Astle One-Name Study
with Astles, Astell & Astill
Metis Beach, Quebec, Canada
In 1830, Thomas Astle of Tatenhill emigrated to Canada with his wife Elizabeth and 13 year old son Frederick. A story is told that they were met more or less as they landed at Quebec by Adam McNider, Seigneury of Metis, who persuaded them to work for him. On 20th October 1830 they were formally engaged by him for 12 months, to work on the land at Metis in the County of Rimouski in the Province of Lower Canada. The work would include clearing woodland, cultivating the land, working in the dairy and anything else deemed reasonable by the Seigneury. In return they would receive food and lodging and £25. From this beginning grew a large and successful family. Towards the end of the 1800’s as communications improved, Metis became an established summer resort, and the Astle family owned several of the hotels.
One of the Astle Hotels,
Seaside House, Metis sur Mer.
“Spacious lawns and private beach”
(Sadly demolished in the 1960’s.)
The Astle Homestead,
Seaside Hill, off Astle Road,
Metis sur Mer
The information and family photographs on this page are kindly supplied by John S. And Joyce Astle.