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Re: Luke or Elizabeth Gambee of Canada
Posted by: Malcolm Cogswell Date: January 19, 2002 at 13:08:27
In Reply to: Luke or Elizabeth Gambee of Canada by Lynn Watson-Powers of 19


Parents: Unknown
Place of birth: Unknown
Date of birth: Unknown, but perhaps circa 1738. His first wife died in 1788 at age 50, and he was probably about the same age.
There was a Luke Gamby baptized at Felmersham, Bedford, Bedford, England, on January 22, 1744, son of Thomas and Frances Gamby. This may or may not be the same person.
Occupation: Chandler, Tallow-chandler, Soap boiler, (in Trois RiviŠres: Farmer).
First Marriage: to Hannah (?) Date unknown.
A Luke Gambee was baptized on April 3, 1768. at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England,(parents not given) followed by a marriage of a Luke Gambee to Hannah Brandon in the same church on August 1, of the same year. This suggests an adult baptism, required by the church for the marriage. The name is rare enough that this is probably the same Luke and Hannah.
Children by first marriage: Unknown, but names William, Peter, Anna and Simon have been found, and may be children.
Came to Quebec: by 1784.
In 1784 Luke Gambee signed a petition against the Quebec Act. Opposition to this act came mostly from (a) Loyalist Americans who wanted to own their own land (which could only be rented under the Seigneurial system which was in effect under the act) and (b) a mercantile group, mostly in Montreal, who wanted elected members of government to enact legislation favorable to trade or to land speculation. The act had government by appointed governor and council only.
In 1787, Luke Gambee attended a baptism at the English Church in Quebec City (Anglican) and admitted paternity to William, a bastard, son of Mary Reed, wife of James Reed, carter. Anna Gambee was Godmother. (Luke's daughter? a diferent form of Hannah?)
Death of first wife, Hannah, June 9, and burial June 11 1788, of a "flux of ye womb."
Second Marriage: to Elizabeth Shankle, August 11 1788, by minister of English Church, Quebec City, after Banns read on three separate Sundays. Elizabeth and her father (a witness) signed with an "x". She was daughter of Henry and Carey (Baltzer) Shankle.
Children of second marriage: (Possibly some unknown, as first known child was born almost 6 years after marriage.) Luke (b. July 20 1794), Elizabeth (b. March 30 1796) (these 2 at Trois RiviŠres), Jacob (b. May 10 1798, at Deschambault), Isaac (b. August 30 1800 at Quebec City).
July 31, 1795: Jenkins Williams made application for a land grant in Stanfold Township (south of Becancourt River) naming Luke Gamby as one of the prospective settlers. William Gamby also named. (Peter Gamby named in a different but similar application.) Application was renewed in 1802, and finally granted in 1807. Luke received 1200 acres in 6 non-adjoining lots. No evidence he ever lived on them.
Death of second wife, Elizabeth (Shankle): April 4, burial April 6, 1804, aged 36 years, 9 months.
Third Marriage: to widow Jane Bolivar, March 20, 1810, in Church of Scotland at Quebec City.
Fourth Marriage: to widow Marie Louise Chaumere, widow of Louis Dorval, May 29, 1817. Marriage contract signed the previous day.
Dates of death: of Luke Gambee and his third and fourth wives: unknown.

Other dates: Daughter Elizabeth marries John Strong: Nov. 30, 1815.
Son Jacob marries Marie Barbeaux: July 23 1821.
(August 5 1812: Death of William Gambia at Trois RiviŠres.)

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