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The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.

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Dear Ancestor

 

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
So many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

__________

 

 Genealogy – where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

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Murphy’s Law for Genealogists

 

The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.

When at last after much hard work you have solved the mystery you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, “I could have told you that.”

You grandmother’s maiden name that you have searched for four years was on a letter in a box in the attic all the time.

You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren’t interested in genealogy then.

The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.

Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.

John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at
age 10.

Your gr. grandfather’s newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.

The keeper of the vital records you need has just been insulted by an another genealogist.

The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.

The only record you find for your gr. grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff’s sale for insolvency.

The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has been lost due to fire, flood or war.

The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.

The spelling for your European ancestor’s name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.

None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother’s photo album have names written on them.

No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued or was named in wills.

You learn that your great aunt’s executor just sold her life’s collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer “somewhere in New York City.”

Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.

The 37 volume, sixteen thousand page history of your county of origin isn’t indexed.

You finally find your gr. grandparent’s wedding records and discover that the brides’ father was named John Smith.

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Whoever said “Seek and ye shall find” was not a genealogist.

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Strangers in the Box

 

Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I’ve often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories,
Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time,
To tell, who, what, where, and when,
These faces of my heritage,
Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate,
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories,
Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours,
Could be strangers in the box.

Originally posted 2016-04-26 10:17:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Here’s how to find unindexed records on Ancestry.com .

unindexed recordsNews Flash! Unindexed records are available on Ancestry.com and they can be searched if you know how.

I certainly didn’t realize that Ancestry.com indexing does not include all records until I read a post by Crista Cowan on the <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/07/25/browsing-records-on-ancestry-com-video/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ancestry+%28Ancestry.com +blog%29&utm_content=Netvibes” target=”_blank”>Ancestry.com blog.

For this reason, it can pay to view an entire record set for additional information. She includes a video tutorial for browsing full collections on Ancestry. This is a great way to find elusive information that could help get through those brick walls.

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Historical Vital Statistics website of Nova Scotia Archives is searchable in French and English.

I have a few favorite, go-to sites that I use much more than any others, and the Nova Scotia Archives site is one. Considering the substantial Acadian ancestry of my family, it’s no surprise that the majority of vital records for the majority of my ancestors are available on this site.

The searchable database of the Nova Scotia Archives contains almost one million names, each of which is linked to a corresponding vital registration, including births, baptisms, deaths and marriages. The records date from the mid-1700’s to the 1960’s, are all digitized and available online, and are searchable in French.

The records can be searched in both French and English on the Historical Vital Statistics website.

Genealogy Mystery: Who were Christian W. Keefer’s parents?

Christian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband’s and children’s ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin.

After numerous years of research, however, I’m still left scratching my head at the mystery of the identity of Christian W. Keefer’s parents.

As can be seen in the list of sources I’ve found and logged for Christian (below), you would think that at least one of them would provide some concrete information about his parentage and place of birth, but that turns out to not be the case.

Here’s what I know for sure:

Christian W. Keefer was born October 1, 1811 in Pennsylvania and his family originated from France.

Christian W. Keefer's parents.
Sources for Christian W. Keefer.

That’s it.

I originally took a mention of Philadelphia as Christian’s birthplace in a biography of his son Charles with a grain of salt. I do believe that people did and do tend to describe where they’ve come from by using the nearest, largest center that would be recognized outside the area. For example, although we live in Chilliwack, BC, Canada, we frequently say we’re located near Vancouver to those who are not from the area. Considering this possibility, I would not rule out any birth location in Pennsylvania.

I have considered the possibility that our Christian may be one of the Christians mentioned of the Keefer / Kiefer family in the “Biographical Annals of Franklin County”. I was able to systematically eliminate every Christian mentioned because they could not have been born on or near the birth date of our Christian (Chester), or they married into different families, etc.

Another  possibility I’ve been checking is that his father (and possibly mother as well), may have immigrated to the United States from Germany (or Switzerland), but I’ve been unable to find immigration or naturalization records that show such a connection.

However, the same biography previously mentioned states that he was of French origin.

Through all of my research over the years, every Keefer family is of Germanic origin – except one.

The only family that shows of French origin in the time period is (lo and behold!) actually living in Philadelphia and is that of Anthony and Sarah (Shillingford) Keefer.

At the time, his family was very young with only mention of one brother born in 1810 – Thomas. The earlier births of the children of Anthony and his wife Sarah are about one year apart, leaving a gap just where Christian’s would be.

Keefer, Anthony; family pedigree chart
Family pedigree chart of Anthony Keefer, showing Christian, as I’ve entered it in my database (see http://blythegenealogy.com).

I would love to find proof beyond that of coincidence and speculation of Christian W. Keefer’s parentage. I’d like nothing better than to continue further back in time and expand on this huge Keefer family

If you or anyone you know has any documentation, images, etc. of this Christian Keefer showing his parents and brothers and sisters (or parts thereof), I would dearly love to see them, or better yet, get copies.

Sources:

  1. Biographical Sketches of Old Settlers and Prominent People of Wisconsin: Vol. I (Waterloo, Wis., Huffman & Hyer, 1899); pdf file.
  2. State of Ohio, “Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950,” marriage, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZ82-6QV: accessed
  3. Death certificate; Charles Keefer;  Digital Folder No.: 4008297; Image No.: 1576; Film Number: 1674527; Certificate No.: cn 23384. (7 June 1933), Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, State of Illinois; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NQCW-SP5.
  4. FamilySearch.org, “Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968,” database, FamilySearch.org, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XL3P-121: accessed ).
  5. Rootsweb, “Wisconsin Death Records,” database, Rootsweb, Rootsweb (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~keffer/deaths/Wisconsin.htm: accessed ).
  6. Keefer, Christian W., Beaver Dam Argus, Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin, , Obituary.
  7. Obituary of Mary Ann (Jaques) Keefer.
  8. 1880 US Federal Census, Elba, Dodge, Wisconsin, Beaver Dam, Dodge, Wisconsin, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District: 004, Page: 47A, Year: 1880; Census Place: Beaver Dam, Dodge, Wisconsin; Roll: 1422; Family History Film: 1255422, Keefer Christian W.; digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://blythegenealogy.com : Internet 13 July 2013).
  9. 1870 US Federal Census, Elba, Dodge, Wisconsin, year: 1870; census place: elba, dodge, wisconsin; roll: m593_1710; page: 165a; image: 338; family history library film: 553209, Elba, Dodge, Wisconsin, enumeration district (ED) Roll: M593_1710; Image: 337; Family History Library Film: 553209, Page: 164B, Roll: M593_1710; Image: 337; Family History Library Film: 553209, Keefer Christian W; digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://blythegenealogy.com  : Internet 7 September 2013).
  10. 1860 US Federal Census, Elba, Dodge, Wisconsin, roll: m653_1405; page: 303; image: 308, Elba, Dodge, Wisconsin, Page: 303, Roll: M653_1405; Image: 308; Family History Library Film: 805405, Keefer Christian W.; dgs no.: 4298900; image no.: 0038; nara no.: m653, Ancestry.ca (http://blythegenealogy.com  : Internet 7 September 2013).
  11. 1850 US Federal Census, Elba, Dodge, Wisconsin, roll: m432_996;  image: 209, , Page: 104A, Roll: M432_996; Page: 104A; Image: 209, Keefer Christian W.; digital image, Family Search ((http://blythegenealogy.com  : Internet 7 September 2013).
  12. 1840 US Federal Census, Painesville, Lake, Ohio; digital image, Ancestry.ca, Ancestry.ca (http://blythegenealogy.com  : accessed ).
  13. 1830 US Federal Census, Antrim, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, age: 395; nara series: m19; roll number: 151; family history film: 0020625; digitalk image, Ancestry.com (http://blythegenealogy.com  : accessed ).

Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

The following is my transcription and translation of the baptism certificate for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

ORIGINAL FRENCH

Extrait du régistre de baptémes, marriages, sépulture. De la paroisse de St. Hughes du Lac Saguay, from l’année mil neuf cent quinze.

Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois baptism certificate.
Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois baptism certificate.

Le trente et un octobre mil neuf cent quinze, nous frétre, soussigné, arons baptisé Marie Marguerite Yvette, née le quatre aout,fille légitimé de Émile Bourgeois, cultivateur, et de Marie-Anne Turmel de cette paroisse. Le frarraine a été Gédéon Grondines et la Marraine Antoinette Sauvéles quels ont déclaré ne savoirsigner. Le frère é tait présent et a signé avec nous Lecture faite.

Émile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette

Lequel extrait conforme a l’original ce 31 mars 1931.

E. Brousseau
Lac Saguay

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Extract from the register of baptisms, marriages, and burials. The parish of St. Hughes Saguay Lake, from the year one thousand nine hundred and fifteen.

On 31 October, nineteen hundred and fifteen frétre we hereby arons named Yvette Marie Marguerite, born August 4, legitimate daughter of Emile Bourgeois, farmer, and Marie-Anne Turmel of this parish. The godfather was Gédéon Grondines and godmother Antoinette Sauvéles who swore as such and signed. The priest was present and signed after reading.

Emile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette

Extract which conforms to the original March 31, 1931.

E. Brousseau
Saguay Lake

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This homebody wishes to be part of an Acadian trip to France.

 

Of all of the numerous branches in our family history, there are two of which I am almost obsessive in my interest – and research.

 

Those are my mother’s Acadian roots and my father-in-law’s Welsh Quaker ancestry.

Featured image: La grande derangement (Acadian Expulsion)

 

A few years ago, we had the amazing experience of visiting New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for a prolonged camping trip to take in the sights and sounds (and smells) of the lands originally settled by the French Huguenot exiles in the 17th century.

I came across an article on the Daily World website describing a trip to be taken by a group of Acadian descendants from Canada, Louisiana and other US locations. These families had relocated to diverse areas as a result of the Acadian Expulsion (la grande dérangement) at the hands of the British under authority of the king in retaliation for the Acadians’ refusal to swear allegiance to the British king.

La Rochelle, France in 1628.
La Rochelle, France in 1628.

This trip is an amazing opportunity to see and experience the lands from which the original Acadian settlers came.In our family’s case in particular, it would be great to have a chance to visit archives, churches and other repositories to try to trace the origins of our Melanson ancestors.

The couple who originally settled in Acadia were Pierre dit Laverdure and Priscilla Mellanson, as well as their sons, Pierre, Charles and Jean.

It is widely believed that although they traveled from England, Pierre was originally a Huguenot exile from the La Rochelle area of France, who married Priscilla in England, later traveling to Acadia with his family.

Researchers in the past have been unsuccessful in locating documentation proving Pierre’s origin, and I would love a chance to explore the possibilities in France.

Then again, a tour  may not be the best way as a great deal of personal freedom to explore and time to research would be necessary. Perhaps one day, in our retirement, our dream of traveling Europe will come true and I will have my opportunity.

 

Transcription – Marriage of Abraham Fougere and Elizabeth Cordeau

 

Abraham Fougère & Elizabeth Cordeau
Film # 1316273, Record # 16

 

Date and place of Marriage:    Jany 10th 1876 River Bourgeois C.B.
How married (by License or Banns):    Banns
Full name of Groom:    Abraham Fougère
His age:    23
Condition (Bachelor or Widower):    Bachelor
Profession or Trade:    Fisherman
Residence:    River Bourgeois
Where born:        “             “
Parents names:    Abraham Fougère & Adelaide Cordeau
Their profession:    (blank)
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Full name of Bride:    Elizabeth Cordeau
Age:    22
Condition (Spinster or Widow):    Spinster
Her place of residence:    River Bourgeois
Parents names:    Simon Cordeau & Elizabeth Sançon
Their profession:    (blank)
Witnesses names:    Patrick Fougère & Elias Boucher
Signatures of parties Married:    (unsigned)
Officiating Clergyman:    W. M. Leblanc
Denomination of Clergyman:    Roman Catholic

I certify that the marriage of the persons above named was duly celebrated by me at the time and place, and in the manner, stated in this slip.

(Signed):    W. M. Leblanc
Officiating Clergyman

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Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère

 

Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère.

Featured image: St. Peters, Nova Scotia

Beaver, William & Fougère, Mary Elizabeth; Marriage documents.

Marriage License of William Beaver and Mary Fourgere
No. 440

Province of Nova Scotia
Marriage License

(Signature)
M.B. Daly
Lt. Govn

(Right Margin) –
BY HIS HONOR
Malachy Bowes Daly, Esquire
Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia,
&c., &c., &c.

