The Gazette – Feb.19, 1943 B/M/D Notices

I have old newspaper clippings that belonged my grandparents that I will be sharing in the hopes of helping other people that are researching their roots.

This clipping is from The Gazette, Montreal dated Friday, February 19, 1943, pg.12

The names listed are in the B/M/D notices are:







Coady / Heaney



Dolphin / Saunders


Heaney / Coady




Saunders / Dolphin


There is also a list of Active Army Casualties that I have not indexed.



The Gazette, Montreal Feb. 19, 1943, pg. 12




John Alexander & George Jeffery

John Alexander Jeffery was the first-born son of Robert Jeffery & Elizabeth Tipper. They had him baptized at St. Gabriel’s Presbyterian church in Montreal on Dec. 7, 1818. There is little to be told about John, other than he died in Quebec City at the age of 21 years and is buried in an unknown location. The burial record wrongly states he was thirty years old when he died.

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 

Robert & Elizabeth’s son George was born in 1836 and died the following year at the age of 17 months.


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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian CHurch, Quebec City


Two lives cut too short.

In Summary of the Jeffery children series:

Robert Jeffery & Elizabeth Tipper had a total of nine children, three passed away as young children and one as a young adult, I have not found a burial location for any of them, and even more strange is a burial location is still as of yet unknown for the parents.

In exploring my research for these posts I have:

  1. Added more documents to the family tree.
  2. Discovered/rediscovered the birth location for George Robertson husband of Elizabeth Jeffery.
  3. Found the marriage record for Elizabeth Tipper’s parents, which gave me her mother’s maiden name. (it has been ages since I added information on my direct line so a very happy day)
  4. Helped to highlight the census records I am still missing for family members.

Spellings I have come across for this surname – Jeffery, Jeffrey, Jefferey, Jaffary, Jaffray, Jaffery, Jefferies, Jeffries and so on. I chose to use the spelling Jeffery in writing this series for unity in my posts.

Writing this series has been a great way to review my research and help me to pinpoint what records I am lacking for the family and also a way to delve a little deeper into the lives of the Jeffery family members.

If you connect or suspect you connect to this Jeffery family do not hesitate to write me and let me know. I would love to find a cousin to collaborate with!

Robert Andrew Jeffery

Robert Jeffery lived until he was 69 years old, and during his lifetime he was married three times and had twenty children.

Robert was one of three sons born to Robert Jeffery and Elizabeth Tipper, he was the only one to have children, and have them he did.

Robert’s first marriage was to Delphine Guenet at Notre Dame Cathedral in Quebec City. A Catholic marriage meant a change for the Scottish Presbyterian Jeffery family. Dephine gave Robert five children, only three survived infancy. Delphine died in 1855 and Robert married again.

His next wife was Sara Duclos, they signed a marriage contract in May of 1856. Their marriage took place in the Catholic Church in Lévis, Quebec. Six children were born to the couple with only four that survived infancy.

In 1862 tragedy struck the family, when son Antoine drowned. I wonder if Joseph Dube who also died from drowning was with Antoine on that sad day. Antoine was Robert’s son from his first marriage.

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The Morning Chronicle Jul 5 1862 p2

There are a few mentions of Robert in the Quebec Gazette, which is useful in understanding his financial situation. The description below mentions where his land was located. The second clipping from the Quebec Gazette is a judgement against him and sale of his land.

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A lot of land next to Robert Jeffery’s for sale found in the Quebec Gazette, 9 Dec 1871

JEFFERY, Robert A. Quebec Gazette

city  Robert Jeffery, Quebec Gazette 7 Dec 1878.

Sara Duclos Jeffery died in 1872 leaving Robert with seven children. In the space of a couple of months, Robert marries his third bride, Odile Brousseau. Together they had nine children and I have found that two of their children died at a young age. This would mean in 1886 when their last child was born Robert potentially had fourteen children living, likely his oldest children had moved on to households of their own. When Robert’s last child was born he was 59 years old!

In his lifetime Robert was a boatman, but I am not sure in what capacity. I picture him shipping product for merchants between Quebec City and Lévis but I am unsure at this point if that was the nature of his work.

There are numerous Notary records referring to Robert, many of the documents refer to business deals, leases and sales. I did find one Notary record dated 1873 (in English) in which Robert promises his sons Francois-Xavier, George & Robert Andrew that the deed he is signing will be ratified when they come of age. I am sure more treasures will be found when I focus on this area of my research.

