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In 2007, I joined Ancestry.com. It never occurred to me that online, unsourced trees were inaccurate. I essentially “copied” my entire Acadian family from potentially erroneous public trees and never looked back. Although my newer entries are sourced, a visit to Stephen A. White, at Moncton University’s Centre d’Études Acadiennes [Center for Acadian Studies] in 2014, revealed a number of errors. I am determined to start from scratch, and verify that I have all available records beginning with the 30 direct ancestors, connected to my maternal grandmother. This includes her parents, grandparents, g-grandparents and g-g-grandparents.
To keep the project manageable, I will write of one ancestor each week.
Prior Weeks (click on a name to read the sketch)
Week #1 – Yvonne Marie (Roy) Billings
Week #2 – Pius/Paul Dost Roy
Week #3 – Marie Laura “Laura” Melanson
Week #4 – Docité OR Dosithée Roy
Week #5 – Victoire LeBlanc
Week #6 – Magloire Melanson
7. Ausithe/Osite/Osithe Dupuis, daughter of Jean-Bénoni DuPuis and Nathalie Boudreau, was born on 15 Jun 1867 (Registres de la paroissede Memramcook, vol/page M-27A) and baptized as Marie Ausithe Dupuis at Memramcook, Westmorland, New Brunswick the following day. She was perhaps born in Scoudouc. Scoudouc would not become a parish until 1907; it was therefore administered by priests from Memramcook, Saint-Anselme, or Shediac.
Ausithe’s marriage record lists a birthplace of Scoudouc; death record lists a birthplace of Memramcook, her parents were enumerated in the district of Dorchester in 1861 and Scoudouc at Dorchester Road in Shediac Parish in 1871 .
Known siblings (found in the Registres de la paroisse de Memramcook, index général 1806-1900 – document here) include:
- Eustache: b. 30 Jun 1854, Memramcook vol/page 8-64
- Marie: b. 13 May 1857 Memramcook vol/page 8-131; buried 14 April 1868 Memramcook vol/page M-53
- Ferdinand: b. 15 Nov 1859, Memramcook vol/page 9-20 – twin
- Philias #1: b. 15 Nov 1859 Memramcook vol/page 9-20 – twin; buried 25 Dec 1859 Memramcook vol/page 9-24
- Philias #2: b. 15 Jun 1862, Memramcook vol/page 9-90
- Antoine: b. 16 Oct 1864, Memramcook vol/page 9-174 AND
- Bibianne: who was baptized May 1871 at St Jacques, Scoudouc (image on Ancestry.com here)
1871 census – Ausithe was three and enumerated as Osit, in Scoudouc at Dorchester Road in Shediac Parish, with her parents and siblings; she is a neighbor to her future husband, Magloire Melanson [see red arrow in image].
The family is indexed on Ancestry.com as:
William, 47 [likely Jean-Bénoni]
Sarah, 44, [likely Nathalie]
Natash, 15, [likely Eustache]
Fardinan, 11, [likely Ferdinand]
Phileos, 8, [likely Philias]
Antony, 5, [likely Antoine]
Osit, 3, [likely Ausithe]
Libane, 1/12, [likely Bibianne]
John Dupee 80, [“John” is likely related to Jean-Bénoni, but the relationship is unknown].
Ausithe’s parents and John can not read or write (the census question was only asked of those over age 20). No one in the family was attending school.
In 1871, Ausithe’s father owned 100 acres of land, twelve of which were improved, with one dwelling house. They had one plow or cultivator and one car/wagon or sled.
The farm appeared to be much smaller that that of their Melanson neighbors. They produced twenty-five bushels of oats, fourteen of buckwheat and fifteen of potatoes.
The family had no horses, one milk cow, two sheep and two swine/pigs (one pig was exported or slaughtered). They produced seven pounds of wool and thirty yards of homemade cloth/flannel.
Jean-Bénoni also lumbered 125 standard spruce and other logs, two cords of tan bark (which might have been used for fuel) and four cords of firewood.
Ausithe’s father died between 1871 and 1881. His death entry has not been located in parish or civil records.
1881 census – Ausithe was 14, enumerated as Osite, in Scoudouc at Dorchester Road, Shediac Parish, with her widowed mother and siblings; although the census microfilm is unreadable in places, she is still a neighbor of the Melansons. No one in the family is attending school.
The family is indexed on Ancestry.com as:
Ferdinand 20, farmer
Natallie 53, [Nathalie]
Eustash 26, farm laborer [Eustache]
Phillias 18, farm laborer [Philias]
Osite 14, [Ausithe]
Bibienne 9, [Bibianne]
On Sunday, 8 Feb 1891, Ausithe/Osite Dupuis married Magloire Melanson son of Laurent Melanson and Pélagie Leger.
