Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Corinne (Savard) Grondin, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Sec BB lot 54, Here is Corinne Savard buried with husband Abraham Grondin. Corinne is the daughter of Frank and Anselme Picard. She was born 18 Aug 1880 in Fall River, Massachusetts and died on 22 Dec. 1959 in Lowell, MA. She is a g-g-g aunt to my youngest daughter.

Friday, March 05, 2010

"Write Quick": War and a Woman's Life in Letters 1835-1867 - New England Book Tour

Author Ann Fox Chandonnet is married to Fernand Chandonnet, Fernand was my father's nephew by marriage.

Title, "Write Quick": War and a Woman's Life in Letters, 1835-1867.
Authors: Ann Fox Chandonnet and Roberta Gibson Pevear. Publisher:
Winoca Books, Wilmington, N.C. 565 pages, 50 illustrations, 3 family trees, 2 maps. Paper and hard cover. info@winoca.com Publishing date: April 10, 2010.
Paperback price, $39.95.
ISBN: 978-0-9789736-8-1
Miscellaneous genealogy about Ann Fox Chandonnet: Grew up in Dracut. I am the third cousin once removed of my co-author, Bobbi Gibson Pevear. I am descended from Henry Foster's sister, Mabelia Foster Fox. Mabelia is my great, great, great grandmother. My three brothers still live in Dracut on Marsh Hill Farm where Mabelia lived and Henry and Eliza visited. I am the third cousin, four times removed, of Gustavus Vasa Fox (1821-1883). Abraham Lincoln created the post of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for "Gus."

All events are free. All feature a lecture by Ann Fox Chandonnet.
All will conclude with a book signing.

Title: Write Quick: Local History through 19th-century Letters
Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m.
Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut, Mass. 01826. Site: 978 957-1701.
Contacts: R. Harvey, 978 957-3445; N. Taplin, 978 685-0129.
The Society maintains a website," All Things Dracut," on which they sell books.

Talk will include material about the Fox family and Marsh Hill Farm (Dracut) not covered in other presentations. Chandonnet will be donating to the society John H. Bodwell's 1867 certificate of service from the State of New Hampshire to the Society, as well as a summer dress made c. 1910 by hand by her paternal grandmother, Ethel Marie Kimball Bodwell Fox. Bodwell was Ethel's foster father. President of the society will undertake the publicity for this event.

Monday, May 17, 7 p.m.
Hampton Falls Historical Society Museum at 45 Exeter Road,
Hampton Falls 03844

Bobbi will lecture about the Pevear family's involvement with Hampton Falls.
Edward Pevear, the late husband of Roberta, is a member of a family that has lived in Hampton Falls for more than 200 years. His grandfather Daniel Emmons Pevear (b. 1839) fought in the Civil War. Later he served in the New Hampshire Legislature. Edward Pevear attended the one-room schoolhouse that is preserved in Hampton Falls. Roberta was the first president of the Hampton Falls Historical Society. There is a Hampton Falls street named after the Pevears.
Ann will lecture about "Write Quick" in general.
Contact: Sheila Kennedy, President, 603 929-1878.

Wednesday: May 19, 7 p.m., as part of their "Forever Free" Emancipation exhibit.
401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Mass. 01852
Lecture title: "A Knot of Relations: Henry, Eliza, Andrew
and Gustavus."
Blurb: Raised in Dracut, Ann Fox Chandonnet often wondered
about the pewter candlesticks on her grandmother's
sideboard—candlesticks bearing Cyrillic writing on their bases. She has solved the mystery of those candlesticks and much else in her new book, "Write Quick": War and A Woman's Life in Letters, 1835-1867.
This nonfiction book is a portrait of Eliza Bean Foster, a mill girl
who married a house painter. When her husband, Henry Foster, served in the 26th Massachusetts Infantry, he wrote dozens of letters to Eliza.
She also received and saved letters from her brother, Andrew Bean, who was serving with the 5th Maine Volunteers. More than 150 previously
unpublished letters from Henry and Andrew as well as members of the extended family network shed light on links with Abraham Lincoln's Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Gustavus Vasa Fox—to whom the candlesticks were given during a diplomatic mission to Russia.
Chandonnet will speak about the links among these family members, their ties to Lowell and Boott Mills and their various roles during the Civil War.
Information: 978 970-4120.

