Friday, February 29, 2008

Understanding the Concepts of Consanguinity and Age of Majority in Genealogy

There are four basic degrees of consanguinity:

First degree: siblings, who share the same parents
Second degree: first cousins, who share the same grandparents
Third degree: second cousins, who share the same great grandparents
Fourth degree: third cousins, who share the same great, great grandparents

To learn more please see this article at The Island Register.
and Lucie Consentino's article on consanguinity at her website, Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home

Claude Robillard and the Royal Court of Montreal

There are lots goodies at Voici Ma Famille. I am adding this site to my list of resources over there on the right.

Here is the abstract of an image I found..
Procès contre Marie Madeleine Gibault, accusé d'avoir abandonné son nouveau né dans un tas de fumier devant la grange de Claude Robillard, boucher . - 12 juillet 1697 - 10 septembre 1697 - 25 document(s) textuel(s)
and translated by my favorite tool Google Translate...
Trial of Marie Madeleine Gibault, accused of having abandoned her newborn baby in a pile of manure in front of the barn of Claude Robillard, butcher. -- July 12, 1697 - September 10, 1697 -- 25 document (s)
I believe Marie Madeleine Gibault was hung for her crime of attempted infanticide.

There are 94 images related to this... I don't think I'll be looking into these. But just in case someone wants to, here is the link.
Further down on the above linked page you see the name of Marie Grandin mentioned, the spouse of Claude Robillard. So yes, these files involve our Claude Robillard who came over to Canada from France at the young age of 13.

I didn't know Claude was boucher (butcher).. Hmmm, now isn't that just a lil bit of useless trivia for you Robillard genealogy buffs. Hey, don't laugh, I know you're out there. I check my stats. Lol : )

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Obituary of Francis H. Robillard, 1993 Nashua, New Hampshire, husband of Thelma Wells and Evelyn O' Connor

Francis H Robillard
....formerly of Lowell
PITTSBURG N.H. -- Francis H Robillard, 67, of Route 3, formerly of the Centralville section of Lowell, died Thursday morning at the Nashua Memorial Hospital. Mr. Robillard was the husband of Evelyn M (O'Connor) Robillard.
Born in Lowell on Feb. 12, 1926, he was a son of the late Joseph and Louise (Wright) Robillard. While living in Lowell he was a communicant of St. Michael's Church.
He was also the husband of Thelma M (Wells) Robillard who died in 1983.
Until his retirement he had been employed by the Laborers Union, Local 429.
During the Korean conflict he served as a sergeant with the Army's 27th Ordnance Maitenance Company. He received the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars.
A resident of Pittsburg for the past seven years, he was a member of the Pittsburg Grange, the Ridge Runner Snowmobile Club and the Pittsburg Historical Society.
Surviving him, besides his wife, are two daughters, Mrs Frederick (Margaret) Lemire-Berthel of Londonderry and Gail S Robillard of Lowell; three sons, Alan F Robillard and his wife Sandra of Wasilla, Alaska, Wayne E Robillard of Hudson and Norman P Robillard of Lowell; a stepdaughter, Shaelagh Kennedy of Nashua; five stepsons, Sean Dillion of Pittsburg, Timothy Dillon of Indianapolis, Ind., Kerry Dillon of Chelmsford, Mass., and Michael Dillion of Nashua; two sisters, Rose Chandonnet of Florida and Joan Greene of Lowell; five brothers, James Robillard of Sanford, Maine, Joseph Robillard of Pembroke Pines Fla., Robert Robillard of Lowell, Richard Robillard of Alaska abnd Jerome Robillard of Merrimack; six grandchildren, James A and Christine Obara, Joseph and Jessica Robillard, Arielle and Dominique Rivera and several nieces and nephews.
Publication information unknown. Rec'd copy from Margaret Lemire-Berthel nee Robillard 17 Nov 2007.

