Monthly Archives: April 2014

Vintage Portraits – Winooski, Vermont

These are some vintage photos I purchased or acquired that were taken in Winooski, Vermont.  If anyone knows anything about any of these people, please drop me a line!

A second batch of Winooski portraits can be found by clicking here.

[Click on any of the photos to enlarge or download them.]


This first one is marked “Katie & Carrie, Aug 1916”.

The date seems suspicious to me.  According to the Winooski City Directories, Huard and Langlois were partners from 1890 to 1894, then went their separate ways after that.  If this photo were taken in that time frame there are two sisters, Katharine A Baraby  and Carrie A Baraby who would have been about 19 and 22 in 1892.  It could be them.  They can be found in the 1880 census for Colchester/Winooski, the daughters of John Baraby from Canada and Margaret Cummings from Ireland.

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“Katie & Carrie, Aug 1916”

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This next one has a hand-written note on the back (in pencil) that says “Look out for the boots over head”.  If you look closely you can see what look like boots above them.

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Purchased Cabinet Photos – Vermont

Sometimes, as I’ve written before, I like to buy old photos and then try to find out who the people are.  I’m a little nuts, it must be admitted.  Anyway…  I just bought a lot of about 40 old cabinet photos from Vermont, so I’m going to scan them and put them here where the Universe can find them and put them into the hands of the rightful owners.  Have at it!

The first two are identified by the writing on the back.  With a little research I was able to discover that they are Ephraim Woodard Perrin (1828-1909), son of Ephraim Perrin and Maria Cutler, and his wife Sarah Jane Flanders (1853-1915), daughter of John Flanders and Hannah Jacobs.

Ephraim W. Perrin c1890

Ephraim W. Perrin c1890

“Uncle Ephraim Perrin.  Best Wishes.”

Sarah Jane Flanders c1890

Sarah Jane Flanders c1890

“Aunt Jane Perrin”


 

This photo was taken at the same studio.  A family member contacted me to say she believes this is their son Moses Perrin.

Unknown man, Morrisville, VT

Possibly Moses Perrin, Morrisville, VT

 


Another in the same lot of photos from Morrisville, Vermont.  Could be related or not.  It looks more like it was taken after 1910 due to the format and clarity of detail.

Mustache Man, Morrisville, VT

Mustache Man, Morrisville, VT

 


The next photo is of George Richardson (1864-1939, son of Simeon Richardson and Harriet Watson), and his wife Alma Emery (1871-1928, daughter of George Adelbert Emery and Sally Lucinda Doying), with their grandchildren Theodore & Katy R. Moffatt.

Theodore and Katy were the children of Katie Lucinda Richardson and Donald Hiram Moffatt, who were married in Morristown, Vermont on 1 Jan 1920 (they appear in the 1920 census for Morristown, Vermont where Katie is listed as a “lodger” in the Moffatt home), so I’m guessing the photo was taken about 1922.  I don’t know that either child survived because the next time Katie and Donald are in the census (1930 for Greensboro, Vermont), they only have two children (Harold and Arlene) who were born four years apart.  These children seem to be less than a year apart.

George & Alma Richardson c1921

George & Alma Richardson c1921

“George Richardson & Alma Richardson & Theodore & Katy R. Moffatt”


This next photo is of “Lewis and May Perry with Aunt Delia Burnett standing up”.

Delia E. Burnett (30 Mar 1876 – 18 Apr 1902), was the daughter of Charles Burnett and Louisa McWeir (or Demas).  Her sister was May J Burnett, and the family is in the 1880 census for Stowe, Vermont.

Lewis & May Perry with Delia Burnett.

Lewis & May Perry with Delia Burnett.


 

 

This next photo says “Aunt Mary Varand, Uncle Joe’s Sister”.  It was obviously taken in Burlington, Vermont, probably about 1900.