    Whereas, William Beaver Farmer and Mary Fourgere have determined to enter into the holy estate of Matrimony, and are desirous of having their Marriage publicly solemnized : in order that such their honest desires may the more speedily have due effect, and that they may be able to procure the same to be lawfully solemnized without publication of banns, I do hereby, for good causes, give and grant this License and Faculty, as well to them the said parties contracting, as to all or every Minister or Clergyman resident in the Dominion of Canada and duly ordained or appointed according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church or Denomination to which he belongs, to solemnize and perform the same : Provide always, that by reason of any Affinity, Consanguinity, Prior Marriage, or any other lawful cause, there be no legal impediment in this behalf ; otherwise if any fraud shall appear to thave been committed at the time of granting this License, either by false suggestions, or concealment of the truth, that then this License shall be null and void to all interests and purposes whatsoever.

Given under my hand and Seal at Arms, at St. Peters
this Second day of October
in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninetynine and in the sixteenth year of Her Majesty’s Command.

Issued this Second day of October 1899

 

R. G. Morrison
Issuer of Marriage Licenses at St. Peters
In the County of Richmond

E. C. Marbank (signature)
Deputy Provincial Secretary

 


 

Beaver, William & Fougère, Mary Elizabeth; Marriage documents.

(Back)
48
Oct. 2, 1899
No. 440, Oct. 2nd 1899
William Beaver
and
Annie Fourgère
MARRIAGE LICENSE AFFIDAVIT
Rich

 


 

Beaver, William & Fougère, Mary Elizabeth (a)

Province of Nova Scotia

MARRIAGE REGISTER

Date of Marriage:  Monday, October 2nd, 1899.
Place of Marriage:  R.C. Church, River Bourgeois.
County:  Richmond Co., N.S.
How Married:  by license or banns:  License
Date of Publication, if by Banns:

Full Name of GROOM:  William Beaver.
His Age:  33 yrs.
Condition (Bachelor or widower):  Widower
Occupation:  Farmer
Residence:  St. Peter’s Lake, C.B.
Where Born: St. Peter’s Lake, C.B.
Parents’ Names:  Edward Beaver, Mary McKay.
Parents’ Occupation:  Fisherman.

Full Name of BRIDE:  Mary Elizabeth Fougère.

Age:  22 yrs.
Condistion (Spinster or Widow):  Spinster
Her Place of Residence:  River Bourgeois
Where Born:  River Bourgeois
Parents’ Names:  Chas. Fougère & Alice Landry

Parents’ Occupation:  Fishing

Witness Names: Michael McDonald, M. Cameron X (his mark), Felicity Burke, Maggie X (her mark) [13 ????]

Signature of parties Married:
William Beaver
Mary Eliz. Fougère X (her mark)

Officiating Clergyman:  A. M. O’Handley, P.P.
Denomination of Clergyman:  Roman Catholic

——

I Certify, That the marriage of the persons above named was duly celebrated by me at the time and place and in the manner stated in this register.
A. M. O’Handley, P.P.
Officiating Clergyman

——

When a marriage is celebrated by License, this register, filled up and signed by the officiating clergyman, must be returned, with the License, to the Issuer from whom the said License was obtained, and the Issuer will pay to the clergyman 25 cents for both Register and License, not 25 cents for each. When the marriage is celebrated by banns, the Register is to be filled up, signed and returned by the officiating clergyman without unnecessary delay to the nearest Deputy Issuer of Marriage Licenses, who is authorized to pay him 25 cents for each Register so returned — the Deputy Issuer repaying himself from License money in his hands — and including amount so paid in his Quarterly Returns. Clergymen may obtain Marriage Registers from Deputy Issuer.
Issuers must return all Licenses, Affidavits and Registers to the Provincial Secretary’s Office, with their Quarterly Accounts.

 


 

Beaver, William & Fougère, Mary Elizabeth; Marriage documents.

Back of Certificate
I hereby Certify, that the within named persons, William Beaver of St. Peter’s, C.B. and Mary E. Fougère of River Bourgeois, C.B. were married under the within License, at River Bourgeois on the Second day of October 1899, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church
By me,
A. M. O’Handley, P.P.
River Bourgeois, C.B.
In presence of
Michael McDonald
Malcolm Cameron, x Others.

 


 

Beaver, William & Fougère, Mary Elizabeth; Marriage documents.

Form of Affidavit

I, William Beaver of St. Peter’s in the County of Richmond

Occupation
Farmer make oath and say as follows:

I, and Mary Fourchere of Riviere Bourgeois in the County of Richmond

Occupation
…………………………. are desirous of entering into the contract of marriage, and of having our marriage solemnized at River Bourgeois in the

Name of Clergyman
County of Richmond by the Reverend A. M. O’hanley.

Or the said — is of the age of — years or over.
I am of the age of thirty three years, and the said Mary Fourchere is of the full age of         twenty-one years & over.

Bachelor or widower; spinster or widow, as the case may be.
I am a Widower and the said Mary Fourchere is a spinster.
If either party is under 21 years add here the name of the father, mother or guardian of such party.
————– of —— in the County of ———————————
Occupation
whose consent to such marriage is required, has consented thereto —————————————————-
In writing or verbally before me, and if in writing, such writing to be attached to the license;
or
If no person exists whose consent is required by law.
Person under requisite age.
The father and mother of ———————- are dead or absent from the Province, and no guardian has been appointed for
Him or her.
———————–
Sworn to at St. Peter’s in the
County of Richmond
this Second
day of October 1899,
Before me,
R G Morrison
Issuer of Marriage License.

 


 

Beaver, William & Fougère, Mary Elizabeth; Marriage documents.

Envelope
48
Richmond – 1899
Beaver, William
Fougère, Mary E.

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Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

 

Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 - Page 4 and 5
Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

 

1836 a 1899
Bouctouche, Cte Kent, N. B.
Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste
Registres Photographies a la Paroisse

4

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B.
Olivier Girouard
Le 29 Mars 1836 à Olivier Girouard né le 11 fevrier du legitime mariage de Joseph Girouard et de Judith Doucet. Presens: Urbain Cormier et Elizabeth Girouard.

J. M. Paquet, P. M.

——
M.
Joseph Aucoin & Brigitte Maillet
Le 15 août 1836 après la publication de trois ordinaires des bans de mariage entre Joseph Aucoin domicilié sur l’Ile du Prince Edd et Brigitte Maillet de Richibouctou. J’ai reçu leur consentement mutuel au mariage en présence de Mélème Aucoin et de François Maillet et ce avec le consentement des parents.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
——
B.
Mélème Nocass
Le 15 août 1836 j’ai supplée les cérémonies du bapteme à Mélème né le 15 mars du legitime mariage de Abraham __ et de Marie Rose Girouard. Présens Fabien Girouard et Domitilde Girouard.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
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B.
Michel Cormier
Le même jour à Michel né le 23 juillet du legitime mariage de Eusèbe Cormier et de Scholastique Caissy. Présens: Marin Cormier et Ursule Cormier.

