If there is one branch of our family tree that can be said to be “Golden” it is surely the Paré branch. While these cousins are fairly distant from a Lanthier perspective, it is none-the-less a remarkable tale of two families bound together by three marriages and the recurring theme of gold: gold nuggets, gold records and perhaps Golden Globes.
Jean Paré (1631-1681) arrived in
Canada from in the mid 1600s along with his older brother Robert (1626-1684). France
Jean’s granddaughter Marguerite Paré wed Jacques Perrier and their granddaughter in turn, Marie Josephte Perrier married Jacques Lanthier (1744-1828). Marie and Jacques were then the paternal grandparents of both Gaspard Lantier (Lanthier), profiled in the first article in this series, and of Jacques Philippe Lanthier, subject of No. 3 in the series.
Recall that in the early 1860s, Gaspard Lantier and his brother Ozée were making their living sailing barges for the Calvin Lumber Company through the rapids and canals of the Saint Lawrence River from
Kingston to . Their cousin Jacques Philippe meanwhile was in the early stages of his political career representing the Vaudreuil region of Quebec City Quebec and championing the interests of its first in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada and later in the Federal House of Commons. Coteau-du-Lac Canal
It might seem quite a co-incidence then, that their distant cousin Louis (5th cousin 1x removed to be precise, b 1823) should around the same time be the lockkeeper of the
. It is quite likely, given all their connections to the canal operations, that one or both of the Lanthiers may have encountered Louis Paré directly, but it is unlikely they would have been aware of their family relationship. It is with Louis Paré that this tale really begins. Lachine Canal
Louis Paré was the third-great grandson of Robert Paré. He and his wife Ursule Latour (b 1829) were both born and raised in
, just outside Montréal. The couple had four sons; Louis Alphonse (b 1848), Alfred, Theophile and Arthur, and two daughters; Marie Alphonsine (b 1852) and Lelia (b 1871). Both daughters attended school at the convent of Ste. Anne, also located in Lachine, Quebec . It was there where they befriended Josephine Timmins, whose family ran a general store nearly 500 kilometres away in Lachine Mattawa, Ontario, a small town at the confluence of the Mattawa and Ottawa rivers north of what is now . Algonquin Provincial Park
|The Timmins store in Mattawa, Ontario "then and now"|
Josephine came from an almost ‘mirror-reflection’ family. Whereas the Parés comprised four sons and two daughters, the
family had four daughters (Josephine, Margaret, Louisa, and Lucy Anne) and two inseparable sons, Lewis “Louis” Henry (b 1858) and Noah Anthony (b 1867). Timmins
Through her school friends, the Paré girls, Josephine met their eldest brother Louis Alphonse and the couple were wed by 1868. Josephine then introduced her husband’s sisters to her brothers. Marie Alphonsine Paré married Louis Henry Timmins in 1881 and Lelia married Noah in 1891. The two families were now bound by three unions.
The Birth of a Mining Legend
In 1903 Noah and Henry were still running the store in Mattawa that they had inherited from their parents. As the story has it, that September a blacksmith named Fred Larose dropped by on his way from working near Cobalt, Ontario to his home in Hull, Quebec. He told Noah he had come across traces of silver in an exposed outcropping and staked a claim in his own name and that of his employers, the McMartin brothers.
Noah wrote to Henry who was in
Montreal at the time and asked him to go to , find Larose and offer to buy all or part of his stake in the claim. Larose parted with half his share for $3,500. Later, after a legal challenge to the claim was settled, Noah and Henry optioned the rest of Larose’s share for $25,000, a substantial sum in those days. Over the next two decades the Larose Silver Mine produced over 25 million ounces of silver, making Noah and Henry very wealthy. Hull
|Dr. Pare in Whitehorse|
Paré was so excited he immediately tried to negotiate a share with Hollinger, then pursued the negotiation with Hollinger’s manager John McMahon in Haileybury, where he also hurriedly sent off cables to his uncles in
. Noah came immediately to help solidify a deal. The mine that resulted came to be regarded as the gold mother lode of Canadian mining and certainly one of the best-known mines in Canadian history. The mine itself, as tradition would have it, would bear the name of its original stakeholder Benny Hollinger. But the city that boomed around it bears the name of the brothers that developed it – Montreal . Timmins, Ontario
[In 1978 Conrad Black acquired a controlling stake in Hollinger Mines. The conglomerate he built eventually sold the mining businesses and focused on newspapers, becoming a base for the financial shenanigans that landed Black in a
prison in 2007.] Florida
From Mineral Gold to Entertainment Gold
|Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies|
in Japan July 30, 2008
Noah Timmins and Lelia Paré’s great grandchildren include Margo Timmins and her brothers Michael and Peter, who together formed the Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band Cowboy Junkies. With Margo as lead vocalist, the band enjoyed considerable fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, especially with their second album The Trinity Session, released in 1988. Five of their albums went “Gold”, with Trinity Session certified Double Platinum.
Margo’s sister Carolyn “Cali”
is an actress, best known for playing the part of Maggie Shelby from 1983 to 1989 on the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope”. She also appeared in Another World from 1990 to 1991 and a variety of other television shows. Timmins
Louis Paré and Josephine Timmins’ great granddaughter Jessica Paré is also an actress, currently appearing as Megan Calvet, Don Draper’s second wife in the hit television series “Mad Men”.
Her rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” on the Season 5 opener in March 2012 became an instant online sensation and has been released as a single by Lions Gate Records.
Steve Rogers is married to Jennifer Lanthier, who among other things, is the 6th cousin 4x removed of Louis Alphonse Paré, 9th cousin once removed of Margo Timmins, and 10th cousin of Jessica Paré.
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Quebec Vital and Church Records – Drouin Collection (1621-1967), Institut Généalogique Drouin,
(database on-line at Ancestry.com). Montreal, Quebec
Canadian Censuses of 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, Library and Archives
(Indexed on-line at Ancestry.ca and AutomatedGenealogy.com)
Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees
Noah Timmins Biographical Info
“Noah Timmins: The Grand Old Man of Canadian Mining”, Quebec Heritage News, Vol 3, No. 1,2, Nov 2004-January 2005, page 6.
Louis Alphonse Pare in
collection, Skagway Historical Society, skagwayfolklore.blogspot.ca MacBride Museum
Doug Mackey, The Mattawa Timmins Family in Perspective,
Nugget Community Voices, Oct 31, 2008 North Bay
Photograph by Masao Nakagami, (via Wikipedia)
Photo credit AMC (via Salon Magazine)