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From: "Desjardins Bertrand" <>
Subject: RE: [QUEBEC] Excommunication
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 10:14:45 -0400
The population was in the order of 100 000 at the time of the American revolution. My "10%" was from 2200 men x 5 members/family = 10 000, or 10% of 100 000.
Even if we scale it down to 2200 including family, I would like to know the sources of the number 2200 in the first place. The only count that I know of was published in L'Ancetre in the early 1980s and never mentioned anything else than a few excommunications for that reason.
2200 Excommunications would have made caused quite an uproar!!
Ed Hagerty wrote:
No one else has felt the figure of 2200 soldiers to be high, although some have implied the 2200 might include their families. The French population at the time was closer to 70,000, so 2200 would have been more like 3% not 10% of the population.
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Envoyé : 5 septembre 2005 01:11
Objet : [QUEBEC] Excommunication
"2,200 French-Canadian troops (plus families) were excommunicated from
the Catholic Church by Bishop Breand of Quebec in 1776 and also exiled
by the British Canadian Government."
One of my ancestors 1st Lt. Francois Martin-Pelland was one of the 2200
French soldiers who fought the British forces occupying Quebec. The
French soldiers were exiled to New York State and joined the American
side against the British Forces in the American Revolutionary War.
Francois was killed in battle in 1778 in Fishkill, NY. Although the
French troops were given land grants in upstate NY at the end of the war
in 1784, many soldiers moved back to Quebec.
Does anyone have more information about these French troops illegally
excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 1776. This information might
explain why it is hard to get info on some family names, because they
are Catholic up to a point and then just disappear with no explanation.
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