Charles Lawrence DE-171 - History

Charles Lawrence DE-171 - History

Charles Lawrence

Charles Lawrence who was born in Portland, Oreg., 29 December 1916, enlisted in the Navy 12 February 1940. Serving as an Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class at the Naval Air Station at Kanoche, Oahu, Lawrence was killed in action during the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian Islands 7 December 1941.

(DE-53: dp. 1,400, 1. 306'; b. 36'10"; dr. 9'5"; s. 24 k.;
cpl. 186; a. 3 3", 3 21" tt., 8 dep., 1 dcp.(hh.), 2 dct.;
cl. Buckleu)

Charles Lawrence (DE-53) was launched 16 February 1943 by Bethlehem Hingham Shipyards, Inc., Hingham, Mass., sponsored by Mrs. S. Lawrence; commissioned 31 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander L. Kintberger in command.

Assigned first to escort central Atlantic convoys of tankers between Norfolk, VA., and Casablanca, Charles Lawrence made one such voyage between 16 August and 24 September 1943. She was then transferred to the high-speed tanker convoys formed at New York from ships which had sailed independently up the east coast, now swept of the submarine menace, from West Indian oil ports. Between 13 October 1943 and 23 September 1944, Charles Lawrence escorted eight such convoys to Northern Ireland, returning with the tankers in ballast to New York. This flow of the fuel of war was so safely guarded by her group that only one tanker was lost in any of their passages. Along with the constant alertness against submarine attack, Charles Lawrence had to maintain a high standard of seamanship to keep the seas in all kinds of weather. At one time, during what was known as the "Christmas Hurricane," of 1943, the ships of her convoy were virtually hoveto for 20 hours.

Charles Lawrercne was reclassified APD-37 on 23 October 1944, and was converted to a high-speed transport in New York City. After brief shakedown, she cleared Norfolk, VA., 27 January 1945 for Pearl Harbor, where she replenished between 22 February and 5 March. She was routed on to Ulithi, where she arrived 23 March to join the Northern Attack Force Screen for the assault on Okinawa.

Charles Lawrence arrived off the Hagushi beaches 1 April 1945, in the screen for a group of 20 transports. She remained close inshore to guard the launching of the initial assault waves, then moved out to sea to take her place on the semicircular screen established around the transport area. For 3 months she continued to patrol watchfully off Okinawa, guarding against attack by suicide boats and aircraft or submarines. The only interruptions to this vigil-came when she was ordered to escort shipping away from the embattled island to ports in the Philippines, Marianas and Carolines. Firing often against the desperate kamikazes, she escaped injury.

After the war, Charles Lawrence covered the landing of occupation forces in the Japanese Inland Sea, then acted as transport between the Philippines and Manus. She returned to San Diego 16 December 1945, and to Norfolk, VA., 30 December. On 21 June 1946 she decommissioned, in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Charles Lawrence received one battle star for World War II service.

Charles Lanier Lawrance

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Charles Lanier Lawrance, (born Sept. 30, 1882, Lenox, Mass., U.S.—died June 24, 1950, East Islip, N.Y.), American aeronautical engineer who designed the first successful air-cooled aircraft engine, used on many historic early flights.

After attending Yale University Lawrance joined a new automobile firm that was later ruined by the financial panic of 1907. He then went to Paris, where he studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts School and experimented with aeronautics at the Eiffel Laboratory, designing and building an 8-cylinder, 200-horsepower engine. He also designed a new type of wing section with an exceptionally good lift-to-drag ratio the wing design was used widely in World War I.

Returning home in 1914, Lawrance continued his research, which culminated in the development of the engine later named the Wright Whirlwind by the Curtiss-Wright Company, of which he was chief of engineering. The Whirlwind, air-cooled with the aid of cooling fins on the cylinder heads, was improved in a succession of models for the U.S. Army and Navy and general aviation. By the mid-1920s its power and reliability had been demonstrated so effectively that a remarkable series of long-distance flights became possible: those of Admiral Byrd in the Arctic, that of Charles Lindbergh from New York City to Paris, and those of Amelia Earhart, Byrd, and Clarence Chamberlin across the Atlantic.

In 1930 Lawrance left Curtiss-Wright to form his own engineering firm, the Lawrance Engineering & Research Corporation, which, among other projects, built thousands of auxiliary electric-generating plants for World War II bombers.

