Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mom!

80 years young today!

One birthday is being celebrated today, but in the past, August 30th was more than just one birthday for my Mom; it was three birthdays.

You see, Mom, her sister Simone and their father Eugène were all born on August 30 – Mom in 1933, Simone in 1930 and Eugène in 1900.

Eugene Desgroseilliers and his daughter Jacqueline Belair in 1959
Eugène Desgroseilliers with his daughter Jacqueline, 1959

My aunt left us earlier this year in May, and my grandfather passed away in September 1960.

Simone Burdan in about 1959
Simone, about 1959

As my sister, my brother and our families come together today to celebrate Mom’s birthday, we’ll be sure to reminisce about those who are no longer with us and remember how August 30 was three times special for the Desgroseilliers family.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Travel Tuesday: The Summer of 1966

British Columbia motel and campsite 1966
Entrance to a motel and campsite in British Columbia, 1966

It’s the last week of August. With summer vacation almost over (at least for BC schoolchildren), I got to thinking about the summer of 1966. That’s the year my family took a vacation to the beautiful province of British Columbia. It was the first and only time we went on a cross-country trip as a family. The next time we went west, some 13 years later, it was to live there.

It was an unusual vacation for us, because we generally didn’t stray far from home in the summer. Dad liked his home, and didn’t care for the fuss and stress that came with the planning of an extended holiday.

But, for some reason, he and Mom decided on just that: a nearly month-long vacation across Canada to the West Coast; a journey of about 3760 km (about 2340 miles) from our home in Timmins, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia. Together, they organized the gear we’d need, including the pop-up camper, the kind that someone has to crank open and everything just seems to “pop” into place. (The camper was brand new. I think Dad bought it from the local Canadian Tire store, where he liked to shop.)

One very early morning that August, my sister and I were woken by Mom and walked-carried to the car to begin the first part of our journey. It’s been 47 years since that trip, so there’s lots I don’t remember, but at least I still have the photos my parents took to help keep alive some of the memories.

We stopped at campsites along the way for the night. I remember loving being outdoors, enjoying the campfires and spending time exploring with Dad. (My sister Marianne being a bit younger than me, preferred to stay near Mom.) One night, we went to bed as usual. We had a bit of a fright the next morning when we couldn’t find Marianne. It’s as if she had disappeared overnight. We looked for her and called out her name. Suddenly, we heard a muffled voice. It seems that Marianne had slipped into a sort of pocket made by the camper’s canvas wall and slept there comfortably until the next morning.

The days were long, but we took time to visit a few of the provincial capitals (Winnipeg in Manitoba, and Regina in Saskatchewan). In Alberta, we visited the Calgary Zoo and enjoyed the beauty and natural wonders of Banff National Park, set in the majestic Rocky Mountains. After we crossed into British Columbia, it took only a few hours before we saw the mighty Fraser River as we made our way down the Fraser Canyon. We then stayed awhile at my Dad’s brother Ray’s property near Hope. It was the first time my sister and I met our cousins Jenny and Leo. After visiting some of the tourist sites in Vancouver (including Bloedel Floral Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park), we made our way to North Vancouver and took the ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We must have visited Victoria, the provincial capital, but there aren’t any photos showing what we did there.

Yvonne and Marianne Belair at the Saskatchewan border 1966
Marianne (right) and myself at the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border

Jacqueline Belair at the entrance to Banff National Park 1966
Mom at the entrance to Banff National Park

Maurice, Yvonne and Marianne Belair at Lake Louise 1966
Dad, Marianne and I at Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Jacqueline, Yvonne and Marianne Belair on the Columbia Icefield 1966
Mom, Marianne and I on the Columbia Icefield, Banff National Park

Fraser Canyon point of interest sign British Columbia 1966
A point of interest sign in the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia

Jacqueline, Yvonne and Marianne Belair in North Vancouver 1966
Mom, Marianne and I at the ferry terminal in North Vancouver

Ray Belair and family 1966
Uncle Ray and his family (Jenny, Leo and Emily)

I think our return back home must have been uneventful, because there aren’t any photos documenting that part of our journey.

