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Index: Headstones Of Bathurst United Church


Willis, Arnold, 1924

Willis, Clarence A. – 1926

Willis, George – 1892

Willis, Thomas, 1927


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February 21, 2011 Posted by | . | | Leave a comment

Index: Headstones of New Holy Family Roman Catholic Cemetery (Bathurst, Gloucester)


Lagace/Legacy, Adelard

Luce, Alden J.

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February 16, 2011 Posted by | . | | Leave a comment

Mary Martha Doucet of Bathurst, N.B. (Pt.1) | Evelyn in Montreal

Stephen Benton says:

My maternal grandmother was Mary Martha Doucet born in 1898 in Bathurst, NB. Per my mother, I know there were approx 5 children in the family.  All females had the first name of Mary, and I believe they were generally addressed by their middle name. There was only one brother, Simon.  I would much like to learn the name of her parents and any other info on the family.  Mary Martha Doucet married in Canada and emigrated to USA in 1925. I am 52 y/o and live in Louisiana, USA.

Census Information (scroll down for links)

1901 Census (New Brunswick, Gloucester, Bathurst)

Doucett Theodore M   1864

Doucett Bessie   1874

Doucett Francis   1897

Doucett Martha  1899

1911 Census (New Brunswick, Gloucester, Bathurst)

Doucet Theodore Head M Dec 1864 46
21 102 Doucet Elizabeth F Wife M Nov 1874 36
correction exists icon 22 102 Doucet Francis F Daughter S Aug 1896 14
23 102 Doucet Martha F Daughter S Jul 1898 12
24 102 Doucet Marie F Daughter S Apr 1904 7
correction exists icon 25 102 Doucet Nallie F Daughter S Sep 1905 5
26 102 Doucet Simon M Son S Mar 1908 3
27 102 Doucet Elizabeth F Daughter S Jun 1910 1

Vital Statistics Information (scroll down for links)

A Canadian Family

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External Links

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

1901 Census of Canada – Automated Genealogy Index

1911 Census of Canada Indexing Project – Automated Genealogy

January 28, 2011 Posted by | . | , | 1 Comment

Bathurst Pulp and Paper Mill (Gloucester, N.B)

This is a coloured vintage postcard of the Pulp and Paper Mill in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

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July 19, 2010 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Pulp Mills, Bathurst (Gloucester, New Brunswick) | Forestry Fridays: Historic Views of Lumber Mills & Logging Scenes in Eastern Canada

This is a 20th century, black and white Canadian National Railways postcard of the pulp mill in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | . | | Leave a comment

Bathurst, N.B. – A Historic View Of The Bridge

This is a rather mangled, black & white  postcard of the Bathurst bridge  in the early twentieth century which I’m sharing with you because there are so few early views of Bathurst online. I would love to hear from anyone who can help me date this bridge – or who can tell me the relationship – if any – between this Bathurst bridge and this other bridge in Bathurst.  

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Comment from Leo – Thanks!

Hi Evelyn,
Both the “BATHURST, N. B. FROM BRIDGE” postcard and the “Busy Bathurst, New Brunswick — 11.” postcard show the same bridge over the Tetagouche River.  The Busy Bathurst postcard is a panoramic view of the bridge taken from a high place, such as the roof of a building or a hilltop.  The photographer that created the image on the postcard featured in this post was actually located on the bridge, just past the central arches (so they would not obstruct the view).  I am providing a composite image, showing the relationship between these two views, here:

— Leo

Hi Leo,

I had actually noticed the similarity in the white buildings on the opposite shore, to the left of the bridge, but the bridge in the coloured image looked so much larger than this one. I’ve really learned something here about how different things can look from different camera angles. Thank you very much!

— Evelyn

March 20, 2010 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

View Near Pulp Mill – Bathurst | Forestry Fridays: Historic Views of Lumber Mills & Logging Scenes in Eastern Canada

This is an early 20th century postcard titled “View near pulp mill, Bathurst, New Brunswick“.

Excerpt: The Bathurst Pulp and Paper Industry -A Tale to Tell

” ….. Later Commodore Walker, followed by the Rankins and Cunards, established trading centers in the Bathurst area. Bathurst became an important shipbuilding port. Sawmills were established and by the turn of the 20th Century, two major mills were operating in the Bathurst area. A young man with great ambitions, Angus L. McLean, bought the two mills which became the building block for the establishment of the Pulp and Paper Industry in Bathurst. Construction of the mill began in

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March 5, 2010 Posted by | . | | 3 Comments

Bathurst Mill (Gloucester, New Brunswick) – b/w rppc | Forestry Fridays: Historic Views of Lumber Mills & Logging Scenes in Eastern Canada

This is a black and white rppc of the Bathurst Co. Ltd. pulp and paper mill which provided employment for thousands of New Brunswickers  (including my Lagace ancestors ) during the 20th century.


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February 26, 2010 Posted by | . | | 2 Comments

When Bicycling Wasn’t Just A Leisure Activity

The theme for this issue of I Smile For The Camera (hosted by Shades of the Departed) is Travel so I’ve decided to share this image of my mother and one of my uncles in the late 1940s near West Bathurst, New Brunswick. At that time bicycles were an important form of transport for families in many rural communities – especially large families like that of my grandparents Adelard Lagace and Eveline Luce who had 14 children in all!


Golda Lagace & Clifford Dick Lagace in 1948


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November 9, 2009 Posted by | . | | 1 Comment

Desperately Seeking Elizabeth(3) Eureka!

In my first two posts I described some of the steps I had followed in trying to determine who my great-grandmother Elizabeth Doucet’s parents were. After comparing data on all the “Elisabeths” that she could be, I’d arrived at the conclusion that she was probably the daughter of a certain Alexander Doucet of Robertsville and that was as far as I could get.

I also left a note asking anyone who knew more about these Doucets of the Bathurst, New Brunswick area to contact me. Well – as so often happens when we share our family research online – I got lucky and was contacted by someone researching the same lineage – Janice Cushman. Janice is building her son’s line and he descends from Elizabeth Doucet through her son Arthur Legacy, one of my grandfather Adelard Lagace’s brothers. Janice told me that Arthur Lagace immigrated to western Canada – something which was a complete surprise to the hundreds of Lagaces living here in Montreal and back in New Brunswick!

Coming back to Elizabeth – while researching this line  independently, Janice had also arrived at the conclusion that Elizabeth was the daughter of Alexander Doucet of Robertville, but she had one more piece of the puzzle – a copy of Elizabeth Doucet’s death certificate which  proved that Elizabeth’s parents  were Alexandre Doucet and Marie Roy. She’s given me permission to share it with you, so here is an extract with the crucial detail: Continue reading

November 8, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Lagace Homestead in 1950s Bathurst, New Brunswick: Home Sweet Home

The theme of the September Canadian Carnival of Genealogy is Home Sweet Home, so I thought this would be the perfect occasion to share a black and white photograph of my mother’s childhood home near Bathurst, New Brunswick.

Lagace Homestead BathurstMy maternal grandparents Adelard Lagace and Eveline Melvine Luce had 14 children in that house:  7 boys (Cleophas Clifford, Patrice Alderic,  V.J.L., D.L., R.L., A.L. and Adelard “Sonny” Lagace) and 7 girls (my mother G.L., Bertha,, .L., M.L., B.L., L.L. and Lorraine). After my grandfather’s death in 1959, my grandmother headed to Montreal with her threee youngest children.

Eveline Luce was following in the footsteps of her older children and many other New Brunswickers who had formed a large Acadian community in the heart of Verdun, Quebec. The Lagaces are actually of Quebec French Canadian stock but those who settled in the Bathurst area intermarried over many generations with Acadians and many of their descendants identify with the Acadian community.

Nowadays, the Duggars are featured on their own television show for having 14 children! What a change in attitude in only 2 generations from big families as the norm to big families as objects of fascination!

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August 30, 2009 Posted by | . | , | 3 Comments