To secure or "flesh out" the movements of the Phillips family and connect them to St. Albans, at least through the children and or grandchildren of Antoine Phillips and Catherine Cadaive both actually Antwine Philips and his wife Catherine Émery dit Codèrre, one didn't have to look very far, or deep, to find the pieces of the genealogical puzzle ...
As early as 1785 Silas Hathaway, with a surveyor, a Mr. Beeman, the ancestor off the family of that name residing at North Fairfax, rowed through the Lake from Whitehall and landed at St. Albans Bay, then together with the surrounding country called Bellemaquam(?), by the aboriginal inhabitants probably an Indian corruption of the French, Belle ma queene (my beautiful queen.) Very soon after their arrival they met Jesse Welden, then living with an Indian wife in a hut near the shore of the Bay, and south of the present road leading to the Bay from this village.
From the traces of Indian blood in his descendants, certain other facts can be approximately ascertained.
William Griffin had two sons Levi and William, and several daughters. Of the daughters little is at present known. It is sufficient to say that none of their descendants are living in this vicinity. Of the sons, Levi was the eldest. He married Anna Wright in 1817. William married a Canadian girl from Swanton by the name of Miller, and had several children. The only one living in this vicinity now is Loraine Griffin, wife of Lewis Phelps, (Colored) who has several mulatto children.
Of the early life and history of Jesse Welden nothing can be positively ascertained, and it is believed that the above facts are all that can be definitely known of a man whose name our people have taken so many pains to perpetuate.
A darkey who lived in “the Block”
Deputy McCloskey went to Ste. Armand and yesterday telegraphed that he “had his man” but the Sheriff was compelled to send an answer directing his release, as he could not be held in Canada. Notwithstanding this however, Deputies McCloskey, Bailey and Hawley arrived here yesterday afternoon with their man, who was returned to durance vile. It seems that the officer found Welcome in Ste. Armand and he consented to come back, being no doubt ignorant that he was under no legal obligation to do so.
[There is an indication on the records that Mary June Barber was a Goodrich. This has been determined to be a possible error, as her maiden name was Barber, not Goodrich.]