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Woodman, Murray Milton

  • W012
  • Person
  • 1916-1983

Murray Milton Woodman was born in 1916 to Milton Albert Woodman (1892-1955) and Aline Hanson (1891-1959) of Coaticook, Que. Murray served as a sergeant in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Second World War, at which time he met his wife Dorothy Jane Neill who was born in Tooting, England. Dorothy was a member of the Royal Air Force and worked as a telephone operator. Their first son Anthony Murray Woodman was born in England, prior to their emigration to Canada. After the war, Murray was employed as a Canadian Immigration Officer. Murray was an avid stamp and coin collector. He was a member of the British North American Philatelic Society, Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain, the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the Eastern Townships Stamp Club and the St. Francis Collectors Club. Murray also contributed to a weekly column “Bits about Stamps and Coins” at the Sherbrooke Telegram Observer in the 1960s. He owned Woodman- Stamps & Coins in Dixville, Que., which specialized in stamps from Canada, Newfoundland, the United States, the U.N., Ghana and the Vatican. In addition to Anthony, Murray and Dorothy also had Peter Allan Woodman (1945- ) and Ketha Florence Helen Woodman (1951 - ). Murray died in 1983 and is buried at the Mount Forest Cemetery.

Woodman, Peter Allan

  • W014
  • Person
  • 1945-

Peter Allan Woodman was born on 26 July 1945 at the Sherbrooke Hospital to Murray Milton Woodman (1916-1983) and Dorothy Neill Woodman. Peter attended the Coaticook and Knowlton High School. In 1964 and 1966, Peter crossed the Arctic Circle on the 10 C.C.G.S. Montcalm, as he worked as a Cargo Officer on the ship. Peter served the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1967 as an Aircraftman and was honorably discharged the same year. Over the course of the 1960s and the 1970s, Peter was admitted to The Sherbrooke Hospital, The Douglas Hospital, The Queen Mary Hospital, The Veterans Hospital at St. Anne de Bellevue, The Lakeshore General Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Hospital and L’hopital Hotel Dieu to treat his bipolar disorder. In 1969, Peter completed a cabinet-making course at Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute, Que. He moved to Manitoba in 1976 where his brother Anthony Woodman resides, and completed a carpentry program at Keewatin Community College. In addition to his carpentry and cabinet certificates, Peter also received a certificate in 1988 from the Ambassador College for the Bible Correspondence Course. In 2001, Sherbrooke’s Church of Latter Day Saints ordained Peter. Peter’s interests extend to a number of social causes as he has been an advocate for the rights of mental health patients through his involvement with Pro- Quebec, and more specifically Pro-Def Estrie. He has also been an active supporter of social housing in Canada.

Woodman Family

  • W016
  • Family
  • 1623-

The Woodmans trace their North American roots back to Edward Woodman who first emigrated to Newbury Mass.from Wiltshire, England in 1623. Joshua S. Woodman and his wife Polly Sturtevant settled in Hatley on Lot no. 5, 2nd Range in 1819. Together they had six children: Mary M. (3 October 1813), Joshua S. (25 October 1815), Eliza J. (3 April 1821), Caleb T., Albert Alonzo (19 July 1825), Sarah (27 July 1828). Johsua died on 10 March 1865. Joshua’s son, Albert Alonzo Woodman married Mary Jane Sanborn on 20 April 1847 in Compton, Que. They owned a farm in Moe’s River. Together, Albert and Mary had four children: Albert Alonzo Woodman Jr. (1867-1932), Eliza Jane Woodman, Sarah Orcelia Woodman and Milton Sawyer Woodman. Albert Alonzo Woodman died on 7 September 1895 and is buried at the Moe’s River Cemetery.

Woodman, Keith Anthony

  • W015
  • Person
  • 1993-2009

Keith Anthony Woodman was born 7 March 1993 to Anthony Murray Woodman and Shelley Briem. Growing up Keith was a member of the Boy Scouts and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Over the course of his life, he moved a number of times between the Pas, Thompson and Leaf Rapids. He worked at the Leaf Rapids Co-op and had also moved to Winnipeg for a short period of time to work at the Winnipeg Free Press. Keith was killed 5 April 2009 in a home invasion while he house-sitting for a friend at Mikinak Bay, Manitoba. At the time of his death, Keith was a tenth grade student at the Leaf Rapids Education Centre and worked as a math tutor.

