A Family Court Dispute Found in Google Books

Covering all your bases when doing a search for your family should also include a great resource that Google has called Google Books. How to find this treasure trove of information is by using the Google search bar and either typing in ‘Books’ or on the Google toolbar is a More button which creates a drop-down menu, pictured below.Screen_Shot_2017-09-24_at_11_05_45_AM

Either search will bring you to another search bar that will just search Google Books . I have tried numerous combinations to see what can be found about my family. One search I did was the maiden as well the married name and location of my great-grandmother to see what if anything would appear.

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And the results were a little shocking –

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The first three results all were about my family and a court case that had taken place in Chicago…WHAT? What was I seeing, I quickly clicked on the links to see what more I could find out about this case.

Not much more information was available –

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What was found was over 50 pages of depositions from my great grandmother Carrie Jordan, her husband and daughter as well as from her brother James Norton and his family. It seems that after James & Carrie’s aunt Harriet (Laprise) Milligan had died and there was a dispute about her will as she had incorrectly named James Norton as Richard Norton.

The depositions describe numerous visits by aunt Harriet to Quebec City and Montreal where the Jordan and Norton families were living. I was able to get a feel for the relationships between family members, Peter Jordan describes taking the train with Harriet and how they talked about her sister Hannah Pozer Jeffery. I wish I had been in on that conversation, but sadly the person asking Peter the questions didn’t ask as much about the family as I would have liked! The focus of the questioning wasn’t about family history per say, more about names in the family and confirming that James and Richard were the same person and just an error made by Harriet in her will.

Really this is one of THE best finds I have had and it was all thanks to Google Books.

I would like to encourage you to give Google Books a try and use many combinations in your searches, you may discover something unexpected about your own family!

 

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Harriet Milligan(?) with Caroline (Norton) Jordan c.1920

 

 

When Grandma Became President of the Rebekahs

Today is the day of my grandmother Beatrice Mary Victoria Jordan’s birth in Quebec City. In wanting to mark the day I also realized it is also the 60th anniversary (one day late) of her becoming the International President of the Rebekahs at their Annual Session in Miami, Florida.

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Beatrice had worked hard in the organization serving in the past as president of the Quebec Assembly and later as the Treasurer and the Vice President of the International branch.

Her year as President had her traveling all over Canada, the States, to Denmark and Cuba. From the looks of things, it was a busy year.

 

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Arriving in Cuba

 

Here she is seated at an event given in her honour at the Sheraton Mount-Royal Hotel.

 

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Beatrice 6th from right with her husband Jack Dever by her side

 

A pretty impressive year and what a birthday present!

 

 

 

 

The Gazette, Montreal B/M/D – Oct 12, 1957

Here is another installment of birth, marriages, and deaths from newspapers kept by my grandparents, John & Beatrice Dever.

Indexed names –

The Gazette Oct 12, 1957

Births

Arnold

Cliffe

Connolly

Dyson

Heath

Hyde

Lariviere

Mathewson

Phelan

Ross

Saunders

Ward

Whitman

Engagements

Callicott-Paul

Deaths

Axelrad

Blair

Brodie

Cleary

Clement

Dalton

Davey

Dever

Doyle

Duplex

Dupre

Elsy

Forster

Grier

Guigue

Johnson

Laird

Leblanc

Masson

Moisan

Nichols

Pope

Skelcher

Stone

Stonehouse

Stroud

Thibodeau

Tobin

Tousaw

Young

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The Normandie Roof in Montreal

Here is a great picture of a men’s social gathering on the Normandie Roof in Montreal. A Google search tells me that the Normadie Roof was located in the Royal Hotel in Montreal.

My grandfather John Melody Dever is a part of this group of men. Grandpa appears to be in his late thirties so I am guessing the date of the photograph to be in the 1930s.

If you have a better guess on the date or recognize the people he was chumming with please let me know!

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John (Jack) Dever 2nd from right

A Moment in Time

My dad was born Feb. 1, 1938 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. This was a huge event in my grandparents lives. They had married later in life, she was 29 and he was 31 on January 28, 1928 and the event took place at Taylor Presbyterian Church. It would a month short of 10 years before they welcomed their son John. The story that has passed down to me is my grandmother although pregnant multiple times, she wasn’t able to carry to term. I have been told she had 13 miscarriages, it may not have been that many but it was a high number.