I believe this is Mary Burnett, daughter of Charles Burnett and Nancy Muzzy, who was born about 1839, and died 27 May 1907.  She married Jerry Verean, and is also in the 1880 census for Stowe, Vermont.  Mary and her brother Joe are in the 1860 census for Johnson, Vermont, along with their sister Delia.  Mary was the aunt of May and Delia Burnett from the photo above, so I think it’s the right identification.

Mary Burnett Verean c1900

Mary Burnett Verean c1900

Separately, I purchased this shot of Mary which was obviously taken the same day.  It’s just another pose, but this photo is absolutely in “like new” condition.  It’s startling.  When I opened the envelope I knew this is how it looked the day they handed it to Mary in the photography studio the day it was taken.  Pristine white color, and a gloss that I’ve never seen in another old photo like this.

Mary Burnette Verean c1900 (alternate)

Mary Burnette Verean c1900 (alternate)


This photo says simply “Grandpa Burnett”, so I’m guessing it might be Charles Francis Burnett, the father of Mary, and the grandfather of May and Delia.  He was born 22 Jun 1817 in Canada, married Nancy Muzzy, who was born about 1822 in Canada.  Charles died in Stowe, Vermont on 24 Nov 1884.

"Grandpa Burnett"

“Grandpa Burnett”


 

This photo says “(Wm?) W. J. Fisher, North Monroe, New Hampshire, clothes black, white collar and shirt”, and was taken in Bethel, Vermont.  He looks to be about 20 years old, and the photo looks to have been taken around 1890-1900.  I found a William Fisher who was born in Monroe in 1869 and died 18 Jun 1893 in Barnet, Vermont in a boiler explosion.  He was the son of Francis A. Fisher and Mary (Nancy) S. Cole.  The family is in the 1880 census for Monroe, New Hampshire.

W. Fisher, c1890

W. Fisher, c1890


This next photo has no markings, but since it was from the same studio as the previous photo and since the woman is about the same age, there’s a possibility they are linked in some way.   I might be imagining it, but it seems like there’s a familial resemblance there.  She could possibly the sister of W. Fisher above.  The closest sister in age would be Cora Anna Fisher, who was born 11 Sept 1871 in Monroe.  She married a Joseph McNamara.

Unknown woman, Bethel, Vermont

Unknown woman, Bethel, Vermont


A trio of photos from Montpelier, Vermont.  None of them have any identification on the back.

Unknown girl, Montpelier

Woman with brooch, Montpelier, VT

Unknown baby, Montpelier

Unknown baby, Montpelier

Unknown man, Montpelier

Robust man, Montpelier, VT


A trio of photos from Newport, Vermont:

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Woman, Newport, VT

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Sisters, Newport, VT

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Bored girl with brother, Newport, VT


 

Two from Barre, Vermont.  The first has a date on the back: 25 Dec 1909.

"25 Dec 1909"

“25 Dec 1909”

I like this next photo.  No real reason why, but it’s just a really good photo.

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Dashing Man, Barre, VT


 

Some more photos from the same purchase.  They come from towns all over Vermont.

Sisters, Waterbury, VT

Sisters, Waterbury, VT

Woman, White River Junction, VT

Woman, White River Junction, VT

Woman, North Troy, VT

Woman, North Troy, VT

Unknown Man, Swanton, VT

Mustache Man, Swanton, VT

Sisters, South Royal, VT

Sisters, South Royalton, VT

This next one is interesting to me because it looks very much like the same woman from the photo above that I’ve captioned “Woman with brooch, Montpelier, VT”.  See if you agree.

Woman & Child, Northfield, VT

Woman & Child, Northfield, VT

Woman, Saxtons River, VT

Woman, Saxtons River, VT

Man, Hardwick, VT

Young Man, Hardwick, VT


This one doesn’t have a town listed.  The photographer is “Carpenter”:

Woman with grandchildren.

Woman with grandchildren.