The Obituary of Joseph H. Robillard, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1983

Joseph H Robillard
....World War I veteran
Joseph H Robillard, of 65 Summer St., husband of Mrs. Louise E (Wright) Robillard died yesterday after a lengthy illness. He was born in Canada and had been a resident of Lowell more than 50 years.He was the son of the late Arthur and Philomene (Foucher) Robillard. Before his retirement he worked as a maintenance man at J.P. Stevens Mills for several years. He was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Lowell Indian Association being Chief Grey Wolf and the Chanteclerc Snowshoer Club.Besides his wife he is survived by two daughter, Mrs. Rose Chandonnet of Colorado and Mrs Joan Greene of West Groton; six sons, James Robillard of Maine, Joseph of Florida, Frank of Lowell, Robert of Lowell, Richard of California and Jerome of New Hampshire; a brother, Antonio (Tony) Robillard of Lowell; also 57 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren.
Publication information unknown. Most likely in the Lowell Sun. Copy of publication rec'd from Richard Robillard, Oct 2007.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Obituary of Armande H. Robillard nee Rivet, 1990 Lowell, Massachusetts, wife of Joseph Antonio Robillard

 Armande Robillard
...retired housekeeper
Mrs. Armande H. (Rivet) (Ouellette) Robillard , 84, widow of Antonio J. Robillard, died January 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital after a long illness.

She was born in Lowell, Nov. 10, 1905, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Armand (Octavie St. George) Rivet. Mrs. Robillard resided at 174 Common Ave., Lowell and was a communicant of St. Jean Baptiste Church.

Prior to her retirement she was employed as a housekeeper at D'Youville Manor and prior to that was a matron at McGowan-Educator Co., for over 21 years She was the treasurer of the North Common Village Tenant's Council.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. Claude (Rita) Gelinas of Lowell; two sep-sons, Roland Robillard of Nashua, N. H. and Francis Robillard of Dallas Texas; a sister, Mrs. Irene Redfern, of Cote du lac, Canada; also 10 step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews.
Armande was the 3rd wife of Joseph Antonio Robillard. Again, I have no marriage dates. Published 3 Jan., 1990 in the Lowell Sun. This copy was found up at the ACGS in Manchester. They have 3 rings binders filled with obits.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Obituary of Patricia Rose Riley nee Maille

This picture is of my Godmother, my mother's sister. She was the daughter of Paul E. Maille and Rita G Moran.. It is dated on the back 1963. I really like this picture, you can see the Statue of Liberty in the background.
Haverhill – Patricia R. (Maille) Riley, 63, a Haverhill resident, formerly of Dracut, died Thursday January 26, at the Massachusetts General Hospital following an extended illness. 

She was born in Lowell on December 14, 1942, a daughter of the late Paul E. and Rita (Moran) Maille. While residing in Dracut she was a communicant of St. Francis Church. Ms. Riley was a former cafeteria manager for Corporate Chefs at MKS in Salem, NH, a regional sales manager for Tupperware. Ms. Riley enjoyed her membership at the Salem Athletic Club, she was an avid Red Sox fan, enjoyed visiting Foxwoods Resort. Most of all she enjoyed her family, “Friday Game Nights” and attending her grandchildren’s athletic events. Meme’s was their #1 fan. 

Survivors include three daughters and two sons in law, Elizabeth and Peter Ross of Kingston, NH, Colleen and James Moloney of Londonderry, NH, Kelly Riley of Haverhill, with whom she made her home; a brother and sister in law, David and Diane Maille of Dracut; a sister, Roberta Maille of Manchester, NH; a sister in law, Nancy Maille of Lowell; six grandchildren, Caitlin Moloney, Erin Moloney, Allie Moloney, Ryan Moloney, Charles Ross, PJ Ross; two companions, Wrigley and Murphy Riley; and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Claude “Chick” Maille, and Gail Robillard.

