More Newspaper Finds at BAnQ

If you follow my blog you will know I have been having an absolute blast searching through old newspaper. The BAnQ (Quebec Archives) site has either made some changes to their search engine, added new papers or I have gotten WAY better at searching!

A few of my latest finds include

  1. a clipping of A. E. DeForest from Brooklyn visiting their cousins in Quebec City, the wife of Peter Jordan. This clipping further solidifies that Margaret Jeffrey who married James Atkins had a daughter Lillian who married Arthur DeForest. Her visit was to Caroline (Norton) Jordan who was Margaret Jeffrey’s niece.
    Liliian & Arthur DeForest visits Peter Jordan family

    Quebec Chronicle, July 17, 1908

    2. a fantastic story of William Jordan being recognized for his long military service. He was presented with a “gold-mounted ebony cane”, I wonder what happened to the cane?

    Wm Jordan long career retires 1905

    Quebec Chronicle Sept 29, 1905

Serg. W. Jordan Honored on Retirement from Service on the Citadel

The members of the Sergeants’ Mess R.C.G.A., assembled together yesterday afternoon to present Sergt. W. Jordan with a gold mounted ebony walking cane as a souvenir on his retirement from the service. Just thirty-four years have elapsed since Sergt. W. Jordan joined the then School of Gunnery at the Citadel, Quebec, having thus served longer than any officer, non-commissioned officer or man in the permanent force of Canada. The Sergt. was one of the first to join under Col. T.B/ Strange after the withdrawal of the Imperial troops from Quebec in 1871. The late Col. C. E. Montizambert was the second in command at that time. This non-commissioned officer served in the Northwest rebellion and wears the medal of that campaign; also the long service and good conduct medal. At present this veteran is represented in the permanent corps by two sons, one Q.M.S. Instructor at an early period in his career.

 Nevertheless, the old soldier is hale and hearty and retires with the earnest wishes of his comrades that he may live for many a long day to come to enjoy the munificent pension of 62 cents per diem, and thus serve as an object lesson to the youth of Canada aspiring to fame and wealth.

I wonder if the last few sentences were tongue-in-cheek?

3. This clipping was a great discovery as I did not know about Richard Lee Norton jr.’s military career, nor had I ever laid eyes on him!

Richard L Norton II

Quebec Chronicle, June 23, 1902

Color-Sergt. Richard Norton

Son of the late Captain Norton, of Yarmouth, Eng., was born in Quebec in 1859 and joined the 8th Royal Rifles in 1870, when Lt.-Col. Reeves was in command, and remained in the corps up to the present day, and is one of the crack shots of the regiment, being a member of the Rifle Association from its origin, and was a member of the team that carried off the British challenge shield at Ottawa in 1886 and also a member of the team that won the Gzowski Cup at Ottawa the following year. He also holds the D.R.A. bronze medal, the C.M.R.L. special badge for the aggregate of 1897, P.Q.R.A., also badges for the 1891-93 and 1897, etc., together with having received a first-class certificate from the St. John, P.Q., R.C.R.I. He received the long service decoration May 9th, 1902.

A Color-Sergeant is the equivalent of a Warrant-Officer.

I have really been enjoying my discoveries! Other things I have found are school achievements, sicknesses and on top of obituaries, when relatives acted as pall-bearers at a funeral.


Newspapers at BAnQ

I live 4,000 kilometers away from where I need to do most of my genealogy research and because of that, I rely heavily on what I can locate online.

I often go back to a web site and redo searches, try new variations in the hopes that I will come across something new.

Yesterday I searched the newspapers (again) at the Quebec Archives site BAnQ and had success.

The first article was a death announcement for Caroline (Jeffrey) MacKay. Caroline was the daughter of Robert Jeffery and Elizabeth Tipper. She was married twice, her first marriage was to Frederick Yates / Yeates in 1841. By 1851 they had buried two children and Caroline was a widow. She married a second time to James MacKay in Montreal in 1851. By Caroline’s death in 1885 at the age of 63 she had buried two more children. The only mention in the newspaper of all these tragedies was little notice in the Quebec Morning Chronicle & Commercial & Shipping Gazette in May 1885 of Caroline’s passing.