The scrapbook I have is soley dedicated to the cards received by my grandparents after my father’s birth. The families who gave cards are: Aunt Helen & Uncle Allan, Rev. & Mrs. B.H. Robinson, Lil and Sam (Jordan), Stan & Melba, Sister Mehlman, Winnie & Harry (Eckhardt), Grandpa & Grandma Jordan, Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Stewart, Mrs. Duclos, Bubbie, May & Tom Martin, Mabel Roberts, Vi Davidson, Susie, Harry & Family, Annie Burgess, Pat & Lily, Alice Brown, The WeightmansMrs. J. Davidson, A.J. & W.B. Eckhardt, Mrs. Penfold, Julie Parker, Gertrude & Douglas Cowan, D.M. Brown, Isabel, Hilda Farrow, Sophie Warren, Myrtle C., Effie, Sarah Tyen(?), Elizabeth Porteous, Mrs. H. James. There were also cards that did not have names.

 

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An example of the cards given to the family.

The scrapbook is a wonderful treasure from what must have been a very happy time in my grandparent’s lives!

 

Tracking Peter Jordan in the Quebec City Directory

Peter Jordan c.1904, he did juggling for sport.

Peter Jordan c.1904, he did juggling for sport.

A wonderfully useful tool when tracking an ancestor’s movements is the City Directories. My ancestor Peter Jordan was born in 1878 in Quebec City, in the 1881 census he is living with his grandparent’s as his father was a widow and off soldiering in Kingston, ON.

In the 1891 census Peter is reunited with his father, brother Samuel, a new mother Agnes and 3 more siblings Mary, John Brown and William.

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Jordan Family, 1891 Quebec City Census, St. Louis Ward p.77

Peter was married Oct. 22, 1900, in St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Quebec City to Caroline Norton.

Peter & Caroline (Norton) Jordan's marriage record from St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Quebec City.

Peter & Caroline (Norton) Jordan’s marriage record from St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Quebec City.

They had signed a marriage contract two days before their wedding, which I found thanks to the Quebec Archives.

Searching the 1901 census has been futile. I have tried many variations but I have not been able to find Peter in the census. I have yet to sit down and scroll through page by page. On September 28, 1901, their first child was born, Beatrice was baptized Oct. 13, 1901.

Since I can’t find them in the census and I know they later make a move to Montreal I decided to utilize the Quebec City Directories that are on-line at the Quebec Archives /Banq.

1898-1901 – No Peter Jordan in the directory.

Peter does start showing up in the Directories in 1902-1903 and his is occupation is listed as a laundry-express driver and living at Conroy Street in house/apartment 21.

Following Peter through the directories we know he had many different jobs as well we learn where the family lived. Later I could use this information to try and find a photo of the family home.

What I have been able to learn so far is:

1904/05 – Peter worked in a restaurant at St. Louis 86 1/2, the family has relocated from 21 to 12 Conroy Street (unless this was a misprint in the directory). This is the year their son Peter was born August 31.

1905/06 – He was the proprietor of the Mikado Restaraunt on Palace St. (it doesn’t list his home address). A son Samuel joins the family Nov. 4, 1906.

1906/07 – Peter has again switched jobs and is managing The Eastern Provision Co. and his address is given as Conroy 12.

1907/08 – No Peter Jordan listed.

1908/09 – There is a Mrs. Peter Jordan living at St. Patrick’s Street.

1909/10 – this could be when the family moved because I cannot find them in any subsequent directories.

The Jordan family is found in the 1911 Montreal census and is living at 518 Cartier Street.

Their last child Herbert William joined the family August 12, 1914.

Next up will be following the family through the Montreal Directories which are also on the Archives website.

The Jordan family. L-R Peter, Herb with mother Caroline, Beatrice and Samuel in the front. Montreal c.1915.

The Jordan family.
L-R — Peter Jr., Herb with mother Caroline, Beatrice and Samuel in the front.
Montreal c.1915.

Favorite Recipe – Fearless Female

March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family. Blog prompt from Lisa Alzo.

I do not have any of either of my grandparents recipes, but I do have some foods that have special meaning in my family. Tourtiere was a special treat in our house. I remember running to the door to greet my dad when he was arriving home from work. If he was  carrying a white box tied with string we knew we were in for a special supper. There was a shop he would go to and buy mini-tourtiere’s for each of us. We loved those days!

I asked my mom about it and this is what she said,

We usually just had them at Christmastime, so we would plan for him to go a few days before to have them in the house. As we got a fairly large order we would order them ahead . He worked in Montreal and we lived quite a long way out so he would pick them up after work. I never went to the shop.

His parents bought the same meat pies  from there. When we lived in Detroit they would come for Christmas on the train and would bring a supply of them as well as a variety of shortbread cookies from the same place. I wonder if that place is still there?

Another family favorite was split-pea soup. Great memories and great food.