J. M. Paquet, P. M.
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Sep
Fabien Cormier
Le 16 août 1836 j’ai supplée les cérémonies funéraires au corps du Fabien, enfant legitime de Moyse Cormier et de Perpétue Allain

5

décédé le 7 janvier agé de six mois en présence de François Cormier et du père de l’enfant.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
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Sep.
Magdlne Tibodeau
Le même jour à Magdeliane legitime de Olivier Tibodeau et de Suzanne Desroches décédé il y a deux ans le 21 juillet 1834. En présence de Eloi Blanc et Thadée Bastarache agée de 5 ans.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
——
Sep.
Isidore Bastarache
Le même jour à Isidore Bastarache époux legitime de Rosalie LeBlanc décédé le 28 avril agée de 74 ans. En présence de Athanase Bastarache et Thadée Bastarache.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
——
Sep.
Angélique Girouard
Le même jour à Angélique Girouard époux legitime de Charls Cormier décédé le 14 juillet agée de 56 en présence de Charls Cormier et de Eloi Blanc.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
——
B.
Suzanne Savoie
Le 16 août 1836 j’ai baptisé Suzanne née le 8 août 1836 du legitime mariage de Joseph Savoie et de Margte Bourk. Parrain Cyrille Tibodeau et Ursule Savoie.
J. M. Paquet, P. M.
——
Scholastique Blanc
Le 17 août 1836 j’ai supplée les cérémonies funéraires au corps de Scholastique décédée le 20 juin agée de 18 mois legitime de Simon Blanc et…

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Transcription: Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 – Beaven to Eyre

The following is my transcription of the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records dated between 1708 and 1985, for surnames Beavan to Eyre (in alphabetical order).

 

Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 - Aubrey Bevan - small
Pennsylvania Church and Town Records

CHESTER FRIENDS CEMETERY

On the west side of Edgmont Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Chester, Pa.

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PENNSYLVANIA CHURCH AND TOWN RECORDS

Beavan, Ann

Died February 18 1768 Aged

Grave No.

39

Beavan, Aubray

Died February 12 1761 Aged 56 years

“ “

40

Beavan, Jane

Died

“ “

52

Bond, Benjamin

Died June 27 1858 Aged 76 years

“ “

98

Bond, Margaret

Died February 28 185- Aged 72 years

“ “

99

Brobson, Rebecca

Born the 23rd of 10 month 1790

Died the 3rd of 5 month 1864

“ “

106

Brobson, William

12-18-1785; 12-30-1858

“ “

105

Burk, Emeline T.

Died

“ “

43

Byre, Abigail

Born Jun 6 1786 Died July 9 1858

“ “

115

Byre, Elizabeth

“ “

112

Byre, Jacob

Died August 20 1826

In the 83rd year of his age

“ “

111

Byre, Jacob

“ “

116

Cobourn, Tacey

11-6-1813; 11-14-1848

47

Chestnut, Lizzie L.

Daughter of John and Phoebe J. Chestnut

Born June 7 1861 Died January 10 1880

“ “

139

Chestnut, Mamie A. Lane

Daughter of John and Anna Chestnut

Died August 8 1860 Aged 15 months

“ “

137

Churchman, Sally B.

Wife of Jesse M. Eyre

Born September 20 1813 Died March 21 1846

“ “

51

Cowpland, Caleb Esq.

Who departed this life the 12th day of

the 10th month 1757 in the 67th year

of his age

“ “

16

Cowpland, Sarah

Wife of Caleb Cowpland Died

“ “

17

Davis, Carolina

Born September 21 1830 Died April 1 1852

“ “

128

Davis, Susanna

Born July 26 1837 Died March 20 1852

“ “

127

Dick, Thomas B. Esq.

Who departed this life April 21 A.D.1811

Aged 43 years 1 month

Draper, Richard H.

Born September 28 185- Died November 12

1851

“ “

135

Dyer, William

“ “

69

Engle, Joseph

Died October 8 1857 Aged 88 years

“ “

130

Engle, Susanna

Wife of Joseph Engle

Died July 15 1253 Aged 75 years

“ “

129

Eyre, Abigail

Died

“ “

63

Eyre, Arabella

Daughter of William & Susan Eyre

Died

“ “

48

Eyre, Elizabeth

Wife of Jonas P. Eyre

Born the 1st month 13 1813 Died

“ “

134

Eyre, Jane

Died

“ “

65

Eyre, Jonas P.

Born October 25 17- Died

“ “

132

Eyre, Joshua

Son of David W. and Mary P. Eyre

Died the 2nd Month 25 1856

Aged 9 months and 17 days

“ “

133

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Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

 

I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, Swedish, French, etc., even though I do need help from Google Translate.

For this translation, I was able to interpret the text fairly easily, including the months, and the years. At first, I thought there were no days mentioned at all, until I took a closer look and realized there was one small ‘word’ in each entry I couldn’t account for. One thing I did notice was the pattern of repetition within each entry and it’s resemblance to the pattern of repetition to Roman numerals – even if they did appear to be just miscellaneous symbols or text (see image below).

 

Baptism record for Elizabeth Stalham - marked.

 

To confirm my suspicions, I did some research into interpreting Latin dates. It took some time and effort as everything I found at first referred to the date formats used in general, including those used in recording events in genealogy software.

Just as I was about to give up and use my standard ‘????’ in place of the mysterious text since I was unsure of my conclusions, I came upon the following web page that provided the answer I was looking for. They were ‘Reading dates in old English records.’ The following is the verbatim section from the page that specifically provided the answers I was seeking.

The chart below shows some of the different ways numbers may be written.

