Friday, March 28, 2008

Pierre Jerome Gaspard Robillard, from Ste-Melanie, Quebec to Cohoes NY

In my previous post, The Canadian Album: Men of Canada.. I mention Pierre Jerome Gaspard Robillard, younger brother of Louis Gaspard Alfred Robillard. Pierre Jerome Gaspard was born 13 Sep 1871 and baptised the 14th at Ste-Melanie, Joliette, Quebec, to Jerome Robillard and Sophie Riberdy.

[Drouin Gabriel, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1871, Ste-Melanie d'Aillebout, Co-Joliette, P. Q., pg. 10, B.45, P. Jerome Gaspard Robillard, Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Joliette]

He married Marie Delia Bonin (Isidore Bengamen, Itha Meunier dit Lapierre) 1 July 1892 at Saint-Timothee, Beauharois, Quebec.

[Drouin Gabriel, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1892, St-Timothee Co-Beauharnois, P. Q., pg. 2, M.3 Pierre Jerome Gaspard Robillard et Marie Lea Bonin.]

1900 census of Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York; Series: T623, Roll: 1150, Ward: 3, Ed: 44, Page: 312, Sheet: 38A, Line: 31

/ /918/Robilard, Gerome/Head/W/M/Sep/1871/28/M/9/ / /Canada(Fr)/Canada/Canada/1870/30/Al/Daylabor/0/yes/yes/yes/R/ /H
..................Delia/Wife/W/F/Aug/1876/23/M/9/3/3/Canada(Fr)/Canada/Canada/1890/10/ / /yes/yes/yes
..................Eva/Daughter/W/F/Aug/1894/5/S/ / / /New York/Canada(Fr)/Canada(Fr)/ / /at sch/ /5
..................Arthur/Son/W/M/Dec/1895/4/S/ / / /New York//Canada(Fr)/Canada(Fr)/
..................Alice/Daughter/W/F/?/1898/1/S/ / / /New York//Canada(Fr)/Canada(Fr)

In this entry Eva's birth place and date are incorrect. She was born 1 Dec 1893 as Marie Delia Caroline Yvonne Robillard in Montreal. She was baptised 2 Dec 1893 at the parish of St-Louis-de-France, Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.(Drouin Gabriel, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1893, St-Louis-de-France de Montreal, P. Q., pg. 83, B.342 Marie Delia Caroline Yvonne Robillard, Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Montreal)

I believe I also have found the family of Pierre Jerome Gaspard Robillard again in the 1910 census of Troy, Rensselaer, New York; Series: T624, Roll: 1070, Ward: 7, Enumeration District: 56, Sheet: 18B, Line: 96, Hoosick St. He is documented as Joseph Robillard.

144/ /462/Robillard, Joseph/Head/M/W/38/M1/18/Can-French/Can-French/Can-French/1895/al/Engish/Brickmaker
................... Delia/Wife/F/W/36/M1/18/6/6/Can-French/Can-French/Can-French/1895/-/French/none
................... Eva/Daughter/F/W/17/S/Can-French/Can-French/Can-French/1895/ /Collar Maker/Collar Mfg.
................... Arthur/Son/M/W/14/S/Massachusetts/Can-French/Can-French/English/none
................... Alice/Daughter/F/W/12/S/New York/Can-French/Can-French/English/none

1910 census of Troy, Rensselaer, New York; Series: T624, Roll: 1070, Ward: 7, Enumeration District: 56, Page: 24B, -Supplemental- Line: 96, Hoosick St.
144/ /4x2/ Robillard, Frank/Son/M/W/10/S/New York/Can-French/Can-French/English/none
................... Mary ?/Daughter/F/W/6/S/New York/Can-French/Can-French/ /none
................... Irene/Daughter/F/W/?/S/New York/Can-French/Can-French/ /none