Newspaper publication place and date of this obit is unknown. I rec'd this information from an online obituary from the McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Bisson/Bolduc-Parents Dead and Four Children Sick- The Lowell Sun, 18 October 1918

While this article doesn't pertain to my family, I thought it may be helpful to some one researching these families.
One of the most pitiful cases in this city since the influenza epidemic broke out is that surrounding the death of Mrs. Ludger Bisson nee Elmira Bolduc, which occured last night at St. Johns hospital and by which six little children were made orphans without a relative in this city, for the father died last week.
The little ones are now at the French-American orphanage in Pawtucket street, where it was learned this morning that four of them are confined to their beds with illness. The children and their ages are: Rose Aimee, 13 years; Romeo, 11 years; Adrien, 9 years; Aurientelle, 7 years; Valdore, 4 years and Simonne 2 years and 9 months. All but Rose Aimee and Romeo are ill.
Mr. Bisson was taken ill with influenza in the early part of last week and died a couple of days later. At that time, his wife, who was also ill, grew worse and she was removed to St. John's hospital, while the little ones were taken to the orphanage, where they are given the best of treatment. Mrs. Bisson, who was but 27 years of age passed away last evening and her remains were removed to the funeral parlors of Undertakers Amdee Archambault & Sons in Merrimack Street. It is stated that there are relatives of the family in Canada, but all efforts on the part of friends to locate them have failed. It was learned this morning that arrangements are now being made by friends for the adoption of some of the children.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Obituary of Victoria Simoneau nee Ferron, 1990, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Published 16 Dec 1990, pg. 57 in The Lowell Sun

SIMONEAU - Died December 13. Mrs. Victoria F. (Ferron) Simoneau, formerly of Dutton and Cosgrove Streets, Lowell. Friends may call at Dracut Funeral Home 2159 Lakeview Avenue, DRACUT Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her funeral will take place Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from the funeral home, followed by her funeral mass to be celebrated at 10 o'clock in Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, Smith St., Lowell. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Victoria F. Simoneau
...owned rooming house
Victoria F. (Farron) Simoneau, formerly of Dutton and Cosgrove streets, Lowell died Thursday at the Northwood Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Alfred Simoneau.

She was born in Canada, daughter of the late Claude and Georgianna(Roboulin) Ferron. For more than 30 years Mrs. Simoneau, the first owner of the former Black North Inn on Broadway Road in Dracut, ran a mill-worker rooming house on the Dutton Street Front Row. She also managed Friend's Day-Old Bakery on Cabot Street, where bread was purchased at two and three cents a loaf during the Depression years.

She was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and was a member of the parish's Ladies Sodality. She was also active in St. Anne's Sodality at Notre Dame and Cercle Jeanne Mance. Surviving her are a grandchild, Alan Reedy of Lowell, a stepson, Roland Joseph Simoneau of Lowell and many nieces and nephews.

I am going to look into the history of The Black North Inn. The Village Inn is now what used to be The Black North Inn. I have been told that there was a picture of Victoria Simoneau that hung in the entry way of the Village Inn in Dracut. I would like to see that.

Here is a picture of me and my great Aunt Victoria during the summer of 1968. This picture was taken in the backyard of my grandfather, Paul Maille's house at 163 Meadowcroft St. Lowell, MA. I am sitting on Victoria's lap. My father identified this picture for me. He said he believes the woman on the right might be Paul Maille's mother, Rose Therrien, but he is not sure. He also did not know who the woman on the left is. I believe she may be Victoria's sister Blanche.

Update-24 Apr 2008- Paul Farley (Peter, Yvonne Ferron) and Robert Moran (John, Yvonne Ferron) have further identified this picture. Left to right..Blanche Ferron, Victoria Ferron and Yvonne Ferron. Taken abt. spring/summer 1968 at 163 Meadowcroft St., Lowell, MA

The Obituary of Celina Ferron, 1942, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in the Lowell Sun 5 March 1942

Miss Celina Ferron, a resident of Lowell for the past 45 years and an attendant of St. Joseph and St. Jean Baptiste churches in St. Joseph's parish died yesterday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alfred Simoneau, 9 Dutton street, after along illness. She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and the bread fund of the French-American orphanage.
Surviving her are five sisters, Mrs. Simoneau, Mrs. Blanche Guilmette and Mrs. Peter Farely of Lowell; Mrs. Joseph Gagnon of East Chelmsford and Mrs. Domonic Lavalle of of St. Paulin P. Q.; two brothers, Joseph Ferron of Lowell and Henry Ferron of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the Archambault funeral home 311 Pawtucket St.

