Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Cora Holden

Cora Gagnon Holden gravemarker

Cora was a younger daughter of François and Julia (Vanasse) Gagnon. She was born on 19 December 1902 in Chapeau (or Chichester), Quebec. She and my paternal grandmother, Julie (Vanasse) Belair, were first cousins.

Like her sisters Mary and Albertine, Cora left their home village in the 1920s to seek work in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. (I’ve written about Albertine and Cora in Sibling Saturday: Albertine and Cora Gagnon.) Here, she married William Guy Holden in February 1927. They couple eventually moved to Timmins in northern Ontario, where Cora’s cousin Julie lived.

Cora died in 1973 and was interred next to her husband William in Whitney Cemetery, Porcupine, near Timmins. My husband photographed their gravemarkers during our visit to my old hometown in May 2014.

Cora’s gravemarker reads:

Beloved Wife of William 
1902 – 1973 
Rest in Peace

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Church Record Sunday: Joseph Vanasse’s 1838 Baptism Record

For today’s CRS, I’m featuring a baptism record, since I wrote about burial records for the past two Sundays.

Joseph Vanasse, no. 22 in my ancestor list, is my 2x paternal great-grandfather. A younger son of (Jean François) Régis Vanasse, a cultivateur (farmer), and his wife Josephte Messier, Joseph had eleven siblings – six brothers and five sisters. His older brother Olivier (1832-1914) is also my ancestor (he's no. 20), because his son, Olivier, married Joseph’s daughter Elisabeth.

Joseph was born on 17 October 1838, presumably in the parish of St-Michel in Yamaska, where his parents resided at the time of his baptism. He was baptized the next day (October 18) in nearby St-David, Yamaska County, Quebec. [1] Alternatively, the attending priest travelled to Yamaska where he baptized Joseph in St-Michel church, but recorded the event in St-David’s sacramental register.

Joseph Vanasse 1838 baptism record
Joseph Vanasse baptism record (FamilySearch)

The baptism record (above) reads in French:

“Le dix huit octobre mil huit cent trente / huit nous Pretre curé soussigné avons / baptisé Joseph né la veille du légitime / mariage de Regis Vanasse cultivateur / et de Josephte Mainsier [sic] de la paroisse de St- / Michel dYamaska, parrain Antoine / Vanasse marraine Marguerite Vanasse / qui ont déclaré ne savoir signer.”

In English:

“The 18 October 1838 / we undersigned priest curate have / baptized Joseph born the previous evening of the / legitimate marriage of Regis Vanasse farmer / and of Josephte Mainsier of the parish of St- / Michel of Yamaska, godfather Antoine / Vanasse godmother Marguerite Vanasse / who have declared not able to sign [their names].”

The priest, J. Boucher, curé (curate) of St-David, recorded only the basic details. I wish he had added the relationship between newly-baptized Joseph and his godparents. His father Régis had a younger brother named Antoine, so he might be the godfather. As for Marguerite, she might be his father’s cousin, because Régis didn’t have a sister or an aunt by that name.


1. St-David (St-David, Quebec), parish register, 1835-1846, p. 65 verso, no entry no. (1838), Joseph Vanasse baptism, 18 October 1838; St-David parish; digital images, “Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979”, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 September 2015). Note: To access this browsable-only image, follow this path from the FamilySearch homepage: Search > Records > Canada > Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979 > [Browse] > Saint-David > Saint-David > Index 1835-1876 Baptêmes,...ges, sépultures 1835-1846 > image 170 of 515.

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015: #42 – André Bessette, a saint in the family

Saint Andre Bessette
Saint André Bessette

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

For the 42nd week of this challenge, I used the optional weekly theme (Proud) to write about Saint André Bessette, a distant relative of mine. After I read about his tireless work for the sick of Montreal, I felt very proud to know him. Today – 17 October 2015 – is the fifth anniversary of his canonization. He is the first Canadian-born male to receive this distinction. [1]

St. André and I have one or two, possibly more, sets of ancestors in common. For this article, I chose my maternal ancestors Jacques and Marie (Bouart) Antrade, immigrants from the province of Poitou, France to show how we are related. If you have French-Canadian ancestry, you quite possibly have this saint, too, in your family.

