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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Argenteuil County - French? English?
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:56:42 -0400
Thank you for the response, and for the information.
Your comment about orphans reminded me of the "British Home Children" (aka
"Home Children, Canada") who started arriving ~1870. Because of the BHC
List, I've learned that some of the "home children" did go to families in
Argenteuil County - or all areas northwest of the St. Lawrence River.
But, I don't know the timeframe when they started being placed there.
And, the 100,000 plus "home children" were either placed in "homes" or with
families, and most went to farms.
P.S. My LEWIS / CORKILL great-grandparents left Liverpool, England, in
1874 as their term, "child migrants." They (and young siblings) went to
different families in Nova Scotia.
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From: "D. O'" <>
To: "Betty" <>; <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 8:47 AM
Subject: RE: [Q-R] Argenteuil County - French? English?
The majority in Quebec in that time frame were French, with pockets of
English speaking settlers throughout the Province. If you check the early
Census, ie 1851, for that area you can read through the names for the
English sounding ones. However - keep in mind that in the mid 1800's many
of those persons who came from over the pond and had the misfortune to die,
left orphaned children who were adopted by French speaking families. Thus
you find names such as Alphonse O'Leary and Kathleen Laframboise - the new
Quebeckers and usually bilingual.
> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 07:15:54 -0400
> Subject: [Q-R] Argenteuil County - French? English?
> A posting this morning made me curious about something. I believe that
> "Lakefield" is a town in what I know as "Argenteuil County." And, the town
> of Lachute is nearby. That's where my KERR and HENDERSON ancestors
> settled in the 1820's. They came from Ireland. And, many other
> immigrants from the United Kingdom settled there.
> Because this County is northwest of the St. Lawrence River, I'm curious
> what the major language was in that county during the 1800's, or during
> Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA)
> (I'd like to remind researchers of the new List for "LAURENTIDES.")
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