Jean Gregoire Bacon (1850-1936)

Jean Gregoire Bacon, my great-great-grandfather, was born 19 Dec 1850 in the town of Joliette, Québec, Canada.  He was baptized the next day at Ste-Elizabeth.  In French the record says:

“The 20th December, 1850, I the undersigned priest have baptized Gregoire born yesterday of the legitimate marriage of Jean Bacon, farmer, and of Marie Anne Gilbert of this parish.  Godfather: Jean Baptiste Robillard, Godmother: Marguérite Champagne, who, with the father, did not know how to sign [their names].”

Jean G. Bacon, Baptism, 1850

Jean G. Bacon, Baptism, 1850

Jean G. Bacon was born into a catholic, French-speaking, farming family, the son of Jean Baptiste Bacon Sr (1804-1889) and Marie Anne “Marianne” Gilbert dite Comtois (1812-1867).  He had three sisters and six brothers, as well as four half siblings from his father’s two previous marriages.  [Interestingly, Jean had a half-brother named Jean-Baptiste Bacon Jr (1824-1864) who was in Company K of the 1st Cavalry Regiment from Vermont during the Civil War.  He died on 8 Dec 1864 at Richmond, Virginia while a prisoner of war, only three months after he joined the Union Army.]

Jean’s was not an uncommonly large family for rural Québec at that time.   In other branches of Jean’s family tree we often find ten, twelve, fourteen, or even more children.  These were farming families.  They had lots of kids, many of whom would not survive childhood.  It was not uncommon for the women to die and for the men to remarry and continue having children with a second or third wife.  And they were almost always illiterate.  The French Canadian records between 1640 and 1860 are almost always terminated with the phrase seen above: “The participants did not know how to sign their names”.

Jean’s family had been in Québec, also called “New France” (Nouvelle France), since 1645 when his 4x great-grandfather Gilles Bacon came to Québec from St-Gilles in Normandy, France as a Jesuit Missionary.

Jean and his family are in the 1851 census for Joliette, Québec where his father is listed as a “Cultivateur” or farmer.  Some of the sons are listed as “Journalier” or day-laborer.  Jean is listed as “Gregoire” and is one year old.

Bacon Family Census, 1851

Bacon Family Census, 1851

He and his family are listed again in the 1861 census for Ste-Elizabeth, Berthier County, Québec when Jean was 11 years old.

Our first record of Jean in America comes in the 1870 census when he was 20 years old.  There are no entries for him before this in the Burlington City Directory, so it’s fairly likely that this was about the time he came to America.  Jean is listed as “John Bacon” in the census for Burlington, Vermont, where he is living with George Chase, a railroad engineer, and working as a “wheelwright” – a crafter of wooden wheels for wagons or carriages.  He is listed as being able to read and write.

1870 Burlington Census

1870 Burlington Census

In 1871, he briefly went to work for C.B. Gray, a carriage and sleigh manufacturer who had his workshop at 183 S. Champlain Street in Burlington.  This photo of the building was likely taken right around that time:

C. B. Gray Carriage Company c1870

C. B. Gray Carriage Company c1870

[Photo from “Burlington: Volume II” by Mary Ann DiSpirito]

183 S. Champlain Street

183 S. Champlain Street – Present Day

That same year he seems to have gone back home to Québec to get married.  On 27 Aug 1871 “Gregoire Bacon of Burlington” and “Cordélie Olivier of [Ste-Elizabeth]” signed as godparents of Cordelia’s niece Marie Emma Olivier.  Oddly, Emma was also Jean’s niece since Emma’s mother was Valérie Bacon, Jean’s sister!

About a week later, Jean married Cordélie (Cordelia) Olivier on 4 Sept 1871 at Ste-Elizabeth in Joliette.  Unlike the many generations which preceded them, both Jean Gregoire and Cordelia signed their marriage record, as did many of the witnesses present.

