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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 in each post.
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
Week #10 – Georges LeBlanc
Week #11 – Madeleine LeBlanc
Week #12 – Laurent Melanson
Week #13 – Pélagie Leger
Week # 14 – Jean-Bénoni DuPuis
15. Nathalie Sarah Boudreau, likely the daughter of Thaddee Boudreau and Louise/Lucille Melanson, was probably born in April in either 1826/7 or 1828 in Memramcook, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canada.
There is no baptismal record at Memramcook during any of these years of a Nathalie Boudreau, or of any other Nathalie who might have been known by the name Boudreau.(however her civil death record dated 1908, indicates she was born at Memramcook eighty-one years earlier). The 1901 census puts her birth at April 1826, rather than 1827, and the 1861 census places her birth in 1828).
Renowned Acadian genealogist Stephen A. White and my mtDNA results offer evidence of Nathalie’s parentage, Stephen writes:
There were only four Boudreau families in Memramcook who were having children in 1828, and among these, that of Thaddée Boudreau and Lucille Melanson appears to be the only one with a “gap” in which Nathalie might have been born, and this “gap” coincides with early 1828. (They were married in January 1827, but their first previously known child was born near the end of 1829.) So, it looks like Nathalie could have been a daughter of that couple, and that the priest for some reason forgot to
record her baptism. Thaddée and Lucille also had a daughter named Domithilde, who in 1857 married Denis Dupuis, another son of Joseph Dupuis and Anne Richard. As multiple intermarriages among Acadian families were common, this makes it seem all the more plausible that Nathalie was likewise a daughter of Thaddée and Lucille.
If the above suppositions are correct, then your maternal-line ancestry would run back to Geneviève Lefranc through Apolline Forest (m Joseph Melanson), Anne Bourque (m to Paul Forest), Marie Thériot (m Jean-Baptiste Bourque), Marguerite Cormier (m Claude Thériot), Marguerite LeBlanc (m François Cormier), and Catherine Hébert(m Jacques LeBlanc). Catherine was of course the daughter of Geneviève Lefranc and Antoine Hébert.
My mtDNA results do match those of other testers (nine as of this posting, but with one mutation, 16189C ) who report lineage to Geneviève Lefranc (all trees have been verified): click here to view mtDNA results at acadian-home.org compiled by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.
Nathalie is not with this family in 1851, nor was she located elsewhere in the Canadian census returns.
If she is part of this family, her known siblings include:
- Henriette baptized 26 Oct 1829 in Memramcook, married Olivier Moise Bourgeois, died 22 March 1899 in Memramcook.
- Domitille baptized 4 June 1832 in Memramcook (listed with the family in 1851 census)
- Osite baptized 15 December 1834 in Memramcook (listed with the family in 1851 census)
- Euphémie baptized 28 Aug 1837 in Memramcook (listed with the family in 1851 census)
- Delfin born bout 1840 (listed with the family in 1851/61 censuses)
- Ferdinand born about 1844 (listed with the family in 1851/61/71 censuses), by 1900 he was residing in Fitchburg, Massachusetts where he died 11 November 1917. He married Domitilde Gautreau, according to death records, daughter of Thaddee Gautreau and Marguerite Melanson. She died in 1913.
- Rosanna born bout 1851 (listed with the family in 1851 census)
She married Bénoni Dupuis at Memramcock on 3 August 1852.
Known children included:
- Eustache, baptized Memramcook, 30 Jun 1854 [8-64]; appears on a farm in Malakoff with his parents, brother’s Ferdinand’s family and finally Phillias’ family; no marriage or children found; likely died 10 Apr 1914 in Scoudouc (laborer, died of dropsy after six months illness – record here).
- Marie, baptized Memramcook, 13 May 1857 [8-131]; buried Memramcook 14 April 1868 [M-53].
- Ferdinand, twin, baptized Memramcook, 15 Nov 1859 [9-20]; married Olive Melanson, daughter of Laurent Melanson and Pelagie Leger (his sister Osite married Olive’s brother); he was buried 1890 at Scoudouc, age 30 [record here].
- Phillias #1, twin, baptized Memramcook, 15 Nov 1859 [9-20]; buried Memramcook 25 Dec 1859 [9-24]
- Phillias #2, baptized Memramcook, 15 Jun 1862 [9-90]; married Adeline Melanson, daughter of Hippolyte Melanson and Anne Melanson; in 1911 he was enumerated on the farm in Malakoff. He likely died 5 Dec 1918, in Malacoff, age 56 from Influenza.
- Antoine, baptized Memramcook, 16 Oct 1864 [9-174]; buried 1876 Scoudouc, age 12 [record here].
- Ausithe/Osite, baptized Memramcook 16 Jun 1867 [M-27A] – see sketch week #7.
- Marie Bibianne, baptized Scoudouc 15 Mar 1871 ; married Jaddus Melanson, son of Pierre Melanson and Madeleine LeBlanc, in Scoudouc. She died 1 Dec 1950 in Springhill Jct., Cumberland, Nova Scotia from Breast Cancer (record here).
1861 Census – see Benoni’s sketch for images/details.
In 1861, Benoni, Nathalie and their three children, with several of Joseph’s siblings, resided on a farm adjacent to his father’s, in Scoudouc, which in 1866 became known as Malakoff (by 1898 Malakoff was a farming and lumbering settlement with 1 store and a population of 150 so it was likely a smaller community in 1861).
1871 Census – see Benoni’s sketch for images/details.
In 1871, the family is enumerated on the same farm.
Benoni died between 1871 and 1881, likely after 1875. His death entry has not been located in parish or civil records. Nathalie Sarah’s father Thaddee passed away on 15 October 1875, in Memramcook, New Brunswick, at the age of 70.
In 1881, a widowed Nathalie is enumerated in the household of her son Ferdinand along with several of her children, in Scoudouc at Dorchester Road, Shediac Parish, a farm which Ferdinand had purchased of his father in 1875, for two hundred pounds. Ferdinand later took a mortgage on the land; which was noted as land in Malakoff.
The census microfilm is unreadable in places, 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]
Her son Ferdinand passed away on 17 September 1890, in Scoudouc, New Brunswick, at the age of 30.
By 1891, Nathalie resides with her son Philias’ who appears to be running her deceased husband’s farm with his young family. Her son Eustache and her daughter Ausithe Melanson and their families reside nearby (or perhaps on the same farm). The census notes that Nathalie can not read.
Her daughter Osite/Ausithe passed away on 28 August 1897, in Scoudouc, New Brunswick, at the age of 30. Nathalie resided next door to her young grandchildren by Ausithe, Laura and Melesse Melanson who were ages five and two. Nathalie’s mother Lucille Louise passed away on 27 September 1898, in New Brunswick, at the age of 95.
In 1901, Nathalie continued to reside with her son Philias and his family on the farm. Her son Eustache resides with them:
Nathalie died on 07 May 1908 of “general disease” in Scoudouc, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canada.