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June 7th, 1900 – Spencer, Massachusetts

Remember this request I got last week…

I am trying to find out about my father’s  family. He is ***. He was born and grew up in and around Boston Massachusetts. His mother we do not know anything about. There is a Bernadette Moreau. She married a man called Phillip Moreau in we think France. Some of the people in your blogs look a lot like I do and my father. There are no pictures or info. Do you have the last names in your family tree that I have posted above? Sure do appreciate any help you can give. I would like to let my two sons have something of both sides of the family. Let me know if you do or don’t. Enjoyed your blog a lot! Thank you so much.

I know I should stop looking for other people’s ancestors, but before I do, I want you to meet Bernadette Moreau and her family.

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7 June, 1900, Spencer, Massachusetts (click on the image)

I wish I had pictures to show you of Bernadette’s family members, but I only have this census page to share…

Bernadette Moreau is on that census page with her parents, and her siblings.

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Her older sister, Noelia Moreau, is in fact Noella Moreau born on December 24th, 1885. She would married Leroy Peck in 1927.

Roch Moreau is Charles Robert Moreau. He was born on December 7th, 1888.

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Find a Grave

Victor Moreau’s full name is Victor Napoleon Moreau. He was born on February 3rd, 1894 and died June 23rd, 1978.

Valentine Moreau was born January 7th, 1896, and she crossed the border on October 23, 1921 at St. Albans, Vermont.

Irene Moreau, who went also by the name Albina, was born February 27th, 1898.

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In 1900, Bernadette’s father, Louis Édouard Philippe Moreau, was a saloon keeper, and his wife Mary was keeping house and raising the kids. Mary’s maiden name was Marie Rose Dufault.

According to the 1900 census she had 11 children and 6 were still alive in 1900. But I know she had more than 11. Very few people know that Mary Dufault had two sets of twins. The first set were two girls born on April 15, 1899, but both died from cholera in September 1899. On June 7, 1900, Marie Rose Dufault was 7 months pregnant with another set of twins, Romeo and Raymond.

I wonder if she knew that she was going to have another set of twins.

Maybe Marie Rose did…

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Two more girls would be born later, Annette in 1903 and Blanche in 1906…

You know I could go on and on with this search about the Bernadette Moreau’s ancestors…

Maybe I will.

July 2007

I can’t remember precisely when my brother came up to see me in July 2007 with a lot of old pictures my aunt  Evelyne had lent him…

In fact  my brother wasn’t  even sure that  the dozen pictures  came from her. This  is one from the  lot. These people are my maternal  great-grandparents Honoré Sauvé and Julie Leroux.

I did not know they had ever existed.

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What’s he up to Honoré?
I haven’t a faintest clue Julie…

That  picture  was  what got me obsessed  with  my ancestors in 2007 and later yours in 2009 when I created this blog.

I  had  very  few  old  pictures. Those I had who were in a little  green photo album. That little green photo album was the only thing I could save when my mother died on October 3rd, 1989.

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It took me almost 20 years before I got interested in those pictures and start travelling through time…

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Travelling through time to find out who my father’s ancestors were.

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Lost Ancestors

Why I have been writing so much since 2009…

Our Ancestors

That could have been the title of this blog I created back in September 2009.

There are so many lost ancestors out there to be reunited with.

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I have got little clues about this young man who might be related to Phoebe Alexandre.

Could he be her husband Charles Lestage?

Phoebe Alexandre

Phoebe was a lost ancestor back in 2010 on a picture of sisters taken in the late 1890s in Bristol, Connecticut.

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Little by little lost ancestors came to life on Our Ancestors.

First with Myra Alexandre.

possible Malvina Lagasse late 1890's Bristol, Conn.

young Myra Alexandre daughter of Philomene Lagasse and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

Myra married William Archambault.

Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault

Myra’s and William’s descendants connected and shared a lot since they had a lot to share.

My new found third cousin has very little to share about what she knows on her great-grandmother Phoebe Alexandre seen here from Joe’s collection.

Phoebe Alexandre

But that’s okay. People can’t share what they don’t have.

Maybe in five years from now someone related to Phoebe’s…

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A French Canadian Family – Augustin Noel and Sophia Allaire

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“Nobody knows” – as the saying goes.  It has been almost half a century, and I still don’t know where my 2nd great grandfather was born!  Over the years I have met and corresponded with many relatives.  It has been an enjoyable journey, and even to this  day, I come across new found cousins with information.   I have also become involved with DNA research, and possibly this will be the key to finding the information I am seeking.

“The old-timers have departed this earth, and now I have become the “old-timer”!

Let me start at the beginning:

Augustin NOEL (Austin Newell) and Paul NOEL(Newell) came to America from Canada in the late 1840’s. They lived in the Blackstone River Valley area of Massachusetts for about 10 years (1850-1860).  Augustin married Sophia ALLAIRE (Allen) in Millbury, Massachusetts on February 16, 1852.  According to Augustin NOEL and Sophia ALLAIRE’S marriage record, Augustin’s father’s name was Jean and his mother‘s…

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How I met Bernadette on Family Search?

I had little to go on, but I guess I was lucky.

I am trying to find out about my father’s  family. He is ***. He was born and grew up in and around Boston Massachusetts. His mother we do not know anything about. Their is a Bernadette Moreau.

Click here.

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Source Family Search

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Then the floodgates opened wide with Bernadette’s twin sisters and her mother’s name!

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See you tomorrow…

See you  tomorrow…

This  is  how this search began last night when I left this final reply to someone who had sent me this private message using this post

I am trying to find out about my father’s  family. He is ***. He was born and grew up in and around Boston Massachusetts. His mother we do not know anything about. There is a Bernadette Moreau. She married a man called Phillip Moreau in we think France. Some of the people in your blogs look a lot like I do and my father. There are no pictures or info. Do you have the last names in your family tree that I have posted above? Sure do appreciate any help you can give. I would like to let my two sons have something of both sides of the family. Let me know if you do or don’t. Enjoyed your blog a lot! Thank you so much.

Who was I kidding?

I thought I had gotten over my addiction for people’s ancestors.

But I got curious and started looking for Bernadette Moreau on Family Search.

The more I looked, the more I found out about Bernadette and her ancestors.

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To be continued?

How it all started…

About whose headstone it was…

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Our Ancestors

This is the picture that is hanging on the wall of my office.

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Édouard Métayer

It is the picture of Édouard Métayer. He was a fireman and made captain in 1911.

Édouard is the father of my paternal grandmother Juliette Métayer.

Édouard died on April 2, 1928, on the eve of his 34th anniversary as a Montreal fireman.

The only memory I had as a child was a framed picture of this fireman in an old apartment on Mentana Street in Montreal back in the 1950s.

My grandparents were living there. My grandsparents were poor and I knew little about them. My grandmother Juliette had told me that her father, Édouard Métayer, had died when he tried to stop the horses while responding to a fire alarm. The horses were scared by a train that was coming.

Édouard died a month later.

That is all I knew. At that time…

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