1 unus, primo, primus, I i
2 duo, secundo, secundus II ij
3 tres, tertio, tertius III iij
4 quattuor, quarto, quartus IV iiij, iv
5 quinque, quinto, quintus V v
6 sex, sexto, sextus VI vi
7 septem, septimo, septimus VII vij
8 octo, octavo, octavus VIII viij
9 novem, nono, nonus IX viiij, ix
10 decem, decimo, decimus X x
11 undecim, undecimo, undecimus XI xi
12 duodecim, duodecimo, duodecimus XII xij
13 tredecim, tertio decimo, tertius decimus XIII xiij
14 quattuordecim, quarto decimo, quartus decimus XIV xiiij, xiv
15 quindecim, quinto decimo, quintus decimus XV xv
16 sedecim, sexto decimo, sextus decimus XVI xvi
17 septendecim, septimo decimo, septimus decimus XVII xvij
18 duodeviginti, octavo decimo, octavus decimus, duodevicesimo, duodevicesimus XVIII xviij
19 undeviginti, nono decimo, nonus decimus, undevicesimo, undevicesimus XIX xviiij, xix
20 viginti, vicesimo, vicesimus, viccesimo, vicessimo, viccessimo XX xx
21 viginti unus, vicesimo primo, vicesimus primus XXI xxi
22 viginti duo, vicesimo secundo, vicemus secundus XXII xxij
23 viginti tres, vicesimo tertio, vicesimus tertius XXIII xxiij
24 viginti quattuor, vicesimo quarto, vicesimus quartus XXIV xxiiij, xxiv
25 viginti quinque, vicesimo quinto, vicesimus quintus XXV xxv
26 viginti sex, vicesimo sexto, vicesimus sextus XXVI xxvi
27 viginti septem, vicesimo septimo, vicesimus septimus XXVII xxvij
28 duodetriginta, vicesimo octavo, vicesimus octavus, duodetricesimo, duodetricesimus XXVIII xxviij
29 undetriginta, vicesimo nono, vicesimus nonus, undetricesimo, undetricesimus XXVIV xxviiij, xxix
30 triginta, tricesimo, tricesimus XXX xxx
31 triginta unus, tricesimo primo, tricesimus primus XXXI xxxi

Numbers may also be written as scores. A score is twenty and is written as XX or xx. If XX is above another number, it would be multiplied by the number under it. Therefore, four score or eighty could be written as XX over IV or xx over iiij as shown below.

XX xx

IV iiij

Sources:

  1. About.com; “Reading and Understanding Old Documents & Records”; Kimberly Powell; http://genealogy.about.com/od/basics/a/old_handwriting.htm.
  2. Family Search; Reading dates in old English records; Document ID: 111804; https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/43/111804_f.SAL_Public.html.

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

I previously wrote an article about my fascination with the ‘science of husbandry on a human scale‘.

My interest in this subject was piqued by my own Acadian ancestry and the Acadians’ practice of ‘managing’ biological relationships through the church in order to safeguard against close relatives marrying and having children. This has been a necessity through the centuries as a result of people living in small communities that were widespread. The modes of transportation were primitive and substantially increased the possibility of relationships and marriages within family lines. The Acadians recognized these relationships as existing within levels of ‘consanguinity’ or ‘closeness of biological relationship’.

The culture that shares the this Acadian practice to the greatest degree is that of Iceland. They have taken their management of these relationships to a different and greater level through consultation with the Íslendingabók database, a national database of ancestral lines and family trees reaching back several centuries, with their incest prevention app.

Students of the University of Iceland in Reykjavík won a contest for apps run by the Íslendingabók database. With their Android incest prevention app called ‘Sifjaspellsspillir’ or ‘Incest Spoiler’, two people with the app just tap their phones and if they share a grandparent, they will receive an alert. The creators are hoping to make it able to alert regarding common great grandparents in the future.

Transcription: Marriage Cerificate for Irenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.

Below is my transcription of the marriage certificate for Trenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.

 

Trenee Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.
Marriage certificate for Trenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.

(a)

PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA

Date and place of Marriage:  22 May, 1872, Arichat, Co. Richmond
How Married ; by License or Banns:  By Banns
Full Name of GROOM:  Irenée Aucoin
His age:  28 years
Condition (Bachelor or Widower):  Bachelor
Profession or trade:  Farmer  Shoemaker
Residence:  Cheticamp
Where Born:  Cheticamp
Parents’ names:  Christopher Aucoin & Rachel Lelievre

Their Profession:  Farmers

Full Name of BRIDE:  Marguerite Girroir
Age:  27 years
Condition, (spinster or widow):  Spinster
Her place of residence:  Arichat
Parents’ name:  Tranquille Girroir & Charlotte Cheney
Their profession:  Sea Captain
Witnesses’ names:
Denis Cousin
Euphresine Girroir
Signatures of parties Married:
Trenée Aucoin
Marguerite Girroir
Officiating Clergyman:  I. A. Theerien Pst

Denomination of Clergyman:  Roman Catholic

I Certify that the marriage of the persons above named was duly celebrated by me at the time and place, and in the manner, stated in this slip.
(SIGNED)  I. A. Thierien, Pst

Officiating Clergyman

This slip to be filled up by the Clergyman and returned to the Issuer of Marriage Licenses when the Marriage is celebrated by License.

When the Marriage is by proclamation of Banns, the Clergyman may either return it when filled up to the nearest Deputy Registrar, or if more convenient, he may send it in an unsealed envelope to the Secretary of Statistics, Halifax, who will transmit him by return mail his legal fee of 25 cents for each slip.

Clergymen will be particular in no case to neglect sending in this wlip within ten days after performance of marriage ceremony.

JOHN COSTLEY, Sec., Board of Statistics


(b)
70
1 Marriage Banns
Arichat Richmond to
April 20, 1872

Rev. I A Thierien

Entd : 7 Jul 1872
[???] 70 [????]

 

(c)
70.
Richmond – 1872
Aucoin, Irenée
Girroir, Euphrosine

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Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.

The following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.

 

Antoine Labelle & Casildee Lavallee
In Memoriam for Casildee Lavallee and Antoine Labelle.

A la douce mémoire de

CASILDÉE LAVALLÉE

épouse de feu

ANTOINE LABELLE

décédée à Ottawa
le 15 juin, 1964
à l’âge de 89 ans

et de

ANTOINE LABELLE
décédée à Sault Ste-Marie
le 18 mars 1944
à l’âge de 72 ans.

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Transcriptions: Obituaries for Albertine Audet-Turmel.

Following are my translated transcriptions for the obituaries of Albertine Audet-Turmel in their original French.