And again as Joseph Robillard, age 48, with his wife Delia in the 1920 census on 36 Erie St, Cohoes, Albany, New York; Series: T625, Roll: 1083, Enumeration District: 127, Ward: 1, sheet: 3B, Line:67
36/38/59/Robillard, Joseph/Head/R/M/W/48/M/1893/Al/ /yes/yes/Canada/French/Cananda/French/Canada/French/yes/Brick maker/Brick Co.
.................. Delia/Wife/F/W/44/M/1893/Al/ /yes/yes/Canada/French/Cananda/French/Canada/French/yes/none
.................. Arthur/Son/M/W/24/S/ / / / /yes/yes/New York/yes/Brick maker/Brick yard
.................. Francis/Son/M/W/18/M/ / / /no/yes/yes/New York//Canada/French/Cananda/French/yes/Brick maker/Brick yard
.................. Mary/Daughter/F/W/15/S/ / / /no/yes/yes/NewYork//Canada/French/Cananda/French/yes/Runner/Collar Shop
.................. Irene/Daughter/F/W/13/S/ / / /yes/yes/yes/New York//Canada/French/Cananda/French/yes/none
.................. Mary/Daughter-in-law/F/W/18/M/ / / /no/yes/yes/Massachusetts/Massachusetts/Massachusetts/yes/Spinner/Cotton Mill

And lastly in the 1930 census, again with Delia, at the age 59 on Egbert St. in Cohoes, Albany, New York; Series: 7626, Roll: 1404, Ward: 1, Ed: 1-108, sheet: 6-B

67/97/147/Robillard Joseph/Head/R/16.00/ /no/M/W/59/M/21/No/Yes/Canada French/Canada French/Canada French/French/12/42/x/1893/Na/yes/Brick maker/Brick Yard
................... Delia/Wife-H/ / / /No/F/W/54/16/No/Yes//Canada French/Canada French/Canada French/French/12/42/x/1893/Na/yes/None
................... Arthur/Son/ / /x/M/W/34/Wd/28/No/yes/Massachusetts//Canada French/Canada French/ /53/42/0/ / /yes/Brick maker

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Canadian Album - Men of Canada ..., Robillard et Parent

The Canadian Album: Men of Canada ... - Google Book Search This link will bring you to page 82 of the book, The Canadian Album: Men of Canada... Vol: 5. Joseph E Parent (Isidore, Emelie Hetu), born and baptised on 18 Jan 1858 at the parish of Ste-Melanie D'Aillebout, was the brother of Marie Percide Parent who married (Jos.) Louis Gaspard Alfred Robillard (b.15 Apr 1866, Jerome, Sophie Riberdy, Ste-Melanie) 3 Apr 1883 also at the parish of Ste-Melanie D'Aillebout, Joliette, Quebec.

Note: In the marriage document for Louis Gaspard Alfred Robillard and Marie Percide Parent

[Drouin Gabriel, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1883, Ste-Melanie d'Aillebout, Co-Joliette, P.Q., pg. 6, M.4 J. Gaspard Robillard et M. Percide Parent, Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Joliette]

the groom's name is documented as being Joseph Gaspard. The only other Gaspard (that I have found thus far) born to Jerome Robillard and Sophie Riberdy is Pierre Jerome Gaspard b. 13 Sep 1871 and baptised 14 Sep 1871 at Ste-Melanie d'Aillebout. There is no Jos. Gaspard born unto the union of Jerome and Sophie. It is my belief that Marie Percide Parent's husband is Louis Gaspard Alfred Robillard. If it was Jerome Gaspard he would have been 11 years old at the time of this marriage.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Obituary of Moise Courtois, 1930 Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 27 Jan 1930, pg. 21

COURTOIS--Moise Courtois, a well known resident of this city for over 63 years, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wilfred Mailloux, 28 James street, after a long illness, at the age of 86 years and 6 months. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Wilfrid Mailloux, Mrs Eugene Fauvel, Mrs. Irene Hebert and Miss Aldea Courtois; three sons, Theophile Napoleaon and Charles Courtois, all of Lowell; four sisters, Mrs. Moise Mailloux of Lowell, Mrs. Simon Langlois of St. david, P. Q., Miss Denise Courtois and Miss Delphine Courtois, both of Lowell, and one brother, Oliver Courtois of Lynn; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Third order of St. Francis, Holy family society and of the Union samuel de Champlain of the French-American Foresters.

COURTOIS--Died in this city, Jan. 26 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wilfrid Mailloux, 28 James Street, Mr. Moise Courtois, aged 86 years and 6 months. Funeral Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock from 28 James Street. At 8 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church a solemn high funeral mass will be celebrated. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Burial in St. Joseph cemetery. Undertaker Joseph Albert in charge.

Moise was the husband of Clothilde Longtin married 19 Sep 1871 at Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts..

