It’s Mother’s Day. Time to honour all the Mothers and Grandmothers who came before me. How I wish I had pictures of ALL my female ancestors! Here are the ones I do have. Strong women, every one!
Louise, my great-great grandmother, died at the age of 87, having outlived two husbands, born 10 children, and emigrated four times, from Quebec to Massachusetts to Manitoba, back to Massachusetts, then finally back to Manitoba.
Louise’s daughter-in-law, my great grandmother Onesime, emigrated twice, first from Quebec to Massachusetts, where she married (and buried her first three daughters), and then to Manitoba. She died at the age of 44, pregnant with her 14th child.
Onesime’s daughter Emma, my grandmother (Mémère) died at the age of 101, having raised her siblings after her Mother’s early death, born 8 children, and outlived her husband and all her siblings. She had emigrated from Massachusetts to Manitoba as a child.
Margaret, my great-great grandmother, one of my Metis ancestors, died at age 87 having born 9 children and outlived her husband. She lived most of her life in the Red River Settlement.
Margaret’s daughter Philomene, my great grandmother, died at 75, just months before her husband. She had 9 children.
Marie Anne is my maternal grandmother who died at the age of 94, having born 9 children and outlived her husband by 40 years. She moved from Quebec to Alberta, back to Quebec, then back to Saskatchewan, and eventually Manitoba. (As an aside, this is the ONLY picture I have in which she’s smiling!)
And here’s my Mother, Madeleine, who died at the age of 90, having outlived Dad by 24 years, and born 5 children. She was born in Quebec and moved to Saskatchewan as a child, and then to Manitoba. Still “talk” to her everyday.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!