THE DAY FAMILY
Photo from left to right: James Day III, Veneta Angelique Day, William
E. Cooke holding Arthur Cooke
taken July 1924.
The Day family are one of the big mysteries on my father's
side of the family. There are gaps and incomprehensible connections all
through the family tree.The mystery starts with James Day,Esq, the patriarch
of the family and ends with my great grandmother, Veneta Angelique Day
I hope that someone who sees this web page will be able to fill in
some of the blanks. As with most genealogical studies this is a work in
progress.You can help me by examining the data and letting me know if you
find errors or if you can fill in missing info.
Click on the Day family to view.
James Day ,esq. is a man of mystery. I was
not able to find out where he came from although I have his will written
days before his death. The critical part of his will read " I , James Day
of -----" was obscured by someone who spilt a bottle of ink on two lines
of this will at some later date.
James Day was a prominent citizen in the community but
the only reference to his death was written in the margin on the last page
of the church records for l833.
James Day was born in 1767 in the Isle of Wight.
He had a brother William who died sometime before 1833 in Emsworth which
is on the border of Hampshire and Sussex counties in England.William had
a son James who had a daughter Maria who was in Quebec in March l833 when
the will was written.This is part of the problem that family historians
have with the Day family. All the boys were named James John or William.
All the girls were named Maria,Angelique or Sophia.Adding to the mystery
and confusion is the fact that James Day II married Maria Day who may have
been the Maria daughter of James and granddaughter of William of Emsworth and therefore his cousin.
The first we hear of James Day,Esq. is in a letter
written in 1791 by Charles Robin the merchant and shipping tycoon. He says
that he has engaged James to come over to Paspebiac to repair and build
ships for Charles Robin & Co. Nothing more is heard of him until
1819 when James petitioned for 50 acres of land in lot No69 in Hope
Town. He had purchased the land from Robert Watson in 16 April 1811.
James Day Esq.'s wife, Angelique Lebrasseur is another mystery.
She could not write and she needed to have the notary explain the contents of the will
to her in French in order for her to understand. How did a lady with little English
end up marrying a man who undoubtly had a thick British accent.
Where and when they were married is unknown. Click here to see generation #2
Here is what is known about Angelique's family, the LEBRASSEURS.
James Day's brother William died in Hampshire,England before 1833. This is a death index for Hampshire for the name DAY.
Hampshire Death Index
Click here to find out about John Hall Kelly
James Day is mentioned here
The will of James Day,Esq. 1767-1833
The History of Emsworth
The Oregon Days
Day deaths in Quebec
My Day cousins buried in Hudson