The Obituary of Clothilde Courtois nee Longtin, 1917 Lowell, Massachusetts

Published 31 May 1917, pg. 4

COURTOIS-Mrs. Clotilde (Longtin) Courtois, wife of Moise Courtois, aged 62 years, died yesterday at her home, 103 Tucker St. Desceased had conducted a grocery business at Hall and Tucker streets for over 20 years. She leaves behind her husband, four sons, Arthur, Charles, Napoleon and Theophile; four daughters, Mrs. Eva Mailloux, Mrs. Alice Savall, Mrs. Irene Hebert and Miss Aldea Courtois; three brothers, Ferdinand of this city, Antoine and Joseph Longtin in Canada; also three sisters in Canada. She was a member of Ste. Annes sodality of St. Joseph's parish.

Published in The Lowell Sun 1 June 1917, pg 3

The Funeral of Mrs. Moise Courtois took place this morning from the home, 103 Tucker street. Solemn high mass of requim was celebrated at St. Joseph's church 8 o'clock by Rev. Julien Racette, O.M.I., assisted by Rev. Armand Baron O.M.I as deacon, and Rev. Eugene Turcotte O.M.I. as sub-deacon. The bearers were Theophile, Arthure and Charles Courtois, Joseph Hebert, Eugene Trudel, Gaudias Fournier and Wilfred Mailloux. St. Anne's soldality was represented by Mesdames Charles Lirette, A Langlais, L. Lusigan and J Albert. Among the floral offering were a cross on base with the inscription"Wife and Mother, " family; pillow inscribed "Sister, " Fred Longtin and other pieces from J. B. Pelneault, Eugen Labrie, Alba Mayo, employees of the Lawrence Mfg. Co., Mr and Mrs A. O. Langlais, Denise Courtois and others. Burial was in St. Josep's cememtery, where the committal prayers were read by Rev Fr. Baron, O.M.I. funeral arrangements were in charge of Undetakers Joseph Albert & Son.

The marriage cert for Clothilde and her husband Moise Courtois has been posted here.. For more information search the label Longtain.

Also there was a legal notice published in The Lowell Sun on 18 Jun 1917, pg. 7 in regard to Clothilde's will.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Middlesex ss. Probate Court.
To the heirs-at-law, next of kin and all other persons interested in the calate of Clotilde Courtois, late of Lowell, in said county, deceased.
Wheras, a certain instrument purporting to be the last wil and testament of said deceased has been presented to said Court, for Probate, by Moise Courtois, who prays that letters testamentary may be issued to him, the executor therein named without giving a surety on his official bond.
You are herbt cited to appear at a Probate Court, to be hald at Lowell in said County of Middlesex on the nineteeth day of June, A.D., 1917 at nine o'clock in the forenoon to show cause if any you have, why the same should not be granted.
And said petitioner is hereby directed to give public notice thereof, by publishing this citation once in each week, for three successive week, in this The Lowell Sun, a newspaper published in Lowell, the last publication to be one day at least before said court and by mailing postpaid, or delivering a copy of this citation to all known persons interested in the calate, seven days at least before said Court.
Witness Charles J. McIntire, Esquire, First Judge of said Court, this sixteenth day of June in the year one thousand nine hundred and seventeen.
F. M. ESTY, Register

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Obituary of Flavien Maille, 1931 Lowell, Massachusetts

Published 18 July 1931 in The Lowell Sun, pg. 15

MAILLE--Flavien Maille, a well known citizen of this city died this morning at his home, 19 Lilly avenue, at the age of 67 years, 5 months and 9 days. The deceased was a resident of this city for the past 54 years and counted many friends. He leaves his wife, Mrs Adela (Gagnon) Maille, one daughter, Mrs Onesime Saucier; five sons, Pierre Maille of Dracut, Mass., Edmond, Herve, George and Arthur Maille all of this city; three brothers Adam Maille of Dracut Mass., Edmond Maille of this city and Henri Maille of North Chelmsford, Mass. He also leaves 27 grandchildren. Funeral notice later. Funeral Director M. R. Laurin in charge.