Bacon Olivier Marriage Signatures, 1871

Bacon Olivier Marriage Signatures, 1871

Cordélia Olivier was born only three months before her husband on 11 Sept 1850 in the same town of Ste-Elizabeth, Joliette, Québec, Canada.  The daughter of Henri François Olivier (1812-1876) and Elizabeth Tellier (1815-1886), Cordélia was the thirteenth of sixteen children in the family of nine girls and seven boys.  In fact, between 1836 and 1855 the Oliviers only missed having children in four of those 20 years!  Just as impressive, only one of those children died in infancy, so Cordélia must have grown up in a very crowded house.

In 1872, Jean and his new wife moved back to Burlington to stay.  He applied to be a US Citizen and was naturalized on 31 Aug 1872.

Naturalization, 1872

Naturalization, 1872

From 1875-1880 Jean worked as a wheelwright for Harmon A. Ray, who was a wagon-maker who had a shop at the corner of Front and North Streets in Burlington and from 1880-1885 he worked for the William Smith Carriage Company.

H. A. Ray Carriage Shop on Front Street, present day.

H. A. Ray Carriage Shop on Front Street, present day.

William Smith Advertisement, 1890

William Smith Advertisement, 1890

These were no crude wagons that Jean was helping to build; they were the equivalent of Cadillacs.  These carriages were made of elegant polished woods with luxurious upholstery and finishes.  Jean was a craftsman, helping to build the finest conveyances of his era:

“The open and top buggies on display were of superior craftsmanship and were sold for close to a thousand dollars. These ranged from yacht bodied, coal-box patterned open buggies to Germantown Rockaway’s. It is said that a Mr. Henry Loomis purchased an elegantly cushioned and upholstered Germantown Rockaway for 800 dollars. With this being known, it is understood that more than just carpentry and finishing went into this craft, but upholstery as well.”

[From: http://www.uvm.edu/~hp206/2013/pages/pellegrino/index.html#gray].

Around this time four children were born to Jean and his wife Cordelia:  Alexander Moses Bacon (11 Aug 1875 – 24 Sept 1947), Olive Ava “Eva” Bacon (1 Nov 1878 – 11 Dec 1938), a stillborn boy born on 15 Oct 1881, and their last child, my great-grandmother Delia Rosanna Bacon (17 Oct 1885 – 20 Oct 1918).  There was another child who died in infancy whose records I have not yet found.  [Cordelia is listed as the mother of 5 children, 3 living in the 1900 Census.]

Alex, Olive, and Delia Bacon (l to r).

Alex, Olive, and Delia Bacon (l to r).

1880 Burlington Census

1880 Burlington Census

This next photo shows the Joseph Cartier blacksmith and carriage shop in Burlington about 1885.  It gives you an idea of the kind of places Jean was working during this period.  (Jean went to work for Joseph some years later.)

Carriage Company, 1886

Cartier Carriage Company, 1886

[Photo courtesy of John Fisher: http://www.johnfishersr.net/cartier.html]

In 1881, Jean purchased a property at 45 Archibald Street that would be in his family for many years to come.  In fact, his son Alexander lived there from 1902 until his death in 1947.

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45 Archibald Street, present day.

My great-great-grandfather briefly opened a wheelwright shop in the Summer of 1886 as part of the Patnaude blacksmith shop, according to this article in the local paper:

June 30, 1886

June 30, 1886 “Argus and Patriot”

That same year he was also listed in the City Directory as working for carriage-maker Jerry Lee at 175 Pearl Street.

He must have yearned to go into business for himself, because in 1888 he temporarily retired from the Carriage-making business to open a grocery store, first at 148 N. Champlain Street – where he and his family lived above his store…

148 N. Champlain Street.

148 N. Champlain Street.

then from 1890 to 1901 at the location of the new Bacon family home: 24 Cedar Street.

