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Mystery RPPC Postcard: (Pt.1) Alphonse Turgeon, George Martineau(?)

For PFF this week I though I’d share this postcard that languished on eBay for several months. I bought it because it intrigued me. There’s a cryptic notation on the back and I think it would be a wonderful addition to someone’s family history – but whose family precisely?

MysteryHouseFront

Transcript: Avant le demenagement de la maison Alphonse Turgeon e(?) George Martineau(?) avant

MysteryHouseBack

demamagement de la maison … 1920

Translation: Before the moving “of the house” or “from the house” Alphonse Turgeon and George Martineau … before the moving of the house … 1920

In the next few weeks I’ll be sure to post more about this “mystery postcard”, A little sleuthing is definitely in order!

For now, here is a list of “Alphonse Turgeons” who were married in Quebec between 1880 and 1920.

TURGEON Alphonse BISSON Dolorès

1920

Montréal, Ile-de-Mo…
TURGEON Alphonse BLANCHET Elmire

1909

St-Henri, Lévis, QC…
TURGEON Alphonse BLOUIN Marie

1881

Québec, Québec-Vill…
TURGEON Alphonse BOUCHER Délia

1908

Québec, Québec-Vill…
TURGEON Alphonse CAMIRÉ Claudia

1909

Princeville, Arthab…
TURGEON Alphonse CHABOT Alice

1910

Armagh, Bellechasse…
TURGEON Alphonse COUTURE Lydia

1913

St-Joseph-de-Ham-Su…
TURGEON Alphonse FILLION Célina

1891

Ste-Marie, Beauce, …
TURGEON Alphonse JOLICOEUR Marie-Anne

1909

St-Isidore, Dorches…
TURGEON Alphonse LEGENDRE Winifride

1883

St-Bernard, Dorches…
TURGEON Alphonse LIZOTTE Marie

1902

St-Onésime-d’Ixwort…
TURGEON Alphonse MAJOR Aurore

1917

Montréal, Ile-de-Mo…
TURGEON Joseph-Alphonse MICHAUD Alice-Yvonne

1919

Lévis, Lévis, QC, C…
TURGEON Alphonse RICHARD Aurore

1914

St-Claude, Richmond…
TURGEON Alphonse ROBITAILLE Délina

1907

Warwick, Arthabaska…
TURGEON Alphonse SAMSON Florida

1893

Lévis, Lévis, QC, C…
TURGEON Alphonse TARDIF Hildegarde

1917

Ste-Hélène, Kamoura…
TURGEON Alphonse THEBERGE Emma

1905

St-Philémon, Bellec…
TURGEON Alphonse TURGEON Marie

1895

Ste-Marie, Beauce, …

Source: Centre de genealogie francophone d’Amerique

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Mystery RPPC Postcard: (Pt.2) 1920s Quebec(?) Alphonse Turgeon, George Martineau(?)

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Early French Canadian Pioneers: The Turgeons of Quebec

June 19, 2009 - Posted by | . | ,

10 Comments »

  1. Fascinating! You have quite a job ahead of you finding which Alphonse Turgeon the caption refers to. What about looking for George Martineau?

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    Comment by JamaGenie | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the comment!I’m already looking into the Martineaus – I left them for later because I’m not so sure of the surname. I do have a short list of possibilities including one George Martineau who married a Turgeon in Megantic, Quebec, so that’s a good lead!

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    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. What wonderful fun to have Inspector Gadget work ahead of you! I can’t wait to read the updates! Have a great day Evelyn:) Did you get the email and postcard I sent?
    Evelyn’s answer: Replied offline

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    Comment by Marie | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. WOW!!! This is amazing.
    debby

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    Comment by debby | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Very intriguing! I’ve just noticed that one of the Alphonse Turgeons married Marie Turgeon. I find that intriguing too. I suppose the most like explanation would be that it was a cousin of some description.

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    Comment by Sheila | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  6. How interesting! The card is fantastic and great that it has some info on the back. I would have never guessed there would be that many with the same name.

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    Comment by Kristin | June 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment, Kristin. Quebec was originally settled by people carrying about 1500 distinct surnames, and French Catholic naming patterns are quite traditional so it can definitely makes genealogy a challenge sometimes!

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      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  7. My father’s mother’s maiden name was Turgeon. She came from Minnisota, but originally from Quebec. When my father was alive (he died last year), he had told my mother (also deceased) that all his birth/baptismal records and high school transcripts were burned in a terrible fire.

    I wonder now, what this postcard is and is there a relation to my grandmother? (never knew her, she died before I was born).

    Note from Evelyn: Replied by email

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    Comment by Cecile | January 10, 2010 | Reply

  8. I googled the name George Bernard Martineau and came up with this site. He was my grandfather born in Canada, not sure where, before moving to Worcester, MA. and marrying Josephine Gregory. My dad died in 2007 and both of his parents died when he was a teenager so I do not have much information on his paternal or maternal side. I do know his mom came from Worcester but believe George was buried in Salem, MA but have yet to find his gravesite. Thought I’d give you this information to see if it is another piece of the puzzle.

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    Comment by Barbara | November 19, 2011 | Reply

  9. Greetings to all. I am also excited about this postcard because I have some Turgeon in my tree. But I investigated and here is what I found. There is a Georges Martineau who married Elizabeth Anne Turgeon October 21st 1902 in St-Calixte parish, Plessisville, Megantic county, Quebec. That Elizabeth was born in 1875 and she as a brother named Alphonse Turgeon born 1882 both are children of Levis Turgeon and Elisa Tardif. Of course I cant say for sure that this is it but… I also noticed that there was a member on Ancestry that as this family in their tree. They may be interested in this case. I could always send them a note about this. If the postcard can be scan at a higher resolution it could help!

    Yours truly
    claudestjean56@gmail.com

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    Comment by Claude St-Jean, Montreal, Quebec, Canada | November 2, 2015 | Reply


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