MAILLE-- The funeral of Flavien Maille took place this morning at 8:30 o'clock from his home of 19 Lilly avenue, and was largely attended by relatives and friends. At 9 o'clock at St. Louis church a solemn high funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Roland Daudelin, assisted by Rev. Arthur Mercier as deacon and Rev. Remi Maynard as sub-deacon. The church choir, under the direction of Edouard Coutu, sang Perreault's mass. The soloists were Mrs Idola Campbell, Miss Ruth Desrosiers, Messrs. Julie Morrissette and Eugene Guilbeault. At the offertory Mr. Coutu sang Yon's "Domlni Jesu Christi." At the Communion Mres Campbell and Mr Coutu sand Stocklin's "Misereremini Mei." After the libera Mr Edouard F. Gregoire sang " Les Dernieres Paroles d'Un Pere." Miss Ida Mongrain was the organist. The bearers were Messrs. Pierre Maille, Edmond Maille, Herve Maille, George Maille, Arthur Maille and Onesime Saucier. There were may spiritual bouquets and floral tributes. Burial took place in the family lot at St. Joseph's Cemetery, were Rev. Roland Daudelin read the committal prayers. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Funeral Director M. R. Laurin.

Published in The Lowell Sun 21 July 1931, pg. 15

Saturday, March 15, 2008

1916 Annual Report of the Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, Joseph A. Maille

Annual Report of the Massachusetts ... - Google Book Search
Joseph Adam Maille won merit for the encouragement in dairying in the owners class competition. Owners competing and winning in Dracut that same year were the Bryant Bros., Leblanc Bros., Bert A Cluff and Everett B Fox..

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Golden Anniversary of Mr & Mrs Joseph Adam Maille of Lowell and Dracut Massachusetts

Dracut Couple, Honored by Family and Friends
Surrounded by their family and intimate friends, Mr and Mrs. J. Adam Maille, of Arlington Street, Dracut, celebrated the golden anniversary of their marriage yesterday rather than on the usual date, Jan 30. The party in their honor was a great success and had many attractive features. The Maille home had been attractively decorated, illumination of the Christmas colors lighting the exterior while Yuletide novelties were artistically arranged inside. Dinner was served at 2 o'clock by the grandaughters of the celebrants, Mrs Alfred Dufour, Miss Juliette Maille, Miss Claire Daigle, Miss Rachel Maille, Miss Rita Daigle, Mr and Mrs Moise Daigle were in general charge.
Among those at the dinner were Rev. J. J. Tremblay of St. Louis parish, Rev. Leo Savignac of Mainville, R. I., Rev. Sister St. Jean d'Avila, a daughter; Rev. Sister St. Pierre Celestin of St. Joseph's convent; Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Maille, Mr and Mrs. Fabien Maille of Lowell, Osias Jasmin of Dracut, Mr and Mrs. Henri Cayer of Woonsocket, R. I., Mr and Mrs. Pierre Jutras of Providence, R. I., Azarie Z. Coutu of Nashua, N.H., all relatives of the celebrants, as well as all the sons and daugther and the latter's children.
J. Adam Maille and Maria Prud'homme were married in Lowell by Rev. Andre Garin, OMI, the ceremony being performed at the Immaculate Conception rectory as St. Jean Baptiste parish had not established a rectory at that time. Mr. Maille was a well known builder of Lowell and about 23 years ago they purchased their first home in Arlington street, where Mr. Maille carries on his farming business, but he specializes in Milk. Their place known as "Elm Farm." They have 6 children, Adam Jr., and Ernest both of Dracut; Rev. Sister St. Jean d'Avila of St. Joseph's convent of Lowell, Mrs Moise Daigle of Dracut, Cuthbert of Nashua, N.H., and Ludger Maille, who resides with his parents. They also have 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Following dinner there was an address by Adam Maille Jr., and Priscilla Maille presented Mr and Mrs. Maille a purse of gold and a huge bouquet. Little Rita Daigle presented the bouquet while Elmer Maille presented the couple a five dollar gold piece in his own name. The superior of St. Joseph's convent presented a basket of flowers to the couple with the best wishes of her community.
An enjoyable feature of the celebration was the singing by the Sisters of the Grey Nuns of St. Joseph of the cross, who sang "Le Carillon des Noce Il'Or, " Contique de Nouvel An" and several Christmas carols. Other entertainment numbers included violin selections by Alfred Dafour; piano solos, Juliette Maille, Rachel Maille, Mrs Alfred Dufour, Mrs. Ernest Maille, Mr Moise Daigle, and songs by Mrs. Edmond Maille and other of the company. Adam Maille Jr., acted as a master of ceremonies for the day.
Published in The Lowell Sun 2 Jan 1931, pg. 24

The Obituary of Joseph A. Maille, 1933, Dracut, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 20 Feb 1933, pg. 17

MAILLE -- Joseph A Maille a prominent resident of Dracut and very well known in this city where he lived for many years before removing to Dracut, died this morning at his home, Arlington street, Dracut. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maria (Prud'homme) Maille, three sons, Ernest and Ludger Maille of Dracut and Cuthbert of Londonderry, NH; two daughters, Rev. Sister Jean d'Avila of the Grey Nuns of the Cross of St. Joseph's convent, this city, and Mrs. Moise L. Daigle of Dracut; and two brothers, Edmond and Henry Maille of this city. Deceased was a member of Court St. Antoine, OFC.

