Wednesday, July 29, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015: #30 – Josephte Adam, a challenging ancestor

I’m participating in “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition” by Amy Johnson Crow of No Story too Small.

For the 30th week of this challenge, I used the optional weekly theme (Challenging) to focus on challenging-to-research ancestor, Josephte (aka Josette) Adam.

Josephte, from whom I have a double descent in my paternal line, is my 4x great-grandmother. What makes her challenging is that I haven’t been able to find her date and place of death or burial. I also don’t know when she was born or baptized, but I’ll leave that mystery for another time.

Josephte was a younger daughter of Joseph Adam and his wife Marie Angélique Bissonnette. [1] She was born between 1784 and 1791, possibly in Beloeil, Verchères County, Quebec. In May 1808, Josephte married Charles Messier, who was 54 years old. [2] The couple had two sons and five daughters born between 1806 and 1819. Husband Charles died the following year in 1820. Despite having to care for seven children, the youngest of whom was only one year old, Josephte didn’t immediately remarry. It wasn’t until six years later that she did. [3] Her new husband, Jacques Millet dit Beauchemin, was a widower, with children of his own. They were the parents of two daughters, both born in Sorel.

Sorel Quebec in 1839
View of Sorel (September 1839)

Despite my searches in the databases at and Genealogie, I haven’t found Josephte’s death or burial record. I know that she was alive on 24 April 1833, because she is described as being from Sorel at the marriage of one of her daughters. [4]

I searched the 1851/1852 census index at for the town of Sorel and for Richelieu County, but didn’t find a ‘Josephte Adam’ or variation.

I’ll keep looking for evidence of her death, but for now, Josephte remains a challenge.


Image credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-47-67.

1. St-Mathieu (Beloeil, Quebec), parish register, 1801-1810, p. 4 recto, entry no. M2, Charles Messier – Marie Josephte Adam marriage, 6 May 1805; St-Mathieu parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 28 April 2008). The names of Josephte’s parents are stated in her marriage record.

2. St-Mathieu, parish register, 1801-1810, p. 4 recto, Charles Messier – Marie Josephte Adam marriage, 6 May 1805.

3. St-Pierre (Sorel, Quebec), parish register, 1826, p. 48 verso, entry no. M.26, Jacques Millet dit Beauchemin – Josephte Adam marriage, 24 October 1826; St-Pierre parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 17 December 2009).

4. Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire (St-Hyacinthe, Quebec), parish register, 1833, p. 24 recto, entry no. M.28, Antoine Daigle – Marie Louise Messier marriage, 24 April 1833; Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish; digital image, “Le LAFRANCE”, Généalogie Québec ( : accessed 29 July 2015).

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