NAPOLEON GALLANT’S FAMILY INFORMATION
Napoleon Gallant (July 15, 1838 - Feb. 20, 1926) married
Catherine Clark (1842-1933) in St. Simon and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church,
When Catherine and Napoleon were first married, they lived with Napoleon's parents, Sylvain Hache Gallant and Marie Gaudet Gallant on Lot One, Nail Pond, Tignish, P. E. I. This home was built by Sylvain and his grandfather Prospere Gallant. It was later willed to Napoleon's son, James. Both Napoleon and Catherine died there.
Napoleon was a farmer and a Stage Coach Clerk for the Post Office. He also worked for J. C. Pope who owned a fishing company (taken from the 1881 census). Catherine Clark was the daughter of John and Mary Shreenan Clark (each lot on P. E. I. encompassed thousands of Acres, so many families were living on the same lot or district). Napoleon and Catherine had eleven children born in Tignish, P. E. I. Their Children are:
Francis (Frank) (1864-1942), married Francis (Fanny)
McIver. They lived in Tignish,
Ervustus “Morris” (Elislav) (1867) married Ann McCue. They had nine children:
Fred, Albert, Robert, Joseph, Lilly, Emily Winnifred, Alley, Gertude and Mary Theresa.
Thomas (1868- ) He married
(unknown). They lived in
Hampshire. Their children are: Leon, Annie and Agnes.
He remarried Cornelia Gaudet. They had a foster child, Elcide.
was a successful meat cutter. Thomas died in
Elizabeth A. (Annie) (1866-1929) Married Vincent
Arsenault (1862-1926) and lived in
Mary Ellen (1870-1939) married Joseph O. Gaudet (1868-1932) in 1894. They lived in Tignish, P .E.I.
until they moved to
-Joseph H. (1898-1983) married Florence Risley in 1923. They had four children.
-John J. (1899) who is still living.
-Margaret A. (1903- ), in 1923 she became a Sister of Norte Dame. She is known as Sister Mary Estelle.
-Mary Rose Catherine (1905- ), who died young.
-Mary Emily (1907- )who married Carl E. Hewlin in 1944. They had no children.
-Mary Rose Cecilia (1910-1924).
John Alfred (1871- ) married Jane Handrahan and lived in on Palmer Road Tignish, P.E.!. They had nine children: Annie, Leo, William, Charles, Raymond, Rositta, Margaret, Clara and Gerald.
James (Jim) (1880-1966) married Bridget Ahern (1890-1957) and lived in Tignish, P.E.!. Their children are:
-Bernetta married Ed Arsenault lives in
married Herman Doyle (separated) and lives in
married George Dupont and lives in
Jo married Allan MacLellan and lives in
remained single and lives in
married Arlean Perry (originally Poirier). They live
George H. (1881- ) remained single and lives in Nail Pond, Tignish, P.E.I.
Joseph A. (1876- )
Clara A. (1874-1972) married Thomas (J.P.) Doucette they lived in Summerside, P.E.!. They had six children. Their children are:
-Mary Winnifred (1906- ) who married William H. Chapman in 1927. They had four children, William, Robert,
Frank and Richard who died in
-Arthur J (1907- ) who married Rachel Randolph they had four children, Joseph Arthur (Jad), Chris, Peter and Ann. They lived in Jackson, N. H.
-Catherine (Marie) (1910- ) married Meeker. They had two children Joyce and Donald. Married Frank Burke. They had no children. They live in Jackson N.H.
-Mary A. (1913- ) who married Arthur Gaudet. They had nine children, Audrey, Eileen, twins Jean & Joan, David, Betty Ann, Mary, Eleanor and Kenneth. They live in Summerside, P.E.I.
(1916- ) who married Donald Peterson. They had no children. They live in
-Thomas Hugh (1916-1979) who married Margaret Villard. They had no children. Agnes and Thomas were twins.
William (Willie) who died in his teens.
CATHERINE CLARK’S FAMILY INFORMATION
Catherine Clark Gallant (1842-1933) was a great homemaker. From a letter written by her granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Winnifred (Winnie Doucette) Frazer, I quote:
"Grandmother Catherine's home was well organized and clean, much like the Mennonites or Shakers' homes. Church-going and self-discipline were extremely important as well as promptness and dedication to work. Sunday was a special day; children were never ignored."
"Catherine still had reddish hair as a grandmother. She always dressed in dark clothes and was so clean and neat that she looked as if she were going to Church. Napoleon was the same. His goatee added a note of distinction to his appearance. Catherine sat at the head of the table while Napoleon sat to her left. They began the meals with a blessing a prayer / and ended them with grace. The rosary was said each day after early supper before the milking of the cows. When all the milking and barn chores were finished, another meal was served. After the dishes were washed, put away and the floor swept, all went to bed."
"When all the bedrooms in this large house were occupied, the children could sleep in the large bedroom over the kitchen. There were small iron beds and sometimes we grandchildren slept there."
"My mother (Clara Gallant) and grandmother Catherine were always busy. They did a lot of cooking together. They made all their clothes. They knit the men's underwear, wove blankets, carded and spun the wool after it had been washed. They hooked rugs and also braided rugs."
"They taught Arthur, my brother and me our prayers and Catechism. They read children's' rhymes and fairy tales to us."
"Grandpa Napoleon took Arthur and me out to check the lobster traps. He also told us stories of the Micmac Indians."
"In later years, after we got our own house, our grandparents visited us. They brought us conversation candy and were always interested in our school work. "
"Everything was done on the farm even
the making of furniture. My Uncle George Gallant used to make lovely doll
furniture. In later years when I visited
"In 1912, my brother Arthur and I looked forward to visiting our grandparents in the summer. There was an old building at Nail Pond shore which had once been a store. Here they spent the summers working."
"Grandfather Napoleon used the first floor as a machine shop. We watched him make small oil cans and grind corn. He also repaired furniture. There were cobwebs in the corners of the room loaded with large spiders. These were not to be touched as they were fly-catchers. The walls were pasted with newspapers as well as holy cards. I would have loved to spend time there when I was older to read what was on the walls. I could learn much of the past. Sad to say, when I did return the walls were covered with white-wash.”
"My mother, Clara A Doucette, joined grandmother Catherine upstairs over the workshop. What an
interesting place! Both my grandmother and mother would be using the large and
small spinning wheels. The wool carders were also there ready for use. My
brother Arthur and I were allowed to explore all the contents of chests and
boxes. There were blanket chests in which Grandmother Gallant put orange rinds
for fragrance. The oranges came by boat once a year. She paid five cents apiece
for them at the Tignish Picnic. This was a fund raiser for the Catholic Church,
Catherine Clark married Napoleon Gallant,
In the Census of 1891, John Clark is listed
as a miller living with his wife Mary and family on
Catherine (1842-1933) married Napoleon Gallant. They had eleven children.
John (1844-1927) who married Margaret Clohossey. They lived on
Michael, who married Mary Ann .
Ellen (1852-1943) who married Jeremiah Perry. They lived on Palmer
Road, Tignish. They had three children. Ernest, Joseph and Mary Susan (Minnie).