Paul Comeau: Witness to change

Fourth of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) Migration Sometime around 1870, Paul left for New England with his family. “Between 1840 and 1930 roughly 900,000 French Canadians left Canada to emigrate to the United States…A majority of them were from rural parishes and agricultural problems are determined…

Paul Comeau: Witness to change

Third of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) Home and country In September 1840, when Paul was 14, his mother died. She left behind her husband, Joseph, 11 children and 11 grandchildren: • Joseph (married to Marie Desanges Allaire, 4 grandchildren) • Josephte (married to Eduard Girouard, 1…

Paul Comeau: Witness to change

Second of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) Les Patriotes It had been about 60 years of British rule after the conquest of Québec, and there began to be rumblings of political discontent. In both Upper and Lower Canada, electoral corruption, the ideals of republicanism vs. colonial rule…

Les Comeau de St-Ours

Tous les Comeau de la région de St-Ours doivent leur patronyme à un seul ancêtre, Joseph Comeau, fils d’Alexandre et Marie-Josephte Blanchard. Arrivés seuls dans cette région après la dispersion et souvent oubliée, la famille de Joseph était éloignée de la parenté établie dans les environs de Yamachiche mais s’en sont bien tirés quand même.…

Burial record for Marie Josephte dite Maranda

Marie-Josephte

by Jacques A. Comeau, May 1997 If all family histories have mysteries that demand to be elucidated, the origins of our first Quebec ancestor, Marie-Josephte, is a good example. Here is what we know: Marie-Josephte was raised in the care of the Maranda couple, Jean-Baptiste Maranda and Charlotte Geli, not adopted. She was neither a…