Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday’s Child: Alma Desgroseilliers (1904-1907)


Little Alma Desgroseilliers was only three years and six months old when she died. [1]
 

Alma Desgroseilliers with her brothers Eugene and Arthur

Alma with her brothers Eugène (left) and Arthur (right), about 1906.

She was the third child and eldest daughter of Albert and Clémentine (Léveillé) Desgroseilliers.

Born on 14 January 1904 in St-Charles, Ontario, Alma was baptised “Alma Fabiana” three days later in St-Thomas Apôtre church in nearby Warren. [2] Actually, I’m not sure if her godparents brought her to Warren (taking a newborn out in winter doesn’t seem prudent), or if Father Nayl travelled to St-Charles to baptise Alma, and then once back in Warren recorded the details in his church’s sacramental register.

In about 1906 or early 1907, Alma’s parents and her elder brothers (Eugène, my maternal grandfather, and Arthur) moved to Cobalt, northeast of St-Charles, near the Ontario-Quebec border. I don’t know what prompted my great-grandfather Albert to relocate his young family there, but perhaps it had something to do with silver being discovered in Cobalt in 1903. [3] Neither his daughter's death registration nor her burial record indicate what kind of work Albert did at this time. (He had been a farmer in St-Charles.)


Alma, who had been ill with bronchitis for one week, died on 6 July 1907 in Cobalt. [4] She was buried there in the cemetery the next day; her father was present. [5]


How sad it must have been for Albert, Clémentine and their sons when they returned to live in St-Charles in the spring of 1908.


Sources:


1. “Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932”, digital image, Ancestry.ca (www.ancestry.ca : accessed 20 January 2012), entry for Alma Degrossalier [sic], 6 July 1907; citing Archives of Ontario, Registrations of Deaths - 1869-1932; Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Archives of Ontario; microfilm series MS935, reel 131.


2. “Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1907”, digital image, Ancestry.ca (www.ancestry.ca : 20 January 2012), entry for Alma Fabi[ana] Desgrosellier [sic] (written as Desgrosellier, indexed as Desgrciellier), 14 January 1904; citing Archives of Ontario, Registrations of Birth and Stillbirths – 1869-1904; Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Archives of Ontario; microfilm series MS929, reel 174. Also, St-Thomas Apôtre (Warren, Ontario), parish register, 1901-1967, p. 12 verso, entry no. 6 (1904), Alma Fabiana Desgroseilliers baptism, 17 January 1904; St-Thomas Apôtre parish; digital image, “Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1747-1967”, Ancestry.ca (www.ancestry.ca : 20 January 2012).


3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cobalt, Ontario", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cobalt,_Ontario&oldid=611476989 : accessed 16 September 2014).


4. “Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932”, digital image, Ancestry.ca (www.ancestry.ca : accessed 20 January 2012), entry for Alma Degrossalier [sic], 6 July 1907.


5. "Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923," digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-24489-8758-36?cc=1927566&wc=M6VR-DTP:220997601,220997602,220997603,221004101 : accessed 20 January 2012), Timiskaming > Cobalt > St Hilarion > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1906-1910 > image 26 of 113, entry for Alma DesGroselliers [sic].


Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Church Record Sunday: Jeanne Massé’s Unexpected Death


Burial record of Jeanne Massé in 1764 in Detroit
Burial record of Jeanne Massé (1764)

It’s not very often that I find causes of death stated in my ancestors’ burial records, but I recently came across a noteworthy example.

Jeanne Massé and her husband Michel Campeau are my maternal ancestors. Both were baptized in Montreal in 1677 and 1667, respectively. They married there on 7 January 1696 and raised a family of eleven children. Michel died in 1737, while Jeanne survived him by twenty-seven years, dying on 4 September 1764 in Detroit. She was buried there the next day in the parish of Ste-Anne. [1]

Jeanne’s burial record is most interesting, thanks to the officiating priest Bocquet, who provided more than the required amount of details for such a sacramental record. A copy of that record is seen above, while below is my translation:

“The year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred sixty four, the fifth of September was buried in the cemetery of this church, the body of Jeanne Massé, widow of the late [sieur] Michel Campeau, during his lifetime [bourgeois] of this town, residing [in] Saint Jacques road, died yesterday suddenly; [in a] state of infancy, in which she had fallen for more than three years and her age of approximately ninety years, having hide from all the symptoms which would have caused suspicion the approach of her death. The said burial in presence of the [sieurs] Saint Bernard, [son-in-law] of the deceased, Chapoton, Rocour and many other relatives and friends which the principals have signed with us.”

