Isaïe Sauvé: Honoré Sauvé’s and Julie Leroux’s first child

I don’t usually post anything on weekends… except when I promise something important on Fridays…

Thank God for Fridays…

This is Isaïe Sauvé.

This photo was one of the many photos my aunt had in her two plastic grocery bags stashed away in the back of her closet in her room on the second floor…

These photos will never find themselves among the trash in a garbage truck because I scanned them all.

When I scanned this particular picture in 2007, I never realized at the time that I was going to post it someday on a blog.

I did not even know what was a blog back then.

This is my 126th article on this blog on genealogy.

This is not that much when you compare how many articles I wrote on the French version of my blog on genealogy.

More than 800 articles more or less since January 2008.

So you see, genealogy can become somewhat compulsive or addictive…

There is so much to write about…

Like Isaïe Sauvé, Honoré’s and Julie’s pride and joy.

You learn so much when you search for information like Isaïe who got married three times.

Also, you might find who was present at Honoré Sauvé’s and Julie Leroux’s wedding.

Do you want to take a wild guess?



You’ve guessed right…

Joseph Sauvé!

Odette’s ancestor!

Here’s the proof.

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Joseph Sauvé was a witness to his brother Honoré’s marriage, and probably his wife Mathilde Leduc who there to…

The marriage took place on November 8, 1842 at St-Ignace church in Coteau-du-Lac.



A view of St-Ignace church, it is located at 339 Le Fleuve road in the city of Coteau-du-Lac. The parish was founded in 1833, the first church was built between 1849 and 1854. It was destroyed by a fire on December 23, 1908. It was rebuilt and destroyed again by a fire on December 8, 1999. The walls survived and it was rebuilt with a different bell tower.


That was 168 years ago.

168 years later, two Sauvé descendants meet on the Internet and team up to discover more about their ancestors…

I wonder if Isaïe Sauvé looked a little like his uncle Joseph Sauvé…?

Or if Joseph Sauvé looked like his other nephew, my great-grandfather Léon…?

I will have to take a look in my plastic grocery bags…

That would be something.


Honoré Sauvé’s children…

Yesterday I told you I was going to talk about Honoré Sauvé’s family, but you see, it was also Julie Leroux’s family.

I understand genealogy uses the name of the father, but I think we owe Julie Leroux just a bit of recognition in the part she played in all this.

Right on Baby…!

Few people outside Quebec know that women in Quebec kept their maiden name in the 1850s when they got married.

Here is the proof.

In the 1852 census we read Honoré Sauvé, 27, and Julie Leroux, 26.

1852 census

After, men voted a law that changed all that…

Married women had to carry their husband’s name.

Go figure…

Anyway, Julie Leroux had 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls.

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She probably had a whole lot more.

Some might have died at birth or some might have been lost through miscarriages…

You see, the Catholic clergy in Quebec, back in those days, incited women to have a baby a year…

Go figure…

So I figure that Julie had around 22 pregnancies in her life. 50% survived though some died as infants.

Julie was married on November 8, 1843 and her first child Isaïe was born on February 12, 1845.

That’s 15 months between the marriage and Isaïe’s birth. Her last recorded birth was April 16, 1866 when she was 42 years old. She gave birth to Paul Saül Sauvé.

Anyway, Julie did her best to raise a family and keep the clergy happy.

Next time, I will show you old sepia photographs one of which will be Isaïe Sauvé.

I know Odette will be thrilled by my old sepia photographs and specially one thing I found on the mormons’ site…

Having fun down South…

with the weather I mean?


Fox News

That bad weather you are having down South is not our fault… here in French Canada.

We have nothing to do with it.

French-Canadians are mostly fun people… and very friendly specially when it comes to genealogy.

You don’t believe it…?

Ask Ron.

Ron and I

You see 900,000 French-Canadians emigrated to the United States in the 1800s and the 1900s. Ron emigrated to Ontario when he was young. He found his roots in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and I showed him around town.

Ron wants to come back to Quebec very badly…

Eileen Katherine Sovie

This is one of the descendants of someone who moved to the United States in the 1800s…

Eileen is very special, so is this picture.

