“Nevah, nevah, nevah give up.” Winston Churchill

I told Susan I was not going to post anything on my blog Our Ancestors for a while since I am concentrating on my other blogs right now.

My main interest is in WWII History and I finally found after three years of research the son of the navigator of an unknown Mosquito pilot I had became obsessed with.


He is still obsessed you know…

When Susan first sent me an e-mail, she had this quote at the end.


“Nevah, nevah, nevah give up.”   Winston Churchill

This put a smile on my face.

When Pam asked me if she could give her my e-mail, I said: “Well of course.” I never missed an opportunity.


“You nevah, nevah, nevah know.” Pierre Lagacé

This is what Susan wrote again today.


Pam said you were FAST!  she was correct! Thanks for the death cert.  I thought her father was Jean-Baptist!  Was he “Charles” here in the States?   She is buried in the same cemetery where my Pepere Bertrand is, her son Joseph. I grew up in that cemetery practically!  I lived on French Hill, the enclave where all the French Canadiens lived in Marlborough. When I’m there next I need to find that grave.  Unfortunately, since the French church on Broad St. was sold and made into condos, the French cemetery has been operated by the city.  Hope I can locate the grave. 

I’ve looked at your blog…very informative. I’ll be going back…  

Au revoir, (I remember VERY little French)   


“Nevah, nevah, nevah give up.”   Winston Churchill

French Hill, the enclave where all the French Canadiens lived in Marlborough?

I did not know that!

Susan has all of her Bertrand and Marineau lineages covered up I think. I wonder if she knows her Simoneau lineage.

“You nevah, nevah, nevah know.” Pierre Lagacé


11 thoughts on ““Nevah, nevah, nevah give up.” Winston Churchill

  1. Hi Cousin! I can’t believe I forgot to tell you about French Hill. Just take a look at the census’ using my or Susan’s family and you’ll see why. I almost fall of my chair when I see an Irish or Portuguese name.
    Dad went to parochial school and half the day was in French, the other half in English. High school wasn’t parochial, though. But after coming to California and being away from it for so long he forgot alot. He could understand more than he could speak.

    • Yes Pam…
      You forgot but I forgive you.

      I have found out that Susan is a 5th cousin three times removed.
      She seems to be a nice lady.
      I know she is…

      I have invited her on my Ancestry family tree.
      I found her Marineau lineage.
      Celina Marineau was born in 1846 in St-Eustache.
      I wrote about that family on my blog Nos ancêtres, the French version of Our Ancestors.
      Very complicated research but I found out that the Marineaus were in fact Ostains.
      They were called Ostain dit Marineau which became Asselin dit Marineau.

      One reader had an Asselin ancestor without parents. I had to look for them.
      Quite a detective work after figuring out the Asselin-Marineau-Ostain trail.

  2. My mother, for a while, and my aunt went to St. Anne’s Academy, a boarding school with girls from all over the world, and of course locals. It is now low-income housing!!
    I remember my mother taking me there. Fearfully institutional!!
    Some of the nuns, (help me out here) Soeurs de Ste. Anne (??) were experts at invisible mending. I’m sure they charged a fee! Anyhow, the stories I’ve heard about that Academie!
    The grammar school was St. Anthony’s, yes, Pam, French and English. My gggrandmother Bertrand (nee Gaudet) from Memramcooke, CA insisted on Francais in her home, no parle Anglaise (Am I doing this right?)
    I have a rich heritage on that Hill that I only came to appreciate lately.
    I even belonged to the Marlborough Historical Society!! but never delved into my French Hill roots.
    I guess I thought I knew it all !

    • St. Anne it’s low income housing?!
      That’s just sad.
      Dad used to talk about how local businesses valued the girls who went there because they were so disciplined and got such a good education. A lot of them were hired as secretaries, etc.

      I also remember him saying when he was late for class at St. Anthony the nun would say Monsieur Connors and in French told him to come to the head of the class and whack! with the ruler on the hand. 🙂

    • CA is also Canada.

      Many French Canadians emigrated from Québec to New Brunswick, Canada, then to the New England States. Some of their descendants went all over the U.S. Others were descendants of the Acadians who were deported from Acadia in 1755 by the British.

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