Who Was Caughnawaga Shoemaker Aurele Beaulieu?
Well, if you were living in Caughnawaga in the late ’40s then you would have known her as Marie Therese Varin, but today she goes by the name Nedra (Broden) Rich – and Nedra is on an important quest. Please read her story below and see if you can help us uncover some hidden parts of her past – a past which connects with that of Aurele Beaulieu of Caughnawaga.
Marie Therese’s story begins in 1947 when she was born (probably at home in Caughnawaga) to Aurele Beaulieu and Marie Aurore Rolande Varin. She lived in Caughnawaga from 1947 to 1950 along with her brother Joseph Willie Henri Beaulieu.
However, the Beaulieu home was not just a home; it was also the location of Aurele Beaulieu‘s shoemaking business.
Another piece of information is that the Beaulieu family had friends in Kahnawake which included an Ida Dubo and Rose (?).
At a certain point, this little girl’s parents were separated and she moved with her mother and brother into the home of Alphonce L’Esperance and Alize MacSween. The L’Esperance family had been living in Caughnawaga for about 10 years.
Sadly, with Aurele Beaulieu out of the picture, Marie Aurore Rollande Varin found herself unable to care for her children. As a result, Marie Therese and Willie Henri were both brought to the Creche Youville. Adoptive families were quickly found for both children – separately. Marie Therese’s adoptive parents were the now deceased Martin Francis Broden (Mtl) and Anne Marie Goguen of Moncton, New Brunswick.
Marie Therese’s brother Willi Henrie Beaulieu died by drowning at the age of 20 while trying to save the life of a six year old girl. Their mother Marie Aurore Rolande Varin died of cancer in 2005.
So what is Marie Therese/Nedra looking for?
Nedra (who now lives in sunny Florida) has made contact with members of the L’Esperance family and feels so lucky that she now has some extra information and these precious pictures above of her biological mother and brother.
What she’s still looking for now is more information – no matter how small – about her presumed biological father Aurele Beaulieu.
Are you …..
– a Kahnawake resident who remembers or has heard about this Beaulieu shoe shop or family?
– a relative or descendant of Aurele Beaulieu with family information?
– someone who can confirm whether Aurele was related
to the Caughnawaga Meloche/Beaulieus?
** New information below from Raymond Cantin. **
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