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Hilaire Béliveau: Urban Realities – On to Montréal

Second of a seven-part series describing the real and imagined life of Hilaire Béliveau of Montreal. In Québec (city), the Cadot family welcomed their third child, Célina on December 27, 1836. Célina would become Hilaire’s first wife in 1859. She was baptised in Notre Dame parish the following day and her godparents were Flavien and…

Joseph Valentin dit Gregoire: IV

Migration and marriages Fourth of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Joseph Valentin dit Gregoire (1824-1895) Like many other families in the Sorel/St-Ours area, several members of the Valentin-Gregoire clan made their way to build a new life in Massachusetts. Among them were: Florence and Josephine Gregoire, Joseph’s sisters, who left…

Paul Comeau: Witness to change II

Les Patriotes Second of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) It had been about 60 years of British rule after the conquest of Québec, and there began to be rumblings of political discontent. In both Upper and Lower Canada, electoral corruption, the ideals of republicanism vs. colonial rule…