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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
Week #7 – Ausithe/Osite Dupuis
Week #8 – Joseph Roy/Roi (King)
Week #9 – (Judith) Angélique Belliveau
10. Georges LeBlanc, son and fourth known child of Sifroi LeBlanc and Victoire Bastarache, was baptized on 09 Feb 1844 in Bouctouche, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada.
According to Stephen A. White, Georges’ full siblings included: Madeline, Jacques, Aime and Sifroi (see his handwritten notes below)
In 1861 Georges (White) LeBlanc, age 16, and mother Victoire are living in Wellington Parish with step-father Julian LeBlanc & half-siblings. Next door (or nearby) is Georges future wife Madeleine (White) LeBlanc, age 18 who resides with her parents Joseph & Marguerite and siblings Daniel and Oliver.
As mentioned in prior posts:
– Joseph LeBlanc & Marguerite Collet had a son name Georges and a daughter named Madeleine.
– Sifroi LeBlanc & Victoire Bastarache had a son name Georges and a daughter named Madeleine.
One child from each family married the other – Georges to Madeleine and Georges to Madeleine!
Georges married Madeleine of Joseph LeBlanc & Marguerite Collet in Bouctouche on 2 May 1864. They were both about 20 years of age.
You are noticing that the marriage record from the Drouin indexes does not specifically name Georges and Madeleine’s parents. Stephen White has been working these families for decades! He has been able to determine the likelihood of who was married to whom and born to whom because he has studied the entire population. There are likely additional analyses and records to which I do not have access or that I have not reviewed (like all of the birth/marriage/death records of each of their children).
According to Stephan A. White, the couple had eleven known children (I did not spend much time gathering records for them as this is a project for my “to do” list when I next visit Moncton, but I welcome additional information from cousins!):
- Victoire (my direct ancestor, see week #5 sketch)
- Henriette – She married Vital Roy 22 April 1887 at Ste Marie, son of Joseph Roy/Roi (King) and (Judith) Angélique Beliveau. He was a brother to Victorie’s husband. She died, age 23 on 20 Oct 1890 of consumption, and was buried at Mont-Carmel (record here and here).
They had one known child:
(a) Georges, b. 13 Mar 1889, St. Mary’s (PANB birth); d. 1892, age 3, buried 6 June in Ste Marie de Mont- Carmel (Drouin Collection death)
- Matilde – She died in 1890, cause unknown, age 21, no known children (record here).
- Vitaline – She died in 1871, as an infant (record here).
- Eugenie – She married Richard LeBlanc, 7 Sept 1891, in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent (record here). She died in Ste-Marie-de-Kent, age 61, on 30 Oct 1933 (record here)
- Zelia – She married David Caissie 18 Nov 1895 and died 7 Feb 1944. Thanks to a Facebook friend for providing details!
- Nerie – He married Marguerite LeBlanc, daughter of ___zade and Genevieve LeBlanc, on 03 Feb 1902, at St Mary’s (record here). He married second Alice Cormier, daughter of Josue (?) Cormier and Marie Melançon, on 15 Feb 1912 at St Mary’s (record here).
- Adelard – He married Emma Gaudet, daughter of John Gaudet and Veronique Maillet, on 26 Nov 1906, at St Mary’s (record here). He died 9 June 1912 (record here).
- Sara – may have died 10 Dec 1905 in Ste-Marie, age 21, of consumption, no parents named on the death entry (record here).
- Annie – Married Sylvain Gaudet, son of Laurant and Genevieve LeBlanc, Mar 1905, at St Mary’s (record here), she was the last to die. Thanks to a Facebook friend for locating her obituary in Evangeline Newspaper dated 9 Jan 1970.
In 1871, the family was enumerated in Wellington Parish (possibly in or near Ste Marie; Wellington was established in 1814 and included Saint Mary Parish until 1867) .
- George, 27 (unable to read or write);
- Madeleine, 27 (unable to write);
- Victoire, 6;
- Henriette, 4;
- Matilde, 2;
- Vitaline, 2 months
Georges owned 50 acres of land, 25 of which was improved and included one dwelling house and one barn/stable. They had two carriages/sleighs; four cars/wagons or sleds; two plows or cultivators. The family had one horse over three years old, five sheep and four swine/pigs. Two swine had been killed or sold for slaughter or export. They produced nice pounds of wool; thirty-three yards of homemade cloth/flannel and three yards of homemade linen.
They dedicated one acre to producing five bushels of spring wheat, one bushel of barley, 300 bushels of oats, 15 bushels of rye and 35 bushels of buckwheat. Two acres produced 160 bushels of potatoes and two bushels of turnips. One and half acres were dedicated to producing the hay crop (one ton of 2,000 pound bundles of 16 pounds of hay), one and a half bushels flax-seed and five pounds of flax or hemp. He also produced 100 pounds of maple syrup. The land produced sixteen cords of firewood.
Georges was a fisherman. He did not own any type of water vessel but reported 23 fathoms of nets and seizes of all sorts (a fathom is about six feet) . He caught 1/3 barrel gaspareaux (name of a common salt-water fish of Acadia, also called alewife), ten barrels of oysters and 10 barrels of other fishes (not defined – see list of fishes that were categorized in image below).
In 1881, the family was enumerated in Ste Marie, St Mary’s Parish.
- George, 38;
- Madeleine, 38;
- Victoire, 15;
- Henriette, 13 (attending school);
- Matilde, 11 (attending school);
- Eugenie, 8;
- Milie Zeliah (Zelie), 6,
- Nerie, 1;
- Marguerite, 1 month
Georges died on 14 Feb 1891 in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick, of consumption, he was 47 and had been sick for a year. I did not locate his grave during my 2015 visit or at http://www.acadian-cemeteries.acadian-home.org/frames.html