Original French Texts
Obituary #1
TURMEL
Albertine (née Audet).
Albertine Audet-Turmel
Albertine Audet-Turmel

Au Foyer Nazareth, le 20 juin 1992, à l’âge de 93 ans et 8 mois, est décédée dame Albertine Audet, épouse de feu monsieur Michel Turmel. Elle demeurait à Québec. La famille recevra les condoléances au funérarium de la

Cooperative funéraire
de l’Anse
115, 80e Rue est
Charlesbourg

dimanche de 14h à 17h et de 19h à 22h. Le service réligieux sera célébré le lundi 22 juin, à 15h, en l’église Sts-Anges de Beauce, ou la famille recevra les condoléances une heure avant le service, et ce la au cimetiè paroissial.

Elle laisse dans le deuil ses enfants. Yvette (feu Aurèle Perreault), Laurette (Gérard Boily), Madeleine (Maurice Laroche), Thérèse (Bernard Drouin), Aline (Philippe-A. Drouin), Edith (Claude Michaud), Gérard (Fleurette Mathurin), Adrienne, Yvon (Margarete Griewel), sa soeur. Soeur Edith Audet (Dominicaine de la Trinité), ses belles-soeurs: Mme Onésime Audet, Mme Marie-Anna Turmel, ainsi que plusieurs petits-enfants, arrière-petits-enfants, neveux, nièces et ami(e)s. Veuillez compenser l’envoi de fleurs par un don à la Fondation de l’Auberivière, 401, rue St-Paul, Québec (Québec), G1K 7G7. Pour renseignements: 525-6044.

Obituary for Albertine Audet
Obituaries for Albertine (Audet) Turmel.

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Obituary #2
TURMEL

Albertine (Audet). – Les familles Turmel et Audet remercient bien sincrèrement tous les parents et amis qui ont témoigné des marques de sympathie lors du décés de Mme Albertine Turmel, survenu le 20 juin 1991, soit par offrandes de messes, envois de fleurs, affiliations de prieres, dons à la maison l’Auberivière, dons à l’église, cartes de sympathie, visite ou assistance aux funérailles. Un merci trés special au Foyer Nazareth ou elle à vécu et a tous ceux qui l’ont côtoyé pendant ses dix-sept dernières années. À tous, un cordial merci.

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Transcription: 2nd Marriage Certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

This post contains my transcription of the second marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

Certificate of Marriage

Church of St. George,

Manchester, New Hampshire.

This is to Certify that Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois were lawfully Married on the 31st day of May 1935 According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church and in conformity with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, Rev. T. J. E. Devoy, P.D., officiating, in the presence of Armand Ducharme and Irene St. Gelais, Witnesses, as appears from the Marriage Register of this Church. Dated April 2, 1974

Rev. Maurice W. Richer, Pastor _____________________

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Transcription: Marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.

The following is my transcription of the marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.

Marriage of Joseph William Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.
Marriage certificate of Joseph William Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois. 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Certificate of Marriage

This Certifies that on this, the 31st day of May, 1935, at Manchester, I joined in Marriage, in the presence of witnesses, Herve Ducharme of Manchester and Marguerite Bourgeois of Manchester.

Certificate of Intention of Marriage issued by the Clerk of Manchester.

I also certify that I am a Roman Catholic Clergyman residing in the town of Manchester and am legally qualified to perform the marriage ceremony.

Witnesses: Armand Ducharme, Irene St. Gelais

Signed: T. J. W. Derry, D.P.P.R.

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Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

Following is my transcription of the extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois
Extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois.

French Original

Extrait du régistre de baptêmes, marriages, sépultures de la paroisse de St. Hughes du Lac Saguay from l’année mil neuf cent-quinze.

Le trente-et un octobre, mil neuf cent-quinze, nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Margeurite Yvette, née le quatre août fille légitime de Émile Bourgeois cultivateur, et de Marie-Anne Turmel de cette paroisse. Le parrain à été Gédéon Grandines et la marraine Antoinette Sauvé, les quels out déclaré ne savoir signer. Le pére était présent et à signé avec nous Lecture faite.

Émile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette (prêtre)
extrait conformé à l’original 31 mars 1931.
E. Brousseau (prêtre curé)

Lac Saguay

English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’.

Excerpt from register of baptisms, marriages, burials of the parish of St. Hughes Lake Saguay from the year one thousand nine hundred and fifteen.

The thirty-first day of October, nineteen hundred and fifteen, we the undersigned priests have baptized Marie Margeurite Yvette, born August 4, legitimate daughter of Emile Bourgeois farmer, and Marie-Anne Turmel this parish. Gideon Grandines was the godfather and godmother Antoinette Sauvé, which said they could not sign out. The father was present and signed with us reading done.

Emile Bourgeois
Josephat Cossette (priest)
extract complied with the original March 31, 1931.
E. Brousseau (parish priest)

Lake Saguay

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Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

The following is my transcription of the baptism certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme, as well as the English translation via Google Translate.

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.  

 

French Original

Certificat de Bapteme
——
Eglise Ste-Marie,
Manchester, N. H.
——-
Je soussigné certifie que

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
enfant de Joseph Ducharme
et de Alice Tremblay
né le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
a été baptisé le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
tel qu’il appert dans le Régistre des Baptêmes de la dite Eglise.

Selon le Rite de l’Eglise Catholique-Romaine

par le Rév. L. P. Routhier
Parrain:   William Belisle
Marraine:   Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
le 28 mai, 1935

———————————————————————————

English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’

Certificate of Baptism

St. Mary’s Church,
Manchester, N. H.

I certify that

Hervé Joseph William Ducharme
child of Joseph Ducharme
and Alice Tremblay
born 31 day of October, 1914
was baptized 31 day of October, 1914
as it appears in the Registry of Baptisms of the said Church.

According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church

by Rev. Fr. L. P. Routhier
Sponsor: William Belisle
Sponsor: Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
May 28, 1935

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Transcription – ‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Armand J. Martel.

“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.”
St. Matt. V. 5
May Jesus have mercy on the
Soul of

ARMAND J. MARTEL

In Memoriam Card for Armand J. Martel
‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

1928 – 1998

O gentlest heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant. Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou O Merciful Savior send Thy angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, light and peace. AMEN.

May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN.

HEMS BROTHERS MORTUARY

Colexico – El Centro

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Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better.

My grandparents on my father’s side were Henri Joseph Turmaine (Henri) and Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery (Rose Amande).

Gail, Gerard, Grandma Rose and Christine (front) Turmaine
Rear l-r: Patricia-Gail (Gail), Gerard Ronald Joseph (Gerry), Rose Amande Turmaine; Front: Christine Blythe (Turmaine).