Jeanne, who was 87 years old and not 90, had been afflicted with dementia for more than three years. Despite her condition, or perhaps because of it, she managed to conceal ill health to the point that her death was unexpected to those who knew her.

Source:

1. Ste-Anne (Detroit, Michigan), parish register, 1760-1781, p. 606, no entry no. (1764), Jeanne Massé burial, 5 September 1764; Ste-Anne parish; digital image, “Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 26 August 2014).

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Friday, September 12, 2014

52 Ancestors: #37 Louis Hotte, landowner

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small has issued herself and her readers a challenge for 2014. It’s called “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”, and as Amy explains, the challenge is to “have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor”.

For the 37th week of this challenge, I chose Louis Hotte (1844-1923).

Louis is my maternal great-great-grandfather and is number 30 in my ancestor list. (I’m skipping ancestor no. 29 and saving her for next week.)

Born on 17 April 1844 in Grenville, Argenteuil County, Quebec, Louis was the second child of Jean-Baptiste and Archange (Sigouin) Hotte. [1] He had an older brother and six younger brothers and sisters.

Louis was the first of his parents’ children to marry when he wed Marguerite Lacasse on 27 March 1864 in St-André-Avellin, Papineau County. [2] He and Marguerite had eleven children – six sons and five daughters, including Olivine, my great-grandmother – born in Ripon and Chénéville in Papineau County.

While searching for records about Louis at Ancestry.ca, I found one in the “Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s”. [3] His entry shows that he received some land in Chénéville (then called Hartwell) in 1885. I haven’t looked into this grant, but when I do, I might have to look elsewhere than what the source says, because first, the “Archives of Ontario” are in Toronto (Library and Archives Canada are in Ottawa), and second, I’m not sure why the province of Ontario has records from the province of Quebec. I’ll hopefully untangle this mystery one day. Here’s a screenshot of Louis’ entry in this database:

Screenshot from Ancestry.ca

Louis died on 20 December 1923 in Chénéville. [4] He was predeceased by his wife Marguerite in 1907 and some of their children.

Sources:

1. Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs (Grenville, Quebec), parish register, 1839-1854, p. 7 verso, entry no. B26 (1844), Louis Hottes [sic] baptism (written as Hottes, but indexed as Hottin), 28 April 1844; Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 27 March 2008).

2. St-André-Avellin (St-André-Avellin, Quebec), parish register, 1864, p. 49 recto, entry no. M6, Louis Hotte – Marguerite Lacasse marriage, 27 March 1864; St-André-Avellin parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 27 March 2008).

3. “Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s”, database, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 11 September 2014), entry for Louis Hotte. This screenshot has changed from when I first viewed it on 11 July 2009. At that time, the fields “Place, “County” and “Province” were in a different order, and there was a “Comments” field (now not present) before “Source”.

4. St-Felix-de-Valois (Chénéville, Quebec), parish register, 1914-1933, p. 171 verso, entry no. S32 (1923), Louis Hotte burial, 22 December 1923; St-Felix-de-Valois parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 26 March 2008).

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ray Belair (1931-2014)

Another link with the past was broken today when my Uncle Ray, age 83, passed away this morning.

Born on 19 January 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Ray was a younger son of Fred and Julie (Vanasse) Belair. He was my late father Maurice’s only surviving brother.

Ray (left) with Maurice, 1950s

As a young man, Ray left his parents and his home in Timmins, Ontario to seek his fortune in western Canada. He arrived in British Columbia about 1950, where he found logging work in and around Hope, a small community about two hours east of Vancouver.