Robert died at the age of 69 in 1897 and is buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Quebec.

JEFFERY, Robert A obit 4 June 1897 Morning Chronicle

Quebec Morning Chronicle 4 June 1897

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Obituary for Robert Jeffery

Many of Robert’s children left Quebec and settled in, Maine, Massachusetts and other locations in the USA.

* I have to give credit to Dr. William Arthur Jeffrey who did extensive Jeffery research in the 1970s. Arthur was a descendant of Robert and his third wife Odile through their eldest son Arthur Theophile Jeffery. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jeffrey as he passed away before I had an opportunity but someone shared his research with me. His research was my starting point of my genealogy research on the Jeffery family. Dr. William Arthur Jeffery’s memorial on Find-A-Grave

More reading on Robert Andrew Jeffery’s sisters can be found following these links – Caroline, Margaret, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary Anne, Harriet & Julia Heathfield





Mary Ann, Harriet & Julia Heathfield

This last entry in the Jeffery sisters series, it is more of a tribute page as these three girls had short lives.

There were three young Jeffery girls that died very young and because of that there is not a lot of information to be found.

Mary Anne Jeffery is the first-born child of Robert Jeffery and Elizabeth Tipper. The couple married in Quebec City in 1818 in St. Andrew’s Church. Their daughter was born in Montreal and baptized in St. Gabriel’s Church on July 20, 1820 She died the following year when she was almost a year old.



A bouquet for Mary Anne

Harriet, the ninth child born to Robert & Elizabeth in 1838, was baptized in St. Andrew’s Church, Quebec City. Her parent’s signature were the only ones on her baptism, her burial record in 1842 had her father’s signature as well as Fredrick Yeates her brother-in-law. Harriet was 4 years old when she died and her burial location is unknown.



A flower for Harriet

Julia Heathfield Jeffery was the last child born to Robert and Elizabeth. She was baptized in 1842 and died in 1845. A witness on her baptism was Julia Heathfield but I have been unable to find out more about little Julia’s namesake. Julia Jeffrey’s burial location is unknown, just like her sisters and both her parents.



Flowers for Julia Heathfield


Elizabeth Jeffery

This is the fourth installment of the Jeffery sisters blog series about Caroline, Margaret, or Hannah. There will be one last installment in this series.

Elizabeth was the youngest of the Jeffery sisters to survive to adulthood. She was born in 1834 in the district of Beauce where her father was working as a mason for George Pozer.

Elizabeth’s baptism took place at the Aubigny, Quebec* in 1835, a year after her birth. Her parents are the only ones who signed the baptism register.

In the 1852 Canadian census, Elizabeth is living with her mother at St. Ursule Street where together they are running a boarding house.

Elizabeth’s first marriage was to George Robertson which took place at St. Andrew’s Church on the 17 of March in 1853.

Jeffery-Robertson marriage Quebec Chronicle Mar 23 1853

Quebec Chronicle Mar. 23, 1853

After her marriage, Elizabeth and George’s story has been hard to uncover. I did discover a baptism in the Catholic Church for their daughter Elizabeth in 1863, five years after her birth. Later censuses indicate that the daughter Elizabeth Robertson was born in French Canada so there is more to be found.

George Robertson dies between 1858-1861, cause unknown and burial location as of yet unknown.

Elizabeth’s second marriage takes place in 1861, to a Catholic Frenchman, Alfred Samuel Dagneau dit Laprise. The witnesses to their marriage were Germain Daugneau dit Laprise, Samuel’s father, and Elizabeth’s brother Robert Jeffery. Samuel’s occupation is an Hotelier. The Jeffery family tended to marry into English Protestant families so her marriage along with one of her brothers was outside the norm.

Notary records flourish for Elizabeth and Samuel, I count just under twenty records that I have yet to order. The ones I have ordered so far include wills for both Samuel and Elizabeth and numerous dealings for his work as a restauranteur. Samuel for a time was the Proprietor of the Brisith American Hotel located on Cul-de-Sac Street in the heart of Old Quebec City.

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Advertisement in the Quebec City Directory 1864-1865


Samuel’s business life seemed had some controversy and for a time his wife had Notary papers drawn up for a legal separation of property to protect her interests. I do struggle with the legal documents that are in French so I do not have a full picture of everything that happened.

