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Guerin m. Lefebvre | Evelyn in Montreal

Deborah Waddell wrote –

I am looking for LeFebvre Perrie around the early 1800′s. I am looking him up as my great great grandfather I know that he had a child name Zoe, and Zoe married Hormisdas Guerin had a girl name Emma Guerin. Emma was born in March of 1884. If you could help with any information I would greatly appreciate it.

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Was Francois Larocque a Native? | Evelyn in Montreal

A message from Rejeanne Chiasson

I too am of the descendants of Francois Larocque and Marguerite Caplan. I’m looking for the birth or death of John Larocque, son of Charles Larocque and Margaret McKinnon. Charles was the son of Francois Larocque. I miss the information that can say that John was Indian. Please if anyone has information regarding this, it would be greatly appreciated and also might have a chance to meet relatives or descendants from afar. Here are my offspring. I do not know either if Charles Larocque with other children, if it is available I would like to know more. | Francois Laroque and Marguerite Caplan – Charles Larocque and Margaret McKinnon – Jean Larocque Larocque and Bridgitte- Brigitte and Michel Larocque Mallet – Claire and Michel Larocque Ache (Hache) – Georges Larocque (my grandfather) married twice. Artemisia is the first and the second is LeBouthillier Louise Larocque (she is my grandmother) Larocque and Ida Pierre.J. Chiasson

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Falardeaus of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers


Beauport Pioneers | Falardeau surname | schoolhouse


Andre-Antoine Fardeau | Marie-Charlotte Chaille

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Hart m.Brownrigg of St-Blaise, Quebec

Note: Please read information from Louise Sarazzin at the foot of this post.

 Message from Dorothy S.

I have been attempting to find some information on my great great grandmother Margaret Jane Brownrigg. We have always been told she was an Iroquois Indian who married a German Jew John Hart(z) upon his arrival to Canada.

I have seen a picture of this women and she is clearly from native decent, but we do not know where the name Brownrigg came from it does not seem to have a native background.

Margaret was born in 1846 St Jean Sur Richelieu and I have found her christening records, could she have been adopted to a white family?? Where should I be looking to get accurate information.

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1. I see no genealogical evidence of a Native connection, however if she were an adopted child then I am not hopeful that you could find any documentary proof of this in records from the md-19th century. Continue reading

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Reader Query: A Dubois’ Maternal Roots In Kahnawake

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke

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Nathalie Dubois writes the following –

I have been searching my genealogic tree on my mother’s side Iroquois Mohawk genealogy of Kahnawake, Quebecwhich is known to be Iroquois from Kahnawake (First Nation Turtle clan). My grand-mother’s name was Marguerite Philipps, she married my grandfather Henri St-Marie around 1950. I know all the children descendants (my aunts and uncles) but nothing prior … would like to find out about the Philipps descendants.


Kahnawake Iroquois marriage | St.Henri m. PhilippeAccording to the original marriage record, Henri St-Marie and Marguerite Philippe were married in Christ Roi Parish (Chateauguay) on January 22nd, 1940. Henri’s parents were Alfred St-Henri and (?) St. Marie while Marguerite was the daughter of Pierre Philippe and Rosa Anna Rufiange. Both sets of parents were from Chateauguay.

Marguerite’s parents Pierre Philippe and Rose Anna Rufiange had been married in St-Joachim Parish (Chateauguay) on September 19th, 1914. This was a second marriage for both as Pierre Philippe had been married to Rosina Dubuc while Elisa Rosanna had been married to Hubert D’Abonville.

It was on researching the Philippe/Dubuc marriage record that I  found this –

On April 19th, 1899, Pierre Phillips Oronhiakethe ( formerly married to Marie-Anne Couteaucasse Teionatakwen) married Marie Rosine Dubuc  (daughter of Jean Baptiste Dubuc and Marie Anne Bourget) on April 10th, 1899 in   St-Francois-Xavier Parish  in Kahnawake (Quebec). Continue reading

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