This year marks historic anniversaries, like the 600th anniversary of the birth of Saint Joan of Arc in 1412, the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, and the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Although there aren’t anniversaries of this scale and magnitude in my family, I’ve selected a few ancestral events that mark an anniversary in October 2012.
4 October 1812: Death of Louis Coderre in St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan, Montcalm County, Quebec. Louis, and his wife Marie Pigeon, who survived him, are my maternal ancestors.
5 October 1712: Marriage contract between Richard Taylor and his first wife Marie-Ursule Bolduc drawn up by notary Jean-Etienne Dubreuil in St-Joachim, near Quebec City. Richard was originally from Gloucester, England. He and Marie-Ursule, whose date and place of (religious) marriage (ceremony) are unknown, are my maternal ancestors.
7 October 1692: Marriage of Michel Brunet dit Létang and Marie Moison in Montreal. The couple, both born in New France, are my paternal ancestors.
16 October 1642: Baptism of Michel Gautron dit La Rochelle in La Rochelle, Aunis, France. Michel, who arrived in New France in 1664 and married twice, died in 1719. He and his second wife Marie-Madeleine Bissonnet are my paternal ancestors.
21 October 1922: Burial of Joseph Léveillé in Limoges, Russell County, Ontario. His church burial record doesn’t indicate when he died, an unusual omission for such a document. I haven’t located his death registration, even though I’ve search at Ancestry.ca and at FamilySearch.org, which only adds to the mystery of his death. Joseph, and his wife Cordélia Racette, who survived him, are my maternal ancestors.
28 October 1762: Birth of Marie-Louise Cadieux in Rivières-des-Prairies, near Montreal. She and her husband Augustin Rochon, whom she married in 1781, are my paternal ancestors.
Copyright © 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.