Monday, February 6, 2012

Post on Message Board leads to contact with the family of Joseph Jacques Stanislas Courchesne B1886, my Grand Uncle.

My Maternal Grandfather was Joseph Hector Euclid Courchesne born 12 Sep 1892, in Saint-Guillaume-d'Upton, Drummond, Quebec, Canada. His father Cyprien Courchesne born 11 Jun 1859, his mother Marie Delia Melançon born 12 Dec 1860, as well as 9 siblings were also born in Saint-Guillaume-d'Upton. Hector and his wife, Alice Chagnon born 28 Apr 1890, and four of his children came to Ware, Massachusetts in June 1924. Three other children including my mother, were born in Ware Ma.
I remember visits by family from Canada, when I was small. The only information that any of my family ,in the US ,could supply me, was for family on my Grandmothers side. No one had information or pictures for my Grandfathers side. My research resulted in the identification of Hectors siblings. I could not find any lines that led to living cousins. I decided to explore the message boards. I found one for the Courchesne family, with a post that was made in 2001 by someone looking for info on my Grandfather, Hector Courchesne, and a reply to the first post made in 2004, by the Grandson of Stanislas Courchesne, my Granduncle. I left a message in July of 2011. Jan 27th of 2012 I received an E-mail from the Great Granddaughter of Stanislas Courchesne. We exchanged multiple e-mails, with family information and pictures. I was very happy to receive a picture of Stanislas Courchesne B1886, his wife Marguerite Desserre B1889 and 9 of his 12 children. A wedding picture of his son Romeo Courchesne b1910 with wife, Blanche Ouellette, scans of the memory card, from the funerals of both Stanislas and his wife, pictures of family tomb stones from Belle Vallée , Ontario, Notre Dame de Bonsecour Cemetery. And, scans of several pages of hand written notes containing the names,  dates of birth and place of birth for all 12 of Stanislas’s children. Also, a list of the 12 children's,dates of marriage and the name of the person that they married.
Stanislas Courchesne B1886 and his wife Marguerite Desserre B1889 anniversary with 9 of their children (2) Stanislas Courchesne B1886 Marguerite Desserre B1889
Joseph Jacques Stanislas Courchesne B1886 & Family Joseph Jacques Stanislas Courchesne B1886 Marguerite Marie Rose Alba Desserre B1889

It turns out that, Stanislas moved from Quebec to Belle Vallée , Ontario, with his wife and his first 6 children, between Sept 1916 and Oct 1917. His sixth child was born in Quebec 19 Sept 1916, and his 7th  child was born in Ontario 28 Oct 1917. He was married 28 Jan 1907, in St-Guillaume-d`Upton, Québec. All of his first six children were born in Montréal,  Quebec, between 1907 and 1919. His last 6 children were born in Belle Vallée , Ontario, between 1917 and 1931. No Courchesne signed the record of marriage for Stanislas. The same thing took place with the 2nd marriage of his brother Hector, my Grandfather, in 1919. The only Courchesne that signed the record of Hectors 1st marriage in 1914, was his uncle NapolÃon Courchesne. Their father Cyprien Courchesne B1859, died 22 Oct 1913, Saint-Guillaume-d'Upton, Quebec. Their mother Marie Delia Melançon B1860 died 19 Jun 1902, in Saint-Guillaume-d'Upton, Quebec, several weeks after the birth of her daughter Antoinette Augustine Courchesne. Cyprien and Marie Delia had a total of 10 children born between 1884 and 1902. Stanislas was the 2nd and Hector was the 5th.
Stanislas’s ‘Family Group Sheet’ has been added to the ‘Geneology Reports’ page and the pictures have been added to the ‘Photo Albums’ page.

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