St. André was born Alfred Besset (var. Bessette) on 9 August 1845 in Mont-St-Grégoire, a village southeast of Montreal. [2] He chose André as his name when he joined the Congregation of Holy Cross as a lay brother in Montreal in December 1870. [3] Because of poor health, Brother André worked in a humble capacity for the Congregation. He was porter, sacristan, laundry worker, and messenger at its Notre-Dame College. [4] Brother André also cared for the sick – those who came to see him at the College and those he visited in their homes. When people were miraculously healed, he did not take credit, but believed it was due to the intercession of St. Joseph, for whom he had a special devotion, and to whom he prayed faithfully.

Led by this devotion, Brother André began construction of a chapel dedicated to St. Joseph in 1904. Soon, the small chapel gave way to a church, and later, to a basilica, also known as an oratory. Large crowds of people and pilgrims came to Saint Joseph to pray and to seek a cure for their ailments. As a sign of faith, those who were healed left behind their crutches. [5]

Oratoire Saint Joseph
Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal

Brother André died on 6 January 1937 in St-Laurent, now part of Montreal. His funeral was held at Saint Joseph Oratory on 12 January. The Archbishop of Quebec, the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, and the Premier of Quebec were among the dignitaries present. Also in attendance was “une immense foule” (
an immense crowd) not only from Montreal, but from the province of Quebec and the United States. [6]

On 23 May 1982, Brother André was beatified by Pope John Paul II as “Blessed André”. Twenty-eight years later, Pope Benedict XVI canonized him “Saint André Bessette” on 17 October 2010. [7] His feast day is January 6 in the USA and January 7 in Canada. [8]

Photo credit:

Saint André: Wikipedia contributors, "André Bessette", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

Saint Joseph Oratory: "Photo by Paolo Costa Baldi. License: GFDL/CC-BY-SA 3.0" (“Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal”, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia ( : accessed 13 October 2015).


1. “Saint Brother André: His Canonization”, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

2. St-Grégoire-le-Grand (Mont-St-Grégoire, Quebec), parish register, 1845, p. 20 verso, entry no. B.92, Alfred Besset [sic] baptism, 10 August 1845; St-Grégoire-le-Grand parish; digital images, “Le LAFRANCE”, Généalogie Québec ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

3. “St. André Bessette”, Congregation of Holy Cross ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

4. Wikipedia contributors, "André Bessette", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

5. “St. André Bessette”, Congregation of Holy Cross ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

6. Notre-Dames-des-Neiges (Montreal, Quebec), parish register, 1937, p. 1 verso, entry no. S.1, Alfred Bessette burial, 12 January 1937; Notre-Dame-des-Neiges parish; digital images, ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

7. “St. André Bessette”, Congregation of Holy Cross ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

8. Wikipedia contributors, "André Bessette", Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia ( : accessed 13 October 2015).

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Find A Grave Community Day

I’ve been asked to share this Ancestry message with my readers:

“Saturday 17th October, Ancestry is hosting our global ‘Find A Grave Community Day’.

Essentially, this is an annual day taking place across the world whereby we encourage people to visit their local cemeteries to take photos and videos of headstones, explore the grounds and share stories – to preserve the history of all our ancestors buried in cemeteries across the world.

You can find out more about this annual community day Find A Grave Community Day or on the Ancestry Ancestry blog.

Use #FGDay to post your pictures and videos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”

Friday’s Faces from the Past: Aunt Darlene

Julie Belair and her daughters Joan and Darlene

Darlene is the younger daughter of Fred and Julie (Vanasse) Belair, my grandparents. Her older brothers and sister were Maurice (my father), Joan, and Ray.

That’s my Mémère Julie and Tante Joan with a young Darlene (at the front) in the picture, taken about 1943.