The summer of 1966… so long ago, and yet, not quite forgotten.

Coyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

My First Blogiversary!

cupcake with candle

Wow! It’s hard for me to believe that one year ago today (August 24, 2012) I first blogged about my family’s (and my husband’s) genealogy and history.

My blogging “career” started when I discovered genealogy blogs a few years ago. I lurked for a couple of years, before I even thought that I might blog one day, and when I made up my mind to do so, it took me a few more months before I actually felt confident enough to begin.

And I’m so glad that I did! In the past twelve months, blogging has turned out to be a creative and practical outlet for my research. I’ve had fun chatting with other bloggers through comments and emails, and even found distant cousins. But probably most of all, blogging has helped me to be more careful and conscientious in my day-to-day personal research and in the articles I write for my blog.

I’m thrilled and humbled to know that my blog has 39 followers and I want to thank all of you and my readers for dropping by to see what’s new, to read, and to comment!

Sometimes I wonder if I should go on; I worry if it’s worth it. Having a blog is something of a responsibility and I’m not sure if I’m doing alright or if I can find new topics. It’s at times like these that I remember the advice Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings gave me when we met this past May at the NGS 2013 Conference in Las Vegas. When I asked him about how to blog, he said, “Just write.”

So, thanks, Randy and all the other genealogy bloggers that inspire me; you’re a fantastic group of people!

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday’s Tip: Beware the Same Name Trap

four piece puzzle

I know that in some families there are sometimes two living children with the same name. For example, my paternal ancestor Pierre Janvry dit Belair (born 1772) had an elder brother named Pierre Janvry dit Belair (born 1766). Both married twice, had large families, and lived long lives.

However, I didn’t expect to find four living siblings with the same or nearly-the-same-name in one family.

A few days ago, I was trying to sort out the children of my 7x great-grandparents Jacques Marcot and Isabelle Salé, who married in about 1670. They had fifteen children – 10 sons and 5 daughters.

Until now, I believed that their granddaughter Marguerite Marcot (my maternal ancestor) was the daughter of one of their sons and his wife née Morisset. But this was just an assumption on my part. It turns out I hadn’t sufficiently checked Marguerite's parents.

When I took a closer look at all those Marcot – Salé children, I realized that Jacques and Isabelle had four sons who had Jean or François in their names. They were:

  • Jean-Baptiste (1676-1731), who married Marie Paquin,
  • Jean-François (1691-after 1737), who married Geneviève Morisset,
  • Jean aka Jean-François (ca 1693-1760), who married Marie-Anne Morisset,and
  • François (ca 1693-1727), who married Marie Thérèse Desnoyers.

I was also surprised to learn that Jean-François (the one who married Geneviève Morisset) had a brother Jean aka Jean-François who also married a Morisset. (Geneviève and Marie-Anne were sisters.)

So I asked myself which one of these Marcot – Morisset couples were my ancestors?

After searching Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730, by René Jetté (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1983), Tanguay’s Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes, 7 vols (1871–1890, reprint, Montréal: Editions Elysée, 1991), and the database at PRDH (Programme de recherche en démographie historique), I discovered that I had confused Marguerite and her parents Jean-François and Geneviève with Marie Madeleine and her parents Jean aka Jean-François Marcot and Marie-Anne Morisset.

So after all these years, I wasn’t a descendant of Jean-François Marcot and Geneviève Morisset, I was a descendant of his brother Jean aka Jean-François Marcot and Marie-Anne Morisset.

My tip to you: beware the same name trap and check all the children in a family to make sure there aren’t multiple living siblings with the same or very similar first names.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sentimental Sunday: Eugène and Juliette Desgroseilliers

Eugene Desgroseilliers and Juliette Beauvais wedding 1925
Desgroseilliers - Beauvais wedding, 1925

I’m feeling a touch sentimental today, as I think about the grandmother I never knew and the grandfather I knew only as a toddler.

