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Michael Henry Brophy

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Michael Henry Brophy, Born in Quebec on November 27th 1859 (baptised the 30th), was a doctor (graduated from Laval University, Quebec), and mayor of Ste-Foy from 1899 to 1905. Son of John-Joseph Brophy, a Canada customs agent, had emigrated from Ireland (Waterford county), and of Mary Aylmer Ryan, also from Irish descent. Michael married, on […]

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Ernest Émile Martin

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Historic preamble: The region of Alsace and part of the Lorraine (modern France) had been annexed to the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The language spoken was then German, although a lot of inhabitants still considered France their country.   Latest child of a wealthy family in Mulhouse, Alsace. His parents ran […]

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Marie-Ernestine Faulque

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Daughter of Alphonse Faulque, a border agent in the French region of Franche-Comté and Marianne Martin, Marie-Ernestine was an uneducated and authoritarian woman. Her parent didn’t get along together and her father found refuge in absinthe, and sunk into alcoholism, virtually abandoning his family.   Marie-Ernestine was the second born of a family of seven children. Although […]

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History of the Bassal family

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In the early 1920’s Faragallah Bassal, member of the Levantine‘s community in Aleppo, Syria, married the young Turkish Elvira Toutounji. The new couple then emigrated, with Faragallah’s brothers, to Egypt, where they reached a land of multiple opportunities. But they ran out of money quickly, and had to ask for help. The group sent a telegram to their family […]

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Maurice Louis Marfaing

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Born in Pamiers in 1906 from Eugénie Quentin and François Marfaing, he loved sport and in his youth has been part of many clubs: gymnastics, rugby, music. After a period of apprenticeship with a plasterer, he did at age 20, like all young French at the time, his militaire service. He served in the horse-drawn […]

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François Marfaing

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François Marfaing grew up in the Pyrenees mountains, from modest family, probably of shepherds. Towards the end of the 19th century, he settled down the valley to work in a metalworking shop. One day, as team leader, he tried to help a fellow worker that failed to grip the hot metal bar that came out […]

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Eugénie Quentin

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Eugénie Quentin had been abandoned as a baby, in expensive lace clothing, and was adopted by a modest family in Ariège. Every year, a very well dressed man showed up at the family dwelling and gave money for her raising. She had been the only one in the family that could get a good education […]

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Anne-Marie Madeleine Martin

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Madeleine Martin was born in 1913, from Ernest Émile Martin and Marie-Ernestine Faulque. She died in Paris in 2007. She married Maurice Marfaing (read incredible story here) and had three children: Yvette, born in 1936 in Belfort, France. Janine, born in 1937 in Chaumont, France, died less than a year after, in Oran, Algeria. Jacques, […]

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Marthe Fabre

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Marthe-Marie-Adrienne Fabre was born on September 9th 1893 and died December 30th 1977. She was the daughter of Gaston Fabre, lawyer, knight of the Legion of Honour, commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, and of Marguerite Cavalier. On April 23rd, 1914, Marthe married Joseph Bry, Professor at the Faculty of Law of […]

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Georges Bry

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Son of Nathalie Arnault and Pierre Bry, Georges Bry was born March 6th 1847 at Châtillon-sur-Sèvre, France, became professor at the faculty of law of Aix in 1874, and later became dean of this faculty. He married in 1883 Marie-Elizabeth Laugier, they had two children: Marie-Madeleine Bry, born April 7th 1884 and Joseph Bry, born […]