It’s Aunt Darlene’s 80th birthday this Sunday, October 18. We live about 4500 km (about 2800 miles) apart, she in Ontario and I in British Columbia, so I won’t be able to wish her “Happy Birthday” in person. Instead, I’ll call her that afternoon and let her know that I love her, miss her, and hope she has a wonderful day.

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Gauthier – Meunier

Ovila Gauthier and Cecile Meunier wedding 1948

Sixty-seven years ago today, Cécile Meunier, my Dad’s cousin, married Ovila Gauthier on 14 October 1948 in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham (now La Pêche), Gatineau County, Quebec. Father Louis-Léon Binet, Ste-Cécile’s prêtre-curé, officiated at the ceremony.

Cécile was the daughter of my grandfather Fred’s half-sister Priscille Belair by her husband Aldoria Meunier. Born on 1 July 1924 in Masham, Cécile was the eldest of thirteen children. I’ve written about her mother Priscille in Church Record Sunday: Sisters Priscille and Domitille Belair.

I first saw this lovely black-and-white photograph when I visited my Aunt Joan last year. It looks like Cécile sent it to Joan’s parents, Fred and Julie (Vanasse) Belair, her uncle and aunt. Left to right are Aldoria, Cécile, Ovila, and Edmond, his father.

There are two handwritings on the back of the photo. The first one belongs to Cécile, who wrote: “Cela c’est mon père / et le père de mon / marie et moi et / mon marie”. (This one is my father / and the father of my / husband and me and / my husband.)

The second handwriting is Joan’s, who wrote: “Oncle AIdoria Meunier 1948 / Cecile Meunier’s Wedding / Ovila Gauthier son papa / Edmond Gauthier”. (Uncle Aldoria Meunier 1948 / Cecile Meunier’s Wedding / Ovila Gauthier his father / Edmond Gauthier.)

I don’t believe I ever met Cécile and her husband. She died in February 2009, while Ovila, who predeceased her, died in April 1985.

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Canada General Election 2015

Ready to Vote image

Next week, Canadians will cast their ballots in another federal election, the 42nd Parliament since Confederation in 1867. The advance polls were this past weekend, with election day on Monday, October 19.

I received my VIC (Voter Information Card) last week, and I plan on being at my polling station come election day.

Rolls of Voter Information Cards next to printer

With this event in mind, I decided to record my memories of past Canadian elections by using “prompts dealing with your memories of elections and politics” at FamilyHistoryProducts. Written from a U.S. perspective, I’ve adapted the prompts for me as a Canadian.

List the [federal] elections that have happened during your lifetime?

I didn’t know the answer to this question, so I checked out “History of Federal Ridings since 1867” at Parliament of Canada. It turns out that there have been 17 general elections since I was a little girl, from the first one in June 1962 to the last one in May 2011.

Of those elections that you remember, what do you remember most about each?

The first election I remember was the June 1968 one, when I was ten years old. Of course, I was too young to know anything about politics and elections, but I watched the incoming results on television in our living room. I got caught up in the moment and when the winner was announced, I went outside and shouted (but not very loudly), “Trudeau won! Trudeau won!” I had no idea who Pierre Elliott Trudeau was, but he won, so I thought that must be a good thing. My enthusiasm was brief, however, because Dad heard me and told me to get back inside. He never believed in letting anyone know his political opinions and wasn’t about to let the neighbors think he approved of our new PM.

The next election I remember was in May 1979. It was the first time I was able to vote in a federal election, and I was thrilled to participate. I was eligible to vote since 1976 when I turned 18, but that was between the July 1974 and the May 1979 elections.

As for all the other elections since then, I don’t remember much about them, other than being disappointed that my vote didn’t count most years.

Which election was the first that you participated in (actually voted)?

