At the time of the 1901 census, this French-speaking couple were living in the Sault-St-Louis census district in a household headed by their son, Father Joseph-Guillaume-Laurent Forbes (St-Francois-Xavier Parish). The household also included their three children John, Joseph and Seraphine as well as a cousin named Maria Barbeau and the vicar Albert Lessard.
Marcellin (Frederic) Leger and Rosalie Dupuis (m. 22 Nov. 1830, Memramcook) are my great-great-great grandparents. Rosalie was the daughter of Pierre Dupuis and Anne Landry. Continue reading
My paternal grandmother Yvonne Leger was the daughter of Louis Gonzague Leger and Celeste Babineau. My great grandparents were married on November 22nd, 1897 in St-Jean-Baptiste Parish in Bouctouche (Kent, New Brunswick). Continue reading
Jacques Pierre Leger and Anne “dite Tourangeau” Amirault
Jacques Pierre Leger and Anne Amirault were both born in Port Royal, Acadia – Jacques in 1698 and Anne in 1691. They were also married there on January 12th, 1717. Anne was the daughter of Francois “dit Tourangeau” (from Tours, France) Amirault and Marie Pitre, and Acadian. Anne gave birth to 13 children . They were Armand, Anne, Elizabeth, Francois, Francoise, Jacques Pierre, Jean Baptiste, Joseph “dit Fluzan” Marie (1), Marie (2), Olivier, Paul, Pierre, Simon.
Their son Joseph “dit Fluzan” Leger is our direct ancestor. He married Claire Leblanc, daughter of Rene Jean Leblanc and Anne Theriault, on June 4th, 1744 in Beaubassin, Acadie (later Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia). Joseph and Claire had 7 known children – 6 of whom survived to adulthood and married. Continue reading
Jacques “dit La Rosette” Leger and Anne Madeleine Trahan.
Jacques La Rosette (aka Larozette) Leger was born in France in 1663 and died on the 28th of March 1751 in Port Royale Acadie (now Nova Scotia). He began as a military drummer and then became a farmer.
He married Anne Madeleine Trahan on March 13th, 1693 in Port Royale. Trahan was Acadian-born (Port Royale – 1677) and was the daughter of Guillaume Trahan and Marie Magdeleine Brun who had come originally from St-Germain-de-Bourgeuil in the Indre-et-Loire region of France.
Jacques La Rosette and Anne Madeleine had 11 known children – Anne Marie, Elizabeth (1), Elizabeth (2) Francoise, Francois Baptiste, Jacques Pierre, Jean, Madeleine, Marguerite, Marie, Marie Francoise, Marie Josephte.
We descend from Jacques La Rosette and Anne Madeleine’s eldest son Jacques Pierre Leger and his wife Anne “dite Tourangeau” Amirault. Jacques and Anne were married in Port Royal on January 12th in 1717. They were both natives of Port Royal though she was seven years his senior. Anne was born on December 14th, 1691 while Jacques was born in 1698. Anne’s parents were Francois “dit Tourangeau” Amirault and Marie Pitre. Her father was from Tours, France while her mother was a Port Royal Acadian. Jacques Pierre and Anne had the following children: Anne, Armand, Elizabeth, Jacques Pierre, Jean Baptiste, Joseph “dit Fluzan”, Marie (1), Marie (2), Olivier, Paul, Pierre, and Simon. Continue reading
1894 – 1954
1870 – 1952
1878 – 1956
Note: This couple appears in my database as Romain Leger and Agnes Theriault. Romain was the son of Romain Leger and Lucille Dugas, while Agnes was the daughter of Onesime Theriault and Phoebee Aube. I have the following children for them: Yvonne, Albina, Louise, Sophie and Onesime. Continue reading
Leger, Cesar | Roberte Gadois
May 22, 1644
Leger, Jean | Marguerite Marchand
December 11th, 1726
Leger/Averty, Maurice | Marie Churlot
April 25th, 1685
Leger/Liger/Lajeunesse, Jean | Anne Marguerite Fortier
September 29th, 1689
Leger de Lagrange, Jean | Marie Louise Fauvel
November 3rd, 1691
Note: Leger is both an Acadian and a French-Canadian surname. I belong to the Legers who descend from Jacques dit la Rosette Leger and his wife Anne Madeleine Trahan (through Jacques Leger and Anne Amirault).
When I heard that the theme for this Carnival of Genealogy was Uncle, Uncle, I knew I wanted to talk about my father’s maternal uncle – Ruben J. Leger of Schenectady, New York – a man whom I never met and who probably never knew I existed!
Ruben Leger was my grandmother Yvonne Leger’s brother and though he never knew it, his actions during his lifetime were what later kindled my interest in genealogy. This happened about twenty years ago when my father gave me an old, wrinkled copy of a letter a Mr. Lewis J. Bezinge of Dallas, Texas had sent to my great-uncle Reuben. The letter is dated from the late 1950s but it was actually a copy of a letter dated March 11th, 1941.
