John Cyril Gallant
Son of Frank Gallant & Fanny McIver

John C. and Lena Gallant
John C. and Lena Gallant
Circa 1931

 


John Cyril Gallant was born in Newton, P.E.I. on May 13th, 1899 and was the fifth of eight children born to Frank and Frances (McIver) Gallant. His grandparents were Napoleon and Catherine (Clark) Gallant.

John C. attended the local school but left early to help his father on the farm. His mother, a teacher and a very spiritual person had a great influence on him which lasted throughout his life. He was faithful to his Church and family obligations.

On January 26, 1921, he married Catherine Helena “Lena” Shreenan who was the daughter of John Shreenan and Catherine Johnston. John C. and Lena lived with Frank and Fanny in Newton for a number of years. Their children, Florence, St. Clair, Raymond, Edna and Mary were born there.

In 1930, John C. and Lena moved their family to Kinkora where John C. butchered livestock and sold meat. They lived in John R. McCabe's old house where Francis Smith now lives. Their children Eileen and Alban were born there.

 
 

In 1933, John C and Lena traded places with Lena's brother, Ollie Shreenan and took over his 200 acre farm which is pictured below in an aerial shot. Their children Cyril, Lloyd and Rose Marie were born in this house. John C. went back to mixed farming. He also raised many different animals such as horses, cows, sheep, pigs, chicken, geese, ducks and even for a while had a dozen pens where he raised foxes. John C. also had a stallion which he used for breeding. The sheep were sheared every year for their wool which was made into yarn for knitting.

John C. and Lena had ten children. John C. was a very strict man and his children were assigned chores which they were expected to do. After the children were all raised and moved away, John C. built a small house for himself and Lena in 1960 with the help of his brother, Boyd. It was located right next door to the farm which his son, Lloyd took over.

Lena passed away suddently on July 6th, 1968 at the age of 69. A few years later John C. sold his home and moved into the Kinkora Senior Citizen's Residence. He took a bad stroke in 1975 and had to move to the Sacred Heart Home in Charlottetown where he lived for 5 1/2 years before passing away on May 28th, 1981 at the age of 82.

 
John C. and Lena Gallant and family - 1946 Florence Gallant St. Clair Gallant Eileen Gallant Edna Gallant Lloyd Gallant Raymond Gallant Alban Gallant Rosemarie Gallant Cyril Gallant Mary Gallant
John C. and Lena Gallant family in 1946 on the occasion of John C. & Lena's 25th Wedding Anniversary. L-R back row: Alban, Raymond, Florence, St. Clair, Eileen, Edna & Lloyd.
L-R front row: Rose Marie, Lena, Cyril, John C. and Mary

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John C. and Lena Gallant and family - 1931
Here's an early picture of John C. and Lena Gallant's family in 1931. L-R: John C., Florence,
St. Clair, Raymond, Lena holding Eileen with Mary and Edna standing in front.

St. Clair, Raymond, Edna, Mary & Flo Gallant
 
John C Gallant with his two daughters
John C. with his two daughters,
Edna and Mary in 1931
St. Clair, Raymond in back row.
Edna, Mary and Florence in front - 1929
 
John C. and Lena Gallant and family - 1938
 
John C and Lena Gallant with 3 of their children
John C. and Lena's family in 1938 -
Back row: Raymond, Lena, John C. & Florence
Front row: Edna, Lloyd, Alban, Cyril, Mary & Eileen

 
Lena, Raymond and John C. Gallant
Lloyd & Rose Marie in front. Circa 1940
Eileen, Edna and Mary Gallant
Eileen, Edna and Mary Gallant's
1st Communion - late 1930s
 
Eileen, Mary, Cyril and Alban Gallant
Eileen and Mary in back
with Cyril and Alban in front - Circa 1940

 

 
Fanny Gallant wiht 3 of her sons
Three Gallant brothers with their mother - 1950
L-R: John C, Boyd and George
with Fanny Gallant sitting in front.
 
Lena and John C. Gallant
Lena and John C. Gallant - 1950s.

 

 

Lena and John C. Gallant with their family
The Gallant Family in the mid 1950s - L-R: Flo, Eileen, Al, John C, Lena, St. Clair, Mary and Ray.
Edna, Lloyd, Cyril and Rose Marie are missing from this photo.

 

John C. Gallant with 3 of his sisters
John C. Gallant with three of his sisters
L-R: Sr. Frances Marie (Faustina), Mary Maud and Frances - Circa 1960s.

Lena and John C. Gallant with  John C's sister Mary Maud and brother, Boyd
 
ohn C. and Lena Gallant
Lena & John C. Gallant with John C's sister,
Mary Maud McCarville and brother, Boyd Gallant.
Circa 1960s
 
John C. Gallant with his wife, Lena - 1960s

 


Lena and John C. Gallant's farm in Kinkora
Aerial photo (circa 1980s) of John C. Gallant's farm in Kinkora, PEI
which was originally owned by Lena's brother, Ollie Shreenan.

 

John C. and Lena Gallant's new house in Kinkora PEI
John C. and Lena Gallant's new house in Kinkora under construction in 1960.
Brothers, Boyd and John C. Gallant are pictured in front of the house.
John C. and Lena Gallant's 10 children
John C. and Lena Gallant's children in Aurora, Ontario on May 24, 1986.
L-R: Alban, Edna, Cyril, Mary, Lloyd, Florence, Raymond, Rose Marie, St. Clair and Eileen
 

 
Eileen MacKenzie, Rose Marie Gallant, Al Gallant and Mary Keefe
Four of John C. Gallant's children get together in Toronto - April, 2007.
L-R: Eileen MacKenzie, Rose Marie Gallant, Al Gallant and Mary Keefe.
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