The first time I voted in a federal election was in May 1979. I wasn’t sure what I thought about the various parties (Liberal, Progressive Conservative, NDP), so I considered voting the way Dad did. It wasn’t because he told us (Mom, my sister and I) how to vote, which he never did, but he explained why he chose a particular party and why he thought it was a good one. At some point, I decided that being almost 21, I’d be independent from him, so I voted for a different party that year.

On [May 2, 2011], [Stephen Harper] was [re-elected] as [Prime Minister of Canada]. What are your thoughts?

Well, I wasn’t happy. I was disillusioned with the Conservatives, and really hoped the Liberals or the NDP would win. It was exciting to think that for the first time in Canadian history the New Democrat Party became the official opposition, though. (In past years, it was almost always either Liberal or PC.)

Have you ever participated/volunteered (or wanted to) in a political campaign of any kind? Give details!

One year in the mid- to late-1970s, I volunteered at the local office of the Progressive Conservative party, because my friend and her mother, who supported the candidate, asked me to give them a hand. It was for a provincial election, though. I can’t remember what I did, but I probably put up posters, handed out flyers, that kind of thing. I wasn’t necessarily a firm believer in the PC, but it gave me something to do for a few weeks.

What about you, readers? What are your memories of past elections?

Images credit:

“Newsroom: Media”, Elections Canada ( : accessed 11 October 2015) and “Newsroom: Multimedia”, Elections Canada ( : accessed 11 October 2015).

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you

Wishing all my Canadian readers and bloggers a very “Happy Thanksgiving!” 

 Have a safe holiday, everyone!

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Church Record Sunday: Jean-Baptiste Desgroseilliers' 1755 Burial Record

Jean-Baptiste Desgroseilliers burial record
Jean-Baptiste Desgroseilliers burial record (

Jean-Baptiste Desgroseilliers, no. 385 in my ancestor list, is my 6x great-grandfather.

He had different surnames at different stages of his life. For example, it was Bouchard (his father’s surname) at his baptism in 1698, Dorval Degroseliers (his father’s dit name) at his marriage in 1734, and Desgroseliers at his burial in 1755.

Born on 17 January 1698 in Montreal, I imagine that he was raised hearing the stories and adventures of his maternal grandfather, Médard Chouart, sieur des Groseilliers, the famous coureur de bois and explorer. (I’ve written about him here.)

By his wife Marie-Josèphe de Chavigny, whom he married on 26 September 1734, he had ten children.

Jean-Baptiste died on 11 October 1755 – 260 years ago today. He was buried the following day in St-Joseph cemetery in Deschambault seigneurie, east of Trois-Rivières, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. [1] The priest, Menage, recorded Jean-Baptiste’s age as ‘about 50’, but he was actually 57 years old.

The burial record (above) was challenging to decipher, but I think I captured the most important words. It reads in French:

“Le douzieme jour […] octobre de l’année mil sept cent cinquante cinq dans / le cimetiere du […] paroisse de St-Joseph Seigneurie d’Eschambeau a été / enterré Jean baptiste desgroseliers àgé [autour] de cinquante ans mort du jour / précedant après avoir recue tous les Sacrements. […] assisté a son enterrement / pierre Arcan et pierre grolo [pris] et appeller pour [cousins] lesquels on déclaré ne / savoir écrire ni Signer de ce enquis […] lequel enterrement / à été fais par nous prêtre soussigné curé de St-Joseph. En fois de quoi nous avons / signé dans nôtre maison curialle […].”

In English:

“The twelfth day […] October of 1755 in / the cemetery of […] parish St-Joseph Seigneurie of [Deschambault] was / buried Jean Baptiste Desgroseliers aged [about] / 50 years died on the / preceding day after having received all the Sacraments. […] Present at the burial Pierre Arcan and Pierre Grolo [taken] and called as [cousins] have declared not / to know how to write nor to sign [their names] as were asked […] said burial / was done by us undersigned priest curate of St-Joseph. In faith at which we have /signed in our curial home […].”


