My sister Lorraine, part 2

Previously, I blogged about my sister Lorraine who died at the age of 5 months.  Her death registration erroneously listed her age as 5 years instead of 5 months.  I was able to have Manitoba Vital Statistics correct that information, and I now have both a birth certificate and accurate death certificate for her.

Birth certificate for Lorraine Hogue

Birth certificate for Lorraine Hogue

Death certificate for Lorraine Hogue

Death certificate for Lorraine Hogue

As was the custom of the time, my sister was buried in an unmarked grave in La Salle Cemetery.  My brothers and I had a grave marker made and installed this summer.  Lorraine’s marker is between that of her great-grandparents Thomas Hogue and Philomene Mcmillan, and that of her great-uncle Louis Hogue.

Lorraine Hogue's grave in La Salle Cemetery

Lorraine Hogue’s grave in La Salle Cemetery

Still more moves

I’ve written about the various moves the Girardin and Bernardin families made in their quest for more economic opportunities. What determined, hard-working people our ancestors were! To move from Quebec to Massachusetts to St. Daniel (Carman) to St. Alphonse/Bruxelles… and they weren’t finished yet.

Farming conditions had not been very favourable in the 1890s in the prairies, and wheat prices were not high. For various reasons, the families were choosing to move again. Many of Louise Bernardin’s brother Joseph’s family moved to Elie, Manitoba, a new community about 30 km. west of Winnipeg. There’s a fascinating local history book, Treasures of Time: The Rural Municipality of Cartier, 1914-1984, that has a great deal of information about the Bernardin family. Joseph’s son, Louis, married Lea Dufresne, whose father, Elie Dufresne, was one of the town’s first settlers. Apparently the town was named after him.

After Onesime Allard’s death, Napoleon Girardin moved his family to La Salle ( a subject for another post).

At some point, Louise Bernardin’s daughter, Caroline Girardin Hamel, moved to Ste. Anne. In 1915 she married Damase Dion.

Here’s a map showing all the places in Manitoba where the families homesteaded.

Manitoba places
The most surprising move to me, however, was that of Louise Bernardin and her second husband, Bruno Charbonneau, who left Manitoba to go back to Worcester, Massachusetts, about 1898!  Louise was 74 and Bruno about 71. They lived at 6 Southgate Street, and Bruno did find employment, according to the Worcester, Massachusetts City Directory.


Worcester City Directory 1898

Worcester City Directory 1898

It’s likely that once in Massachusetts, Louise would have occasion to visit, or receive visits from, family members such as her son Charles, and her daughter Rosilda, who lived in Massachusetts. Perhaps she also was able to visit with her sister Marie Elyse who still lived in Warwick, Quebec.

Tragically, on December 16, 1904, Bruno died suddenly of a heart attack.

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 from Ancestry

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 from Ancestry

By 1907 Louise had returned to La Salle to live with her son Napoleon. There would have been several great-grandchildren by this point.  My Dad would be born in 1909, so Louise would have had the opportunity to hold that great-grandchild.

Louise Bernardin died June 2, 1912 at the age of 87, having outlived two husbands.  She is buried in the La Salle Cemetery, in the same plot as her grandson Arthur. Although her gravestone gives her year of birth as 1825, her baptismal record states 1824.


Grave of "Grandma Louise" La Salle Cemetery

Grave of “Grandma Louise”
La Salle Cemetery

And this is the descent from Louise to Mémère:

1-Marie Louise BERNARDIN (24 Sep 1824-2 Jun 1912)
+Paul GIRARDIN (14 Oct 1804-29 Sep 1878)
2-Napoleon GIRARDIN (8 Apr 1851-16 May 1929)
+Onesime ALLARD (20 May 1852-29 May 1896)
3-Marie Emma GIRARDIN (23 Jun 1878-28 Aug 1979)

The Girardins move again

In 1885, the Girardin and Bernardin families were on the move again. They sold their properties near present-day Carman, Manitoba and moved to a newly-created settlement area near St. Alphonse and Bruxelles. We don’t know the reason for this move, but can assume that it was in pursuit of better economic opportunities.

As before, the family members moved together, and chose to settle very near to each other. Louise, her sons Napoleon, Edouard, Simeon, Oliver, as well as her daughter, Caroline Hamel, moved to Bruxelles. Louise’s brother, Joseph Bernardin, and his sons Joseph, Louis and Dosithe, moved to St. Alphonse.

Library and Archives Canada has some images from their database Land Grants of Western Canada 1870-1930.

Patent issued 18 Apr 1891 to Napoleon Girardin for NE Section 31 of Township 6, Range 11, West of principal meridian

There were other changes occurring in these families. Louise, widowed for nine years, remarried on April 10, 1887 to Bruno Charbonneau, also a widower.

Louise’s younger sons were also finding wives.
Simeon Girardin married Helene Rheault in 1889.
Edouard Girardin married Marie Paradis in 1891.
Oliver Girardin married Albertine Rousseau in 1891.
(Louise’s youngest child, Jean-Baptiste Girardin, is said to have become an Oblate missionary. I’ve found no documentation for that.)

Louise was gaining more grandchildren, among them were Mémère’s siblings. Arthur had been born as soon as Napoleon and Onesime had arrived in Manitoba. He was followed by Albert, Napoleon, Marie Maximillenne, Geraldine, Telesphore, Marie Helene, Florent and Caroline.

Tragedy would strike in several ways. Edouard’s wife was unfaithful and left him. Six of Oliver’s seven children, by 1900, had died young, of typhoid and influenza. But the greatest tragedy for Mémère was the death on May 29, 1896 of her mother, Onesime Allard. Family lore is that she died pregnant with her 14th child. Mémère, a month shy of her 18th birthday, would take on the responsibility of helping raise the family.