Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Albert J Proulx and Diana Gill

Albert Joseph Proulx (1881-1953) was born in St Guillaume D'upton, Canada to Olivier Proulx (1855-1919) and Emelina Chapdelaine
He married Diana Gill (1885-1971) born in Canada to William "Willie" Henry Gill (1860-1895) and Malvina Bergeron (1863-1907)
Diana a direct descendant of Samuel Gill (1651-1709) and Sarah Worth (1654-1715) parents of Samuel Gill (1687-1723) who was abducted from his home in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1697. He was one of the captives who did NOT return. Samuel stayed with his native family and his oldest child, Joseph Louis Gill, became known as the White Chief of the Abenaki. see https://maplestarsandstripes.com/shownotes/mss-078-samuel-gill-english-captive-to-abenaki-chief/

Albert's father was a carriage-maker in Canada (St. Guillaumo d'Upton Quebec) and inspired his sons to learn the trade. Joseph attended school to learn the trade of a draftsman.

His father encouraged him to relocate to Amesbury, Massachusetts  and make his way in the booming carriage industry.

Albert and his family lived at 39 Church Street and later moved to 11 Chester Street in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He started out at Atlantic Corp and later worked as an engineer draftsman for Biddle & Smart, Walker Body Company, and American Specialty Company. 

His sons played on the famous ice hockey team the Maples:  The History of the Amesbury Maples, America's Oldest Amateur Hockey Club


Photo of Albert and Diana
Photo of children, Alice (sister), Olivier (father), Albert age 17, and Joe Alpheche (far right) taken in 1900

Obit Page 3 of Newburyport Daily News published in Newburyport, Massachusetts on Tuesday, October 13th, 1953

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