Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Leodore Ostiguy, Cimetiere St-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

1895 - 1932
1865 - 1936

Leodore is not related to me. These photos were shot while doing other research in the cemetery. What caught my eye here was the broken rifle and the appearance and feeling of loneliness that I felt surrounding this stone.

Curious, I looked up Leo very quickly on ancestry and this is what I found.

It seems as though Leo's parentage is unknown.  But according to census records and a public tree, he was born abt. 1895 in Rhode Island. Unable to find a 1900 census enumeration of Leo. I did find him enumerated in the 1910 census living with the St. Armand family on Austin St in Lowell., age 15, brother-in-law to the head, Napoleon St. Armand.. Leo married (according to the public tree) Angele Harvey circa.1921 in Lowell. In 1930 the family of Leo and Angele are enumerated living on Lakeview Rd. in Tyngsboro, MA. They had one son, Roland, who was 9 years old. Residing with with the family were a niece and nephew, Leo & Irene Letourneau.  Also, according to the public tree, Leo dies on 31 Jan., 1932 in Lowell, MA. I think I would like to do a more in depth research on Leo, to verify things and  to find out who his parents were and where they came from etc.. but I don't have the time right now..

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Obituary of Olympe E. Mayotte of Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun ,15 Jan, 1945, pg. 3.

Olympe E. Mayotte, a well known resident of this city, died yesterday at the age of 71 years. He made his home at 80 Ford street. He was for many years a member of St. Joseph's parish and was a member of the Holy Family society. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Alice (Jodoin) Mayotte; two daughters, Mrs. Celine Beaudry of this city; Pfc Therese Mayotte, WAC, at Camp Campbell Ky.; two sons, Sgt. Gerard Mayotte, U.S.A., somewhere in England; Pfc Robert Mayotte, U.S.A., stationed at Camp Gordon Ga.; a sister Mrs. Louise Ducharme of Joliette, P.Q.; a brother, Joseph Mayotte of Hamilton Ont. and four grandchildren.

MAYOTTE -- Died in this city, Jan 14, Olympe E. Mayotte. Relatives and friends may call at the M. R. Laurin funeral home, 295 Pawtucket street, after 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Funeral Thursday morning from the funeral home. Solemn high funeral mass at 10 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church. Burial in St. Joseph's cemetery.
Published in The Lowell Sun, 19 Jan, 1945, pg. 3.

The funeral of Olympe E. Mayotte, 80 Ford street, a well known resident of the Holy Name society of St. Joseph's parish, took place yesterday from the M. R. Laurin funeral home, 295 Pawtucket street. At 10 o'clock at St. jean Baptiste church, a solemn high funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Felix Tessier, a nephew from St. Zephirin parish of Cochitate, assisted by Rev. Gerard Trahant, OMI, as deacon, and Rev. Armand Morrisette, OMI as sub-deacon.

The choir, under the direction of the organist, Charles Belanger, sang a mass of requiem, a composition of Rodolphe E. Pepin, soloists being Arthur E. Paquin, Emile Lagasse, Wolfred Jacques and Arthur Germain. Many parishioner attended. Bearers, all members of the Holy Family society of St. Joseph;s parish were, Morrill Ledoux, Alexandre Beaudoin, Liboire Gauthier, Pierre Houle, Alphonse Desroschers and Joseph Clouner. There were numerous flowers and mass cards. Burial took place in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery where Rev. Fr. Tessier assisted by Rev. Fr. Fournier recited the committal prayers. Arrangements were in charge of Funeral Director M.R. Laurin.

Tombstone Tuesday: Jerome Mayotte, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Jerome Mayotte was the son of Olympe (Jean-Louis, Eualie Roberge) and Marie Alice Blanche Jodoin (Joseph, Parmelie Dupont). He was born c. 1913 in Lowell, MA, the brother of Louis, Olympe Gerard,  Celine, Therese, Gerard and Robert. He died 17 April 1938 and was buried in Section Q, lot 89 on 20 April, 1938. His obituary appears in the 18 April 1938 edition of the Lowell Sun on page 3.


Jerome Mayotte, husband of Blanche (Bernard) Mayotte of 235 Pleasant street, Dracut died last night at St. Joseph's hospital after a short illnes, aged 24 years. He leaves his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Olympe (Jodoin) Mayotte; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Beaudry and Miss Therese Mayotte and two brothers, Girard and Albert Mayotte of Lowell. The body was removed to the Archambault funeral home at 205 Pawtucket street where relatives and friends may call.

Published 20 April 1938 in The Lowell Sun, pg. 3.


