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A Great Day at BIFHSGO – Cuddy’s a-plenty

Today I had the privilege to present a talk at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa on John Patrick Cuddy, my two-times Great-Grandfather.  It went very well, and there was a good audience, and some really good questions afterwards.  My cousin Lynn came to the presentation from Toronto, she is JPC’s great granddaughter.  It was great to share the story of his varied life,  with all.  But I must say  what was very cool was meeting some more Cuddy relatives.

A group of descendants of John Patrick’s brother James came for the presentation from Montreal and Owen Sound.  How awesome is that? They had connected from my blog and posts I had made about James, such as his obituary which I posted a while ago.

So once again I am seriously grateful for this blog and of course those who read it.  Happy Day – had to share.


News from Quebec, 1794

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, 22 July 1794, p 2

Quebec, May 24 – Lord Dorchester has given orders for embodying a part of the Canadian Militia; but it is to many years since they were called out, that the inhabitants grumble exceedingly at the idea of serving, and some parishes are become extremely refractory.  This is the consequence of the extraordinary indulgence which they have long been accumulated to receive from the mild government of England. The penalties in the militia bill for refusing or neglecting to be enrolled; are only five shillings; so that there may probably be a difficulty in getting husbandmen to serve.

Governor Simcoe has lately gone from Niagara to Detroit, to put that place in a better state of defence.  Lord Dorchester also intends making an excursion to some of the outposts during the present summer.  His brother, Major General Carleton is now here; he arrived in the beginning of March, having travelled on snow shoes for the greatest part of the way from New Brunswick.

There has lately been a great fire at Montreal, which has consumed the distillery there, together with a large house near it, in which the assemblies were held.

Funding Montreal’s Protestant Episcopal Church, 1806

Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser 14 March 1806, p3

City Business

A Court of Common Council was held yesterday at Guildhall, at which the minutes of the last Court were read and confirmed.  After which the Lord Mayor laid before the Court a letter he had received from Capt Sir TM Hardy, Bart, in answer to the Thanks voted to him by the Court, expressing his gratitude on receiving such a high testimony of the good opinion of the Metropolis of his Country; and stating that he would use his utmost endeavour to merit the same.

The Court voted the sum of 200£ to be paid out of the City’s cash towards the expense of building a Protestant Episcopal Church in the City of Montreal, in Canada.

The Court also voted the sum of 500£ in aid of the funds of the Society for Educating the Deaf and Dumb Children of the Poor.

The Protestant Episcopal Parish Church of Montreal. Completed 1821. Anonyme - Anonymous 1822, 19th century Ink on paper - Etching 41 x 22 cm Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord M1242 © McCord Museum
The Protestant Episcopal Parish Church of Montreal. Completed 1821.
Anonyme – Anonymous
1822, 19th century
Ink on paper – Etching
41 x 22 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum

Lord Nelson’s Monument, Montreal, 1807

The Ipswich Journal 15 August 1807, p 4

A Monument to the memory of Lord Nelson has been erected at Montreal, in Canada.  It is a pillar of solid stone, sixty feet high, surmounted by a figure of the gallant Admiral, in artificial stone, eight feet high, upon the capital.

Alligator peeking out from the snow on Nelson's Column in Montreal, 2015
Alligator peeking out from the snow on Nelson’s Column in Montreal, 2015

News from Montreal, 1866

Ottawa Citizen, 28 December 1866, page 2

From Montreal

Montreal, Dec 27th

One Louis Latour, painter, while engaged in painting the new fire police station at Point St Charles, fell from the roof and broke his leg.

Hon Mr McGee is to deliver an address at the concert of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society on the 3rd of January.  It will be his last prior to his departure for Europe.

A woman was found dead yesterday in an unoccupied house in College street. She was lying on the floor, her face downwards, and frozen dead.  Her name is unknown, but she is believed to be one more unfortunate gone to her rest.

There was a fire last night in the Boot and Shoe store of S Anderson, 601 St Mary Street.  The stock was considerably damaged by water. How the fire originated is a mystery- supposed to be the work of an incendiary.

An attempt was made at rape on the person of a respectable looking young woman, in a field off Dorchester street, west, from whence cries of murder were heard to proceed.  It was at one o’clock am.  Messrs Ritchie and Dorwin, residents in the street, pinned the man, Daniel Mulhorn by name, and gave him into the custody of the police.  The young woman when relieved ran away.