Although the recipient of many honorary degrees and other distinctions, Lawrance remained relatively obscure despite the sensational publicity of the Lindbergh flight, an irony on which he commented, “Who remembers Paul Revere’s horse?”

Remembering the Harlem Hellfighters

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As the world prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I this November, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is shining a spotlight on the critical role played by the approximately 200,000 African Americans who served in Europe during the conflict, including roughly 42,000 of whom saw combat.

One of the most renowned units of African American combat troops was the highly decorated 369th Infantry Regiment - best known as the “Harlem Hellfighters” - heroes whose stories, until recently, had largely been forgotten.

Before setting out for Europe, the unit was refused permission to participate in the farewell parade of New York’s National Guard, known as the “Rainbow Division,” because “black is not a color in the rainbow.”

But after being assigned to fight under the 16th Division of the French army - because many white American soldiers refused to serve with black soldiers - they quickly proved their bravery and combat skills.

Photograph of Lawrence McVey in uniform wearing the Croix de Guerre medal ca. 1920. See more.

The regiment was initially nicknamed the “Black Rattlers” for the rattlesnake insignia that adorned their uniforms, and they were called “Men of Bronze” by the French. It is believed that their German foes were the first to dub them “Hellfighters” for their courage and ferocity.

In one engagement two of the most celebrated members of the unit, Private Henry Johnson and Private Needham Roberts, fought off an entire German patrol despite being severely wounded and out of ammunition. After Roberts became incapacitated, Johnson ultimately resorted to using his bolo knife.

During the war, the Harlem Hellfighters spent more time in continuous combat than any other American unit of its size, with 191 days in the front-line trenches. They also suffered more losses than any other American regiment, with more than 1,400 total casualties.

The extraordinary courage of the Harlem Hellfighters earned them fame in Europe and America, as newspapers recounted their remarkable feats. After the war, the French government awarded the coveted Croix de Guerre medal to 171 members of the regiment, as well as a Croix de Guerre citation to the unit as a whole. Some members of the Harlem Hellfighters received military awards from the U.S. government, including the Distinguished Service Cross. In 2015, Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest military honor.

World War I Croix de Guerre medal awarded to the 369th Infantry Regiment. See more.

The Harlem Hellfighters were the first New York combat unit to return home, and the regiment, which had been denied a place in the farewell parade the prior year, was rewarded with a victory parade.

On Feb. 17, 1919, New Yorkers of every race turned out in huge numbers to cheer as 3,000 Harlem Hellfighters proudly marched up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to the music of their renowned regimental jazz bandleader, James Reese Europe.

Stereograph of the homecoming parade for the Harlem Hellfighters, 1919. See more.

Unfortunately, their fame quickly faded, and for nearly 100 years the remarkable story of the Harlem Hellfighters was largely erased from America’s national consciousness.

With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, however, the courage and service of African American patriots like the Harlem Hellfighters is once again being recognized and celebrated.

The Museum’s “Double Victory: The African American Military Experience” exhibition explores how the African Americans who served in the military since the American Revolution have not only defended our country, but also helped to lead the fight for equality and justice for the greater African American community.

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Military Records at the Archives & Library of the Ohio History Connection

15,354 Ohioans served in volunteer and Ohio National Guard Units during the Spanish-American War. Many people in the U.S. objected Spain's treatment of their then colony Cuba. The United States declared war on Spain on April 25, 1898 by President William McKinley, an Ohioan, after the Maine, a U.S. battle ship, exploded near Cuba. The conflict lasted less than 3 months with Spain, and ended in a complete victory for the United States with the 1898 Treaty of Paris. Cuba technically gained independence and the U.S. acquired the Spanish colonies of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines as territories. The 4th, 6th, and 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry's served overseas during the conflict. 230 total deaths were recorded.

Collection Information and Access

The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War with Spain, 1898-1899 [R 973.89471 B786i 1991] is available for research in the Library with a separate index that contains regimental histories.

The Spanish-American War Rolls, 1898 [State Archives Series 1139] include assignment cards, muster rolls, payrolls, correspondence, canceled checks, and company descriptive rolls. They are available on microfilm rolls GR 2062 through GR 2087 in the Library Microfilm Room.

