I had many lovely comments on my Mother’s Day post of pictures, so I thought I would do the same thing for Father’s Day.
My maternal grandfather was George Vaillancourt. He was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. He was married twice. His first wife died leaving him with a one-year old son. He then married my grandmother, Marie Anne Girard. They lived in Trois-Rivières, in Trochu, Alberta, and in Regina, Saskatchewan, before settling in Manitoba. He died long before my brothers and I were born, at the age of 65, and is supposedly buried in St. Anne’s, Manitoba, although I haven’t yet found a grave.
On my paternal side, the oldest picture I have is of Allan “Glenpean” McMillan, my fourth great grandfather. Born in Scotland, he was instrumental in bringing settlers to Ontario, in what was know as the Lochaber Emigration. I wrote about him here. He died at the age of 71 and is buried in St. Andrews United Church Cemetery in Williamstown, Ontario.
My third great grandfather was James McMillan, also born in Scotland, who came to Canada with his family. I wrote about him here. His country wife was Josephte Belisle, my ancestor. He died back in Glasgow, Scotland at the age of 75. I don’t have a picture of him, but I do have this picture of his statue at Fort Langley, British Columbia, courtesy of Joan Sanderson.
My second great grandfather was William McMillan. He was born near present day Edmonton and eventually moved to the Red River Settlement where he married Margaret Dease. He was a very interesting man whom I wrote about here. His obituary claimed he was 103, but I’m sure that’s not true. He is buried in St. Charles Cemetery, Winnipeg.
My great grandfather was Thomas Hogue. He was the son of Amable Hogue, whom I wrote about here. (Sadly I don’t have a picture.) He married Philomene McMillan and lived in St. Charles before moving to La Salle, Manitoba around 1893. I wrote about him here. He died at the age of 83, and is buried in the St. Hyacinthe Cemetery in La Salle.
My other great grandfather was Napoleon Girardin. Napoleon was born in Kingsey, Quebec and emigrated to Worcester, Massachusetts, where he married Onesime Allard. They eventually emigrated to Manitoba, and Napoleon settled in La Salle, after the untimely death of Onesime. At the age of 71 he married again. I wrote about him here. He died, aged 78 and is buried in an unmarked grave in La Salle.
My grandfather was Thomas Joseph Hogue. He was born in St. Charles, moved to La Salle with his parents, and was the first constable of the village. He was married to Emma Girardin. They are, of course, the Pépère and Mémère of my blog posts! I wrote about him here. He died at the age of 75 and is buried in Assumption Cemetery, Winnipeg.
And then my father, Joseph Thomas Hogue. He was born in La Salle, but eventually moved to Winnipeg. A welder by trade, he died much too soon after retirement. He died just before his 63rd birthday, and is buried in Assumption Cemetery, Winnipeg.
Still miss you Dad!