You see, on this day – 18 August 1925 – my maternal grandparents Eugène and Juliette (Beauvais) Desgroseilliers were married.

This is the only known photo of their wedding, celebrated in Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada.

Eugène was the eldest son of Albert and Clémentine (Léveillé) Desgroseilliers; he was two weeks’ shy of his 25th birthday. Juliette, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Olivine (Hotte) Beauvais, was just 24.

My grandfather was a very tall, slim man – 6’7”, while my grandmother was short and petite, only 5’2”.

Doesn’t Juliette look almost doll-like with her pretty, bobbed hair next to her towering, handsome husband?

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Beauvais – Hotte

Joseph Beauvais and his wife Olivine Hotte in about 1897
Joseph and Olivine Beauvais, about 1897

This rather grainy picture is actually a recently scanned image of an approximately 25-year-old photocopy of a photograph.1

It shows my maternal great-grandparents Joseph Beauvais (1877-1937) and Olivine Hotte (1877-1926). I think it was taken on their wedding day, because they look so young compared to other photos I have of them as adults.

Joseph and Olivine married on 16 August 1897 in St-Félix-de-Valois R.C. church in the rural community of Hartwell (now Chénéville), Papineau County, Quebec, Canada.2 The newlyweds were distantly related: they were sixth cousins through their 5x great-grandparents Guillaume Labelle (d. 1710) and his wife Anne Charbonneau (d. 1729).

Beauvais - Hotte marriage record (partial image) [3]

Joseph was the second child and eldest son of Pierre and Arline (Deschatelets) Beauvais of Chénéville and nearby Ripon. Olivine was the seventh child and younger daughter of Louis and Marguerite (Lacasse) Hotte of St-André-Avellin (just south of Ripon) and Chénéville.

My great-grandparents had a large family of twelve sons and four daughters (including my grandmother Juliette), all of whom reached adulthood.

Joseph and Olivine’s marriage lasted until her death in June 1926, two months short of their 29th wedding anniversary.4


1. Joseph and Olivine (Hotte) Beauvais photograph, ca 1897; digital image ca 1988, privately held by Madeleine (Desgroseilliers) Legault, London, Ontario, 2013. Madeleine allowed her niece Yvonne to photocopy the photograph during one of her visits to her aunt. (Madeleine and Jacqueline (Yvonne’s mother) are maternal granddaughters of Joseph and Olivine.)

2. St-Félix-de-Valois (Chénéville, Quebec), parish register, 1887-1899, p. 240 recto, entry no. M.11, Joseph Beauvais – Olivine Hott [sic] marriage, 16 August 1897; St-Félix-de-Valois parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 13 August 2013).

3. St-Félix-de-Valois, parish register, 1887-1899, p. 240 recto, Joseph Beauvais – Olivine Hott [sic] marriage, 16 August 1897.

4. “Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1936 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947”, digital image, ( : accessed 6 December 2008); entry for Olivine Hotte, 4 June 1926.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary: Alex S. Demosky

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the passing of Alex S. Demosky, a first cousin once removed of my father-in-law Bill Demoskoff.

Alex was the eldest child of Sam and Pearl (Popoff) Demosky, Doukhobor immigrants from Russia. He was born in September 1912 in Buchanan, Saskatchewan, where he lived before moving to British Columbia in the late 1940s.

Obituary of Alex S Demosky
Alex S. Demosky obituary, 1977.

Alex S. Demosky, obituary, 24 August 1977, from unidentified newspaper; Demoskoff Family Papers, privately held by Yvonne (Belair) Demoskoff, British Columbia, 2013. Yvonne acquired an assortment of family memorabilia (including Alex’s obituary) in January 2012 from her father-in-law William (Bill) Demoskoff.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Spin the Ancestor Roulette Wheel!

It’s Saturday, so it's time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at Genea-Musings!

Tonight’s challenge is “Spin the Ancestor Roulette Wheel!” The mission: choose a great-grandmother, take her year of birth and divide it by 125. Round off the number and find the person it belongs to in your ancestor list. Write about that ancestor and give 3-5 facts about her. When done, share the details in a “post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment” in Randy’s blog Genea-Musings.

