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(St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough)

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Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada - Interior of Saint-Antoine-Abbé Church, est. 1860

The municipality of Franklin is part of the regional county municipality of Haut-Saint-Laurent in Quebec, located southeast of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, in the administrative region of Montérégie, near the border between Canada and the United States.

The name of the municipality recalls Captain Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), British explorer who died in the Arctic while looking for the Northwest Passage.

Cimetière de St-Antoine-Abbe
A Catholic cemetery located at the back of the St-Antoine-Abbe Parish Church. (45.050N 73.887W)

Franklin Centre
A town in the center of Franklin Township (Huntingdon County) at the junction of modern Rtes 209 and 202. (45.030N 73.923W) It was previously called Russelltown Settlement.
Franklin Centre Post Office
The Franklin Centre Post Office operated from 1868 until present time.
Franklin Cemetery
A protestant cemetery on the east side of Franklin Centre. It is located on Rte 202 at the junction with Montée Covey Hill, 0.2mi (0.3km) east of the Franklin Centre corner with Rte 209. (45.030N 73.919W) ~qcchatea/ placenames/

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Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada

Interior of Saint-Antoine-Abbé Church, est. 1860

Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada

Methodist Church, built in 1870s
Now called Franklin United Church

Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada


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  • The settlement of these lands begins quite early. Indeed, the first settler named Asa Smith settled there around 1788.
    About ten years later, around the beginning of the 19th century, other settlers settled there from the United States, Ireland and England.
  • The first Franklin Center school was built in 1830
  • The township of Franklin was incorporated by detachment from the township of Hemmingford in 1857.
  • 1860 - Église de Saint-Antoine-Abbé established at Saint-Antoine-Abbé
  • 1860 - Starnesborough (Starnesboro) - The name of the first Post Office in St-Antoine-d'Abbe. It operated from 1860 until 1919 when it changed its name to St-Antoine-Abbe Post Office. ~qcchatea/ placenames/ s.htm
  • In 1868, the post office under the name Franklin Center was opened.
  • 1873
    STARNESBOROUGH, or ST. ANTOINE ABBE, a post village in Chateauguay co., Que., 15 mile; from Hemmingford. It contains 2 stores and 2 hotels. Pop. 200.
    Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
  • News  1884 - Reverend Arrested
    MONTREAL, December 6, - Rev. F. R. Pepin, of St. Antoine Abbe parish, who is charged with indecently assaulting young girls attending confession in his church, has been arrested on criminal warrants, and will be brought here for trial.
    Dunkirk Evening Observer
    Dunkirk, New York
    December 6, 1884
  • 1890 - Franklin Centre
    Franklln Centre, vil. and port of entry, Quebec, co. Huntingdon, 16 m. from Hemmingford. P. 300.

    Starnesborough, or St Antoine Abbe. post vil., Quebec, co. Chateauguay, 15 m. from Hemmingford.
    The Pocket Atlas and Gazetteer of the Dominion of Canada John George Bartholomew John Murdoch Harper January 1, 1890 London : J. Walker
  • 1895 - Saint Antoine Abbé / Starnesborough
    Saint Antoine Abbé, or Starnesborough, a post-village in Chateauguay co., Quebec, 15 miles from Hemingford. It contains 2 stores and 2 hotels. Pop. 200.
    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
  • 1906
    Saint Antoine l'Abbe, Quebec. See Starnesborough.

    Starnesborough, a post-village of Huntingdon co., Quebec, 8 miles from Ormstown. Pop. 250.
    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
  • 1916
    Franklin, or Franklin Center, also called Manningville, a post-village and outport of Huntingdon co., Quebec, 16 miles W. of Hemmingford. Pop. about 250. The banking point is Ormstown.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
  • News  1925 - St. ANTOINE-ABBE, Que. - Madame Hubert Brisson, 82, is in the hospital seriously injured as the result of being thrown from her buggy when crashed into by an auto.

    The Winnipeg Tribune
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    April 29, 1925
  • News  1934 - Quebec Parents Charged With Child Murder. Two Held Responsible For Death by Ill-Treatment, Starvation. VERDICT IS GIVEN BY CORONER'S JURY.
    Girl's Body is Exhumed as Result of Rumors in District
    (By Canadian Press.)
    ST. ANTOINE ABBE, QUE., April 25 - Edouard Grouleau, 42, and his 30-year-old wife stood charged here Tuesday with the murder of their six-year-old daughter, Laura, who died April 14 last from starvation and ill-treatment.

