Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 | 5 comments


The church records for the marriage of Elizabeth Nestor to Patrick Milligan at St. Patrick’s in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967) Click on the image to go to the document’s page.

One of the most exciting parts of this project is how research uncovers new clues to follow. So far, we’ve been able to find records of Lizzie in the 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 Federal US Censuses by using “Elizabeth Milligan” as a search term. However, now that we know that she was born somewhere between 1864 and 1873 and that she had a son named Edward Milligan who was born somewhere between 1888 and 1891, we have new information that can help us narrow our search. I am pleased to announce that the new information has lead us to Lizzie’s marriage record.

As best we can tell, this is what the records say:

N. 28 Patrick Milligan & Elizabeth Nestor
The twenty second June one thousand eight-hundred and
eighty five after the publication of three banns of marriage
without impediment or opposition; we the undersigned priest duly
authorized having received the mutual consent of Patrick Mil
ligan, cigar-maker, domiciled in this parish son of age of
deceased Edward Milligan and of Mary Leahy of Mel
bourne, Austrailia, of the one part and of Elizabeth Nestor
domiciled in this parish, xxxx daughter of age of Francis Nestor
shoe-maker xxxxxxx xx x xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx and of Mary
Carroll who consented to the marriage; have married
them in accordance to the laws and rites of the Holy Catholic
Church in xxxxxxxx of William Nolan undersigned with the
bridegroom and of xxx and Nestor xxxxx bride xxx xxxxx the bride
declared she could not sign.
+Pat Milligan William Nolan

Therefore, we’ve found that Elizabeth Nestor married Patrick Milligan on June 22, 1885 at Saint Patrick’s Basilica located in Montreal, Canada. The records describe Patrick as the son of Mary Leahy of Melbourne, Australia and the late Edward Milligan. Elizabeth Nestor is described as the daughter of Francis Nestor (a shoe-maker) and Mary Carroll.



One more very interesting tidbit jumps off of the page. Patrick Millgan’s occupation is listed as a “cigar-maker,” which ties conveniently with Lizzie future work as a fore-lady at the M.C.A. cigar factory in Boston

We also have two more clues to follow:

  • We know that Elizabeth’s maiden name was Nestor
  • and that she lived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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