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(St-Johns) (Dorchester)

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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada - Église de Saint-Athanase, est. 1822 Source: Google maps

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
A city located on the west side of Richelieu River, 21mi (34km) north of the US border. (45.305N/ 73.254W) It was named after the old french Fort St-Jean. It was previously known by the english name, St Johns, and before that as Dorchester. First incorporated as the Village of St Johns in 1848 and then became a town in 1857. It has merged with several other neighbouring towns including Iberville, L'Acadie, and St-Luc in 2001 to form the new city of Ville de St-Jean-Iberville. Shortly afterward the old name was restored to the new merged city.

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Protestant Cemetery
A non-denominational protestant cemetery located on the south side of Boulevard St-Jacques (Rte 219), about 1.4mi (2km) west of the river. (45.305N/ 73.273W) It consists of two areas, the older one on the east side at the corner of Boul. St-Jacques and Rue La Fontaine and a newer cemetery with all flat ground level stones on its west side. In the older cemetery, there is a section devoted to military burials, mostly airforce personnel from the nearby RCAF St-Jean Airbase, now closed.

Cimetière de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
A large catholic cemetery in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located on the north side of Boulevard St-Jacques (Rte 219), about 1.4mi (2km) west of the river. (45.308N/ 73.275W)

St Johns
The older english name for St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. On a 1893 Post Office map, it was called St Johns East.

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Église de Saint-Athanase, est. 1822
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Église de Saint-Athanase, est. 1822
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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (St. Johns), Quebec - Richelieu River
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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (St. Johns), Quebec - Richelieu River
Published by: George Virtue 1842 for Canadian Scenery illustrated from drawings by W.H.Bartlett
St. Johns, Que. Canada, Gouin Bridge. Pont Gouin.
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St. Johns, Que. Canada, Gouin Bridge. Pont Gouin.
Saint Jean sur Richelieu (St John's) Quebec Canada Grand Trunk Railway Station
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Saint Jean sur Richelieu (St John's) Quebec Canada Grand Trunk Railway Station
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1666 - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu founded
Grew from Fort Saint-Jean.
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1748 - Fort St-Jean built in 1748 at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu by the old french regime as protection against the indians.
It was located in the area on the south side of the city, that was occupied by College Militaire Royale until it closed recently. (45.300N/ 73.252W) It was named after Jean Frédéric Phélypeaux, Comte de Pontchartrain, French Minister of Marine in 1748.
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1775 - November 2 - American Revolutionary War - American invaders capture Fort St. John on the Richelieu River. St-Jean, Québec

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...by 1800 commodities were produced in smaller centres; for example,... Saint-Jean became a centre for earthenware production...

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1828 - Cathédrale Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste established at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

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1836 - The first railway line in British North America connected Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu with La Prairie in 1836.

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1895 - Saint Johns
Saint Johns (formerly Dor'chester), a town of Quebec, capital of the co. of St. Johns, on the river Richelieu, 27 miles S.E. of Montreal, at the junction of the Grand Trunk, Vermont Central, Shefford & Chambly, Stanstead, and Southeastern Railways. St. Johns has 4 churches, a bank, a town hall, a lunatic asylum, barracks, 2 newspaper offices, about 40 stores, and manufactories of iron castings, leather, earthenware, &c., also saw-, grist-, and planing mills, brick-fields, 2 breweries, &c. It is connected with St. Athanase, on the opposite side of the Richelieu, by a fine bridge. St. Johns has a large trade in lumber, grain, and country produce. Pop. 3022.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott


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1903 - St. Johns Post Office renamed St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

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1906
Saint John's or Saint Jean (formerly Dorchester), a city and port of Quebec, capital of the co. of St. John's on the river Richelieu, 27 miles SE. of Montreal, on the Grand Trunk and other railroads. It is connected with St. Athanase, on the opposite side of the Richelieu, by bridge. St. John's has a large trade in lumber, grain, and country produce, and manufactories of pottery, silk, straw and metal goods, etc. It has a lunatic asylum and military barracks. Pop. in 1901, 4030.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1914 - October 21 - World War I - Mobilization of the 22nd Battalion of Infantry of St. Jean, for service in France. St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec

