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Frances Mary Chapman

Female 1856 - 1919  (63 years)



  • Name Frances Mary Chapman  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Known as "Fanny" 
    Birth 16 Feb 1856  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 5
    • Date of birth not yet confirmed:
      - age 25 per 1881 census, ie b abt 1856;
      - age 35 per 1891 census ie b abt 1856;
      - b 16 Feb 1858? per 1901 census but year almost illegible;
      - age 50 per 1906 census ie b abt 1856;
      - b Oct 1856 per 1911 census, clear writing;
      - age 57 in 1916 census ie b abt 1859;
      - gravestone: died Dec. 24, 1919, aged 63 years; ie b abt 1856.
      Year 1856 considered more probable, as daughter Isabel born 1873-1874.
      (and people are more likely to understate than overstate their age.)
    Emigration 1874  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    • 1873 per 1911 census
    Residence Jun 1881  Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • with husband John French (35), Inspector; children Isabel (7), John P (5), George A (3).
    • A Fanny French is also listed at Wood Mountain, with husband John French, mounted police, Irish b England; + children Fanny, b Manitoba; John; George. Duplication?
    Marriage abt 1888  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Eustace Cyril Molony,   b. 03 Jul 1862, Gatcombe, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1943, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Apr 1891  Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location ; then still known as Qu'Appelle  [5
    • Also resid her children Isabelle French (17) and John S French (15), born NWT Canada
    Residence Jul 1901  Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location ; Household 8; Subdivision 37  [3
    • District: 203, Assiniboia East; Subdistrict: N.1
    Residence Jul 1906  Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location ; Section 36, Township 21, Range 14, Meridian W2  [1
    • District: 15, Qu'Appelle; Subdistrict 42: Townships 22, 23, 24 in ranges 14, 15, 16 and parts of Townships 21 north of Qu'Appelle river in ranges 14, 15, 16, all west of the 2nd M, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
    Residence Jun 1911  Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location ; Township 21, Range 14  [8
    • District 215, Saltcoats; Sub-district 10 (Townships 21, 22 in Ranges 13, 14 west of the 2nd Meridian , and Lipton Village and Lebret Village)
    Residence Jun 1916  Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location ; Township 21, Range 14, Meridian W2  [2
    • District 28: Saltcoats (one of 18). Subdistrict: 11 (one of 27), comprising: Townships 20, 21 and 22, whole or fractional, ranges 12 and 13, meridian W. 2., including the village of Lebret (but not Lipton, Abernathy or Balcarres)
    Death 24 Dec 1919  Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Burial   Lakeview Cemetery, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    • Frances Mary Molony
      Died Dec. 24, 1919
      Aged 63 years
      R. I. P.
      "A palace infinite thy feet in peace shall tread,
      That were so weary here, O thou beloved dead."
      [CanadianHeadstones.com accessed 26 Feb 2012]
    Frances Mary Chapman (1856-1919)
    Frances Mary Chapman (1856-1919)
    Headstone image at Canadian Headstones website
    Notes 
    • Widow of John French, soldier and NWMP officer; b. 1843 in Ireland, youngest son of John French and Isabella Hamilton; m. Frances Mary Chapman; 4 children; d. 12 May 1885 at Batoche SK. John French, a militia captain in Ireland for 16 years, came to Canada and in 1874 joined the North-West Mounted Police, then being organized by his brother George Arthur French, the force's first commissioner. French remained on the force until 1883 when, with the rank of inspector, he retired. He took up farming near the Qu'Appelle River and was soon one of the area's leading citizens, serving a term as churchwarden and as a municipal councillor of [Fort] Qu'Appelle. He was described as a 'tall, powerful soldierly looking man with jet black hair and beard.' In 1885, with the outbreak of rebellion in the west, French was authorized by Major-General Frederick Dobson Middleton to raise a troop of mounted scouts. This corps, which became known as French's Scouts, consisted of one other officer and 33 men. He was killed during the attack on Batoche on 12 May 1885. French received much posthumous praise for his actions at Batoche, including a comparison in the Qu'Appelle Vidette to Charles George Gordon of Khartoum. Lord Melgund, Middleton's chief of staff, reported 'he had done so well and was such a fine leader.' Two of French's sons were to serve in the NWMP.
      [Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online accessed 25 Feb 2012} [7]
    Person ID I3946  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 04 Mar 2012 

    Family Eustace Cyril Molony,   b. 03 Jul 1862, Gatcombe, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1943, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage abt 1888  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Notes 
    • They also had two daughters, Georgina and Violet who married and had children [7]
    • also a daughter Winifred who died in infancy
    • other ch resid 1901 & 1906: Georgina, b Assiniboia 15 Nov 1888; Violet, b Assiniboia 10 Nov 1892 or 1891; also in 1901: Frank, b Assiniboia 02 Jun 1885 (posthumous son of John French)
    • Eustace received his homestead in 1890(?); Frances also had a homestead, granted to her as the widow of Capt. French. [Canadian Government Homestead papers] [7]
    Children 
    +1. Clement Arthur Molony,   b. 04 Aug 1898, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1968, Dawson Creek, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Histories
    Qu'Appelle and its links with the family
    Qu'Appelle and its links with the family
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2012 
    Family ID F1163  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 16 Feb 1856 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1874 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1881 - Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - abt 1888 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - abt 1888 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - then still known as Qu'Appelle - Apr 1891 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Household 8; Subdivision 37 - Jul 1901 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Section 36, Township 21, Range 14, Meridian W2 - Jul 1906 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Township 21, Range 14 - Jun 1911 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Township 21, Range 14, Meridian W2 - Jun 1916 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 24 Dec 1919 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Lakeview Cemetery, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S01] Census, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, 21 Jul 1906.
      age 50 b Ireland

    2. [S01] Census, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, 01 Jun 1916.
      age 57 b Ireland

    3. [S01] Census, Canada, 1901.
      age 44 b Ireland

    4. [S07] Other Sources, Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
      sv John French

    5. [S01] Census, Canada, 1891.
      age 35 b Ireland

    6. [S01] Census, Canada, 1881.
      age 25 b Ireland

    7. [S03] Family Members, RMC.

    8. [S01] Census, Canada, 1911.
      b Ireland Oct 1856

    9. [S23] Monumental Inscription, Fort Qu'Appelle Lakeview Cemetery.