The LaPLANTE and KELLY families
North Gower and Osgoode Townships, Ontario, Canada
in the 1800's
March 16, 2011:
You people probably receive many e-mails a year with people doing ancestry research...I am another.
I have traced my roots back to North Gower and Osgoode Townships and would like to find more information if available.
My grandfather was Edward LaPlante born 1900 to Basil LaPlante and Margaret Kelly.
This data has been thoroughly checked and verified.
There seems to be a lot of LaPlante's (and similar spellings) in the area. Of Particular interest at this time is:
1) John LaPlont/Catherine Laplont (suspect census misspelling) and their 6 children - is this the same family? or different?
2) Great Grand-dads (Basil) parents Francis LaPlante and Catherine Fleming as well as his brother Francis and sister Mary
3) Information on connection or not of Bazil LaPlante born 1796 and census'ed as living with Francis and Mary in 1871 census
My plan this summer is to visit the area hopefully to find old homesites, graves, etc so that I can put together a fairly
detailed story with pictures.
I realize that this may be inconvenient, so if you can point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated.
If you wish I can call you at your convenience.
Ronald Edward LaPlante
Marriage of Basile LaPlante and Margaret Kelly at
St. Brigid's Church, River Road, Osgoode Township
Source: Drouin Records for St. Brigid's Church at ancestry.ca
St. Brigid's Cemetery, River Road
On the banks of the Rideau River
From Mary Frances:
We do have information re Kelly/LaPlante in Osgoode twp. Would love to hear from you re what you have found.
The Kelly Family are related to William Kelly of Kelly's Landing & the Kellys of Kelly-Reardon Funeral Home in Ottawa
Will be interested in your reply
Mary Frances (LaPlante) Brunt
and From Leslie Grauer:
As a researcher who actually lived in Ottawa for years without knowing about my local roots, I have been
back several times to North Gower and the surrounding research repositories. Here are some of my best
finds and hints:
1) The Ottawa Geneaological Society in Ottawa had a terrific cemetery book, Who's Where?. This will lead you to
any of the local cemeteries; I do not see it on their list http://ogsottawa.on.ca/publications/ but ask.
They also hold all the filmed marriages and maps at their resource centre, and assessment rolls.
They are in Ottawa.
2) The public library in North Gower village - replete with many local books, which had pictures of my family
and a distant cousin (in-law) was the librarian;
3) The Rideau Archives
6581 Fourth Line Rd
North Gower ON, K0A 2T0
Phone #: 613-489-2926
This place , next to the library, was only open Tuesdays, but was a gold mine; the volunteer staff were so
helpful and referred me to a local relative, who I visited with pleasure
4) The Vernon Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum - great discs of Kemptville Advance news,
which covered people in Osgoode and North Gower too. http://www.magma.ca/~oths/
5) National Archives of Canada in Ottawa - home of the Canadian Genealogy Centre
6) The North Gower Cheese Factory is fun to visit.
Let me know how your trip works ... There is a lot of data - you just have to seek it.
Ask people where the land records are. They have amazing detail.
Here are Basile and Catherine in the 1881 Census for North Gower Township.
Canada Census, 1881 for Basil Laplante
Calculated Birth Year: 1867
Occupation: Farm Labour
Ethnic Origin: French
Head of Household: John Laplont
Census Place: Gower North, Carleton, Ontario, Canada
District Number: 108
Sub District: B
Page Number: 29
House Number: 554290
Family Number: 134
Digital Folder Number: 4465422
Image Number: 00402
Film Number: 1375867
Library and Archives Canada Film Number: C-13231
Household Gender Age
John Laplont M 38y
Cathorine Laplont F 33y
Basel Laplont M 14y
Mary Laplont F 11y
Matilda Laplont F 9y
Henry Laplont M 7y
Louis Laplont M 5y
Anos Laplont M 1y
June 28, 2015:
Hi: Catherine Wells Laplante and John (Jean Baptiste) Laplante were my great grandparents. I have done a
lot of work on the family too.
In our family tree, a Jean Baptiste exists. He is my Great X3 Grandfather who died in 1811...there could be
links between our families back further than your Great Grandfather...but...remember that the name 'LaPlante'
is a nickname adopted by my Great X6 Grandfather...and as today, duplications in nicknames between
unrelated people are not uncommon.
Keep up your research! You'll likely find the PRDH database a great help...many libraries have free access
for library members...
Hi: It's OK to add my email. I have an old photo of my grandmother, Bertha Laplante Arnold who died in 1928.
I don't think I could scan it as it is plaqued. There is also Margaret Laplante MacFarlane, my great aunt.
I may have a pic of her. The Laplantes lived in Billings Bridge where John was a builder.
Hi All , you may be aware , A tombstone In St Brigids cemetery Reads , Mary A Laplant
beloved wife of John H McEwen died Sept.16 1913 age 28 years. Celia Laplant 1894-1973 .
John H McEwan Re- Married Mary McEvoy ,they are buried in St.John cemetery (the McEvoy family donated the
land for St. John's Church).
Basil Laplant the way it was told me, Basil Laplant had thrashing machine , and in harvest time worked for
many farmers. thrashing their grain , etc.
for your info, there a number of Laplant spelled with an E. Laplante ,in Holy Cross cemetery in Kemptville ,
There is Basil ,No Tombstone Buried there. some time's , one ask oneself a question , Could This Basil be ancester ??
There is a Baseal Leplent tombstone at Holy Cross Cemetery. Very faded and the dates are not readable.
But this stone belongs to one of the pioneers in Kemptville.
June 30, 2015:
Here is a record which includes Basil Laplante. Source Drouin Records at ancestry.ca for Notre Dame Cathedral.
There is a lot of information in the church records!
31 Mar 1845
After three publications of banns, marriage of Paul Monnet dit Boismenu, adult son of Joseph Monnet dit
Boismenu / Boisvenue ? and Scholastique Duguit (Duguid ?) of Sault-au-Recollet, Lower Canada, to Adeline Leplante dit
Champagne, adult daughter of the late Basile Laplante dit Champagne and the late Marie Larnerenger of
St. Martin, Lower Canada, LC
Witnesses: Jean Champagne, Pierre Leroux, Alfred Moutaud & others
July 2, 2015:
Here are the locations of three Laplante family farms in 1879: Felix, Basil and Joseph. These are located close
to the Rideau River in North Gower Township. There was no Catholic Church in North Gower so the Catholic
parishioners crossed the river to attend St. Bridget's on the River Road in Osgoode Township. There was a bridge
at the village of Wellington (now Kars).
Map Source: Belden's Digital Atlas of Carleton County in 1879
Another French Canadian farm owner2 on the map is Antoine Rivest / Rivet / Revett, who was a shoemaker.
The O'Neill / O'Neil family also has three farms there. All of their records are available in the Drouin Records from
E-mail Ron Laplante, Leslie Grauer, Mary Frances Brunt, Michael Daley, Mary Quinn, Judy Morphet and Al Lewis
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