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Philip G Melanson

Male 1853 - 1913  (60 years)


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  • Name Philip G Melanson 
    Born 11 Dec 1853  Cap Pelé, Westmorland County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 11 Dec 1853  Cap Pele, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • He was born the same day that he was baptized. His godparents are Aime Bourk and Euphemie Melancon.
    Census 1891  subdistrict of River Hebert, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • He is found on this census with his wife and three young daughters. He was born in New Brunswick and his parents were born in New Brunswick.
    Occupation 1891  subdistrict of River Hebert, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    watchmaker 
    Census 1901  Sub-district Weymouth Bridge, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • He is found with his wife and three daughters.
    Occupation Middleton, , Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    jeweler 
    P.G. Melanson, Jeweler, 1853-1913
    P.G. Melanson, Jeweler, 1853-1913
    This small blue box, engraved with the jeweler's initials and surname contains a First Communion pin.
    Occupation 1901  Sub-district Weymouth Bridge, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    jeweler 
    Residence Oct 1906  Weymouth, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Buried Dec 1913  Weymouth, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 9
    Died 14 Dec 1913  Halifax, , Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • His age is given as 52 years (sic). He died of a diabetic coma and had been in hospital for eight days.
    Notes 
    • Discrepancy: The book, The Melansons of Nineteenth-Century Southeastern New Brunswick, by Michael B Melanson states on page 129 that Philippe Melanson, twin brother of Frederic and son of Pierre Melanson & Marguerite Melanson, is the husband of Apollonie Comeau. This Philippe was born 21 July 1852 and baptized at Minudie, Nova Scotia on 23 July 1852 along with his twin brother.

      In the Marriage notice that appeared in Le Moniteur Acadien on Thursday, November 27, 1884, Philippe Melanson of Cap Pelé, New Brunswick weds in Joggins Mines on the 16th to Polonie Comeau of Barronsfield, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The 1891 Census records for subdistrict of River Hebert, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada shows that Philippe/Philip Melanson who married Apollonie (Polony or Polonie) Comeau was born in New Brunswick as well as his parents. His wife and her parents were born in Nova Scotia. In the 1901 census for Weymouth Bridge, Digby, Nova Scotia, Philip's birth date is given as 11th December 1853 and his place of birth is given as Cap Pelé, New Brunswick. This census indicates that his parents were also born in New Brunswick. Therefore, it is highly probable that the Philip Melanson who married Apollonie Comeau is Philippe s/o Joseph Melanson and Victoire Cormier and who was born and baptized in Cap Pelé on 11th December 1853. See him on page 79 of the Melanson book. In the 1881 census, this Philip is living in Botsford District, Westmorland, New Brunswick with his parents and brothers, Jude and Jacob, and he is a day labourer. His mother dies in February 1885 just a few months after Philip marries to Polonie. In the 1891 census for Botsford, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Philip's father is living with Philip's brother, Jude, and his family. Philip is no longer found in New Brunswick because he has married Polonie. In September 1906, an obituary published for Polonie refers to her as Mrs P J Melanson. It is possible that Polonie and Philip's second daughter, Mary Victoria, was named after her paternal grandmother, Victoria Cormier. Sometimes Philp is referred to as Philip J and other times as Philip G. The interchange of J with G may be the French pronunciation of the letter.- note by A. Owen, March 2014.
    Person ID I16424  Annette - Research
    Last Modified 10 May 2019 

    Father Joseph Melanson,   b. 23 Dec 1826, Cap Pelé, Westmorland County, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1898  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Victoire Cormier,   b. Abt 1818,   d. Abt 1885  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Family ID F6685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Apollonie (Polonie\Pauline) Como,   b. 17 Aug 1852, Minudie, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1906, Weymouth, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1884  Joggins Mines, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Marriage - Philippe Melanson & Polonie Comeau
    Marriage - Philippe Melanson & Polonie Comeau
    at Joggins Mines on 16th November 1884.
    Appeared in Le Moniteur Acadian, Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada, jeudi, le 27 novembre 1884, page 3, col.4.
    Children 
     1. Emma Louise Melanson,   b. 14 Sep 1885,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Victoria Melanson,   b. 6 Sep 1886,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Bertha Ellen Melanson,   b. 6 Aug 1888,   d. 1986  (Age 97 years)
    Family ID F6680  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 11 Dec 1853 - Cap Pele, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Book:Melansons of SE N.B. (B29), none., p.79.

    2. [S144] VitalStats: NS,Cumberland Co.,Prov.Archives,Govt. Records, website;yr:1913;bk:6;p.258;#1546-death.

    3. [S69] Parish:Cap Pele, NB; Ste-Therese 1813-1959, Microfilm Reel F-1892., p.224;B.69-bap.

    4. [S313] Census: 1891 Census of Canada/Nova Scotia/Cumberland, mf Reel:T-6312,30Cumberland,Sub-dist:5B-RiverHebert,p39,family148enn.dt.23Apr1891.
      mf Reel:T-6312,30Cumberland,Sub-dist:5B-RiverHebert,p39,family148,enn.dt.23Apr1891:
      Melenson, Philip M 37 M NB NB NB Watchmaker
      Melenson, Poloni F 37 M W NS NS NS
      Melenson, Emma L F 5 D NS NB NS
      Melenson, Mary V F 4 D NS NB NS
      Melenson, Bertha E F 3 D NS NB NS

    5. [S313] Census: 1891 Census of Canada/Nova Scotia/Cumberland, mf Reel:T-6312,30Cumberland,Sub-dist:5B-RiverHebert,p39,family148enn.dt.23Apr1891.

    6. [S505] Census: 1901 Census of Canada/Nova Scotia/Digby, 31Digby;SubDist22-Weymouth Bridge;p25;family232;enn.dt.14May1901.
      31Digby;SubDist22-Weymouth Bridge;p25;family232;enn.dt.14May1901:
      Melonson, Philip M Head M 11Dec1853 47 CapeBald,NB French RC Jeweler
      Melonson, Pauline F Wife M 17Aug1853 47 Baronsfield,NS French RC
      Melonson, Emma L F Daug. 14Sept1885 15 JogginsMines,NS French RC
      Melonson, Mary V F Daug. 6Sept1886 14 JogginsMines,NS French RC
      Melonson, Bertha E F Daug. 6 Aug1888 12 JogginsMines,NS French RC

    7. [S595] Info:Stephen Bryant, email Jun2018.

    8. [S439] Newspaper: Images of clippings in Ella (Burke) Ouellette's Scrapbook, Obituary for Mrs P J Melanson, unknown newspaper.

    9. [S282] Info:Marcel Landry, email Feb2014.

    10. [S94] Book:Le Moniteur Acadien:Inventaire de l'etat civil,vol.1,1867-1886, ISBN-2-922253-01-5 (vol.1)., p.131.

    11. [S294] Newspaper: NB, Shediac, Le Moniteur Acadien, Thursday,27Nov1884,p.3,col.4-marriage.


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