1. St-Joseph (Deschambault, Quebec), parish register, 1713-1791, p. 57 verso, no entry no. (1755), Jean Baptiste Desgroseliers (written as Jean Baptiste Desgroseliers, indexed as Jean Desgroseliers) burial, 12 October 1755; St-Joseph parish; digital images, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 10 October 2015).

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sympathy Saturday: New France Epidemic of 1687

On 25 March 1687, Paul Daveluy dit Larose presented himself at St-Enfant-Jésus church in Pointe-aux-Trembles, east of Montreal. He and godparents Jean Roy and Anne Archambault were there on this late winter’s day for the baptism of his newborn son Jean Paul. [1]

Ile de Montreal in 1744
Plan de l’Île de Montréal, 1744. BM5-C-26-050 (extrait).

His wife Elisabeth (née Haguin), my 9x maternal great-grandmother, was home recovering from the birth of her seventh child. With her were her five surviving children, Jeanne, François, Marie Madeleine, Jean Baptiste, and Marguerite. [2] Elisabeth also had four older children, three daughters and one son (Antoine, my ancestor), by her late first husband Antoine Courtemanche dit Jolicoeur.

Within a few months, life changed dramatically for Elisabeth. A trio of illnesses – pleurisy, measles, and malignant fever – soon appeared in the colony. [3] In July, measles broke out among the day-students at the Ursuline convent in Quebec (city) and spread to the boarding students and the teaching nuns. [4] It reached epidemic proportions in Lachine, near Montreal, where deaths were recorded from August to late December. [5]

Rénald Lessard in his Au temps de la petite vérole was aware of the problem of correctly identifying the epidemic. He notes that it was also a concern for the colonial authorities like the Marquis de Denonville (Governor General of New France) and de Champigny (Intendant of New France), who wrote, “Ces maladies ont commencé par la rougeolle Il y a du pourpre et ensuite des fluctions Sur la poitrine”. (These illnesses began with measles, there is typhus and then [presumably dysentery].) [6]

Author and demographer Hubert Charbonneau wrote an article in the mid-1990s about the “grandes mortalités épidémiques” (great epidemic mortalities) in New France prior to 1760. He identified the 1687 epidemic as typhus. [7]

Four members of the Daveluy family succumbed to the epidemic in late 1687. In the span of twelve weeks, Elisabeth lost three children and her husband. [8] First, eldest daughter Jeanne (13) died on 3 October and was buried that day. Then, son François (11) died; he was buried on 9 November. Daughter Marie Madeleine (9) was buried on 25 November. Four weeks later, husband Paul was buried on 21 December. (The burial records of the last three do not indicate a date of death, but it’s likely that they were buried the day they died.) [9]

Elisabeth and her three youngest children were spared. She never remarried, and died in April 1718, thirty years after the fateful year of 1687. [10]

Image Credit:

“Vie montréalaise”, database and digital images, Archives Montreal ( : accessed 8 October 2015), Plan de l’Île de Montréal, 1744. BM5-C-26-050 (extrait).


1. St-Enfant-Jésus (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec), parish register, 1674-1700, p. 78 recto, entry no. B.4 (1687), Jean Paul Daveluy baptism, 25 March 1687; St-Enfant-Jésus parish; digital images, “Le LAFRANCE”, Généalogie Québec ( : accessed 8 October 2015).

2. “Dictionnaire”, database, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) ( : accessed 8 October 2015), Paul Daveluy Larose DePicardie – Elisabeth Aquin [sic], Famille no. 3965. The list of children in PRDH is different from the one in Jetté, which shows eight children. It appears that the eighth child (Jean Paul) is the same person as the fourth child (Jean). René Jetté, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1983), 311. The same eight children also appear in Elisabeth’s entry in Peter J. Gagné, Before the King’s Daughters: The Filles à Marier; 1634-1662 (Orange Park, Florida: Quintin Publications, 2008), 167-168.