Funeral Notice
FERRON---Died in this city March 4, Miss Celina Ferron at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alfred Simoneau, 9 Dutton street. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home, 311 Pawtucket street. Funeral will take place Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the funeral home. At 11 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church, a solemn high mass will be celebrated. Burial in St. Joseph cemetery. Funeral directors Amdee Archambault & Son in charge
Published 9 March 1942, The Lowell Sun
The funeral of Miss Celina Ferron, one of the better known citizens of French extraction in this city who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alfred Simoneau, 9 Dutton street, after a long illness, took place Saturday morning. The cortege preceded by an open car filled with floral tributes, left the Archambault funeral home, 311 Pawtucket street, to arrive at St. Jean Baptiste church, where at 11 o'clock a solemn high funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Jean Valliere, O. M. I., assisted by Rev. Eugene Fournier, O. M. I. as deacon and by Rev. Armand Morrissette, O. M. I., as sub-deacon. Present were many relatives, friends and neighbors. The church choir under the direction of Rudolphe E. Pepin, musical director, organist and choir master, sang the requiem mass by Pietro A Yon. The singers were Edward Coutu, Emile Lagasse, Arthur E. Paquin, Leo Cote and Wilfred Jacques.
A delegation representing the Third Order of St. Francis was composed of Miss Anna Mailhot, Miss Philomena Demers, Miss Marie Morrissette and Miss Diana Cote. Also present at the mass were the Grey Nuns of the Cross from Notre Dame de Lourdes parish. The bearers were Leo Ferron, Arthur Gagnon, Raymond Ferron, Paul Maille, Robert Moran and Maurice Simoneau, all nephews. Burial took place in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery were the committal prayers were read by Rev. Lucien Brassard, O. M. I. funeral Directors Amdee Archambault & Son were in charge of the arrangements.
It is to be noted that Celina died at the home of her sister, Victoria Simoneau. Victoria Simoneau nee Ferron was my Great-Aunt. She ran a boarding house at 9 Dutton St., for many years. The header on my blog is a picture of the south-east side of the Dutton St., front row in Lowell, Massachusetts before it was demolished.

The Obituary of Marie Aurore Robillard nee Boisvert,1973, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Marie Aurore Bosivert, 2nd wife of Antonio Robillard. After the death of Marie Aurore, Antonio married Armande H Rivet. Please note, I don't have any dates for the marriages of Antonio Robillard. Any help would appreciated.

The Obituary of Noella Bernier (Robillard) nee Thurber, 1974, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts


Noella Bernier
...St. Jean Baptiste Church

Noella (Thurber) (Robillard) Bernier of 11 Spaulding Street, wife of the late Patrick Bernier, died last evening at her home. A lifelong resident of Lowell she was the daughter of the late Henry and of the late Virginia (Couture) Thurber. Mrs. Bernier was a communicant of St. Jean Baptiste Church, a member of her parish sodality, a member of the Golden Age Club and a member of the Maruerite D'Youvilles Charity League of the Franco-American School. Her survivors include one son Henry A. Robillard of Chicopee; four daughters, Mrs. Edward (Jeanne) Dubreuil of Pelham, N.H., Mrs. Paul (Rita) Dozois of Lowell, Mrs. James (Theresa) Dembkoski of Dudley and Mrs. Richard (Ernestine) Therrien of Lowell; one sister Mrs. Ernestine Peloquin of Lowell, 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Published in The Lowell Sun, Aug., 19, 1974, pg. 23