Bacon Home on Cedar Street from 1890 Burlington City Map

Bacon Home on Cedar Street from 1890 Burlington City Map

Jean and his family would live at 24 Cedar Street for the next 66 years, but for those eleven years he also ran a business selling “groceries and provisions” out of the building.

24 Cedar Street.

24 Cedar Street, residence of the Bacon family for more than 65 years.

1900 Burlington Census

1900 Burlington Census

From 1902-1905 Jean doesn’t have an occupation listed in the city directory, so he may have been “between jobs” for that period.

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The Bacon Family c1905. Olive, Delia, & Alex (back row). Jean and Cordelia seated in front.

He then returned to carriage-making, working for two years (1906-1907) at the Joseph Cartier blacksmith and wagon shop on 128 North Street.

Cartier Blacksmith Shop, 128 North Street c1895

Cartier Blacksmith Shop, 128 North Street c1895

[Photo courtesy of John Fisher: http://www.johnfishersr.net/cartier.html]

In 1907 the family of Charles Perreault and his wife’s niece Cordelia Olivier were living with Jean’s son Alexander Bacon at 45 Archibald Street.  In the 1910 census, however, two of the Perreault children were living with the Bacon family without their parents.  I’ll write more about that story in an upcoming blog.

1910 Burlington Census

1910 Burlington Census

From 1911-1919 he returned to the William Smith Carriage Company as a wheelwright working out of the new Smith shop at 168 St. Paul.  He may, in fact, have had his own shop there since he is listed as “Wheelwright in own shop” in the 1920 census.

164-186 St. Paul Street (uvm.edu photo)

164-168 St. Paul Street (uvm.edu photo)

Unfortunately, 1918 was a year of great tragedy for Jean.  The Spanish Influenza, which would kill between 20 and 50 million people in the US, swept through Burlington.  Jean’s daughter Delia Bacon Thomas died from the illness on 20 Oct 1918, leaving behind her husband Fred Thomas and two young children.  You can read that full story here:

The Story of Delia Bacon & Fred Thomas Sr.

Four days later, on 24 Oct 1918, Jean’s wife Cordelia Olivier also died from the same influenza.  She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington.

The 1920 Census finds Jean living at 24 Cedar Street alone.  His daughter Olive and her husband Jim Halloran had taken his grandson Fred Thomas Jr, and Anna Thomas, the sister of Fred Thomas Sr., had taken in his grand-daughter Grace Thomas.

1920 Burlington Census

1920 Burlington Census

For the last two years of his working life, 1921 and 1922, Jean worked for the Herberg Service shop at 137 S. Winooski Ave.  He retired in 1923 at the age of 73.   This photo shows the building about 16 years after Jean retired.  It had transitioned completely from building and servicing carriages to servicing automobiles.  The world was changing.

137 S. Winooski Ave, c1939.

137 S. Winooski Ave, c1939.

In the 1930 census he is living at home with his daughter Olive and her husband Jim Halloran.  He is listed as widowed and no occupation is given.

1930 Burlington Census

1930 Burlington Census

In many ways Jean Gregoire Bacon was a remarkable man.  He made the step into a new country, learned English, and built a life for himself by working hard.  He stepped beyond the subsistence farming lifestyle his family had known for hundreds of years to learn a skilled trade.  He learned to read and write when very few if any of his ancestors could.  He endured many tragedies, and took care of, not just his own family, but the children of other families as well.

Jean Bacon died in his home at 24 Cedar Street on 23 Nov 1936 from acute bronchitis.  He was buried with his wife in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Grave of Jean G. Bacon and Cordelia Olivier.

Grave of Jean G. Bacon and Cordelia Olivier.

Jean G. Bacon - 5 Generation Tree

Jean G. Bacon – 5 Generation Tree


Possible Thomas Family Photo – Winooski, Vermont

I purchased this vintage “cabinet photo” on eBay from a man in Pennsylvania because the woman in the photo reminded me of my great-great-grandmother Anna Clifford.