Published 23 Feb 1933, pg. 4


MAILLE--The funeral of J. A. Maille, a prominent resident of Dracut took place this morning at eight o'clock from his home, Arlington street, Dracut, and was largely attended. A solemn high Funeral mass was celebrated at 9 o'clock at St. Louis Church by Rev. Arthur O Mercier, assisted by Rev. Roland Dandelin, as deacon and Rev. Remi Maynard, as sub deacon. Seated within the sanctuary were Rev. Louis G. Bachand, OMI, pastor and Rev. Arthur J Lemire, OMI, assistant pastor, both of St. Jean Baptiste church. The church choir, under the direction of Conrad Gregoire, san Perreault's mass. The solos of the mass were sung by Mrs. Idola Campbell, Miss Ruth Desrosiers, Edward Desrosiers, Edward Coutu, J. Omer Allard, Jules Morrissette, Rodolphe Asselin and Etienne Bernier. At the offertory Mr. Morrissette sun Leybach's "Pie Jesu;" at the Communion, Stoeklin's "Misereremini Mei" was sung in duet by Mrs. Campbell and Mr. Coutu. At the end of the libera the choir sang "De Profondis" and as the body was taken from the church Faure's "Crucifix" was sung in duet by Mr Coutu and Mr Gregoire. Miss Ida Mongrain was the organist. Attending the mass were the Grey Nuns of Charity of the Franc-American orphanage; Grey Nuns of the Cross of St. Joseph's convent, St. Joseph's hospital and Ste. Jeanne d'Arc convent. There were also the pupils of Rev. Sister St. Jean d'Avila, a daughter of the deceased, from St. Joseph's parochial school. The attendance at the mass was unusually large. The bearers who also represented Court St. Antoine, OFC, were Edmond Lambert, Alphonse Desrochers, Adolphe Rondeau, Adelard Sylvestre, Gustave Bourgeois and Charles M. Paille. Representing the League of the Sacred Heart were J. B. Guilbault, Joseph Champagne, Oliver Clement, Joseph Madore, Alcide Champagne and Narcisse Belleville. The Franco-American club of Dracut was represented by Alphonse Dalphond, Zoel Houle, Alphonse Biosson and Euchariste Bellefeuille. There were many beautiful flowers. From out of town were Mr and Mrs Cuthbert Maille, Emile Maille, Leo Maille, Miss Rachel Maille and Gerald Maille, the alter boy during the mass, all from Londonderry, NH; Mrs. Hornisdas Guilbault and Herve Beaulieu of Providence, RI; Mr and Mrs Philip Cayer, Mr and Mrs Henry Cayer and Mr and Mrs Hervo Cayer of Woonsocket, RI; and Cleophas Maille of Fitchburg. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery, where committal prayers were read by Rev. Mr. Mercier. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Funeral directors Amedee Archambault & Sons.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Obituary of Joseph Neree 'Henry' Ferron, 1955, Dracut, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 26 Feb 1955, pg. 3.

Nerre Ferron, better known as Henry Ferron and husband of Rose-Anna Gauthier Ferron of 483 Nashua road, Dracut, died yesterday at his home. He was born in Canada, the son of Glaude and Anna Rabouin. Ferron removing here at an early age where he resided in Lowell primarily and for the past 42 years in Dracut. Surviving him is his wife; fours sons, Leo, Raymond, Arthur and John, of Dracut; three daughters, Mrs Henry Bartlett, Mrs. Albert Sims and Mrs Francis McCarthy of Dracut; a brother, Joseph Ferron of Lowell; four sisters, Mrs. Joseph Gagnon of Chelmsford, Mrs. Alfred Simoneau and Mrs. Robert Moran of Lowell, and Mrs. Blanche Guilmette of Tulsa Okla: 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

FERRON-Died in Dracut, Feb 25. Neree Ferron better known as Henry Ferron. Friends are invited to call at the Archambault funeral home, 311 Pawtucket street, from 7 to 10 pm today and on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 pm. Funeral Tuesday morning. At 10o'clock at Ste. Mary;s of the Assumption church, Dracut. A solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated and burial will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Funeral Directors Amedee Archambault & Son in charge.

