Tonight’s mission is to answer the following questions and then share our answers in our “own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post”.
1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 18 May 1919 - 100 years ago.
2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?
• My paternal grandparents had not met in 1919 (they would marry in 1926). Grandfather Fred Belair (born 1889) was working either in the USA in shipyards or in Canada on the railway. Grandmother Julie Vanasse (born 1896) was living at home with her parents and her siblings (4 brothers and 4 sisters) on their farm in Pontiac County, Quebec.
• My maternal grandparents also had not yet met in 1919 (they would marry in 1925). Grandfather Eugène Desgroseilliers (born 1900) was living with his parents and siblings (7 brothers and 1 sister) in Moonbeam, Cochrane District, Ontario. Grandmother Juliette Beauvais (born 1901) was living with her parents and her siblings (10 brothers and 3 sisters) in the village of Montpellier, Papineau County, Quebec.
• My paternal great-grandfather Pierre Belair (born 1851) and his second wife (and my grandfather Fred’s stepmother) Mathilde Cloutier lived with their 4 children in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, a village in Gatineau County, Quebec.
• My paternal great-grandparents Olivier Vanasse (born 1863) and Elisabeth Vanasse (born 1862) lived with their 9 children on their farm on Ile des Allumettes, Pontiac County, Quebec. (Olivier and Elisabeth were first cousins.)
• My maternal great-grandparents Albert Desgroseilliers (born 1879) and Clémentine Léveillé (born 1878) lived with their 9 children on their small farm in the village of Moonbeam.
• My maternal great-grandparents Joseph Beauvais (born 1877) and Olivine Hotte (born 1877) lived with their 14 children in Montpellier, a village in Labelle County, Quebec.
• My maternal great-great-grandparents Joseph Léveillé (born 1839) and Cordélia Racette (born 1849) probably lived in Limoges, Russell County, Ontario with their widowed daughter Adélaïde Gilmour.
• My maternal great-great-grandmother Arline (Deschatelets) Beauvais (born about 1846) lived in Chénéville, Papineau County, Quebec, probably with her widowed son-in-law Théodule Pilon, his children and his mother.
• My maternal great-great-grandfather Louis Hotte (born 1844), a widower, also lived in Chénéville, but with his son Adrien Hotte and his family.
• I have some photos of the Belair family home in Masham (which still belonged to the family a few years ago) and one or two photos of the Vanasse family home, but I don’t have any photos of the homes of the remaining ancestral families.
I have fifteen ancestors living in 1919. All four grandparents, seven great-grandparents, and four great-great-grandparents.
Copyright © 2019, Yvonne Demoskoff.