In August 1952, Uncle Ray married local girl Emily Murphy. They had two children, my cousins Janet (known as Jenny) and Leo.

Uncle Ray was instrumental in getting my father to move to B.C. in 1979 to work with him. They formed a joint business in which they built logging roads, mostly in the Boston Bar area north of Hope. Accordingly, Dad packed up his belongings, put up our family home for sale, and drove ahead of us to get started. We followed Dad within a few weeks, after our house was sold.

Ray with his family, 1960s

In October 1980, Uncle Ray lost his wife Emily, to whom he had been married for twenty-eight years. Their daughter Jenny died in February 2011.

After working at logging and road-building for most of his life, Uncle Ray retired in September 1997. His sister Joan and her son André made the trip to B.C. to help Ray celebrate.

Uncle Ray is survived by his son Leo and his family, including a new little great-granddaughter, as well as his sisters Joan and Darlene of Ontario, Canada.

We will miss you, Uncle Ray. Rest in peace.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Maritime Monday: S/S Lake Southwark and the Dimovsky Family

Steamship Southwark
S/S Southwark [1]

Earlier this year, I wrote a couple of articles about Dimovsky families who immigrated to Canada in the late 1890s. They were Doukhobor pacifists who left Russia, seeking a life free from religious intolerance. For a brief explanation about how Doukhobors came to be in Canada, see Family History Through the Alphabet – S is for …

Today’s post is the third and concluding article in this 3-part series. Part 1 (those who arrived in January 1899) is available at Maritime Monday: S/S Lake Superior and the Dimovsky Family. Part 2 (those who arrived in June 1899) is available at Maritime Monday: S/S Lake Huron and the Dimovsky Families.

September 9 (tomorrow) marks the 109th anniversary of the S/S Southwark’s arrival at Quebec City. The ship’s manifest, which is complete, shows one group of people, surnamed Dimovsky. These individuals consist of Danila Dimovsky, with presumably his wife Anna and their young daughter Agafia. [2]

The Southwark departed Liverpool, England on 31 August 1905. On board were 649 passengers, 182 of whom were “Doukhobors exiles from Yakutsk, Siberia”. [3] This “second wave of Doukhobor immigration” lasted from 1902 to 1906. [4]

Upon the ship’s arrival in Canada on September 9, a small group of Doukhobors (but not Danila, his wife or their child) were quarantined, some until October and others until mid-November 1905. [5]



Like the other Dimovsky families about whom I’ve written in this series, I don’t know if or how Danila, Anna and Agafia are related to my husband. (Dimovsky is a spelling variation of Demofsky, later Demosky, later still Demoskoff.)

Sources:

1. Photo of S/S Southwark (built 1893), digital image, Norway – Heritage (http://www.norwayheritage.com : accessed 18 January 2014).

2. Steve Lapshinoff & Jonathan Kalmakoff, Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists 1898-1928 (Crescent Valley: self-published, 2001), 110.

3. Lapshinoff, Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists 1898-1928, 110.

4. “Index to Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists”, Doukhobor Genealogy Website (http://www.doukhobor.org/Shiplists.htm : accessed 18 January 2014), “Arrivals in 1902-1906”.

5. Lapshinoff, Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists 1898-1928, 110.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Funeral Card Friday: Cecilia (Vanasse) Potvin

Cecilia Vanasse Potvin memorial card
Front of card

My great-aunt Cecilia was the elder sister of my paternal grandmother Julie (Vanasse) Belair. I didn’t know Aunt Celia (as she was known to her family) until I was studying at university in Ottawa where she lived. I used to visit her and Uncle Clem at their apartment on Empress Avenue, which happened to be across the street from St-Jean-Baptiste church where my Dad was baptised. I loved talking with her about my Mémère Julie, who died when I was young. After my family moved to British Columbia, we got to see Aunt Celia once or twice on our vacations back east. I was very sad to hear of her death, knowing that I lost another link with the past and my grandmother.

Cecilia Vanasse Potvin memorial card
Back of card

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

52 Ancestors: #36 Pierre Beauvais

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small has issued herself and her readers a challenge for 2014. It’s called “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”, and as Amy explains, the challenge is to “have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor”.