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1929 - October 19 - Fire destroys Le Collège de St-Jean. St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec

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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qué, City, pop 37 386 (2001c), 36 435 (1996c), 37 607 (1991c), area 47.06 km2, inc 1856, is located on the west bank of the upper portion of the RivièreRICHELIEU, some 40 km southeast of MONTRÉAL. Across the river is the smaller, adjoining site of Iberville, long known as Saint-Jean, and popularly as Saint-Jean d'Iberville.
Saint-Jean originated as one of a series of forts along the Richelieu during the French regime. After the AMERICAN REVOLUTION, numerous LOYALISTS joined the local families. Through the 19th century, Saint-Jean became increasingly French Canadian and Catholic. Politically, it was a Liberal stronghold; one of its inhabitants, Félix-Gabriel MARCHAND, became premier of Québec in 1897.

Railways and canals were introduced early in the region to accommodate a thriving commercial trade between Canada and the US and to avert the cumbersome rapids just below Saint-Jean. In 1836 the first railway line in Canada, the CHAMPLAIN AND ST LAWRENCE... Read MORE...

The current city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu was founded on January 24, 2001 following the merger of the municipalities of L'Acadie, Saint-Athanase, the cities of Iberville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Saint-Luc.

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu:
Fort Saint-Jean: Start your visit with a trip to Fort Saint-Jean, a historic military fort dating back to the 17th century. Explore the museum, stroll through the beautiful grounds, and learn about the region's rich history.

Richelieu River: Enjoy a peaceful day along the scenic Richelieu River. You can go for a leisurely walk along the riverbank or rent a kayak or canoe to paddle on the water.

Île aux Noix: Take a short drive to Île aux Noix, a small island on the Richelieu River. Here, you can visit Fort Lennox, another historic site with well-preserved fortifications. The island also offers hiking trails and picnicking areas.

Parc des Rapides: This park is perfect for nature lovers. It features walking trails, birdwatching opportunities, and beautiful views of the river. It's a serene spot for a relaxing afternoon.

L'Édifice Alphonse-Desjardins: This historic building is now home to a museum dedicated to Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the Desjardins Group, a... Read MORE...

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male ancestorJean-Baptiste BESSETTE (31 December 1784 - 6 December 1852) and female ancestorJulie GUERIN (13 May 1784 - 18 September 1852) married 28 July 1806
male ancestorJoseph BREAULT (BRAULT) (25 December 1805 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Françoise MEUNIER (15 December 1810 - 16 March 1871) married 13 October 1829
male ancestorGedeon HEBERT (9 April 1807 - 21 March 1846) and female ancestorAngele BOUDREAU (1 February 1811 - 15 November 1887) married 12 October 1830
male ancestorJean-Baptiste GRANGER (6 March 1806 - ) and female ancestorElisabeth-Isabelle THIBODEAU (1808 - ) married 21 September 1830
male ancestorPierre GRANGER (11 February 1811 - 18 September 1853) and female ancestorReine REMILLARD (1812 - 6 April 1851) married 22 February 1830
male ancestorEdouard LORD (1806 - ) and female ancestorOlive LAFAILLE (2 December 1815 - ) married 22 June 1830
male ancestorDavid HEBERT (2 July 1811 - 27 May 1835) and female ancestorSophie SPOONER (16 March 1811 - 10 April 1865) married 10 January 1832
male ancestorArmand GRANGER (20 November 1812 - ) and female ancestorMarie-Rose RICHARD (1811 - ) married 9 October 1832
male ancestorPierre MENARD (19 October 1790 - 1881) and female ancestorRose SIMARD (15 August 1807 - ) married 12 February 1833

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