My cousin Micheline has spent decades working on her family genealogy. She was kind enough to share her extensive collection of Olivier family photos with me, and she gave me permission to make them available where other members of the family could find them. To be honest, it’s difficult for me to narrow down the more than 12 dozen photos she has sent me so far, because they are all excellent. But I’ll do my best. My plan is to post the main family line here, and then have separate blogs with photos from each sibling.
I am related to the Olivier family through Delia Bacon, the mother of my paternal grandfather. Delia’s mother was Cordelia Olivier. Micheline and I are both descendants of Cordelia’s father Henri François Olivier (1812-1876).
Micheline’s family comes from Cordelia’s brother Henri Octave Olivier (1836-1911). Octave was born 18 Feb 1836 and baptized at La Visitation-de-l’Île-Dupas in Québec. For most of his life he lived in Ste-Elizabeth and St-Thomas, Québec (near Montréal), but he and his family can also be found in the 1880 census for Holyoke, Massachusetts where they lived briefly, and where Octave is listed as a “Laborer”. He died on 13 May 1911 and was buried in St-Thomas.
I’ve already posted a photo I purchased from eBay of Philomène Cottenoire, who was Henri’s wife. This is a photo of Philomène as an older lady, probably taken about 1919:
Henri and Philomène had 13 children… seven boys and six girls. Five of them died in infancy or early childhood. Of the eight surviving children, I have photos of seven of them. So far I do not have a photo of their eldest son, Joseph Philémon “Philémon” Olivier (1860-1918), who married Marie Celeste LaPorte.
The next son was Louis Dolor “Adélard” Olivier (1861-1921). The only photo I have of him is from his funeral flyer, and it’s not very clear. Adélard married Marie Philomène Georgianna Olivier, who was his second cousin.
The next surviving child was their son Joseph Hildaige “Hildaige” Olivier (1865-1952). I posted a photo of his family in a previous blog, but here is a close-up of him and his wife, Lucie Brasseur from that photo.
The next child was Cordélie Catherine Olivier (1867-1907) who married Charles Perreault and lived in Burlington, Vermont. I only have one photo of them which I’d posted previously, but here it is again:
Next came Marie Josephine Albina “Albina” Olivier (1869-1928), who married Joseph Charles Desroches. I’ve already posted their wedding photo, and a photo of them with their two daughters, so here is one of Albina as a young woman that Micheline sent me.
The next child was Henri Octave Eugène “Eugène” Olivier (1874-1965), who married Marie Angélina Masse. I already posted their wedding photo, so here is a photo of Eugène taken from his funeral flyer.
Since that’s a little grim, here’s another. This photo shows Eugène [top row, center] with his brother-in-law Anthime Moreau [top, row left], his wife Angélina [bottom row left], his sister Albina [bottom row, center], his and his nieces Yvonne Desroches [top row, right], and Blandine Desroches [bottom row, right].
Next came Marie Victoria “Victoria” Olivier (1876-1945), who married the aforementioned Anthime Moreau. Here is a lovely photo of Victoria with her family taken about 1916.
Back row: Joseph Jean Baptiste, Marie Blanche Délia, Marie Angélina, Marie Aurore Pamela, and Joseph Octave Philibert. Middle row: Anthime Duplessie, Marie Elisa Herminie, Victoria Olivier, and Marie Exilda Aldéa. Front row: Joseph Ovila Adélard, Joseph Ulric Donat, and Marie-Jeanne.
They had another son, Joseph Rolland Sylvio, who was born in 1920 after this photo was taken.
The last surviving child was Marie Evelina “Evelina” Olivier (1878-1934), who married Jean Baptiste Guillaume “William” Morrisseau. Here is a lovely photo from their wedding on 19 Sept 1898 in Burlington, Vermont.
In 1906 Henri Octave Olivier and Philomène Cottenoire celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary two years early. Here is an article from that celebration with a translation in English:
A beautiful family celebration took place last Saturday. The “Day of the Kings” at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Octave Olivier of Saint-Thomas de Joliette [Québec, Canada], on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of their marriage. One of the spouses is 69 years old and the other 67. All the children were present: Philémon from Providence, United States; Adélard and Hildège of Burlington; Eugène of Saint-Thomas de Joliette, Cordélia, wife of Mr. Ch[arle]s. Perreault of Burlington; Victoria, wife of Anthime Moreau of Berthier; Albina, Mrs. Ch[arle]s. Desroches of Joliette, and Mélina [Evelina], Mrs. C. Mousseau [Morrisseau] of Burlington. All the sons are married and of these different marriages were born 32 grandchildren, among which is a great-grand-child Blanche Baillargeon, age 2, daughter of Félix Baillargeon who is the husband of Hildège Olivier’s daughter from Burlington, VT. It was a joyful reunion because the family of Mr. Octave Olivier hasn’t gotten together in 21 years. In light of the poor health of Mr. Octave Olivier, the date of their golden wedding anniversary celebration was moved up by two years.