Eileen Sovie is very special to Odette Clouthier.

You see, Eileen Sovie is Odette’s grandmother.

As I said yesterday, Odette has been looking for her roots since 2000, and she knew a few thing about her grandmother’s lineage.

With what she knew, and with the help of Denis, her 2nd cousin, I was able to link Eileen Sovie to Joseph Sauvé and Mathilde Leduc.

Joseph Sauvé, as you must know by now, was Honoré Sauvé’s brother.

I had found everything about my great-great-grandfather Honoré back in 2007…

That’s great-great Pierre

Honoré looks a bit like me… if you take out the glasses… and take a little bit hair off the top.

I share something more than common ancestors with Odette.

Call it pride.


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Being proud of our ancestors, and in a way, bringing them back to life by remembering them even though we never saw them in real life.

Honoré died in 1899, but his memories live on thanks to that picture.

We don’t have a picture of Joseph Sauvé nor his son Arthur Sauvé, nor his grandchild William Sovie, nor his great-grandchild Otis E. Sovie… but we have Eileen’s picture.

But I am sure there are some pictures somewhere in an old box in an attic.

I hope people won’t throw these precious photographs in a garbage truck when their owners die. I have seen that a lot.

Next time, I will show you some old pictures of the Sauvé family.

The more the merrier…

Denis, Odette, and I are teaming up to find everything we can about our common ancestors.

And we are not scared the least bit by that passion for genealogy and old pictures.

What makes us tick?

A deep sense of where we come from and a deep desire to reach back in the past to see where we are going with our lives.

Don’t move Honoré… Watch the birdie…

Honoré Sauvé is my great-great-grandfather.

My aunt Evelyne had two plastic grocery bags full of old pictures of old people whom she did not know a thing about.

Among these pictures was this one of Honoré Sauvé and Julie Leroux.

That was back in July 2007 when my brother visited me and I brought some pictures along. Strangely enough he did not remember where he had gotten them.

Denis saw this same picture two weeks ago on my genealogy site and Denis got all excited. You see Denis has a lot of old pictures of old people also…

He told me mine was beautiful.

He wrote me about it because he knew someone who had Sauvés as her ancestors. He talked about his distant cousin Odette in the United States…

That made me tick and I wanted to know more.

I found that Odette’s ancestor was in fact Joseph Sauvé, Honoré’s brother.

I knew nothing about Joseph except that he was Honoré’s brother.

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Odette has been looking for her roots since 2000.

She knew very little about her Sauvé lineage but she knew about her Sovie lineage… Arthur Sauvé, William Sovie,  Otis E.Sovie and Eileen Katherine Sovie.

Eileen Sovie

I decided in 2008 to write a blog on genealogy, first in French then to write an English version.

I wanted to share what I knew about my roots with others either French or English speaking. Little did I know that, down the road, I would meet Odette Clouthier and Denis Cloutier.

You never can tell who you are going to meet down the road…

Hi Ron, it’s the long and winding road again…

I hope I won’t scare you with this…

If your name is Sovie, Sova, Sauvie, Sauve, or Sauvé… and you live in the United States…

Well, Merry Christmas because we are related.

What’s he talking about…?

It’s about this…

Well Honoré, there goes our great-great grandchild again…

This photograph does not mean much to many people… and I quite understand.

This one also does not mean much…

Napoleon Clouthier

Honoré and Julie probably never met Napoleon.

Napoleon’s son, Lawrence D. Clouthier married Eileen Catherine Sovie. Catherine probably never knew her Sauvé lineage just like Honoré probably never knew that his ancestor was Pierre Sauvé.

Honoré Sauvé died on December 11, 1899. That’s 111 years ago. Honoré had many brothers and sisters. One of them was Joseph. I knew very little about Joseph Sauvé until someone wrote me.

Tomorrow I will tell you more about Honoré Sauvé and my new 4th cousin twice removed.

Honoré, I think I’m going to make some donuts…

Bring me some beer dear…