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The Wrights of Drummondville & The Craigs of Chambly, Que.

Updated December 25, 2001

Gideon Darby Wright was one of the first settlers of Drummondville, Quebec, then known as the St. Francis Military Settlement. A private with the 16th of Foot, he was discharged in 1815, after his seven years service expired, and was granted 100 acres of land in Drummondville.

Gideon was born Oct., 9, 1788, in Nether exe, Devonshire, England. He was the son of John Wright and Mary Darby. Gideon was named after his mother's father, Gideon Darby.

Gideon married Marguerite Craig. Marguerite was a native of St. Mathias de Rouville (Chambly) Quebec, born February, 8, 1801. Her mother, Marie Rose Nadeau, could trace her family roots in New France to 1663, when her first ancestor Ozanie Joseph Nadeau dit Lavigne, arrived from France.

Marguerite's father was Andrew Craig, a Scottish soldier with the 26th of Foot, who arrived in Quebec about 1787. Andrew Craig was stationed at Fort Chambly and married Marie Rose Nadeau on Jaunary 22, 1795. They had four children, Rose, Andre, Jacques, and Marguerite, unfortunately Andrew went back to Scotland in 1801, just before Marguerite was born. Marie Rose and her four children remained in St. Mathias de Rouville, probably living on Marie Rose's parents farm until 1816.

Marie Rose Craig remarried in 1816. She married John Klein an ex soldier of DeMeuron's regiment who had been stationed at Fort Chambly. John Klein was granted land in the St. Francis Military Settlement of Drummondville also. John Klein, Marie Rose his new wife, and step-daughter Marguerite, settled on a lot of land that was kitty corner to Gideon Wrights.

Gideon and Marguerite were married on January 21, 1818 and went on to have twelve children, they lived out their lives in Drummondville. Both are buried at St. George's Anglican Church Cemetery.

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