Finding Your Roots Take Four: Albert D. Seymour

Jean-Baptiste Couture who emigrated to the United States like 900,000 other French-Canadians now has several new descendants who knew nothing about their roots.

Well until now…

This is the case of all the descendants of Albert D. Seymour who was a son of Jean-Baptiste Couture. Albert was little Sophie’s brother. 

Albert D. Seymour was born around 1855 and he died on February 22, 1920 in  Grand Ledge, in Eaton County, Michigan. He was married to Laura Cramer on July 3, 1883 in Mt Pleasant, in Isabella County, Michigan. After Albert died, Laura remarried on July 11, 1920 with George P. Bartlett.

Albert D. Seymour and Laura Cramer had at least eight children.

Floyd M. Seymour
Mary Lavine Seymour
Lloyd M. Seymour
Clarence L. Seymour
Albert H. Seymour
Viva Seymour
George W. Seymour
Fred B. Seymour

This is the source… the 1900 U.S. Census.

Lloyd M. Seymour is our link to the person and her daughter who both wrote me about their Seymour lineage.

Now the people who contacted me only have to spread the good news around.

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Finding Your Roots Take Three: Sophie Couture

I have got to keep this simple.

Someone wrote me a message a month ago about her Seymour lineage.

Hello!

I was wondering if your family tree is possibly related to me so I can research my ancestors. My Grandpa was Lloyd Marshal Seymour and he had a daughter Viva Mary Seymour. Unfortunately this is all the information I have besides they lived in Michigan. Are they connected to your family tree? 

Strangely enough I had these people in my family tree. Strangely enough I was related to them although quite distantly. That person’s daughter asked me how we were related.

Little Sophie Couture is the one who reunited us and is responsible for all this. She’s a 3rd cousin 4 times removed.

Sophie Couture (1850 – )

Sophie Gauthier, Mother of Sophie

Ignace Gauthier  Father of Sophie

Thérèse Séguin Mother of Ignace

Marie-Anne Raizenne ( – 1787) Mother of Thérèse

François-de-Sales Séguin Son of Marie-Anne

Monique Séguin (1769 – 1832) Daughter of François-de-Sales

Eugénie Lalonde (1791 – 1824) Daughter of Monique

Julie Leroux (1823 – 1907)
Daughter of Eugénie

Léon Sauvé (1863 – 1918)
Son of Julie

Euclide Sauvé (1893 – 1977)
Son of Léon

 

1893-1977

Euclide is my grandfather.

Sophie Couture, my 3rd cousin 4 times removed, was baptized on February 13, 1850. 

She was 4 weeks-old. This is what is written on the baptisimal act. That would put her birthdate around January 16, 1850 in St-Ignace, Vaudreuil County in Quebec.

Sophie was the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Couture and Sophie Gauthier. Jean-Baptiste Couture became John Seymour when he emigrated to the United States. I don’t have much information on little Sophie Couture. She probably died young like so many children back in the 1800s.

We find Jean-Baptiste Couture in the 1880 U.S. Census. He is living in Michigan with his wife Sophia and his son Adolphes. John Seymour is said to be 66 years old. He would have been 30 when he got married in 1845 with Sophie Gauthier. Sophia is said to be 65. She would have been married when she was 29. That seems to be a little bit odd. Usually people back then would get married around 20 and have children every year or so.

But this same information is found again in the 1894 Michigan Census. John Seymour is listed as being 80 so is Sophia. So we have two sources with the same information.

It’s funny when you start searching for ancestors even if there are not your own.

This why I call it addiction, like this blog about genealogy. Now if we only could find old pictures of this family.

About pictures… We have one of Sophie Couture’s cousin. His name is Joseph Girard (Gerard). He is Sophie Gauthier’s nephew.

Joseph Girard is seen here with his wife Léocadie Neveu and some of his children.

The old man with the beard is Maxime Neveu with his wife Scholastique Lauzon beside him. Joseph Girard is on the far right while Léocadie Neveu is on the far left.

All these people lived in West Bay City, in Bay County, Michigan. The little girl in the middle in the front row is Jenny Girard.

This is Jenny.

This is what I found on her.

Birth
Name: Jennie Gerard
Birth Date: 15 Oct 1879
Birthplace: West Bay City, Bay, Michigan
Gender: Female

1880 U.S. Census
**Child** Jane Gerard **F** 7M

1900 U.S. Census Name
Jennie Girard
Residence West Bay city, Bay, Michigan
Birth Date Oct 1879
Birthplace Michigan

Marriage
Groom’s Name: Dolphis Lalonde
Bride’s Name: Jennie Gerard
Marriage Date: 16 Apr 1901
Marriage Place: West Bay City, Bay, Michigan

Jenny died of heart failure on October 9, 1903 in Essexville, Michigan. Her husband must have been devastated…

Finding Your Roots Take Two

This is the translation of the article I wrote on my blog Nos Ancêtres in February 2011.

Someone had written me about Sophie Gauthier and Jean-Baptiste Couture. Michel Lauzon is related to Rose Gauthier, Sophie’s sister.