Here’s how I did.

1) I chose my great-grandmother Clémentine (Léveillé) Desgroseilliers (1878-1969). Her birth year of 1878 divided by 125 is 15.02, rounded down to 15.

2) #15 on my ancestor list is Olivine (Hotte) Beauvais (1877-1926). She was born on or about 10 January 1877 in Hartwell (now Chénéville), Papineau County, Quebec, Canada, the younger daughter of Louis and Marguerite (Lacasse) Hotte. Olivine married Joseph Beauvais on 16 August 1897 in Hartwell. She died on 4 June 1926 in Moonbeam, Cochrane District, Ontario.

3) Five facts about my great-grandmother Olivine:

i. Olivine and Joseph were sixth cousins through their common ancestors Guillaume Labelle (ca 1649-1710) and his wife Anne Charbonneau (1657-1729).

ii. Olivine was the mother of sixteen children – twelve sons and four daughters, the last two children being fraternal twin boys, born 23 years after their eldest sibling.

iii. Olivine and Joseph left their home in southwestern Quebec in about 1899 to live in Franklin County, New York for a few years. Their second child, son Oscar, was born there in Tupper Lake.

iv. After returning to Canada, Olivine, Joseph and their family later moved to northern Ontario in the early 1920s and settled in the village of Moonbeam.

v. Olivine died in June 1926 of cardiac asthenia, which seems to be an old-fashioned term for weakness of the heart or heart-exhaustion.

4) I'm done and I've blogged about it!

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Friday Photo: Michael and the Cheetah

On the first two Fridays of each month, I showcase a family photo and answer the “who, what, when, where and why” of that picture. The first week’s Friday photo is taken from my side of the family and the second week’s Friday photo is chosen from my husband’s side of the family. (I got the idea for this column from Amy Coffin’s ebook The Big Genealogy Blog Book advertised on her The We Tree Genealogy Blog.)

Michael Demoskoff with a cheetah in about 1967
Michael and a cheetah, about 1967

Michael, Barry Stinson (a school teacher), and a cheetah.

Michael is photographed petting a cheetah.

About 1967, during the school year.

Kamsack Junior High, Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A rare opportunity for a Prairie boy to meet a cheetah, the world’s fastest land mammal. The cheetah was part of a travelling exhibit visiting local schools in Saskatchewan.

Michael likes this picture, because it was the first time he had the opportunity to see an exotic animal. He remembers how an assembly was called to the auditorium one school day and the students were invited to come up on stage to get their picture taken with the cheetah. Unlike some of his classmates, Michael wasn’t afraid; he “wanted to see that cat”.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

1921 Census of Canada Has Arrived!


The 1921 Census of Canada is now available to the public! You can browse it at by geographic region, because it isn’t yet indexed by name. For more information, see 1921 Census of Canada.

I knew the census was being released today (August 8th) at about 2:00 p.m. EST, thanks to Canadian bloggers like Anglo-Celtic Connections, GenealogyCanada, and Olive Tree Genealogy Blog, among others, who reported this news yesterday.

So, this morning, I kept checking’s home page and at 11:04 a.m. (I’m on the west coast of Canada) there it was – the 1921 census ready for me and so many other genealogists, family historians, and researchers to start looking for our families.

I began my search with my paternal grandfather, Fred Belair, who I think worked for the railroad in Ramore, Cochrane District, Ontario in 1921. However, Cochrane District didn’t exist at that time, so I had to determine which district it was back then. After a few seconds, I found Temiskaming District; thank goodness there are only a handful of districts for northern Ontario.

Unfortunately, I didn’t locate my Pépère Fred in sub-district 53, which includes Ramore, of district 129. He might have been working elsewhere or been in transit. I did find his father (my great-grandfather Pierre Belair), stepmother and younger half-siblings, though, in his home village of Ste-Cécile-de-Masham in the province of Quebec.