Spanish-American War Veterans Grave Registration Cards, A-Z [State Archives Series 6992] can be paged for research in the Library. Files include the veteran's name, company, birth date, and death date ranging from 1920 to 1980.

Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio, 1861-1898 [State Archives Series 147] contains correspondence related to Spanish-American War topics. Responses to these letter can be found in Correspondence from the Adjutant General, 1861-1898 [State Archives Series 146]. Both collections can be paged for researched in the Library.

Further Spanish-American War information can be accessed by using Ancestry and Fold3 which are available via computers in the Library.

You can browse all Spanish-American War era newspapers, library, archives, and museum records using our Online Collections Catalog.

Spanish-American War Battle Flags

Below is a an example of a Civil War battle flag found in our museum collections.

Description: This flag is a silk guidon of 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H and Battery I. The gold appliques of crossed cannons are an "I" above and an "H&rdquo below against a red field. At one time it was likely a swallowtail shape but has since been torn. Both Battery H and I mustered out of Cincinnati. President McKinley, a fellow Ohioan, issued the first call for volunteers on April 23, 1898. They easily filled Ohio's initial quota of six infantry regiments and four batteries of light artillery. The term of enlistment for volunteer troops in 1898 was for two years or until discharged.​

The Guidon of 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery H and I flag is part of the Ohio Adjutant General's Battle Flag collection maintained and preserved by the Ohio History Connection. More images of the Ohio battle flags from the Spanish-American War era are available on Ohio Memory, a statewide digital library program.

Colonel Charles Young

Charles Young was the first African American to achieve the rank of colonel in the United States Army and, until his death in 1922, was the highest-ranking African American officer. In 1884, he reported to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He became its third African American graduate five years later. After graduating with a commission as a second lieutenant, he proceeded to serve 28 years with black troops in the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalries, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. He had multiple military assignments both foreign and domestic, and it was after his service in Mexico, during the 1916 Punitive Expedition, that he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Young was placed on the U.S. Army's inactive list during World War I due to health concerns, later riding from Wilberforce, Ohio where he was a professor to Washington, D.C. to prove his fitness for duty. Young was reinstated as a full colonel in 1918. He died in 1922 while on a reconnaissance mission in Nigeria. He received a full military funeral and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Below is a photograph of Colonel Charles Young in uniform. More images of Colonel Young and collection finding aids pertaining to him are available on Ohio Memory, a statewide digital library program.

Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point by Brian Shellum [B Y84s 2006] is available to be paged and researched in the Library. Shellum also authored Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment: The Military Career of Charles Young [B Y84s1 2010] which is also available to be paged and researched in the Library.

The Glendower Photograph Collection, circa 1850-1940 [AV 300] includes photographs of Charles Young and his family. This collection contains a compilation of photographs from smaller collections once held at the Glendower Museum in Warren County, Ohio.

Additional collections pertaining to Colonel Young may be accessed at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. Some collection materials are available on their Ohio Memory webpage.

The 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Battalion

The 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Battalion was an African American regiment formed in 1881 with companies in Springfield and Columbus. A company was added in Xenia in 1884, then in Cleveland in 1898. The battalion was commanded by Major Charles Young. The regiment did not see overseas service during the Spanish-American War, but spent duration of the war at several camps across the United States. This regiment, along with the 10th U.S. Cavalry, were also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

Below is a photograph of Arthur Kelton Lawrence, who served as a hospital steward in the 9th Battalion during the Spanish-American War. More images related to the 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Battalion from the Spanish-American War era are available on Ohio Memory, a statewide digital library program.

The Lawrence Family Collection [P 104] contains photographs and oversize materials related to Dr. Thomas Lawrence and his family, including his son Arthur Kelton Lawrence. The collection includes photographs from the Spanish-American War. A finding aid for this collection is available on Ohio Memory.

Charles Wilgus

We called on Mr. C. Wilgus, one of the oldest citizens in Quaker Bottom [in Lawrence County, Ohio]. He is a very pleasant entertaining gentleman, and took much pleasure in giving us anecdotes and incidents of early pioneer history.

Mr. Wilgus was born in New Jersey, about six miles above Trenton, Dec. 3, 1801. His father located at Guyandotte in 1812. At this time there was but one house in the bottom above Proctorville, which was cleared about one-half way to Paddy creek. Mr. Wilgus has in his possession facts pertaining to the early settlers, dating back much further than the date of his arrival. He wrote out a short sketch which we give in his own language.

