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.

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

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.

Letter From A Female Ancestor – Fearless Female

March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt. Prompt from Lisa Alzo.

I do not have a diary or journal for any of my female ancestors (or male for that matter). I do have a few copies of letters that my grandmother wrote. I believe she used carbon paper when typing which created a duplicate of her correspondence. Not all her letters have survived, but the little glimpse into her life is priceless to me and inspires me to write about my life.

The letter I picked t share with you is written by my grandmother Beatrice Dever, she is replying to a letter from cousin Ned Frost in Kingston, Ontario. His original letter (which I have) is inquiring about the Jordan family and anything she knew of the family’s history.

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Letter by Beatrice Dever to her cousin Ned Frost.

My Grandparents Marriage

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

Beatrice Jordan on her wedding day.

Beatrice Jordan on her wedding day.

I don’t have any stories to share about my grandparents wedding day. What I know is that they married January 25, 1928 in Taylor-East End United Church, Montreal, Quebec. John Melody Dever age 30 married Beatrice Mary Victoria Jordan age 27. This is their wedding invitation

Wedding invitation

Wedding invitation

Witnesses were William Dever & Ida May Norton. I do not have a photo of the happy couple together, but I love the photos of my grandmother.

Fearless Female – A Photo

Caroline Norton

Caroline Norton

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors.  Who is in the photo?  When was it taken?  Why did you select this photo?

Pictured above is Caroline Louisa Norton, my great Grandmother. Caroline was born in 1877 in Quebec City the daughter of Richard Lee Norton & Hannah Pozer Jeffery.

Caroline lived in Quebec City where she married Peter John Jordan in 1900 and they moved to Montreal in 1909. Her husband was a salesman later opening a tobacco shop in Montreal on Papineau Ave.

This photo of Caroline was taken about 1895 in Quebec City when Caroline would have been 18 years old.

I selected this photo because I love the clothing, her hair style and it is one of the few photos that I have of her as a young lady.

52 Ancestors- #6 Caroline Louisa Norton

ImageMy paternal great grandmother Caroline Norton was born in Quebec City in 1878 to parents Richard Lee Norton and Hannah Pozer Jeffery . Caroline was leaves me with the feeling that she was a force to be reckoned with. Reviewing old documents indicates her faith, community spirit, independence and the love of her family.

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One example of her community spirit is found on this booklet about the Oddfellows’ organization erecting a monument at Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City. Caroline is listed on the back of the program as being a board member of the committee.

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And of course she adored her family!

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Caroline holding Herb, with Sam, Allan and Beatrice, abt. 1913 in Montreal, Quebec

Caroline also served as President of her Chapter of the Rebekahs and in turn her daughter Beatrice became President of the International Assembly of Rebekah Assemblies.

Caroline married Peter Jordan and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 22, 1950.

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Caroline passed away in 1958 and she is buried beside her husband in Montreal Memorial Park.