“Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Francis Marie de Jourdan and Mary Agnes Conn are my grandparents. Unfortunately, I don’t know many stories of their young days, but I do remember how loving they both were.

They are the inspiration for this blog, I want to learn more about their lives.

I’ve tried to find a copy of their marriage license but not much luck. I think this is due to the fact that marriage records aren’t released until after 75 years and they must have been married after 1942. This is just my guess though, anyone else have any insight?

My Dad has one of Grandma’s old diaries, not a lot of information but she does write about her wedding. I am typing exactly as she has written.


“Wednesday November 15th, 1944

Beautiful day – no snow

Married in L.Placid at the 7:30 Mass. Margaret Tobin and Alan de Jourdan stood up for us. Left for Montreal at 5:45pm arrived there at 10:30 stayed at Hotel Windsor.

Wedding Breakfast at Mirror Lake Inn

Thursday November 16th, 1944

Very cold in Montreal stayed the day went to the movie left for Toronto at 11:00pm

November 15th, 1945

My first anniversary. Frank still in service now at Halifax. He sent lovely ring. I am staying in Lethbridge.”

Thanks Grandma for keeping a diary.

Wedding Day