Some of the places mentioned in the book:

· 31 High Street, where Henry and Eliza lived in 1860
· #45 Boott Corporation, where Amanda Fox was boarding housekeeper and where Dana Fox boarded during the week
· Simpson photographer, whom they patronized in spring 1864
· 212 Tenth Street, where Andrew Bean lived after becoming guardian of Eliza's children
· Edson Cemetery—where Andrew, Eliza, Henry, and other family members are buried
· Eight rows of Boott Mill boarding houses between Amory and French Streets, where Eliza lived before her marriage
· Eliza patronized butcher Charles D. Starbird, corner Branch & Walker
· She also patronized merchant Theodore F. Parker and E. B. Patch, a secondhand furniture dealer
· Merrimack House (a hotel built in 1832 where Eliza and Henry attended entertainments). Burned down during her lifetime.
*Andrew bought his ledgers from Joshua Merrill, Bookseller, at 37 and 43 Merrimack Street.
· In the year 1869, Andrew dealt with merchants John Cain, Patrick Mars, P. Hirshfield, John A. Lewis, McGoverin, and Daniel Kelley.
· Receipts show he bought food from Litchfield, Edwards & Co. at the corner of Market and Shattuck.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Obituary of Paul E. Maille, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1994

Still not finished with my pile of obits and death notices..

Published in the Lowell Sun, Wednesday, May 18, 1994, pg. 21.
Paul E. Maille
...of Dracut,; 76

DRACUT -- Paul E. Maille, 76, a longtime resident of Dracut, died Monday at St. John's Campus, after a brioef illness. He was the husband of the late Rita G. (Moran) Maille.
Born July 19, 1917, he was a son of the late Cuthbert and Rose E. (Therrien) Maille.
He was a communicant of St. Francis Church and a member of the Dracut Senior Citizens Club and the A.A.R.P.
Before his retirement, he was employed as service manager with J.G. MacLellan and sons in Tewksbury.
Surviving him are two daughters, Patricia Riley, with whom he resided, and Roberta Maille of Londonderry, N.H.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Claude and Nancy Maille of Lowell and David and Diane Maille of Chelmsford; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Emile and Theresa Maille and John G. Maille, all of Dracut; a sister, Priscilla England of Dracut, his godmother, Alice Therrien Gormley of Dracut; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also the father of the late Gail Robillard and brother of the late Leo Maille and rachel Maille Longridge.

MAILLE -- Died May 16, Paul E. Maille, aged 76, widower of Rita G. (Moran) Maille, a longtime resident of Dracut. Friends may call at the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Friday morning with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 o'clock at St. Francis Church, Kenwood. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Francis Building Fund in Dracut. Arrangements by the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Pauline Gail (Maille) Robillard

Photo of Pauline Gail (Maille) Robillard and an unidentified baby taken sometime in the 1970s (?) at the home of Francis H. Robillard, 163 Meadowcroft Street in Lowell, MA.
Photo courtesy of cousin Alan Robillard of Alaska.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Obituary of Mrs. Edna R. Hebert, Putnam, Connecticut, 1991

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 7th, 1991, pg. A9.
THOMPSON - Edna R. (Robillard) Hebert, 80, formerly of 1222 Riverside Dr., North Grosvenordale, died yesterday in Matulaitis Nursing Home,Thurber Road, Putnam.