1908 Photo – Two people on Guyandotte Bridge, directly across the Ohio River from Proctorville, Ohio

In 1796 John Phillips, Jesse Baldwin and family, members of the Friends from Westfall, North Carolina Phineas Hunt and his family, all members of the society of Friends except himself (and he soon became a member) moved to the Virginia side of the Ohio River. In the latter part of the year 1797, Jesse Baldwin, after raising some corn opposite Green Bottom, moved some eighteen miles down the Ohio and settled in what is now called Quaker Bottom, in Lawrence county, Ohio, opposite the mouth of Guyandotte river and present town of that name.

Here he was very soon joined by Nathaniel Pope and family, of Grayson county, Va. His wife was a member of the Friends and himself sometime after. I note this place of more than usual interest, it being the spot where Friends in the Northwest Territory first settled down to hold a meeting for divine worship.

In the year 1799, Thomas Beal, who had visited this county twenty-four years before, now moved to Quaker Bottom with his family and sons, John and David, and their families, and grandson Able Thornberry Obediah Overman, Abigail and his wife and family, all from Grayman Co., Va. On their arrival they opened a meeting for worship at the residence of Jesse Baldwin, which was regularly held while they stayed there. Jesse Baldwin got section twenty-five and part of twenty-six, on which he built a house and mill. He sold it to Thomas Worthington. Old man Buffington and Stephen Wilson bought out Worthington in 1800. This I learned from Mr. Baldwin’s son, who came from the Little Miami to find the remains of the house and mill. He published a paper, descriptive of the place soon after his visit.

Mr. Wilgus, after giving us the above clear sketch dropped into a pleasant conversation about his own experiences. We then considered three or four acres a very large field. Buffington had fifteen acres under cultivation this was called the big field and was the wonder of the neighborhood. It took five men to tend it and they considered themselves working hard. It was hard work to get bread, but meat could be obtained in abundance as game was very plentiful. I have seen one hundred turkeys in a flock and have killed fifteen at one hunt. We often lived on meat alone, nut being able to get our corn ground. Opossums and raccoons were thick. We got all our powder and lead by trading their skins, which were worth about 12 ½ cents each.

We cultivated flax, which the women spun for clothes. Many were buckskin pants and hunting shirts and also linen roundabouts for winter. We had coffee on Sunday morning and tea Sunday noon and plenty of “johnny cakes.” Hogs weighing under 200 lbs. Were sold for 75 cents over 200 lbs. for $1.00. Milch cows were sold at from three to five dollars. Beeves used at shooting matches were obtained for $2.50. In the fall, when the corn was laid by, the great amusement was shooting matches. The regular distance was 40 yards off hand or 100 yards with a rest.

The Miller brothers carried the mails from Maysville to Limestone and for a year from Wheeling, Va. They would travel sometimes on one side of the river and sometimes on the other. If they noticed Indian trails on the Ohio side, they would return on the Virginia side. They camped in the woods and built fires in a hole dug in the earth so the blaze wouldn’t show. They would scrape the snow away and roll themselves in their blankets and sleep. Joe was, at one time, returning on the Ohio side he had shot a deer and was skinning it.

Hearing a slight noise on the hill above him, he looked up and saw what he supposed to be elk’s horns glistening in the sunlight. What was his surprise to see about thirty Indians appear on the bluff above his camp. He hastily tied his shot pouch to his head, grasped his rifle in his hand and swam across the river. He reached the other shore, ascended the bank and got behind a tree. The Indians called him to come to them, but he knowing them too well, fired his gun at the crowd and ran as fast as possible on his way leaving them to enjoy his hard earned supper on the other side.

About all the mail there was to carry at this time, was information from one fort to another. We had a log school house, with a large old fashioned fireplace and benches without desks. For a window, a hole about one foot square was sawed in the logs and a piece of greased paper served in lieu of glass. The teacher received $1.00 per scholar by subscription. I went three months to Bill Parker, who couldn’t cipher as far as long division. I also went one month to an old man whose name I have forgotten. This was all the schooling I ever got.

There were no parties at this time. Any one could run. At one time we got a sort of simple fellow by the name of Tom Jones to oppose the governor of Ohio. He worked all fall making looms and spent all his money buying votes. We all voted for him just for fun. This shows what little attention we paid to politics in those days.

