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Felix Quesnell, Janet Quesnell, Cornelius Quesnell
Posted by: Matthew Quesnell (ID *****0364) Date: July 13, 2006 at 14:22:31
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This message is actually in regards to an earlier posting I made looking for information for a Cornelius Quesnell. I came across a historical picture in the newspaper about a him. The article indicated that he invented many machines which combined harvesting and threshing (circa late 1800's). They were widely used in the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington. He worked with A.M. Anderson and later developed improvised models in Portland at the Multnomah Iron Works.

I've done some searching and found that there is a census record for Cornelius Quesnell residing in Latah County, Idaho which is the palouse region with the county seat being Moscow. There is also a WWI draft registration for a Cornelius Quesnell in 1917-1918 in Mulnomah, Or. It seems likely this was the same person based on the information above. There is also a death record for a Cornelius Quesnell in 1947 in Portland, Or. This is also, likely the same person. A relative of mine found an obituary for what appears to be his mother in the Idaho Post dated December 20, 1912.

The funeral of Mrs. Janet Quesnell, the aged mother of Cornelius Quesnell of this city (Moscow, Idaho) was held from the Steltz mortuary Tuesday afternoonn (December 17), Rev. D.H. Hare officiating. Mrs Quesnell was 82 years old and died from complications arising from her extreme old age. she was a native of Canada and lived there until about 30 years ago when she moved to Minnesota. Ten years later she moved to Moscow and has lived in this vicinity since that time. She leaves four sons, David, Benjamin, Wallace, and Cornelius, the latter residing in this city.

On rootsweb.com I found a record for a Wallace Quesnell that seems to correspond with the brother of Cornelius mentioned in the obituary. It shows Wallace being born in 1866 in Crysler, Ontario, Canada to Janet Durie Boshaw and Felix Quesnell. It indicates he moved from his birth place to a farm near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota in 1881, then to Nebraska & Colorado & back to Sleepy Eye in 1887, moving to Clarkfield, MN in 1892 and dying in Clarkfield in 1957. He married Lida Lutritia Kelly (born in 1871 in Sleepy Eye, MN) in 1889. Information is also given for the following children.

Arthur J QUESNELL b: 8 May 1892 in MINNESOTA
Clemence QUESNELL b: in Clarkfield MN
Donald D QUESNELL b: 1912 in MN
Ira Earl QUESNELL b: Aug in Clarkfield MN
Jeanette QUESNELL b: in Clarkfield MN
Maud QUESNELL b: Mar 1891 in Sleepy Eye
Walter QUESNELL b: Mar 1896 in MN
Luela QUESNELL b: Aug 1894 in Clarkfield MN

The information given for Wallace's parents is less complete. It does not give a marriage date for Felix and Janet, but there is a note that says they lived in Ottowa, Ontario. The children listed are Ben, Dave, Donald, Henry, Wallace, and John. The obituary includes a Wallace, Dave, and Benjamin, so it seems likely that other children could have been born from this couple, including Cornelius. For Janet, it says she was Scottish, owned a farm, and had one daughter when she met Wallace. I don't know if Durie was her maiden name and she was briefly married to a Boshaw but it seems possible.

What I would really like is if anyone has any further information on this family, particularly information that would help me determine the parents of Felix so I could connect this line. Since Janet was born in about 1830 or 31 it is likely that Felix was born some time around then, possibly a few years later, since she had been married once before. If anyone has any information that might help, I would appreciate a reply.

sincerely,

Matt







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