Sunday Morning – Aiken Vilmer and Calista Maher

I know it must be hard following me, but I got distracted again on Our Ancestors.

Last week I needed to validate this information I had found on Find a Grave about Scholastique Maher, born in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec. Scholastique is listed on Find a Grave as Calista Miles Vilmer.

In 1850 Burlington census with husband Aiken “Henry” Vilmer & 7 children in household. They were the parents of 8 or 9 children:

Henry Aiken Jr (1 Nov 1834 – 25 May 1917),

Delphine (1836 – 1868),

Eugene ? (conflicting sources for his parents 1836 – 22 Nov 1912),

Filmore (10 Sep 1837 – 18 Oct 1920),

Joseph (1840 – 23 Jul 1865),

John (1842 – 20 Feb 1915),

Amanda (16 Mar 1842 – 24 Oct 1923),

William ( 10 Feb 1844 – 15 Jul 1921),

Julia (1846 – ?)

Some family members adopted the last name Edwards while others used some form of Vilmer. Neither Aiken nor Calista were literate. Aiken married 2nd Almira Lavine (aka Elmira, Mira, Mary, Marie 1849 – 28 Feb 1896) with this union bringing children Henry E. (15 Aug 1867 – 20 June 1928) and Agnes (8 Nov 1873 – 10 Oct 1918)

VS George (#48722807) supplied this info: baptismal record from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec, reads (in translation)
“The 23rd of November one thousand eight hundred and eight, I the undersigned priest baptised Marie Scholastique, born this night, daughter of legitimate marriage of Abraham Maher, farmer of the parish of St-Henri, and of Victoire Lagacé”.

Her marriage record, from the parish of St-Henri-de-Mascouche reads in part, “The 10th of February one thousand eight hundred thirty four, after the reading of three bans of marriage between Etienne Derouin dit Vilmer, son of full age of Etienne Derouin dit Vilmer and of Marie Robinson of this parish of one part, and Scholastique Maher, daughter of full age of the deceased Abraham Maher and of Victoire Lagacée of the parish of the other part, and there being no objection or opposition, I the undersigned priest, with their mutual consent, gave the blessing of marriage.”

The surname is usually spelled Derouard or Drouard.

Aiken and Calista, or Étienne Vilmer and Scholastique Maher, were married on February 10, 1834 in Mascouche about a 22-minute drive from where I live. The names Aiken and Calista were a transformation of the names Étienne and Scholastique.

I found out that Étienne Vilmer was Marguerite Drouard dit Vilmer’s brother. Marguerite Drouard dit Vilmer was Margaret listed in the 1850 U.S. census.

1850 U.S. Census Peter Kayou

She was Felix Myers’ wife. It happened quite a lot when a sibling would marry their spouse’s sibling.

I will now call off this search for the Mahers and the Vilmers until I should stumble upon old photos or if a descendant should write a comment.

Next Sunday morning, I have revisited some old photos from another Myers family who doesn’t share the same ancestors

Exeurie Myers and Sophronie Champagne

Sophranie Champagne dit Beaugrand and Exeurie (Xavier) Myers