She leaves her husband of 62 years, Edward Hebert of Putnam; a son, Norman R. Hebert of Farmington, Conn.; a daughter, Jacqueline Lorman of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Stella Robillard of Grosvenordale; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was born in Lowell, daughter of Zennon [sic] and Rose (Faucher) Robillard, and lived most of her life in Thompson before moving to Putnam in 1981. Mrs. Hebert was an assembler for many years at Deran Candy Co. in North Grosvenordale, retiring in 1970. She was previously an inspector in the cloth room at the former Cluett-Peabody Co. in North Grosvenordale. Mrs. Hebert was a member of St. Joseph's Church in North Grosvenordale.

The funeral will be held tomorrow from Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., North Grosvenordale, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 18 Main St., North Grosvenordale. Burial will be in the parsih cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are 7 to 9 tonight.

The Obituary of Normand Chaput, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2004

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Oct 14, 2004, pg. B9.
NORTH GROSVENORDALE Normand Chaput, 71 of North Grosvenordale, CT, died on Monday, October 11, 2004 at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He was born on November 24, 1932, in North Grosvenordale, CT the son of the late Edward and Anita (Robillard) Chaput.
He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Constance (Braman) Chaput; they were married in St. Lewis Church in Webster, MA. Normand was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School class of 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict (18 months in Germany) receiving the Occupation Medal (Germany) and National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of VFW Post #10088 and the American Legion Post #0067 member. He enjoyed gardening and was a member of the National Home Gardening Club. Normand enjoyed his visits to Foxwoods with his wife and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
In addition to his wife Constance, he is survived by three daughters, Donna Henley of Dudley, MA, Melissa Rilkoff of Sandwich, MA, Rebecca Poirier of Charlton, MA; three sons, Normand Chaput II of Quaker Hill, CT, David Chaput of Webster, MA, Edward Chaput of Canterbury, CT, one sister, Theresa Pescosolido of Berlin, CT and Fort Lauderdale, FL; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
No calling hours. The Mass of Christian Burial is on Saturday October 16, at 11 a.m. in Saint Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale. Burial, with presentation of Full Military Honors, will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery. Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

The Obituary of Edward Hebert, Putnam, Connecticut, 2001

Published in the Worcester Telegram Gazette Jan 4, 2001, pg. B4.

THOMPSON -- Edward Hebert, 90, formerly of Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale, a former machinist and semi-pro baseball player, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Matulaitis Nursing Home, Putnam. His wife of 62 years, Edna (Robillard) Hebert, died in 1991. He leaves a son, Norman D. Hebert of Farmington, Conn.; a daughter, Jacqueline Lorman of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Doris Rutledge of Colorado; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was born in New Bedford, son of Joseph and Lydia (Chaput) Hebert, and lived most of his life in North Grosvenordale.

Mr. Hebert was a machinist at Cluett, Peabody & Co., North Grosvenordale, until it closed in the early 1950s. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, North Grosvenordale, and played semi-pro baseball for North Grosvenordale Co.

The funeral will be held Friday, Jan. 5, from Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., North Grosvenordale, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., North Grosvenordale. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Obituary of Theresa (Robillard) Rybacki-Dembkoski, Dudley, Massachusetts, 2009

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette April 25th, 2009, pg. A5.
DUDLEY -- Theresa "Terry" (Robillard) Rybacki-Dembkoski, 83, of 50 Airport Rd., died Thursday, April 23 at her home after a year long battle with cancer.

She leaves four daughters: Sandra Rybacki Zack of Webster, Celeste Rybacki Herron of Norwich Ct, Karen Rybacki Labbe of Dudley and Virgina Rybacki Rock-Przystas of Webster; 8 grandchildren, Tammy wife of Alan Fournier of Dudley, Michelle Zack of Ocala, FL, Louis Rock of Peabody, Shawn Rock of West Boylston, Melanie wife of James Hachigian of Thompson, CT, Frank Labbe of Providence, Kyle Przystas of West Boylston and Ryan Labbe of Dudley; 8 great grandchildren, she was enthusiastically awaiting the birth of her 9th great grandchild; two sisters, Jeanne wife of Edward Dubreuil of Pelham, NH and Tina wife of Edward Croteau of Oakland, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her first husband, Harold A.Rybacki; a brother, Henry Robillard and a sister, Rita Dozois. Her husband of 30 years, James Z. Dembkoski died in 2000.