On that date, Magloire was reported as a farmer residing in “Scoudouc near Shediac” (likely Dorchester Road; the same farm owned by his father). They were neighbors and likely knew one another their entire lives. Father Louis-Joseph-Octave Lecours, of the College of Saint Joseph in Memramcook, who was in charge of the Scoudouc mission for 24 years, until 1892, was the officiating clergyman. The couple was married at the church of Scoudouc, near Shediac (St. Jacques), in the presence of witnesses Joseph Bourque and Bibiane Dupuis (Ausithe’s sister).
To view several old church photos, on the McCord Museum website – click here
1891 census – Later that year, the couple was enumerated in Scoudouc, Shediac Parish, with Magloire listed as a general laborer; it seems he had assumed the position of head of household on his late father’s farm. Although it is his brother Peter/Pierre who is noted with the occupation of farmer. Living with them were Magloire’s widowed mom and Magloire’s single siblings:
- Magloire,laborer, 25
- Osite, 23
- Peter [Pierre], farmer, 21
- Pélagie, general house, 56
- Osite, servant, 23
- Madeleine, servant, 21
- Marie, 13
- Zelica, 9
No one in the family could read or write.
Ausithe’s widowed mother, a few brothers and their families are still nearby, running her deceased father’s farm.
Scoudouc in 1893
https://archive.org/details/cihm_00208), is a book of the testimonies of the children between ages seven and eleven, and a few adults, who supposedly saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the local school at Scoudouc, in the fall of 1893. The book is of further value as it describes life in Scoudoc and the school at Dorchester Road, likely the school of the Dupuis and Melanson children (although it is unclear if any of my direct ancestors actually attended school). Since Ausithe and Magloire married in 1891, neither they or their children were likely present to see the apparitions, but were surely friends, neighbors and relatives of those quoted.1896 (
Following is an excerpt (with the aid of google translate; since I don’t know French):
“The mission of Scoudouc is located in the county Westmoreland, New Brunswick, midway, or so between Memramcook and Shediac. It’s rugged plain contrasts with the mountainous terrain rising south and southwest of the county. Here, the traveler will not find around town the church, as in most of the parishes of the province of Quebec and some of ours in Acadia. All householders are farmers; they are mounted on a corner of their percent acres of land, and this is what explains why houses are scattered over a distance of four or five miles. The soil of this area is very fertile, and people who deal exclusively with the culture of their land, reap, year after year, an abundant yield to maintain in a modest competence….
The mission today is close to a hundred and twenty families. Its inhabitants are labor serious, sober, honest and good Catholics. They obey the priest with a primitive docility and their piety and obedience to the divine offices are in general, really uplifting. In most families, the rosary is recited together, every night of the year”…
Processions are made to the honor of the Blessed Virgin, the faithful always attend. Hence one can conclude that devotion to the Mother of God is firmly rooted in the heart of these populations and that if, in our country, a group of Catholics deserved special favors from Mother which is in heaven, it is the faithful of St. Jacques, Scoudouc. We have already said that this mission extends over an area of several square miles. it includes the District of Scoudouc itself and those of Painsec, Meadow Brook and Dorchester Road. The latter village is so-called because of the first group of settlers in District Shédiac in the direction of Dorchester. It is located two miles from the church Scoudouc, on the way to Shediac. In the area Dorchester Road, we see a rising school at the corner of the highway and Belliveau, whose direction is west to east. It is a building of 32 x 20 feet and its appearance is poor both within and outside. In front of the school, there are willows to shade the children where they go to sit or to rest after their games, or to shelter from the sun in the summer. The path of Belliveau and small yard adjacent to the school provide a place of recreation for students. The interior of this village school is as simple and humble in appearance A large pole of wood stands in the middle of the aisle, there are twenty-two desks. At the bottom of the class, there is a desk reserved for the teacher. Behind this desk stands a table in black to use for writing, arithmetic and mathematics lessons. A large world map runs until the bottom of the wall, the interior is covered with wall paper whose background is yellow”…
Ausithe’s death – 1897
Ausithe died on 28 Aug 1897, age 30 and 2 months, of consumption, after two years of illness, in Scoudouc and was buried two days later. Her children were about five and two. They were likely raised by their grandmothers and aunts (who were neighbors) and later their step-mother Judith Cormier.
No photos of Ausithe are known to exist, but she perhaps resembled her sister Bibianne, pictured below.