Mr. Wilgus served as Sheriff for two terms, and county assessor one term. “The capital was then at Burlington. I could tell within twenty votes how the county would go. I had three men in every township except Decatur and Elizabeth these men took down all the names and how they would vote. On my second race I told the result within fifteen votes. This was when I defeated Judge Green.

No, the office didn’t pay as well then as it does now. I got one hundred and fifty dollars for two hundred days hard riding. I never had to go after men. I sent for them and they always came. I tell you money was scarce those days. I once rode one half day trying to borrow twenty-five cents to get a letter from the post office. This was the amount of postage and it had to be paid before receiving the letter.

We lived in one story log houses with clapboard doors and floors of puncheon. Latches and hinges were of wood. If the latch string were pulled in you were not welcome. Whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon and I never knew a case of delirium tremens.

Mr. Wilgus has a very pleasant home, is hale and hearty and has a pleasant word for all. He tends to his business personally, and bids fair to reach the end of the century.

Obituaries 1902-2011

This index of typed obituaries range in dates from 1902 – 2011 and was compiled by David Parsons, who wished it to be shared on ‘The Lawrence Register’ website.

These obituaries are persons associated with descendants of the Lawrence County, Ohio Hardesty/Lake Atlas family trees and were typed exactly as they were first published in the newspapers. Most of the newspapers are from Ironton, Ohio, Huntington, WV, Gallipolis, Ohio, Ashland, KY, and Point Pleasant, WV. Even though this is not a complete list , it is important material for the genealogist.

There are a total of 2,141 obituaries listed, some were abstracted from several newspapers. I am adding the entire index, but bear with me in getting the entire file posted. I apoloize that it has taken me so long to post them.

My sincere graditiude goes to both David Parsons for compiling this list and sharing it with me and to Brenda McClaskey Wilson Cook, who was a tremendous help in formatting these obituaries. – Martha


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The family genealogy for my PELLETIER ancestors/descendants from Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts below is incomplete. Information was gathered from,,, the Lawrence, MA Public Library, the Lawrence, MA City Clerk’s Office, Sacred Heart Church Cemetery Office, Lawrence, MA, George A Pelletier’s former website and various family members. Also check out the Pelletier Family Association web site at Feel free to email me if you have any questions and/or information to provide to this family chain. Thanks.

As I work further into this PELLETIER FAMILY GENEALOGY, the more unanswered questions of names, dates, where, etc. comes up. If you can help with some needed information that is missing from this page, please email me.

  1. Underlined names will link you to that person’s obituary.
  2. Underlined cemetery listing will link you to that person's profile (most with headstone photo's).

RENE PELLETIER b.Abt.1543-d. St-Pierre, De Bresolettes, Perche, Cordonnier, France, age ?.

NOTE: There are documents in the genealogy archives of the Paris National Library that indicate that the Pelletiers from Perche are probably descendants of Barthelémy Le Pelletier of Brittany. Barthelémy was given the Perche forest by the French King, Charles V, as a reward for his bravery in the battle of Thouars, in Poitou, 07 Aug 1372. (Louise Pelletier in La Pelleterie, Bulletin #25, Volume 11, No. 1, Winter 1997.)

1 ELOI PELLETIER b.02 Jun 1563-d.11 Feb 1626, St-Pierre, De Bresolettes, Perche, Cordonnier, France, age 62, son of Rene Pelletier.

+ FRANCOISE (Matte) PELLETIER b.02 Apr 1567, Bresolettes, Chartres, Perche, France-d.21 Jan 1665, Bresolettes, Lower-Normandy, France, age 97

Francoise (Matte) Pelletier (Pictures courtesy from

(Married Abt.1578 in Bresolettes, Perche, France).

2 GUILLAUME William PELLETIER, Sr. b.11 May 1598, Bresolettes, Lower-Normandy, France-d.27 Nov 1657, Cote de la Montagne Cemetery, Quebec City, Canada, age 59, son of Eloi and Francoise.

Guillaume Pelletier (Pictures courtesy of G.Pelletier)

+ MICHELLE (Mabille) PELLETIER b.20 May 1592, St-Aubin de Tourouvre, Mortagne, Chartres, Perche, France-d.21 Jan 1665, Cote de la Montagne Cemetery, Quebec City, Canada, age 73, daughter of Guillaume William Mabille.