Mr. Bezinge explained to my great-uncle Ruben that he had traced our Leger genealogy back to 1668, and that he had been helped in this by Ruben’s father (my great-grandfather Louis Gonzague Leger). A four page Leger Family Tree is appended and although there are gaps in the tree, most of the information is accurate.
I’d like us to take a moment to think about what it meant to do genealogy in 1941. This is not only pre-internet, pre-computerized databases and pre-scanners, this is pre-photocopiers and pre-electric typewriters. Think – when he contacted my great-uncle Ruben in 1957, Mr. Bezinge or his secretary had to manually retype all the pertinent information! For those of you who have never used a manual typewriter, I’d like you to think not only about the fact that the material had to be re-typed, but that there was no such thing as a “right justify” or “center” button to automatically line everything up. nor could you undo your mistakes with the touch of the “undo” button. Of course, secretaries had their little tricks. For instance, as a secretary back in the ’70s, I would “undo” errors with a sharp razor-blade) but it was still very laborious.
Thanks to my great-uncle’s curiosity about his roots, my father’s care in keeping family papers and Mr. Bezinge’s work I got a great head start with my Leger family history. Over the last few years, working with other Leger researchers and primary sources, I’ve filled in most of the gaps in the family tree and I’m now preparing a little booklet which will contain a new annotated version of the “Family Tree of Jacques Leger” with the following dedication:
“To my great-uncle Ruben Urbain Leger, upon whose shoulders I stand”
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This Carnival of Genealogy hosted by Creative Gene
OUR LEGER DIRECT LINEAGE IN CANADA
* 1663 – 2008 *
Jacques Leger “dit La Rosette” m. Anne Madeleine Trahan
About 1693 – Acadie
Jacques Leger m. Anne Amirault
1717 – Acadie
Joseph “dit fluzan” Leger m. Claire Leblanc
1744 – Acadie, Quebec
Joseph “dit la Petite Houppe” m. Marguerite Maillet
1775 – Memramcook, Quebec
Amable Leger and Euphroisine Leblanc
1806 – Memramcook, New Brunswick
Generation 6 Continue reading
These are usually among the first few questions posed by a budding family historian and I was no exception to this when I first started out. Luckily for me, it was a snap to locate our family’s Canadian founding couples because most of our surnames are well-known to Acadian or French Canadian researchers. So, knowing how easy it is to get lost in the myriad branches and sub-branches of our vast family tree, I thought I’d start you off with a quick overview of our first ancestors in the New World.
Our paternal lines are almost 100% Acadian and they were amongst the earliest permanent European settlers in North America. Through these couples we are related to all the founding fathers and mothers of Acadie.
Jehan Terriau and Perrine Rau from Poitou, France were our Theriault founding couple and they were already married there before sailing for Acadie. They quickly settled in as farmers and we descend from one of their sons Claude and his wife Marie Gautreault. Our Theriault lineage now spans over 400 years from Jehan’s birth in 1601 to our latest generation who are now in their mid-twenties.
At about 350 years our LEGER lineage is almost as long, but its founding father – Jacques Leger dit La Rosette – did not start out as a farmer. He came to Canada as an unmarried military drummer. He served at Fort Naxouat, and then chose to stay and marry Madeleine Trahan. Their son and daughter-in-law Jacques Leger and Anne Amirault were married in Port Royale and we are now in our 11th generation of this Leger lineage. Continue reading
procastinate – verb. delay or postpone action (Oxford Dictionary)
One day many years ago, after my father Edouard Theriault had overheard heard me wondering about our family origins, he handed me a few yellowed sheets of paper which contained some genealogical notes about his maternal Leger ancestors. Then a few days later he added a typewritten family memoir that he’d prepared for an anthropology course back in the early 1950s. My mother Golda Lagace then jumped in and offered me a Lagace genealogy report from Drouin Institute. I was instantly hooked and the thought struck me – why not write a complete and up-to-date history of our Lagace, Leger, Luce and Theriault ancestors?
Why not indeed?
By 2003, after more than a decade of interviewing relatives, poring over birth, marriage and death certificates, peering at census returns and studying local histories I finally had a mountain of information. Little did I know that, that was the easy part. Now came the hard part – a few more years of trying to figure out how to organize and publish my work. What to include? What to exclude? How to share the primary documents ? And what about the publication costs?
Well, for once, my procrastination has paid off. It’s 2008 – the Age of Blogs – and I’ve realized that an excellent way to write a family history is to just start writing it – one post at a time – until we finally have that “complete and up-to-date” family history.
And better yet – we can do it together – so let’s get started!
Evelyn Yvonne Theriault (aka Evelyn in Montreal)