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  1. Ang�lique * �Jane� EDGE: Birth: 23 AUG 1826 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN. Death: 15 FEB 1879 in Port Felix, Guysborough Co., Nova Scotia, CAN

  2. Simon EDGE: Birth: 8 SEP 1827 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN.

  3. Jean-Baptiste EDGE: Birth: 8 SEP 1828 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN.

  4. William [1] EDGE: Birth: 28 MAY 1830 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN. Death: 24 DEC 1830 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN

  5. Marie EDGE: Birth: 4 AUG 1831 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN.

  6. Joseph EDGE: Birth: 30 JAN 1833 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN.

  7. William [2] �Guillaume-�tienne� EDGE: Birth: 23 JUN 1834 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN. Death: 20 MAY 1920

  8. Marie-Genevieve �Jane� EDGE: Birth: 2 FEB 1836 in Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia, CAN.


Sources
1. Title:   PRDH database of vital stats for Qu�bec, New France, 1621-1799
Url:   http:www.genealogy.umontreal.ca
Author:   Ga�tan Morin, editor
2. Title:   Research compiled by Francis Snyder [sent via Jim Fraser]
3. Title:   PRDH database of vital stats for Qu�bec, New France, 1621-1799
Page:   Baptism No. 631373
Url:   http:www.genealogy.umontreal.ca
Author:   Ga�tan Morin, editor

