The Hubou and the Neveu Dossiers – Part Three

Hard to let it go isn’t?

Remember how these two dossiers started. A wedding photo of Wilfred Nevue and Celina Delongchamp, and the search for lost ancestors.

Hercule Poirot

Still searching mes amis…

Could the groom be the son of Maxime Neveu seen here with his wife Scholastique Lauzon, and their daughter Léocadie Neveu and her husband Joseph Girard with their children?

I am not related to the Neveu family. Well just a little since I share a distant common ancestor with Scholastique Lauzon.

My polls did not amount to much since readers did not agree on the groom’s age.

Wilfred Nevue

I know all about Celina Delongchamp’s ancestors and where they were from… Mascouche, just a 22 minute-drive from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines where I have been since 1981.

Born in Montreal in the late 1940s, I had never heard about Ste-Anne-des-Plaines before. The first time was in 1980 when I was transferred here in an elementary school as an English as a second language teacher.

How I got interested in ancestors who once lived in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines is a very long story. 

Maxime Neveu and Scholastique Lauzon got married here on October 25th, 1841.


Maxime Neveu was born on July 26, 1816, in St-Cuthbert, Quebec. His father was Joseph Neveu and his mother was Marie-Anne Barrette. Scholastique Lauzon was born on February 26, 1823, in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines. She was the daughter of Justine Grenon or Guernon and André Lauzon.

Scholastique had at least 15 children. Maxime Neveu died on August 2, 1889 and Scholastique Lauzon died on July 1, 1901, in Bay City, Michigan. Amongst Scholastique’s fifteen children was Wilfrid Neveu born in 1856 who could be little Wilfred Nevue’s father.


Wilfrid Neveu or Wilfred Nevue are nowhere to be found in several censuses.

Censuses are sometimes so confusing since enumerators relied on what people told them. In the 1880 US census in Michigan there was a Joseph Nevue born in 1858 and another Joseph Neveau born in 1860. One was working in salt blocks in Zilwaukee, and the other was living in Bay City with his parents Maxime Neveau and Scholastique Lauzon.

For a few days I thought I had finally found Wilfred Nevue posing as Joseph Neveau in Zilwaukee, Michigan.

Last night I saw the light. Joseph Neveau was working in salt mines. The 1880 census lasted a whole year starting in June 1879. Joseph was in both censuses.

Hard to let it go wasn’t?

Tomorrow I am letting it go…