Thursday, July 3, 2014

Turgeon Family Line Back to 1590

Today I got a disc in the mail from some distant relatives who did a lot of Turgeon genealogy.  Using their research, here is the Turgeon family line back to 1590 in France!

Jean Turgeon was born about 1590 in St-Jean-de-Mortagne, Perche (Orne), France.  Sebastienne Liger was born in 1602 in St-Jean-de-Mortagne, Perche (Orne), France .  They got married to each other in 1621.  Jean died in 1697, and Sebastienne died in 1702 (can they really have both lived to 100+???).  They had six children.

Their second child was Charles.  Charles Turgeon was born in 1627 in St-Jean-de-Mortagne, Perche (Orne), France.  Pasquiere Perrin Lefebvre was also born in 1627 in Hotel-de-Ville, De Mortagne, Orne, France.  They got married to each other in about 1649.  In 1662, they took their children with them and moved to New France.  He died in 1704 in Beauport, Quebec, Canada, and she died in that same place in 1695.  Separate conflicting reports say that they got nostalgia and moved back to France in 1693.  They had ten children.

Their third child was Jacques.  Jacques Turgeon was born in 1653 in St-Jean-de-Mortagne, Orne, France.  Marie Denis D'Jean Viens was born in 1669 in Quebec, Canada.  They got married to each other in 1701. He died in 1728 and she died in 1741/1742 (both died in Beaumont, Levis, Quebec).  They had four children.

Their second child also happened to be named Jaques, like his father.  Jacques Turgeon [Junior] was born in 1707/1708 in Beaumont, Levis, Quebec.  Marie Jeanne Marguerite Fournier (daughter of Jacques Lefebvre and Louise St. Marc) was born in 1718 in Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  They got married in 1742.  He died in 1783 and she died in 1808 (both died in Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec).  They had thirteen children!!

Antoine Turgeon was the sixth child of Jacques Jr. and Marie.  Antoine Turgeon I (he later had a son genealogists called Antoine Turgeon II) was born in 1748 in St. Etienne, Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  Marie-Madeleine Audet-Lapointe was born in 1752 in St. Laurent, Ile D'Orleans, Montmorency Ii, Quebec.  They married each other in 1773.  He died in 1839 in St. Etienne, Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec. She died in 1838, in Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  Antoine I and Marie-Madeleine had seven children.

Their second child was Antoine Turgeon II.  He was born in 1788 in Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  Adelaide Miot-Girard was born in 1796, also in Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  They got married in 1816.  He died in 1829, and this set of records does not give Adelaide's death date.  They both died in Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  They had twelve children.

And then there is another Jacques!  Jacques Turgeon was the eighth child of Antoine II and Adelaide.  He was born in 1823 in (guess where) Beaumont, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  Ursule Bilodeau (daughter of Antoine Bilodeau and Marie Gonthier-Bernard) was born in 1825 in Saint Charles, Bellechaisse, Quebec.  Jacques and Ursule married each other in 1844.  He died in 1891 in Saint Roch d'Oxford, Quebec, and was supposedly buried in a pauper's grave (uh oh) with no headstone.  She died in 1902 in Rock Forest, Sherbrooke, Quebec (in 1901 she was living with her daughter Ernestine).  Jacques and Ursule had fifteen children.  It looks like two of their boys moved to BC, and changed their names to Sturgeon!  I smell skeletons in the closet...

Pierre Joseph Turgeon was their sixth child, and he was my great-grandfather.  Pierre Turgeon was born in 1846 in Rock Forest, Sherbrooke, Quebec.  His baptismal papers show that his parents were then living in St. Evariste de Forsyth, Beauceville, Quebec.  Marie Lucie Zenoide Bergeron (she was called 'Lucie')  (daughter of Joseph Bergeron and Marceline Desharnais) was born in 1850 in St. Flavien de Lotbiniere, Quebec.  Pierre and Lucie got married in 1871.   There is a record of a Peter Turgeon (Pierre?) working as a truckman in Rumford Falls in 1896 (Rumford Historical Society).  He died in 1926 in Rumford, Exford (Oxford?), Maine.  Lucie died in a tragedy in about 1901 (I really think this date is wrong).  Our family oral history was always that a brick fell from a scaffold and hit her, killing her instantly, but  the genealogical papers I am reading today say that she died of drowning with a child in a lake.  Here is a picture of Lucie. They had thirteen children.  I always thought that the girls stayed east, and the boys went west.  From the genealogical records, it looks like in old age lots of their girls died in Maine, and lots of the boys died in Saskatchewan or BC.

In 1954, my Grandparents, Kate and Alfred Turgeon, went to Maine to visit his sister, Adeline Merrit.  I assume this is her in the photo.  There are lots of photos from that trip with no names on them.
Their seventh child was our grandfather, Alfred (Fred) Joseph Turgeon.  He was born in 1879 in St. Michel, Sherbrooke, Quebec.  He was married twice.  His first wife, Aldea Houle was born in 1882 in Bellevue, Saskatchewan.  They got married in 1906, and had ten children.  Aldea died in 1931.  My grandmother Katrina/Kathryn/Kate Kaminski, a Polish immigrant, went to work as Alfred's housekeeper and nanny in 1931/1932, and they got married in 1932.  They had three children:  Suzanne, Cecile, and Roger.

Fred Turgeon and Kate Kaminski wedding day, 1932.  They were married in Prince Albert, SK.

Cecile Turgeon, who married Joseph Schmidt, is my mother.  Joe and Cecile had two children, Gwen and Celine.

Gwen and Celine, 1974.

Gwen had one child.  Guess who.