was born about 1390 to Sir Thomas ap Gwilyn (1360-1438) and Maud de Morley (1375-    ).

Featured image: Tomb with Effigies of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam.

Sir William ap Thomas first married Elizabeth (or Isabel) Bluet (1380-1420), daughter of Sir John Bluet of Raglan Manor and Katherine Wogan, and widow of Sir James Berkeley. Elizabeth inherited Raglan Castle while married to to James Berkeley, who later died in about 1405. There were no children born to William and Elizabeth.

Sir William ap Thomas - Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
Sir William ap Thomas – Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

William fought in support of Henry V of England alongside Sir Roger Vaughan, first husband of his later wife Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam and her father Dafydd Gam ap Llewelyn in the battle of Agincourt. Both Sir Roger and Dafydd Gam died in battle and Dafydd Gam was knighted as he lay dying. Sir William was made a knight-banneret.

In 1426, William was knighted by King Henry VI, and was known as “Y marchog glas o Went” (the blue knight of Gwent), because of the colour of his armour.

When Sir John Bloet died, Raglan Manor was inherited by Elizabeth and her husband James Berkeley. Upon Elizabeth’s death in 1420, William lived at Raglan as a tenant of his step-son James, Lord Berkeley. In 1425, James Berkely granted William the right to live at Raglan Manor for the remainder of his life.

In the earliest of his many occupations, William was made Steward of the Lordship of Abergavenny by 1421. At about this time, he married secondly the daughter of Dafydd Gam and the widow of Sir Roger Vaughan, Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam, who was known as ‘Seren y fenni’ (Star of Abergavenny). The exact date of Gwladus’ birth is unknown, but she was born in Breconshire, Wales. She was renowned for her beauty, discretion and influence.

Her father supported Henry IV of England and as a result, she, her father, grandfather and two brothers were driven from their last home in Wales, finding refuge at King Henry IV’s court, where Gwladus served as a Maid of Honor to both of Henry IV’s wives, Mary de Bohun (about 1368-1394) and Joan (about 1370-1437).

After her marriage to Sir Roger Vaughan, she returned to Wales with her family as Roger was a great friend of her father’s and would later fight and die with him at Agincourt. Roger and Gwlady’s children were:

  • Watkin (Walter) Vaughan, who died 1456, married Elinor, daughter of Sir Henry Wogan, on Easter 1456. Watkin was murdered at home at Bredwardine Castle. His half-brother William Herbert and Walter Devereux worked to ensure the execution of the culprits at Hereford.
  • Thomas Vaughan, born about 1400, married Ellen Gethin, daughter of Cadwgan ap Dafydd. In 1461, Thomas died at the battle of Edgecote and was entombed at Kington church, near Hergest.
  • Sir Roger Vaughan of Tretower Court married first to Cicely, daughter of Thomas ap Philip Vychan, of Talgarth and second to Lady Margaret, daughter of Lord James Audley, another of the heroes of Agincourt. He died in 1471.
  • Elizabeth Vaughan married gentleman Griffith ap Eineon.
  • Blanch Vaughan married John Milwater, a wealthy Englishman commissioned by Edward IV to accompany Blanch’s half-brother, William Herbert, to the siege of Harlech Castle.

William ap Thomas and Gwladus had the following children:

  • Thomas Herbert, born in 1422.
  • Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423–1469), who took the surname Herbert. William’s support for and loyalty to Richard, Duke of York, and Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, resulted in his being recognized as Edward IV’s Welsh “master-lock”. He was the first full-blooded Welshman to enter the English peerage and he was knighted in 1452. William married Anne Devereux in 1449. She was the daughter of Sir Walter Devereux.
  • Sir Richard Herbert, born about 1424, of Coldbrook House, near Abergavenny who died in the battle of Danesmoor.
  • Elizabeth, born about 1427, married Sir Henry Stradling (1423–1476), son of Sir Edward Stradling  and Gwenllian Berkerolles. In contrast to previous generation, Henry and his brothers-in-law were hostile to the Henry VI reign. In 1476, Henry went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land dying on August 31, 1476 on his journey back to England. He was buried at Famagusta, Cyprus.
  • Margaret, born about 1429, married Sir Henry Wogan, Steward and Treasurer of the Earldom of Pembroke. He was made responsible for securing war material for the defence of Pembroke Castle. Their son, Sir John Wogan, was killed in battle at Banbury in 1465, fighting along side his uncle, William Herbert.

Other children that have been attributed to Gwladus and William include: Maud, Olivia, Elizabeth (who married Welsh country gentlemen, John ab Gwilym).

Gwladus and William raised their own children as well as those from her marriage to Sir Roger Vaughan.

Abergavenny Priory, Abergavenny, Wales
Abergavenny Priory

By 1432 William was able to purchase Raglan Manor for about £667 and afterward, he expanded the manor to become Raglan Castle.

Sir William was appointed to the position of High Sheriff of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire in 1435, and in 1440, also to the position of High Sheriff of Glamorgan. About 1442 or 1443, William became Chief Steward of the estates of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York. He also served as a member of the Duke of York’s military council.

William ap Thomas died in London in 1445 and his body was brought back to Wales. William’s wife, Gwladys, died in 1454. Gwladys and her husband William ap Thomas were patrons of Abergavenny Priory where they were both buried and their alabaster tomb and effigies can still be seen in the Priory.

Sources:

  1. The Herbert Family Pedigree, Ancient Wales Studies online; [http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id40.html].
  2. Herbert and Einion Sais links to Blayneys, online; [http://keithblayney.com/Blayney/Herbert_Einion.html#GAM].
  3. Thomas Allen Glenn, Merion in the Welsh Tract: With Sketches of the Townships of Haverford and Radnor (Norristown, PA: 1896), ; pdf, Digital Library; [http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Pennsylvaniana/Radnor%20Township/Radnor%20Friends/RadnorFriends-00004.xml].
  4. Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam; Find A Grave; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=87468153].
  5. Early Leighs of Wales; [http://www.welshleigh.org/genealogy/prichardancestry/prichardhistorical4.htm].
  6. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdon, Extant, Extinct or Dormant (G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I.).
  7. John Burke, History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland (1834-1838).
  8. Dr. Thomas Nicholas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (1875); [http://books.google.com/books?id=M34ystsNDn8C&pg=PA196&lpg=PA196&dq=cadwgan+ap+elystan+glodrydd&source=web&ots=I5BTVLyS8g&sig=wllXZyPfJjxL5e9oNePiwr6YX74&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=8&ct=result].
  9. John Edward Lloyd and R. T. Jenkins, Ed.; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (1957).
  10. Wikipedia; [http://www.wikipedia.org].

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