Joseph Neree Ferron baptized on 26 April, 1891, né la veille at St-Paulin, Maskinongne to Claude Ferron and Georgiana Rabouin. Godparents: Edmond Grobouin & Lizie Germain (I am not sure the spelling of the godparent's names are correct, they are hard to decipher in the image)

(Drouin Gabriel, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1891, St-Paulin, Co-Maskinonge, P.Q., B.40 Joseph Neree Ferron, Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Trois Rivieres)

The Obituary of Marie Aldea "Blanche" Guillmette nee Ferron, 1977, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 24 May 1977, pg. 22

Mrs. Blanche Gullmette
Lowell - Mrs. Blanche (Ferron) Guilmette of 33 Cosgrove St., wife of the late Arthur P. Guilmette, died last night at the Casa Grande Nursing Home in Tewksbury.
Born in St. Paulin, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Claude and the late Georgiana (Raboin) Ferron. At the time of her death she was retired, having been a proprietor of a lodging house on Dutton Street.
She was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, a member of the Ladies Sodality of her parish and a member of the Marguerite D'Youville Charity League of the Franco American School.
She is survived by one daughter; Mrs. Doris Cooper of Tulsa, Oklahoma and two sisters; Mrs Victoria Simoneau and Mrs. Yvonne Moran, both of Lowell.

I believe Blanche to be the same Marie Aldea Ferron baptised in St. Paulin Maskinonge on 7 Nov 1889 née la veille (born the previous day) to Claude Ferron and Georgiana Rabouin

(Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, 1889 St. Paulin Co-Maskinongne, PQ - B 64 Marie Aldea Ferron Register Photocopy to the Greffe of Trois Rivieres- Godparents: Joseph Rabouin & Rosalie Ferron).

I believe this to be true because in the 1930 census of 25 Dutton St. there is an Aldea Guillmette who is the head, age 40, married, 1st marriage at age 16, occupation is listed as Lodging House (although it states she is married in the census I do not see her husband documented in the census of her household). There is also a Doris Gillmette age 12 who is her daughter.

Also it is stated in the above obituary that, like her sister Victoria Simoneau nee Ferron, Blanche also ran a rooming house on the Dutton Street

Reference for the census of 25 Dutton St., Lowell Ma is (1930 U.S. Census) Massachusetts Series: T626 Roll: 921 pg. 142 ED 9-119 Ward 5 Line 13

Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Obituary of Alfred A. Simoneau, 1953, Lowell, Middlesex Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 29 Apr 1953, pg. 3

Alfred A. Simoneau, husband of Mrs. Victoria (Ferron) Simoneau, a resident of Lowell for the past 50 years, died at his home, 25 Dutton street last night. He was an employee of the Boston & Maine railroad as a machinist and was a member of the Brotherhood Federation of Mechanics No. 18. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Denis Simoneau of Lowell and Maurice Simoneau of Nashua, N. H.; one brother, Joseph E Simoneau of Lowell; four sisters, Mrs. Cleophas D'Amour of Willmantic, Conn., Mrs Adelard Thibeault of Dorchester, Mrs Elzear Maillous of Point de Garde, Canada and Mrs Onezime Dufour of Ste. Felicite, Canada, and five grandchildren. He was a member of the Holy name Society of St. Jean Baptiste parish and the Orphans Bread fund of the French American Orphanage.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Cupid's Corner, The Marriage of Noella Robillard nee Thurber & Patrick Bernier, 1948 Lowell, Massachusetts

Patrick A Bernier, widowed, Plainfiled Conn., plastic worker; Noella M. Robillard nee Thurber, widowed, 694 Middlesex Street home.

The Lowell Sun, 20 Aug 1948 pg. 14

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Obituary of Patrick Bernier, 1962, Lowell, Massachusetts

I count 17 children. Were they all Noella's?

>>>Update- Per Jacqui's findings left in the comment section of this post.. No, they were not all Noella's. 12 children were born to Patrice "Patrick" Bernier and his wife Emilda Rousseau in Cap-St-Ignace. Please see the comment section for more information.