I spent about an hour looking for and finding three of my four grandparents, their respective parents and siblings. Luckily they lived in small, rural communities in Ontario and Quebec, and I had only a few pages (anywhere from 8 to 54 images) to search. The images are legible and the handwriting is mostly easy to read, so all in all, it was a positive experience.

Now, it's back to the census to look for a few more relatives and then I’ll search for my husband’s father Bill and his family in Saskatchewan.

Happy relative hunting, everyone!

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Friday, August 02, 2013

In Memoriam: Maurice Belair

Maurice Belair, my Dad (or Pa, as I used to call him in French) would have been 86 years old today.

Dad was born on 2 August 1927 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was his parents Fred and Julie’s first child. Dad was baptized at St-Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic church on Empress Avenue in Ottawa, where his parents married the previous October.

Maurice Belair in about 1930
Maurice Belair (about 3 or 4 years old), 1930-1931

Dad grew up in Ottawa and Montreal, where his father Fred worked as an iron worker for the Dominion Bridge Company. Dad’s sister Jeanne (Joan) and brother Ray were born in Montreal. The family lived for a time in Chapeau, in Pontiac County, Quebec (where Julie was from), and then moved back to Ottawa, and soon after to nearby South March and Corkery.

In about 1934, the family moved to Fauquier in northeastern Ontario. While here, Dad received the sacrament of Confirmation at Ste-Agnès RC church in September 1935. Four years later in May 1939, he made his profession of faith at Ste-Agnès. (The certificate he received to commemorate the event is still in our possession. You can see it in Family History Through the Alphabet – R is for…) It was probably on one of these two occasions that he received a large, wood crucifix, which I wrote about in Treasure Chest Thursday: The Crucifix.

In the early 1940s, Dad and his family moved to Timmins, where his brother Ray and younger sister Darlene went to school. Later, they moved to Blue Water, near Sarnia, Ontario. By the mid-1950s, Dad’s parents Fred and Julie were back in Timmins, but he remained in southern Ontario where he worked as a welder.

In about 1952, Dad met my mom Jacqueline when she worked as a counter girl at a family-owned corner store in Blue Water. They courted for some time, and then married in Sarnia on 18 December 1954. After they married, Dad went wherever there was welding work for him in southern Ontario and Quebec. (I wrote about how Dad started out as a welder in Workday Wednesday: Maurice Belair, Welder.) When Mom was expecting their first child in 1958, they decided to settle down in Timmins. Dad’s parents and sister Joan lived there, so choosing that town seemed a logical choice.

One autumn day in 1979, Dad was injured while working in Bracebridge, Ontario. (See Workday Wednesday: The Pipeline Accident.) He spent a few months recovering, and then decided to give up being a full-time welder. He, Mom and us three children (my sister Marianne, brother Raymond and myself) moved to British Columbia. Here Dad and his brother Ray started a road-building business.

Dad spent the remainder of his life in Hope, where he passed away on 6 May 1996. He had suffered from coronary heart disease for a few years and died of a heart attack. I’ve written about his obituary (Sunday’s Obituary: My Father, Maurice Belair) and his gravemarker (Tombstone Tuesday: Maurice Belair.)

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Friday Photo: Jacqueline and Her Sisters

On the first two Fridays of each month, I showcase a family photo and answer the “who, what, when, where and why” of that picture. The first week’s Friday photo is taken from my side of the family and the second week’s Friday photo is chosen from my husband’s side of the family. (I got the idea for this column from Amy Coffin’s ebook The Big Genealogy Blog Book advertised on her The We Tree Genealogy Blog.)

Jacqueline Belair and her sisters Mariette Madeleine Normande and Simone in 1971
Jacqueline and her sisters, 1971

My Mom Jacqueline (far right) and her sisters (left to right) Mariette, Madeleine, Normande and Simone.

Five sisters gathered together. (Jeanne d'arc, the youngest, is not here.)

Summer of 1971.

Simone’s home in Corunna, Ontario.