The funeral of Jerome Mayotte of 235 Pleasant street, Dracut who died Sunday at St. Joseph's hospital took place this morning at 8'oclock from the funeral home, 205 Pawtucket street. Many relatives and friends, including many from out-of-town were present. At 9 o'clock at St. Jean Baptiste church a solemn high funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Arthur O. Mercier of St. Therese church, Dracut, assisted by Rev. Narcisse Cotnoir, O M I, as deacon and Rev. Alphone Breault, O M I, as sub-deacon. Seated on the sanctuary was Rev. Eugene Fournier O M I., of St. Joseph's church. The choir, under the direction of Georges Ayotte, sang the requiem mass by Pietro a Yon. The solos were sustained by Eugene Corbeil, Rodolphe Morirsette, Lionel Turcotte and Lucien Morrisette. As the body was taken from the church, Requiem ? was sung by the choir. Mrs. Georges Ayotte was the organist. The bearers were Gerard ?, Leo Blanchette, Arthur Michelin, Gerard Jodoin, Arthur Paradis and Donald Chaput. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery were committal prayers were read by Rev. Fr. Mercier. There were many flowers. Funeral Directors Amdee Archambault & Sons were in charge.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Removed Label Cloud..

temporarily as there seems to be a code conflict with share this. I'll be working on this today so it may reappear at any given time and then suddenly disappear again, so please bear with me. You can use the search function in the Blogger toolbar up top to find what you are looking for.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: 1027-Église Saint-Cuthbert, Saint-Cuthbert 1879

 Browsing though a photo set on flickr belonging to Jean20100 entitled, ÉGLISES DU QUÉBEC (Quebec Churchs) 
I find a photograph of the church of St-Cuthbert de Berthier. This is the church that some of my Maille family ancestors centered their lives around in the 18th and 19th centuries. My cousin, Kevin Maille, recently visited St-Cuthbert and this is what he had to say in an e-mail that was sent to me,

"..I had to get to St. Cuthbert. It was just a short way off the main highway heading toward Trois Riviere and QC. It was also really cool to see the old town. Lots of small homes, but neat as a pin. In the center is the old church. It was huge and still is the center of community . We spoke to a guy mowing the lawn who spoke English and he took us to the parish priest who didn't speak a word of English. We manage to get him to open his records for us. I didn't learn a lot but have some copies from the old church archives. I did learn that Jean Baptiste Maillet died there which mean that the family had been there longer than I thought. JB is Alexander's son who is Pierre's son. All farms...all flat. Beautiful area though. Also, NO Maillet grave stones at the church graveyard. I have no idea why. They said that they would not have had a cemetery at the farm because Catholics didn't do that. I have no idea where Eusebe would be! They may have been to poor for markers."

My g-g-g-grandfather Eusebe Maille was a resident of Lowell Massachusetts in 1880. He went back to St-Cuthbert before 1886 and died there on 17 July 1887 and was buried on the 19th at the cemetery of the parish of St-Cuthbert. I was surprised to find out from Kevin's e-mail that there is no marker in the cemetery for Eusebe. Also, even though Eusebe's sons were settled in Lowell at this time, (but I believe still retaining a home in St-Cuthbert) I have yet to find a death notice published in Lowell in regard to Eusebe's death.

Eusebe's wife, Angelique Chevrette, dies in 1908 in Lowell and sadly is not buried with her husband in St-Cuthbert.

Surname Saturday: Courtois

1. Brian Savard

2. His mother, Pauline (Courtois)(Savard) Gagne

3. Albert H -. b. 30 Dec 1903, Worcester, MA, m. Celine Mayotte  abt. 1951, d. 29 April 1986, Lowell, MA

4. Theophile - b. 15 July 1874, Lowell, MA, m. Victoria Montbleau 29 June 1896, Lowell, MA, d. 1 Feb 1949, Lowell, MA  buried 4 Feb 1949 Cimetiere St-Joseph, Chelmsford, MA

5. Moise - born  & baptised 27 July 1843, St-Joseph de Maskinonge, Maskinonge, Quebec, m. Clothilde Longtin 19 Sept. 1871, St-Joseph church, Lowell, MA, d. 26 Jan 1930 Lowell, MA, buried 29 Jan 1930, Cimetiere St-Joseph, Chelmsford, MA.

