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.  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.  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. 
When he was thirty-six years old, Pierre married Arline Deschatelets on 13 July 1874 in St-Casimir church in Ripon, Papineau County, Quebec.  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. 
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.