Woodman, John Bernard

  • W011
  • Person
  • 1901-

John Bernard Woodman was born on January 15 1901 in Coaticook, Que, to Albert Alonzo Woodman Jr. (1867-1932) and Emily McKee (1866-1945). John served as a lieutenant for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the First World War. In 1947, John married Madelyn Abbie Rider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Rider in Montreal, Que. Both John and Madelyn had graduated from Stanstead College. John also graduated from the College of Dentistry at McGill University and was oftentimes referred to as Dr. Jack. John and Madelyn resided in New York and Washington.

Woodman, Helen

  • W013
  • Person
  • 1910-1993

Helen Woodman was born in 1910 to Milton A. Woodman (1892-1955) and Aline Hanson (1891-1959). Helen worked as a nurse at the Sherbrooke Hospital and married Albert M. Lisso (1906-1996). Helen died in 1993, Helen and Albert are both buried in the Paris Cemetery in Brant County, Ontario.

Woodman, Joshua A.

  • W007
  • Person
  • 1790-1865

Joshua S. Woodman was born in 1790. He married to Polly Sturtevant (10 January 1786) from Barton, Vermont and they settled on No. 5, 2nd Range of Hatley in 1819. Joshua and Polly had six children together: Mary M (3 October 1813), Joshua S. (25 October 1815), Eliza J. (3 April 1821), Caleb T., Albert Alonzo (19 July 1825), Sarah (27 July 1828). Polly died on the 15 March 1849. Joshua then married his second wife Arethusa Bucknell who died on 27 June 1854. Joshua died on 10 March 1865.

Woodman, Milton Albert

  • W010
  • Person
  • 1892-1955

Milton Albert Woodman was born on 29 September 1892 to Albert Alonzo Woodman Jr. (1867-1932) and Emily McKee (1866-1945) in Coaticook, Que. On 17 September 1914, he married Aline Hanson (1891-1959) at the Church of England, Coaticook and together they had two children: Murray Milton Woodman (1916-1983) and Helen Woodman (1923-1993). Milton served in the First World War and worked in the grocery business. Milton A. Woodman died in 1955 and was buried at the Mount Forest Cemetery.

Wood, Sally E., 1857-1928

Sally Wood suceeded John A Wheeler in 1897 as photographer in the Brome area. She had her own photo studio until 1907. Sally was one of the rare woman photographers of the period, and was unique in that glass negatives were usually produced by men due to the heaviness of the equipement. She specialised in photographs of the coutryside and landscapes as well as archicteture of the area. In 1905, Sally toured Brome County taking photographs of the most pictoresque sites.


  • Corporate body

The Knowlton Conference was an annual gathering of Christian workers during the summer. The first Conference was held August 11, 1902 at Knowlton. In 1932, the Conference ended due to financial difficulties. For further information see vol. 1 and 2 of the History of Brome County by Rev. E.M. Taylor.

Danville Academy (Danville, Que.)

The first school was established in Danville in 1817. Following enlargement and reorganization in 1854, it was named the Danville Academy. Managed during the 19th century by a three-member board of trustees, this non-sectarian school lasted until the Asbestos-Danville-Shipton High School was opened in 1951. In the 1950s, the building was sold to the Catholic Church and converted into a Carmelite convent, Carmel de Belle-Croix.

