Gettysburg July 3rd, 1863, a Time to Remember the Fallen

Many soldiers died at Gettysburg.

One of them was Jude Newcity, Calista’s son. This is what I found during my search for Calista’s identity.

I thought posting this was important.

Jude’s Service Record:

Enlisted as a Private on 11 September 1862 at the age of 18.

Enlisted in Company G, 13th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 10 October 1862.

Killed Company G, 13th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 3 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. Burial spot unknown.

Birth: 1844


Franklin County

Vermont, USA

Death: July 3, 1863

Pennsylvania, USA

Sources for the above information:

– Roster of Vermont Volunteers During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66, (1892)

– History of the 13th Vermont Volunteers, (1910)

– These Honored Dead: The Union Casualties at Gettysburg, (Longstreet House, 1988)


JUDE NEWCITY was born in the town of Enosburg in 1844, volunteered under President Lincoln’s call for 300,000 nine months’ men and joined Company G, 13th Vt. Vols., Infantry.

He was a mere lad and hardly ever had been away from home for a single night before enlistment. A green country boy, pure in thought, chaste in speech and modest in demeanor, correct in his habits, and diligent in the pursuit of knowledge as to his new duties as a soldier. Too young for the hardships of camp and march and the awful scenes and carnage of the battlefield. He was anxious to join the army and fight for the Union. He inherited patriotic devotion for the land that stood for liberty and freedom. He comprehended beyond his years the wicked and dastardly motives of those who sought to destroy the Union of States and establish the barbarous and inhuman institution of American slavery throughout the land.

None of the boys of company G rejoiced more, when President Lincoln sent forth his Emancipation Proclamation. He was now more anxious than ever with all his mind, strength and devotion to fight for his home and overnment. After he enquired of his officers and comrades if we should conquer General Lee’s army. Not one of the boys of Company G were more faithful, obedient and courteous than Comrade Newcity. He was a good boy, soldier, brave, conscientious and true with innocent faith and abiding confidence that all would come out for the best. He often spoke of home and the loved ones he left behind and with affectionate manifestations spoke of the prospect of reunion when the war was over. He seemed to think one great battle would end the conflict and that was near at hand. On the march to Gettysburg he frequently said we will have a mighty battle and then the war will be over. To this boy soldier I became strongly attached and sincerely hoped he might be safely returned to home and schoolmates and friends. I could not bear the thought that such should be sacrificed on the field of battle.

On the second day of the battle after the charge when we retook our cannon that General Longstreet’s men had captured cheerfully said, “We shall win the day and then for home.”

He was killed the following day, July 3rd, 1863.

Source: History of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers


Non-Cemetery Burial

Specifically: Died in battle at Gettysburg, Pa

Burial unknown.

Jude Newcity never knew his roots. Two of his ancestors were soldiers: Mathurin Villeneuve with the Carignan-Salières regiment, in 1665, who fought the Iroquois, and Jacques Aveline with the Berry regiment, in 1760, who fought the British at the Battle of Sainte-Foy.

Only a few remembered Jude Newcity who left no descendants to honor his memory.

Burial unknown!


This is why I thought posting this was important. 

Jacques Avelines, one of Susan’s Ancestor

Do you remember how this amazing story started…?

Calista Who?

That’s the only thing we had and a few notes Susan had written about Calista.

Calista Who was in fact Colette Aveline and Edward Newcity was Édouard Villeneuve.

Colette’s ancestor was Jacques Avelines who was a soldier who took part in the last battle of Quebec.

Jacques Avelines was a soldier with the Berry Regiment.

Everything Susan would want to know about her ancestor Jacques Avelines, the Seven Years’ War and the battles of 1759 and 1760 is here.

Jacques Avelines was at the battle of Sainte-Foy.

He survived the battle and he stayed in New France.

Jacques Avelines married Madeleine Asselin on November 10, 1760.

After, the rest is history…


Susan sent me this on Sunday morning.

It’s the parish record of the marriage of Jean-Baptiste Aveline and Marie Végiard dite Labonté I was looking for.

They got married on 15 September, 1800, at Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire church in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.

Susan sent me this on Monday morning.

On August 3rd, 1818, little Scholastique St-Jules was born…

She died on June 25th, 1890…

Her memory will live forever

I Could Not Resist

I could not resist the temptation of looking for Colette Aveline’s own ancestors.

The only record I need to find her father’s parents is the marriage act of Jean-Baptiste Aveline and Marie Végiard dite Labonté.

But I can’t find it. I believe Jean-Baptiste Aveline and Marie Végiard dite Labonté got married around 1800.

I have found Jean-Baptiste Aveline’s second and third marriage though, but it does not help much because most often the parents’ names are not included when the man is a widower or the woman is a widow.

second marriage in 1840

third marriage in 1848

I even found Jean-Baptiste Aveline dit St-Judes in the 1852 Canadian Census with his third wife Marie Soulange Gauthier dite Landreville.

Click here for the 1852 Canadian Census

The census record says Jean-Baptiste Aveline dit St-Judes was born in St-Denis.

I know for sure Colette’s ancestor is Jacques Avelines. He was a soldier in the Berry Regiment.

The Régiment de Berry :

Origin: Berry Region

In the beginning, the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Régiment de Berry were to be mobilized to India. However, the regiment’s destination was changed when Montcalm and Vaudreuil requested reinforcements: it landed in New France at the end of July 1757. The two battalions were stationed in Québec. In 1758, the regiment was sent to Carillon and contributed to its history. At the end of August, the regiment, which at first comprised 908 soldiers, had been reduced to 723 as a result of the battles that proved fatal for many. The remaining troops were not sent back to Québec for the Battle of the Plains of Abraham because their services were still needed at Carillon. However, they joined in the Battle of Sainte-Foy30.

The uniform worn by soldiers of the Régiment de Berry was also greyish-white, with red turnback cuffs, but it had five buttons instead of three, like the de la Reine and Guyenne Regiments. The justaucorps also had double vertical pockets fastened with six buttons. The jacket was red, the breeches and stockings greyish-white, the shoes black with metal buckles and the gaiters white. As for the tricorn, it was made of black felt and trimmed with gold braid31. (Source)

Click here for more info on that regiment.

Jacques Avelines married Madeleine Asselin on November 10, 1760, at Ste-Famille, Île d’Orléans.

Jacques Avelines was born around 1738 in Troyes, Champagne, in France. He was probably baptized at St-Just-Sauvage. The name St-Jude must have come from this since there is no St-Jude close to Troyes.

Since Colette Aveline’s father is 73 in 1852, according to the census, placing his birthyear around 1779, Jacques Aveline has so be Jean-Baptiste’s father.

Of course the marriage record of Jean-Baptiste Aveline and Marie Végiard dite Labonté would validate all this, but then we would have to look at a lot of pages in parish registers to find it.

There are no other Aveline ancestor in New France except Jacques Avelines. He is probably the sole ancestor of all the Avelines, Aveline, Aveline dit St-Jules, St-Jules, Aveline dit St-Jude, and  St-Jude in North America.

I think we can safely close this case with this last piece of evidence, a baptism act found in the parish record of St-Denis in 1779.

Guess who are the parents of little Jean-Baptiste Aveline?

The father even signed the document with the godmother.