Stanbridge Township Missisquoi , Quebec , Canada

 Research Scrapbook

I have found in my 30 years of genealogical research that it is very important to broadly research the places ones ancestors lived. I think it rounds out your genealogical research,  to have a better understanding of the times and places in which they lived.

This is an attempt to collect scraps of information on the Stanbridge Township area ,  especially during the years in which my ancestors lived. I also want to provide links to online research sites that I have found interesting and helpful . We also have have a special "we were once neighbors " area to link to researchers who are also researching families in this area. We would love to hear from other people researching any families in the Stanbridge Township area and would be happy to post additional material.

Our research has to moved to our new blog here :

Missisquoi County Genealogy Research Blog / Thanks, Nancy Cunningham 

Maps Census History Photos__
Families Cemeteries

Genealogy and History Orgs.

Misc.  Documents Missisquoi County Research Notary Email Nancy

According to Tom Baker,  the exact area in which my family lived was actually referred to as Puddledock. We know for example,  that Ira and Polly Hayden Davis owned "50 acres in the west half of the south half of lot 12 of the second range of the township of Stanbridge"  The deed can be found here -DEED

I am researching the Ira Davis ( father , Amos )  and Benjamin Allen ( immigrant from England ) families that lived in the Stanbridge East area from 1825 - 1880. My gr gr - grandfather , Ira Davis was born in Vermont in 1790,  but he appears as early as 1825 in the Stanbridge census,  and his wife Polly [nee Hayden]  Davis is still found living in Stanbridge East in the 1881 census.

Thanks to Tom Baker because my research would have not be possible without all of the help, information and inspiration shared. Tom Baker was my almost Canadian-cousin, we know that my gr gr -grandmother deeded her farm to his gr- gr - grandparents as payment for their taking care of her , and the farm, in her old age and that is  close enough to being related , at least in Texas . Thanks Tom !  This is the farm at the right.



Stanbridge 1801 Land Grant  (9 pages and sample doc)

Old Stanbridge map circa 1850 ( thanks frank )

Eastern township map  /  Eastern township map2                 

Missisquoi county 1831 map- David Ellis

Missisquoi County map1 - Missisquoi county info

Modern road maps of area 1 , 2, 3

Puddledock area maps 1, 2,

Missisquoi heritage trail pdf

Various maps here


Missisquoi county census map ,descriptions and archive roll#s

  • 825 Canadian Census : District  of Bedford including : Stanbridge, St. Thomas , St .Armand, St. George , Dunham, Sutton, Potton , Brome , Farnham  Townships ( thanks to David Ellis )
  • 1831 Canadian Census : Stanbridge Township( I own a print transcription/index and I  would be happy to do a name look up -Email Nancy )
  • 1851 Canadian Census : Stanbridge Township: district one and two ( Roll # 1127 and Roll #1128 ) this web page contains both the scanned images of the family name pages as well as a complete transcription. Providing this transcription has been a volunteer project of David J. Ellis, Sandy Williams and Nancy Cunningham.
  • 1861 Canadian Census :
  • 1871 Canadian Census :
  • 1881 Canadian Census : the entire census is available to search at Family  from the LDS       
  • 1901 Canadian Census : Stanbridge Township transcriptions can also be found here . Thanks to the wonderful David J. Ellis,  this a project of  Automated Genealogy.

Davis /Allen 1851-  Stanbridge East Missisquoi census index (pdf)           

Vital Records   

List of Missisquoi County Churches with information on holdings in archives Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4

Click on Stanbridge Prishes that have been transcribed here:

Notary records     

General Information



History of the Eastern Townships, province of Quebec, Dominion of Canada: civil and descriptive
Day, C. M. (Catherine Matilda), 1815-1899.(Montreal : J. Lovell, 1869.)

Temperance society signers page 1page 2 , page 3

1851 Directory- Stanbridge

1858 Directory- Stanbridge

Dominion Directory- Stanbridge

List of Persons Taking the Oath of Allegiance at Missisquoi Bay from the Lower Canada Land Records 1795


    Location images - here others  Photos.

Photos from Stanbridge and Missisquoi in our Picasa web album




Local researchers and the families they are researching

Way back when , ....we were once neighbors  ( researching the Baker, Manchester, Curtis, Schoolcraft , Boomhower, Allen, Davis, Mortimer,  Miller, Corey, Blakely, Allen , Dee families)


Misc. Documents 

Various scanned documents : here - name index here

Canadian Patents, 1869-1894 by city - Stanbridge

Capt. John Corey 1855 Stanbridge militia documents   - Complete roster of Stanbridge Militia  of 1855

Stanbridge East's part in the rebellion

Fenian Raids -Between 1847 and 1861, over two million Irish crossed the Atlantic. Many Irish, both in America and in Ireland, were bitter towards England, and sought independence for Ireland. A radical group known as the Fenian Brotherhood was formed. Their aim was to take Canada hostage and force England to grant independence to Ireland.

In 1866, the Fenians launched a series of raids on Canadian territory. One was at Pigeon Hill, on the Quebec-Vermont border. Led by a man named "General" Samuel Spear, several hundred Fenians marched six miles into Canada, where they planted a bright green flag. A small Canadian force saw them coming, but wisely retreated. The Fenians met no soldiers, so they busied themselves by stealing chickens, pigs, or liquor from farms in the area. A veritable armed mob, they plundered nearby St. Armand and Frelighsburg (Slab City), and, it was said, "insulted and abused" the local population. On hearing that Canadian reinforcements were approaching, the Fenians began a disorganized retreat to the U.S. The last 200 stragglers were charged by a volunteer cavalry troop who managed to capture sixteen prisoners. Once back on American soil, the Fenians had their guns confiscated by American soldiers.

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Cemeteries of the Stanbridge area of Missisquoi County, Québec

Chandler Cemetery -  Stanbridge East

Morgan's Cemetery- aka  Mapledale Cemetery

Old Corey Cemetery

Pike River Cemetery- lookup

Ridge Cemetery

Genealogy /History Org.

Missisqoui Historical Museum

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada

American - Canadian Genealogical Society


Eastern Townships:

Missisquoi County:

Missisquoi County Genealogical Reseach page - Nancy Cunningham

Missisqoui Historical Museum

The Archives of the Missisquoi Historical Society is located in the Cornell Building of the Missisquoi Museum. The archives is open year round Monday to Wednesday from 9.00 a. m. to 4.30 p.m. Appointments must be made by contacting the archivist by either e-mail or by telephone at (450) 248-3153.

The Missisquoi Historical Society Archives holds a collection of the following: · Local family history in the form of letters, photographs, diaries, family Bibles · Collection of Scrapbooks dating from the 19th century · Manuscript files on school records · Minute Books of various school boards · records of early businesses · Cemetery listings · Canadian Census records · Microfilm Church records, Protestant and Roman Catholic, to 1899  Maps and Directories · Microfilm of notarial records · U.S. cemetery listings

Databases- free to search but charges for abstractions :


·        The MESSAGES databank is a collection of personal messages posted between 1820 and 1837 in different Quebec newspapers and transcribed by HISTOQUEST. It mostly contains information on Irish immigrants seeking the whereabouts of members of their family



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