Desruisseaux, Paul, 1905-1982

Lawyer, businessman, and public figure Paul Desruisseaux was born in Sherbrooke on 1 May 1905 to Geoffrey Desruisseaux and Sarah Gauthier. In 1945, he married Céline Duchesne. They had four children. Paul Desruisseaux studied at the École du Sacré-Coeur and the Séminaire St-Charles-Borromée in Sherbrooke, the law school of Université de Montréal, the Babson Institute, and Harvard University. In 1934, he was admitted to the Quebec Bar. The following year, he opened an office in Sherbrooke and practised law there until 1961. Desruisseaux was also a businessman who founded and managed many companies. In 1955, he and Alphée Gauthier bought La Tribune Ltée, which owned La Tribune newspaper, radio stations CHLT and CKTS, and CHLT television station. In 1966, after many strikes and conflicts, La Tribune Ltee was sold to Québec Télémédia Inc. The same year, Desruisseaux was appointed to the Senate by Governor-General Georges Vanier at the request of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Paul Desruisseaux sat on the boards of many humanitarian organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross Society in Sherbrooke and the Canadian Association for Retarded Children. In 1964, Desruisseaux was awarded an honorary doctorate of law by Université de Sherbrooke. Paul Desruisseaux died in 1982, two years after retiring from the Senate, following a lengthy illness.

Johnson, Thomas, 1789-1881

Thomas Johnson was born in Bampton, Westmoreland, England in 1789. Ordained deacon in 1815 in the United Church of England and Ireland and priest in 1817, in 1819 he was sent to Canada, to the Diocese of Quebec, by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. He was assigned to the mission of Charleston before being transferred to Abbotsford in 1830. In 1850 or 1851, he retired. Johnson died in 1881 at the age of 92.

Denison Mills Women's Institute (Denison Mills, Que.)

The Denison Mills Women's Institute was founded in 1923. Like the other Women's Institutes of Canada, whose motto is 'For Home and Country', this one was concerned with family life in rural regions. It was a member of the Richmond County Women's Institutes, the Quebec Women's Institutes, and the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada. Delegates attended the annual meetings of these organizations. The Denison Mills Women's Institute also worked jointly organizing activities with Macdonald College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Locally, an elected board of directors worked with various committees (Agriculture, Family Economy, Education, Citizenship, Health and Welfare, Publicity) to organize activities and monthly meetings. The Denison Mills Women's Institute first Board of Directors decided in 1923 that the money raised by their organization would be used to build and maintain a community hall. Only four years later, in 1927, the hall was opened for use. The Women's Institute organized and was involved in many other activities over the years: public lectures; horticultural competitions; school contests and fairs; and fund raising (through bake sales, card parties, charity sales, and draws) for the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, and many other humanitarian organizations. In 1991, the Denison Mills Women's Institute was disbanded.

Brompton Road Women's Institute (Sherbrooke, Que.)

The Brompton Road Women's Institute was founded in 1924. Like the other Women's Institutes of Canada, whose motto is 'For Home and Country', this one is concerned with family life in rural regions. It is a member of the Sherbrooke County Women's Institutes, the Quebec Women's Institutes, and the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada. As well, it organizes activities jointly with Macdonald College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and the Brompton Road Musical and Social Association. Its programming focuses on the education of mothers and rural women, on the health and welfare of children, the preservation of national traditions, and the development of patriotism. A committee of three members is elected to organize the various activities and the monthly meetings. The Brompton Road Women's Institute was disbanded in 1998.

Bowen, George Frederick

  • 1811-1898

Born in Quebec City on 19 March 1811, George Frederick Bowen was the son of Edward Bowen, politician and Chief Justice, and Eliza Davidson. In 1843, he married Eliza Wyatt (a.k.a. Jessie, d. 1862) on 5 July 1843 in Sherbrooke and together they had seven children: Edward Charles (1844-1903), Francis Arthur (b. 1845), Eliza Jessie Catherine (1847-1900), Frederick William Wyatt (1849-1896), Ernest Henry (1854-1854), Florence Mary (1855-1866), and Alfred Cecil Hale (b. 1860). Bowen studied law in Quebec and was admitted to the Bar in 1832. In 1835, he opened a law practice in Sherbrooke. From 1844 to 1887, he was Sheriff of the District of St. Francis. From 1887 to 1898, he was Prothonotary of the District, jointly with Hubert C. Cabana. Other positions he held include Justice of the Peace, Chairman of Quarter Sessions and Commissioner in Bankruptcy. As well, Bowen was Mayor of Sherbrooke from 1852 to 1854, worked with a number of Sherbrooke-area associations, and pursued a military career. George Frederick Bowen died in Sherbrooke on 26 April 1898.