Jeffrey Caroline d 1885 Morning chronicle and commercial and shipping gazette, 28 mai 1885

At Richmond, on the 20th of May, Caroline Jeffery, eldest daughter of the late Robert Jeffery, Master stone cutter, of Quebec, and beloved wife of James McKay, Esq.

My favorite find was the notice of death of John Tipper. I had been searching for what happened to John for years. What I knew was that he was born in 1803 in Kingston, Ontario to John Tipper & Gertrude Cudlipp. John’s mom Gertrude had died in 1805, John’s father was a soldier with the Royal Artillery had gone blind and had been put to pension. John Tipper Jr. married Catherine Unkles Taylor in Quebec City in 1839, he was a butcher by trade and had one son that survived childhood. His wife Catherine and son end up in New Jersey with no trace of the father. I always wondered what happened to him, and now I know. On August 10, 1849 John died in Quebec. I have yet to find the record in a church for his death or a burial location, but at least I know have a date to work with.

John Tipper d1849

On the tenth inst., aged 46, Mr. John Tipper, Butcher.

One little line with no details other than his age, death date, and occupation, but I was so happy to find this notice yesterday! I did spend some time looking through the church records on Ancestry but so far have not found his death entry. To date I have not found the burial location in Quebec City for John’s parents, some of his siblings and their children, it has been frustrating not knowing where this family is buried. I keep hoping to find one death record that mentions where their final resting place is.

One other small notice that made the paper is John Tipper Jr.’s son, again John Tipper traveling to Richelieu, PQ from New Jersey in 1887.

John Tipper - L'Étendard, samedi 17 septembre 1887

John Tipper – L’Étendard, samedi 17 septembre 1887 M. John Tipper et sa dame, d’Englewood, N.J. sont enregistres an Richelieu

The hunt for the Tipper family continues!



Newspaper Love

A discovery yesterday over at further proved my theory of the connection of descendants of the Jeffrey family from Quebec.

I have written about the Jeffrey family in a series of posts and thanks to a search at the newspaper’s website I have found another link binding the descendants. If you are curious here are the links to my previous posts; Robert Andrew Jeffrey, Elizabeth Jeffrey, Margaret Stockell Jeffrey, Hannah Pozer Jeffrey, Caroline Jeffrey

Yesterday I found the wedding announcement for Lillian Emily Phillips. Lillian was the granddaughter of Margaret Stockell Jeffrey and her first husband George Humphry a ship captain from Devon, England. I have spent years tracking down the complicated lives of the Jeffrey family and this clipping further confirmed the connections I have been making.

The news article was printed in The Standard Union Brooklyn, New York, October 15, 1903. Lillian was married to Arthur DeForest and the newspaper was kind enough to mention the attendees of the wedding. The mention of an imported wedding dress passed down through the mother’s family is so intriguing to me, I would love to find a photograph and hear the story about this dress.

DeForest wedding 1 The Standard Union Brooklyn NY Oct 15 1903

Philips & DeForest wedding The Standard Union, NY Oct 15 1903

DeForest wedding 2The Burroughs and Sutherland family from East Sound, Washington were descendants of Margaret’s second marriage to James Atkins and half cousins of the bride. From Chicago was the Simonds and Milligan families who were descendants of Margaret’s sister Elizabeth (Jeffrey) LapriseDeForest wedding 3G & W Jeffrey would be descendants of Margaret’s brother Robert Andrew Jeffrey of Levis, Quebec.

I am still trying to figure out the connection that Miss G & K Perkins of Cornwall, Ontario has to the couple. I built out their tree and there was nothing obvious to me as to the link.

I have also been using DNA to make connections to these long-lost branches. The enthusiasm amoung the matches about links that tie us back to Robert Jeffrey and Elizabeth Tipper in the early 1800s may not match mine but I am persistent! I have found the descendants of Robert Andrew Jeffrey almost all in the USA are very willing to put up with my requests!