As I discovered, some descendants whose name were Seymour were in fact descendants of Guillaume Couture.

I have found out since 2007 that when you start digging for your roots you come across other people’s ancestors. This blog has now more that 280 articles, 288 articles to be exact. 

So here we go with the translation of my article…

Guillaume Couture was John Seymour’s ancestor. John Seymour’s name was in fact Jean-Baptiste Couture. In 1845 he married Sophie Gauthier whose sister was Rose Gauthier, aka Larosae Gotié.

Guillaume Couture

I could not resist the temptation when Michel Lauzon sent me this e-mail…

Hi Pierre

When Sophie Couture was baptized (the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Couture and Sophie Gauthier) on February 13, 1850, in Coteau-du-Lac (St-Ignace ), the child is 4 weeks-old. It is written that the father is a laborer at Trout River. This would be in New-Brunswick…, but is there another place with the same name?

Is there a Trout River in Ontario? Often those guys would work for lumber companies… And Zéphirin Morel, I believe, also had done such a work…

Often when someone is found somewhere, other members of the family are close by.….

See you

Michel

So many questions…

There is a Trout River near Huntingdon, the town of mayor Stéphane Gendron.


Nicolas Gendron

This has to be the place where Jean-Baptiste Couture was working in 1850 when little Sophie was born.

Jean-Baptiste Couture emigrated to the United States like 900,000 other French-Canadians. Several descendants of Guillaume Couture are found in Michigan and probably most of them ignore their French-Canadian roots.

This is the case of the descendants of Albert D. Seymour, a son of Jean-Baptiste Couture.

Albert D. Seymour was born around 1855 and he died on February 22, 1920 in  Grand Ledge, in Eaton County, Michigan.

He was married to Laura Cramer on July 3, 1883 in Mt Pleasant, in Isabella County, Michigan. Laura remarried on July 11, 1920 with George P. Bartlett.

The Couture-Cramer couple had at least eight children.

Floyd M. Seymour
Mary Lavine Seymour
Lloyd M. Seymour
Clarence L. Seymour
Albert D. Seymour
Viva Seymour
George W. Seymour
Fred B. Seymour

Viva Seymour married George H. Roop on  June 8 juin, 1918, in Mason, in Ingham County, in Michigan.

As I wrote on Monday…


This will never stop…

Next time, more on the Seymours.

Finding Your Roots

This is the article I wrote on my blog Nos Ancêtres. It’s written in French. If you can read French then you know that some descendants whose name is Seymour are in fact descendants of Guillaume Couture.

This story in itself is quite amazing.

When you start digging for your roots you come across others’ ancestors. This is just one more case. I will translate this article next time for someone who contacted me last month.

Guillaume Couture est l’ancêtre de John Seymour, alias Jean-Baptiste Couture, celui qui a marié Sophie Gauthier, la soeur de Rose Gauthier, alias Larosae Gotié.

Guillaume Couture

Je n’ai pu résister à la tentation en lisant le courriel de Michel Lauzon…

Salut Pierre

Au baptême de Sophie Couture (fille de Jean-Baptiste Couture et de Sophie Gauthier) le 13 février 1850, Coteau-du-Lac (St-Ignace ), l’enfant est âgé de 4 semaines. Et il est mentionné que le père est journalier de la rivière à la Truite. Ce serait au Nouveau-Brunswick…, mais y a-t-il un autre endroit qui porterait ce nom?

Y a-t-il une rivière à la Truite en Ontario? Souvent ces gars travaillaient aussi pour des compagnies de bois… Et Zéphirin Morel, je crois, a aussi fait ce genre de travail…

Souvent quand quelqu’un se trouve à un endroit, il y a aussi d’autres membres de cette famille….

À la prochaine

Michel

Que de questions…

Il existe une rivière à la Truite près de Huntingdon, la ville du maire Stéphane Gendron.


Nicolas Gendron

C’est sûrement là que travaillait Jean-Baptiste Couture en 1850 quand sa petite Sophie est née.

Jean-Baptiste Couture s’est exilé aux États-Unis comme 900000 autres Canadiens-français. On retrouve donc plusieurs descendants de Guillaume Couture au Michigan qui l’ignorent.

Entre autres, les descendants du fils de Jean-Baptiste, Albert D. Seymour.

Albert D. Seymour est né vers 1855 et est décédé le 22 février 1920 à Grand Ledge, dans le comté d’Eaton au Michigan.

Il avait marié Laura Cramer le 3 juillet 1883 à Mt Pleasant, dans le comté d’Isabella au Michigan. Laura s’est remariée le 11 juillet 1920 avec George P. Bartlett.

Le couple Couture-Cramer eurent au moins huit enfants.

Floyd M. Seymour

Mary Lavine Seymour

Lloyd M. Seymour

Clarence L. Seymour

Albert H. Seymour

Viva Seymour

George W. Seymour

Fred B. Seymour

Viva s’est mariée avec George H. Roop le 8 juin 1918 à Mason dans le comté d’Ingham au Michigan.

Comme je le disais lundi…


This will never stop…