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.  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. 
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”.  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:
Louis died on 20 December 1923 in Chénéville.  He was predeceased by his wife Marguerite in 1907 and some of their children.
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).
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