For me, the Jeffrey family research has been a journey of rediscovery. Each person found helps me to piece our family back to a beautiful mosaic of families, countries, loss, and survival.







Connection Made 126 Years Later

It has been slow going for me to link a letter I found in my grandmother’s papers to living family members, but guess what? It has happened.

Yesterday I logged onto Ancestry and on the home page, there is an interesting notification that shows up if someone edits a record you have saved to your tree. A note appears telling you a change was madeScreen_Shot_2019-08-03_at_6_02_32_PM

I quickly clicked on the person’s name to see why they would make a change to this record. And from there I was able to message them asking if they were researching the Brock family from Hackney, England. I had little hope of hearing a reply, you know how it is, but reply they did! And I have been on top of the world ever since.

Back story

I have been researching the Brock’s almost since I started working on my family tree. It all began with a letter found in my grandmother’s papers. And it meant going to the Family History Library and ordering records in. When the 1881 census for England came out on CD I bought it, just to find this one family. Slowly the puzzle unraveled. There they were four people living at the address 93 Glenarm Rd. in Lower Clapton, but they were all listed as siblings, there were no parents. Time and research filled in the blanks. I was happy to realize that these children including the letter writer Martha Brock, were writing to their uncle Richard Lee Norton who had settled in Quebec City in 1854, my great great grandfather.Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 4.51.12 PM

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snips of the letter written in 1883

Now back to present and me checking my email constantly with hope.

Later in the evening, I received the reply and to be honest, I was sort of scared to click the email in case it was another, “no, not my family, just a collateral line…”. But I couldn’t help myself and it was kinda that message BUT and this is huge, he knows descendants of the family!

They may not be as interested in the family tree as I but they have been found! I am not sure what they are going to think about some Canadian who has been working on their family tree for over 20 years but as they live in New Zealand so I am guessing/hoping it’s gonna be ok!

A huge shout out to my new favorite Britt who made a small correction to a record, replied to my message, and sent me a copy of the handwritten family tree. He has given me a Christmas present in July.

Title: I am counting the connection lost from the date Richard Norton died in 1893 in Quebec City.

Richard Lee Norton’s 200th Birthday

Today marks the birth of Richard Lee Norton in Norfolk, England, my great great grandfather. His father Jeremiah Norton was a shipwright who likely was away from home for months at a time, and his mother Elizabeth Sharp kept the house running. The family lived in Kings Lyn, Norfolk but also seem to have connections to Great Yarmouth where many baptisms took place.

Richard was not baptized until he was 10!

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13 Jan 1830 Richard (born June 1819) Jeremiah & Elizabeth Norton, Shipwright

The records of his shipping career have been hard to find and that is likely how he ended up marrying a Canadian girl. In 1854 at St. Andrew’s Church he was joined in marriage to Hannah Pozer Jeffrey and they made Canada his home.

Between 1854-1877 they had eight children, their second oldest Thomas Lee Norton’s baptism in 1857 refers to Richard’s livelihood, stating he was a Captain of the steamer Montmorenci.


Baptism of Thomas Lee Norton in 1857 in Quebec City mentions his father Richard being a Captain of the Steamer Montmorenci

Richard’s life appears to be fairly uneventful as I have not found an abundance of records of the family in Canada other than the usual baptism of children, census records (except 1881), and if a photograph of Richard exists I have yet to find it. Only one of Richard’s children predeceased him, Alfred in 1879.

In 1893 at the age of 74 Richard passed away, his obituary was in the Quebec Morning Chronicle

Oct 30, 1893
Norton – On the 28th instant, Richard Lee Norton, snr., aged 74 years and 4 months.
The funeral will take place from his late residence 444 St. Augustin St., this (Monday) afternoon, at 2 o’clock, to St. Matthew’s Church, and thence to Mount Hermon Cemetery. Friends will please accept this invitation.
Montreal, Brooklyn, Chicago and London, Eng. papers please copy.