Unknown Couple - Winooski, VT c1895

Unknown Couple – Winooski, VT c1895

I only have one photo each of Anna Clifford and her husband Horace Luther Thomas, and both photos were taken in the 1920’s when they were older.  This photo seems to have been taken about 1890-1900.  Anna would have been about 45 or so, and Horace would have been about 50.

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At first glance there is a resemblance in both cases, but not so much that it’s a “slam dunk” at all.  The man has the same exact hair style as my grandfather did, with the part on the left, the swoop over the right eye and the exposed patch of forehead by his temple.  The nose is also remarkably similar, as is the cheek/jawline and the distinctive almond-shape of the eyes.  The feature that is most dissimilar is the thickness of the nose between the eyes.  Horace’s nose is very narrow there, and the other man’s is a bit wider.  Obviously, Horace’s eyebrows are very dark in the later photo which is different from the other man’s, and in the bottom photo it looks like Horace’s eyes are perhaps brown, where the man in the top photo looks like he might have hazel or even blue eyes.

Apart from the hairstyle and the wire-rimmed glasses, there’s not a lot that’s exactly the same between the two women.  But as women age their faces can change dramatically, especially during those hard times.  I’ve seen photos taken 10 years apart that you would never believe were the same person.  I have four or five photos of my great-great-grandmother Wilhelmine Winkelmann and she doesn’t like like the same person in any two of them.  At all.

The other factor is, of course, that this photo was taken in Winooski, Vermont which is where Anna and Horace lived for 50 years of their lives.  And it wasn’t exactly a huge town.  My thinking was that there are certain odds of someone looking like Horace, and certain odds of someone looking like Anna, so the odds of people who look like both of them being together are much steeper.  When you calculate the odds of a couple about the right ages who look like Horace and Anna and live in Winooski…  it becomes more improbable still that it’s someone else.

So what do you think?  Personally, I’d give it a reasonable chance of being them.  If it’s not, maybe someone will see this and be able to positively identify these people and we’ll have saved one more couple from being “lost”.


More Olivier Family Photos

As I mentioned in my last blog, a gentleman from Winooski, Vermont alerted me to some “cabinet photos” from the late 1800’s or early 1900’s that he had found in an antique store. After identifying the one he had as being from my Olivier family, I contacted the antique shop owner and arranged to purchase the other photos from the same collection.  There were 10 more in all, although I’m certain many more have already been sold.

All but one of these are identified at this point.  When I get more information on any of them I’ll update this blog.

Many of the photos have writing in the back that all seems to have been done by the same person.  By piecing together the clues contained in the writing I discovered that the person who wrote on the photos was a grandson or grand-daughter of Albert Joseph James Perreault (1900-1980).  That means their father or mother was one of Albert’s children: Albert Joseph Perreault Jr (1924-2000), Jacquelyn Jane Perreault (1927-1988) or William Tooles Perreault (1931-2007).   I say this because the photos are of the Perreault, Olivier, and LaVigne families, but there were also some photos in the set (previously sold) that were of the Tooles family, and Albert’s wife was Sarah Marie Tooles (1900-1981).

So here are the photos with the captions as written and my comments:


“Charles Perreault, 47 Rose Street.”  Then in a different handwriting: “Gramp’s Grandfather”.

Henri Octave Olivier c1895

Henri Octave Olivier c1895

This is not Charles Perreault, who did live on Rose Street in Burlington, Vermont.  The L. Roy studio was in operation from 1894-1897, and Charles Perreault would have been 22 years old or so.  He also came to the US in 1892, so he was not living in Canada when he was the age of this man.   I would say this man is approximately 50 or 60 years old, putting his birth around 1834-1847.  I think the first writing was a statement of ownership.  That it belonged to Charles Perreault, and that the second person likely based their identification on that.

