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Where were Amable and Esther married?

 
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ChipG
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PostPosted: 28 May 2005 10:37    Post subject: Where were Amable and Esther married? Reply with quote

One of the mysteries of this family is that I and other researchers have been unable to find a record of marriage for Amable Ouellet and Esther Gardner. They are not included in any of the compilations of Catholic weddings from Quebec, as far as I know, and that is where they came from.

But I recently was going through the Ste-Luce church records and noticed that in the baptismal records for their children, they are described as being married. This is different from most of the records, which use the words "legitimate marriage" (mariage légitime) In general, when Father Dionne used "marriage" without the word légitime, it meant that the couple was married, but not in the Catholic church.

This means it is likely they were married in a Protestant church, or at least by a Protestant minister.

Further evidence is that for one of their daughters, Olympe, Fr. Dionne has written next to her name "Protestant." Now what's interesting is that he did not do this for any other of the children. But there must have been a reason for doing it that one time.

Finally, in the 1831 census of Rivière du Loup, Esther's family, headed by her dad David is listed as belonging to the Church of Scotland.

So, I'd guess that the couple were married not by a Catholic priest, but by a minister of the Church of Scotland.

Does anyone know anything about marriage records of that church for that area?
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PostPosted: 01 May 2007 07:31    Post subject: Marriage record found!! Reply with quote

Thanks to Dennis Prue who located the marriage record of Amable Ouellet and Esther Gardner!

They were married at Chalmer's Presbyterian Church in Quebec city on 24 Jun 1835.

Unfortuntetly, as is the case with most Protestant marriage records, the parents' names were not included. But at least this is one part of the mystery that's been resolved.

Here's the image:


See also the page on Amable and Esther.
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