    A jury under Coroner L. Savage, M.D., deliberated five minutes before returning its verdict, holding the couple criminally responsible for the child's death. The coroner thereupon signed a warrant charging Groleau and his wife with the murder.

    The parents were arraigned at Valleyfield, Que., today and Judge J. H. Lomay, district magistrate, will fix the date of the preliminary inquiry later.

    Body Exhumed
    First verdict rendered a few days after the child's death on April 14 was one of death due to coal oil poisoning, it having been proven that the child drank coal oil on March 2 last.

    Following the burial here, detectives heard rumors the child had been ill-treated by her... Read MORE...

  • 2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Franklin Centre and the surrounding area:
    Franklin Centre Historical Museum: Start your visit by exploring the local history at the Franklin Centre Historical Museum. This small but informative museum provides insights into the area's past, including its agricultural heritage and early settlers.

    St. Andrew's United Church: This historic church, built in 1846, is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture. You can admire its exterior and, if you're lucky, attend a special event or concert inside.

    Nature Walks: Franklin Centre is surrounded by picturesque countryside. Take leisurely walks along the scenic country roads and enjoy the fresh air and peaceful landscapes. Don't forget your camera for capturing the beautiful vistas.

    Hunting and Fishing: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, Franklin Centre offers opportunities for hunting and fishing. Check local regulations and obtain the necessary permits before heading out.

    Picnicking at Parc des Deux Rivières: This park, located in nearby Howick, is a great spot... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada

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male ancestorJoseph JOHNSON (1801, - 1880, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
female ancestorJulie SOUCISSE (1802, - 1905, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
male ancestorLouis MELOCHE dit LIVERNOIS (31 August 1802, Châteauguay, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-Chateauguay) - 20 August 1883, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
male ancestorAugustin TREMBLAY (25 May 1804, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité) - 6 April 1879, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
male ancestorThomas DUNN (1804, - 26 February 1881, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
female ancestorSophie GALARNEAU (13 May 1805, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité) - 23 September 1893, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
female ancestorHypolite-Apolline BROUILLET (20 August 1806, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie) - 9 October 1879, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
female ancestorMarie-Anne DEMERS (22 April 1817, Châteauguay, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-Chateauguay) - 1881, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))
female ancestorMarie-Louise MELOCHE dite LIVERNOIS (16 February 1829, Châteauguay, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joachim-de-Chateauguay) - 26 June 1934, Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada (St-Antoine-Abbé) (Starnesborough))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada

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photo of Damase "Thomas" Sr TRUDEAU Damase "Thomas" Sr TRUDEAU (November 25, 1842 - May 22, 1915) and photo of Olivine MELOCHE dite LIVERNOIS Olivine MELOCHE dite LIVERNOIS (25 November 1846 - 19 October 1936) married 14 October 1867
male ancestorAlexis GUERIN (26 June 1838 - 23 February 1912) and female ancestorMarie LEPAGE (10 December 1849 - 26 February 1877) married 27 February 1867
male ancestorRobert DUNN (29 January 1846 - 6 March 1902) and female ancestorJanet SPECK (6 November 1845 - 1933) married 30 June 1869
male ancestorMoise PERRAS (9 June 1840 - 26 December 1882) and female ancestorHermenegilde LEPAGE (6 June 1849 - 5 December 1917) married 26 October 1869
male ancestorJean-Baptiste COUTURE (19 May 1843 - 1925) and female ancestorJulie BARSALEAU (29 October 1850 - 2 November 1905) married 27 June 1871
male ancestorArthur DUNN ( - ) and female ancestorJanet ALLCHIN ( - ) married 28 August 1873
male ancestorWilliam GAMBLE (14 September 1842 - 21 January 1916) and female ancestorMatilda BROOKS (8 June 1848 - 29 January 1922) married 12 February 1873
male ancestorJean Baptiste BULTEAU (6 May 1842 - 3 November 1900) and female ancestorRosalie (Rosie) TREMBLAY (12 May 1832 - 3 November 1903) married 10 May 1875
male ancestorNelson (Narcisse) LECLAIR (September 1860 - 26 September 1932) and female ancestorMarie Josephine TREMBLAY (4 November 1863 - 28 March 1940) married 6 September 1886
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