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Calvin Elijah Amaron

Male 1852 - 1917  (64 years)

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  • Name Calvin Elijah Amaron 
    Born 4 September 1852  De Ramsay (Saint-Félix-de-Valois), Lower Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 March 1917  Verdun, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Berthier, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Rev. C.E. AMARON of St. Andrew's Church in Three Rivers

      1881 Canada census:
      Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
      Daniel AMARON M Male Swiss 66 Suisse Bourgeois Evangelique
      Anna AMARON M Female Swiss 68 Suisse Evangelique
      Calvin AMARON Male Swiss 28 Q Minister Evangelique
      Louisa AMARON Female Swiss 31 Q Evangelique
      Jemima AMERON Female Swiss 29 Q Evangelique
      Caroline AMARON Female Swiss 26 Q Evangelique

      Source Information:
      Census Place Berthier, Berthier, Quebec
      Family History Library Film 1375851
      NA Film Number C-13215
      District 86
      Sub-district D
      Page Number 12
      Household Number 72
      from 1901 & 1911 census it appears that he remarried to a Margaret 20 years his younger
      1901 Canada census:
      1901 Census of Canada Page Information
      District: QU MONTRÉAL (City/Cité)/177 (#177)
      Subdistrict: Saint-Louis (Ward/Quartier) B-34 Page 14
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      Details: Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6536
      Transcriber: Jonathan Hamilton
      6 135 Amaron Calvin (Rev.) M Head M Sep 4 1852 48 Links
      7 135 Amaron Margaret L. F Wife M Dec 18 1872 28
      8 135 Amaron Calvin E. M Son S Aug 15 1897 3
      9 135 Amaron Estelle M. F Daughter S Aug 7 1899 1
      1911 Canada census:
      Quebec / Quebec Centre / 2 Banlieue ward / page 15
      29 135 Amaron Calvin M Head M Sep 1852 58 1901
      30 135 Amaron Marguerite F Wife M Dec 1872 38 1901
      31 135 Amaron Errold C. M Son S Aug 1897 13 1901
      32 135 Amaron Estell F Daughter S Aug 1899 11 1901
      33 135 Amaron Campbell M Son S Sep 1901 9 1901
      34 135 Amaron Wynitt F Daughter S Oct 1903 7
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      AMARON, CALVIN ELIJAH, Presbyterian minister, educator, newspaper editor, and author; b. 4 Sept. 1852 in De Ramsay (Saint-Félix-de-Valois), Lower Canada, son of Étienne-Daniel Amaron and Annette Cruchet; m. first 19 Oct. 1881 Agnes McDougall; m. secondly 26 Nov. 1895 Margaret (Maggie) Lorne Lynch in Montreal; he had five children, at least three of whom were born of the second marriage; d. 15 March 1917 in Verdun, Que., and was buried in Berthier (Berthierville).

      The son of Swiss missionaries who were recruited by the French Canadian Missionary Society, Calvin Amaron received his early education at the Académie de Berthier and at the Institut de Pointe-aux-Trembles established by Olympe Tanner [Hoerner*] and her husband, missionaries of the same society. He graduated ba with honours in mental and moral philosophy from McGill College in Montreal in 1877; he would obtain an ma from McGill in 1880 and a bd from the Presbyterian College of Montreal in 1884.

      Amaron was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canada on 15 Oct. 1879 for Trois-Rivières, but in May 1882 he accepted a call to the French Protestant Church in Lowell, Mass., to continue the work of evangelizing French Canadians. During the second half of the 19th century hundreds of thousands of French Canadians migrated south to work in the factories of New England: by 1900 they would form about 10 per cent of that region’s population. Recognizing the need for educational institutions to support his evangelization, Amaron founded the French Protestant College at Lowell in 1885, with the help of ministers from the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society, a Congregational organization. The following year he resigned his charge to become president of the college. Two years later the college would move to Springfield.

      In the fall of 1886 ministers working with the missionary society met to establish a newspaper; they formed the French Publishing Society and in November 1887 launched Le Semeur franco-américain, a weekly newspaper published in Ware. Amaron joined the publishing society a few weeks after its establishment and became editor of the paper’s English section. Eight months later, after certain financial difficulties, Le Semeur’s headquarters were transported to the French Protestant College in Lowell and Amaron assumed the job of manager. The paper subsequently moved with the college to Springfield. The society was enlarged and reorganized in 1889, reincorporating as the French Evangelical Publishing Society. It issued a new paper, Le Citoyen franco-américain, a 16-page weekly, with about 12 pages in French and 4 in English. Amaron was the English-language editor and a director of the society.