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Obituary of Georgianna A. Ferron nee Rabouin, 1919, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Death notice published 7 April 1919 in The Lowell Sun
FERRON---Mrs. Georginana (Raboin) Ferron died Sunday at her home, 29 Arkwright Street, aged 61 years. She leaves her husband Gloude Ferron; one son, Joseph and six daughters, Mrs. J. Gagnon, Mrs. A. Sullivan, Mrs. J. Morin and the Misses Celina, Victoria and Mary Ferron.
Funeral published 9 April 1919 in The Lowell Sun
FERRON---The funeral of Mrs. Georgianna Ferron took place yesterday from her home, 29 Arkwright street. At St. Joseph's church a funeral mass was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Jalbert, O.M.I., assisted by Rev. Fr. Marcil, O. M. I., as deacon and Rev. Fr. Bolduc O.M.I., as sub-deacon. The choir was under the direction of Mr. Malo. The bearers were M. F. Ferron, J. Saucier, H. Arvisais, O. Guilmette, J. Guilmette and P. Boisvert. The Third Order of St. Francis was represented by Mrs. F. Lefebvre, Mrs. Tetrault, Mrs. Lemay, Mrs. Lirette, Mrs. Labelle and Mrs. Arvisais. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery where Rev. Fr. Turcotte read the committal parayers at the grave. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Undertaker Napolean Bilodeau.

Monday, February 04, 2008

My query to the Putnam Library...

came up empty. They looked for Joseph Rosario's death notice and or obit in the Putnam Patriot and were unable to find it : (

The Obituary of Claude Ferron, 1930, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

FERRON---Claude Ferron died last night at the home of his daughter Miss Victoria Ferron, 9 Dutton Street aged 75 years. During the last 35 years he resided in Lowell and up to his retiremment 12 years ago he was the owner of a boarding house. His pleasant disposition and honesty gained him the admiration and esteem of all those with whom he came in contact. He leaves six daughters, Miss Celine Ferron, Miss Victoria Ferron, Mrs. Joseph Gagnon, Mrs Arthur Guilmette and Mrs. John Moran, all of Lowell, and Mrs Dominique Lavalle of St. Paulin, P. Q.; two sons, Joseph Ferron and Henry Ferron, both of Lowell and two brothers, Maxime Ferron of Joliette, P. Q., and Benjamin Ferron of St. Leon P. Q.; also 23 grandchildren. He was a member of the Holy Family Society.
Published in the Lowell Sun on 7 November 1930. I forgot to note the page number : S Below is the funeral announcement which was published 10 Nov. 1930 in the Lowell Sun. Again, I forgot to note the page number.
FERRON---The funeral of Claude Ferron took place this morning at 8 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Miss Victoria Ferron, 9 Dutton Street. Solemn funeral mass was celebrated at 9 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church by Rev. Arthur Lemire, OMI, assisted by Rev. Louis G. Blachand, OMI as deacon and Rev. Narcisse Cotnoir, OMI as sub-deacon. The choir under the direction of the organist, Mr. Rodolphe E. Pepin, sang Antonio Mauro's funeral mass, the solos being sustained by Mr. Rodolphe E. Pepin, Mr. Arthur Leveille, Mr. Elzear Cote, Mr. Edouard Coutu, Mrs. Maria Jacques and Miss Cecile Vincent. At the end of the mass the choir sang Menegali's "Jesu Salvator Mundi" A very large number attended the funeral and more were at the church in respect of deceases whom they held in high esteem. Among those from out of town were Mrs. Dominique Lavalle of St. Paul P. Q., Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mercier, Mr and Mrs Albert Duchaine of Shawinigan Falls P. Q., Mr and Mrs John Riley of Haverhill and Mr and Mrs. Alfred Cloutier of Hartford Conn. The Holy Family Society was represented by Messrs. Alphonse Ninteau, Joseph Cloutier, Amdee Jacob, Isidore Tetreault, Ernest Sauvageau and Pierre Dupuis. The bearers were Messrs. Oscar Lamie, Ernest Morin, Arthur Metty, Narcisse Asselin, Ephraim Guilmette and J. Tremblay. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery were Rev. Lucien Brassard, OMI recited the committal prayers. Arrangements were in charge of Joseph E. Tremblay.
Benjamin Ferron, the brother of my Claude Ferron, was the grandfather of Jacques Ferron