Obituary published in The Lowell Sun 27 Oct 1962, pg. 3

Patrick Bernier
Patrick Bernier, 80, husband of Mrs. Noella (Thurber) (Robillard) Bernier, died yesterday morning. He was born in Canada, the son of the late Ferdinand and Philomene Bernier and had been a resident of this community for
many years. He made his home at 694 Middlesex street and was a communicant of Notre dame de Lourdes church. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and of the Friends of Notre Dame de Lourdes. Besides his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Irene Bernier of Plainfield, Conn., Mrs. Gilberte Walsh of Packer, Conn., Mrs. Rebecca Johnson of Norwich, Conn., Mrs. Gracia Howarth of Plainfield Conn., Mrs. Rose Mainville of Norwich, Conn.; seven sons, Rudolph Bernier of Central Village Conn., Antonio Bernier, Valere Bernier and Armond Bernier all of Plainfield, Conn., Ferdinand Bernier of Central Village, Conn., Gerard Bernier and Paul Bernier of both of Plainfield, Conn.; four step daughters, Mrs. Edward Dubriel of Pelham, N. H., Miss Rita Robillard of Miami Beach, Florida, Mrs. Richard Therrien of Lowell and Mrs. Harold Rybacki of Dudley; a stepson, Henry Robillard of Chicopee; 15 grandchildren.

For reference to Patrick's age per Jacqui's finding's left in the comment section of this post.. Given Jacqui's information it seems most likely that Patrick was 80 when he died and not 60, and I have corrected the transcribed obituary above to reflect the given information.. But, in the sake of my own defense ( maybe I need glasses : ) I think you can see how I mistook the 80 for a 60. Let's see what other's think. Jacqui?

Actual size..


Monday, March 03, 2008

The Obituary of Alfred Clark Harriman, 1919, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, husband of May Wright

Here is Alfred's obituary, published 25 Jan., 1919 in The Boston Daily Globe, pg. 10. This is the only write up I have found so far. I looked in the NY Times, but there was nothing.

HARRIMAN--In Jamaica Plain, Jan 24, Alfred C. Harriman, in his 32nd year, husband of May E and only son of Capt. and Mrs. Joseph Harriman. Funeral services at his parents residence, 811 Center St., Jamaica Plain, Sunday Jan. 28?, at 2:30 pm.

Alfred C. Harriman married Mary "May" Elizabeth Wright (Joseph, Marie "Mary" Boudreau) on Tuesday 11 Aug 1914 in Wiscasset, Maine. [Source: Maine State Archives]

Just a note; I found a May Harriman, widow, 32 yrs old, in the 1920 Manhattan census on West 135th St.(there was only one May Harriman in all of NY), it documents her as doing clerical work in studio. Living with her as roomers are Russell Mack and his wife.
Our May as born 31 May 1887 in Boston : ) She died, Apr. 1967 in Manhattan, NY, NY. Verified per her SSDI listing. I believe the May in the 1920 census is our May Harriman, nee Wright.

Alfred's WWI Draft Card. It documents him as follows:

Name in full: Alfred Clark Harriman
Age in years: 29
Home address: 620 135th New York, NY
Date of birth: 12 July 1887
Are you (1) a natural born citizen(2) naturalized (3) an alien(4) or have you declared your intention(specify which)? natural born
Where were you born, Rocksbury Mass (Roxsbury)
What is your present trade occupation or office: Musical Arranger
By whom employed; Broadway Music
Where employed: 145 W 45th St
Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12 solely dependant on you for support (specify which) ? Wife
Married or single (which)? Married
Race (specify which) Caucasian

etc. etc... It goes on to state that he is 6 ft tall, with brown hair, and blue eyes. His signature is on the bottom of page 1 and it is dated 5 Jun., 1917.

Joseph Harriman and Clara E. unknown were Alfred's parents, and both were supposedly born in Maine. Joseph Harriman was a policeman in J.P., hence the usage of the abbrev. Capt. in Alfred's obit. Info on Alfred's parents and birth come from the MA State Archives. [Harriman Alfred Clark Boston 1887 378 237 Birth]

Ziegfeld follies. That’s the k... Digital ID: G99C409_001. New York Public Library
1917 Ziegfeld Follies. That's the Kind of a Baby for Me / Lyrics by Alfred C. Harriman ; Music by J. C. Egan