Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Longest Ancestral Marriages

Wedding rings

Last month, I wrote about my oldest ancestors (Lives Well Lived: My Longest-Lived Ancestors). I enjoy doing this kind of demographic study, because I learn interesting details about my ancestors and it makes a nice change of pace from searching for those basic, but essential, facts like names, dates and locations.

Staying with the demographic theme, I searched my family tree in order to find the longest ancestral marriages.

I kept the criteria simple and limited to:
  • Generations two through seven of my ancestry (my parents to my 4x great-grandparents)
  • Marriages of fifty years or more.

The results:
  • I have data for only 51 out of 63 marriages.
  • Of these 51 marriages, 13 were 50 years of more (about 25%).
  • All the couples were French-Canadian and Roman Catholic.
  • Eleven of the 13 couples married in Quebec, while 2 couples married in Ontario.
  • Seven of the 13 couples are from my paternal line and six are from my maternal line.
  • The earliest marriage in this list is that of 7 January 1761 (when my first Belair ancestor who came to Canada married in Ste-Geneviève, Quebec) and the most recent marriage is that of 24 April 1899 (when my mother’s paternal grandparents married in Limoges, Ontario).

Yvonne's Longest Married Ancestors

No.
Ancestral Couple
Marriage Date
Length of Marriage
1
Pierre Drouin & Reine Poirier
2 Mar 1829
63 years, 4 months
2
Jean-Baptiste Larose & Marie Louise Giroux
12 Jun 1786
59 years, 9 months
3
Albert Desgroseilliers & Clémentine Léveillé
24 Apr 1899
58 years, 8 months
4
Olivier Vanasse & Elisabeth Frappier
20 Apr 1852
57 years, 2 months
5
Etienne Bouvret & Marie Desanges Guyon
4 Jun 1793
56 years, 5 months
6 (tie)
Olivier Vanasse & Elisabeth Vanasse
16 Jul 1889
55 years, 4 months
6 (tie)
François Janvry dit Belair & Marie Elisabeth Martel
7 Jan 1761
55 years, 4 months
7
Paul Belair & Angélique Lalonde
2 Sep 1845
54 years, 5 months
8
Joseph Deschatelets & Angélique Caillé
19 Jan 1835
54 years, 4 months
9
Toussaint Lepage & Catherine Longtin
20 Oct 1823
54 years, 3 months
10
Joseph Léveillé & Cordélia Racette
Nov 1870
51 years, 11 months
11 (tie)
Régis Vanasse & Josephte Messier
15 Sep 1829
50 years, 8 months
11 (tie)
Joseph Caillé & Marie Angélique Houle
10 Oct 1814
50 years, 8 months


Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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