Michelle (Mabille) Pelletier (Pictures courtesy from

(Married 12 Feb 1619 in St-Aubin, Tourouvre, Perche France. They had 3-children).

3 JEAN John PELLETIER b.12 Jun 1622, Tourouvre, Basse-Normandie, France-d.24 Feb 1698, Rivière-Ouelle Cemetery, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, New France [Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada], age 71, son of Guillaume and Michelle.

Jean Pelletier (Pictures courtesy from

+ MARIE-ANNE (Langlois) PELLETIER b.02 Sep 1637, Ile d’Orleans, Québec, New France [Canada]-d.16 Mar 1704, Rivière-Ouelle Cemetery, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Québec, New France [Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada], age 66, daughter of Noel Langlois and Francoise Garnier.

Marie-Anne (Langlois) Pelletier (Pictures courtesy from

(Married on 09 Nov 1649 in Beauport, Québec, New France [Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada]. They had 10-children).

(Pictures courtesy of the Pelletier Family Association)

The monument set up in memory of Jean Pelletier and Anne Langlois, in the cemetery of Rivirè-Ouelle, was installed at the entry in a location especially arranged "to remember our ancestral families". Jean and Anne (Langlois) Pelletier were buried in this cemetery.

4 CHARLES PELLETIER b.25 Sep 1671, Beauport, Québec, Canada-d. 30 Sep 1748, St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age 77, son of Jean and Anne.

+ MARIE-THERESE (Ouellet) PELLETIER b.1679, St.Jacque-D-Haut, Paris, France-d.25 Jul 1707, St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age 28, Charles Pelletier's 1st Marriage and the daughter of Rene Ouellet and Therese Mignot.

(Married on 07 Jan 1697 in Riviere-Ouelle, Québec, Canada. They had 5-children).

+ BARBE (St. Pierre) PELLETIER b. ?-d. St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age ?, Charles Pelletier's 2nd Marriage and the daughter of Pierre St. Pierre and Marie Gerbert.

(Married on 12 Jan 1711 in Riviere-Ouelle, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada).

5 JEAN-JOSEPH PELLETIER b.30 Sep 1702, Riviere-Ouelle, Québec, Canada-d.07 Apr 1756 in St-Roch, Des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age 53, son of Charles and Marie.

+ MARIE-URSULE (St. Pierre) PELLETIER b.05 Feb 1702-d.1769, St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age Abt.67

(Married on 20 Nov 1728 in St. Anne de la Pocatiere, Riviere-Ouelle, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada. They had 9-children).

6 JEAN-FRANCOIS PELLETIER b.12 Sep 1738-d.1819, St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age 81, son of Joseph and Marie.

+ CLAIRE-EUPHROSINE (Bernier) PELLETIER b.10 May 1750, Cap St. Ignace, Quebec, Canada-d.Bef.1808, St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age <58

(Married on 21 Nov 1765 in Cap St-Ignace, Québec, Canada. They had 3-children).

7 PIERRE-HYPOLLITE PELLETIER b.27 May 1774, La Pocatière, Kamouraska Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada-d. St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age ? , son of Jean and Marie.

+ JOSETTE (Dionne) PELLETIER b.13 Apr 1778, Riviere Ouelle, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada-d. age ? , St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

(Married on 23 Feb 1802 in St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada. They had 10-children).

8 JEAN-PIERRE PELLETIER b.02 Dec 1802-d. St. Roch des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada, age ? , son of Pierre and Marie-Josephe.

+ MARIE-ADELINE (Mercier) PELLETIER b.1810-d. Port Joli, Québec, Canada, age ?

(Married on 16 Feb 1830 in St. Jean, Port Joli, Québec, Canada. They had 5-children).

