The Gallants

In order to negotiate your way through the biographies of my Great Aunties and Uncles, please click on the links below.

Joseph Emmanuel Gallant 1907-1944

Adeline Gallant (Fardy) 1909-1988

Jean Philippe Gallant 1912-1995

Calice S. Gallant 1912-1992

Bruno Edward (Wart Gabe) Gallant (Binns/Thompson) 1915-2000

Marie-Anne Bathilda Gallant 1917-1995 (my grandmother)

Joseph Alfred (Fred) Gallant 1919-1981

Henry Pius (Pyouche) Gallant 1921-1987

Earl (Gabe) Gallant 1925-2016

Gladys Gallant 1927-

Marjorie Mary Gallant  1929-2005

Mary Millicent Gallant (Brenton) 1932-2004

I have reached out to many people through interviews and brave connections.  It isn’t always easy, but using narrative style, some times you can pick up little clues and start gluing the bits of memory together.  Milton Mackinnon was very generous in his recollections of living in Summerside and knowing my family.

“I used to talk to Gladys every so often at Gentle Jims Resturant where she used to have breakfast with a couple of her girl friends. We used to live In the old Jim MacNeil building APT.on the corner just on the other side of Sugar & Gabe,s place. The old K OF C ( Knights of Columbus Hall ) was between our place & Gabe,s don,t know if you remember that building or not? Also Butch & I went to school together in the early years at the old parish centre on the corner of Notre Dame & Central St. The church was up stairs. The building is no longer there. Where the church is now used to be our play ground!”

Received this e mail March 2016.

“I am Butche,s age 66 & remember all those boys  when I was a kid from being in the old house all the time. I remember things like Fred used to watch the dollar & Edward used to be a great bowler. For the matter of fact I used to bowl with him with the Legion league . Pyouche  was married to Vete at that time & he was away for some time in Ontario then moved back & married Peggy also a great person. Calace the shoe maker used to like to make jokes in kind of a dry way at least with us kids.   Phillip  ( Zip ) was an avid Hocky fan. You could hear him roaring over everybody! lol   Earl & Inez were a very nice couple. Always smiling. I remember Inez years ago that she was beautiful!

The girls I knew best was Gladys & Millie  When we lived next to them  ( GABES) there was Earl & Inez  Pam & maybe Bobby. Vete & Pyouche  little Earl & Wayne I think. maybe just Earl   Millie & son Dougy,  Gladys & son Butch  along with Gabe & Sugar  all in the same house but all had their own privacy.  Amazing people, great family.”

Gabien Avis (Avit) (Gabriel) GALLANT (Gabe a Lip)

Birth 19 Feb 1889 in Mont Carmel, Prince, L’ile Du Prince Edouard
Death 21 Jul 1965 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada


As a child and in my little world, Papie was the ONLY Gallant…but, since growing up and doing research about my Grandmother Mathilda Marie (Tilly) Gallant, I have been able to go back, in some cases, ten generations to France.  These pages will share at least bits of my family history, while no where near what I have collected and organized in other formats.  If you have any connection to my line, I’d love to hear from you.

Unknown male, Great Auntie Adeline, my Great Grandfather Gabriel Gallant

Papie, Auntie Adeline and unknown male

My Great-Grandfather Gabe Gallant Summerside, PEI

This photo was taken on the day of my Great Grandmother’s (Mamie) funeral.

Mamie's Funeral



Born July 20, 1889 and died January 21, 1964



Born February 19, 1882 and died July 21, 1965


Back Row: Uncle Earl and Inez Gallant, Mike and Aunt Marjorie Kyncha, Wyman (Philip’s son) Uncle Philip and Mildred Gallant, Clarence (Tommy) and Marie-Anne Baltilde (Tillie) Thompson, Graham, Bob and Gordon (the late Joe Gallant’s sons) Navita and Uncle Henry Gallant, Millie (uncle Joe’s widow) and Lou Hogan.


Front Row: Betty (Calice’s daughter), Kay and Uncle Calice Gallant, Aunt Gladys Gallant, Aunt Mary (Mamie’s sister), Gabriel (Papie) Gallant, Aunt Adelaine (wife of James Fardy), Aunt  Millie and Uncle Fred,  Philip and Jackie Arsenault (Mamie’s brother), Uncle Edward and Mildred Gallant)

13 thoughts on “The Gallants

  1. I’m wondering if the Rustico Gallants are related to the Summerside and Western PEI Gallants? My father told me a long time ago, that he had Gallant cousins in Summerside. I don’t know their names though.

    • Most church records for my people are listed as Notre Dame Du Mont Carmel , Prince Edward Island. A lot of the head stones have been so wiped out with the salt air that it is hard to distinguish resting places…but, I DO know that my Great Grandfather was baptized in the church. I’m grateful that I was able to spend time there a couple of years back.

      • My uncle did some research on the two Gallant’s and they are apparently not the same from Rustico and Summerside because my grandfather Parker Gallant married Suzanne Gallant who’s family was from Rustico

  2. Hi. My name is Debbra (Galland) Zumbach. I live in Iowa in the USA. I recently found out that my ancestor, James Gallant came to the USA in the 1700’s and landed in Virginia first. It is really exciting to see the British side of the family. According to my DNA I am 72% British, thanks to James and a few other family members from London and environs. We don’t know when the “t” in Gallant changed to a “d”. There are many Galland’s over here, many who live in the Louisiana area.

  3. Melissa,
    I am a Gallant.
    My grandmother Matilda was from Mont Carmel PEI.
    My Dad, Leo Joseph Gallant passed away at 100 years old last year, he was her baby. Matilda’s youngest child of many children.
    Feel free to contact me at
    I can help you fill in so many blanks.

  4. Hi my name is Gale (Gallant) Fougere, my great grandparents Joseph & Julie Buote (Gallant) North Rustico , My grandfather was Joakim Stanislos Gallant, Baptised in St. Augustine’s Church, South Rustico , born September 28, 1887, He owned a tailor shop in Alberton, where he married Kathleen Peters they had (8) Children , 4 boys & 4 girl’s, mt Fathers name was Cedric he married Lillian Ramsay. Dad used to stop in Summerside to visit relatives (Gallant) there, they were also from Rustico.
    Koaki, ( went by Stanley , died of colon cancer April 16, 1938, wondering if they have any relative’s still in Summerside , Rustico Area.

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