Peter J Jordan standing beside his in-law’s headstone in Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec City. In Loving Memory of Capt. Richard L. Norton Died Oct 29th 1893 age 74 years also his wife Hannah Pozer Jeffery died Jan 20th 1917 age 83 years Erected by their daughter Carrie Norton Jordan

My most burning question about Richard is his career, I have checked Lloyd’s Register for Ship Captains, as well sent emails to many places for mariners records in Canada, I am unsure of why he is not mentioned at all.

An overview of Richard’s siblings.

Richard had five full siblings and one 1/2 sibling, I hope to be able to connect with descendants of them all.

His siblings:

1) William Jeremiah Norton b.1806 in Kings Lyn, Norfolk.
2) Mary Ann Norton b.1811
3) Lee Thomas Norton b.1816 worked as a Mariner, moved to London and married Rebbecca Garrard and later Mary Boughton. As far as we know he never had children.
4) Martha Norton b.1822 married Robert Brock and lived in Lower Clapton, Middlesex. She had 4 children and died in 1877.
5) Edward Norton b.1825 first went to sea in 1839 as a boy. He is 5″3′, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He also has for marks – EN on right arm. Has not served in the Royal Navy but has been in foreign service. When unemployed resides in London according to records. (from his mariner record)

His 1/2 sibling Samuel Wright’s family ended up in Australia and DNA has reconnected us!

My hope is to get to Kings Lyn and Great Yarmouth in the future to explore the areas where my Nortons lived.

Happy Birthday great great grandpa Richard!

What I Found in a WWII Canadian Service File

While I was working on the book I was compiling for the Jordan family I learned that William or Syd as he was known had served in WWII. I filled out the paperwork from Libray and Archives Canada, sent away for the file, and waited.

Yesterday it arrived, an initial look through of the file and it seemed similar to the WWI service files that LAC has uploaded on their website. During my quick flip-through, one page caught my eye and I let out a little (well maybe a big) squeal. The very first time I laid an eye on my relative as an adult, and in uniform.  Not only one picture but 4, all photocopies, I wonder if they have the originals?JQppAmr4QDq2zXxc6H6q5g

I went back through the file a second time examining each page and there were a couple more things that I found quite interesting. It listed Syd’s education level, where he attended school and a list of the places he worked since leaving school. Anyone know what a pin boy is?fullsizeoutput_668e

If you are familiar with the Canadian WWI service files, similarly there are also the pages listing what courses he took, where he served during the war and any promotions.

Once discharged, Syd went on to work at other jobs but included in the file is that he reenlisted, was stationed in Germany and received permission to marry while there. In 1961 he was again discharged from the army. ArBQBv9HT%iLflmBn5xe2w

This service file has really added to my knowledge of Syd and I am grateful that LAC has allowed us to order them (with some restrictions).

If you would like to order a service file I have heard the wait time has been extended to 18 months. More information on ordering a WWII service file can be found on the LAC website.





Searching for Mrs. Bridgeford of Quebec City

I am trying to solve the mystery of the Bridgeford family and their connection to the Jordan family of Quebec City.

I don’t have a lot of information to go on, not even a date.
The limited information I have is from a reply to an inquiry sent by Mrs. Jordan to a Sister at Saint Bridget’s Home in Quebec City. My Jordan family resided in Quebec City from 1852-1909 and there were many candidates for the title of Mrs. Jordan.

The note is transcribed below

St. Bridget’s Home, Que

Dear Mrs. Jordan

Your kind remembrance of me has touched me deeply, and I wish to express a word of thanks to you for it, and also of offering you my most sincere wishes for this coming year. May the Christ-Child bless you and your dear ones with healthy, prosperity & joy. 

I will consider it a duty for me to let you know if at any time dear Mrs. Bridgeford should be ill, that is if I am still stationed here, as you perhaps know, we sisters are apt to change places at any time, however I assure you I shall be glad to do any little service I can for you.

May God bless you & keep you always 

Claiming the honour of calling you my Friend 

I remain yours truly in Jesus & Mary

Sr. Mary-Rose

Do you have a link to the Bridgeford family or Sister Mary-Rose who was stationed for a time in Quebec City? I would love to have some help solving this mystery.