3. Rénald Lessard, Au temps de la petite vérole: La médecine au Canada aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (Québec: Septentrion, 2012), 44, note 138, citing Jeanne-Françoise Juchereau de Saint-Ignace et Marie-Andrée Duplessis de Saint-Hélène (éditées par Dom Albert Jamet), Les Annales de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec 1636-1716 (1939; reprint, Québec, L’Hôtel-dieu de Québec, 1984), 232.

4. Lessard, Au temps de la petite vérole, 44, citing Archives des Ursulines de Québec, 1/E9, 1, Vieux récits, 1687, 50.

5. Lessard, Au temps de la petite vérole, 44.

6. Lessard, Au temps de la petite vérole, 77, note 285, citing Lettre de Denonville et Champigny au ministre, 6 novembre 1687, ANOM, Fonds des Colonies, série C11A, vol. 9, f. 5r.

7. Hubert Charbonneau, “Les grandes mortalités épidémiques avant 1760”, Mémoires de la Société généalogique canadienne-française 46 (été 1995): 129.

8. Youngest child Jean Paul, who was baptised on 25 March 1687, died in 1761, not on 20 December 1687, as seen in Jetté, Dictionnaire, 311.

9. “Dictionnaire”, Paul Daveluy Larose DePicardie – Elisabeth Aquin [sic], Famille no. 3965.

10. Jetté, Dictionnaire, 311.

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Monday, October 05, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015: #40 – Joseph Adam and Angélique Bissonnette, 240th wedding anniversary

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

For the 40th week of this challenge, I used the optional weekly theme (October) to write about my paternal ancestors Joseph and Angélique (Bissonnette) Adam, who have a wedding anniversary in October.

Joseph Adam and Angelique Bissonnette 1775 marriage record
Adam - Bissonnette marriage record (

Here a few facts about Joseph and Angélique:

They are my double ancestors, nos. 166/182 and 167/183, respectively.

 Joseph was a fraternal twin with his sister Marie Charlotte. [1]

 Joseph and Angélique married on 9 October 1775 in St-Michel-de-la-Durantaye (now St-Michel-de-Bellechasse, Quebec), 240 years ago this week. [2] They were married for 49 years.

 They had previously entered into a marriage contract ten days earlier (September 30) in the notarial office of Joseph Riverin. [3]

 They received a dispensation to marry, because Angélique was Joseph’s second cousin once removed. [4]

 Joseph was almost 20 years old and Angélique was 18. [4]

 They were the parents of eleven children, three sons and seven (or eight) daughters, born between 1777 and 1799. [6]

 They have only female-line descendants, because their sons (Joseph, Louis, and Pierre) died as infants. [7]

 Joseph’s occupation: journalier (day laborer). [8]

 Joseph died on 27 December 1824 and was buried in Beloeil, east of Montreal. [9]

 Angélique survived her husband by ten years. She died on 26 December 1834 in Marieville, near Beloeil, where she was buried. [10]


1. “Dictionnaire”, database, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) ( : accessed 1 July 2014), Ignace Adam – Marie Ursule Lefebvre Boulanger, Famille no. 31064.

2. St-Michel (La Durantaye, Quebec), parish register, 1755-1789, p. 132 recto, entry no. 382, Joseph Adam – Marie Angelique Bissonnet marriage, 9 October 1775; St-Michel parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 28 October 2014).

3. “Archives des notaires”, digital images, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) ( : accessed 4 October 2015), notary Joseph Riverin, Répertoire chronologique, 1773-1777, entry 30 September 1775, Mariage de Joseph Adam et Marie Angelique Bissonnette.

4. St-Michel, parish register, 1755-1789, p. 132 recto, Joseph Adam – Marie Angelique Bissonnet marriage, 9 October 1775. The couple received a dispensation of du troisième degré de parenté au quatre (the third degree of relationship to the fourth).

5. St-Etienne (Beaumont, Quebec), parish register, 1692-1796, page no. illegible, entry no. 1384 (1755), Joseph Adam baptism, 15 August 1855; St-Etienne parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 1 July 2014), and, St-Michel (La Durantaye, Quebec), parish register, 1755-1789, p. 61 verso, entry no. 1151, Marie Angelique Bissonnet baptism, 12 May 1757; St-Michel parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 1 August 2015).