She was born in Three Rivers, Quebec the daughter of Joseph and Noella (Thurber) Robillard and was raised in North Grosvenordale and has lived in Dudley since 1946. She worked as a Invisible Mender at Angelo Fabrics retiring in 1983.

Mrs. Dembkoski was a member of St. Andrew Bobola Church and the Holy Rosary Sodality. Theresa loved her parish and volunteering at the festival. A life time member of PAV auxiliary, she enjoyed sewing, reading, crocheting and knitting.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday APRIL 28 from Bartel Funeral Home & Chapel, 33 Schofield Ave., Dudley, with a Mass at 10 AM in St. Andrew Bobola Church, 54 West Main St., Dudley. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Garden Of Peace Cemetery, Webster. Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to St Andrew Bobola Church, PO Box 98, Dudley, MA 01571 or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

The Death Notice of Mrs. Theophile Courtois, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1915

Published in The Lowell Sun November 6th 1915, pg. 9.

Courtois -- Mrs. Theophile Courtois nee Victoria Montbleau, aged 37 years, died this noon at her home, 175 Hall street. She leaves her husband and nine children.

Published in The Lowell Sun November 8th 1915 pg. 1.

COURTOIS -- The funeral of Mrs. Theophile Courtois took place this morning from her home, 175 Hall street. Solemn high mass of requiem was celebrated at St. Jean Baptiste church at 8 o'clock by Augustin Graton, O.M.I., assisted by Rev. Joseph Denis, O.M.I., as deacon and Rev. Joseph Bolduc, O.M.I., as sub deacon. The bearers were Adelard Montbleau, Gedeon Lariviere, Napoleon Daigle, Arthur, Napoleon and Charles Courtois. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery where the commital prayers were read by Rev. Antoine Amyot., O.M.I. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Undertaker Joseph Albert.

The Obituary of Pauline Robillard, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1982

Published in The Lowell Sun November 6th 1982, pg. 8.

Pauline Robillard
...of Derry, N.H.
Mrs. Pauline (Maille) Robillard, 38, wife of Jerome C. Robillard, a resident of Derry, N.H., died yesterday at Lowell General Hospital. Born in Lowell, she was a daughter of Paul and Rita (Moran) Maille. Besides her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, James D. Robillard, 7th grade student at the Hood school in Derry, N.H.; a daughter, Michelle R. Robillard, a freshman at the Pinkerton Academy, Derry, N.H.; two brothers, Claude Maille, and David Maille, both of Lowell; two sisters, Mrs. James (Patricia) Riley of Londonderry, N.H. and Miss Roberta Maille of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.

ROBILLARD -- Died Nov. 5, Pauline (Maille) Robillard, aged 38, beloved wife of Jerome C. Robillard. Friends may call at the Leo J. Ouellette Funeral Home, 327 Hildreth St., from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 o'clock at St. Francis Church in Kenwood. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, East Chelmsford. Funeral Directors Leo J. Ouellette.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Obituary of Mrs. Celine Courtois, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1970

Published in The Lowell Sun Saturday, October 31, 1970 pg. 7

Mrs. Comtois [sic]
Mrs. Celine (Mayotte) Courtois, wife of Albert Courtois, died Thursday evening at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born in Lowell and had been a life long resident of this community, establishing her residence at 380 Adams St. By occupation, she had been a topstitcher. She was the daughter of the late Olympe and Alice (Jodoin) Mayotte. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Savard of Lowell; a son, Richard Courtois of Lowell; a sister, Mrs. Therese Marquis of Forge Village; and a brother, Gerard of Lowell.

