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From: "charles campeau" <>
Subject: Re: [QUEBEC] Re: German soldiers that stayed in Canada.
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 18:54:54 -0400
Hi John and Kathleen
Questions about FLEX family were asked many times in the Mémoires de la
Société Généalogique Canadienne Française but never resolved.
- Q6317, vol 34 p 303 : marriage of Ignace FLEXE/FELSE and Amable Dumenil
d/o François Dumeny dit Ladouceur and Françoise Lalonde, widow of Geneviève
Clément dit Larivière M 1 march 1802 Vaudreuil
- Q6955 vol 35, p 231 : burial of Ignace FILSCH/FELZ/FELXE, German soldier
- Q6956, vol 35, p 231 : burial of Josèphe Dupuis/Detours M Ignace FILSCH
d/o Jean-François Dupuis and Thérèse Marquet/Perigard
- Q6957, vol 35 p 231 : birth of Ignace FELXE s/o Ignace FELXE dit
Lamadeleine and Amable Dumenil dit Ladouceur, may be Vaudreuil, Ile Perrot
- Q7029, vol 35 p 304 : birth of Geneviève Clément dit Larivière about 1782
d/o Charles and Agathe Jamme dit Carrière M 1 March 1802 Vaudreuil to Ignace
- Q7030, vol 35 p 304 : birth and burial of Catherine Tessier dit Lavigne M
1771 to Ignace FELSE d/o François and Marguerite Sylvestre
Virginia DeMarce listed in her book Henri FELX, Hesse Hanau Chasseur,
Francken s Co. discharged in Canada in 1783 (Creutzbourg). I do not know if
he is related with Ignace above. Hope this help.
Charles from Montréal
>From: "John H.Merz" <>
>Subject: [QUEBEC] Re: German soldiers that stayed in Canada.
>Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 15:55:19 -0400
>Hello Hessians and Quebecers,
>it was with great pleasure that I received this letter from Kathleen,
>describing her research efforts, and her search for her distinct
>ancestor, whose name was DESCOSTES, apparently later
>changed to DECASSE.
>Due to the unfortunate fact that I cannot find any trace of this
>name or similar in my Hessian files, I am asking all my
>distinguished friends and researchers reading our mail lists,
>for help on this one.
>It would be very much appreciated, I am sure.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: KATHLEEN MCKENNA
>Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2002 4:01 PM
>Subject: German soldiers that stayed in Canada.
> Last week I joined the AFGS and got a very big surprise to learn
>about the German soldiers that came to fight during the American
>Revolution and stayed in Canada. I always thought that my
>grandfather was the first generation in Canada because I never heard
>of anyone else mentioned. Then I learned that my great-grandfather
>had married a French girl in Quebec. He had changed his name to
>Descostes. His son - my grandfather, changed the spelling of it to
>Decasse. I remember seeing a framed picture of a document that my
>grandfather had, it was signed Joseph Adrien FELX dit Decasse.
>My mother said that her father was Dutch, and for some reason,
>my brother always said that he was "German Dutch" I don't know
>the difference - if there is any. My sister-in-law Gisele, in Montreal
>called the German embassy to ask about the name and they told her
>that it was not German. Can you tell me if it is or not. Some years ago,
>Gisele had met a woman whose husband's name was also FELX
>(he did not changed his name) and when she asked that woman
>about the origin of that name, she said that her father-in-law had told
>her that IT WAS GERMAN. I was reading your book about the Hessian
>Soldiers in Canada, and I found it very exciting. A woman, sitting next to
>me at the library at American French Genealogy Society, (AFGS) heard me
>tell someone that I was reading a book about the Germans in Canada,
>and she was very surprised. She told me that she had been searching
>for one of her ancestors who was German but had changed his name to
>Joseph Lamontagne. I had just read about him and I showed her. She
>said that she has been searching for him for 4 years until then.
> I can put myself in your shoes, when you discovered these
>German soldiers who had come from your hometown so far across
>the ocean. What a thrill that must have been.
> Full of hope I am waiting for your answer, but first
>PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF.
> My e-mail address is
>Kathleen A. McKenna
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