The Hubou and the Neveu Dossiers – Part Two

How was the voting?

First poll on Our Ancestors…

Vote Our Ancestors

Vote same man

Then on my French version of Our Ancestors…

Vote Nos ancêtres II

Little to go on isn’t?

If the groom Wilfred Nevue was around 30 years-old in 1886, then it is quite possible Wilfred Nevue is the same man as Wilfrid Neveu, the son of Maxime Neveu and Scholastique Lauzon. If the groom is 20 or 25,  then I think we should let it go…

Michel Lauzon has been looking for Wilfrid Neveu at least since 2013, but he lost track of him after Wilfrid appeared in the 1861 Canadian census. After 1861 Wilfrid is nowhere to be found. Did he die when he was young or did he leave his family for the United States before the 1871 Canadian census?

Michel and I tried very hard to find out.

Wilfrid Neveu was born on February 14th, 1856 in Ste-Sophie, Quebec, Canada. Michel has found almost everything about the Neveu family and he even wrote a blog about it.

Someone else has been searching for Wilfred Nevue. Wilfred was her grandfather who had married Celina Delongchamp in 1886. Susan told me this was a shotgun wedding.

I had to check Wikipedia…

Celina and Wilfred's Wedding Photo.jpg

A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to premarital sex possibly leading to an unintended pregnancy, rather than out of the desire of the participants. (Wikipedia)

Wilfred Nevue would later leave her young wife and his baby son six months after his son’s birth. Susan has been searching for her grandfather’s parents, and her links to her Neveu ancestors.

Michel and I have been trying very hard to help Susan but to no avail.

Sometimes we should let it go…

Wilfred Nevue

Wilfred Nevue and Celina Delongchamp had only one son seen here second on the left in the first row. Wilfred is with his uncles John Lewis and Alfred Delongchamp, and his aunts Eloise and Nellie Delongchamp. The two girls on Wilfred’ right are Jennie and Victoria Blair.

Wilfred’s mother Celina would die in 1896.

This little boy will tell his story in a book written by his granddaughter Susan…

A Boy's Päradise

back cover

Book reviews

Fascinating book that provides an historical account of the hard life on the farm in the 19th Century. My life on the farm in the 1930s was somewhat the same

This is such a delightful and intriguing read. Being invited into the detail of life on farm in Up Michigan in the 1800s, and into a young boy/man’s view of the world in such detail is really a treat. Almost an answer to Laura Ingalls Wilder, but with a lot of detail paid to the day to day activities and how people get by. The writing is quick and moves between very specific step by step detail of chores and farm tasks to well placed anecdotes. A high point is the description of the French Canadian New Years celebration. Definitely a really lovely insight into a time gone by and a very specific time and place.

This book is a delightful read and a real look at what life was like on a farm at the start of the 20th century. A far cry from life today but an intriguing story of how it must have been for our ancestors. A valuable read for all of us.

A Boy’s Paradise lets the reader experience the tenderness and harshness of farm life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula around the turn of the last century. From step by step accounts of harvesting and hunting to descriptive paragraphs about school days and French Canadian traditions, this book explains a culture and geography not understood by many.

About letting it go… 

Wilfrid Neveu’s brother Thomas Neveau had three sons: Thomas, James, and Joseph.

montage of Wilfred Nevue and sons of Thomas Neveau brother of Wilfrid Neveu

Time for another poll?