Our police are over officious.  They upset a merry party of ladies and gentlemen who were enjoying Christmas in the home of a friend, a very respectable citizen, whom they dragged to the station without his boots hat or coat.  The Recorder, after hearing the statement of Mr HJ Clarke, Advocate, who appeared for the defence, severely reprimanded the police, and dismissed the case.

Novel Place Cards, 1911

Montreal Standard, 9 December 1911, page 26


Novel Place Cards


Attractive place cards are good sized paper dolls dressed in satin and tulle veil, and carrying a bride’s bouquet.  These are fastened to oblong paper standards so they can stand erect at each plate. Sometimes a figure of the groom is used for the girls, but the male costume is of a different period.  This will not be hard if period fashion books are found in a good library.

Another pretty idea is a big square of chiffon or thin lace tied into a bag with narrow ribbon and orange blossoms. Lay it open on a table filled with rose petals or rice to be thrown after the departing couple, then tie the ends so they drop in four points.  The name of the guest can be stuck in the top of these folds.

Simple cards, painted with orange blossoms or other appropriate flowers can have tied to them charms of tiny silver wedding bells or bride slippers.

No Procession on the 12th, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Daily Star, 11 July 1877, page 1

No Procession on the 12th

The Orangemen Patriotically Accede to the Request of their Fellow Citizens and Abandon the Procession in the Interest of Peace

A great weight has been lifted off the city by the patriotic conduct of the Orange body in acceding to the request of their fellow citizens, and abandoning , for this year, at least, their intention of walking to the church in procession on the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.  This resolution was not arrived at until a few minutes before midnight last night, and the deepest anxiety was manifested by large numbers of citizens who congregated in several places to know the result.  At St Patrick’s Hall the largest gathering with [illegible] and the heads of the Irish Societies were in session until a late hour.  The course that has been pursued reflects honor upon all concerned.  The sp[illegible] of wise concession and forbearance showed by the Orangemen deserve the highest recognition, and the Roman Catholics were among the first last night to acknowledge the spirit of conciliation that was manifested in the resolution arrived at.  Every one looked forward to serious trouble, if not loss of life if the procession took place, and the feeling that was prevailed for some time past in this community has been a profoundly painful one.  Much of the happy result accomplished is owing to the wise and moderate con [illegible] pursued by the leaders of the Irish societies, who suggested and succeeded in getting truly representative meeting yesterday [illegible] all our National Societies. The sensible speeches of those gentlemen, who met in the parlour of the St Lawrence Hall, and notably the observations of the chairman, could not fail to have effect in averting what was looked forward to as a civil war. Our city has been spared scenes of riot and disorder that would have fallen upon her like a nightmare.  Good sense has prevailed, and citizens now look forward to a long continuance of that peace, harmony and good will that should always prevail among a people and by the ties of a common Christianity and citizenship.  The matter has been acquitted in such a form that both sides can co[illegible] shake hands over the result, and no feeling of triumph or defeat be felt on either side.

We stated in last evening’s issue that the meeting in the St Lawrence Hall passed a resolution earnestly among the Orangemen to give up the procession.  This result was communicated to the leaders of the Orange Society by a deputation and a copy of the resolution signed by all the representatives of National Societies, [illegible] added to Colonel Smith and Mr Grant the latter County Master and Chairman [illegible] the mass meeting of Orangemen which was being held in the Orange Hall. These gentlemen promised to lay it before the meeting without delay and return as early as possible with an answer. The signers remained in session awaiting an answer, and the reports from time to time that arrive, up to the last kept up the most painful anxiety to know the result. At 11:45 pm all felt as if they could breath freely, as an advance courier armed with the pleasing news that the resolution was carried (although by a narrow majority) to abandon the idea of  having a procession.  Messrs. Grant and Smith followed soon after as the ambassadors of peace and evidently well pleased to come in that capacity.  The meeting to receive the report took place at once, with Mr Devlin in the chair.  The following is the substance of what occurred.

Mr Grant said there had been a large attendance of the membership of the order, who after discussion had come to a resolution, which had been carried by a small majority, not to make a public demonstration.  The committee would be served with an exact copy of the resolution which had been arrived at. The society reserved their right to march when they pleased, but there would be no procession on the 12th of July this year. The members would proceed to church about half past eleven and trusted that there would be no disturbance or endeavour to hinder them in the charge of their privilege and duty of going to church.

Col Smith said that he had only to say that this decision had been arrived at after earnest deliberation upon the requests of the societies. They had determined to give way but reserved their right to go to church. He trusted the societies would now do their duty and see that the Orangemen were not molested. The society had acted in deference to the wishes of their fellow citizens.