During the tumultuous time of running a Hotel in Quebec City, Elizabeth had three children, a son Alfred who had a short life that began and ended in 1863. Alfred’s baptism took place on the same day as His half-sister Elizabeth Robertson at the Notre Dame Church, Quebec City.

Their daughter Harriet was born in 1864 and a son George who also lived less than a year.

In 1870, a decision was made to cut their losses and the Laprise family packed up and moved to Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, Samuel switched careers from a Hotelier to a Cooper (barrel-maker).

Again City Directories were helpful to me, as I was able to learn where the family was living and Samuel’s occupation.

Covering all my bases I did a search on Google Books for Samuel Laprise and sure enough, his name appeared. There were three court cases that he was involved in. The full information is not available on Google Books so the next step is to hire someone to help me locate the cases mentioned in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.


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One of the search results for Samuel Laprise in Google Books


Another resource that can’t be overlooked is newspapers. Since Samuel seemed to not mind legal dealings I looked for his name on the site and sure enough, a few small articles showed up like this Letter to the Editor, which shows Samuel’s concern for being over-charged for a case against the Prussing Vinegar Works.

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Chicago Tribune 1875


It seems Samuel was quite vocal as I also found another article about him advocating for Coopers and their industry. A large issue that Coopers were facing in 1877 was the that prisons were having their inmates making and selling barrels. This, in turn, was hurting the market for the independent businesses. Samuel hosted a meeting at his Cooperage and this meeting was reported on in the Chicago Tribune.

Back to family matters, their daughter Elizabeth Robertson married in 1877 to Daniel Simonds, a florist.

In 1891, their other daughter Harriet married a few months after her father’s death to George Milligan a painter/decorator.

Elizabeth was a widow for seven years after Samuel died, living in Chicago until her death in 1898. Samuel and Elizabeth Laprise both died in their fifties and are buried together at the Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. There is no marker on their grave.

*Levis, Quebec was originally called Augbiny

** Again I have to acknowledge  Sharron Callaghan for her help with my Quebec research. I truly would be lost without her. 









Hannah Pozer Jeffery

Part three of a series I am writing about the Jeffery sisters. If you want to read more Part I & Part II are here.

Hannah was almost a New Years baby, as she was born Dec. 30, 1832, in Quebec City.  At her baptism, the following month which took place at St. Andrew’s Church, Alexander Jaffrey (likely her brother) and Mary Fletcher became her godparents.

In the 1852 census, Hannah at nineteen is working as a servant at the home of William White an accountant. The White family lived in a two story house, with parents Mary & William, two young children, a sixteen-year-old young man as well as another servant Mary Ganatry from Ireland.

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Hannah Jeffery in the White household in the 1852 Canadian census.

In 1854 at St. Andrews Church, Hannah married a ship Captain from Great Yarmouth, England, Richard Lee Norton. Her younger sister Elizabeth along with her husband George Robertson were witnesses.

Hannah’s life seems fairly straightforward compared to her sisters, she had eight children, six boys, and two girls. Alfred the youngest son died at the age of eight of Arthritis and her daughter Elizabeth succumbed to the flu at the age of 34.

I have found the name of only one of the ships her husband captained and that was a steamer ship The Montmorenci, which was mentioned in their son Thomas’ baptism in 1857.

In the 1891 Canadian census, the Norton family is living in Montcalm Ward, Quebec City. Hannah is listed as the wage-earner, working as a caretaker,  her husband Richard, age 77 is unemployed. Hannah is the only one in the household who cannot read or write, her sons still at home are working as a beer bottler and Express driver.

In 1893 Hannah’s husband Richard passes away and is buried at Mount Hermon Cemetery.


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Quebec Morning Chronicle Oct. 30, 1893


I am told Hannah and her daughter Caroline never lived apart, when Carrie married Peter Jordan in 1900 I assume Hannah joined them.

The Jordan family moved to Montreal about 1910 and seven years later at the age of 84 Hannah passed away.


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Clipping from my grandmother’s scrapbook


Her body was brought back to Quebec City for burial with her husband Richard at Mount Hermon Cemetery.

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Norton stone in Mount Hermon Cemetery ca 1930

*No matter how much I have searched on various record sites Hannah is still ‘missing’ in the 1901 & 1911 censuses. One thought is she could have been visiting her children on the night the census taker came knocking and was missed.

Margaret Jeffery

This is the second part in a series I am writing on the Jeffery sisters.