Hyatt (family)

The Hyatt family came to the United States from England in the mid-17th century. Abraham Hyatt and his family were living in Schenectady at the start of the American Revolution. He supported the Loyalist side and enlisted in the army with two of his sons, Gilbert and Cornelius. Around 1778-1780, Abraham Hyatt, his wife, and his ten children (Gilbert, Cornelius, Abraham, Jacob, Charles, Isaac, Joseph, Anna, Mary, and Merriam) took refuge in the province of Quebec. After the Proclamation of 1792 permitting the colonization of the Eastern Townships, Gilbert Hyatt and 204 associates requested the Township of Ascot. In 1792, having obtained authorization to survey the township, Gilbert and many members of his family settled in. It was not until 1803, however, that he and 30 associates received the letters patent for the land. Gilbert Hyatt held many public offices. He was appointed as Justice of the Peace in 1806 and in 1808, as Commissioner to administer the oath of allegiance to applicants for land in the Township of Ascot in 1808. He died in Sherbrooke on 17 September 1823, aged 62.

Belvidere Women's Institute (Sherbrooke, Que.)

The Belvidere Women's Institute was founded in 1916. Until 1921, it was called the Belvidere Home Maker's Club. Like the other Women's Institutes of Canada, whose motto is 'For Home and Country', this one was concerned with family life in rural regions. The Belvidere Women's Institute was a member of the Sherbrooke County Women's Institutes, the Quebec Women's Institutes, and the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada. Delegates attended the annual meetings of these organizations. As well, the Belvidere Women's Institute organized activities jointly with Macdonald College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Locally, the elected board worked with various committees (Agriculture, Home Economics, Education, Citizenship, Welfare and Health, Publicity, Sunshine Communications, International Affairs, Ways and Means) to organize monthly meetings and activities. The latter included lectures; horticultural contests; school fairs; and fund-raising events (sales of cookies, card parties, rummage sales and draws) in aid of the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, and other humanitarian organizations. After 76 years of activity, the Belvidere Women's Institute was disbanded in 1992.

Baxter, Dudley

Dudley Baxter was a pioneer who lived in the region of Frampton between 1838 and 1862.

Mellor, Margaret Ruth

  • M012
  • Person
  • 1914-2001

Margaret Ruth Cushing was born in Westmount in 1914 and was the daughter of Mr & Mrs. E.S. Cushing. She had two sisters Elizabeth and Kathleen. She married Cedric Douglas Mellor on 25 June 1938. Together they had two daughters: Margaret Ruth and Joyce Douglas Mellor. Margaret Cushing Mellor died in 2001.

McCombie, Rev. Alex

  • M011
  • Person
  • fl. 1962-1968

Reverend Alex McCombie was minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church from 1962 to 1968.

Massawippi Country Club

  • M010
  • Corporate body
  • 20th cent.

The Massawippi Country Club open in 1924 and is located in North Hatley, Quebec.

May, Fred N.

  • M009
  • Person
  • 1887-1955

The son of Darius May and Emma Stevens, Fred Nason May was born 28 September 1887 in Baldwin's Mills. He married Bernice Wheeler 15 September 1910 in Holland, Vermont. They had one son, named Morris Nelson May. During their marriage, Fred lived and worked in Holland. After their divorce in 1922, Fred moved to Rock Island and worked at the Butterfield Union Twist Drill Company. He remarried 9 March 1930 to Angéline Marie Françoise Guillou and they had one child, named Lyman Albert May.
Fred May died 1 May 1955 in Stanstead.

