The earliest Pigeons to arrive in Canada came from France,when the country was known as Nouvelle France. Pierre Pigeon came from Paris about 1660, and Julien Pigeon from Normandy about 1750.
The first English Pidgeons came north from New York with the United Empire Loyalists (UELs) after being driven out of the newly independant United Staes about 1783. Many UELs fled to Ontario and Nova Scotia, and the Pidgeons settled at St John in what later became New Brunswick. The Hollywood actor Walter Pidgeon is descended from them. More English Pidgeons followed in the 19th century.
Pidgeons also came from Ireland in the 19th century, settling according to their religion. Some settled in PEI, but the Catholic Irish settled in Quebec, where they had more in common with the French than the English.
Montreal (Pierre)Pierre Pigeon was born near Paris, France in 1641. He emigrated to Nouvelle France (Canada) about 1660, and was married at Montréal in 1662. Two sons were also married there: François Xavier Pigeon in 1697, and Louis Pigeon in 1702. Both had more than a dozen children, resulting in hundreds of Pigeon descendants now living in Quebec.
The family tree for these Pigeons has been divided into a main "trunk" (above) and the following eight branches, each branch being the descendants of one of Pierre's grandsons.
1. Montreal (François)
2. Montreal (Antoine)
3. Montreal (Jacques)
4. Montreal (Louis Basile)
5. Montreal (Barthélémi)
6. Verchères (Joseph)
7. Montreal (Jean-Baptiste)
8. Soulanges (Charles)
Quebec (Julien)Julien Pigeon was born in Normandy, France about 1729 and emigrated to Nouvelle France probably around 1750. He was married in 1753 at Saint-François-de-la Rivière-du-Sud - just across the St Laurence River from Québec City. His descendants farmed the land in this area for many generations. One of his sons moved up the St Laurence to Île Perrot, west of Montréal, and his family settled in the nearby Soulanges area of Québec, near Les Cédres and Coteaux-du-Lac.
St John, NB These were the UELs, but early records are non-existant. By the mid 19th century, there were five Pidgeon families living in or near St John who were probably all descended from the UELs. Walter Pidgeon, the Hollywood actor came from one of the families.
The following Pidgeons can be traced back to their roots in England. To find them on the trees, scroll down to find the green text of those who left England to seek greener pastures.
PEI (from Norfolk)Rev. Edward Pidgeon was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and was sent by the London Missionary Society to Prince Edward Island. After his death, his widow and family moved to New Richmonf, Quebec.
Quebec (Manus)Manus Pidgeon was born about 1805 in Ireland, possibly in County Mayo. He Married Bridget Geraghty there in 1827, and after the birth of two children the family emigrated to Canada around 1832. At first, they lived at Saint-Sylvestre, in a growing Irish community about 30 miles south of Quebec City. Later they moved to nearby St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax.