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Beaudoin m. Ashley | Evelyn in Montreal


My name is James C Beaudoin. My Father is Alton C. Beaudoin, My Grand father is Samuel Beaudoin.
My father was born in Whithall NY in 1913. Samuel was born in Whitehall in 1885 or 1886. His wife was Ema Ashley.    My Father had 2 siblings. an older brother and a younger sister who both died in 1917 of influenza. His parents split up and my father was placed in an orphanage in Troy NY where he stayed for about 10 years so he knew very little about his ancestry. The only thing he knew is that his ancestors came from Canada and he was French and India he believes they were from the three rivers area.    In his life he was a pro boxer with 74 fights, 72 wins and 2 losses. After his boxing career ended he attended the merchant marine acadamy in NY. After he finished he went to sea for 9 years attaining the rank of 3rd mate. When ww2
broke out was forced out of merchant marine so he joined the Army were he was scout. He was awarded 3 Purple hearts and a bronze with a cluster.
I would like to know how to track down our ancestry.

Can you help me?

Regards. James C Beaudoin, P.O. Box 76 Chester Ct. U.S.A.


As mentioned in a former comment “You have some great information here and an interesting family history, but it is a challenge to work across borders!” .

What I was able to do was to climb back one more generation to this couple:

Samuel Beaudoin (son of J L Beaudoin and Mary Beaudry) married Emma Ashley (daughter of Jas Ashley and Mary Bellow on February 18th, 1909 in Washington (New York, U.S.A.)

SourceL “New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FFT3-FFW : 24 January 2016), Samuel Beaudoin and Emma Ashley, 18 Feb 1909, Washington, New York, United States; citing ref. ID , county clerk’s office,; FHL microfilm 1,031,394.

You can consult the original record and transcript for yourself at Family Search.

Next steps – if I were you – would be to consult the Canada/USA border crossing records at Ancestry.com to see if the Beaudoin/Beaudry couple were from Canada. Also, of course the census records. Unfortunately, I no longer  have a subscription to Ancestry.

On another note, just in case I did check Quebec records for a J L Beaudoin and Mary Beaudry marriage but didn’t find anything.

Last suggestions

  1. The J L in J L Beaudoin could be Jean-Louis.
  2. In  Canadian records I’ve found Beaudoin also spelled as Baudoin and Beaudouin
  3. If you are referring to Quebec’s Three Rivers you will be searching by its French name Trois-Rivieres.


Related Posts

French Canadian Pioneers: The Beaudoins of Quebec

French Canadian Pioneers: The Beaudrys of Quebec

Index: Evelyn in Montreal

Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy


External Links


Hero finally gets his due – The Middletown Press

Alton C. Beaudoin – Frayed Knot Arts


This is one of a series of posts organized under the heading Evelyn in Montreal where I chronicle some of the work I have done with other family historians and genealogists. Some information is original to this site but some has previously appeared at Genforum, Rootsweb and other genealogy boards. I am reproducing them here as those boards are closing down in order to preserve my connections with those family researchers.

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