Willard, Samuel

  • BCHS001
  • Person
  • 1783-1899

Samuel Willard, son of Major Joshua Willard, was born at Petersham, Mass., on December 1, 1766. He was the fourth child in a family of ten, the other children were: Abel, born in 1758; Nahaim, 1760; Lucretia, 1761; George, 1768; Elizabeth, 1769; Sophia, 1771; Lucy, 1772; Alexander, 1774; and Sally, 1776.
Samuel married Lucinda Knowlton, daughter of the Hon. Luke Knowlton, of Newfane, Vt., on February 24, 1791, by whom he had two daughters. He was first a general merchant in Newfane, Vt., later moving to Sheldon, Vt. In 1800 he took up his grant in the Township of Stukely, L.C.
His wife died the same year and in 1802 he married Miss Elizabeth Patterson, of Quebec, by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Although he owned several thousand acres in the Townships of Stukely and Orford and was engaged mainly in farming and general merchandising, he was also a Justice of the Peace and a captain in the Militia. Willard was interested in the building of roads, especially to Montreal, to extend the market for local produce. His other main activities were the organizing of schools and the promotion of religious services for the community. He died at Stukely on October 29th, 1833.
His son Abijah, whose name appears throughout these papers, carried on the business after Samuel Willard's death.

Home Children Builders of Canada, Quebec Chapter

  • B012
  • Corporate body
  • 1993-2011

Home Children Builders of Canada, Quebec Chapter was established by Sarge and Pauline Bampton in 1993, and dissolved in 2011, as a chapter for Home Children Canada, working in close partnership with David and Kay Lorente. Elburn "Sarge" Bampton is the son of two Home Children sent to Canada from Great Britain at the turn of the twentieth century. Sarge and his wife Pauline began to develop the chapter after Sarge spent twenty years trying to find his family. The program was developed to help find other home children and help families, as well as Home Children, find their loved ones. In accordance with Home Children Canada's mandate and vision the Quebec chapter aims to help home children and their descendants discover their past, tell their story to as many people as possible, erase the stigma so unfairly attached, and to replace that stigma with justifiable pride. Their objective is to bring togher home children, their families, descendants, and people with whome they once lived, along with hosting reunions. The Bampton's offered free assistance to those wishing to trace family members primarily through personal correspondence, but also through the use of local newspapers, radio and lectures as avenues for locating lost home children.

Sarge Bampton passed away at the Wales Home in Richmond the 10 October 2014.

Piggery Theatre (North Hatley, Que.)

  • Corporate body

The Piggery Theatre was launched in 1965 by the Townships Playhouse Guild of North Hatley. Before that time, groups such as the Community Club Players and the North Hatley Playhouse had produced plays in the North Hatley area. Over the years, productions of a wide range of Canadian, American and British plays, a few of them mounted by guest companies (Théâtre de l'atelier, La Poudrière, and others) have been staged at the Piggery. The theatre has continued to be run by the company that launched it, whose corporate name was changed officially in 1981 to the Piggery Theatre.

The Company, whose mandate is to present good summer theatre, is a non-profit organization run by a board of eighteen directors elected annually by the membership. The Board hires an artistic director and an administrative director to operate the theatre. Events such as guided tours, fashion shows, auctions, and craft exhibitions are organized to finance the theatre's activities.

In 1990, the Piggery Theatre celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Bowen, Noel H.

  • Person
  • 1828-1872

Noel Hill Fox Maule Bowen was born 21 May 1828, the son of Edward Bowen and Eliza Davidson. He died 6 December 1872 in Chicago.

Bowen, Sarah Jane

  • Person
  • b. 1855

Sara Jane Hall was born the 16 September 1855, the daughter of William Miller Hall and Sarah Knox McCurdy. She married Frederick William Wyatt (son of Geo. F. Bowen) on 15 September 1875 and together they had three children: Frederick Chamberlain, aka Lin, (1876-1923); Jessie Catherine (b. 1878); and Eward Hugh, aka Ned, (1880-1923).

Hallowell, Meredyth B.

  • Person
  • 1865-1893

Meredyth Bowen Hallowell, also known as Merry, was born the 8 April 1865, the son of John E. Hallowell and Helen Maria Clark. He served with the 53rd Sherbrooke Regiment. He died the 25 September 1893 and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

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