Dad, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine (1934-2005) was the youngest of three children who survived infancy. Dad’s brothers and sisters included Albert Joseph Turmaine (1923-1966), Rose-Marie Azilda Thérèse Turmaine (1929-2003), and Marianne Claudette Andrea Turmaine (1937-1937).

The Turmaine Family
Turmaine Family: Theresa, Henry (Grandpère), Gerard (Dad), Rose (Grandmère), and Joseph.

Therese Paquette (Turmaine) with Christine.
Ma tante Thérèse Paquette and Christine Blythe (Turmaine) circa 1989.

I was too young to remember much about my grandfather Henri as he died in 1966 in General Hospital in Toronto. I know I saw Grandma Rose quite frequently within the first few years of my life, but again, I was too young to remember much. When I turned 10 in 1970, however, that all changed since we were transferred from Ontario to Comox, British Columbia. We took the last opportunity to visit everyone we could that summer on our trip across the country.

I can remember one particular visit where we were permitted to stay at the cottage of cousins, the Pollaris, at Loon Lake in Ontario. What a beautiful cottage it was, too. A semi-circle shape, the front circular side rested on posts in the lake shore, extending over the water. That entire side of the cottage was one big great room and standing in it felt like being in motion on the lake.

I do remember being awestruck in Grandmère’s home. She was a highly devoted Catholic and as soon as we walked in, we were overwhelmed by praying hands, her obsession. There were praying hands statues, prints, and paintings everywhere.  I can remember being told when I was young that Grandmère’s ambition was for Dad to become a Catholic priest and how disappointed she was when he opted for the military instead and married my mother. Knowing my father, he definitely chose the path that suited his own nature and ambitions, especially considering his naughty, rather raunchy sense of humor. Somehow, I don’t think it would have gone over very well as a priest.

Front: Rose Amande and her mother Émilie Labelle, Rear: Unknown Cousin
Front: Rose Armande Emery seated next to her mother, Émilie (Labelle), wife of Charles (Albert) Emery. MIddle: Betty Turmaine, daughter of Hérmènégilde and Azilda Labelle.

A couple of years later, we saw Grandmère Rose one last time in about 1972 when she came to visit us in Comox. She passed away in 1978. Tante Thérèse came out in 1987 for my sister Andréa’s wedding, in 1989 for Renée’s wedding and in 1991 for my own wedding to Mark. She passed away in 2003 in Chateaugay, Québec. It may seem odd that I haven’t mentioned Dad’s brother, my uncle Albert Joseph, but unfortunately, he had committed suicide just prior to Grandpère Henri’s death in 1966.

Grandmère Rose’s father was Charles Albert Emery, who was born in about 1870 in Vermont, United States and died in about 1915. Her mother was Émilie Labelle, born about 1870 in St. André Avellin, Ripon, Papineau County, Québec to Antoine Labelle (1820-1890) and Joséphine Périllard (born 1844), both of Québec. In addition to Grandmère Rose, they had four other children, of whom one was Pte. Joseph Philias Albert (1889-1917) who was missing in action and presumed dead at Vimy Ridge during WWII. His name is only one of many immortalized on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.

Oddly enough, my father’s grandfather Herménégilde (father-in-law to Grandmère Rose) took Marie Joséphine Azilda Labelle as his second wife in 1911. Azilda was sister to Joséphine (and Rose’s grandmother).

Children of Antoine Labelle and Joséphine Périard (Périllard)
Children of Antoine Labelle and Joséphine Périllard.

Antoine Labelle (1820-1890) was the son of Antoine Labelle and Marie Isaac Duplanty dit Héry of Québec, and had been married twice, first to Émilie Fournelle and second on November 23, 1863 to Joséphine Périllard (my great great grandmother), born 1844 in Ste. Magdeleine Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Québec to Michel Périllard and Zoé (Madeleine, Michel) Demers. The 1852 Census of Canada East shows Joséphine Périllard with her parents, brothers and sisters living in 274 Petite Nation Parish, St-André Avellin, Ottawa County.

Antoine and Joséphine’s six children included Émilie Labelle (born 1870), Antoine Labelle (1872-1944), Célima (Délima) (born 1874), Joseph (1877-1944), Marguerite (1880-1960), Azilda (1884-1933).

During my extensive research into my French Canadian ancestry, I’ve come to realize one thing – there are no surprises. Families remained close in proximity and emotion, and marriage within the inner circle – and yes, family, according to the laws of consanguinity of the Catholic church was commonplace.

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Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time.

Area Deaths
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Aged Louisa County Resident Dies
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.

Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the home of his daughter Mrs. Roland Barrick. Death resulted from a stroke suffered New Year’s day.

A native of Neenah, Wis., Matthews was born Dec. 1, 1854, the son of David and Mary Ann Adams Coon. His mother died when he was 3 1/2 years old and his father died while a prisoner of the Confederate army. The child was adopted by the Nathan Matthews family of Omro, Wis. He married Martha Jane Jordan at Auroraville, Wis., Oct. 26, 1873, and they lived in Wisconsin and Colorado before coming to Iowa.

In 1899 Matthews began to operate a truck farm near Morning Sun, which he ran for many years before retiring and moving into Morning Sun. His wife died in 1935 and a son, William Matthews, died in 1940.

Despite his advanced age, Matthews was a very active man. When he was 94 he made a trip to California, and last fall took a trip to New York.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Stanley Matthews, Morning Sun, and Mrs. Edith Barrick, Wapello, and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Last rites will be held at the Pierce funeral home at 2 p. m. Saturday. Officiating will be Dr. Will M. Hughes, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

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Transcription: Baptism record for Jacques Labelle (and others).

Following is the baptism record for Jacques Labelle (1688) and other records from the same page of entries. Unfortunately, the image is of very poor quality and a good portion of the page is indecipherable.

 

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Parish records for Mere Ste. Eglise, Lachenaie, Quebec

De Marain qui ons declare ???????? ?????? ni liguer du ????????????? Liliane Bord???????

Baptism record of Jaques Labelle (1688)..
Baptism record of Jaques Labelle (1688)..