I don’t know why Mom and her sisters posed for this photo. My parents didn’t travel much from our home in northeastern Ontario to southwestern Ontario where my aunts Mariette, Simone and Normande lived, so I’m not sure why Mom is in Corunna. (Maybe Dad didn’t go, and Mom travelled south with Madeleine, who also lived in northeastern Ontario.) There are four other photos in this series, but none of them seem to offer clues as to the reason for this picture. Maybe my Ontario cousins will see this photo and will let me know why the Desgroseilliers sisters were photographed in the summer of 1971.

I love this photo, because it shows my Mom with her sisters. I loved my aunts, but I didn’t often see them. (It was about an 8 hour car journey from our home in Timmins to their homes in Sarnia and Corunna.) Whenever the sisters got together, someone always took a photo or two of them, so at least I got the benefit of ‘seeing’ them in pictures if not in person.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ancestral Anniversaries for August 2013

From October to December last year, I posted articles about some of my ancestors’ life events that marked an anniversary in 2012. I’m continuing this series by presenting a selection of ancestral events for 2013.

3 August 1613:
Marriage of Thomas Goulet and Antoinette Feuillard in Normandel, Perche, France. He worked as a miller in Perche in the 1640s. Neither Thomas nor his wife came to Canada, but their son Jacques and his half-sister Louise (Thomas’ daughter by his second wife) did. Jacques is my paternal ancestor, while Louise is my maternal ancestor.

8 August 1663:
Baptism of Jeanne Théodore in Montreal. She was the younger daughter of Michel Théodore dit Gilles by his wife Jacqueline LaGrange, immigrants from France. Jeanne was only ten months old when her father Michel was killed by the Iroquois. In 1676, when she was 13, Jeanne married Pierre Hogue, a widower with two young sons. Jeanne and Pierre are my paternal ancestors.

13 August 1763:
Death of Augustin Merlot in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal. Augustin, who was 39 years old, was survived by his wife Marie-Louise Aumay, whom he married in 1750. They are my paternal ancestors.

16 August 1733:
Birth of Marie Elisabeth Martel in St-Antoine-de-Tilly, Lotbinière County, Quebec. She was the eldest child of her parents Louis Martel and his first wife Marie Josèphe Légaré. Marie Elisabeth married twice: first, in 1750 to Pierre Jean Boileau, by whom she had four children and was widowed, and second, in 1761 to François Janvry dit Belair, a soldier originally from Picardie, France. Marie Elisabeth and François are my paternal ancestors.

21 August 1753:
Marriage of Valentin Cole and Marie Josèphe Martel in Ste-Croix, Lotbinière County, Quebec. Valentin was born about 1728 in Boston, Massachusetts. He took the name Jean-Baptiste when he was baptized a Roman Catholic a few months before his marriage. He and his wife are my maternal ancestors.

23 August 1683:
Birth of Elizabeth Price in Northampton, Massachusetts. Daughter of Robert Price and his wife Sara Webb, she lost her mother, a sister, and her husband Andrew Stevens when they were killed in the French-Indian raid on Deerfield in March 1704. Elizabeth and her brother Samuel were taken captive and brought to Canada. Two years later, she married in Montreal a soldier named Jean Fourneau dit Brindamour, who was originally from Limousin, France. They are my maternal ancestors.

24 August 1653:
Marriage of Médard Chouart, sieur des Groseilliers and his second wife Marguerite Hayet in Quebec City. Born in Champagne, France, Médard came to Canada in about 1641 and worked for the Jesuits among the Hurons. He and his brother-in-law Pierre Radisson are famous as explorers and coureurs de bois. My mother Jacqueline is a ninth generation descendant of Médard and Marguerite.

30 August 1773:
Marriage of Jean-Baptiste Charland dit Francoeur and Marie Geneviève Rouillard in Montreal. There was a nearly thirty years’ gap between them: Jean-Baptiste was almost 47 years old, while Marie Geneviève was only 17 when they married. Their first child, a son, was born two and half months after they married, and their eleventh and last child, Marguerite (my ancestor) was born fifteen years later in 1788. Jean-Baptiste and Marie Geneviève are my maternal ancestors.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.