From all of us… who read this blog

In 2011 Paul was a complete stranger until he wrote this comment.

Dear Mr. Lagacé,

My name in Paul Dauphin and I live in North Carolina.  I very much enjoy receiving and reading your blogs every day.  

My mother (Florence Charbonneau) was from Ste-Anne des Plaines.  Her father was Arthur Charbonneau and her mother was Alice Leclerc.  Arthur’s father was Ovide Charbonneau (I enjoyed the hockey connection in one of your blogs).  She had two brothers: Remi and Flavien.  Flavien was a priest.  She also had a sister – Anita.  All are interred in Ste-Anne des Plaines, except my mother.  She is interred in St. Johnsbury, Vermont where I was born.

Ovide was married to Onezime VeZeau and their children were: Arthur (my grandfather),Joseph, Anna, Henri, and Rev. P. Albert.

All this is to introduce myself and put into context why I am so interested in your blogs.  I will be visiting Ste-Anne this July around the 12th to the 14th.  My wife and brother and I will be going to the cemetery to pay our respects to my aunts and uncles as well as the ancestors that haven’t met.  I am also trying to get in touch with some of my relatives who I haven’t seen in over 30 years.

I would very much like to meet you if that is possible.  I have many photographs in which you might be interested in for your research.  I have two photographs of old houses in Ste-Anne – one is the house of Ovide Charbonneau and the other is of the house of Francois Charbonneau.

I have many other old photos of  people in Ste-Anne that I would gladly share.

I have pictures of Laure Estelle and Sylvio Leveille, who are related and may be be related to you? Also of Gerard and Rita Alari.  Rita and Laure Estell are Charbonneaus.

In any case I would love to sit and chat with you and buy you the beverage of your choice.

At this time I have booked rooms at the Hotel Best Western Plus St. Jerome.  If you have a better suggestion closer to Ste-Anne it would be greatly appreciated.  

I hope that you don’t mind that I wrote to you in English (much easier for me) but I can try to write you in French if you prefer.  I read and speak French moderately well.  

Hoping to hear from you,


J. Paul Dauphin

Paul was much more than a reader on this blog and much more than a friend. Yesterday I have received a letter from Paul’s wife. I knew what it was all about.

Rest in peace Paul…

Paul Daupĥin

Joseph Leo Paul Dauphin (1940-2020)

Célestine Sauvé

I don’t have a photo to show you of Célestine Sauvé. I wish I had one.

Célestine Sauvé was a devout person. That’s what Lucie told me in an email she sent after she first made contact by writing a comment on Our Ancestors about a closed case.

Célestine Sauvé and her children had built a shrine.

This is what Lucie wrote me.

Célestine and her children built a shrine to the Virgin Mary and it still stands today. They were an extremely devout family and probably prayed for a better life for all of them. That was not to be. On February 18, 1921, Ovide Neveu passed away (he was only 24!), leaving the elderly mother, two sons and two daughters to keep the farm going. Dominique was the only one to marry and naturally he had to fend for his own family. Célestine sold the big farm and purchased a much smaller one, 50 acres, one that she could handle with her son Edmond and daughters Fabiana and Antonia.

The shrine must have been quite something back then. It is in ill repair now as the attached picture shows; you probably can’t make it out, but it says Notre-Dame de Caledonia Springs at the top. People stopped by frequently, including some who prayed for their sick family members to recover from various ailments. Some expressed an urgent need for respite, so Célestine took their sick ones in. She and her daughters cared for them, fed then nutritious food fresh from their garden, and perhaps even made them drink the various types of water from the springs. I am quite sure they prayed a lot. So fresh air, calm surroundings and good care may well have had a positive effect on some of those sick people. The rumors about some recoveries started; the folks around here claimed miracles were occurring on Ritchance Road… I think not.

Célestine rests in peace with her husband and three of her children: Ovide, Edmond and Antonia.

Zotique Neveu, Célestine’s husband, was related to the Neveu family who emigrated to the United States. Lucie is now in the process of finding more about them, so in a sense, a case is never closed on Our Ancestors.


Sunday July 7, 1822

This is one of the most important days in my life. July 7, 1822 was the day my maternal great-great-grandfather was born.

Honoré Sauvé was the son of Joseph Sauvé and Catherine Martin. I had found that out in 1979 when my daughter was born. It was a few days after she was born that I started to get interested with my daughter’s ancestors by filling out her baby book.

My mother was still living so I could ask her who was her paternal grandfather and some more information on her mother Rosina Quesnel’s parents.

My interest was rekindled in July 2007 when my brother brought me some old photos from the past that our aunt Evelyne had.

This is one of them… Honoré Sauvé with his wife Julie Leroux. My mother had written a caption on the back… grand-père du père, grandfather of father.

Léon Sauvé’s photo was also in group of photos brought by my brother.

Léon Sauvé died on September 8, 1918 from pneumonia. I think it could have been from the Spanish Flu, but I am not certain.

This is another photo brought by brother at that time. He is Joseph Sauvé who married three times.

I don’t think I have ever been in contact with his descendants nor that I have shared my research on him.

Which brings me to this comment I got last week on Our Ancestors. It was about a post I had written on a closed case…

Good morning! I just stumbled upon your info and my jaw dropped. Célestine Sauvé married Zotique Neveu in Lefaivre Ontario on 1895-02-11.He was the son of Louis Neveu and Euchariste Leblanc. Louis died on 1926-05-01 whereas Euchariste passed away on 1933-02-23; both are buried in the St-Victor (catholic) cemetery in Alfred, plot Q5. Célestine was my great-grandfather’s sister. Zotique Neveu passed away on 1927-11-20 in a hospital in Montréal and was buried in Alfred two days later. Célestine died on 1937-08-29. Both their remains were buried in the Alfred cemetery. plot K7. Célestine was a very devout catholic to the point of building a grotto dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The grotto is currently in poor repair, but still stands on Ritchance Road.

To be continued…