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J. Penan et JB Bourgeois
Le ?????????? du Mars 1688 apres les ????????? ?? lapublication du bane faire d’autre Jean Penan dit la fleur soldat dela Compagniedes Mr. de Vergois age de vint cinq ans fils de Mathurin Penan et de MarieRobert les pere ???? dela ville le quint??? Eusebe de Cournouaille d’une pereest Francoise Bourgeois agee de quatorze ans fille de M?????? Bourgeois et de???????? Clire Carpentier de lisle de Jefrey Eusebe de que ??? d’autre ???? ne??? ???? ?????? aucun?????????? Legitime le sousigne juristre Cure Lachenay ai ???? leur ?????? ??????????? pere ??????? de present ?? leur ?? donne laCanad????? Nuptiale ????? la forme det????? Mere Ste Eglise en presence de JeanChevalier et de Nicolas Bourgeois pere Julie Bourgeois et Guillaume Label -??????? ???? le de ??? ?? qui ons ???? declare ???????? ????? ???????? ???????????????? ??? ???? Lord ??????.
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Louis Froger et Elizab. Estier
Les deuxieme ???? de Mars 1688 apres les ????????? et lapublication des banes faire d’entre Louis Froger age ????????? an fils dedessimes Nicolas Froger et Marie Madeleine Martin les pere et mere delaparoisse de la Chenay, courche de quatre June pere et Elizabeth Estier fillesde Leonard Estier et de Elizabeth Gaud??? Les pere et mere des meme paroisse et ??????? ?? ?????? ?????? ????? ????????????.
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Jean Miloin
Le septieme de mois de mars dela 1688 en ????? dans la Commission ??????? Mere Ste Eglise Jean Million ??????? dela Chenay, apre avoir ???? ??? les ???????? ?? ??? ?????? dans le ?????????? ?? ?? ?? paroisse lejour suivant en presence de Laurent Estier et Jacques Froger ??? ????? qui onsdeclare ne ??????? ????? ???????? ???? ????? ?????? ???????????.
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Baptism of Jacques Labelle
Le vint deuxieme du Mars 1688 ???? ??? pretre Cure De la Chenay, ????? baptize Jacques fils de Guillaume Labelle est Anne Charbonneau,la femme nai les ?????????? de meme, mais ?? ??. ????? ??? ????? Jacques de Castellane ??????? ???? de ??????? ?????? ???? Compagne du ?????????? ???? marine, la Maraine Marguerite Minson et le ? parain signe ? pere et Madame ondeclare ne ??????? ?????? ?? signer ??? ??????????? ?????? ??????? ????legitime ?? soussigne paroisse Cure de la Chenay ?? pris leur ????????????????? par para???? De ??????? et leur aid donne la Canadi????? Nuptial ????la forme du ???? Mere Ste. Eglise en presence de Francois Cottineau lui dela et??? ? Jean Froger pere And. Froger ?? ????? ??????? ?? de Leonard Estier pere??? Francois Estier on le dela ?. Estier qui ??? ???? declare ????????? ???????? signer ???? ??????????? Susanne Cordonnaire.

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Transcriptions: Marriage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson – II.

Transcriptions: Documents relating to the marriage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson.

 These documents are a continuation of Part I of this post.

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No. 1462

MARRIAGE LICENSE

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PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA

D. MacKeen

Lieutenant-Governor

BY HIS HONOUR

The Honourable David McKeen

Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.

Whereas, Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson  have determined to enter into the holy estate of Matrimony, and are desirious of having their Marriage publicly solemnized ; in order that such their honest desires may the more speedily have due effect, and that they may be able to procure the same to be lawfully solemnized without publication of banns. I do hereby, for good causes, give and grant the License and Faculty, as well to them the said parties contracting, as to all or every Minister or Clergyman resident in the Dominion of Canada and duly ordained or appointed according to the rights and ceremonies of the Church or Denomination to which he belongs, to solemnize and perform the same with the Province of Nova Scotia ; provided always, that by reason of any Affinity, Consanguinity, Prior Marriage, or any other lawful cause, there be no legal impediment in this behalf ; otherwise if any fraud shall appear to have been committed at the time of granting this License, eight by false suggestions, or concealment of the truth, that then this License shall be null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.

Given, under my hand and Seal at Arms, at Halifax,

By his Honour’s Command

F. F. Mathers

Deputy Provincial Secretary

Issued this 16th day

May 1916

A. J. MacCuish

Issuer of Marriage Licenses at St. Peters

In the County of Richmond


Marrage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson

I Hereby Certify, That the within named persons, Clifford Carter of Sampsonville and Elizabeth Sampson of Sampsonville were married under the within License at Sampsonville on the twentieth day of  May 1916, according to the rites and Ceremonies of the Catholic Church

By me, (undecipherable)

St. Peters

In presence of Vernon Sampson at Sampsonville in the County of Richmond Mattie Samspon of Sampsonville in the County of Richmond


marrage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson

Province of Nova Scotia

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MARRIAGE REGISTER

Date of Marriage ; May 20th 1916

Place of Marriage ; Sampsonville

County ; Richmond

How Married ; by License or Banns;License

Dates of Publication, if by Banns ; 

Full name of Groom ; Clifford Carter

Age ; 20 years

Condition (Bachelor or Widower) ; Bach

Religious Denomin ; Catholic

Occupation ; Farming

Residence ; Sampsonville

Where Born ; 

Names of Parents ; Finlay Carter, Mary Fougere

Occupation of Parent ; Farming

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Full name of Bride ; Elizabeth Sampson

Age ; 16 years

Condition (Spinster or Widow) ; Spinster

Religious Denomin ; Catholic

Her Place of Residence ; Sampsonville

Where Born ; Sampsonville

Names of Parents ;  Vernon Sampson, Eliza Lawry

Occupation of Parent ; Farming

Names of Witnesses          Maphis Sampson, Vernon Sampson

Signature of Parties Married          Clifford Carter, Elizabeth Sampson

Officiating Clergyman         ???? L. McDonald

Denomination of Clergyman          Catholic

I Certify, That the marriage of the persons above named was duly celebrated by me at the time and place and in the manner stated in this Register.

???? L. McDonald

Officiating Clergyman

When a marriage is celebrated by License or Certificate, this Register filled up and signed by the officiating clergyman, must be returned with the License or Certificate, to the issuer from whom the said License or Certificate was obtained, and the issuer will pay to the clergyman 25 cents for License, or Certificate, and Register, not 25 cents for each, repaying himself from the money in his hands belonging to the Department and including amount so paid in his Quarterly Returns.

Issuers must return all License, Certificates, Affidavits and Registers to the Provincial Secretary’s Office, with their Quarterly Accounts.

marrage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson

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