Mr Grant said he ought to state that a deputation from the City Council had this day waited on the Orangemen which had tended in a great measure to influence their decision.

Mr Devlin said it was only necessary for him to say that he congratulated the societies on the result which had been arrived at, which was calculated to sustain and continue the friendly feeling which had existed for years.  He regarded the result, not as a triumph of party, but as a triumph of peace, good will and fellowship, and as such he regarded it.  He would announce the result at another meeting this evening.  All might rest assured that the proceedings throughout had been conducted with good will as tending to the prosperity of the Dominion and of the city of Montreal.

Col Smith said that in light of the society had acted in the interest of peace and good will.

Mr Devlin said he considered the best thanks of the committee and of the citizens generally were due to the gentlemen who had waited upon the committee, and also to all who had cooperated towards this good result. The Irish Catholic societies did not desire to triumph over Protestants, but were actuated by desires for the best interests of the whole country.

Mr Kerry, St George’s Society, said before the meeting separated it ought to thank the gentlemen of the Orange Society present for the interest they had taken in the matter.  He thought a vote of thanks should be passed to them for their kind offices.

Mr McMaster, of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, in seconding the motion, said he had no doubt that the gentlemen had made many personal sacrifices for the peace of the city.

Several gentlemen having spoken in this sense.

Col Smith thought that the vote should be passed to the society generally.

Mr Kerry said he should be glad to amend his motion in that sense.

The motion having been carried.

Col Smith, in acknowledging it, said he hoped after all this would be considered brethren.  The meeting adjourned.

Laurin & Leitch Co – Montreal Construction and Conflict of Interest, 1915

Daily Mail, 30 December 1915 page 4

Court Ordered Quo Warranto Issued

Granted petition of Rodrigue Langlois to have Ald Bastien Appear before court

Justice Maclennan yesterday granted the petition of Rodrigue Langlois and ordered the issue of a writ of quo warranto against Ald Treffle Bastien, ordering the latter to appear before the court and show cause why he should not be removed from office.

The petition, which was presented by Antonio LeBlanc, counsel for Mr Langlois after setting forth the qualifications of Mr Langlois as a taxpayer and elector, alleges that Mr Bastien is interested in divers contracts, granted by the city to Laurin, Leitch and Co, particularly for the construction of the Park Avenue subway and the construction of a system culvert, which contracts were executed by the same employees and the same machinery as that of Laurin and Leitch, of which, it is claimed, Mr Bastien is a member.

The petitioner states that see these [illegible] the respondent has no right to sit as an alderman of the city of Montreal, in virtue of articles 28 and 33 of the Charter which prohibits a person doing contract work for the city from sitting as either Mayor or alderman.

JL Perron, KC, is acting for Mr Bastien.  He offered no opposition to the granting of the writ of quo warrante, but stated that he denied the allegations contained in the petition.

Mr Perron stated afterwards that as soon as the writ is served upon his client he would make a motion that the hearing on merits be proceeded with immediately.  His client, he stated had nothing to fear, and wished to have the matter disposed of as soon as possible.  Ordinarily six days are allowed after service for the filing of plea by a respondent, but Mr Perron is not disposed to wait the six days.  It is possible that the motion for immediate  procedure may be presented to the Court on Friday next.

Important Geographical Discovery, McKenzie, 1794

Northampton Mercury, 18 October 1794 p3

Important Geographical Discovery

We have received advice, by a private letter from Montreal of a discovery which has been recently made of the highest importance to the Commercial world. Mr McKenzie, a partner in the house of Frobisher, McTavish and Co of Montreal, has lately returned to Michilimakinac after an absence of near three years, during which he has been so fortunate as to penetrate across the Continent to the Pacific Ocean, and reach a place between King George’s Island and Nootka Sound.

This gentleman, whose persevering and enterprising mind well suited him for such an undertaking, in his travels through the North West country some time ago, to establish a more extensive intercourse with the Indians, and to traffic for furs, arrived at the banks of the river which took a western direction, and which he observed to rise upwards of two fee, by the influence of the tide.  In prosecuting a second expedition from Michilimackinac, after undergoing the unavoidable hardships attendant on such a journey, which was carried on in canoes along various rivers and lakes, and often through forests where men were obliged to carry the canoes, he attained the utmost bounds of the western continent.  This circumstance will, in the course of time, be of the greatest consequence to this country, as it opens a direct communication with China, and may doubtless yet lead to further discoveries.

The distance from Michilimakinac to the Western Coast is supposed to be 1500 miles, of which the Company had before established huts as far as 1000 miles.

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