This photo, as it turns out, is actually of Henri Octave Olivier (1836-1911) who was my great-great-grand-uncle.  He was married to Philomène Cottenoire, whom we shall see later.  I was able to identify this photo after seeing it on the wall in the background of a picture taken at his son Hildaige Olivier’s home.  Octave was, indeed, the grandfather of Joseph James Perreault, as the caption indicates.


“Arthur Perreault & Cordelia Olivier, Gramp’s Parents”.

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Cordelia Olivier, who was the 1st cousin of my great grandmother Delia Bacon, did not marry Arthur Perreault, but rather the afore-mentioned Charles Perreault.  This is the right time period and the right place to be their marriage, which took place in Joliette, Québec, Canada on 18 Feb 1890.


 

This photo has nothing written on the back.  Fortunately, I recognized it instantly when I saw it.

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Another user on Ancestry.com had already posted a portion of this photo, so I knew this was a photo of Joseph Charles Desroches (1868-1941) and his wife Marie Joséphine Albina Olivier (1969-1928).  This was taken about 1902, and the two little girls are their daughters Marie Yvonne Desroches (1896-1979) and Marie Blandine Desroches (1899-1989).  The family never immigrated, and all four of them lived and died in Québec, Canada.


 

Paired with the above photo it’s easy to see that this next one is the same couple, taken on their wedding day, 3 Aug 1891 in Joliette, Canada:

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“One of Gramp’s Aunts on the Olivier side”.

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There is definitely a family resemblance with Albina Olivier from the photos above, so I’m inclined to believe that this is the Olivier family.  However, it looks to have been taken perhaps in the 1900 – 1915 range, so I think the woman in the photo might be a generation younger than Albert’s aunts would have been.  So far a leading candidate is Delia Perreault (1894-1966), Albert’s sister.


 

There is no writing on this next photo.  It was taken in Joliette, Québec, Canada, which means it could be either the Olivier or Perreault families.  It looks to have been taken around 1890, and is almost certainly a wedding photo, so that narrows down the choices somewhat.  A few days after posting this photo I heard from a descendant of this family who was able to identify the people in the photo.

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“The couple in the photo where the man is holding a melon-shaped hat and gloves is Marie Louise Desroches (sister of Charles Desroches), seated, and her husband Camille Plouffe.   Charles and his sister were the only two children of Charles Borromée Desroches to stay in Canada.  The rest all immigrated to the United States with their parents.”

Camille Plouff (b 1875) and Marie Louise Cordelia Desroches (b 1877) were married 16 Feb 1900 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  They moved back and forth between Holyoke and Joliette, Canada several times between 1900 and 1927.  This photo seems to have been taken near their marriage date during one of their stays in Joliette.


 

The writing on the back of this photo says simply “Perreault”.  I was able to identify this photo when I was sent a picture with them as an older couple from a cousin in Canada.

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I believe this is Eugène Olivier (b 1874-1965) and Angéline Masse (1883-1960).  They were married in Joliette, Québec, Canada on 7 Feb 1899 at St-Thomas, Joliette, Québec, Canada.


 

The identity of this next woman was confirmed later by a family member.  She is Philomène Cottenoire (1839-1923), Albert Perreault’s maternal grandmother.  She married Henri Octave Olivier (1836-1911), who was my great-great-grand-uncle.

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Finally, two baby photos.  The captions on these are “Gramp” and “Gram at age 9 months” respectively, which at first I thought was very unlikely since these photos were taken in the same photo studio in the exact same chair.  However, the children pictured would have been born about 1900 in Burlington, Vermont, and both Albert Perreault and his wife Sarah Tooles were born in 1900 in Burlington.

Subsequently a descendent of these two confirmed that these are, indeed, photos of Sarah and Albert.

“Gram at age 9 months

Sarah Marie Tooles (1900-1981) taken in December 1900, Burlington, Vermont.

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“Gramp”

Albert Joseph James Perreault (1900-1980) taken 1900, Burlington, Vermont.

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