COURTOIS -- Died October 29 in Lowell, Mrs. Celine (Mayotte) Courtois of 380 Adams St. Calling hours from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Tremblay Funeral Home 744 Merrimack St. Funeral high mass in St. Jean Baptiste Church Monday at 9 a.m. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Tremblay Funeral Home.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Marriage of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet and Sephora Germain

This week's Treasure Chest Thursday features a photograph of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet (Charles, Esther Auger) and his wife Sephora Germain. This photgraph was sent to me by their g-g-g-grand daughter, and my first cousin once removed, Emma Loofbourrow. She sent this to me on Feb. 12th 2008 along with several other photographs of the Chandonnet family.

Pierre Zotique Chandonnet and Sephora Germain were married on September 14th 1875 at the parish of Ste-Emmelie-de-Leclercville, Lotbiniere, Quebec.

[Drouin, 1875, Ste-Emmelie, Co. Lotbiniere, pg.9, M.6., Zotique Chandonnet et Sephora Germain, register photocopy to the Greffe of Quebec]

The Obituary of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1917

Published in the Lowell Sun on Monday May 21 1917 pg. 1.
Capt. Pierre Zotique Chandonnet, a well known resident of this city died last evening at his home, 50 Endicott street, after an illness of a couple of months, at the age of 76 years and 3 months. Deceased is survived by his wife; four sons, Henri, Charles and Arthur of this city and Edmond of Boston; two daughters, Louisiana and Alice Chandonnet of this city.

Capt. Chandonnet was born in Canada but had been a resident of Lowell for over 50 years. At the age of 21 he entered the employ of the Canadian government on one of its dredgers in the St. Lawrence river and it was about 3 years ago that he retired. Some 15 or 20 years ago he was promoted to the position of captain and was in charge of one the biggest dredgers in the St. Lawrence. Some time after his arrival in this country Capt. Chandonnet became naturalized but despite the fact that he was a citizen of the United States his services were of such vain[?] to the Canadian government, that every year he received a call to the dredger.

Capt. Chandonnet spent about five months in Canada every year, leaving this city in the latter part of April, not to return again until the dredging season was over in the latter part of September. About three years ago he retired and since that time up to a couple of months ago he had devoted most of his time tilling the ground and keeping his home in Endicott street in good condition. The captain was a familiar figure about the streets of Lowell and he counted a host of friends who will be grieved to learn of his death. He was a prominent and fervent attendant of St. Joseph's church and was connected with several church organizations.
This write up appeared twice in the Lowell Sun, once with a picture, and another time with out the picture. I have both copies. I found this article when I was researching the Chandonnets in 2008 for a cousin of mine. I was able to follow this Chandonnet line back to the immigrant ancestor, Charles Chandonnet, (Gaitien, Marguerite Legay). Charles Chandonnet was from the parish of St-Calais, eveche du Mans, France. He was a sergeant with les troupes de ce pays at the time of his marriage. He married Elisabeth Bourget (Pierre, Marie-Jean Viens) at the parish of Notre Dame in Quebec City, Quebec on June 13th 1712. He died on June 27th 1756 and was buried on June 28th 1756 at the cemetery of the parish of Notre Dame, Quebec, Quebec.

My database is filled with the descendants of Charles and Elisabeth as I spent a lot of time on this line. So please feel free to contact me with comments or questions. I welcome them.

Here is my transcript of Pierre Zotique Chandonnet's baptism
Le dix neuf janvier mil huit quarante sept nous Pretre soussigne avons baptere Pierre Zotique ne le meme jour du legitime mariage de Charles Chandonnet, Cultivateur, et d'Esther Auger de St. Jean Deschaillons. Parrain de Nazier Chandonnet, marraine, Esther Auger soussignes.
Born the 19th of January in 1847 and baptised the same day at the parish of St-Pierre-Les-Becquets. His parents were Charles Chandonnet and Esther Auger. His god parents were Nazire Chandonnet and Esther Auger.

[Gabriel Drouin, Institut Genealogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Le Fonds Drouin, 1621-1967. Quebec Vital Records, 1847 St-Pierre-les-Becquets, Co-Nicolet, P.Q., pg. 3., B.7., Zotique Chandonnet, register photocopy to the greffe of Trois-Rivieres P.Q.]