When I first started researching the Jeffery family I had no idea how I would be drawn to Margaret’s story, it may be because I was able to learn many details about the trials in her life, which was possible with the release of the Quebec Notary records on Ancestry. With the help of Ancestry, I was able to uncover details of Margaret’s life that had long been forgotten.

Margaret Stock[w]ell Jeffery was born 1832 to parents Robert and Elizabeth Tipper. Margaret was their fifth child, with only two of her older siblings still living.

Margaret was baptized Nov. 1, 1832, in St. Andrew’s Church, Quebec City and lived in that city for most of her youth. At the age of seventeen, she married an Englishman, George Grey Humphry who was Captain of the aptly named ship The Margaret.

HUMPHREY George m. Margaret Jeffery

In the 1840s there was a regular shipping route between Torquay, England and Quebec City. Passengers were brought to Quebec on timber ships like The Margaret and the return journey brought wood to England where it was in high demand. [1]

After doing some digging I discovered that after her marriage Margaret moved to Devon, England, the home of her husband. A journey across the sea to a new life, I can picture Margaret standing onboard the ship with her face in the wind sailing towards her future.

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Screenshot highlighting the distance between Quebec City and Totnes, Devon. I think the journey would have been quite a bit longer by boat in 1847.

The Humphrys settled near Totnes in Devon, Margaret had a lot to adjust to as her husband would have been gone for months at a time on his voyages. The children started arriving and with Margaret’s family far away, the letters back and forth would have been greatly anticipated.*

Their first child was George who arrived in 1851 but died the following year. The next two children were daughters, Emily arrived in 1854 and Margaret Adelaide (aka Addie) in 1856. Two years later the girls were baptized at St. Andrew’s Church back in Canada. Why did they return? The baptism record answers that question, Margaret was a widow and why George died has yet to be discovered.

Times were tough for a single mother with limited ways of earning an income. In 1859 Margaret gave up the right to raise her girls, Notary Leon Roy (document No. 2618), drew up the agreement between her and La communauté des Soeurs de la Charité (Sisters of Charity Community) also commonly referred to as the Grey Nuns (Soeurs Grises) [2]. At the time Emily and Addie were only five and three years old. A moment that would tear at any parent’s heart.

In 1861 while at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Quebec City Margaret is again meeting with a Notary. This time she is moving the girls to the Ladies Protestant Home of Quebec. This home was located at 95 Grande Allée Ouest.  I am not sure why she would move the girls from one institution to another, one possibility is the Ladies Home was newly established.

A portion of the Notary document reads that Margaret

doth relinquish and renounce all paternal authority and continual that she now has or might hereafter have or pretend to over the said two minor children in any manner or may whatsoever from this day until they respectively attain the aforesaid age of eighteen years

The document also states that the girls will be provided with clothing, lodging, education and medical attention as needed as per “their station in life”. Their religious education will follow the doctrine of the Church of England and they will conform and comply with the rules and regulations of the institution. The girls were ages five and three.


Ladies’ Protestant Home, rear view: Quebec Gouvernement; Inventaire des oeuvres d’art A-4; circa1950. Photograph used with permission

1864 brings hope when Margaret walks down the aisle a second time. Her husband is James Atkins from Ohio, a civil war veteran. Three children are born to the couple, daughter Fannie and son Henry in Montreal and after a move to New Jersey, daughter Lillie is born.

You may wonder what happened to the Humphry girls, Margaret was able to return to the Home and claim them once and for all. The joy that day must have been overwhelming for all of them.

The Atkins family eventually settles in New York where they are all found on the 1875 census with James working as a printer.

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Atkins family, Brooklyn Ward 21, Kings, New York, USA,

Emily is noticeably absent from the household, she married the same year to Constantine Philips, also a printer.

The happiness for Margaret doesn’t last, three years later she dies in New York, making her time with her family fleeting and so precious.

James Atkins marries again, another girl from Quebec, Esther Martin. The Atkins family makes a final move to San Juan, Washington which is where James dies in 1900.

With some research I have found descendants of Margaret’s, her story had been lost to them over time.

Not anymore.


  1. Seeking a Better Future: The English Pioneers of Ontario and Quebec by Lucille H. Campey

2.  This document was in French and I am grateful to expert Sharron Callaghan for her help in interpreting it as well as offering an understandable interpretation of the legal jargon. I am continually grateful for her assistance in my Quebec research.

-More reading on the Sisters of Charity in Quebec

-More reading on the Ladies Protestant Home of Quebec