      In 1885 Amaron had published The evangelization of the French Canadians of New England. The 16-page booklet contained a brief résumé of the missionary work accomplished and ended with a plea for funds for the college that was to be established. A full-length book, Your heritage; or, New England threatened, written six years later, described the work of the French Protestant College, explaining that evangelization and education of French Canadian emigrants were the keys to removing them from the domination of their church and were necessary to guarantee the security of America’s republican institutions. In 1891 he recruited a friend from Montreal, the Reverend Laurent-Édouard Rivard, to join the staff of the college and assume editorship of Le Citoyen franco-américain. Amaron resigned his position as president two years later to travel in Europe.

      After returning to Montreal in 1895, Amaron founded the Dominion Publishing Company, of which he became a manager. He was probably among those who in 1893 or 1894 had formed the Compagnie d’Imprimerie et de Publication L’Aurore Limitée to purchase L’Aurore, a paper Rivard had established in 1866 as the voice of French Protestantism in Canada. For some time he was editor of the newspaper and he would contribute to it on a regular basis. In 1896 he was called to the pulpit of St John’s French Presbyterian Church in Montreal; he resigned to become minister of Gardenville Avenue Presbyterian Church in Longueuil in May 1906, the year in which he was awarded a dd by the French Protestant College. From 1909 to 1911 he was in charge of the Presbyterian church at Joliette, and the last years of his active ministry, 1911 to 1916, were spent at the Église Presbytérienne Française in Quebec City. During his years in Quebec he was responsible for the building of the church and the founding of a school at Loretteville. He served as moderator of Montreal and Ottawa presbytery in 1904 and in 1913 addressed the church’s General Assembly on the subject of French Canadian missions.

      Amaron was considered to be an eloquent preacher in both French and English. He was also a popular public speaker, lecturing widely on historical topics such as “The Huguenots in France and Canada” and on contemporary issues, including “The French Canadian problem.” In addition to his lifelong interest in French Canadian evangelization, which he declared essential for the survival of a united Canada, he was an outspoken anti-ultramontanist, prohibitionist, and free trader. Although he claimed to be non-partisan in politics, he was by his own account sympathetic to the policies and principles of the Liberal party.

      John S. Moir

      Calvin Elijah Amaron is the author of The evangelization of the French Canadians of New England (Lowell, Mass., 1885); Inspection of public and private schools (Springfield, Mass., 1890); Your heritage; or New England threatened (Springfield, 1891; 2nd ed., 1922); The future of Canada; the extraordinary privileges of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec ([Saint-Paul, Que.?, 1912?]); Le problème canadien-français; les privilèges de l’Église de Rome (Québec, 1913); and The relation of French Protestantism to the Quebec problem; address . . . at the meeting of the synod of Montreal and Ottawa, May 14th, 1913 (Prescott, Ont., [1913?]). In addition, he was the editor of the English section of the newspaper Le Semeur franco-américain (Ware, Mass.; etc.) and its successor, Le Citoyen franco-américain (Springfield). For a period during the 1890s he was also editor of L’Aurore (Montréal).

      AC, Joliette, État civil, Presbytériens, St James (Berthierville), 17 March 1917; Québec, État civil, Presbytériens, Église presbytérienne française, 1911–16. ANQ-M, CE1-126, 26 nov. 1895. UCC-C, Biog. file. L’Aurore, 25 juill. 1896, 15 juill. 1899, 1er nov. 1946. Montreal Daily Star, 16 March 1917. Canadian men and women of the time (Morgan; 1898 and 1912). Directories, Montreal, 1894–97; Quebec, 1911–17. R.-P. Duclos, Histoire du protestantisme français au Canada et aux États-Unis (2v., Montréal, [1913]). Hand-book of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, 1883, ed. A. F. Kemp et al. (Ottawa, 1883). PCC, Board of Foreign Missions, The pre-assembly congress (Toronto, 1913), 135–41; General Assembly, Acts and proc. (Toronto), 1880, 1917.
    Person ID I5843  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 26 May 2006 

    Father Étienne-Daniel Amaron,   b. 1814, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Annette Cruchet,   b. 1812, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2114  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Agnes (Aggie) McDougall,   b. 1859, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 October 1881  Mount Pleasant, Aylmer, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://www.bytown.net/freepress.htm
      OTTAWA FREE PRESS - 1881 Marriages (July-December)
      Oct 19, in Mount Pleasant, Aylmer, the Rev. C.E. AMARON of St. Andrew's Church in Three Rivers,
      to Aggie, eldest daughter of Judge MCDOUGALL of Aylmer.
    Family ID F2116  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Margaret (Maggie) Lorne Lynch 
    Married 26 November 1895  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2115  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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