My GG-Grandfather and Son of Jean-Pierre Pelletier and Marie-Adeleine Mercier:

9 ALPHONSE JOSEPH PELLETIER d.05 May 1835-d.19 Feb 1924, age 88, St-Roch Des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

My GG-Grandmother and Daughter of Francois Roy and Marie-Angelique Sasseville:

+ ARTHEMISE (Roy) PELLETIER b.1834-d.1874, age 40, St-Roch Des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

(Charles-Amedee Pelletier’s parents)

Married: 22 July 1863 in St. Anne-de-la-Pocatiere, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada

My GG-Grandfather and Son of Clovis Dionne and Marie-Theotiste Rossignol:

- DIEUDONNE DIONNE b.1852, St. Denis, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada–d.08 Jul 1932, age 80, St. Philippe deNeri, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

My GG-Grandmother and Daughter of Joseph Soucy and Sophie Rossignol:

- MARIE-AGNIS (Soucy) DIONNE b.31 Jul 1849, St. Denis, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada–d.05 Jan 1942, age 92, St. Philippe deNeri, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada

(Marie-Louise [Dionne] Pelletier’s parents)

Married: 11 August 1874 in St. Philippe deNeri, Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada

My Great-Grandfather and Son of Alphonse Pelletier and Arthemise Roy:

10 CHARLES-AMEDEE PELLETIER b.08 Oct 1873, St-Roch Des Aulnaies, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada-d.17 May 1929, age 55, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Andover, Massachusetts

DUNDAS, Hon. Charles Lawrence (1771-1810).

b. 18 July 1771, 3rd s. of Sir Thomas Dundas, 2nd Bt.*, 1st Baron Dundas, and bro. of Hons. George Heneage Lawrence Dundas*, Lawrence Dundas*, and Robert Lawrence Dundas*. educ. Harrow 1779-85, Trinity Coll. Camb. 1788 L. Inn 1789, called 1795. m. 16 Feb. 1797, Lady Caroline Beauclerk, da. of Aubrey Beauclerk † , 8th Duke of St. Albans, 1s. 3da.

Offices Held

Private sec. to ld. lt. [I] 1795.


When his family transferred their support to government with the Portland Whigs in 1794, Dundas was recommended by his uncle Earl Fitzwilliam for the position of Portland’s private secretary. His father approved, satisfied that there could not be ‘a more eligible situation for a young man to begin the world’,1 but in the event it was Fitzwilliam himself who on his appointment as lord lieutenant took him to Ireland as his private secretary. Although he was called to the bar after Fitzwilliam’s recall, Dundas does not appear to have practised.

He was returned for Malton by Fitzwilliam after the end of the session in 1798 and was successfully proposed for Brooks’s by him, 11 Feb. 1799. He adhered closely to his uncle’s political line, voting against the Union, 11 Feb. 1799 and 21 Apr. 1800 for Sheridan’s inquiry into the failure of the Dutch expedition, 10 Feb. 1800 for Grey’s amendment to the address, 2 Feb. 1801, and the motions of Sturt for inquiry into the Ferrol expedition, 19 Feb., and of Grey for inquiry into the state of the nation, 25 Mar. 1801 and against the peace, 14 May 1802. He opposed Addington on the civil list arrears, 29 Mar. 1802, and supported the Prince’s claims in the divisions of 31 Mar. 1802 and 4 Mar. 1803. Like his brothers he supported Grey’s amendment to the King’s message on the discussions with France, 24 May 1803, and Patten’s motion of censure, 3 June (when Canning classed him as a member of Fitzwilliam’s group) and went on to vote in all but one or two of the recorded divisions leading to Addington’s resignation, March-April 1804. He was classed ‘Fox’ in all Rose’s lists in 1804 and opposed Pitt’s second administration regularly until (after 8 Apr. 1805) he vacated his seat, according to Fox ‘with a very good grace’, to accommodate Henry Grattan.2 He was soon after brought in by his father for Richmond and supported the Grenville ministry, voting for their repeal of Pitt’s Additional Force Act, 30 Apr. 1806, being listed ‘friendly’ to the abolition of the slave trade and voting for Brand’s motion, 9 Apr. 1807.

He attended the Whig party gathering after the general election of 1807, was present at the party meeting on and voted with the Whigs in the first two sessions, as well as for Whitbread’s dissident resolution in favour of peace mediation, 29 Feb. 1808. But in 1809, like his eldest brother Lawrence, he voted only for Petty’s motion on the convention of Cintra, 21 Feb., and (after taking leave of absence for bereavement on 17 Mar.) for Hamilton’s motion on Castlereagh’s corrupt disposal of patronage, 25 Apr. Although it is at times difficult to distinguish him from his kinsman Charles Dundas there is no positive proof of his having spoken in debate, except as chairman of an election committee, 7 Dec. 1803.

He died 25 Jan. 1810, having been too ill to attend the opening of that session.3