Joseph Valentin dit Gregoire

Migration and marriages Fourth of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Joseph Valentin dit Gregoire (1824-1895) Like many other families in the Sorel/St-Ours area, several members of the Valentin-Gregoire clan made their way to build a new life in Massachusetts. Among them were: Florence and Josephine Gregoire, Joseph’s sisters, who left…

Paul Comeau: Witness to change IV

Migration Fourth of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) 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 III

Home and country Third of a four-part series of the real and imagined life of Paul Comeau (1826-1905) 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…