6. Moise - b. 13 Sept 1819 and baptised on the 14th at St-Joseph de Maskinonge, Maskinonge, Quebec, m. Marie Claire Dupuis 18 Oct 1842, St-Joseph de Maskinonge, Maskinonge, Quebec, d. 20 Sept. 1892 and buried 23 Sept at Notre dame de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.
Burial of Moise Courtois I

7. Gabriel - m. Marie Etienne Lemyre dit Gaucher 24 Aug. 1815, St-Joseph de Maskinonge, Maskinonge, Quebec, d. 14 Jan 1839, buried 16 Jan 1849 St-Joseph de Maskinonge, Maskinonge, Quebec

Gabriel - baptised 18 April 1742, Ste-Anne-de-la_Perade, Champlain, Quebec, m. Marguerite Vien(t) 28 Aug. 1780, Ste-Anne-de-la-Perade, Champlain, Quebec, buried 29 June 1819, St-Joseph de Maskinonge, Maskinonge, Quebec
The burial of Gabriel III
8. Gabriel - b. 24 April 1702, Batiscan, Champlain, Quebec, m. Marie-Josephe Baril dit Ducheny, Ste-Anne de la Perade, Champlain, Quebec, d. 8 Nov. 1779 La Perade, buried 9 Nov. 1779, Ste-Anne-de-la-Perade, Champlain, Quebec.

9. Gabriel - b. 5 Sept. 1672, Quebec, Quebec, Quebec, m. Elisabeth Moreau, 5 April 1701, Batiscan, Champlain, Quebec, d. 10 Feb 1779, La Perade, Champlain, Quebec

10. Charles - baptised 27 April 1663, St-martin de canteleu, Rouen, Normandie, France m. Marguerite Berger 9 Oct 1670, Notre Dame de Quebec, New France, d. 8 April 1694, Hotel Dieu, Quebec
Marriage of Charles and Marguerite Berger
[Gabriel Drouin, Institut Généalogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1667 - 1679, Notre Dame de Quebec, Quebec P.Q., ancestry image 190/232, Charles Courtois et Marguerite Berger, register photocopy to the Basilica of Quebec]

11. Antoine - m. Esther Lebrun before 27 April 1663, France

For more information on Brian's Courtois line, please contact me.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Pauline Gail Robillard nee Maille, Cimetière Saint-Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

 This headstone should have been posted long ago..

 Buried with her mother, Rita G. Moran; her father, Paul E. Maille and her maternal grandmother, Marie Yvonne Ferron. My mother was the first to be buried in this plot, her inscription should read Pauline G. (Maille) Robillard or even Pauline G. Robillard nee Maille. Sadly, lots of disagreement plagued the events leading up to and following the death of my mother in 1982.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: 1042-Église Sainte-Mélanie, Sainte-Mélanie 1869

 While browsing flicker this morning I found this picture of the church some of my Robillard ancestors centered their lives around in the mid to late 19th century and early 20th century. Flickr has a blog this option so I thought I would share. The church looks to be in pretty good shape for a church that is 141 years old. My g-g-grandfather, Jerome Robillard's burial record from Ste-Melanie has the abbreviation, inh.cave l'eglise which means inhume dans le caveau de l'eglise and translates to, buried in the basement of the church. Someday I will make it up there to Ste-Melanie to pay my respects. To see more photos of some old Quebec churches please see the photographer's set entitled, ÉGLISES DU QUÉBEC (Quebec Churchs)

Friday, July 09, 2010

On This Day: The Birth of Marie Elizabeth Delima Charron dit Ducharme

Using TMG's companion utility product On This Day I am able to take a look into my database on any given day and see the events that occurred.

On this day in 1872 Marie-Elizabeth-Delima Charron dit Ducharme was born. She was baptized at the parish church of St-Felix-de-Valois on 10 July, 1872. The daughter of Georges Charron dit Ducharme and Henriette Robillard. Her godfather was Alfred Antoine Robillard, son of Louis Robillard of Ste-Melanie and her godmother was Elise Lesiege, daughter of  Isac (sp?) Lesiege also of Ste-Melanie.

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pg. 2
 [Gabriel Drouin, Institut Généalogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1872, St-Felix-de-Valois, Joliette, P.Q., pg. 11, B.51, Marie Elizabeth Delima Ducharme, register photocopy to the Greffe of Joliette]

Henriette and Marie Elizabeth Delima's godfather, Alfred Antoine, were siblings. Their parents, Louis and Genevieve Riberdy dit Sansoucy, were married 4 August 1823 at the parish of Ste-Elisabeth in Joliette county, Quebec. Louis and Genevieve are my paternal g-g-g-grandparents.

[Gabriel Drouin, Institut Généalogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1823, Ste-Elisabeth Co-Joliette P.Q., pg.13, M. Louis Robillard et Genevieve Ribardy, register copy to the Greffe of Joliette]

Marie Elizabeth Delima Charron dit Ducharme died 2 months after she was born and was buried on 3 September 1872 in the cemetery of the parish of St-Felix-de-Valois, Joliette county, Quebec.

[Gabriel Drouin, Institut Généalogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Le Fonds Drouin 1621-1967, Quebec vital records, 1872, St-Felix-de-Valois, Joliette, P.Q., pg 15, S. 28, Marie Elizabeth Charron dit Ducharme, register photocopy to the Greffe of Joliette]