After years of effort, I believe I have succeeded at tracing my father's family back to a Joseph LaMontagne, who resided in Yamaska, Quebec, Canada, from about 1783 until his death in the early 1800s.Many accounts have it that Joseph's real name was RAUCH and that he settled in Quebec along with many others of his fellow Hessian soldiers following the American revolution.As I understand it, he was referred to within the LaMontagne family as "the German."This nickname of sorts seems to have stuck all the way up through my great grandfather, Pierre LaMountain, who was often call "the German" by his wife.
Here's what I know of Joseph Rauch/LaMontagne, in a nutshell:
Joseph RAUCH, born in Innsbruck, Tirol, served with the troops of the Duke of Braunschweig, who had signed a contract with Britain to supply soldiers to fight in the American Revolution, and promptly was shipped to Canada in 1776/77. Not being a subject of the Duke, Joseph was discharged in Quebec in 1783.
On February 9, 1789, a person named Joseph LaMontagne married a French-Canadian girl named Madelaine Giguere at a church in Yamaska, Quebec. The priest wrote into the records that the groom came from INSBOURG (the French spelling of the time for Innsbruck, Austria).Joseph married a second time in 1816 to a Catherine Sancour, and this time the priest wrote that the groom's parents were Joseph RAUCH and Catherine Opermont (or Obermont).
I do believe that Joseph RAUCH is identical to Joseph LAMONTAGNE, and anybody knowing the city of INNSBRUCK, knows it is surrounded by high mountains, and that is what the name implies, from 'the Mountains'.
If anyone has any information that might be even remotely related to what I have conveyed above, I would sincerely appreciate any information you may have that might confirm that Joseph was from Innsbruck, as I'd like to start working my way back from him, but don't want to start in the wrong place.