For the 36th week of this challenge, I chose Pierre Beauvais (1838-1895/1897).

Pierre is my maternal great-great-grandfather and is number 28 in my ancestor list.

Younger son of Charles Beauvais by his first wife Olive Huot, Pierre was born in the morning of 24 February 1838 in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Terrebonne County, Quebec, and baptized that day. [1] He had an older brother Charles and a younger sister Céline (Délima).

Pierre lost his mother when he was very young. Olive’s date and place of death are a mystery to me, but it was before the 1842 census of Canada East (present-day province of Quebec), because she does not appear in her husband’s household that year. [2] After his father remarried in about 1843 or 1844, Pierre had a further eleven siblings, seven half-brothers and four half-sisters.

The Beauvais family seems to have moved rather frequently, usually to parts that were just opening up to colonization, such as the Petite-Nation seigneurie in southwestern Quebec.

Pierre still lived at home when he was enumerated on the 1871 census, when he was a cultivateur (farmer) like his father. [3]

When he was thirty-six years old, Pierre married Arline Deschatelets on 13 July 1874 in St-Casimir church in Ripon, Papineau County, Quebec. [4] Pierre and Arline were second cousins (they shared the same Beauvais – Gibouleau great-grandparents), but their marriage record doesn’t mention a dispensation to marry.

Pierre and Arline had seven children, born in Ripon or nearby Chénéville between 1875 and 1889. The eldest son Joseph was my great-grandfather. Daughter Orméline and son Ferdinand died young, in 1885 and 1882, respectively.

Like with his mother’s death, I haven’t found the exact date or location of Pierre’s death. I know that he died after 19 August 1895, because he was present at his daughter Odile (Auxile)’s wedding, but before 16 August 1897, because he’s described as “feu [the late] Pierre Beauvais” in his son Joseph’s marriage record. [5]

Sources:

1. Ste-Anne (Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec), parish register, 1838, p. 4 recto, no entry no., Pierre Bouvet [sic] baptism, 24 February 1838; Ste-Anne parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 29 March 2008).

2. "Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada, 1842", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-11344-9231-72?cc=1834340 : accessed 4 September 2014), entry for Charles Beauvais, Ottawa > Petite-Nation (seigneurie) > image 29 of 40; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

3. 1871 census of Canada, Hartwell, Ottawa East, Quebec, population schedule, subdistrict h, p. 11 (penned), dwelling 42, family 42, Charles Bouvais [sic] household (written as Bouvais, indexed as Boudrais); digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 16 July 2009).

4. St-Casimir (Ripon, Quebec), parish register, 1866-1898, p. [219?] verso, entry no. M.7 (1874), Pierre Bauvais [sic] – Oralie Deschatelais [sic] marriage, 13 July 1874; St-Casimir parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 29 March 2008).

5. St-Felix-de-Valois (Chénéville, Quebec), parish register, 1887-1899, p. 195 recto, entry no. M.11 (1895), Théodule Pilon – Auxile Beauvais marriage, 19 August 1895; St-Felix-de-Valois parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 4 September 2014). Also, St-Felix-de-Valois (Chénéville, Quebec), parish register, 1887-1899, p. 240 recto, entry no. M.11 (1897), Joseph Beauvais – Olivine Hott [sic] marriage, 16 August 1897; St-Felix-de-Valois parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 13 August 2013).

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Birthday Girls

Birthday photo of Jacqueline, Julie and Joan

This wonderful photo is one of only a handful of photographs that exist of my Mom, my aunt, and my grandmother celebrating their birthdays on the same day.

Without a doubt, they were the three most important women in my early life: my mother Jacqueline (seen at right), my aunt and godmother Joan (on the left), and my beloved grandmother – Mémère Julie (in the centre).

When I was young, these birthday girls often celebrated their birthdays on the same day with one cake for all three, because Mom’s birthday was on August 30, Mémère was on August 31, and Aunt Joan was on September 1.

The photo is dated “FEB 1961”, but it was actually taken on one of those August or September days in 1960.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.