6. “Dictionnaire”, database, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) ( : accessed 14 February 2015), Joseph Adam – Marie Angelique Bissonnet, Famille no. 51923.

7. “Dictionnaire”, Joseph Adam – Marie Angelique Bissonnet, Famille no. 51923.

8. St-Mathieu (Beloeil, Quebec), parish register, 1801-1810, p. 4 recto, entry no. M.2 (1805), Charles Messier – Marie Josette Adam (written as Charles Messier – Marie Josette Adam, indexed as Charles Mettier – Marie S?? Adam) marriage, 6 May 1805; St-Mathieu parish; digital image, “Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 28 April 2008).

9. St-Mathieu (Beloeil, Quebec), parish register, 1816-1834, p. 177 recto, no entry no. (1824), Joseph Adam burial, 29 December 1824; St-Mathieu parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 29 July 2015).

10. St-Nom-de-Marie (Marieville, Quebec), parish register, 1834, p. 61 verso, entry no. S.97, Angélique Bissonet (written as Angélique Bissonet, indexed as Angelique Bissouel Adam) burial, 28 December 1834; St-Nom-de-Marie parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967”, ( : accessed 29 July 2015).

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Church Record Sunday: Catherine Carre’s 1861 Burial Record

Catherine Carre burial record 1861

Catherine Carré burial record (

Catherine Carré is my maternal 4x great-grandmother. One of sixteen children of François Carré by his wife Marie Louise Martin dite Ladouceur, Catherine was born on 5 December 1795 in Ste-Rose, a village that is now part of Laval, just north of Montreal. [1]

On 12 February 1816, Catherine married Pierre Sigouin, a local man, in their town’s parish church, Ste-Rose-de-Lima. [2] She was twenty years old, while he was nearly twenty-nine. The couple had twelve children, including Archange (1823-1885), my ancestor.

Catherine died on 2 October 1861 in Ripon, Papineau County. Two days later, she was buried in nearby St-André-Avellin. [3]

The burial record (above) reads in French:

“Le quatre octobre mil huit cent soixante et / un nous curé soussigné avons inhumé dans [le] cimetière de cette paroisse le corps de Catherine / décédée à Ripon le deux du courant à l’âge de / soixante et onze ans environ étaient presents Eloi / Champagne et Moïse Chartrand cultivateurs qui ont / déclaré ne savoir signer.”

In English:

“The four October 1861 / we the undersigned priest have interred in the cemetery of this parish the body of Catherine / died in Ripon the second of the current [month] at the age of seventy-one approximately were present Eloi / Champagne and Moïse Chartrand farmers who / declared they could not sign [their names].”

Although Catherine is not described as Pierre’s wife or widow at her burial, I believe that this is her record.


1. Ste-Rose-de-Lima (Ste-Rose [Laval], Quebec), parish register, 1785-1799, p. 16 verso, no entry no. (1795), Catherine Carré (written as Catherine Carré, indexed as Catherine Carre) baptism, 5 December 1795; Ste-Rose-de-Lima parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968”, ( : accessed 23 November 2014).

2. Ste-Rose-de-Lima (Ste-Rose [Laval], Quebec), parish register, 1814-1818, p. 13 recto, entry no. M.2 (1816), Pierre Sigouin – Catherine Carré (written as Pierre Sigouin – Catherine Carré, indexed as Pierre Sigouin – Catherine Carre) marriage, 12 February 1816; Ste-Rose-de-Lima parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968”, ( : accessed 23 November 2014).

3. St-André-Avellin (St-André-Avellin, Quebec), parish register, 1861, p. 81 recto, entry no. S.19, Catherine Carée (written as Catherine Carée, indexed as Catherine Carce) burial, 4 October 1861; St-André-Avellin parish; digital image, “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968”, ( : accessed 21 November 2014).

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