Notes
a. Note:   N1 �Mr. [Willliam] Edge, a doubtful candidate for the Order, was employed [by Fr. Vincent] in winter 1822-1823 teaching school and also Catechism for the children of the parish [at Tracadie].� The Trappist monastery, �Petit Clairvaux,� was founded by Father Vincent de Paul Merle and French Trappists in 1825 and closed in 1919; in 1938 it reopened as �St. Augustine�s Monastery� ruled by the Augustinian Fathers. 16 Jul 1818: Le 16 juillet 1818, les abb�s Norbert Provencher (1787-1853) et S�v�re Dumoulin (1793-1853) et le s�minariste Guillaume Edge (n� en 1792) arrivaient � la colonie de la Rivi�re-Rouge. La colonie comptait 151 �cossais, 45 Meurons, 26 Canadiens sans compter les Am�rindiens et les M�tis. Selon les instructions de Mgr Plessis, l'objectif premier de Provencher devait �tre l'�vang�lisation des Autochtones. Toutefois, il cherchait d'abord � asseoir sur des bases solides la mission � Saint-Boniface, � assurer le minist�re aupr�s des M�tis et des Canadiens fran�ais des environs, � construire une �glise, � favoriser le d�veloppement de l'�ducation et � administrer l'exploitation de la grande concession de terre donn�e par Selkirk qui contribuait en partie au financement de la mission. De 1818 � 1845, treize pr�tres seulement de rendaient � la Rivi�re-Rouge, mission qui devait desservir l'ensemble du Nord-Ouest. Le 1 f�vrier 1820, � peine arriv� dans l'Ouest, Provencher �tait nomm� �v�que de Juliopolis, auxiliaire de Mgr Plessis. [Rough translation: July 16, 1818, the abbots Norbert Provencher (1787-1853) and S�v�re Dumoulin (1793-1853) and the seminarist Guillaume Edge (born in 1792) arrived at the colony of Red River. The colony counted 151 Scottish, 45 Meurons, 26 Canadians without counting Am�rindiens and the M�tis. According to instructions' of Mgr Plessis, the first objective of Provencher was to be the evangelization of Autochtones. However, he initially sought to establish the mission of Saint-Boniface on a solid base, to ensure the ministry near the M�tis and French Canadians of the surroundings, to build a church, to support the development of education and to manage the exploitation of the large land concession given by Selkirk which contributed partly to the financing of the mission. From 1818 to 1845, only thirteen priests returned to the Red River mission which was to serve the whole of the North-West. 1 February 1820, hardly arrived in the West, Provencher was named bishop of Juliopolis, auxiliary of Mgr Plessis.] 1822-1823: William was considered "a doubtful candidate for the (Trappist) Order" - "employed in teaching, winter of 1822-23, school and also catechism for the children of the Parish." 1821-1824. William Edge in the index of "A History of the Catholic Church in Eastern Nova Scotia" Vol. I by A.A. Johnston. (Not much info on Edge himself; extracts are as follows): CHAPTER 76 - Father Vincent de Paul, Trappist; p. 373-374, Schools for Indians and Negroes. Father Vincent's interest in education extended to all the children of his missions. In 1821 he wrote: I have already established a schoolhouse at Tracadie and I propose to assemble the Indian families in the neighbourhood of our monastery and establish them there in villages. There we can teach them catechism and give them instruction in how to cultivate the land. A year later he was planning a school for the children of the negroes, and hoped to get as teacher an Irishman named Slevin, who was related to Father Henry McKeagney of L'Ardoise. There is no record to show whether or not Slevin accepted the position, but in April 1823 Father Vincent wrote that a Mr. William Edge had spent the winter at Tracadie, teaching the school subjects and catechism to the children of the parish. For a number of years Edge had been entertaining the idea of becoming a Trappist, but he finally found that he had no vocation to the monastic life. CHAPTER 87 - Arichat; p. 439, Edge and Larue, catechism teachers. Mention was made in Chapter 76 of William Edge, who for some time had been staying with Father Vincent at Tracadie, trying to make a definite decision concerning the possibility of his vocation to the monastic life. Edge spent the winter of 1823-24 at Arichat, where he endeavoured to fit himself for the reception of Holy Orders, while he also helped Father Hudon with the church chant and in preparing children for the reception of their First Communion. In the summer of 1824 he left Arichat and returned to Tracadie to teach school. On 24 September of that year Father Hudon wrote to Bishop Plessis, asking that a seminarian be sent to him to replace Edge, and on 20 December he reported that a young man named Larue* had arrived. Although Larue's health was feeble, he was able to be of some assistance to Father Hudon until June 1825, when he returned to Quebec. CHAPTER 97 - Tracadie and the monastery; p. 490-491, A sorrowful death. In the summer of 1824, it will be remembered, William Edge returned from Arichat to Tracadie to teach school. Father Hudon, writing from Arichat to Bishop Plessis on 20 December of that year, told of Father Doucet's death: This morning I received a letter from Tracadie, from Mr. Edge, telling me that Mr. Doucet was very sick; and about four hours later two men came to tell me that he died yesterday at about eleven o'clock in the morning. ____ 1825: Swamped by the wave of Republican tyranny after the French Revolution, and refusing to pledge allegiance to any power other than Rome, Trappist monks fled to the New World, first arriving in North America in 1802. After a series of setbacks in the U.S., and stranded in Halifax with only the clothes on his back and a guinea in his hand, Father Vincent de Paul Merle and a few French Trappist monks founded Petit Clairvaux in 1825. It was located in Monastery, Antigonish County, about 30 kilometres east of present day Antigonish. It was to be the first Trappist monastery in North America. After endeavouring for many years to increase the number of monks at the monastery, Father Vincent died in 1853, never to see his hopes realized. His work was not in vain however, and a large group of monks arrived in 1857-1858. With such good fortune, the membership grew, and the monastery was raised to the status of an independent abbey in 1876. Tragically, fire struck in the late 1890s and the community was forced to move to Rhode Island, and then on to Massachusetts. The monastery was vacant until 1903-1904, when it was once again occupied by a group of French Trappist brothers. Trappists are an Order that do not engage in activities within the community at large. Hence they settle in somewhat remote places where they give themselves to an intense life of prayer and penance. For their support as well as part of their religious discipline, they engage in farming and other manual labour as the situation may demand. In Monastery, they built a sawmill and a gristmill, a dam on their property, and installed a water turbine in the brook. They also farmed the land and kept dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs and horses. http://www.nsgc.gov.ns.ca/mans/Sitelinks/number122.htm 14 Jan 1833, William EDGE was listed as a witness at the marriage of Isidore FOUGERE & Elizabeth LAVANDIER. 21 Jan 1833, William EDGE was listed as a witness at the marriage of Boniface FOUGERE & Henriete COSTE. 1834: William Edge was a signatory as a witness to a legal document concerning the Trustees of the Pomquet church in 1834. 1838 census at Tracadie, Antigonish Co., NS: Wm. Edge; Schoolmaster; male children under 6 = 1; female children under 6 = 1; males between age 6 & 14 = 2 [Simon & Jean-Baptiste; William had died in infancy]; females between age 6 & 14 = 2 [Angelique & Marie]; males over age 14 [blank]; females over age 14 [blank]; total in household = 8. 2001: Lloyd Boucher has a neighbor, Anthony Boudreau, in East Tracadie who owns a clock that William brought from Qu�bec to Tracadie! Godparents for children of Guillaume & Judith [from parish registers; compiled and sent by Lloyd Boucher]: - Angelique: Augustin HYLAND & Madeleine BENOIT - Simon: Isaac BENOIT & Charlotte BENOIT - Jean-Baptiste: J.-B. POTVIN & Angelique BENOIT (Potvin was clergy ofArichat) - William (1): Joseph COTE & Marguerite BENOIT - Marie: Honore PETITPAS & Marguerite BENOIT - Joseph: Simon BENOIT & Charlotte BENOIT - William (2): Pierre COTE & Madeleine BENOIT - Marie-Genevieve: None [none listed]


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